Thursday December 10, 2009 | Preparing for Economic Recovery

December 9, 2009 at 9:48 am | Posted in Coming Up | 5 Comments

Business and investors all over the country are ramping up preparations for the future as the latest economic news signals hope for a recovery. Our panel of experts have been watching the economy and looking at ways companies can best position themselves when the recession ends. Frequent guest John Connaughton also joins the panel to talk about his most recent economic forecast for Charlotte.
Guests
John Connaughto
n – Professor of Economics, UNC Charlotte
Buck Lawrimore – President, Lawrimore Inc. Consultant Firm
David Swenson – VP, Economic Development Services, Charlotte Regional Partnership

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Wednesday December 9, 2009 | CATS Update

December 8, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Posted in Coming Up | 1 Comment

We’ll meet with top officials from the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) to talk about the year in transit and what lies ahead for 2010. We’ll talk about the announcement of a new CEO, who will join the organization in the new year. We’ll also talk about how the economy has affected parts of the organization’s services and look ahead to projects that are underway that will begin construction in 2010. And we’ll talk about the recent news that Charlotte has seen the largest increase nationwide in transit use over the last two years.
Guests
John Muth
– Interim CEO and Deputy Director for Development at CATS
Dee Pereira – Administration Manager at CATS

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Tuesday December 8, 2009 | Holiday Movie Season

December 7, 2009 at 9:47 am | Posted in Coming Up | 2 Comments

The movie guys are back, just in time for the holiday film season. The year’s end brings the dual entertainment offerings of holiday themed comedy and romance films as well as serious Oscar contenders and 2009 is no different. Jim Carrey voices a new animated Scrooge, an epic fantasy called Avatar by Titanic Director James Cameron is on the way, the disaster saga 2012, and a sequel to the hugely popular Twilight serious are in theatres now and there is Oscar buzz for a new Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon film. We’ll hear about those films and many more.
Guests
Matt Brunson
– Film Critic and Arts and Entertainment Editor, Creative Loafing
Sean O’Connell – Film Critic and Arts and Entertainment Editor, Charlotte Weekly

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Monday December 7, 2009 | Charlotte in the 1930’s Versus Today

December 3, 2009 at 3:49 pm | Posted in Coming Up | Leave a comment

We’ll visit Charlotte as it was in the 1930’s. We’ll talk with Dr. Tom Hanchett from the Levine Museum to share the comparisons from the Great Depression here in Charlotte to the economic downturn we’ve experienced in the last year. We’ll talk about what happened, about the recovery back then, and how city leaders can learn from what leaders did back then to get Charlotte back on track. We’ll also hear how Depression-era Charlotteans celebrated the holidays.
Guests
Dr. Tom Hanchett
– Staff historian at Levine Museum at the New South
Thomas Cole – Librarian, Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg Library

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Friday December 4, 2009 | John Grooms

December 3, 2009 at 12:07 pm | Posted in Coming Up | 1 Comment

The Creative Loafing’s John Grooms joins us to talk about the state of alternative media in Charlotte and its relationship to the traditional media. We’ll also talk about his career, including his many years at Creative Loafing, but also some surprising items on his resume. Grooms has put together a collection of his award-winning essays, news features and humor pieces, called Deliver Us From Weasels.
Guest
John Grooms
– Columnist and former Editor of Creative Loafing in Charlotte. Author of Deliver Us From Weasels

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Thursday December 3, 2009 | Habitat for Humanity International

December 2, 2009 at 11:23 am | Posted in Coming Up | 2 Comments

Thirty-three years ago, an organization emerged that sought to eliminate poverty and homelessness around the world. Today, Habitat for Humanity has provided homes for more than 1.5 million people worldwide. We’ll meet the CEO of Habitat, Jonathan Reckford, who has led the organization through disasters like Katrina and the aftermath of a major tsunami in Asia. We’ll talk about Reckford’s unusual path to CEO and how Habitat is continuing its mission in a worldwide economic downturn.
Guest
Jonathan Reckford
– CEO of Habitat for Humanity International

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Wednesday December 2, 2009 | Steve Roberts

December 1, 2009 at 11:20 am | Posted in Coming Up | 5 Comments

We’ll talk with journalist, educator and author Steve Roberts. You may know Steve as a frequent guest host of The Diane Rehm Show on NPR, but Steve Roberts is also a teacher, a columnist (with his wife, Cokie), and has recently published his third book. We’ll talk to Steve about his new book From Every End of This Earth, the unique stories of thirteen immigrant families in the United States.
Guest
Steven V. Roberts
– Journalist, author and Guest Host of “The Diane Rehm Show”

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