We’ll meet two local authors who have each recently released books about young people, personal finance and debt. Rock Hill’s Mike Duralia and Charlotte’s Logan Abrams both graduated from college with a big wake-up call that they had big debt and a lack of the basics in personal finance to guide them through the path to being debt-free. We’ll hear about what lessons they learned along the way and why they think it’s so important to all of us for young people to learn about personal finance early in life.
Logan Abrams – Author of Debt-U: How Higher Education Breeds a Lifestyle of Debt
Mike Duralia – Author of The Real Life 101 Handbook
Child abuse comes in many forms and recent cases illuminate the complex decision process that takes place in determining whether children should be taken from an abusive or neglectful parent. Today, we’ll examine the responsibility and role of government and community when it comes to protecting our children and how to determine when parental rights end. Join us as we attempt to understand child abuse and how to deal with it.
The Honorable Lisa C. Bell – Chief District Court Judge
Brett Loftis – Executive Director, Council for Children’s Rights
Paul Risk – Director, Child and Family Services Mecklenburg County
Part One: Carolina Chocolate Drops
Meet and hear the story of a local group who went from wanting to learn more about their chosen brand of music to becoming touring stars in their industry. The Carolina Chocolate Drops will join us and we’ll hear music from their new CD, and talk about how the group met each other through their mutual love of banjo music and about how their group has exploded in the music industry.
Justin Robinson – Fiddler, Carolina Chocolate Drops
Rhiannon Giddens – Singer and fiddler, Carolina Chocolate Drops
Dom Flemons – Banjo Player, Carolina Chocolate Drops
- Carolina Chocolate Drops website
- Carolina Chocolate Drops play Neighborhood Theatre Friday at 7pm. More info.
Part 2: Charlotte Fire Station 2
The oldest standing fire station in Charlotte sits almost unnoticed on South Blvd. just outstide of uptown. A battle over its survival is becoming an example of the city’s struggle between preservation and progress. We’ll learn about the people hoping to save the station from the wrecking.
Kerry Singe – Staff Reporter, The Charlotte Observer
Tom Hanchett – Staff Historian, Levine Museum of the New South
When non-believer Andrew Park had children he knew a day would come that he’d have to talk to them about religion and the world’s different belief systems. That day came but the journalist and novelist wasn’t as prepared as he thought he’d be. We’ll meet Andrew Park. He wrote a book to help himself and others wade into the delicate discussion of religion with their kids and you might be surprised by what Andrew Park learned while writing Between a Church and a Hard Place. He’ll share some of those insights with us.
Andrew Park – Author, Between a Church and a Hard Place
The recent announcement by President Obama to open up areas of the east coast for exploration and possible oil drilling has surprised many environmental advocates but pleased those in the “drill, baby drill” contingent. Our panel will examine the political, practical and environmental aspects of this announcement and what it could mean for the health of North Carolina’s economy and the health of its coastline.
Bob Tippee – Editor, Oil and Gas Journal
Dr. Peter Schwarz – Professor of Economics at UNC Charlotte
Bill Gupton – Chairman, Conservation and Advocacy, Central Piedmont Sierra Club
A look at the controversial issue of annexation. According to the state Supreme Court, forced annexation is defined as a policy that provides meaningful services to unincorporated areas. Critics point out that North Carolina is one of the very few states left to continue the practice of forced annexation but advocates say it’s a way to keep Charlotte’s economy healthy and to help provide services to outlying areas. We’ll delve into the issue of forced annexation.
Daren Bakst – Director, Legal and Regulatory Studies, John Locke Foundation
DeWitt “Mac” McCarley – Attorney, City of Charlotte
Walter Fields – Planner, Urban Resource Group
Join us as we follow the fascinating journey of a single t-shirt through the global economy. Professor Pietra Rivoli has studied such a journey in her attempts to understand and explain how our global economy works. The path a single t-shirt makes from raw material, to manufacturing, distribution, retail and into a consumer’s hands can tell us a great deal about how the economy works. Professor Rivoli is in town for a lecture at UNC Charlotte but first she joins us to share her insights.
Pietra Rivoli – Assoc. Professor, McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University
Since this is conversation is pre-recorded, we won’t be able to include your comments.
From the Tea Party and Coffee Party to President Obama’s famous history of community organizing, activist groups have a long and rich history in America. Our guests today, Si Kahn and Donna Red Wing have been at the center of activism for decades. Si Kahn writes and sings about grassroots activism and community organizing. His new book is called Creative Community Organizing: A Guide for Rabble-Rousers, Activists and Quite Lovers of Justice. They both join us for a conversation about community organizing and its place in modern political life.
Si Kahn – Executive Director Emeritus, Grassroots Leadership
Donna Red Wing – Executive Director, Grassroots Leadership
A new study from Queens University of Charlotte shows that public high school graduates’ math readiness is declining across the state and in the Charlotte region. We’ll talk to the author of the study, school officials and a UNC Charlotte educator who interacts with new students to talk about why so many college freshmen are not only poorly prepared for the rigors of college calculus and higher math, but are testing into remedial math classes. We’ll discuss how the problem has gotten so bad, why it’s so important and what educators, in both the university setting and public school systems can do to better the situation.
Dr. Cindy Moss - Director, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education, CMS
Cheryl Pulliam – Researcher and Director of the Public Education Research Institute at Queens University of Charlotte
Dr. David Pugalee – Director of the Center for Math, Science and Technology Education at UNC Charlotte
- Study | How Successful Are Our High School Graduates in Post Secondary Education by Queens University of Charlotte
Part One: Embraceable Me
Embraceable Me is a new off-Broadway comedy that’s made its way to the Stage Door Theater in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. It’s part of a move by the PAC to offer smaller, companion offerings to compliment the Broadway Lights Series and it features two accomplished local actors. We’ll talk to PAC President Tom Gabbard about this new production trend and to the actors of Embraceable Me.
Tom Gabbard – President, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Johanna Jowett – Actress, plays ‘Allision’ in Embraceable Me
Dave Blamy – Actor, plays ‘Edward’ in Embraceable Me
- Embraceable Me plays through April 17th at Stage Door Theater. More info.
Part Two: Jersey Boys
A look at the story of the rise, fall and rise again of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Jersey Boys has electrified audiences around the country and now they’ve arrived in Charlotte. Join us for a look at Jersey Boys.
Matt Bailey – Actor, plays ‘Tommy DeVito’ in Jersey Boys
Steve Gouveia – Actor, plays ‘Nick Massi’ in Jersey Boys
Ryan Jesse – Actor, plays ‘Bob Gaudio’ in Jersey Boys
Courter Simmons – Actor, ‘Frankie Valli’ in Jersey Boys
- Jersey Boys plays through April 18th at Belk Theater. More info.