Tuesday July 1, 2008 | Teaching to the Test

June 30, 2008 at 4:51 pm | Posted in On Air | 5 Comments

The landmark education initiative, No Child Left Behind, has dramatically changed daily life in the classroom.  Teaching to major new tests like the End of Course (EOC) and the End of Grade (EOG) have dominated the curriculum and not always in a positive way according to some critics.  We’ll examine these tests, how they were created, how they work, and how they’ve changed the way teachers teach.
Guests
Dr. Sam Houston – President and CEO, North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center
Dr. Melba Spooner – Chair, Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education, UNC Charlotte’s College of Education
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Monday June 30, 2008 | A Walk to the North Pole

June 30, 2008 at 8:28 am | Posted in Coming Up | Leave a comment

Helen Thayer became the first woman to walk to the North Pole. She was 50 years old at the time. Following that achievement, Helen, her husband, and often who faithful dog Charlie, rack up a string of adventures including walking across deserts, Siberia and living with wolves. Join us to hear about her amazing life.
Guest
Helen Thayer –
Author, Explorer
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Friday June 27, 2008 | Infrastructure

June 26, 2008 at 4:21 pm | Posted in On Air | 1 Comment

Today, a look at the health of our region’s infrastructure.  A recent spike in water main leaks has raised awareness of the size and scope of our water, gas, electric and road systems and their current state of repair.  We’ll look at the challenge of maintaining our infrastructure.
Guests
Jim Shumacher
– Assistant Charlotte City Manager
Barry Gullet – Deputy Director, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities (CMUD)
Dan Pleasant – Interim Director, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Department of Transportation (CDOT)
Tom Williams – Media Relations, Duke Energy
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Thursday June 26, 2008 | Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

June 26, 2008 at 8:03 am | Posted in On Air | 22 Comments

The excessive use of antibiotics and use of antibacterial soap and other products are helping create “superbugs” that are hard to get rid of.  Today, a conversation about these bacteria and what we can do to protect ourselves.
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Wednesday June 25, 2008 | The Dollar

June 20, 2008 at 10:19 am | Posted in Coming Up | 2 Comments

The U.S. dollar has suffered declines for a long period of time and remains weak in international currency.  What does that mean for American citizens and the American economy?  We’ll learn about currency exchange, foreign markets and the future of the dollar – if it has one.
Guests
Mark Vitner – Director and Senior Economist, Wachovia Bank
Dr. Lloyd Blenman – Professor of Finance, UNC Charlotte
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Tuesday June 24, 2008 | Movie Guys: The Summer Season

June 20, 2008 at 10:07 am | Posted in Coming Up | Leave a comment

The summer movie season has begun.  Our movie guys are back to discuss the summer blockbusters, comic book movies, major sequels, comedies and more.
Guests
Lawrence Toppman – Film Critic, The Charlotte Observer
Matt Brunson – Arts and Entertainment Editor, Creative Loafing
Sean O’Connell – Entertainment Editor, The Charlotte Weekly

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Monday June 23, 2008 | 365 Nights of Intimacy

June 20, 2008 at 9:52 am | Posted in Coming Up | 5 Comments

365 Nights of Intimacy
Charlotte mom and wife, Charla Muller, decided to give her husband a unique 40th birthday gift to keep their marriage strong.  She offered him sex every night for the entire year starting on his birthday.  She has written about the experience, which she says became a book not about sex, but about intimacy and the devotion needed to keep marriage fresh. 
Guest
Charla Muller
– Author, 365 Nights: A Memoir of Intimacy
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Friday June 20, 2008 | NCAE

June 19, 2008 at 12:12 pm | Posted in On Air | 1 Comment

School may be out, but the work isn’t over for the North Carolina Association of Educators.  The top leadership is changing and the group is examining a number of issues including teacher pay, the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind and the endorsement of a presidential candidate.  We’ll talk to the organization’s outgoing president as well as an expert from UNC Charlotte’s Education department on these and other topics.
Guests
Eddie Davis  –
Outgoing President, NCAE
Vicki Jaus – Director, Office of Field Experiences, Dept. of Education UNC Charlotte
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Thursday June 19, 2008 | Former White House Chef Roland Mesnier

June 16, 2008 at 10:03 am | Posted in On Air | 3 Comments

For a quarter century and several presidential administrations, Chef Roland Mesnier ran the White House pastry kitchen.  We’ll hear stories from his years in the White House, including tales of some presidents’ tastes in sweets.

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Wednesday June 18, 2008 | Open Phones

June 16, 2008 at 9:49 am | Posted in On Air | 10 Comments

We open the phones to listeners on topics of their choosing.  Suggestions include, strained relations with Iran, the war in Iraq, the presidential campaign, gas prices and the Mecklenburg County budget.
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