Thursday June 5, 2008 | Average Joes

June 2, 2008 at 10:21 am | Posted in On Air | 18 Comments

We continue our series today, hearing from regular WFAE listeners.  We probe their opinions on the latest news stories here at home and around the world.

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  1. This is for Tim – Did you help build an aircraft carrier out at Charlotte Motor Speedway 20 years ago?

  2. Indeed I did. With Jim Gloster. I still talk about that job. Good to hear from you Gray. I hope this finds you well

  3. We need to be a humanitarian superpower, or we are going to wind up being nothing worthy of emulation.

    Bush has lied time and time again, just as have those who echo their talking points. And yet…karma stands waiting at the door.

  4. Didn’t Canada, Germany and France freely elect pro American leaders. Italy too, I think. Doesn’t Africa love Bush? Didn’t NATO unanimously support missile defense? What animosity?

  5. Koolade drinkers…

  6. Koolade drunks.

  7. We are a humanitarian superpower! We provide 60% of humanitarian relief for the world. That’s more than the rest of the world combined! It’s also been shown that Republicans give much more to charity than Democrats.

  8. Koolade Drinkers? What does that mean?

  9. I’ll go on again if Jeff is on the panel…

  10. “A great man from humble circumstances once said, ‘[T]here is not, of necessity, any such thing as the free hired laborer being fixed to that condition for life. . . . The prudent, penniless beginner in the world labors for wages awhile, saves a surplus with which to buy tools or land for himself; then labors on his own account for awhile, and at length hires another new beginner to help him. This is . . . the just, and generous, and prosperous system, which opens the way for all — gives hope to all, and . . . improvement of conditions to all. If any continue through life in the condition of the hired laborer, it is not the fault of the system, but because of either a dependent nature which prefers it, or improvidence, folly, or singular misfortune.'”

    Abraham Lincoln

  11. Tim,
    How’s it going?

  12. I appreciate Mike’s plea for conservatives. I know that Wendy and Tim try very hard for balance. The problem is that most NPR listeners are Liberal. That’s fine, it just makes balanced panels harder to find. It also creates a universe within “Charlotte Talks” that doesn’t fully understand the debate outside of that universe. Because of Jeff, today’s show was much more interesting and entertaining. I would think that’s true for Liberals as well as Conservatives. At least false premises weren’t accepted unchallenged. So, if you don’t count Mike it was 3 against 1. That’s a large improvement. Keep up the good work!

  13. Mike,
    I understand that you show has time constraints, however the lead up to your show discussed that your Average Joe today would discuss gay marriage. I was very disappointed to hear that this important issue was not even addressed. Many foreign policy issues where addressed, but this very important domestic issues was overlooked. With the current action in California, I think your guest could have talked about this important social issue.

  14. Steve,

    Your point is well taken. After the show we all commented about how quickly the hour had gone and the topics we had hoped to cover, but did not get to. It’s always difficult to deal with particular issues that can co-op the conversation. The vast majority of our emails and blogs were focused on the war as well. There will be other Avg. Joe shows and we will continue to strive to cover a variety of topics.
    Tim
    Associate Producer, Charlotte Talks

  15. I agree with Gregg. The shows are never as good without diversity on the panel. Jeff and everyone commented on that after the show. In fact, we all talked for another half hour. It’s fairly obvious that there are a lot of liberal or moderate listeners to NPR, but there are independents and conservatives as well. We welcome them all and hope to continue to hear from folks of all perspectives for Average Joes.

    Tim

  16. “The problem is that most NPR listeners are Liberal. That’s fine, it just makes balanced panels harder to find. It also creates a universe within “Charlotte Talks” that doesn’t fully understand the debate outside of that universe.”

    At least NPR allows for such diversity. I’ve yet to hear a conservative radio show that would even allow a liberal or progressive viewpoint to be on the show to begin with. And if they did, they would be shouted down or ridiculed.

  17. Ted,
    I can’t imagine that you’ve ever listened to conservative radio or you wouldn’t say such a thing. While there are no doubts where the host may stand, progressive viewpoints are debated in detail and with passion on right wing radio. Hannity had on Obama’s Reverend Wright for instance. He regularly has Al Sharpton, Chuck Rangel even Ted Kennedy as guest. Laura Ingraham is very gracious to liberals and attracts many callers. Things can get heated but most of the time they don’t. Rush doesn’t have guest but lots of liberals call and are treated with respect, even put to the front. As a matter of fact right wing radio is more about left wing viewpoints than any thing else.
    I guess you’re tacitly saying, please correct me, is that conservative radio doesn’t let the liberals on so liberal radio (WFAE?) shouldn’t let conservatives on.
    I’m a long time “Charlotte Talks” fan. They’re fair-minded great folks but they do lean left. It’s their job to satisfy their listeners and the majority of those listeners are to the left of center. That’s a beautiful thing and shouldn’t be denied.

  18. This is for Steve,

    I was the pro-life dem on the panel and I too was disappointed we could not get to gay marriage.

    My viewpoint is that the heterosexual community needs to get a hold on our promiscuity first before we criticize committed homosexual partners.

    Let the debate begin!
    Peace,
    Linda


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