The founder of the now international organization, Girls on the Run, joins us on the next edition of Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. Thirteen years ago, Molly Barker began a small grassroots organization in the Charlotte area to help girls gain self-esteem and self-love through running. The organization has been a raging success, and thousands of girls throughout the region, the country– and now the world are benefiting from its healthy lessons for young women. Molly Barker has now written a book for girls from 3rd-8th grade called “Girls Lit From Within: A Guide to Life Outside the Girl Box,” outlining daily practices that assist girls in making healthy decisions for their lives. We’ll talk about the evolution of this once local organization and meet some of the original girls to find out what they’re doing now. Joins us for that conversation when Charlotte Talks.
Molly Barker – Founder, Girls on the Run
Liz Kunz – Current President, Girls on the Run
Original Members of Girls on the Run
We look at the year ahead for the performing arts in our region. We’ll visit with several critics and journalists who follow the arts including theatre, dance, music and the visual arts. From Broadway tours to a major Andy Warhol exhibition, it promises to be a busy year in the arts.
Perry Tannenbaum – Arts Editor, Creative Loafing Charlotte
It’s a session of Open Phones on the next Charlotte Talks. It’s your turn to call in, email or blog about the topics and issues that are most important to you. We want to hear your thoughts about whatever is on your mind this week, whether it’s the upcoming Presidential Election and the political conventions in a few weeks, or the Olympics and the controversies in China leading up to the Games, the start of the new school year, new police chief Rodney Monroe’s changes at CMPD, or whatever you’d like to discuss. Join Mike Collins for an hour conversation programmed by YOU on Charlotte Talks.
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A Researcher at UNC Charlotte has found evidence to suggest that we may be genetically wired to be lazy or not. We’ll talk about the influence this research may have on those people who get no enjoyment out of exercise, or just can’t make themselves get off that couch. We’ll also explore some of the possible applications of this research.
Dr. Timothy Lightfoot – Professor, Dept. of Kinesiology at UNC Charlotte
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We’ll talk about the difficult conversations that are essential to have between Boomers and their aging parents on this edition of Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. A panel of experts will talk about ways to make the conversations easier to start and easier to have and about what sorts of things should be discussed. We’ll also talk about a study that resulted in “The 40/70 Rule,” which refers to conversations 40 year olds should have with their parents when the parents are 70. Joins us to hear some conversation tips and to ask your own questions on the next Charlotte Talks.
Dr. Dena Schenk – Gerontology Professor, UNC Charlotte
Roberta Farnum – Co-founder and Owner, Home Instead Charlotte Senior Care
Matt Thornhill – President, The Boomer Project