We’ll explore the ramifications of the struggling auto industry today. Guest host Chris Clackum and a panel of experts will look at the current state of the industry, the economic implications of a proposed bailout plan and what the future might hold for “the big three.” We’ll also look at the auto industry right here in our region.
Tony Plath – Assoc. Professor of Economics, UNC Charlotte
David Westcott – Director, National Automotive Dealers Assoc. of NC
Bill Musgrave – Chair, Charlotte Committee, National Automotive Dealers Assoc.
Rick Hendrick – Chairman, Hendrick Automotive Group
On the busiest shopping day of the year, we’ll take a look at a concept that has seemed to have gone by the wayside- customer service. We’ll talk about some of the ways customer service professionals are trying to give good service to their customers and how people in different areas of expertise deliver service.
Ed Gagnon – President, Customer Service Solutions
Brian Cox – Customer Service Director of eGovernment, Mecklenburg County
Dwayne Campbell – Customer Relationship Manager for Mecklenburg Co. IT Services
Kimberly Laney – Interim Director of CharMeck 311 Call Center
During this holiday season, the thought of entertaining all those people can be overwhelming. How do you adjust standard recipes for larger groups, which foods should be cooked first, and what’s the best way to plan for a holiday party? We’ll have a discussion about cooking for large groups and hosting holiday parties.
Peter Reinhart – Chef-on-Assignment, Johnson & Wales
Todd Townsend – Executive Chef, Townsend’s Gourmet
Mary Tribble – Event Planner, Tribble Creative Group
Do you ever wonder how search engines like Google, Yahoo and Ask return all those results? Most of us use them every day without knowing how they work or that our search behaviors can be monitored. Some say that the search results they return are inherently biased. We’ll take a look at the science behind search and hear about a search engine that caters specifically to African Americans.
We’ll take a look into a new trend… “green” remodeling. Given the state of the economy and the real estate market, many people are choosing to stay put and remodel their homes- and they’re doing it in an environmentally friendly way. We’ll get some tricks and tips on making your home green and look into some other remodeling trends.
Dona Stankus – Building Programs Manager, NC Solar Center
Joan Kohn – Host, Kitchen Design, Bed & Bath Design, HGTV
Lynn Ivey – Owner, The Ivey Adult Day Care
As the vast boomer generation ages, so do their parents. As their parents pass on, Boomers must deal with the lifetime of memories and material possessions they leave behind. We’ll talk about how to deal with estate and personal property in a dignified and stress-free manner and how to put a value on the property left behind.
Julie Hall – Certified Personal Property Appraiser, Author of The Boomer Burden
Todd Stewart – Attorney at Law specializing in estate and living will cases
We explore the growing connection between Charlotte and Buffalo, New York- why streams of Buffalo residents are relocating here, what kind of family life is being left behind. We’ll also talk about the cultural and political influence residents from other areas of the country are bringing to the region.
Scott Graf – Morning Edition host, WFAE
Bill McCoy – Consultant, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
James Abt – Buffalo resident, former Charlotte resident
Mark Kmidowski – Charlotte resident, former Buffalo resident
We have food and music of the soul today on Charlotte Talks. First up, our monthly food show with Chef Peter Reinhart. Soul food has become as much a part of the African Diaspora and African American life as it is a set of recipes or cooking style. We’ll examine soul food in all of its manifestations.
Peter Reinhart – Chef-in-Residence
Frederick Opie – Author of Hog and Hominy
James Bazzelle – Owner, Mert’s Heart and Soul Restaurant
Then we’ll meet the creators of an innovative performance piece called Squonk Opera. The opera can be written to address the fame and foibles of a specific city and Charlotte has been graced with its own unique show.
Jackie Dempsey – Artistic Director, Composer, Pianist, Accordionist, Squonk Opera
Steve O’Hearn – Artistic Director, Artist, Wind Player, Squonk Opera
- Web Extra: Listen to a bonus segment about Soul food. Click to listen.
Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D. specializes in diabetes and asserts that diabetes can be reversed and he has recently co-authored a study showing that his recommended diet significantly reduces heart disease in people with Type 2 diabetes. We’ll take a look at this widespread and preventable disease.
Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D. – Nutritional researcher and Author of
Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes
We’ll talk about Marshall Goldman’s area of expertise, Russia, for an overview of oil in Russia and Vladimir Putin’s role in stabilizing Russia’s economy. We’ll talk about his encounters with Putin and just how much influence he had in the success of Russia’s re-emergence as a power. We’ll also talk about the US role in Russia’s economy over the past few decades.
Marshall Goldman – Author Petrostate: Putin, Power & the New Russia
Marshall Goldman will speak to the World Affairs Council of Charlotte today at Noon.