We’ll look at the quality challenge in China’s manufacturing industry with the author of a behind-the-scenes look at the China manufacturing world. We’ll discuss how widespread the quality crisis is, who the players are, and explore possible solutions.
Paul Midler – Founder, China Advantage and Author of Poorly Made in China
We’ll discuss some of the questionable business practices that led to the current economic crisis. Many critics, including the President and much of the public, have also cried foul at the notion of bonuses for executives at corporations receiving government bailout funds. We’ll also look at lending practices in the mortgage industry and how they may have promoted cheating among mortgage professionals.
Dr. Edward Kane – Professor of Finance, Boston College
Dr. Robert Kolb – Prof. of Finance & Chair of Applied Ethics, Loyola University Chicago
We’ll discuss the traditional avenues of media consumption and how things are changing today with the advent of cable news, internet news and social networking. We’ll also talk about the decline in the health of the newspaper industry and how it could be detrimental to the news industry as a whole.
Dr. Dean Kruckeberg – Professor of Communication Studies, UNC Charlotte
Join the discussion: We want to know how you consume the news.
Historian and pioneer of African American studies, John Hope Franklin died Wednesday at the age of 94. His book From Slavery to Freedom, first published in 1947, continues to be one of the most important of its kind- considered a landmark integration of black history into American history. Charlotte Talks spoke with Dr. Franklin in 2007 about his life and legacy.
As popularity in youth sports programs rise dramatically, so does verbal and physical abuse of young athletes. Stories have emerged of punitive practice sessions and the denial of water, with sometimes fatal results. Lawsuits are becoming more common and advocates are calling for more oversights of youth sports. We’ll look at this growing controversy, the drive to win and how it may be harming our children.
Brooke de Lench – Editor, MomsTeam.com and Author of Home Team Advantage
Dr. Thomas Appenzeller – Assoc. Professor, Sport Management, Wingate University and Author of Youth Sport and the Law
Most of us aren’t very connected with the source of the food we eat. That piece of chicken in the grocery store barely resembles the animal from which it came. The Charlotte Observer’s Kathleen Purvis noticed this and did a series tracing one animal’s journey. She joins us to trace a similar path to see how such a journey can be done in a healthy, humane fashion.
Peter Reinhart – Chef in Residence, Johnson and Wales
Kathleen Purvis – Food Editor and Writer, Charlotte Observer
Natalie Veres – Co-Owner, Grateful Growers Farm
Byron Jordan – Owner, A.B. Vannoy Hams
Join us for a conversation with oceanic explorer Dr. Dana Yoerger. He’ll tell us about his experiences exploring the ocean floor, and about using robots to explore the deep sea. We’ll also take your questions about deep sea exploration.
Dr. Dana Yoerger – Associate Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
In the first part of the show, we’ll talk to Laurie Berkner, a rock star in the world of children’s music. She started out in traditional rock bands, but has been writing toe-tapping tunes for kids for over a decade. Then we’ll discuss Existentialism and the writings of Jean Paul Sartre. A Charlotte theater group is producing his most famous play, No Exit.
Laurie Berkner – Musician, The Laurie Berkner Band
Dr. Norris Frederick – Chair Philosophy & Religion, Queens University
Paige Johnston Thomas – Director of No Exit, CAST
Dave Blamy – “Garcin” in No Exit
- Info on The Laurie Berkner Band Live Concert on Sunday March 29th at Ovens.
- No Exit runs April 2nd – April 25th at CAST Theater
One of the nation’s top financial advisors joins us to talk about personal finances in today’s economy and what you can do to protect your retirement or college funds. We’ll also discuss what people were doing with their finances during the Depression.
Larry Carroll – Carroll Financial Associates, Inc.
Robert Kravchuk – Chair, Political Science, UNC Charlotte
Veteran “This Old House” Head Landscaper Roger Cook joins us, along with a panel of local master gardeners to talk about the latest trends in the landscaping industry.
Roger Cook – Head Landscaper, This Old House
David Goforth – Cabarrus County Master Gardener
Matthew Fulbright – Landscaper, Woodlands Landscaping
Since this is an encore presentation, we won’t be able to take your phone calls.