Join us for a conversation about the influence that the media has on us, whether we’re aware of it or not. We’ll talk with Dr. Karen Dill, author of How Fantasy Becomes Reality: Seeing Through Media Influence about how Facebook, Twitter, texting and other media influence how we see others, ourselves and the world around us.
Dr. Karen Dill – Social psychologist
Students are settling in for a new school year all over the region but it will be an unsettling year for the 38 percent of North Carolina students who report being bullied on more than one occasion. The Charlotte Coalition for Social Justice wants to reduce or eliminate bullying in schools and they join us to share some ideas. We’ll also meet a former bully and a victim of chronic bullying to hear their stories.
Lacey Williams – Program Coordinator, Charlotte Coalition for Social Justice
Jose Hernandez-Paris – Diversity Specialist, Family and Community Services at CMS
Stan Davis – School Counselor, Author of Schools Where Everyone Belongs
- Resource | Stop Bullying Now! from U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
Biologist Dr. Daniel Botkin has traveled the world to learn more about nature in balance and nature in adaptation. From moose in the far North, elephants in Africa, bowhead whales in northern oceans to the forest in North and Central America, he’s examined nature undisturbed. He also studies human interaction with nature and our impact on the environment.
Dr. Daniel Botkin – Prof. of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at University of California Santa Barbara
Since this is an encore presentation, we won’t be able to take your phone calls.
- Amazon | Discordant Harmonies: A New Ecology for the 21st Century by Daniel Botkin
- Daniel Botkin’s Blog | Reflections of a Renegade Naturalist
Much of Charlotte’s recent housing projects are focused uptown and along the light rail line but an entirely different type of development called “Agriburbia” is sprouting up here and in other places in America. Agriburbia represents neighborhoods built in the suburbs with a large central farm and small farm plots in the yards of each home. The inventor of Agriburbia joins us to describe this growing movement to create a nation of small farms.
Michael Hinshaw – Partner, Hinshaw Properties, LLC. and President, Charlotte Homebuilders Association
Quint Redmond – Owner, TSR Group
Dane Fisher – Co-Owner, Fisher Farms
North Carolina ranks third in the nation for the most congested metro roadways, and is one of the fastest growing states in the nation. That’s part of the reason why the North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition is holding a transportation forum this week at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord. Concord Mayor Scott Padgett and the keynote speaker at the forum, White House Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs David Agnew will join us to discuss how transportation funds are allocated around the state, possible improvements to urban infrastructures, developments for public transit and much more.
Mayor Scott Padgett – Mayor of Concord and Host of the Transportation Conference
David Agnew – White House Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
Part One: Native American Art
We’ll hear the story of a local art collector whose post-retirement travels allowed him to amass a large collection of work by Native American artists. He has put together a museum-quality collection of natives’ art of the New World (Alaska to Guatemala). His collection is now on display at the Mint Museum of Art. We’ll talk to him about the histories of some of these pieces themselves.
Nelson Grice – Retired accountant and local art collector
Dr. Dorie Reents-Budet – Curator for Ancient American Art at the Mint Museum of Art
- Mint Museum of Art | Passionate Journey: The Grice Collection of Native American Art
Part Two: Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory on Stimulus Money
Last week, Mayor McCrory wrote an opinion article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal about stimulus money and his thoughts about where the money’s going and whether it will be useful in the long run. He joins us to talk about local stimulus money, where it’s going, and his thoughts about the role that stimulus money is playing in the current economy.
Pat McCrory – Mayor of Charlotte
- Wall Street Journal | Patrick McCrory: The Lessons of the ‘Stimulus’ Bill
- Charlotte Talks | North Carolina Stimulus Money
The United Way has been in the news for many months and most of the news has not been good. New Executive Director Jane McIntyre hopes to regain public and corporate trust in United Way. It could be a daunting task as the organization is just weeks away from perhaps its most challenging fund drive in recent memory. Ms. McIntyre joins us to talk about her rise to the top of the struggling organization, her past experience with the YWCA and what her vision is for the future of the United Way of Central Carolinas.
Jane McIntyre – Executive Director, United Way of Central Carolinas
Eric Levinson left a seat on the North Carolina Court of Appeals to serve as Senior Representative to the Justice Department in Iraq. We’ll talk about the unique and difficult cases he encountered in Iraq and about his work in Afghanistan, where some judges can neither read nor write.
Eric Levinson – Senior Rep., Justice Department in Iraq
Since this is an encore presentation, we won’t be able to take your phone calls this hour.
From Tea Parties to Town Hall meetings, political gatherings are becoming more vocal and more intense. We meet with the heads of the three major parties in Mecklenburg County to discuss political rhetoric, each party’s agenda and whether or not the dialog between Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians is becoming less civil. Join us for a conversation about the political climate in our region.
Robert Bryan – Chairman, Republican Party of Mecklenburg County
Joel Ford – Director, Democratic Party of Mecklenburg County
Conrad Harvey – Chairperson, Libertarian Party of Mecklenburg County
We’ll talk about the local effort of several media organizations in Charlotte (including WFAE) to address our community’s needs and encourage the city’s citizens to think of ways to meet those needs. This effort is called Mission Possible, and right now the coalition is asking for members of the community to take an online survey that asks for their ideas on how to better meet the needs of people in Charlotte. This project, and those like it around the country are examples of crowdsourcing. We’ll talk about exactly what that is, and about some of the ideas that are coming in via the survey that may help meet Charlotte’s community needs.
Matt Spangard – Vice President of Interactive Technologies, Edison Nation
Andrew Haeg – Editor of Public Insight Journalism at Minnesota Public Radio
Steve Gunn – Editor for Innovations, Charlotte Observer
- WFAE | Mission Possible coverage
- Edison Nation Survey | Submit your ideas on how to help Charlotte charities
Charlotte Mission Possible is a joint effort by local media outlets to help Charlotte residents understand the needs of the community and then find ways to help meet those needs. Learn more here.