Thursday October 1, 2009 | William Safire

September 30, 2009 at 11:23 am | Posted in Coming Up | 1 Comment

The political columnist and unofficial keeper of the English language, William Safire, died this past Sunday at the age of 79. Eight years ago, just after 9-11, we had a wide-ranging conversation with him in front of a live audience at Spirit Square. The then recent attacks shaped our discussion as did his book on The New Language of Politics. We revisit our conversation with William Safire.
Guest
William Safire – Political Columnist
Since this is an encore presentation, we won’t be able to take your phone calls.

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Wednesday September 30, 2009 | Charlotte’s Streetcar & A Chorus Line

September 29, 2009 at 9:49 am | Posted in Coming Up | 1 Comment

Part One: Charlotte’s Streetcar
A debate on whether Charlotte should have streetcar service along its central corridor has taken several twists and turns. The issue has grown more contentious with the city council overriding Mayor Pat McCrory’s veto of a $4.5 million design contract to study the streetcar route. Supporters say the design is needed now so that the city can apply for federal funds later but detractors say the $450 million, ten mile route is another transportation boondoggle. Charlotte Observer reporter Steve Harrison has covered much of the debate and he shares the streetcar story with us.
Guest
Steve Harrison – Savvy Citizen Columnist, The Charlotte Observer

Part Two: A Chorus Line
The “singular sensation” has arrived and is on stage now in the Queen City. We’ll be joined by cast members from the longest running American musical “A Chorus Line.” We’ll find out how this production maintains its relevance over decades on the stage and we’ll also talk with one of the original cast members whose part was based heavily on her experiences.
Guests
Clyde Alves – Actor, plays Mike in “A Chorus Line”
Robyn Hurder – Actress, plays Cassie in “A Chorus Line”
Baayork Lee – Co-Choreographer of the revival for Broadway and the tour. She was the original Connie and dance captain, and the role was based heavily on her life.

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Tuesday September 29, 2009 | Dr. Andrew Weil & the Health Care Debate

September 28, 2009 at 8:39 am | Posted in Coming Up | 6 Comments

We’ll talk to Dr. Andrew Weil about his view of the medical field as a doctor and as someone who wants the focus of health care to be more on preventative medicine than disease management. We’ll talk about his proposals for health care reform in America and he’ll share his vision of the future of health care here.
Guest
Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D.
– World renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine

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Monday September 28, 2009 | Life Lessons Learned on the Hudson

September 25, 2009 at 11:40 am | Posted in Coming Up | 4 Comments

We’ll meet one of the many Charlotteans who was on board Flight 1549 out of New York on January 14th when it made an emergency landing in the Hudson River. Clay Presley, a Charlotte businessman, learned a lot of lessons on that cold winter afternoon that can be applied to our lives and even to business. We’ll talk about his experience and his new outlook.
Guest
Clay Presley – President and CEO of Carolina Pad, passenger on Flight 1549
Beth Mchugh – Business woman, passenger on Flight 1549

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Friday September 25, 2009 | The Perfect Hamburger & Hot Dog

September 24, 2009 at 11:40 am | Posted in Coming Up | 10 Comments

Chef Peter Reinhart is back for our monthly food show. Today we celebrate those quintessential American staples, the hot dog and hamburger. Those two basic foods are experiencing a sort of renaissance with dozens and dozens of variations, cooking styles and forms of meat or meat substitutes. Join us on a quest for the perfect hamburger and hot dog.

Guests

Peter Reinhart – Chef on Assignment, Johnson & Wales University
Frank Scibelli – Owner, Big Daddy’s Burger Bar
Dave Mueller – Owner, Mueller’s Sandwich Shop
Bruce Kraig – Culinary Historian and Author of Hot Dog: A Global History

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Thursday September 24, 2009 | Haleh Esfandiari

September 23, 2009 at 11:43 am | Posted in Coming Up | 4 Comments

A conversation about the true story of Iranian-American Scholar Dr. Haleh Esfandiari, who was imprisoned in Iran in 2007 after a visit to her elderly mother. She’ll share details of her more than 100 day incarceration, including interrogations, intimidation and fear of her tormentors.
Guest
Dr. Haleh Esfandiari
– Iranian-American academic and Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center

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Wednesday September 23, 2009 | Darts & Charlotte Film Festival

September 22, 2009 at 11:27 am | Posted in Coming Up | Leave a comment

Part One: Darts & the U.S. World Cup Darts Team
Here’s something you might not be aware of, darts is a big sport in North Carolina. In fact, this week, the World Cup of Darts will take place right here in Charlotte. And some of the players on the United States’ World Cup Darts team are from our area. We’ll meet a few of these Darts players and learn more about the sport and its growing popularity.
Guests
Ryan Barnette
– Member of the U.S. World Cup Darts Team and from Valdese, NC
Steve Brown – Member of the U.S. World Cup Darts Team
Jim Widmayer – Member of the U.S. World Cup Darts Team

Part Two: Charlotte Film Festival
The 4th Annual Charlotte Film Festival is happening this week in the Queen City with the goal of providing the community with “extraordinary cultural experiences by screening the most important works of independent film we can get our hands on.” Those works include world premieres of two documentaries, one about the U.S. Paralympic Team and the other about America’s battle over immigration policy. Also appearing at the festival is a new work by controversial filmmaker Michael Moore. We’ll talk about those films and learn more about independent films and how film festivals work.
Guests
Louis Gurgitano
– Founder and Director of the Charlotte Film Festival
Brent Renaud – Filmmaker, Director and Producer of Warrior Champions
Annabel Park – Filmmaker for 9500 Liberty

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Tuesday September 22, 2009 | NC Economic Forecast

September 21, 2009 at 9:03 am | Posted in Coming Up | 5 Comments

EconomicRecoveryFrequent visitor to Charlotte Talks and UNC Charlotte Economy Professor, John Connaughton is back with his latest economic forecast. Dr. Connaughton has been producing the forecast for over two decades and his current forecast offers glimmers of hope. Connaughton and others say the recession appears to be over, but high unemployment rates persist. How long will a full economic recovery take and can the economy ever be the same? We’ll ask Professor Connaughton those questions and more.
Guest
Dr. John Connaughton – Professor of Economics at UNC Charlotte

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Monday September 21, 2009 | Early Onset Alzheimer’s

September 18, 2009 at 11:25 am | Posted in Coming Up | 6 Comments

One fall morning almost three years ago, at the age of 46, Laura Mercer, a Charlotte Public Relations Executive, woke up and didn’t know who she was. After multiple tests, she and her family learned that she had early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. The news has been life-changing for Laura’s entire family and a story that is repeated, increasingly, around the country. Laura joins us, along with a panel of experts, to tell her story.
Guests
Laura Mercer – Charlotte woman (former reporter and PR Executive) who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 46.
Teresa Hoover – Senior Director of programs and family services, Alzheimer’s Association of Western Carolinas
Lynn Ivey – Founder of The Ivey adult day care

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Friday September 18, 2009 | Auto Industry

September 17, 2009 at 10:46 am | Posted in Coming Up | 6 Comments

The automotive industry is facing a long uphill battle, especially domestic brands, but some companies have fared better than other auto makers. Auto industry executives have said that each company is intertwined with the other through suppliers, dealerships and the parts industry. Ford executive Paul Kosaian is in Charlotte today for an industry event but first he and GM executive Tim Groves join us to talk about the auto industry, the cash for clunkers program and the changing face of Ford, GM and other auto makers.
Guests
Paul Kosaian – Director, Ford Stamping Business Unit Operations
Tim Groves – General Motors

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