One year ago, Flight 1549 made an emergency landing on the Hudson River with many Charlotteans on board. It’s being called “the Miracle on the Hudson” and today we’ll look back at the events of that day through the eyes of two of the passengers of Flight 1549. We’ll also talk to the author of a new book, Brace for Impact, which compiles the experiences of 22 of the survivors.
Clay Presley – President of Carolina Pad, Passenger on Flight 1549
Beth McHugh – Business woman, Passenger on Flight 1549
Kevin Quirk – Co-Author, Brace for Impact: Miracle on the Hudson Survivors Share Their Stories of Near Death and Hope for New Life
Since this is a pre-produced presentation, we won’t be able to include your comments.
- Amazon | Brace for Impact (Stories about Flight 1549 Survivors)
- Amazon | Miracle on the Hudson (Stories by Flight 1549 Survivors)
Portions originally aired: 9/28/2009
The old adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is easy to follow if you live in North Carolina. We are the 7th largest apple producer in the country with 40 varieties of the famous fruit grown in our region. But there are far more than 40 ancient and heirloom varieties of southern apples and one of our guests has sought out and saved many of them. North Carolina’s version of Johnny Appleseed, Lee Calhoun, joins us along with Chef Peter Reinhart and others to explore the benefits of North Carolina apples.
Peter Reinhart – Chef-on-Assignment, Johnson & Wales
Lee Calhoun – Author, Old Southern Apples* and Orchard Owner
Megan Lambert – Pastry Chef, Johnson & Wales
*Old Southern Apples is currently out of print.
Part One: Imagia and the Magic Pearls
Last year, Disney got a lot of attention when it released the first ‘black princess movie,’ The Princess and the Frog. But here in Charlotte, a local children’s author released the very first princess book featuring a black princess. It’s called Imagia and the Magic Pearls. We’ll talk to the author, Monroe Tarver about his book.
Monroe Tarver – Author of Imagia and the Magic Pearls
Part Two: The Aluminum Show
The Aluminum Show arrives this week for a lengthy run in the Queen City at the new Knight Theater. The show, originally created in Isreal, has been described as a cross between Stomp, The Blue Man Group and Cirque de Soleil. We’ll talk with an executive who is working to raise awareness about the show and one of the cast members.
Orin Wolf – President and CEO of Off Broadway Booking
Inbal Gilad – Troop Manager, The Aluminum Show
Dr. Ephraim Sneh, Former Israeli Deputy Minister of Defense, has come to Charlotte for a series of conversations about Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Dr. Sneh is one of the most influential voices on Israeli defense strategy under both his work as general in the Israeli Defense Forces and a leader in the Knesset. Dr. Sneh will discuss the existential dangers posed by states like Iran, and the strategic value of peaceful co-existence with the Palestinians. Join us for an insider’s view on critical foreign affair topics.
Dr. Ephraim Sneh – Former Israeli Deputy Minister of Defense
Our region was first known for its textile industry and later as a center for banking, but our identity could be changing. City leaders are looking at a number of new industries to promote such as energy or technology, but one industry is already healthy and growing- the defense industry. North Carolina has a large and growing number of defense contractors with more than a thousand companies receiving defense funding in the Charlotte region alone. We’ll explore our current defense industry, and the move to grow it.
Tad Dunn – Deputy Director, North Carolina Military Foundation
David Swenson – VP, Economic Development Services, Charlotte Regional Partnership
“Civilization requires civility. Words matter.” That’s a quote from National Endowment for the Humanities’ Chairman Jim Leach last November when he announced the launch of a 50 state “Civility Tour” he’ll be making over the next 18 months to call attention to the need of civil discourse in American Society. In advance of Mr. Leach’s stop in Charlotte next week, we’ll discuss his goal for a more civil America.
Jim Leach – Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities
- Event | Jim Leach will lecture on “Civility and Bridging Cultures” on Jan. 14th at Levine Museum of the New South at 6pm. More info.
Don’t swallow your gum or you will get sick. If you pluck a grey hair, more will grow back in its place. If you eat something, wait an hour to go swimming. If you’ve heard these bits of medical and health advice over the years it’s time to tune in to Charlotte Talks. Guest host Chris Clackum sits down with two doctors who are out to dispel every myth, half-truth and outright lie about your body and health. They’ve written a book about their findings called Don’t Swallow Your Gum. Join us for a fun and informative hour that will give you a new perspective on many old tales of health and beauty.
Dr. Aaron Carroll – Co-Author and Assoc. Prof. of Pediatrics and Director of Professionalism Research, Indiana University School of Medicine
Dr. Rachel Vreeman – Co-Author and Asst. Prof. of Pediatrics, Children’s Health Services Center for Health Policy and Medicine Research, Indiana University School of Medicine
- Charlotte Talks | Medical Myths (earlier show)
- Amazon | Don’t Swallow Your Gum by Dr. Aaron Carroll and Dr. Rachel Vreeman
- Don’t Swallow Your Gum website
We’ll take a look at part of Charlotte’s history and a glimpse into our possible future. We’ll see Charlotte through the eyes of a Charlottean who has been working, largely under the radar, for years to improve the community he calls home. Former Charlotte City Councilman and local businessman Ron Leeper joins us to talk about his years as a young leader in the African-American community who won a seat on the City Council. That victory was just the beginning of the story for Leeper. We’ll hear more.
Ron Leeper – Former Charlotte City Councilman, President of RJ Leeper Construction