In one fateful day, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger went from a veteran airline pilot and devoted husband and father to a national hero. His emergency landing of USAirways Flight 1549 in New York’s Hudson River became the stuff of legend but Captain Sullenberger credits the heroic act to a love of learning, attention to detail and devotion to the passengers in his charge. Captain Sullenberger is flying to Charlotte to sign his book, Highest Duty, but first he joins guest host Chris Clackum to talk about his life, his passion for flying and his remarkable career.
Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger – Airline Pilot, USAirways
Since this conversation is pre-recorded, we won’t be able to include your comments
- Amazon | Highest Duty by Chesley Sullenberger
- Charlotte Talks | Looking Back on Flight 1549 (passenger perspective)
- Event | Captain Sullenberger will do a book signing Monday March 1st at 7pm at Joseph Beth Booksellers
It’s time for the monthly news roundup with the news staff from WFAE. U.S. Representative Sue Myrick has waged her own battle against Islamic extremism and she holds a town hall meeting with the Muslim community tonight. We’ll learn more about that issue and we’ll also look at what happened to the proposal to build affordable housing in the Ballantyne community. Other stories include a look at the impact of the federal stimulus plan in our region a year after its inception, a CMPD update and a new census aimed at identifying Charlotte’s chronic homeless. Join us for a look at those stories and more.
Greg Collard – News Director, WFAE
Lisa Miller – Staff Reporter, WFAE
Julie Rose – Staff Reporter, WFAE
- WFAE | Myrick to host Muslim town hall meeting
- WFAE | CHA quits Ballantyne project; neighbors continue to protest plan
- WFAE | Sizing up the stimulus package for cities and towns
Banking icon Hugh McColl Jr. joins us today. Mr. McColl is the chief architect responsible for the rise of banking in our region. He almost single-handedly molded a series of large regional banks into the national institution that has become Bank of America. Mr. McColl retired from the bank some years ago but remains active in our city. He has founded several financial institutions, continued his philanthropic works and helped build the cultural community in Charlotte. Mr. McColl joins us to talk about his life, his work, his love of art and what’s next.
Hugh McColl – Founder and Chairman, Falfurrias Capital Partners
Last month, Charlotte Magazine printed a feature about the two separate ‘cities’ that Charlotte has become over the past couple of decades. There exists an “urban” Charlotte, and a “suburban” Charlotte, and the lifestyles of the two are very different – and are sometimes hostile towards each other. We’ll talk about some of the specific cultural differences between city-dwellers and suburbanites, and the pros and cons of each lifestyle. We’ll also talk about how the traditional cul-de-sac heavy suburbs are turning more urban.
Jen Pilla Taylor – Writer, Charlotte Magazine
Richard Thurmond – Editor and Associate Publisher, Charlotte Magazine
Jeff Michael – Director, Charlotte Urban Institute
Chris Leinberger – Land use strategist, Author of The Option of Urbanism
- Charlotte Magazine | “Tale of Two Cities” by Jen Pilla Taylor
- Charlotte Talks | Fixing Suburban Sprawl
- Amazon | The Option of Urbanism by Chris Leinberger
- NPR | A social experiment: communes in cul-de-sacs
In today’s fast-paced world, most of us would probably admit to needing to multitask to get all of our tasks completed on a day-to-day basis. And several of us would probably profess to being really good at multitasking. But one Charlotte expert in human performance says that multitasking is a myth and furthermore has been proven by science to be impossible for humans. We’ll talk with Dr. Louis Csoka who has done scientific research on human performance about multitasking.
Dr. Louis Csoka – Founder of Apex Performance
Step back in time with us as well-known dinosaur paleontologist, Pete Larson joins us. Mr. Larson and his Black Hills Institute excavated the famed Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton named Sue. He and his group of excavators have also discovered many other T Rex fossils, and thousands of other dinosaur and ancient mammal bones. Mr. Larson joins us to talk about all things dinosaur.
Peter Larson – Paleontologist and President of The Black Hills Institute
Now that cities across the country are beginning to adopt the “new urbanism” movement, which focuses on cutting down on suburban sprawl, urban planners are working on ways to ‘fix’ the sprawl problem already existing in communities around the country. We’ll be joined by one of those planners, who has developed a process for urban sprawl ‘repair.’ We’ll learn about how and why these repairs are made and even talk about a few local examples of repair, or “retrofitting.”
Tom Low – Director, Charlotte office of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
- WFAE News | Suburban retrofit, a solution to sprawl
- Charlotte Talks | Managing growth in Charlotte
- Civic by Design website
Watch DPZ’s animation plan to make Charlotte’s Queens & Queens and Providence & Providence intersections (voted the worst intersections in Charlotte) less intimidating for pedestrians.
Sprawl repair proposals in Charlotte by DPZ
Our guest today spends most of his time studying the coldest climates on earth but his research has to do with warming trends. Dr. Walt Meier is a research scientist who studies arctic ice sheets and sea ice to learn what the changes there may be telling us about the environment. Dr. Meier will share what he has learned about the arctic ice and about the arctic world in general when he joins us.
Dr. Walt Meier – Research Scientist, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado in Boulder
Music has been at the core of the African-American experience since the days of slavery. We’ll share that experience with two groups giving voice to such music. Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte is presenting Black Pearl Sings, a show about the preservation of black music and the Levine Museum of the New South is following suit with a learning exhibit called Music and Black Southern History. Join us for a musical and historical rendition of Charlotte Talks.
Terry Henry-Norman – Actress, plays “Pearl” in Black Pearl Sings
Dennis Delamar – Director, Black Pearl Sings
Frank Higgins – Playwright, Black Pearl Sings
Janeen Bryan – VP of Education, Levine Museum of the New South
- Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte | Information about Black Pearl Sings
- Levine Museum | Information about Music and Black Southern History
We’ll discuss the importance of teaching economic literacy to K-12 students across the state. We’ll talk with people who are working to combat the lack of economic and financial knowledge in youth, especially in light of the current economic crisis, by teaching kids practical information about finance and economics. We’ll hear about some of the programs that organizations throughout the state are putting forth to achieve the goal of more economic knowledge for kids and hear about some of the early results of the programs.
Bruce Nofsinger – Principal, Topics Education and Leader, Topics Financial
Derwin Dubose – Director of Financial Literacy, NC Treasurers Office
Sandy Wheat – Exec. Director, NC Council on Economic Education and President, NC JumpStart Coalition for Financial Literacy for Youth