We’ll take a closer look at Doctors Without Borders, an organization that works in 70 countries around the world providing independent and impartial medical care to people trapped by war, epidemics or natural disasters. But their operation in war zones is problematic due to the necessity of collaboration with military operations. Sophie DeLaunay is Executive Director of the U.S. division of Doctors Without Borders. She joins us to talk about these challenges.
Sophie DeLaunay – Executive Director, U.S. Division of Doctors Without Borders
- Event | DeLaunay speaks at the Westin Charlotte April 1 at noon (more info) & at UNC Charlotte’s Atkins Library at 3:30pm. Public welcome (more info)
We’ll take a look back at the biggest stories to hit the Charlotte region in the past month, including budget cuts all around the country and specifically in the library and the schools, how our representatives voted in the healthcare vote and how that was received, sexual harassment accusations for the City Council and more. We’ll also take a look at the stories our reporters will be watching for in the month ahead.
Greg Collard – News Director, WFAE
Lisa Miller – Reporter, WFAE
Julie Rose – Reporter, WFAE
- WFAE | Water rates may rise again to plug $13M budget gap
- WFAE | City Council authorizes sexual harassment investigation
- WFAE | Libraries will remain open
- Charlotte Talks | Mecklenburg Budget Crisis
Across the country and here in the Charlotte region, construction companies are employing the practice of the ultimate in reusing: taking ceiling tiles, lights, carpets and more from old buildings and putting them back into use in the community. We’ll talk about construction and demolition recycling, the practice of deconstruction and how construction companies, developers and non-profits are benefiting from not wasting useable materials.
Susan Stabley – Journalist, the Charlotte Business Journal
Linda Holden – Founder and President of Linda Construction, Inc.
Michael Talbert – Senior Environmental Specialist of construction/demolition programs for Mecklenburg County Waste Management
Longtime film critic and culture writer, Lawrence Toppman, begins his fourth decade of chronicling the arts in our region. Larry joins us to look back on the last 30 years of triumphs, tragedies and missed opportunities he has witnessed while reporting on the arts. Join us for a reflection of one writer’s tenure in our region.
Lawrence Toppman – Culture Writer and Film Critic, The Charlotte Observer
“There are old mushroom hunters and bold mushroom hunters, but they are never the same.” That sentiment is well-known in the community of mushroom hunters because collecting the wide variety of fungi used in so many dishes can reap financial benefits, but it can also be a deadly experience. Today Chef Peter Reinhart brings along a local mushroom hunter and a chef who works for a mushroom growing company. They will teach us the basics about these enigmatic objects that are closely related to mold. Join us for a field guide to mushroom hunting and cooking.
Peter Reinhart – Chef-on-Assignment, Johnson and Wales University
Reed Patterson – Mushroom Hunter
Bob Engel – Chef Liaison, Gourmet Mushrooms Inc.
- Recipes | Some of Bob Engel’s recipes like Maitake Mushroom Bread Pudding
- Blog | A Cook’s Tour of Gourmet Mushrooms by Bob Engel
- Recommended | Fungi website by Tom Volk
- Recommended | MushroomExpert.com
Join us for a conversation about what the new healthcare legislation means for all of us. We’ll talk about what happened and what is really in the legislation and we’ll hear from experts about what it means for healthcare providers, patients, insurance providers and more.
Dr. Michael Dulin – Carolinas Healthcare, Inc.
Dr. Bill Brandon – Health Policy expert, Political Science at UNC Charlotte
Michael Burg – Founder and President of Edge Health Marketing
A conversation about entrepreneurs and how to be successful for the long haul. We’ll meet with an entrepreneurial expert who trains would-be business starters on how to start a business with a mind for long-term success. We’ll also talk with someone who has run her own business for 50 years and a fledgling entrepreneur just starting a business she hopes will last for decades.
Joan Zimmerman – CEO of Southern Shows, Inc. of Charlotte
Cassmer Ward – CEO of The ClearCollar in Charlotte
Dr. Chuck Bamford – Professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategy at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte
Most organizations have highs and lows throughout their histories, especially when they’ve been around for over a century, and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department is not exempt from that. Even with the more turbulent news of late, the department’s nearly 150 year history is one where duty, adaptation to changes in technology and culture, and challenges posed by criminals are prominent throughout. We’ll meet the author of a new book about the full history of the CMPD and hear about an accompanying exhibit coming up at the Charlotte Museum of History.
Ryan Sumner – Author, Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Police
Leslie Kessler – Historian and Curator, Charlotte Museum of History
Melissa Treadaway – Research and Planning division of CMPD
- Amazon | Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Police by Ryan Sumner
- Exhibit | Beneath the Badge: Policing in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County opens March 27th at the Charlotte Museum of History. More info.
Like most city/county services, money is tight for the Charlotte Area Transit System. The organization recently announced the possibility of a $0.25 fare increase, which some on the Mecklenburg Transit Commission say is too much, even though the system is facing a budget shortfall of several million dollars. We’ll meet the new CEO of CATS, Carolyn Flowers and we’ll also be joined by Mecklenburg Transit Commission member and County Commission Chair Jennifer Roberts to talk about the budget troubles at CATS and how the organization plans to keep up with its ambitious plans for growth in an economic downturn.
Carolyn Flowers – CEO and Director, CATS Public Transit
Jennifer Roberts – Chair, Board of Mecklenburg County Commissioners and member, Mecklenburg Transit Commission
- WFAE | New CATS CEO discusses push for 25-cent rate hike
- Public meeting about the possible rate hike Wed. March 24th. More info.
A look at budget problems within Mecklenburg County. The Mecklenburg County library system announced the closing of 12 branches and layoffs of 1/3 of the system’s staff. And the cuts for the library won’t stop there. Library and county officials join us to talk about the budget situation for the rest of this year and budget planning for next year, both for the library and for other county entities.
Charles Brown – Director, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County
Hyong Yi – Director of Management and Budget for Mecklenburg County
Jennifer Roberts – Chair, Board of Mecklenburg County Commissioners
Karen Bentley – Mecklenburg County Commissioner, District 1
- WFAE | County budget pickle: Bad luck or bad management?
- Charlotte Observer | Library system will close 12 branches, lay off staff
- Mecklenburg County budget website