Thursday April 1, 2010 | Doctors Without Borders

March 31, 2010 at 10:47 am | Posted in Coming Up | 3 Comments

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.
Guest
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)

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Wednesday March 31, 2010 | WFAE News Roundup

March 30, 2010 at 11:45 am | Posted in Coming Up | 8 Comments

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.
Guests
Greg Collard
– News Director, WFAE
Lisa Miller – Reporter, WFAE
Julie Rose – Reporter, WFAE

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Tuesday March 30, 2010 | “Deconstruction” Building

March 29, 2010 at 11:15 am | Posted in Coming Up | 9 Comments

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.
Guests
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

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Monday March 29, 2010 | Lawrence Toppman on Charlotte Arts

March 26, 2010 at 11:40 am | Posted in Coming Up | 7 Comments

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.
Guest
Lawrence Toppman
– Culture Writer and Film Critic, The Charlotte Observer

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Friday March 26, 2010 | The Mushroom Hunter

March 24, 2010 at 10:19 am | Posted in Coming Up | 11 Comments

“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.
Guests
Peter Reinhart
– Chef-on-Assignment, Johnson and Wales University
Reed Patterson – Mushroom Hunter
Bob Engel – Chef Liaison, Gourmet Mushrooms Inc.

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Thursday March 25, 2010 | Healthcare Legislation & You

March 24, 2010 at 9:11 am | Posted in Coming Up | 22 Comments

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.
Guests
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

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Wednesday March 24, 2010 | Entrepreneurial Longevity

March 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Posted in Coming Up | 4 Comments

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.
Guests
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

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Tuesday March 23, 2010 | Charlotte & Mecklenburg Police History

March 22, 2010 at 11:05 am | Posted in Coming Up | 2 Comments

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.
Guests
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

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Monday March 22, 2010 | CATS Update Amid Budget Troubles

March 19, 2010 at 9:15 am | Posted in Coming Up | 4 Comments

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.
Guests
Carolyn Flowers
– CEO and Director, CATS Public Transit
Jennifer Roberts – Chair, Board of Mecklenburg County Commissioners and member, Mecklenburg Transit Commission

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Friday March 19, 2010 | Mecklenburg Budget Crisis

March 18, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Posted in Coming Up | 28 Comments

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.
Guests
Charles Brown
Director, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County
Hyong YiDirector of Management and Budget for Mecklenburg County
Jennifer Roberts Chair, Board of Mecklenburg County Commissioners
Karen Bentley
Mecklenburg County Commissioner, District 1

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