Blockbuster movies hit screens as school is out for the summer, but Charlotte-area students will be watching a lesser-known, but important film called The Fat Boy Chronicles. Based on a book of the same name, the film follows the travels of an obese 9th grader in a thin-obsessed world. UNC Charlotte, CMS, Carolinas Medical Center and others are on board to sponsor the film’s screening and to bring awareness to the stigma and health effects of obesity. We’ll find out about the movie and what CMS is doing to combat childhood obesity.
Mike Buchanan – Co-Author and Screenwriter, The Fat Boy Chronicles
Libby Safrit – Executive Director, Teen Health Connection
Debra Kaclik – Director of Arts, Health and Physical Education at CMS
- The Fat Boy Chronicles website
- Amazon | The Fat Boy Chronicles by Diane Lang and Michael Buchanan
- The Fat Boy Chronicles premieres at UNC Charlotte Wed. June 2nd at 6:30
If you’ve ever had a hankering to see crafted gourds, holler at the top of your lungs or visit the second smallest Post Office in America, then join us for an offbeat journey. Our panel of travel experts will guide you through the quirky, unknown and fascinating places and sights in our state. We’ll take a radio tour of strange collections, repositories of history and places that house art and culture with a twist. Just in time for the holiday weekend, it’s a state tour of places off the beaten path.
Wit Tuttle – Director of Marketing, North Carolina Division of Tourism
John Bordsen – Travel Editor, The Charlotte Observer
Craig Distl – PR Specialist and Travel Writer
The County budget has been announced and there will be deep cuts and strained resources for virtually every service under county control. The City of Charlotte is in a similar budget crisis, so the talk of consolidating city and county services has heated up again. We’ve invited members of the County Commission and City Council to join us to talk about exactly what services could be consolidated, how much money might be saved and what it would mean for the administration of many services that are now separate. We’ll take a look at city/county consolidation.
Jennifer Roberts – Chairwoman, County Commission At-Large
Karen Bentley – County Commission Member, District 1
Patrick Cannon – City Councilman At-Large
Warren Cooksey – City Councilman, District 7
- Board of County Commissioners website
- Charlotte City Council website
- Charlotte Talks | Mecklenburg County Budget with Harry Jones
Summer is right around the corner but the summer blockbuster movie season is well underway with May offerings like Iron Man 2, Robin Hood and the Price of Persia. More blockbusters are on the way and our movie critics are here to guide us through the menu of adventure, comedy, animation and 3D offerings for the summer. It’s lights, camera, radio for the movie guys, when Charlotte Talks.
Matt Brunson – Arts and Entertainment Editor, Creative Loafing
Sean O’Connell – Senior Film Critic, AMC filmcritic.com
We’re joined by “the last Nazi hunter.” Dr. Efraim Zuroff works to find and prosecute Nazi war criminals around the world, vowing not to let the aging population of Nazis “die in peace.” He argues that the passage of time doesn’t diminish their guilt and has made it his life’s work to bring them to justice, no matter how many years have passed since the Holocaust. Dr. Zuroff is in town this week and he’ll join us to talk about his work and how he started this mission.
Dr. Efraim Zuroff – Israeli historian and Director, Simon Wiesenthal Center in Israel
- Operation Last Chance website
- Event | Dr. Zuroff will speak at Shalom Park May 24th at 8pm
- Charlotte Talks | Charlotte Area Holocaust Survivors
In 1840 Charlotte was a tiny, unimportant town of less than 5,000 people, but city leaders knew a way to fix that. They connected to a railroad that went through Columbia to Charleston. That single act has done more to put Charlotte on the map than anything else according to our guest, historian Walter Turner. We explore the history and importance of trains in Charlotte. All aboard for a look at the past, present and future of Charlotte’s railways.
Walter Turner – Historian, North Carolina Transportation Museum Foundation
- Event | Free talk on “Railroads Past & Future” at the Duke Mansion, Sunday May 23rd at 3:00pm. 704.714.4400 for more information.
Start your engines… today we broadcast from the new NASCAR Hall of Fame to find out what the museum has to offer. NASCAR is perhaps the last and oldest major American sport to get a hall to honor its legends and many advocates say it could be the new crown jewel for uptown Charlotte. We’ll look at some of the sport’s history, the greats who made it the $2 billion industry it is in our region today and the journey the museum took from concept to the finish line.
Winston Kelley – Executive Director, NASCAR Hall of Fame
Kevin Schlesier – Exhibits Manager, NASCAR Hall of Fame
Albert McKim – Historian, NASCAR Hall of Fame
- Photos | See pictures from the live broadcast at the NASCAR Hall of Fame
- Video | The live show wraps up at the NASCAR Hall of Fame
- NASCAR Hall of Fame website
- Charlotte Talks | NASCAR promoter and icon Humpy Wheeler
- Charlotte Talks | “The Physics of NASCAR”
County Manager Harry Jones joins the show this hour to talk about this year’s county budget. As the County Manager has said, “there is no purpose in sugar-coating the situation.” Several major county organizations are experiencing serious financial woes and the next fiscal year will include cuts to eliminate services, close facilities and lay off employees. We’ll talk about the budget for Mecklenburg County.
Harry Jones – Mecklenburg County Manager
- More information about the budget
- WFAE News | County Manager will call for 6 percent cuts at CMS and CPCC
- Charlotte Talks | Mecklenburg County Budget Crisis
Forty percent of Americans live in homes that were built before 1940. So when it’s time to remodel, how do you do a renovation that maintains the character of the older home, but uses sustainable practices and green-building techniques at the same time? North Carolina author Aaron Lubeck knows – he’s writtenGreen Restorations: Sustainable Building and Historic Homes. Join us for a conversation about green restorations.
Aaron Lubeck – Author of Green Restorations and President of Trinity Design/Build
After losing her job in corporate America, Jen Lancaster decided to fill her time by blogging with rants about her unemployment and about life. The blog became enormously popular and eventually she published her memoirs in a total of five books full of humor, sarcasm and the truth of life as an adult woman. The first four books have been on the New York Times Bestseller’s list, and her latest,My Fair Lazy, appears to be headed to the bestsellers list as well. She joins us in advance of a book-signing in town.
Jen Lancaster – Blogger and New York Times Bestselling Author of My Fair Lazy, Pretty in Plaid, Such a Pretty Fat, Bright Lights, Big Ass and Bitter is the New Black
- Jen Lancaster’s website “Jennsylvania”
- Books by Jen Lancaster
- Event | Jen has an appearance Friday, May 21st at Barnes and Noble in Birkdale Village Huntersville at 7:00pm. More info.