The Charlotte Observer recently published a series of articles exploring the diagnosis and treatment of SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The series evoked passionate support as well as opposition, all in the context of a search for deeper understanding of this mysterious condition. We have invited one of the reporters of the series, as well as one of those critical of the writing, to join us in hopes of learning more about SIDS.
Tom Vitaglione – Senior Fellow, Health and Safety, Action for Children NC
Fred Clasen-Kelly – Staff Reporter, Charlotte Observer
- Charlotte Observer | Observer’s “Cradle of Secrets” Series
- Charlotte Observer | Observer SIDS series helpful but omitted important facts by Tom Vitaglione
We meet North Carolina author Scott Huler, who has written about everything from NASCAR to the death penalty, and from bikini wax to the airline industry. His latest book, On the Grid is a look at the wires, pipes, utility poles, cell towers and other systems that shape our society. We’ll talk about his research, what he learned, and about the state of our infrastructure through his eyes.
Scott Huler – Author of several books, On the Grid is his latest
When it comes to domestic wine production we often think of Northern California or the rugged coastal region of Oregon, but North Carolina was once the nation’s largest wine producer and its working it’s way back as a major player. North Carolina is now the country’s 7th largest wine making region and the Yadkin Valley has received the state’s first federal designation as an American Viticultural Area. We’ll meet two vineyard owners from Yadkin Valley as well as long time wine writer and educator, Catherine Rabb.
Catherine Rabb – Associate Professor, Johnson & Wales
Amy Helton – President, NC Wine Growers Assoc. & Co-Owner, Hanover Park Vineyard
Michael Helton – Board Member, NC Wine and Grape Council, Co-Owner, Hanover Park Vineyard
Allow all attending an audio announcing achievement. “Author Anonymous” assembles Ars Amatoria, an absolute alliterative anthology (all “A’s”). Yes, an anthology of poems in which every single word in the book begins with the letter A. This book has gained the attention of national talk shows and “Author Anonymous” happens to be Robert Manson Myers, an 89 year old man of Letters who lives in Charlotte. We meet this remarkable, dare we say, awesome, gentleman to talk about his book and much, much more.
Dr. Robert Manson Myers – Retired English Professor and Author, Ars Amatoria
The former president of Shell Oil joins us today. John Hofmeister has been very vocal on the topic of the BP Oil Spill, using his clout in the industry to give criticisms of those involved in the catastrophe and with ideas for how the spill can be cleaned up. We’ll talk about the latest on the spill, the cleanup, and how he thinks BP will fare after the disaster is over.
John Hofmeister – Former President of Shell Oil Company and Founder/CEO ofCitizens for Affordable Energy
- John Hofmeister’s website
- Amazon | Why We Hate The Oil Companies by John Hofmeister
- Event | Hofmeister will speak at Queens University of Charlotte on June 30th.
Part One: Girls Rock the House
American citizens are becoming more politically active than ever before and today on Charlotte Talks, we’ll meet two diverse groups of politically-inclined folks. First we meet an 8th grader who is a part of “Girls Rock the House,” a group that recruits 8th grade girls to learn about and become involved in, politics.
Rep. Sue Myrick – US Representative (9th District)
Desirae Kindley – Winner of the Girls Rock the House Bill contest, Charlotte
Mary Tribble – Founder, Girls Rock the House and Owner, Tribble Creative Group
Part Two: The Tea Party in North Carolina
Then, in the second part of the program, we’ll meet two Tea Party activists to find out who and what the Tea Party is, from the eyes of those who started it all. Join us as we explore new trends in American politics.
Chris Farr – State Grassroots Director, Americans for Prosperity
Craig Nannini – Tea Party Activist in Charlotte
We’ll meet an expert in the “greening” industry. Elena Michel lived and worked in England for five years in the sustainability field. When she decided to move back to America, she found that we’re at least 10 years behind England in terms of green building and the sustainability industry in general. We’ll talk about what’s different in England, where we are in America today in terms of being “green” and what will likely change in our culture, our architecture and in government regulation.
Elena Michel – Green Designer and Consultant, Second Eden Studio
Haiti has been largely out of the public eye lately but enormous problems still exist in the country devastated by a massive earthquake in January. At UNC Charlotte there is a group of students who study the sorts of humanitarian problems faced by Haiti and they are traveling there to learn more. The Model UN is a student group organized just like the real United Nations. We learn who they are, what they do and why they are going to Haiti.
Dr. Cindy Combs – Professor, Political Science & Public Administration, UNC Charlotte
Matt Smither – UNC Charlotte Graduate and Past President, Model UN
It’s a topic that has received a lot of attention this year, due to repeated attempts by the Charlotte Housing Authority to build more needed affordable housing in neighborhoods around the city. The very loud outcry by people already living in those neighborhoods has thwarted plans for such developments several times already this year and have caused the city council to re-think the policies by which they measure whether a neighborhood is a good fit for affordable housing. We’ll talk about those policies and how they may change, about exactly what affordable housing is, and how city leaders plan to remedy the housing problem.
Warren Cooksey – City Council Member (District 7) and Member of the Housing and Neighborhood Development Committee
Pat Mumford – Director of Neighborhood and Business Services Division for the City of Charlotte and Former Member of the Charlotte City Council
- Housing and Neighborhood Development Committee
- Event | “Can We Talk About Affordable Housing?” Community Meetings
- WFAE | Public Opposition Stops Affordable Housing Project in Ayrsley
- WFAE | Wanted: A Place To Build Affordable Housing
- WFAE | Where To Build Affordable Housing? Council Revising Policy
We spend the hour with the man behind the talent of groups like The Avett Brothers and The Carolina Chocolate Drops. Dolph Ramseur, founder of Ramseur Records joins us to share the story of his journey from tennis pro to music industry mastermind and we’ll learn how “just being a fan” of music can lead to success in bringing music to the masses.
Dolph Ramseur – Founder of Ramseur Records in Concord
- Charlotte Talks | Listen to our 2005 show with the Avett Brothers. (They preformed live!)
- WFAE News | Dolph Ramseur: The secret behind the Avett Brothers’ success
- Charlotte Talks | The Carolina Chocolate Drops