The internet has been something of a wild west frontier for years but the very openness that defined the internet could be changing. Leading the change is Google and Verizon wireless; two huge internet players. They are debating a deal that advocates say will make the internet a more fair marketplace for those who provide access to users. Opponents of the deal say that, without more federal regulation to control internet providers, users will pay higher fees and have less access to the internet than ever before. We update the issue of net neutrality and how to keep the internet open for all.
Andrew McDiarmid – Policy Analyst, Center for Technology and Democracy
Scott Cleland – President, Precursor LLC and Chairman, NetCompetition.org
Look to the sky! Here she comes with her umbrella- Mary Poppins is in Charlotte through mid September, and joins us today on Charlotte Talks. We’ll talk to cast members and the tour director about playing such iconic characters and maintaining the integrity of a musical that has entertained generations of theatre-goers, and we’ll get a behind the scenes look the show on the road.
Caroline Sheen – Actress, plays “Mary Poppins”
Dominic Roberts – Actor, plays “Bert”
Anthony Lyn – Associate Director of the Broadway Production of Mary Poppins
Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte has a thriving independent film community and a long established commercial and television industry in place but it’s also becoming a destination spot for filmmakers from around the world to show their work. The Charlotte Film Festival is evidence of that attraction. Festival organizers sift through hundreds of submissions and they’ve come up with what they say is a stellar lineup of offerings to present at this year’s Festival. It takes place in September but first members of the Charlotte Film Festival join us to talk about what we can expect when the lights go down and the projector rolls.
Brandon Falls – Public Relations Director, Charlotte Film Festival
Jennifer Bratyanski – Programming Coordinator, Charlotte Film Festival
In February of this year a man who served years behind bars was exonerated when it was revealed that the State Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab withheld evidence in his case. What followed was a revelation of alleged procedural violations, bias and evidence tampering at the SBI. Raleigh News and Observer reporter Mandy Locke has followed every twist and turn of this complicated plot and some say that the paper’s expose on the SBI prompted the recent leadership change there. We speak with Mandy Locke and others about the SBI, the new leadership and how a crime lab is meant to work.
Mandy Locke – Staff Reporter, Raleigh News and Observer
Matt Mathis – Director of the CMPD Crime Lab
Chris Swecker – Charlotte Attorney and Corporate Consultant
August Turak has been an executive at MTV and the A&E cable networks. He’s also been CEO of two Raleigh-based tech companies. He has some thoughts on how to move our economy out of its current slump using something called “conscious capitalism.” It incorporates what he calls service and selflessness and is a concept he learned from Trappist Monks. August Turak joins us to share his thoughts on bringing values and principles back to business.
August Turak – Corporate Executive and Entrepreneur, studied with Trappist Monks
Kathy Reichs is a bestselling novelist many times over. Add to that distinction credits as a screenwriter, television producer and much sought after Forensic Anthropologist. Now she has a new distinction; the matriarch of what is quickly becoming a literary family. Her daughter, Kerry, is the author of three books and now Kathy has teamed with her son Brendan to write a new series for young adults called Virals. Kathy comes back to visit, but this time she is joined by the other writers in this literary family. The Reichs join us to talk about writing, collaborating and togetherness.
Kathy Reichs – Author and Forensic Anthropologist
Kerry Reichs – Author, Good Luck Girl Leaving Uptown
Brendan Reichs – Co-Author, Virals
Associate Superintendent Guy Chamberlain and other planning officials at Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools adapt every year to construction, planning and population changes, and this year is no different. Just three years ago the system was so crowded that hundreds of mobile classrooms were needed. Now the opposite is true and the system has two new schools as well. We’ll talk about changes at CMS first and then we talk to enrollment expert Brian Ralph from Queen’s University of Charlotte. He will share some exciting research about lifelong influences and connections that are developed in the first year of college. It’s back to school when Charlotte Talks.
Guy Chamberlain – Assoc. Superintendent, Auxiliary Services, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
Brian Ralph – Vice President, Enrollment Management at Queens University of Charlotte
WUNC’s The State of Things and WFAE’s Charlotte Talks join forces to talk about today’s definition of the South, and specifically, North Carolina. There was once “The NEW South,” but with so many business, economic, political and cultural changes across the region, it looks like the “NEW SOUTH” is evolving into something else, whether it’s in Charlotte via the banking industry or the Triangle in the realm of science and technology, or beyond. This hour we’ll talk about some of the ways that North Carolina is helping to redefine the face of the South.
Dr. Tom Hanchett – Staff Historian, Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte
Dr. David Goldfield – Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History at UNC Charlotte
Dr. Kerry Haynie – Associate Professor of Political Science at Duke University
Rick Rothacker – Financial Reporter, The Charlotte Observer and Author, Banktown: The Rise and Struggles of Charlotte’s Big Banks
Justin Catanoso – Executive Editor, The Triad Business Journal in Greensboro
More photos from the show here.
Last month, we did two shows on political conversation, one from the perspective of a liberal, and one from the conservative standpoint. Both conversations were enlightening and interesting, and each guest expressed interest in talking to each other. So today, we’ll do just that. Brenton Stransky, author of The Young Conservative’s Field Guide and Dr. David Coates, author of Answering Back: A Liberal Toolkit will join us, together, to talk about their respective political philosophies.
Brenton Stransky – Co-author, The Young Conservative’s Field Guide and a Financial Consultant
Dr. David Coates – Author, Answering Back and Chair, Anglo-American Studies at Wake Forest University
- Charlotte Talks | The Young Conservative’s Field Guide
- Charlotte Talks | Answering Back: A Liberal Toolkit
- Amazon | The Young Conservative’s Field Guide by Brent Stransky & Andrew Foy
- Amazon | Answering Back by David Coates
- Brenton Stransky’s website
- David Coates’ website
Women’s Equality Day, which takes place next week, is a reminder of the work that it took for women to gain the right to vote and for other struggles towards equality for women. We’ll discuss why it took so long for women to get the right to vote, the role North Carolina and the South played in the women’s equality movement, and what work there is yet to do in terms of equality for women.
Lisa Yarrow – Director, Charlotte Mecklenburg Women’s Summit
Sally MacMillen – Professor of History at Davidson College
Pamela Hemphill – Member, Mecklenburg County Women’s Advisory Board and Professor of English at CPCC
- Event | Women’s Equality Day: Past, Present and Future. August 23rd, 6:15 – 8:30pm at the Levine Museum of the New South. More info.
Spanish explorer De Soto first wrote about and named the tribe that would later be known as the Catawba Indians, but the native people he met had lived in our region for centuries. Many of our landmarks are named for the Catawbas and the intersection of Trade and Tryon is said to be an ancient crossroads used by them and other Native Americans. We learn about the first people to live in our region and about the art and culture modern Catawba Indians still create.
Dr. Stephen Criswell – Director, Native American Studies, USC Lancaster
Chris Judge – Assistant Director, Native American Studies, USC Lancaster
Billie Ann McKellar – Archivist, Catawba Cultural Preservation Project and traditional Catawba Indian Potter