Tuesday August 17, 2010 | Cover Girl Culture

August 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Posted in Coming Up | 2 Comments

We’ll explore how media images of women and beauty affect young girls and their self-esteem. A new documentary by former international fashion model Nicole Clark comes to Charlotte this week that asks who makes the decisions as to what unrealistic standards of beauty appear in the media, and how can these be changed?  We’ll ask those questions too, and some others.
Guests
Michelle Icard
– Founder and CEO, Cognition House and Creator of Athena’s Path
Nicole Clark – Former Elite International fashion model and Director, Cover Girl Culture
Rosie Molinary – Instructor, Women’s & Gender Studies, UNC Charlotte and Author,Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self Acceptance

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  • Film Screening |  Cover Girl Culture, August 18th at 6:30pm, UNC Charlotte’s Cone University Center (for middle school girls and parents but open to public.) More info.

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Friday August 13, 2010 | DWI Laws in North Carolina

August 12, 2010 at 10:52 am | Posted in Coming Up | 6 Comments

Almost 30 years ago North Carolina passed what was then the toughest set of DWI laws in America. Now, critics say there are provisions in the current law that are unprecedented anywhere else in the nation and that weaken crime enforcements ability to combat drunken driving. We look at the laws that regulate drunken driving, the tools of enforcement and at repeat offenders who drink, drive and often kill.  Keeping drunk drivers off of our streets is the topic of discussion.
Guests
Judge Theo Nixon
– District Court Judge, 26th District
Bruce Lillie – Assistant District Attorney, Mecklenburg County
Timothy Gore – Assistant Public Defender, Mecklenburg County

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Thursday August 12, 2010 | Katyn Forest Massacre

August 11, 2010 at 9:45 am | Posted in Coming Up | 3 Comments

Earlier this year, Poland lost most of the top tier of their government, including their president, to a tragic plane crash. The collection of officials were on their way to commemorate the 70th anniversary of another Polish tragedy, a massacre in the Katyn Forest in Russia. Biographer Allen Paul, from Raleigh, has extensively covered the Katyn Massacre over the years, and was in Poland leading up to the tragic flight this spring. He’ll join us to talk about both tragedies and the people involved, and about why he turned down the invitation to be on the doomed flight.
Guest
Allen Paul
– Author of Katyn: Stalin’s Massacre and the Triumph of Truth

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Wednesday August 11, 2010 | The Vanishing Middle Class

August 10, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Posted in Coming Up | 35 Comments

Over the last few months, a number of financial experts, journalists and economists have written about the vanishing middle class. We’ll explore who makes up the middle class and why the demographic is shrinking. The great American Middle Class is in trouble and we’ll find out why.
Guests
Paul Taylor
– Executive Vice President, Pew Research Center
Dr. Dena Shenk – Professor and Director of Gerontology at UNC Charlotte
Dr. Bill Brandon – Professor of Public Policy on Health, Political Science at UNC Charlotte

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Tuesday August 10, 2010 | The Power of Rest

August 9, 2010 at 10:54 am | Posted in Coming Up | 2 Comments

A conversation about “the power of rest.” Dr. Matthew Edlund has written a book by that name, and he says that learning the skill of active rest is one that everyone needs to rebuild both body and mind. We’ll talk about rest, sleep, the difference between the two, and why most of us are not getting the real rest that we need.
Guest
Dr. Matthew Edlund
– M.D., Author and Director, Center for Circadian Medicine in Sarasota Florida

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Friday August 6, 2010 | Birds of Our Region

August 5, 2010 at 11:45 am | Posted in Coming Up | 6 Comments

This edition of Charlotte Talks is for the birds; all of the birds and those who love them. There is a large and diverse avian community in our region and our experts today will help us understand just how many birds live here. We’ll talk about the types of birds in our region, their habitats and how they have adapted to city life. Learn everything you’ve always wanted to know about our feathered friends.
Guests
Taylor Piephoff
– President, Carolina Bird Club
Natalie Childers – Bird Training and Education Specialist, Carolina Raptor Center

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Thursday August 5, 2010 | Housing Market Update

August 4, 2010 at 11:15 am | Posted in Coming Up | 7 Comments

It looks like the housing market across the nation has stalled yet again, and Charlotte is not immune to the bad news. Home sales, inventory of homes for sale, and construction plans are all weaker, with steady declines each month for the past several months. We’ll find out how bad the market is here and around the nation and we’ll talk about what experts think the future of housing looks like and what might pull the industry out of its slump.
Guests
Emma Littlejohn – President, The Littlejohn Group
Dan Cottingham – Owner/Broker, Cottingham Chalk Hayes Realtors
David Bracken – Staff Writer, The Raleigh News and Observer

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Wednesday August 4, 2010 | History & Preservation in Area Towns

August 3, 2010 at 10:11 am | Posted in Coming Up | 3 Comments

We’ve spent a lot of time on Charlotte Talks talking about history and effort, or lack of effort, in preserving Charlotte’s history. Well, many of the towns surrounding Charlotte have also been busy trying to preserve their histories. Towns like Matthews, Davidson and Pineville have been taking aggressive and sometimes controversial steps to protect their towns, and their town histories, from being swallowed up by Charlotte development and by development in general that’s not well thought out. We’ll spend the hour discussing why these individual town histories are so important and the lengths the municipalities have gone to in order to protect them.
Guests
Jim Taylor
– Mayor of Matthews NC
George Fowler – Mayor of Pineville NC
Dan Morrill – Area historian and director of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

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Tuesday August 3, 2010 | Charlotte Area Transit Plan: An Update

August 2, 2010 at 10:20 am | Posted in Coming Up | 2 Comments

Last week, top executives from Charlotte Area Transit and others traveled to Washington, DC to lobby for funding and other aide as they are updating our regions transit plans. We’ll find out about the results of that trip, the latest update on the transit plan, learn more about the funding process behind the streetcar project and more.
Guests
Carolyn Flowers
– Chief Executive, Cats
Natalie English
– Senior Vice-President of Public Policy, Charlotte Chamber

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