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70 minutes | Nov 30, 2018
Live Event: Higher Education in Charlotte - Episode 43
In this episode, we present a recording of our last live event in 2018: Higher Education in Charlotte. Moderated by our editor, Emma Way, our panel includes representatives from the Charlotte Chamber, Johnson C. Smith University, CPCC, and UNCC.#discussCLT Podcast is a production of Charlotte magazine and is sponsored by OrthoCarolina.
46 minutes | Oct 4, 2018
A Higher Education Primer - Episode 42
Higher education came into sharp focus this year, when Amazon passed over Charlotte—and shortlisted rival Raleigh—for the relocation of its East Coast headquarters in large part because the Queen City lacks a stronger infrastructure for higher ed. In this episode, host Andy Smith and contributing editor Greg Lacour take a look at the landscape ahead of our Oct. 17 event at Catawba Brewing. Read more about the event at discussclt.com.
90 minutes | Sep 30, 2018
Live Event: Charlotte's Transit Future - Episode 41
In this episode, we present a recording of one of our most lively public discussions yet: The future of Charlotte transportation was the topic, with a panel of consisting of former city councilman and mayoral candidate Edwin Peacock, Mary Newsom of UNC Charlotte's Urban Institute, CATS deputy director John Muth, and Charlotte City Council member Greg Phipps in August.
9 minutes | Jul 27, 2018
Inside the Charlotte Gateway Station - Episode 40
Since our next event on Aug. 15 at Catawba Brewing is titled “Charlotte’s Transit Future,” we thought we'd just focus on one major transportation project for this episode: the Charlotte Gateway Station. We talk to State Transportation Secretary James Trogdon and CATS CEO John Lewis about the changes ahead. Make sure you RSVP to that Aug. 15 event at discussclt.com. The #discussCLT Podcast is sponsored by OrthoCarolina.
25 minutes | Jun 6, 2018
North Tryon Vision Plan - Episode 39
Cathy Bessant is Bank of America’s chief operations and technology officer and the person recently labeled the “Most Powerful Woman in Banking.” She also happens to be the co-chair North Tryon Vision Plan’s advisory committee. In this episode of the #discussCLT Podcast, we talk to her about what the plan is, what area it covers, what it means for the underserved, and much more. Also: The next discussCLT event is titled “Charlotte Task Forces: Are They Effective?” When the city faces a crisis-from education to economic mobility-we turn to task forces. Why? And do they make a difference, or do they sometimes get in the way of progress? That’s coming up on Wednesday, June 20, at Catawba Brewing in Plaza Midwood. More on that here.
12 minutes | May 14, 2018
Levine Museum of the New South's New Historian - Episode 38
Dr. Willie Griffin, a Charlotte native and associate professor at The Citadel, will be the next historian at the Levine Museum of the New South. Griffin previously coordinated the African-American studies program at the Charleston-based military college and starts his new job in Charlotte next month. In this episode, we talk to Griffin about the move. The #DiscussCLT podcast is a production of Charlotte magazine and powered by OrthoCarolina.
6 minutes | Apr 21, 2018
Preview: "Social Media & Kids. It's Complicated." - Episode 37
The next #discussCLT event (April 25) is "Social Media & Kids. It's Complicated,” and on this episode, we set the stage for that conversation. Host Andy Smith talks to a few Charlotte parents about raising kids in the age of social media. Also: Andy's oldest daughter, Elliot, and U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith make appearances. Be sure to RSVP for the discussion event on Wednesday at Catawba Brewing Co. (6 p.m.) at discussCLT.com.
48 minutes | Mar 27, 2018
Collecting Art in Charlotte (With LaCa Projects' Neely Verano) - Episode 36
Hi. Charlotte magazine digital editor Andy Smith here. The experts all agree: The mark of a thriving cultural community is one in which people buy local art. However, galleries and other arts spaces have a reputation for being pretentious and, at times, a bit inaccessible. As someone who covers the arts, I disagree. And so does Neely Verano, director of LaCa Projects. We talk about that, as well as the major changes for the FreeMoreWest space, in this episode. RSVP now for the next live #DiscussCLT event, Wednesday, February 28, 6 p.m. at Catwaba Brewing Company at 933 Louise Avenue, right next to Advent Coworking. The discussion is titled "Social Media and Kids. It's Complicated." It's all about how to navigate the issue of social media as a parent, with a panel of experts in tow. The #DiscussCLT podcast is a production of Charlotte magazine and powered by OrthoCarolina.
83 minutes | Mar 12, 2018
Live Panel Event: Me Too, Charlotte - Episode 35
Miss our most recent panel event at Catawba Brewing Co.? This episode presents the entire discussion (and the Q&A that followed). "#discussCLT: Me Too, Charlotte" asked this question: "What are we doing in Charlotte to make sure women are respected in any industry?" Hear this wide-ranging conversation for yourself.
35 minutes | Feb 26, 2018
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra President & CEO Mary Deissler - Episode 34
Recently, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and Queens University began a partnership to study engagement between live orchestral music and elderly Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. It's just one of several ways in which the symphony is deepening its connections with the community outside of uptown. In this episode of the #discussCLT Podcast, Andy Smith and Andy Goh talk to CSO CEO Mary Diessler about their community programs, her past experiences with orchestras across the country, and the stacked upcoming season for the Charlotte Symphony. RSVP now for the next live #DiscussCLT event, Wednesday, February 28, 6 p.m. at Catwaba Brewing Company at 933 Louise Avenue, right next to Advent Coworking. This panel discussion, moderated by Charlotte magazine editor Kristen Wile, focuses on the #MeToo movement, and its effects on Charlotte. An expert panel will discuss where we are as a city, and what needs to be done to make sure women in every industry receive the same treatment as their male counterparts. The event is free but you must RSVP at discussclt.com. The #DiscussCLT podcast is a production of Charlotte magazine and powered by OrthoCarolina.
44 minutes | Feb 12, 2018
CATS CEO John Lewis - Episode 33
Weeks before the Blue Line Extension opens, bringing the light rail north to the University area of Charlotte, CATS CEO John Lewis sat down at his office in Uptown and spoke to Greg Lacour about what it's like to see the project come to fruition. We also discuss the other projects currently in progress and and those planned for the future for public transportation in the Charlotte area, as well as the ins and outs of communicating all of this with the public and Charlotte leaders. So buckle up and take a ride with us. RSVP now for the next live #DiscussCLT event, Wednesday, February 28, 6 p.m. at Catwaba Brewing Company at 933 Louise Avenue, right next to Advent Coworking. This panel discussion, moderated by Charlotte magazine editor Kristen Wile, focuses on the #MeToo movement, and its effects on Charlotte. An expert panel will discuss where we are as a city, and what needs to be done to make sure women in every industry receive the same treatment as their male counterparts. The event is free but you must RSVP at discussclt.com. The #DiscussCLT podcast is a production of Charlotte magazine and powered by OrthoCarolina.
9 minutes | Jan 29, 2018
Women's March Charlotte - Episode 32
The first Women's Marches happened in cities all across the country shortly after the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Initially, the Women's Marches (which included more than four million protesters according to the Washington Post), were focused on Women's rights, equality and reproductive choices. In January 2018, the Women's March returned again to cities around the US, including here in Uptown Charlotte, but this time, they included rights across the political spectrum. Among some of the most prevalent themes of the march this year, in addition to women's rights, were immigrant rights, minority rights, war and income inequality. In this episode of the #DiscussCLT podcast, powered by OrthoCarolina, we were on the scene during the Women's March to talk to people about why they marched, what they thought had changed in the year since the last march, and what they hope to see in the future. Charlotte magazine Editor Kristen Wile also shares her thoughts on her first experience at the event.
16 minutes | Jan 19, 2018
Bryce Laguer - Episode 31
It’s a busy week at Latin American Contemporary Art Projects in Freemore West, and not just because celebrated artist Carlos Estevez has a new show debuting at LACA. Artist Bryce Laguer’s Basal (or bah-SAUL) Coffee is finally opening inside the gallery. Basal is a vision that’s been brewing since the space opened 5 years ago, and it’s not just a coffee concept meant to sweeten the deal for gallery visitors. Laguer brings a singular, yet symbiotic vision to the project, inspired by his background as an artist, his multi-ethnic upbringing, and cafes in Morocco. In this episode of the #discussCLT Podcast, powered by OrthoCarolina, Laguer explains what a coffee shop provides to an art gallery, how it helps address representation, and how he intends to make this shared space a place for community in Charlotte.
69 minutes | Dec 8, 2017
Michael Twitty - Episode 30
Welcome to the discussCLT Podcast, powered by OrthoCarolina. Huddled inside a sun room in uptown Charlotte’s historic Dunhill Hotel, discussCLT podcast’s Andy Smith recently spoke to author and chef Michael Twitty about the history of Southern cooking, food’s power to unite people of varying cultures, and his new book, The Cooking Gene. The book traces Twitty’s own ancestry to North Carolina in the 1600s, while showing that so much of what we know about Southern food is rooted in the skills of enslaved people. Andy starts by asking Twitty to describe his book. From there, the pair move onto to a few surprising topics.
70 minutes | Oct 27, 2017
Navigating Non-Profits - Episode 29
In November of 2016, Share Charlotte’s Giving Tuesday campaign raised almost eight million dollars for local non-profits, which was the most out of any of the 94 campaigns in the US. That must mean that Charlotte’s non-profit scene is one of the strongest in the country, right? Well… maybe. Despite that eye-popping, or perhaps in this case, ear-popping number, many questions still surround non-profits in the Queen City. Are there too many non-profits in the city, leading to inefficiencies in achieving their goals? Do the national non-profits command a disproportionate amount of donations and volunteer hours? How do NPOs battle their desired realities versus the public’s perception? And how does the public decide who to give their dollars to? These are just a few of the topics discussed during the latest live #DiscussCLT event held Thursday, October 19 at Lenny Boy Brewing Company. A panel moderated by Charlotte magazine senior editor Adam Rhew dug deep into a variety of issues, as well as answered questions from the audience. The panel included Kelly Brooks, Founder and Executive Director of Share Charlotte; Michael DeVaul, Chief Community Impact Office for YMCA of Greater Charlotte; Mary Gallivan, Vice President and Director, Centers for Giving for Foundation for the Carolinas; and Josh Jacobson, Managing Director of Next Stage Consulting. Get in on the discussion by tweeting us @Charlottemag and using the hashtag #DiscussCLT. Welcome to the #DiscussCLT podcast, a production of Charlotte magazine. The #DiscussCLT podcast is powered by OrthoCarolina.
20 minutes | Oct 13, 2017
Ready Citizens - Episode 28
Ahead of our next live #discussCLT event: Navigating Nonprofits, Thursday, October 19 at Lenny Boy Brewing, we wanted to take a look at one nonprofit that's just getting started in Charlotte. So here’s a question: What happens when you have a minister named Canaan Grier, and a rapper/producer named Yung Citizen, and they join forces to help guide West Charlotte High School football players into manhood? This is Ready Citizens, a nonprofit that started just this year. In this episode of the #DiscussCLT podcast, we’ll talk to the pair about how this works—and the future they’re trying to build in Charlotte’s West Side. RSVP for the next live #DiscussCLT event Thursday, October 19 at Lenny Boy Brewing Company on South Tryon Street. The topic is Navigating Nonprofits, and a moderated panel will discuss how local nonprofits can best work together and avoid competition for donor money and volunteer hours. The event is free but you must RSVP at discussclt.com. Get in on the discussion by tweeting us @Charlottemag and using the hashtag #DiscussCLT. Welcome to the #DiscussCLT podcast, a production of Charlotte magazine. The #DiscussCLT podcast is powered by OrthoCarolina.
38 minutes | Sep 22, 2017
David Butler - Episode 27
As Charlotte continues to grow and develop, the city’s creative class has struggled to find its place among the towering bank buildings and fresh new condos. Art spaces like galleries, music venues, and artist studios often take a backseat to mammoth residential, office and retail developments. There’s no lack of talent and creativity in Charlotte, however. The question them becomes, how does the city elevate its creative community to the same levels as the cities we aspire to be like? To help discuss this, we talked to David Butler, Charlotte native and multi-discipline artist, who is heavily involved with many of the area’s artists and creators. In this episode of the #DiscussCLT podcast, we talk about how Charlotte can better embrace its creative community. We talk about what factors are in play and how artists can gain credibility in a city framed around the fiscally conservative mentality of the banking sector. Finally, we discuss Dave’s favorite projects and artists in Charlotte. RSVP for the next live #DiscussCLT event Thursday, October 19 at Lenny Boy Brewing Company on South Tryon Street. The topic is Navigating Nonprofits, and a moderated panel will discuss how local nonprofits can best work together and avoid competition for donor money and volunteer hours. The event is free but you must RSVP at discussclt.com. Get in on the discussion by tweeting us @Charlottemag and using the hashtag #DiscussCLT. Welcome to the #DiscussCLT podcast. The #DiscussCLT podcast is powered by OrthoCarolina.
32 minutes | Sep 8, 2017
Kristen Wile - Episode 26
In Episode 23 of this podcast, we spoke with outgoing editor Charlotte magazine editor Michael Graff. Now we speak to Kristen Wile, the first female editor at the magazine in more than two decades. We talk about what she learned in our last #discussCLT event, her plans at the helm of the magazine, and planning the next year. Remember to get in on the discussion by tweeting @Charlottemag and using the hashtag #discussclt.
89 minutes | Aug 25, 2017
Media Matters - Episode 25
In this episode of the #DiscussCLT podcast, we bring you the audio from this month's life #DiscussCLT event at Lenny Boy Brewing Company. The topic was Charlotte Media Matters, and a panel of media professionals from around the city weighed in on topics such as fake news, the evolution of media, and what the challenges of running a media out in 2017 are. The panel that you'll hear includes Helen Schwab of the Charlotte Observer, Glenn Burkins of Q City Metro, Ted Williams of Charlotte Agenda and Ed Williams of WFAE. Michael Graff, former editor fo Charlotte magazine, moderated. Remember to get in on the discussion by tweeting us @Charlottemag and using the hashtag #DiscussCLT.
48 minutes | Aug 11, 2017
Garry McFadden - Episode 24
As of the publishing of this episode of the #DiscussCLT podcast on August 11, 2017, there have been 57 murders in Charlotte since the beginning of the year. To put that in perspective, there were 67 murders in all of 2016, and that was a seven-year high. Clearly, this spike in violent crime has people around the city asking themselves what’s behind this trend. To help discuss this, we talked to 30-year CMPD homicide veteran Garry McFadden. In his time as a detective, McFadden has investigated more than 800 murders, and closed over 90% of them. He also has vivid memories of Charlotte’s most violent year on record, 1993, which saw 129 deaths. In this episode of the #DiscussCLT podcast, we talk about the similarities between 1993 and today, what are the necessary steps that the city needs to take to reverse this trend, and the importance of community policing in reducing not only the murder rate, but incidents of police brutality as well. RSVP for the next live #DiscussCLT event Thursday, August 17 at Lenny Boy Brewing Company on South Tryon Street. The topic is Charlotte Media Matters, and a moderated panel will discuss how the local media landscape has evolved and where it is headed. The event is free but you must RSVP at discussclt.com. Get in on the discussion by tweeting us @Charlottemag and using the hashtag #DiscussCLT.
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