State of Things
12:08 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

The Final Day of the DNC

The Democratic National Convention is in Queen City. And the streets of uptown Charlotte are crowded with delegates, politicians, reporters, police, and protesters. Tonight President Obama will take the stage and formally accept his party’s nomination. Host Frank Stasio will be joined by WUNC reporter Dave DeWitt to talk about the buzz at the DNC.

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State of Things
12:06 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Payday Lending in North Carolina

North Carolina had a brief brush with payday lending. But it was banned by the State Attorney General Roy Cooper in 2006. However, banks are not bound by state law, and Regions Bank from Alabama is offering payday loans in North Carolina in a program they call "Ready Advance." Some are worried that Regions Bank will open the door for other banks to do the same. Host Frank Stasio will be joined in the studio by Ellen Harnick, the Senior Policy Counsel for the Center for Responsible Lending.

State of Things
12:00 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Charlotte City Workers Protest

The city of Charlotte has opened up its arms to the Democratic National Convention, allowing the DNC to take over the uptown. An estimated 35 thousand people are attending the convention, and Charlotte is extending itself to accommodate them all. But many of the city workers are feeling stretched thin. And they are making demands for better working conditions. Host Frank Stasio will be joined by Dante Strobino, Field Organizer for UE 150North Carolina Public Sector Workers Union, and Chris Miller, a reporter for WBT who has been covering this story.

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Elizabeth Shogren is an NPR News Science Desk correspondent focused on covering environment and energy issues and news.

Since she came to NPR in 2005, Shogren's reporting has covered everything from the damage caused by the BP oil spill on the ecology of the Gulf Coast, to the persistence of industrial toxic air pollution as seen by the legacy of Tonawanda Coke near Buffalo, to the impact of climate change on American icons like grizzly bears.

Politics & Government
9:15 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Carolina Pride In Abundance At DNC

The second night of the Democratic Convention in Charlotte was highlighted by a rousing speech from former President Bill Clinton. But it also featured a number of North Carolina connections, including remarks by former Governor Jim Hunt. As Dave DeWitt reports from Charlotte, the event is showcasing the state and its largest city.

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Arts & Culture
9:10 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Durham's Delta Rae to Play DNC

Durham's Delta Rae
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It's not just politicians speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this week. Organizers have lined up a range of musicians to help keep attendees entertained and fired up. Tonight's performers include the Foo Fighters, Mary J Blige, Earth, Wind and Fire and James Taylor. But Taylor isn't the only North Carolinian playing tonight. Durham-based Delta Rae has toured with many bands since releasing its debut album Carry the Fire earlier this year.

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As a general assignment correspondent based at NPR West, Mandalit del Barco has reported and produced radio stories and photographed everything from street gangs to Hollywood, police and prisons, marijuana, immigration, race relations, natural disasters, Latino arts and urban street culture (including hip hop dance, music, and art). Every year, she covers the Oscars and the Grammy awards for NPR. Her news reports, feature stories and photos filed from Los Angeles and abroad can be heard on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, alt.latino and npr.org.

Politics & Government
6:35 am
Thu September 6, 2012

North Carolina DNC Delegates Front and Center

Denise Adams is a DNC Delegate from Winston-Salem.
Leoneda Inge

Tonight in Charlotte is the night President Obama accepts his nomination for a second term in the White House.  State Senator Floyd McKissick of Durham attended his first Democratic National Convention in 1988.  He says this convention is the most exciting and the most important.

Education
6:25 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Hunt Touts Education At DNC

Former Governor Jim Hunt told a story of North Carolina's growth in education at the Democratic National Convention last night.

Jim Hunt made history as the state's longest serving governor. Last night, he gave a bit of a history lesson. He told delegates where North Carolina was many years ago.

Jim Hunt: "Poor, rural, and rigidly segregated."

And how far it's come...with students learning more now than ever before.

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Health
11:44 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Olympian Gabby Douglas Visits Charlotte

Olympian Gabby Douglas was in Charlotte for a "Kids' Health Goes Gold" event

A new children’s health initiative is using the London Olympics and the Democratic National Convention to promote better health on the ground. 

Children of all ages were pretty giddy.  They were meeting Olympic Gold medal Gymnist Gabby Douglas.

Jailiah Zanders:  "I was really excited to see the fab five and I was more excited about coming to see Gabby Douglas because she is one of my role models."

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