FAQ City-logo

FAQ City

Culture >

More Information

Location:

United States

Twitter:

@WFAE

Language:

English

Contact:

704-549-9323


Episodes

FAQ City: How Did Charlotte Become A Major Banking City?

3/12/2019
More
A version of this story was originally published on May 8, 2018. Orlando has tourism, Nashville has music — it seems like Charlotte has always been defined by its banks. But have you ever wondered why?

Duration:00:10:59

FAQ City: What Happened To Google Fiber?

2/26/2019
More
Google Fiber's internet speed may be lightning fast, but its rollout has been painfully slow around the United States, including in Charlotte – where the company has requested no new construction permits so far in 2019.

Duration:00:12:22

FAQ City: Why Don't Some Major Charlotte Roads Have Streetlights?

2/12/2019
More
A version of this story was originally published Feb. 13, 2018. Imagine two roads in Charlotte — one in the north, one in the south. Both have four lanes and plenty of rush hour traffic, but one has streetlights while the other doesn't. Seem weird?

Duration:00:10:16

FAQ City: Understanding The 9th Congressional District Race

1/29/2019
More
Twelve weeks after the 2018 election, residents of North Carolina's 9th Congressional District still don't know who officially won their race for Congress.

Duration:00:10:47

FAQ City: What's Up With Those Mobile Police Towers?

1/15/2019
More
Maybe you've seen one in a parking lot at Wal-Mart, or outside the mall during the holidays. A keen-eyed television viewer might spot them among the crowd at the Superbowl, or in Times Square on New Year's Eve.

Duration:00:11:31

FAQ City: The Giant Vault Of Money Buried Beneath Uptown

1/1/2019
More
Editor's note: A version of this story was originally published March 27, 2018. It's the end of the workday in Charlotte, and a crowd of bankers and business people is heading home for the day, striding down a plain, ordinary sidewalk next to a nondescript brown building on Trade Street. What these business people perhaps don't know is that just below their feet, about a story or two down, is a bustling underground operation and a steel-encased vault containing billions of dollars in cash.

Duration:00:09:57

FAQ City: What Lies Beneath Lake Norman?

12/18/2018
More
Mooresville resident Lauren Sullivan has a boat she takes out on Lake Norman from time to time. She and her husband will cruise across the water, sometimes towing a wakeboard from behind. Like most people, she knew the lake was man-made, and that got her wondering: what might have been swallowed up by all the water, and what happened to the people who once called the area home?

Duration:00:11:43

FAQ City: The Weird And Smelly History Behind Charlotte's 'Poo Tracks'

12/4/2018
More
WFAE listener Chappy Garner has been mountain biking for about five years, and one of his favorite spots in Charlotte is the Backyard Trails — a 12-mile network of twisty, turvey paths winding through 140 acres of woods in south Charlotte.

Duration:00:09:58

FAQ City: Meet The 'Jesus Saves' Guy In Uptown Charlotte

11/20/2018
More
Have you taken a stroll in uptown lately? If so, you've likely heard the voice of Sam Bethea, 47, bellowing across the traffic and sirens and construction, proclaiming his message: "Jesus saves!" and "Jesus loves you guys!"

Duration:00:11:09

FAQ City: Why All The Abandoned Cars On Charlotte's Highways?

11/6/2018
More
WFAE listener Chris Broughton and his family wrote in wondering why Charlotte seems to have so many abandoned cars left on the side of the highway.

Duration:00:10:30

FAQ City: The Haunting Of Queens University

10/23/2018
More
Not long ago, two of our listeners wrote in wondering about paranormal hotspots in the Charlotte area. Does Charlotte have local ghosts? Is the city haunted by the supernatural? According to some students and longtime faculty at Queens University, the answer might be yes.

Duration:00:12:32

FAQ City: What Happened To Charlotte's Earle Village?

10/9/2018
More
Few Charlotteans may remember Earle Village, the public housing community built in First Ward just outside uptown. It was a bustling community that stretched from 6th street to 10th street, roughly bordered by Myers Street and Caldwell Street. It was the place where 400 of the city's poorest families resided — until the village was condemned to demolition in the 1990s.

Duration:00:11:40

FAQ City: Where's All Of Charlotte's Live Music?

9/25/2018
More
Charlotte has never been a Nashville or even an Atlanta when it comes to live music, but that's not to say a local scene doesn't exist here. It's just a little tougher to find, especially after a string of live music venues shut down in the last few years.

Duration:00:10:15

FAQ City: How Did Charlotte Neighborhoods Get Their Names?

9/11/2018
More
Here's a question that comes to us from WFAE listener Summer Cook. She wrote to FAQ City wondering where all of Charlotte's neighborhood names came from. For example, who is Elizabeth? Or Cherry? What about Dilworth?

Duration:00:11:26

FAQ City: Why Is Downtown Charlotte Called 'Uptown'?

8/28/2018
More
The FAQ City team is on vacation this weekend. Since we have so many new listeners joining us, we want to share with you one of the most popular questions we've answered on the podcast....

Duration:00:10:51

FAQ City: Why Is Charlotte Pride In August, Not June?

8/14/2018
More
Ever wondered why Charlotte celebrates Pride in August, and not in June, like most other major cities? WFAE listener Jennifer Lange did.

Duration:00:11:15

FAQ City: Is It Sugaw Creek Or Sugar Creek?

7/31/2018
More
The spelling and pronunciation of Little Sugar Creek, which flows into Sugar Creek (or is it Sugaw Creek?) have been a source of debate for well over 200 years. Which is right?

Duration:00:11:07

FAQ City: The Rivalry Between Charlotte And Raleigh

7/17/2018
More
How is the relationship between Charlotte and Raleigh? Are we good? Charlotte is North Carolina's largest city, while Raleigh is the state capitol. Seems like tensions between the two have been simmering on and off for decades.

Duration:00:10:46

FAQ City: Who Is That Gold Man Statue And Why Is He Missing?

7/3/2018
More
For decades, a four-foot gold statue has stood at the intersection of Queens and Providence Road, his right index finger extended. Sometimes he's dressed up for sporting events or weddings at the Methodist church next door. Last September, he disappeared from the intersection, leaving only a few patches of monkey grass where his pedestal stood.

Duration:00:11:08

FAQ City: Where The Heck Are All The Cankerworms?

6/19/2018
More
Does it seem like something's missing around Charlotte? Something small, green, or brown? Listener Hope Nicholls thinks so. She wrote in to FAQ City wondering about what seemed to be a total absence of cankerworms this spring.

Duration:00:10:44