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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...


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.


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.


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...


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.


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Kristen Wile - Episode 26

Andy Smith talks to the new Editor of Charlotte magazine, Kristen Wile. Remember to get in on the discussion by tweeting @Charlottemag and using the hashtag #discussclt.


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...


Michael Graff - Episode 23

A lot of things have changed in the four years that Michael Graff has been the editor of Charlotte magazine. Since taking the position in April 2013, he’s overseen a transition among many key staff members, including a new publisher. Graff has also led the magazine through a redesign in August 2016, navigated the constantly changing media landscape, and guided the magazine to be a leader in the coverage of the Keith Lamont Scott protests, all while finding time to win a City and Regional...


#DiscussCLT Live Event Recap - Episode 22

During the June 15, 2017 #DiscussCLT live event, the discussion was centered around the theme of a broken system leading to two very different Charlottes. The talk was focused and and sharp all night, but we bring you a short exchange from the Q&A session towards the end. Audience member Patrice Funderburk and panelists Toussaint Romain, Greg Collier and Lawana Mayfield speak about the 2011 Crossroad Charlotte Initiative, a sense of urgency in the conversation, and the frustrations of not...


Soul Food Sessions - Episode 21

Long before Charlotte’s food scene was dominated by tapas, fusions and small plates, soul food was the culinary cornerstone. Soul food has a long and intricate history in the southeast, and it extends far beyond cornbread and collard greens. But what is soul food’s identity today? What about it’s history is often overlooked? And how does soul food stay true to it’s roots while evolving for the future? To discuss these questions, Charlotte magazine Food Editor Kristen Wile talks to Chefs...


Adaptive Reuse and Camp North End - Episode 20

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Charlotte’s in a rush to demolish its historically significant and character-filled buildings to build shiny but soulless spaces. It’s a common refrain at this point, one that most Charlotteans can agree is probably true, but undesirable nonetheless. So what are some ways to preserve that culture in a way that honors the past but is also suitable for the present? What are the challenges and goals that need to be considered? And in what ways can...


The African American Community and Craft Beer - Episode 19

It’s no secret that the explosive growth of the craft beer industry around Charlotte has created an entirely new economic force that has become one of the city’s major attractions. Breweries like Olde Mecklenburg, NoDa, Birdsong, Triple C and more have become not just places to create a product, but to also hang out, host community events and be somewhere that you can really feel like you’re a part of the fabric of Charlotte. However, one factor that is rarely considered when sipping a...