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The Public Conscience: Part Two

Political discourse among our elected leaders often mirrors the rhetoric of pundits on cable news channels. Meanwhile, religious leaders wonder if the important public policy issues of the day receive any thought from those who are in a position to effect change. Our discussion on the public conscience continues in the second part of our … Continue reading

The Public Conscience: Part One

Faith leaders are not always comfortable discussing topics of a political nature in a public setting. In fact, identifying clergy from all religions who were willing to participate in our televised discussion on faith and public policy was a challenge. In the first of our two-part special on the public conscience, we discuss why many religious leaders seem to be reluctant to discuss … Continue reading

Southern Flavor

While audiences become increasingly fragmented in a rapidly changing media landscape, Charleston-based Garden and Gun has found success in publishing what its founder calls an “old-fashioned” magazine. On this program, Rebecca Darwin discusses the national publication with a focus on the south and an interest in a sustainable food supply and land conservation. Dr. Allan … Continue reading

Carolina Econometrics

It is not clear if this is a sign that we are near a bottom in the economy but, it surely seems many people have become even more pessimistic of late. Can it be due to the European drama? Or, is it our domestic political leadership folly? Either way, our annual panel of Economists are … Continue reading

Catchy Headlines and Deep Analysis

For more than a decade, we have been proud partners with the venerable monthly publication Business North Carolina magazine. So, it was without hesitation we said yes when we got a call from BNC Publisher David Kinney to participate in their Oct. 2011 cover: BNC Top 30 Cover Story.

Telling it like it is

While the nation’s budget deficit continues to grow by trillions of dollars, there appears to be little agreement on the path to a balanced spending plan. On this special edition of Carolina Business Review, we talk with the co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform: Erskine Bowles and Senator Alan Simpson.

Dropout Dilemma

North Carolina’s school dropout rate reached a record low in the 2009-2010 school year, yet the number of teens who fail to obtain a high school diploma remains one of our region’s biggest challenges. On this special edition of Carolina Business Review, we sit down with N.C. Governor Beverly Perdue to discuss the recent budget … Continue reading

State of the Arts

As Chancellor of the smallest campus in the UNC system, John Mauceri oversees one of the most unusual universities in the nation. Programs at the UNC School of the Arts, which include high school students studying alongside college undergrads and graduate students, are constantly seeking creative solutions to shrinking budgets. On this program, Mauceri joins two other college … Continue reading

Jobs Act

Unemployment in the Carolinas has remained stagnant in the wake of federal stimulus efforts and state programs aimed at creating jobs. Now, the Obama administration has introduced new policies in hopes of preventing a double-dip recession and finally making a dent in the number of jobless Americans still seeking employment. Four of our region’s brightest … Continue reading

Paralyzing Politics

While boisterous political pundits occupy airtime on cable channels and sling words across blogs on the internet, Furman University President Rod Smolla witnesses first-hand the impression this discourse has on young people. On this program, the constitutional scholar shares his thoughts on the downside of social media, the transformative force of the internet on politics, and … Continue reading