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Two big-name North Carolina Republicans lost their primaries this week: Pat McCrory and Madison Cawthorn. Meanwhile, the racist mass shooting in Buffalo reverberated around the nation. South Carolina's governor signed a bill banning transgender students from playing women’s sports. And yet another earthquake was felt just outside Charlotte.…
 
Welcome to Series 7, Episode 20 of The Letter from Ireland Show. In this episode, Carina talks with a very unique individual that we discovered in the wilds of West Cork! Cormac Lally originally comes from Tullamore in County Offaly - but now resides in Skibbereen in County Cork where he makes a living as a modern Irish Bard. We worked with Cormac …
 
Today we tell the story of two Irish men who ended up fighting on the opposite sides of the American Civil War. One was Patrick Cleburne - also known as "Stonewall of the West" - who was born in the same village as Carina. The other was Thomas Francis Meagher - who came from Waterford - who escaped from his open prison in Tasmania to America where …
 
With candidates from Charlotte City Council to the U.S. Senate on the ballot, North Carolinians took to the polls on Tuesday to vote in the primary election. We sit down with a political analyst and WFAE's politics reporter to discuss the results. Then, an interview with Tony Award winning director Tommy Kail. We discuss Hamilton, which just closed…
 
From the racial backlash against President Obama to the rise of white nationalism, a former Observer editor and a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist argue the changing politics and culture of the nation have deep roots in the South. We discuss their new book, “The Southernization of America: A Story of Democracy in the Balance.”…
 
A new merger doubles the size of Atrium Health. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board releases a letter refuting claims being made by an attorney for recently fired Superintendent Earnest Winston. We'll also give you a recap of budget talks for the city of Charlotte, CMS and state of North Carolina.…
 
Charlotte's latest city budget proposal was just released. It contains a lot of goodies but no tax increase. Mayor Vi Lyles and City Manager Marcus Jones will join us to go through the most important line items up for discussion.Di Wendy Herkey
 
The leaked Supreme Court Opinion indicating the court may overturn Roe v Wade has had a ripple effect including here in North Carolina. The city of Charlotte considers a $3.2 billion budget with employee bonuses. Madison Cawthorn continues to make headlines. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police call attention to a series of sexual assault cases here and Me…
 
Early voting for North Carolina's primary election is underway, with races ranging from Charlotte City Council to the U.S. House and Senate. We discuss why this is a remarkable year for North Carolina politics and how the results may impact not just the towns and counties of the Tar Heel state, but the nation as a whole.…
 
In this episode of the Letter from Ireland podcast we take a literary turn! First off we have a look at that literary masterpiece of Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice - having fun with some of the Irish versions of the character's surnames. Then, we trace our way from County Down to Yorkshire in England to visit one of the outstanding literary fami…
 
From the the Capitol insurrection to Russia’s unprovoked assault on a sovereign nation, democracy around the world is struggling. But one author believes a solution can be found in redefining patriotism. We speak with Yascha Mounk on how democratic ideals can survive the global rise of autocracy.Di Jesse Steinmetz
 
The interim Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools superintendent says he's ready to remove gridlock in the district. U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn is in trouble again after being caught with a loaded gun at Charlotte's airport and is facing a possible ethics investigation. Meanwhile, Panthers owner David Tepper avoids speaking about what happened with the tea…
 
Do you have ancestors who originated in the counties of Ulster? In this episode we interview Janet Hancock who is the Deputy Head of Public Services at PRONI (The Public Records Office of Northern Ireland). We chat about: Janet's role at PRONI and her own background. How and why was PRONI set up? How useful is PRONI online to family history researc…
 
There are changing attitudes and laws surrounding marijuana. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have fully legalized it with many others allowing its medical use. Federal policy is lagging, as are laws in the Carolinas. A look at what has become a $33 billion industry.Di Erin Keever
 
We start this episode by hitting the high seas in the company of Saint Brendan the Navigator - a man who roamed the known (and unknown) world using the simple boats of his day. We then come back onto dry land and embark on a pilgrim trail towards Mount Brandon (named after the earlier mentioned Brendan) in County Kerry and reflect on how these trai…
 
As we approach Easter here in Ireland, the thoughts of many Irish people turn to the historic events around the Easter Rising of 1916. In this episode we talk about that time as well as another Irish leader who was killed 100 years ago this year. We also feature Irish rebel songs commemorating many of the rebellions and individuals who gave their l…
 
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