Carolina Impact: Season 5

October 11, 2017
Carolina Impact logo on set with Amy to the right

Welcome to our fifth season of Carolina Impact, the show that explores the issues, people, and places that impact the heart of our region. Hosted by General Manager Amy Burkett, “Carolina Impact” airs weekly from October-May on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and again at 11 p.m. Visit season four and seasons 1-3 to watch past episodes.

2017 Charlotte Mayoral Debate (October 17, 2017)

Click below to watch individual topics discussed during the debate or click here to view the entire debate.

PBS Charlotte and the League of Women Voters of Charlotte Mecklenburg hosted a debate on Oct. 12 with Charlotte mayoral candidates – Vi Lyles (Democrat) and Kenny Smith (Republican). The questions for the 30-minute debate were divided into four general areas: leadership, transportation, protests and police, and taxes.

man on the street being interviewed about leadership to use during the mayoral debateLeadership
We kicked off the debate with a series of questions pertaining to leadership at city hall and the candidates were asked to comment on how their leadership style might differ from current Mayor Jennifer Roberts.

man on the street being interviewed about transportation to use during the mayoral debateTransportation
Our second series of questions dealt with a range of topics pertaining to transportation including toll road projects and funding for future transit projects.

lady on the street being interviewed about protests and police, clip shown during the 2017 Mayoral DebatePolice & Protests
Our third series of questions related to the deadly officer-involved shooting of Keith Lamont Scott which ignited protests in uptown last year over use of force and police transparency. Both candidates were asked to rate the city’s handling of the protests and what the candidates would have done differently if they had been mayor.

man on the street being interviewed about taxes, clip shown during the 2017 Mayoral DebateTaxes
The final series of questions in this debate focused on how tax dollars should be allocated for affordable housing and incentives to lure new businesses.

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Carolina Impact (October 3, 2017)

Click below to watch individual segments featured in this episode or click here to view the entire show.

PFC Ralph Henry Johnson, Vietnam VeteranVietnam in the Carolinas
Clebe McClary and Ralph Johnson were Marines from South Carolina who fought together on the same hill in Vietnam. One came home and one didn’t Hear their stories, read their letters and meet the families who suffered with them.

Website: Vietnam in the Carolinas

Robert Winters at 90 years young is CPCC's oldest graduateCPCC’s Oldest Graduate
Robert Winters, 90, is Central Piedmont Community College’s oldest graduate and he’s still going to class!

Website: Central Piedmont Community College

student attending an aviation campAviation Camps of the Carolinas
The number of people working in the field of aviation is dwindling but one camp aims to introduce teens to aviation careers at an early age.

Website: Aviation Camps of the Carolinas

Filming 'Ask This Old House' in Charlotte with host Scott CaronAsk This Old House
‘Ask This Old House’ is a popular program on PBS and recently the crew visited a Charlotte family.

Website: This Old House


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Carolina Impact Special Report: Growing Pains (October 3, 2017)

Learn how the growing Queen City is facing some serious growing pains issues. While the housing boom is affecting almost every street corner, the lack of affordable housing is an issue that needs addressing immediately. With the influx of people moving to Charlotte, what does that do to our schools? Is overcrowding affecting a quality education? And are the city transportation outlets ready to handle this influx?

Click below to watch individual segments featured in this episode or click here to view the entire show. 

bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-77 outside of HuntersvilleTransportation
According to a report from Apartment List, Charlotte is the top destination for millennials but as more people move here, transportation is going to become even more congested than it is today.

a row of lockers at Waddell Language AcademyEducation
Almost 150,000 students are enrolled in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools but many of the district’s 176 campuses aren’t equipped to handle the number of students we currently have.

new apartment constructionAffordable Housing
Charlotte has a goal to create 5,000 affordable housing units. Critics say this isn’t enough to keep pace with demand and what should the city do now to plan for future affordable housing needs?

Website: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Strategies for Affordable Housing