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. and on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. Visit season five, season four and seasons 1-3 to watch past episodes.
Carolina Impact (May 7th, 2019)
Vaping Among Teens
Did you know that vaping has become an epidemic among high school kids? It’s so undetectable that students are doing it in class and a lot of parents don’t even know their kids are doing it.
You know Goodwill Industries for selling used clothing and household items, but did you know that they also offer career development training? Learn more at goodwillsp.org/train/goodwill-university
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Come with us to the Schiele Museum of Natural History as we explore their collection and the history behind the museum.
Charlotte Catholic’s Theater Tech Class
When you watch a play or a musical do you ever think about how much work it was to create the set? The focus is usually on the actors, but Carolina Impact takes you behind the scenes to Charlotte Catholic to see how the Theater Tech class students create worlds on stage.
Carolina Impact (April 30th, 2019)
E2D – Eliminating the Digital Divide
CMS students are learning about computers and helping others at three local high schools. Learn more at e-2-d.org
CTE in CMS
CMS is expanding CTE (or Career Technical Education). We visit CMS’ Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences where students are getting hand-on experience in the healthcare field. Learn more at discovercte.com/
Three Siblings are on Stage Toghether at Hough High School
As Hough High School is preparing for the Blumey Awards, there’s a group of three siblings who are getting to perform together in Fiddler on the Roof.
Judge Paulina Havelka’s Story of Perserverance
Judge Paulina Havelka immigrated from Poland at age ten is now a Mecklenburg County Judge after 20 years of hard work.
Carolina Impact (April 23rd, 2019)
Two States, One Team
Two States, One Team is not just a slogan for the Carolina Panthers as they consider moving part of their operation to South Carolina.
Heathcare Tech Training
As the baby boomers continue to age, the demand for healthcare technicians continues to grow. We find out how Central Piedmont Community College is training students to for these in-demand jobs. Learn more at cpcc.edu/health-careers
What do you do when you want to keep up with all of the free fitness classes offered at local breweries? Two friends started Work For Your Beer to solve that problem. Learn more at workforyourbeer.com
Charlotte Muralists Matt Hooker and Matt Moore
Muralists Matt Hooker (ig: @hookermedia) and Matt Moore (ig: @puckmcgruff) work together to create awe-inspiring paintings that everyone in Charlotte can enjoy.
Carolina Impact (April 16th, 2019)
High Schools Offering Brick Masonry Programs
There’s a severe shortage of brick masons in our region and nationally. That’s why there are 85 schools in North Carolina where high schoolers can learn the trade and have a guaranteed job after graduation.
CPCC Student Life Coordinator Jennifer Conway
College can be tough but there are hundreds of students who say they have one special lady to thank for their success… you can meet her and some of those students.
If you’re blind and want to run a road race… what do you do? Paraguides can be the answer. It’s a wonderful story about people helping people and overcoming obstacles that will inspire you. For more information please visit: paraguide.org
He’s 61 and seems to have super powers with a basketball. They call him hook shot Charlie and you will be amazed!
Carolina Impact (April 9th, 2019)
Economic Mobility Town Hall: Finding Answers in Education
Join us for some tough conversations about education, what’s working and what’s not, with president of CPCC, Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, Nancy Hughes, executive director of Smart Start of Meck. Co. and Dr. Clayton Wilcox, superintendent of Charlotte Mecklenburg schools.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools’ Achievement Gap
Minority students at CMS’ high poverty schools are alarmingly not ready for college. CMS’ own study shows the gap. Leaders in the city are paying attention and want change.
Smart Start of Mecklenburg County’s Meck Pre-K Program
Mecklenburg county rolled out a massive pre-k program for four years olds this year. We’ll tell you how the Meck Pre K program is all about and how parents who qualify can enroll their child. To learn more about Meck Pre-K please visit: meckprek.org
Carolina Impact (April 2nd, 2019)
Heavy Equipment Operators Training
Heavy Machinery Training- there are only two schools in NC where you can learn how to operate a big rig, we’ll take you there and show you how they do it.
Amazon Fulfillment Center in Kannapolis
It’s an exclusive inside look at the Amazon fulfillment center in Kannapolis. We talk to the employees about the job and the education center on site to take their career to a whole new level.
Queen City Robotics Alliance
They build robots to compete and now graduates of this program are finding success in college and beyond and even taking time to help kids in India. Learn more at: queencityrobotics.org
Thompson Orphanage Sculpture by Artist Jane DeDecker
Thompson orphanage was in Charlotte for decades serving kids of the region who had nowhere else to go now the statue is here to honor that time.
Carolina Impact (March 26th, 2019)
Mayor Vi Lyles
Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles takes time to talk to us about her time in office… the controversies and the accomplishments.
Cyber security is top priority and no one knows that lesson better than those who’ve been hacked.
Those who suffer from mental illness have a new pathway for help in Charlotte and it’s making a huge difference in many lives. Learn more at: hopewayfoundation.org
Artist Val Chan
After dreaming about it for years an artist pursues her passion full time after moving to Charlotte and is welcomed by the arts community… we’ll introduce you. Learn more about Val at: valchanart.com
Carolina Impact (February 19th, 2019)
Mecklenburg County Revaluation Impact on Renters
Property owners are the focus of Mecklenburg county’s revaluation but you will be surprised to know renters face tough increases ahead. To learn more please visit Meckreval.com
Faith Communities Building Affordable Housing
Churches are building affordable housing. Faith communities are not waiting for others to do it, they are leading the way. To learn more please visit stangreensponcenter.org/affordable-housing
B.R.A.K.E.S. Driving School
A father lost two sons at once and now is on a mission to save teenage drivers his classes are so popular parents get up in the middle of the night to sign up. To learn more please visit putonthebrakes.org
Veterans Bridge Home
Veterans Bridge Home is setting the bar for how to help vets transition into civilian life and making Charlotte one of the most popular cities for those who’ve served in uniform. To learn more please visit veteransbridgehome.org
Carolina Impact (February 12th, 2019)
Sheriff Garry McFadden
In Mecklenburg county Garry McFadden is the new sheriff in town. Hear his plans for the department and the changes he’s putting into place.
Beds for Kids
Beds for Kids helps families with getting beds and furniture for their families. To learn more or donate to Beds for Kids please visit bedsforkids.org
Michael Sherrill is an internationally celebrated artist who was born and raised in Charlotte. His inspiration comes from nature and his exhibit is currently in town at the Mint Museum.
Meet Casey Crawford who came to Charlotte to play for the Carolina Panthers but it’s in business where he’s being called a transformational leader. He founded Movement Mortgage and turned it into a corporate powerhouse.
Carolina Impact (February 5th, 2019)
The CIAA Tournament Leaving Charlotte
It’s raining basketballs in Charlotte as three high profile events arrive in Charlotte to rev the local economy but what about the impact of losing the CIAA after next year?
Photographer James Peeler
A photographer captured life in Charlotte’s west end for half a century showing a thriving and successful community even during segregated times.
Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens
More than a million visitors come to this zoo every year it’s a favorite in the region and one of the best of its kind in the country we’ll take you to the Riverbanks zoo.
Charlotte Checkers Hockey Players
Their dreams of playing professional hockey brings two young men very far from home.
Carolina Impact (January 29th, 2019)
Elon Homes – Aging Out of Foster Care
Being in the foster care system can be tough but imagine aging out overnight. That’s what happens when you turn 18. Elon homes and John C Smith University have partnered up to help.
There’s a business open today that began more than a hundred year ago… check out Renfrow Hardware in Matthews.
Pop-up Retail in Charlotte
Pop-up shops are taking the country by storm as shoppers embrace the small business owner. We’ll show you what pop up retail looks like in Charlotte.
Hot Glass Alley
Glass blowing comes to Charlotte thanks to an artist who wants to share this art form with all of us.
Carolina Impact (January 22nd, 2019)
HOLLA Community Program!
It’s called the HOLLA! program and it’s being called the heart of a small community in Anson county. We’ll show why it’s so special.
Shared Mobility in Charlotte
Shared Mobility means rentable bikes and scooters. We’ll show you whose riding them and why they’re so popular.
We’ll introduce you to the quaint town of Ridgeway that is full of history as well as home to a nationally recognized tearoom.
Aspire Carolinas – Huntersville Education Campus
There’s a new school planned for kids with autism. It’s planned for Huntersville and there is so much more planned including a trade school.
Carolina Impact (January 15th, 2019)
The Passengers of Flight 1549
We talk to passengers of U S Airways flight 1549. This was a flight from New York City to Charlotte when disaster struck seconds after takeoff. They tell us what it was like to be on the plane when both engines blew out and what it was like to land on the liquid runway that is the Hudson river.
The Rescuers of Flight 1549
We talk to the rescuers of US Airways flight 1549. Ferryboat captains had the shock of their lives when they saw a plane landing on the Hudson river. We also talk to the air traffic controller first to know the pilot wanted to land on the river.
The Impact of the Miracle on the Hudson
The remarkable story of Miracle on the Hudson captivates so many us. A plane with 155 on board loses both engines over the New York city skyline lands on the river and everyone survives. It really does feel a like a miracle and so many of us can connect to the experience and feel thankful.
Carolina Impact (November 20th, 2018)
Questions about safety in our schools after a student is shot and killed at Butler High School listen to the insights of a student living in fear every day, a powerful message he delivers to the school board and the community.
The region’s first toll road is here we’ll show you the Monroe Bypass and how the roadway toll called the NC Fast Pass system will work.
Sassy Sisters Softball League
Come meet the Sassy Sisters Softball League- you will be amazed and inspired by these ladies.
Meet classic auto collector Tom Logano whose son is a NASCAR superstar but their shared passion is in the classics we’ll show you the collection.
Carolina Impact (November 13th, 2018)
We’ll show you the far reaching impact of having amazon as an employer.
Apprenticeships in manufacturing may be the perfect fit for talented high school grads.
3-D Project / American Graduate
It’s year two of our special program to uplift economic mobility in our community come meet these terrific teens.
Carolina BalloonFest 2018
Up up and away we go into the skies over Statesville at the annual Carolina BalloonFest.
Carolina Impact (November 6th, 2018)
Hurricane Florence Recovery
Hurricane Florence will cost North Carolina 13 billion dollars we go to Wilmington to see the worst of the damage.
A CMS school and a charter school have started a new partnership and its success could be a model for the state.
Greg Black Mouthpieces
World class musicians come to mount holly we’ll show you why…
Charlotte Smarty Pants
Web based parenting communities are a lot of help to parents we’ll introduce you to the biggest one in Charlotte.
Carolina Impact (October 30th, 2018)
9th District Congressional Race
There’s a heated 9th district congressional race in our area between Dan McCready and Mark Harris in a district that’s been republican for 55 years.
Millennials Leaving Corporate America
Millennials are quitting high-paying corporate jobs to live on their own terms.
Healthcare Scholarship Opportunities for CNAs
Atrium Health & Novant are teaming up to offer CNAs a scholarship opportunity to become an RN.
The Chihuly Exhibit at Biltmore Estate
Come with us as we visit Biltmore Estate and the beauty of the visiting Chihuly Exhibit.
Carolina Impact (October 23, 2018)
Smart Start Meck Universal Pre-K
Mecklenburg county is spending millions in getting kids ready for kindergarten and we’ll show you what Universal Pre-K looks like up close.
Artist Monique Luck
We’ll meet Monique Luck and artist who is inspired through grief and creates stunning work.
Flashes of Hope
Flashes of Hope is an organization that focuses on giving children a reason to smile while they’re at the hospital getting treatment.
Community All-Star Baseball League
We’ll take you out to the ballpark in South Carolina where the Black Baseball League draws a crowd every weekend as it has for decades.
Carolina Impact: Generation Under Fire (October 16th, 2018)
CMPD Active Shooter Training
CMPD shows us their active shooter training, exclusively to PBS Charlotte.
CMS School Security
Millions of dollars go to CMS schools for school safety we show you what is being done to make schools safer.
Armed School Safety Volunteers
In parts of our region when you call 911 help is more than 30 minutes away, see what those school districts are doing about that.
Clinical Therapist Jennifer Fights
Help for Parents with Clinical Therapist Jennifer Fights.
March for Our Lives – Charlotte
Students take to the streets to march for their lives. Thousands marched in Charlotte demanding change and we introduce you to the two students who organized it.
Carolina Impact (October 10th, 2018)
Biofeedback Concussion Therapy
If your child has suffered more than once concussion you know that treatment and healing can be complicated – learn about how biofeedback helped one family.
CPCC Opportunity Scholars
The newest group of opportunity scholars are on campus at CPCC to find their future find out who in this group is the new student government president.
Charlotte Chess Center
Enjoy the game of chess? There’s an entire center dedicated to the game we’ll show you.
Charlotte Symphony POPS
The Charlotte symphony is taking you back to the future with a classic come check it out.
Carolina Impact (October 3rd, 2018)
Camp North End
It’s a renaissance project that’s been decades in the making. Check out Camp North End’s history and its future.
Life lessons through the game of basketball- dedicated coaches helping some middle school boys- we’ll tell you about LifeHoops.
Paws to Read
Reading is important but not always easy but some kids are getting cuddly support with great results.
Corkbuzz’s Laura Maniec
She’s an extraordinary wine expert and she owns a restaurant in Charlotte. Watch what she can tell you about wine in a blind test.
Carolina Impact (September 25th, 2018)
A New Era for the Carolina Panthers
A new era begins for the Carolina Panthers, the David Tepper era. We check out the first home game under his ownership.
Video Game Addiction
The World Health Organzation is calling out video gaming as a disorder. Some agree and others are skeptical.
Flor De America
Come meet a family from Honduras living the American dream in Statesville with custom made cigars.
Broadway’s best come to the queen city to help our talented teens reach for their dreams.
Carolina Impact (September 18th, 2018)
The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation
15 million gallons of sewage spilled into the river…the Riverkeeper organizers say there’s got to be a better way to keep you informed. We’ll share their plans.
Meet a woman who ran cyber security at the White House and now she helps companies across the country battle cyber criminals and she’s from the queen city.
Queen City Model-A Club
90 year old cars are still on the road today but it takes a village to do it right. We’ll join the group and check it out.
Trips For Kids Charlotte
Connect with a group that gives away bikes but also teaches kids how to take care of the bikes and even takes the kids for weekly bike rides. We follow along.
Carolina Impact (September 11th, 2018)
Duke Energy Solar Farm
The region’s biggest solar farm is in Union county and just a short drive from uptown. Come see the sprawling 400 acres farm.
Tryon World Equestrian Center
It’s a transformational change for equestrian competitions and it’s happening just 90 miles from Charlotte. Check out the Tryon World Equestrian Center.
Red Ventures’ Road to Hire
As we all work to impact and improve economic mobility in Charlotte, one company has created a successful pathway for hundreds of young adults with high school degrees. Come see what Red Ventures’ Road to Hire program is all about.
The Great American Read
The love of books connects us all and PBS’s Great American Read campaign engages us to talk about our favorite books on the list. We connect with a book club, city leaders, influencers and the just learning to read crowd to talk about their favorite books.