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President George Washington called Charlotte, a "trifling place" during his visit to the city in 1791. But it's certainly changed since then. WFAE's Tasnim Shamma explores the ins-and-outs of Charlotte in this podcast. Subscribe: Use iTunes Use Another Player RSS

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President George Washington called Charlotte, a "trifling place" during his visit to the city in 1791. But it's certainly changed since then. WFAE's Tasnim Shamma explores the ins-and-outs of Charlotte in this podcast. Subscribe: Use iTunes Use Another Player RSS

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Very interesting

By Old guy11 - Mar 16 2013
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Very interesting even to a 40-year resident of the Charlotte area.

Creaky!

By Chuptastic - Feb 06 2013
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The host of the podcast has a raging case of vocal fry, making this very hard to listen to.

iTunes Ratings

4 Ratings
Average Ratings
2
1
0
1
0

Very interesting

By Old guy11 - Mar 16 2013
Read more
Very interesting even to a 40-year resident of the Charlotte area.

Creaky!

By Chuptastic - Feb 06 2013
Read more
The host of the podcast has a raging case of vocal fry, making this very hard to listen to.
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A Trifling Place

Latest release on May 20, 2014

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President George Washington called Charlotte, a "trifling place" during his visit to the city in 1791. But it's certainly changed since then. WFAE's Tasnim Shamma explores the ins-and-outs of Charlotte in this podcast. Subscribe: Use iTunes Use Another Player RSS

Rank #1: Episode 2: Uptown Vs. Downtown

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President George Washington called Charlotte a "Trifling Place." That’s how our first president described the city during a visit in 1791. But it’s certainly changed since then. Welcome to "A Trifling Place," a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.

Jan 14 2013

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Rank #2: A Trifling Place, Episode 1: Where Are You From?

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President George Washington called Charlotte a "trifling place." That's how our founding father described the city during a visit in 1791 . But it's certainly changed since then. Welcome to " A Trifling Place ," a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.

Jan 04 2013

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Rank #3: A Trifling Place, Episode 9: And The Charlotte Accent Is ...

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Welcome to “A Trifling Place,” a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte. So about a month ago, reporter Lisa Miller handed me a book called How To Speak Southern . It has some funny tips on how to exaggerate a Southern drawl – but it wasn't too surprising – I mean, it's pretty easy to identify a Southern accent. But it got me thinking – I have no idea what a Charlottean sounds like. In New York, I can easily tell what part of the city you're from by your accent. In Charlotte, I still can't tell the tourists apart from the people who live here. So that's one reason we launched The Charlotte Accent Project … on a quest to find the one true Charlotte accent.

May 17 2013

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Rank #4: Episode 4: The Legend Of Concord Mills Mall

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Welcome to "A Trifling Place," a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte. So when I first arrived in Charlotte, I was handed the latest edition of a book called the Insider's Guide to Charlotte . It had the usual highlights you would expect, but then I saw something really strange. It says Concord Mills Mall is the state's top tourist destination. What?

Jan 28 2013

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Rank #5: Episode 3: Where Do You Live?

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Welcome to "A Trifling Place," a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte. Just last year, more than 20,000 people moved to Charlotte. Many come from colder climates in the North and Midwest and a growing number of people are also moving to Charlotte from states farther South, like Florida. Deciding where to live is a big decision, so I'll share with you my first impressions of Charlotte: Immigrants on Central, artists live in NoDA, hipsters occupy Plaza Midwood, Myers Park is old money, Dilworth has some high-profile mistresses, Ballyntyne is new money, college students live in University City and West Charlotte's got the airport. So where are all these new people to Charlotte settling?

Jan 21 2013

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Rank #6: Episode 10: The Charlotte Ninety-Niners

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Welcome to A Trifling Place , a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte. When I first moved here, there was one billboard that I found really confusing. It was for the new ' 49ers football team at UNC Charlotte . The only 49ers I know of are 3,000 miles away … in San Francisco.

Jun 14 2013

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Rank #7: What's The Charlotte Accent?

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When you "talk," do you say " tawk " or "tock?" What does it mean to have a Charlotte accent? If you were born in the Charlotte region (or even if you’re a newcomer like me), we want to know what you sound like. So we've started a new project to collect your voices called The Charlotte Accent Project. We'll publish your recordings and photos on the radio as well as our web site, Tumblr blog , Facebook and Twitter .

Apr 26 2013

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Rank #8: A Trifling Place, Episode 8: The Story Behind Those Big Statues On Independence Square

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OK, lots of cities have a Square. There’s Red Square, Times Square, St. Peter’s Square to name a few. And then … there’s Independence Square. Where’s that, you ask? Charlotte – at the intersection of Trade and Tryon. In case you didn’t know, this intersection is where a Native American trading path - Trade Street – crossed what used to be called the Great Wagon Road, which we now know as Tryon. Today, the intersection is named Independence Square to recognize the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. County leaders signed the document on May 20, 1775, declaring freedom from tyranny … I mean England … more than a year before the Continental Congress did it in Philly. Four statues at each corner of the intersection further distinguish the square. These statues are the subject of this edition of A Trifling Place .

Apr 09 2013

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Rank #9: A Trifling Place, Episode 12: All The Queen's Cats

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Welcome to A Trifling Place , a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.

Sep 20 2013

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Rank #10: A Trifling Place, Episode 7: Turn Green Already!

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Welcome to “ A Trifling Place ,” a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte. Every city has its share of traffic issues. In Charlotte, for example, there are a lot of complaints about rush hour near Ballantyne on I-485. (Relief is coming. That section of the road is scheduled to be expanded to three lanes by December 2014. ) But today we're not talking about the quality of the Charlotte region’s roads. We’ll focus on an issue the Charlotte Department of Transportation has a little more control over: traffic lights.

Mar 20 2013

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Episode #18: The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence

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Welcome to A Trifling Place , a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.

May 20 2014

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A Trifling Place, Episode #17: Charlotte's Public Art

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Welcome to A Trifling Place , a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte. Overall, Charlotte has more than 100 pieces of public art . In this episode, we’re going to take a tour of a few of them.

Apr 18 2014

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A Trifling Place, Episode 15: The Really, Really Free Store

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Correction: This story wrongly says the Really Really Free Store will move in March to a building next door. The Free Store moved into that building this month. The on-scene reporting for this piece was conducted in mid-October, when the Free Store was still located in the house. In the latest episode of our podcast A Trifling Place , we take you to a store where everything is free. It's in a complex called Area 15.

Jan 13 2014

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A Trifling Place, Episode 14: Charlotte vs. Raleigh

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Welcome to A Trifling Place , a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte. Charlotte has a lot of nicknames. Some of them are flattering and others … not so much. One of them is "The Great State of Mecklenburg." Much of this has to do with how Raleigh perceives Charlotte and vice versa. "If you've lived here long enough, you know about the bitter feud between Raleigh and Charlotte," Morgan Fogarty says on Fox News Edge in 2008. " They hate us. We don't care. " Some Charlotteans I spoke to in uptown referred to Raleigh as a small town. But it's not one anymore. The technology/research/education capital of our state has been catching up to us in the last few decades. While Raleigh's population is just a little more than half the size of Charlotte's with 395,000 people, Wake county's population of roughly 950,000 is about the same as Mecklenburg county. Here's the Raleigh-based bluegrass band, Kicking Grass , lamenting the death of their small town: Now that solid rock

Nov 13 2013

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A Trifling Place, Episode 13: Cotillions and Etiquette Schools

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Welcome to A Trifling Place , a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte. The story goes that the deeper South you go, the friendlier the people become. So moving here a year ago, I was well-prepared for the onslaught of Yes mams and chivalrous men who insist that you walk through the revolving door first.

Oct 07 2013

9mins

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A Trifling Place, Episode 12: All The Queen's Cats

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Read more
Welcome to A Trifling Place , a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.

Sep 20 2013

4mins

Play

Episode 10: The Charlotte Ninety-Niners

Podcast cover
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Welcome to A Trifling Place , a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte. When I first moved here, there was one billboard that I found really confusing. It was for the new ' 49ers football team at UNC Charlotte . The only 49ers I know of are 3,000 miles away … in San Francisco.

Jun 14 2013

5mins

Play

A Trifling Place, Episode 9: And The Charlotte Accent Is ...

Podcast cover
Read more
Welcome to “A Trifling Place,” a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte. So about a month ago, reporter Lisa Miller handed me a book called How To Speak Southern . It has some funny tips on how to exaggerate a Southern drawl – but it wasn't too surprising – I mean, it's pretty easy to identify a Southern accent. But it got me thinking – I have no idea what a Charlottean sounds like. In New York, I can easily tell what part of the city you're from by your accent. In Charlotte, I still can't tell the tourists apart from the people who live here. So that's one reason we launched The Charlotte Accent Project … on a quest to find the one true Charlotte accent.

May 17 2013

9mins

Play

What's The Charlotte Accent?

Podcast cover
Read more
When you "talk," do you say " tawk " or "tock?" What does it mean to have a Charlotte accent? If you were born in the Charlotte region (or even if you’re a newcomer like me), we want to know what you sound like. So we've started a new project to collect your voices called The Charlotte Accent Project. We'll publish your recordings and photos on the radio as well as our web site, Tumblr blog , Facebook and Twitter .

Apr 26 2013

2mins

Play

A Trifling Place, Episode 8: The Story Behind Those Big Statues On Independence Square

Podcast cover
Read more
OK, lots of cities have a Square. There’s Red Square, Times Square, St. Peter’s Square to name a few. And then … there’s Independence Square. Where’s that, you ask? Charlotte – at the intersection of Trade and Tryon. In case you didn’t know, this intersection is where a Native American trading path - Trade Street – crossed what used to be called the Great Wagon Road, which we now know as Tryon. Today, the intersection is named Independence Square to recognize the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. County leaders signed the document on May 20, 1775, declaring freedom from tyranny … I mean England … more than a year before the Continental Congress did it in Philly. Four statues at each corner of the intersection further distinguish the square. These statues are the subject of this edition of A Trifling Place .

Apr 09 2013

7mins

Play

A Trifling Place, Episode 7: Turn Green Already!

Podcast cover
Read more
Welcome to “ A Trifling Place ,” a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte. Every city has its share of traffic issues. In Charlotte, for example, there are a lot of complaints about rush hour near Ballantyne on I-485. (Relief is coming. That section of the road is scheduled to be expanded to three lanes by December 2014. ) But today we're not talking about the quality of the Charlotte region’s roads. We’ll focus on an issue the Charlotte Department of Transportation has a little more control over: traffic lights.

Mar 20 2013

8mins

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A Trifling Place, Episode 6: When Cankerworms Attack

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Welcome to " A Trifling Place ," a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte. In our last episode ( Charlotte's Tree Obsession ), we ended with this sound bite: "Die, cankerworm, die!" That's city arborist Donald McSween back in 2008 when WFAE's Lisa Miller followed him on his war against the cankerworms . He also had some help: citizen soldiers like Sophia Hollingsworth. "We picked them off and didn’t feel bad at all about mooshing them because we felt it was one less cankerworm," Hollingsworth says. "And I don’t feel bad about any of them dying. It’s the canopy that Charlotte is known for and the trees are more important than the caterpillars. Hate the green monster." Five years later, the fight against the inch-long creatures continues.

Feb 18 2013

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Episode 5: Charlotte's Tree Obsession

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Welcome to " A Trifling Place ," a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte. Of the seven cities I've lived and worked in, Charlotte has got to be most green. When you're getting ready for an airplane landing, it's like you're descending into a forest. Once you're on the ground, you quickly learn trees are a big part of the city's identity.

Feb 05 2013

7mins

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Episode 4: The Legend Of Concord Mills Mall

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Welcome to "A Trifling Place," a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte. So when I first arrived in Charlotte, I was handed the latest edition of a book called the Insider's Guide to Charlotte . It had the usual highlights you would expect, but then I saw something really strange. It says Concord Mills Mall is the state's top tourist destination. What?

Jan 28 2013

5mins

Play

Episode 3: Where Do You Live?

Podcast cover
Read more
Welcome to "A Trifling Place," a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte. Just last year, more than 20,000 people moved to Charlotte. Many come from colder climates in the North and Midwest and a growing number of people are also moving to Charlotte from states farther South, like Florida. Deciding where to live is a big decision, so I'll share with you my first impressions of Charlotte: Immigrants on Central, artists live in NoDA, hipsters occupy Plaza Midwood, Myers Park is old money, Dilworth has some high-profile mistresses, Ballyntyne is new money, college students live in University City and West Charlotte's got the airport. So where are all these new people to Charlotte settling?

Jan 21 2013

4mins

Play

Episode 2: Uptown Vs. Downtown

Podcast cover
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President George Washington called Charlotte a "Trifling Place." That’s how our first president described the city during a visit in 1791. But it’s certainly changed since then. Welcome to "A Trifling Place," a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.

Jan 14 2013

4mins

Play

A Trifling Place, Episode 1: Where Are You From?

Podcast cover
Read more
President George Washington called Charlotte a "trifling place." That's how our founding father described the city during a visit in 1791 . But it's certainly changed since then. Welcome to " A Trifling Place ," a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.

Jan 04 2013

4mins

Play

iTunes Ratings

4 Ratings
Average Ratings
2
1
0
1
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Very interesting

By Old guy11 - Mar 16 2013
Read more
Very interesting even to a 40-year resident of the Charlotte area.

Creaky!

By Chuptastic - Feb 06 2013
Read more
The host of the podcast has a raging case of vocal fry, making this very hard to listen to.