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State Capitals And Corruption & Matchmaking


Part One: State Capitals And Corruption. Naming state capitals has long been the source of trivia games but, unless there is some scandal there, we rarely think of our Capital in the same terms as larger or more interesting cities in the state. But now a fascinating study is taking a new look at state capitals and corruption. It turns out that the more remote a state capital is located, the more corrupt it's likely to be. In other words, politicians act out even more if they don't think their constituents are watching. We'll meet the author of this study as well as two political scientists with their eyes on Raleigh and Columbia.

Jim Morrill
- Political writer, The Charlotte Observer
Scott Huffmon - Professor of Political Science, Founder and Director of the Social & Behavioral Research Laboratory, Winthrop University
Dr. Filipe Campante - Associate Professor of Public Policy Harvard Kennedy School


Part Two: Matchmaking. Meeting your soul mate, or even someone to go on a date with, can be challenging these days. Some might employ the help of a website or mutual friends. But matchmakers have been around for centuries, existing in cultures ranging from Jewish to Indian. Laurie Berzack is a matchmaker, but she doesn’t just set her clients up on dates. She says matching is an art, something that some people are born with. She gets to know people intimately, matching them with someone who she believes will be a lifelong partner. We meet her, and a couple she matched who is about to wed, when Charlotte Talks.
Laurie Berzack
- Matchmaker (Chai Expectations & Carolinas Matchmaker)
Ken Markovits and Sara Breyan - They are getting married in October