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Mike Collins

Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins is this region's exclusive forum for the discussion of politics, growth, the arts, culture, social issues, literature, human interest, the environment and more. If something is of interest to people in the Charlotte region, listeners and leaders know the topic is bound to be discussed on Charlotte Talks. 

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Charlotte Talks
6:30 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Join Us For A Special Show

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Charlotte Talks will record a special show about the history and growth of Charlotte's beer scene at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Thursday night September 25. The recording is at 6:30 p.m., but Mike and WFAE staff will be there from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., so stop by and join us for a pint. Details here. 

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Charlotte Talks
10:02 am
Tue September 16, 2014

I-77 Toll Road

In this rendering, two managed lanes are added in each direction of I-77 between I-85 and Catawba Avenue.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Charlotte is about to get its first toll road. It appears the deal is done despite ongoing opposition. A private company will build toll lanes on I-77 and have the rights to operate them for 50 years. This costly project will include the replacement of several bridges to accommodate the lanes. We talk to North Carolina Department of Transportation officials and the vice president of the private company building the toll lanes. 

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Charlotte Talks
11:26 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Middle Class Meltdown

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The American middle class, the backbone of our economy, is collapsing. These are the workers, middle managers, small business owners who have fallen victim to rising economic inequality. Their wages have been stagnant for years, employment uncertain, their debt levels have been rising and they face increasing child care, health care and education costs. We hear from the author of a book about why this is happening and what to do about it. 

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Charlotte Talks
10:17 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Pediatric Cancer Research In Charlotte

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Here's a sad statistic: Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease for children in the United States. In fact, 42 children are diagnosed with cancer every day. That's more than 15,000 a year. The good news is that the cure rate is increasing but treatments are often painful and toxic with long-term side effects. The other good news is that we have people in Charlotte working on cures right now. We meet a few. 

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Charlotte Talks
10:06 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Irregular Warfare And 'America's Dirty Wars'

Friday, September 12, 2014

The war in Afghanistan will go down as the longest in American history and as one more so-called dirty war in our country's 200-year history of fighting such conflicts. Dirty wars are everything regular warfare is not. They are especially bloody, polarizing and poorly understood but Davidson College's Dr. Russell Crandall has mare it his business to understand them and to suggest ways of fighting them differently. He explains. 

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Charlotte Talks
10:06 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Nobel Laureate Dr. Martin Chalfie

"Martin Chalfie-press conference Dec 07th, 2008-4"
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  Thursday, September 11, 2014

How does a biologist win the Nobel Prize for chemistry? That's one of the things we'll find out when we're joined by Dr. Martin Chalfie who won the prize in 2008. In town to be honored by Charlotte's Echo Foundation, he joins us to talk about molecular biology and the roles science and scientific research play in our world and in our future. And how chance, the influence of others and pigheadedness helped in his success.

Chalfie is in town to speak at the Echo Foundation Award Event, Wednesday, September 10, at 6:00 p.m.

Charlotte Talks
3:11 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Charlotte Hornets And Rebranding


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Bobcats are no more because the Buzz is Back. The Hornets name has returned to Charlotte's NBA team and executives are hoping the rebirth of the original name along with aggressive moves in the front office and on the court will get the hive buzzing again. To that end, they are also launching a rebranding campaign. But what does it take to rebrand a team? And when it comes to sports, what's in a name? Can it make a difference? Hornets officials answer those questions and more. 

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Charlotte Talks
11:04 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Fine Wine In NC

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

There is wine and then, there’s fine wine.  Think you can tell the difference? If you can, you might be interested to know that North Carolina is the home of the largest fine wine auction in the Southeast and Mid Atlantic.  If you can’t tell the difference but would like to learn, we’ve gathered three fine wine experts to join us to talk about how to experience fine wines, whether price and quality go together, the rise in counterfeit fine wines and more.

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Charlotte Talks
2:01 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Fracking Part 2

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Monday, September 8, 2014

We recently devoted an hour to fracking, which just scratched the surface of the topic, and brought out a passionate response from many listeners. As the state considers rules for fracking, we revisit the topic.  State regulators will decide whether or not to allow the practice and on the rules governing it sometime this fall and we will hear from people on both sides of the issue and share many of the comments and questions that came from you during our last show on the topic.

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Charlotte Talks
11:52 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Michelle Icard & ‘Middle School Makeover’

Author Michelle Icard

Friday, September 5, 2014

We’ve long heard about the difficulties faced by the parents of teenagers, but the ‘tween years can be just as bewildering. Those are the middle school years, when kids and adults must navigate an ever-changing world with children struggling to fit in even as they endure neurological and physical shifts.  We meet one woman who is trying to take the pain and mystery out of those years.

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