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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
9:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

The Hidden Field Of Preventive Medicine

Our country has made huge strides in curing ailments but what about preventive medicine? Huge amounts of money go toward addressing problems but our guests say much more can be done to prevent problems in the first place. So what is preventive care? And what is its place in our health care system?  

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

North Carolina Education Update

An empty classroom.
Credit Flickr/Seth Sawyers / http://www.flickr.com/photos/sidewalk_flying/4267034867/sizes/l/

The North Carolina General Assembly has had a busy season, and one of the biggest issues of importance has been education. Teacher pay, teacher tenure, the Common Core, rules about charter schools, have all been topics of concern for our state legislature. Closer to home, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is getting ready for the beginning of the school year, dealing with budget, hiring and moving around principals and educators in the system, and all the while facing uncertainty because of what’s happening in Raleigh. We’re joined by two education reporters to get an update on education in our state.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Architecture And Neuroscience

Department stores design their spaces to influence customers.
Credit Steve Rhodes / flickr

As humans, we are constantly reacting to the world around us, but we live far more of our lives indoors now than in the past. Our two guests study the interaction between humans and structures and they have lots of information to share about how architecture and neuroscience are related. We’ll learn how schools, hospitals, retail stores and more compel us to make certain decisions and affect how we feel.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Wisdomkeepers / Moral Movies

Q'eros shaman, called a Paqo.
McKay Savage Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Today, we learn about two organizations using film to preserve history and wisdom. Moral Mondays is a political movement that has grown over the past couple of years. Moral Movies sprang up to support the movement with a series of films aimed at increasing awareness of social justice issues such as civil rights, climate change and more. We'll also meet a man who traveled to Peru to document the Pago Indian tribe in the Andes Mountains of South America. They are one of the Earth's few remaining uninterrupted lineages of wisdom. 

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Health Of The Honeybees

Honeybee
BotheredByBees Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

What's happening to all the honeybees? It's a question we've been asking now for years and finding an answer is essential to the health of our environment, food supply and the economy. Honeybees are crucial in pollinating fruits, vegetables and nuts and their numbers have been declining sharply in recent years - about 30 percent of all colonies have died every winter in the U.S. since 2007. The alarming declines are causing many concerns and some are calling it a wake-up call for the U.S. and world. Most recently, President Obama announced a task force of various agencies to create a federal strategy to promote the health of honeybees and other pollinators. We'll talk about the importance of bees, theories about what's happening to them, check in on the health of our local bee populations, explore the implications for agriculture and the economy and find out what we can do in our own backyards.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Immigration

Ivo Jansch Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The crisis at the border involving large numbers of unaccompanied minors adds more complexity to an already very difficult and divisive immigration problem in the US. Members of Congress can’t agree on what’s to be done, and there has been criticism of the Obama Administration’s efforts in immigration reform. We’ll be joined by experts who will discuss some of the reasons for this surge in numbers along the border, why the government can’t agree, and we’ll talk with two immigrants about their very different stories of immigration to the US and what their status is today.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

How Much Is Enough? A Living Wage For Charlotte

  Fifty-nine percent of the occupations in Mecklenburg County pay average wages below $35,000. Some people make below that at minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, about $14,500 a year. Other cities around the state have enacted some form of living wage for their residents, but not Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Why not? What does the N.C. Justice Center define as a living income standard? We learn that and more. 

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

#SingleinClt: The Millennial Marriage Gap

A recent Pew study found that only 26 percent of the Millennial generation are married in comparison to baby boomers whose marriage rates are at nearly 50 percent. Our guests say that the American family has undergone a quiet transformation over the past 50 years, and falling marriage rates are at the center of that transformation. What are the changes that contributed to that shift? In what ways and how will this impact larger society?

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Yoga In Charlotte (Rebroadcast)

Guests demonstrating a few of their favorite poses. Clockwise from top left: Mary Lou Buck (Cornwell Center & YWCA), Liza Morgan (Yoga One & Yoga on Tap), Adam Whiting (Y2, NoDa Yoga & Big Horizon Yoga) and Stacy Winslow (Evolution Yoga NC)
Credit Alexia Gyorody

    

The popularity of yoga seems to be exploding.  An exercise for the body, the mind and, some say, the soul –there were only a few places to practice yoga in Charlotte a few years ago and now there are dozens. We’re going to talk to some local yogis about this phenomenon. They say yoga is for everyone, not just affluent, flexible folks. But just how affordable is it and who are all these people stretching into strange positions?

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Webb Hubbell

Hubbell
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You may remember Webb Hubbell. A former Associate Attorney General of the United States and longtime friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton, he was swept up in Ken Starr's Whitewater investigation. After pleading guilty to federal wire and tax fraud charges, he served time in prison and now lives in Charlotte. He's also published his first novel set in a fictionalized version of his hometown of Little Rock. 

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