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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
10:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Education, Jobs And Raising A Qualified Workforce (Rebroadcast)

A Tesla automobile manufacturing facility.
Credit jurvetson / Flickr/

Friday, October 24, 2014

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Charlotte Talks
1:05 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Science Writer Carl Zimmer (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Carl Zimmer has written thirteen books on a plethora of science topics, writes a column for the NY Times, an award-winning blog for National Geographic, and also covers science elsewhere like in Slate and The Atlantic. Some say he is the top science writer on genomic science and everything that relates to it. He’s here in Charlotte lecturing tonight about advances in genomic technology that have cut costs by billions, making research more affordable and increasing the likelihood of cutting-edge advances in future medical treatments. We meet him and learn a little about science.

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Charlotte Talks
9:45 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Michel Martin NPR Presents / Opera Carolina's Nabucco

Michel Martin
Credit 2010 NPR, by Doby Photography

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NPR’s Michel Martin brings her new series of live programs, NPR Presents, to Charlotte next week and joins us in advance to talk about this new project and the topic of the discussion in our city: Voting rights.  That’s in the first part of our program.  Then, we meet the stars of Opera Carolina’s opening production of the season: Nabucco.  It is the story of a father rendered helpless in the face of his daughter. 

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Charlotte Talks
4:21 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

The Pumpkin Trend

Pumpkin carving.
Ben Chaney

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween has transformed from a simple one-night children's affair to a full-blown adult holiday with lights and parties and more. One way to spot this trend is to look at the lowly pumpkin. We've turned them into jack-o-lanterns for years but as nothing more than simple carvings. Now they are works of art, 3-D carvings rivaling sculpture. We look into what's going on there as well as what's being done with pumpkins as food.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter

Mayor Dan Clodfelter
Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

 Monday, October 20, 2014

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter has been in office just over six months, tasked with regaining trust in the aftermath of the Patrick Cannon corruption scandal.  We talk to Mayor Clodfelter about that and many other issues including control of the airport. 

Charlotte Talks
11:59 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Cokie Roberts And Our 'Founding Mothers'

Credit HarperCollins

Friday, October 17, 2014

Most of us have heard about the Founding Fathers since we were little children. They are woven into the fabric of American society and, despite the fact that many cannot name their congressman, people can identify the Founding Fathers. Well, what about the Founding Mothers? NPR's Cokie Roberts wants us to remember them and their amazing accomplishments - from Abigail Adams to the lesser known women in the nation's early days. 

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Charlotte Talks
3:13 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Running In Charlotte

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

You may have noticed, there are a lot of runners in Charlotte. On nice days in certain parts of town, the streets are practically clogged with them. It's good exercise and it doesn't require special equipment or a gym membership, just a good pair of shoes, right? Turns out, there's more to running than that, or there should be if you want to stay healthy. We'll hear from area professionals - all runners themselves - with tips, tricks and other things to consider. 

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Charlotte Talks
3:52 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Charles Best And Donors Choose

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Charles Best saw a need and filled it.  That’s the short story.  The more interesting long story is that, as a first year social studies teacher in the Bronx, he quickly realized low-income students needed school materials and couldn’t afford them.  He started in response to that. Since 2000, it has raised more than $265 million, funding nearly a half million school projects.  There’s a longer story, too, and we’ll hear it from Charles Best himself.

Charlotte Talks
11:18 am
Mon October 13, 2014


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

In the process of pruning and taking down dead trees, the city of Charlotte generates more than 4,500 tons of wood each year and that doesn't include wood harvested by developers and tree companies. Much of that wood is tuned into mulch but there are much better things that can be done with all that wood. It can be turned into many different high-quality products. We'll find out more about the benefits of treecycling. 

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Charlotte Talks
10:07 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Stuff All Charlotteans Should Do!

Wait in line for Price's chicken is on Charlotte Magazine's list of 50 Things Every Charlottean Should Do
Credit Lisa Miller

Monday, October 13, 2014

"Charlotte's Got a Lot." That's both a statement and a slogan for Charlotte's Travel and Tourism Division. We'll be looking into the truth of that claim as we hear about things for both newcomers and old-timers. We talk to the person responsible for the book "100 Things To Do In Charlotte Before You Die" and to a contributor to Charlotte Magazine's "50 Things Every Charlottean Should Do."

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