Charlotte Talks on WFAE

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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 23, 2014

Immigration

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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)
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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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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Walking The Camino / Porgy And Bess

Map of El Camino de Santiago de Compostela
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The Appalachian Trail, the John Muir Trail and Australia's Great Ocean Road are all famous hiking trails but, according to many, St. James Way, also know as the El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, is the most famous trail in the world. Pilgrims have walked the nearly 500 miles in northern Spain for over a thousand years. We'll meet some local folks who have walked its path. We'll also meet the stars of Porgy and Bess, a musical that has blazed into own trail for decades. 

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Personalized Medicine: The Future Of Medicine?

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Experts in the medical field are hopeful that we are getting ever closer to the day when treatment for whatever ails you will be personalized.  Personalized medicine is a relatively new field of research, some of which is taking place in Charlotte.  If perfected, it would replace the one-size-fits-all approach and, based on a simple blood or urine test, provide treatment targeted just to you.  We talk about this pioneering approach with those on the cutting edge of research.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Governor Pat McCrory

Gov. Pat McCrory
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It’s been an eventful couple of months in Raleigh as the legislative session has unfolded, budget has been debated, and issues from teacher pay to university funding, from medical marijuana to Medicaid have received attention from the governor’s office. Now that the session is nearing its end and several laws have been signed into effect, Governor McCrory makes a visit to Charlotte, where he’ll join us to talk about some of North Carolina’s most important issues.

Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Art Pope (Rebroadcast)

Art Pope

Art Pope is a very influential figure in North Carolina and, as he's risen through the ranks, he's become a rather controversial one as well. Chairman, CEO and President of Variety Wholesalers and of a foundation, he is also the state Budget Director, appointed to the job by Governor McCrory, for whose campaign Pope volunteered. A former legislator, Art Pope is making waves in his new job. We revisit our conversation with him from April about holding the state's purse strings.  We listen back to our conversation from April with State Budget Director and champion of conservative causes Art Pope.

Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan

Flickr/Erik Cleves Kristensen

Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, surrounding towns and the Foundation for the Carolinas have worked together to develop the Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan. MLCP's aim is to find better ways for local governments to work with community partners to better the quality of life for all of Mecklenburg County. But officials weren't the only ones to offer input; in fact, community meetings were held to collect public opinion. 


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