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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
10:27 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Project Mosaic And Social Mobility

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Social mobility - the ability of a person to move up the economic ladder - has been declining in the United States and North Carolina ranks at the bottom of the list of states. In fact, the majority of Charlotte children born in the bottom fifth of income distribution stay there throughout their adult lives. UNC Charlotte is studying the problem and we meet a national expert on the topic along with those involved in Project Mosiac to hear more about social mobility challenges.  

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Charlotte Talks
10:09 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Once/Charlotte Classic Jazz Festival 2014


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Once, the musical performed at the Belk Theater this week, is a different kind of musical experience. For starters, you can go up on stage, order from the bar and mingle with the cast of this show in its Irish pub setting. Based on a movie, Once won eight Tony Awards and we meet one of the leads. Then, all about the Charlotte Classic Jazz Festival 2014. It's a new effort to make jazz more accessible in Charlotte. 

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Charlotte Talks
2:45 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Local Muslim Leaders On Terrorism And ISIS

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Tuesday, September 29, 2014

The Middle East has been a focus of world concern for years. The latest concern is that of the terrorist group, ISIS, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. They have beheaded Westerners and called for all Muslims to kill disbelievers. Recently, leaders of Charlotte's Muslim community met to send another message: the condemnation of violence by ISIS, calling their vision a false picture of Islam. We explore that further on the edition of Charlotte Talks. 

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Charlotte Talks
10:14 am
Fri September 26, 2014

North Carolina "Gone Purple"

Monday, September 29, 2014

The number of independent voters has nearly doubled in North Carolina in the past decade. This surge in independents makes North Carolina one of the premier battleground states in electoral politics. On this edition of Charlotte Talks, guest host Michael Tomsic and a panel of experts take a look at who these voters are and discuss how they could swing this November's election. 

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Charlotte Talks
8:00 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

The History And Growth Of Charlotte's Beer Scene

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Friday, September 26, 2014


Something started happening in Charlotte a few years ago that continued to brew and bubble and is now reaching a head: beer. But not any beer- beer crafted, brewed, served and enjoyed right here in the Queen City. Every few months, new breweries are opening or moving into larger spaces.  Craft beer is taking off, creating a new culture in the process. We talk about how we got here and what's ahead in a special program recorded at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:06 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Ambassador Of Belgium


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Belgium is a founding member of the European Union and, with the U.S., a founding member of NATO. We've been allies since 1832 and a number of U.S. firms have located their European headquarters there. If you're looking for a Charlotte connection, think Food Lion. Their parent company, The Delhaize Group, is Belgian. We meet the ambassador of Belgium to the U.S. to talk about all this and more - including this summer's USA/Belgium soccer match at the World Cup. 

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Charlotte Talks
10:05 am
Tue September 23, 2014

The Old Farmer's Almanac/The Battle Of Charlotte


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

We live in a digital world but The Old Farmer's Almanac survives. In fact, it thrives! For over two hundred years it has predicted long range forecasts, shared recipes and homespun wisdom while providing farming insights. We meet the first female editor of the almanac and hear some predictions in the first half of the program and then, observe the 234th anniversary of the Battle of Charlotte.

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Charlotte Talks
2:16 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

McClatchy News Series: Contract To Cheat

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A recent series by McClatchy Newspapers, including The Charlotte Observer, proves that there are still some things newspapers do best, even in a digital world. This series uncovered a range of fraudulent activities by construction companies working on federally funded projects. Among the infractions, misclassifying employees to avoid paying taxes. In case you missed it, we review the series with two key reporters. 

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Charlotte Talks
11:58 am
Fri September 19, 2014

LGBTQ Perspectives On Equality

Monday, September 22, 2014

LGBTQ Perspectives on Equality has received a lot of attention.  This exhibit, at the Levine Museum of the New South, is one of the most extensive displays on the topic in the country.  It delves into the history of research into sexuality in America, the history of the LGBTQ struggle for equality and provides educational moments for those who simply don’t understand the issues.  We hear about the issues and the exhibit.

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Charlotte Talks
3:21 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Exploring Local Farms And Local Food (Rebroadcast)

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Although we all go to the grocery store for food, all the food comes from farms and, according to the USDA, the number of farms and farmers are declining. We need more growers and we need to pay more attention to building the local and regional food economies. Eating local isn’t just hip, it's vital for environmental stability and keeping farmers in business. Ahead of the 'Know Your Farms Tour' this weekend, we discuss the future of food with some farmers.

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