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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
Mon April 20, 2015

Espionage Act, Patriot Act And The Age Of Cyber Surveillance

This week, former General David Petraeus comes to Charlotte to be sentenced for his role in making classified information available to his biographer. His case has sparked debate about how we prosecute government officials, journalists and others under laws like the Espionage Act and the Patriot Act. We take a look at these laws, why they were created, how they are used and whether or not they’re working.

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Charlotte Talks
10:58 am
Thu April 16, 2015

North Carolina Legislative Update

Credit NC General Assembly

Again this year, the legislative session has been a busy one with lawmakers tackling sales tax redistribution, religious freedom proposals, economic development and then there’s the on-going power struggle between Republican leadership in the Senate and the governor. 

We sit down with a group of reporters who cover state politics to talk about where these issues stand, what passage may mean to us and look ahead to what other things legislators might be considering 

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu April 16, 2015

In Search Of Lost Frogs

"Wanted Alive" poster reproduced from Conservation International's Search for Lost Frogs campaign.
Credit Robin Moore

Let’s mix metaphors: The disappearance of frogs around the world could be the canary in the coal mine. Scientists believe that we may be in the midst of the planet’s sixth mass extinction and disappearing frogs may be a warning sign of more changes to come. Dr. Robin Moore, whose  life-long fascination with frogs led to his traveling to the remote corners of the world looking for amphibians shares what he found and why frogs matter.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed April 15, 2015

The Health Of The Honeybees

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
Tue April 14, 2015

CMPD Community Relations And Profiling

Credit Courtesy of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

From Ferguson to New York, San Bernadino to North Charleston come stories of questionable reactions on the part of police, apparent racial profiling and bad relations between communities and police forces. What about Charlotte? Police Chief Rodney Monroe is conducting a series of community forums. We’ll find out what impact they’re having, what the community is saying to the police and talk about the root cause of police overreaction.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Next Stop: Charlotte? Tourism In The Queen City

A pedestrian wayfinding sign in uptown Charlotte.
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The latest reports say Charlotte is the state’s leading tourist attraction. Tourist destination cities have discovered that high quality of life, transportation networks and connections to various neighborhoods have to be in place to support a robust tourist economy. So, how do we stack up?  The CEO of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Bureau and others tell us about that, about raising our profile and about why people are coming here to visit.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Immigration And Detention Update

Five years ago, President Obama terminated family detention centers created to house undocumented immigrants but Congress recently allocated millions of dollars to expand them. These places continue to be the focus of controversy and concern. Recently an Elon University law professor and her students went to Texas to provide free legal advice to people in those centers. They share their experiences with us. 

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu April 9, 2015

CEOs: Dedication To Community Tour

What good’s an education if you don’t know how to apply what you’ve learned to the real world? It’s a question being raised by those who say that American education places too much emphasis on book learning and not enough on practical application of knowledge. Now, a group of CEOs is going around the country working to change that model. They’re making a stop in Charlotte and you’ll hear what they have to say about that and about finding passion in your work.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Dr. Richard Jackson: Built Environment And Public Health

Richard Jackson, MD MPH

We all know about America’s obesity epidemic. We know about elevated incidences of asthma, diabetes and heart disease. In many cases, we’ve been blaming the food we eat but could it be the way we build? Dr. Richard Jackson from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health believes the way America has been built - with sprawling suburban environments could be the culprit.  He expands on that and offers some solutions.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue April 7, 2015

End Of The Civil War And The Beginning Of The 'New South'

President Jefferson Davis
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One hundred fifty years ago this month, the American Civil War came to end and Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his cabinet held a last meeting in Charlotte. It was the end of an era and the beginnings of the New South. Jefferson Davis’ great, great grandson is working on rehabilitating the reputation of his famous relative. We talk with him and historian David Goldfield - a civil war expert – about Davis and his legacy.

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