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
Thu May 28, 2015

The Future Of Drone Technology

Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Drones have moved from combat zones into the civilian arena and in North Carolina, our skies are so filled with them that Governor McCrory signed new legislation to regulate the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Drones have many peaceful applications, but their use requires that some questions be answered-- such as who owns the skies and what forms of regulation will be necessary to govern how they can be used and by whom?

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Harry Golden: 'Carolina Israelite'

  

Although Harry Golden was not a native Charlottean, it didn’t take him long to become an integral part of the life of the city when he arrived to write for the Charlotte Observer in the 1940s. He would go on to publish The Carolina Israelite, writing on topics important to him, speaking his mind and changing others. Now there is a book about his life and we find out from his biographer why his words still have importance.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue May 26, 2015

'The Libertarian Mind'

On the surface, the United States has a two party system of government. But there’s no law about that. Democrats and Republicans don’t have to be the only parties. And there are others – the largest of which is the Libertarian party. David Boaz, of the Cato Institute wrote his book, The Libertarian Mind, as an effort to explore not only the growing interest in the party but also their core beliefs. He joins us to talk about all of this.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Tattoo History And Charlotte's Tattoo Scene (Rebroadcast)

Hayley Lakeman, Fu's Tattoo

People have been getting tattoos almost from the beginning of time. But until recently, they were the province of a small subset of the population. Today, tattoos have become high art and increasing numbers of people from all walks of life are becoming the canvas. When and why did that start? We meet a National Geographic Society Fellow who has looked into the history of this and talk to three local tattoo artists about the market for what they do. 

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This Is Art

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Till Death Do Us Part: Domestic Violence In South Carolina

Credit Postandcourier.com

Last year, South Carolina had the highest rate of deaths due to domestic violence in the country. The state has consistently placed in the top 10 nationally in the rate of women killed by men. The Charleston Post and Courier investigated the cultural and legal factors behind this and won a Pulitzer Price for their efforts. We’re joined by one of the reporters on that series, a South Carolina State Senator and others to explore this disturbing trend.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu May 21, 2015

STEM Education And MOOC

A Mind for Numbers book cover
Credit http://www.barbaraoakley.com/

How is it possible that someone who flunked elementary, middle and high school math and science has become one of the most popular teachers in the world and a professor of engineering? We’re going to find out how Barbara Oakley did it. She now has nearly a million students in her online classes and her teaching methods have been described as revolutionary by The Wall Street Journal. She joins us to tell her story and talk about her approach.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Arte Poesia Musica / Pippen

"The Bridges" by Luis Ardila

A new arts collaboration is presenting a multi-platform, bilingual event featuring various Latin American art forms in one concert at the Mint Museum. It’s an attempt to build a multi-cultural community in the Queen City and we hear about it in the first part of the program. Then, three of the performers from Pippin. This is a very athletic re-imagining of this 1970s Stephen Schwartz show in town for a week at the Belk Theater. Get a preview of what to expect.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Charlotte's City Budget

  There’s a $22 million hole in Charlotte’s city budget. The hole was created by the disappearance of the Business License Tax which was taken away by the state legislature and by some miscalculations on property tax revenues after the recent re-evaluation. City Manager Ron Carlee has made some suggestions on how to make up the difference but not everyone agrees with those options. So we’ve invited Ron Carlee and others to take us through the proposals.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon May 18, 2015

NASCAR, Racing And Charlotte

Wendy Herkey WFAE

The two biggest NASCAR races of the year take place in May at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Fans from all over the country are here to see some of the best drivers in the world compete and NASCAR is competing, too – for your attention. These races bring BIG money to town – about $230 million and the speedway has made major improvements to attract younger fans. We talk about racing, its impact, its Charlotte ties and more.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Catholic Church And The LGBT Community

As LGBT issues work their way through secular society, they often find roadblocks within religious institutions. While some have opened their doors, other denominations continue to struggle with how to treat LGBT believers. Within the Catholic Church, the pope seems more open but local church leaders aren’t ready to take that step which is why Sister Jeannine Gramick was barred from using a local Catholic Church for a talk on inclusion. But she’ll join us.

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