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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
Tue July 7, 2015

Educator Roundtable

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Two weeks ago, we talked to officials looking into the frequency and efficacy of testing in the public schools of North Carolina. We heard from a lot of folks including teachers about what was discussed on that program.  It’s often difficult for us to get teachers on our show because, during the school year, they’re in class but not during the summer, so we’re joined by teachers for a follow-up discussion on testing.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling In North Carolina

Public opinion on same-sex marriage has changed dramatically in the last decade and the recent Supreme Court decision has made it legal in all 50 states. But North Carolina recently passed a law allowing magistrates to opt-out of performing those marriages. Will that change under this recent decision? A look at the impact of the ruling here and around the country, on the upcoming presidential campaign and on job protections and more.

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Charlotte Talks
10:07 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Mecklenburg Declaration Of Independence (Rebroadcast)

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May 20th has long been known as MeckDec Day here in the Queen City. It’s the day that, as the legend says, Mecklenburg Militia members came together to create a document that declared Mecklenburg County as free and independent from England in May of 1775, over year before the American Declaration of Independence. It’s a great story, that the idea of our independence started in a log courthouse in a small hamlet called Charlotte…. But is it true? It’s a controversial debate that’s been going on since our country was still in its infancy, and no one seems to have been able to bury the hatchet as to the Mecklenburg Declaration’s existence, or lack thereof. On this MeckDec Day, we’re joined by the author of a new book that lays out what we DO know, the arguments for and against the truth of the existence of the document and we’ll take you through all of it. Could it be real, or just a great local legend?

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Camp: Homesick And Happy (Rebroadcast)

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Summer is here and the kids are out of school. But instead of sitting around watching TV and playing on their iPhones, some parents will be sending their kids to summer camp - to hike and canoe their way around the outdoors, learn new skills and make lasting friendships. Michael Thompson, author of Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow says camp provides essential experiences for children. What he calls the "magic of camp" allows kids to mature and develop in a unique atmosphere away from school and home - teaching independence and values. But where does camp fit in an age of helicopter parents - where kids are rarely out of the sight of their folks? We'll explore the magic of camp and find out why kids need time away from home.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Preserving The World's Seed Stocks (Rebroadcast)

Seeds at Renfrow Hardware
Tanner Latham

At the turn of the Twentieth Century, there were over 7 thousand seed varieties available to farmers and gardeners. Today, 94 percent of those seeds are gone - forever. Not only does that mean less variety but it also makes a food disaster like the Irish potato famine, exponentially more likely. We learn about seed savers, seed exchanges and seed bankers working to save the world's supply of seeds.
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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Tom Hanchett: Charlotte’s Historian Retires

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Guest host Chris Clackum is in for Mike Collins-- he sits down with the man who is called upon any time there are questions about Charlotte's history. Tom Hanchett is retiring his longtime post as staff historian at the Levine Museum of the New South- he'll still be around teaching Charlotteans and visitors alike, but as he starts this new chapter, we'll sit down with him to talk about his passion for historic Charlotte and discuss the changes he's seen in the Queen City over the years.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon June 29, 2015

2016 Presidential Candidates So Far

The U.S. Supreme Court has declared same-sex marriage legal. How might that change the country and the politics of the 2016 presidential campaign? We look into that and focus in on the growing field of candidates, especially for Republicans. We talk about those who have declared, those who may declare, about Bushes and Clintons, and what issues will get the greatest focus during the campaign. Join guest host Dr. Michael Bitzer for a look ahead to 2016. 

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri June 26, 2015

The Confederate Flag Debate

The Confederate flag on the grounds of the South Carolina capitol.
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The tragic shooting in Charleston ignited a firestorm over the last vestige of America’s Civil War: the Confederate flag. Protesters in front of the South Carolina Statehouse are calling for the flag’s removal as has South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and other lawmakers. They will take up that debate in July but the country is already having the conversation. Could this be the last shot fired by the Confederacy? 

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu June 25, 2015

50 Forward And 50 Back: A Look At The Evolution Of Health And Health Care

 

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Society and medicine have changed substantially in the last 50 years. Fifty years ago, doctors smoked, sometimes while examining patients. Few people exercised. And medicine was just beginning to make significant advances. So that got us to thinking about the evolution of health and healthcare. Where might we be headed? Where might we be 50 years in the future? We’ve invited three medical professionals to explore the past and help us imagine the future.

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Charlotte Talks
11:09 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Standardized Testing In North Carolina

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Testing in North Carolina schools – the kind of testing and the frequency of exams have been a hot topic among parents, teachers and students in recent years. Some say there are too many, too often. Others question how the tests effect students and how they’re used to evaluate teachers. That is why the State Board of Education created a task force to look into testing. Last week that group released their recommendations and we talk to the state superintendent of education and others about them. 

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