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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 March 19, 2015

Annabelle Gurwitch

9:00, Thursday, March 19, 2015

Annabelle Gurwitch has been called hilarious. A New York Times Bestselling author and actress, she gained a big following as the result of hosting “Dinner and a Movie” on TBS. Her latest book deals with reaching 50 and examining exactly what a half century of wisdom amounts to. In her case, it has led to her developing the book into a TV show for FX. Now Annabelle Gurwitch joins us for an hour to share her wisdom and humor.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Kinky Boots

9:00, Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Cyndie Lauper, Harvey Fierstein hit Broadway musical, Kinky Boots, is in Charlotte and tells the story of how creativity saves a factory and a town. We’ll meet two of the stars of the show who have similar real life experiences with the characters they portray and talk about the issues that this production brings up, especially in Charlotte.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Vaccination Science And Safety

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9:00, Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Vaccines are a lifesaver. But in recent years, they’ve come under suspicion in some circles. A recent outbreak of measles in California was attributed to the large number of children unvaccinated against a disease that we thought was all but gone. The Observer’s Karen Garloch recently investigated vaccines and their potential connection to other conditions and found some surprising things. She shares her findings and we hear from an epidemiologist.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Desegregation And Resegregation Of Charlotte's Schools

9:00, Monday, March 16, 2015

Once the Supreme Court mandated Charlotte integrate its schools in 1971, this city became a national leader in that effort. This was largely accomplished through busing to correct geographical imbalances. But since that time, the school system has largely re-segregated by race and class to pre-1971 levels. We look at why this has happened, what can be done to change it and what re-segregation has meant to the city and the system.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Learning To Walk In The Dark

Barbara Brown Taylor

Friday, March 13, 2015

Darkness is supposed to be a bad thing. Darkness is sometimes synonymous with evil. But in her latest book, professor and Episcopal priest Barbara Brown Taylor writes about some surprising gifts to be found in the dark. Her findings challenge the belief that darkness is a bad thing. She shares examples of how to find light in the dark. 

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Understanding Cross-Class Marriages

9:00, Thursday, March 12, 2015

Surveys show that married couples argue frequently about money. Experts say that is particularly true when that couple is made up of people from different class backgrounds. But the differences between married people from different class backgrounds don’t stop with money, they shape many ideas about how to live daily life and that can cause problems, too. More about those problems and ways to navigate around them.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed March 11, 2015

LGBT Rights

A gay pride flag outside Government Center just before the Charlotte City Council meeting began.
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9:00, Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A recent proposal before Charlotte City Council would have prohibited what some perceive as discriminatory practices against LGBT people. Right now, cab drivers, business owners and others can refuse service based on religious or moral grounds to those in the LGBT community. That measure was narrowly defeated but the conversation continues and we hear from people on both sides.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue March 10, 2015

What's Really In Our Food?

9:00, Tuesday, March 10, 2015

For years, Wired columnist Patrick Di Justo has written about what’s inside many popular products but now he’s turned his attention to our food. The result is a new book called This Is What You Just Put in Your Mouth. It’s surprising, sometimes off-putting and very puzzling! Why are these things in our food?

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Women And Girls In Science And Tech Fields

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9:00, Monday, March 9, 2015

It’s no secret that women are vastly unrepresented in the computer and technology fields and even those in the business say, “that has to change.” Technology is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the economy and is a huge job creator. That makes this more than an equality problem; it is an economic one. So, how to bring more women into the field? Three women working to close that gap share ideas.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Talkin' Tarheel

9:00 a.m., Friday, March 6, 2015

My, how you talk – and when you do, you have an accent. We all have them. That said, we hope ya’ll can gather ‘round and set a spell, as we chew the fat about how North Carolinians talk. Two NC State professors who study language in its social context well tell us how upbringing, geography, socio-economic status and other factors influence speech.  

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