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
10:00 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman (Rebroadcast)

Ree Drummond
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9:00 Monday, December 8, 2014

She grew up in a corporate town, ate sushi and treated herself to pedicures. Then she met her "Marlboro man," chucked it all, moved to a cattle ranch and wrote a best-selling cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Ree Drummond is also known as the queen of food blogging and has a show on Food Network. In short, she has become a sensation. What's all the fuss about? Find out when Ree Drummond joins us in this encore presentation. 

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Charlotte Talks
9:05 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Ponzi And Pyramid Schemes In NC

9:00 Friday, December 5, 2014

The investment returns Bernie Madoff’s clients were receiving were too good to be true and that’s because they actually were. He was running a Ponzi scheme. And he is not alone. Even though we witnessed his incarceration and his family destroyed, others are doing the same or similar things and putting you at risk right here in Charlotte.  

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Charlotte Talks
2:12 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

CMPD Cell Phone Surveillance

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9:00 Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department has been using secret cell phone tracking devices to follow suspected criminals but, in the process, they pick up a lot of data from private citizens who aren't doing anything illegal. This technology has been used by local, state and federal law enforcement across the country to fight terrorism and can be effective in fighting crime but it does raise privacy concerns. We discuss the balance between privacy and protecting public safety. 

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Charlotte Talks
4:27 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

State Of Faith On Higher Education Campuses

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9:00 Wednesday, December 3, 2014

We know that young people’s connections to mainline religions are on the decline, but a UCLA study of students in college reveals that though attendance is declining, spirituality is on the rise. The study also discovered that students become increasingly more liberal in their stance toward religion. We take a closer look at the study and at whether or not something similar is happening on campuses around Charlotte.

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Charlotte Talks
1:49 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Parenting Gay Children

9:00 Tuesday, December 2, 2014

When raising children, every day brings new challenges but when a child tells you, "I'm gay," many parents don't know what to do. We meet two women who founded an organization, created and interactive website and wrote a book to help parents better understand and react in the moment when their child comes out and to better navigate the road ahead. 

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Charlotte Talks
9:31 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Hot Holiday Books And Authors

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9:00 Monday, December 1, 2014

Even though we're surrounded by technology people still love receiving books as gifts and still love to read actual books. So, we've invited three people who really know what's out there to talk about some of the hot books for the holidays, and about some books and authors who may not be on your radar but who should be. 

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Charlotte Talks
10:00 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Origins Of Our Favorite Phrases (Rebroadcast)

9:00 Friday, November 28, 2014

Actors tell each other to "break a leg" before going on stage. Here at Charlotte Talks we like to do shows that are "a horse of a different color" and we certainly strive to spend time "off the beaten path." So today, we explore the history behind some of the most well-known phrases in the English language. Some histories may be known but others will be "brand spanking new." And, along the way, our experts will debunk some phrase origins to help you take them "with a grain of salt." So, don't "bust our chops," "if you can't beat us, join us" for a history of idioms.

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Charlotte Talks
1:15 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Chris Gardner (Rebroadcast)

Chris Gardner, Sr and Chris, Jr.
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9:00 Thursday, November 27, 2014

  

A homeless man with a young son becomes a stockbroker and later, the head of his own successful brokerage firm. Sounds like the stuff of movies and it was: Will Smith's The Pursuit of Happiness. But that movie was based on a book by Chris Gardner and the story it told was his. You may see his story as one of rags-to-riches but he says it is a love story between a father and his son. Chris Gardner explains in a Thanksgiving edition of Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
1:17 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

North Carolina's Teacher Of The Year

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9:00 Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Some good news for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. This year, CMS produced the North Carolina Teacher of the Year – James Ford, who teaches history at Garinger High School. Ford has been traveling the state as an ambassador for its 95,000 teachers. As the first CMS teacher to hold the title since 1970, and at a time when negativity surrounds education, James Ford shares his thoughts on teaching and the trials faced by teachers.

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Charlotte Talks
3:59 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Best Gadget Gifts For 2014

Fitness trackers
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9:00 Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Black Friday used to be the day when you could get great deals on the latest gadgets on the market. But this year, all of November has been black as they push the season. So, we hope we’re not too late to let you in on the latest toys for kids and adults from smartphones and tablets to Fitbits, educational toys to pure escapism, from things you think you want to those you didn’t even know existed. We spend the hour getting the low down on high tech with some industry experts.

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