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
12:00 am
Tue August 27, 2013

State Capitals And Corruption & Matchmaking

Part One: State Capitals And Corruption. Naming state capitals has long been the source of trivia games but, unless there is some scandal there, we rarely think of our Capital in the same terms as larger or more interesting cities in the state. But now a fascinating study is taking a new look at state capitals and corruption. It turns out that the more remote a state capital is located, the more corrupt it's likely to be. In other words, politicians act out even more if they don't think their constituents are watching. We'll meet the author of this study as well as two political scientists with their eyes on Raleigh and Columbia.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

The Story Of 'Historic' South End (Rebroadcast)

The historic trolley's route started on the backside of Atherton Market. Today the trolley 'carbarn' is a popular farmer's market.
Credit Shook Kelley

 Charlotte's South End wasn't always a hip, vibrant district of shops, restaurants and condos filled with young people that's currently thriving along the city's light rail line. The district right outside of Center City along South Boulevard got its start in the 1850's when the first railroad line came to Charlotte and cotton mills and neighborhoods like Dilworth started to spring up around the rail corridor to house mill workers. But when the cotton mills moved out, South End turned into a vacant, barbed-wired and even dangerous wasteland. We'll talk to some of the people responsible for bringing it back to life about the history of the area from train to trolley to light rail. A look at the surprising story of 'Historic' South End from cotton mills to food trucks, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Searching For The Perfect Cup Of Coffee

Kelsey Viscount demonstrates the "pour over" method at Not Just Coffee with Mike Collins and Peter Reinhart

Coffee. It could be argued that it's the world's favorite drink. Whether you're a caffeine addict looking for a quick fix or a bean aficionado who grinds your own for a perfect blend - a morning cup of joe is a daily habit for many of us. We'll examine the ins and outs of coffee in search of "the perfect cup" - from different roasts, blends and types of beans to the "pour over" method that's gaining traction to latte art and the real meaning of labels like "fair trade" and "organic." We check in on the local coffee scene here and ask - does Charlotte really have a coffee culture? Sit back with your favorite mug and join us for a conversation with Chef Peter Reinhart, coffee roaster David Haddock from Boquete Mountain Coffee and James Yoder, the owner of Not Just Coffee, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Stand Up That Mountain

Jay Leutze was living a quiet life in the Appalachian mountains when he began hearing chain saws and trees falling on the other side of the valley. Jay discovered that a local business man, Paul Brown, was planning to create a massive surface gravel mine on Bellevue Mountain. The facility would blast and crush stone 24 hours a day. A permit had been issued without a single public hearing, a necessary procedural requirement. But Leutze wasn’t sure anything could be done, until he got a call from his 14 year old neighbor. That phone call led him down a five year journey to justice, trying to save the mountain and preserve the landscape for future generations. A conversation about saving a mountain, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

UNC Charlotte 49ers Football

Coming up at the end of the month, an event will take place At UNC Charlotte that has never happened before- the University will host its very first college football game. The 49ers previously have not had a football program, but an effort years in the making has culminated in the development of a new team over the past couple of years, and on August 31, they play their very first home game. We'll talk about what it means to the University, its students, alumni and supporters, and what effect a collegiate football team could mean for Charlotte, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Planning Family Size

Parents-to-be, listen up. Bloomberg News reports a middle-income family will spend $241,080 to raise a child born in 2012. That’s a 2.6 percent increase from just last year and outstrips the rate of inflation. But that’s just one consideration when planning to start or expand a family. PRI’s The World is collaborating with stations nationwide to examine family size and we take our turn when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

North Carolina's Voter Photo ID Law & 'Moral Mondays' Come To Charlotte

Credit Joe Shlabotnik / flickr

On Monday, Governor McCrory signed a new election bill into law, a move that has received a lot of attention nationwide. Supporters of the Republican-backed law say that it will cut down on voter fraud while opponents claim it's a way to suppress voting among groups who tend to lean left. However you see it, the new law will mean changes for every voter in the state. For example, it requires a state issued license or ID to vote, reduces the number of early voting days and ends same-day registration. 

We learn about the changes and find out how voters should prepare themselves before going to the polls. Then, our next guests have been fighting the voter ID bill and now plan to fight the law in court. The state's branch of the NAACP has been protesting this and many other changes coming out of the state legislature in what they call "Moral Monday" rallies and now they're coming to Charlotte. Learn more, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Charlotte Miscellany & The Lion King

Part One: Charlotte Miscellany. Why is there a statue of an unknown golden man in Myers Park? Why is there a car on top of a Restaurant? Why are there Onion Rings in the ground in Cotswold? Charlotte, despite its shiny new skyscrapers, is a very old town and has collected its share of quirks over the changes that decades and generations bring. We'll have some fun trying to find answers to questions perhaps you've always wondered about our Queen City. Which Queen? That answer and more when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu August 15, 2013

The Effects Of Our Stormy Summer

Credit James Willamor / flickr

We have experienced record amounts of rainfall in our region this summer. So much so that city, county and state government agencies of all kinds have had to mobilize, perhaps like never before, to deal with the impact of all of this rain. Some businesses benefit from the rain but many others are suffering under the relentless storms we've experienced. We have gathered a large panel of representatives from a number of the agencies that have dealt with the challenges these storms have presented and they will share the story of our record rainy summer, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Eugenics In North Carolina And Victim Compensation

Elaine Riddick was a victim of North Carolina's forced sterilization program.

North Carolina has received plenty of negative attention nationally for things happening in the legislature. But we're also making news for another reason. North Carolina will spend $10 million to compensate victims of a state-sponsored sterilization program, making it the first state in the country to do so. It's an effort to make reparations for what was one of the most extensive and longest-running eugenics programs. Between 1929 and 1974, the state sterilized 7,600 people because they were considered "feeble minded," promiscuous or otherwise socially or mentally unfit, even some single women on welfare. It's a feat that only happened because of something rather uncommon these days - bi-partisanship. We'll talk with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle about the process and hear from a recipient of that compensation - a sterilization victim, when Charlotte Talks.

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