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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
Wed November 6, 2013

Election Recap & Matthew Bourne's 'Sleeping Beauty'

Part One: Election Recap. On Tuesday, Election Day, Charlotteans elected a new mayor, several city council members and new members to the school board. We'll find out who won, who lost and how the political makeup of Charlotte changed, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue November 5, 2013

The Life Of Billy Graham

Credit Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Billy Graham is North Carolina's most famous religious leader and one of the most famous preachers in the world. Graham's life and legacy has been chronicled many times but now his life is being seen in two new ways; through pictures and through the eyes of his late wife, Ruth Bell Graham. Former Observer Religion writer Ken Garfield has a new book exploring Graham through pictures and Davidson Religion scholar, Dr. Anne Wells, is exploring how clergy's wives influence their husbands. They join us to talk about Graham's life and legacy.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Election Preview

Tuesday is Election Day in Charlotte. A new Mayor is going to be elected, as well as the city council-at-large seat, seven city council seats and five CMS district seats. It’s been a relatively quiet pre-election season, but the issues to discuss abound. Mayoral candidates Patrick Cannon and Edwin Peacock have starkly different backgrounds, but some ideological similarities. As Charlotte continues to find its footing as an international city, our elected officials will need to balance expansion with fiscal responsibility. And as politics become more polarized than ever, they will need to know how to compromise. Our experts lend insight into the issues and the candidates.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Creator Of Phineas And Ferb & Moving Poets Return To Charlotte

Dan Povenmire stopped by the studio this morning to talk about the hit kids TV show Phineas and Ferb. He's the creator of the show and the evil voice behind Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
Wendy Herkey

Part One: Dan Povenmire of Phineas and Ferb. Dan Povenmire may not be a household name but his creation, Phineas and Ferb, is one of the most popular kids shows on television. Povenmire lends his artistry, writing and voice talent to the show. The longtime cartoonist has a crazy sense of humor but he is coming to town for a more serious reason. His yet to be born nephew has a serious and rare disease. Dan’s sister lives here in Charlotte and he’s coming to town to help her promote awareness for this challenging condition. We’ll share some laughs, and explore a little known but important children’s health issue.

Guests
Dan Povenmire
- Creator of Phineas and Ferb television show
Dr. Tiana Povenmire-Kirk - Mother of son with HLHS, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Zombies!

Zombie talk show producer Alexia preys on Mike Collins. We're talking ZOMBIES this morning! Makeup artist Katie Bearden made over Alexia this morning into the undead.

If you happen to be among the undead you are rotting at a great time because being a zombie has never been more popular. Zombies are everywhere, from literature to films and even in University classrooms. The Walking Dead continues to be one of the most popular shows on television and Charlotte itself has many zombie related events this year. On this Halloween day we will look at the history of the zombie, the incredible rise in popularity of the undead and the many iterations of zombies in popular culture. Tune in, even if one of your fingers fall off.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Shale Gas & Hydraulic Fracturing In North Carolina

A shale gas well in Pennsylvania.
Credit wcn247 / flickr

The process known as "fracking" has led to a surge in natural gas production in the U.S. and some in North Carolina want in. Hydraulic fracturing, a method of extracting natural gas from deep below the earth's surface is now legal in the state. Another vote is required by the legislature to allow drilling, but permits could be issued as early as 2015. We'll talk with the chairman of the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission, the group charged with developing rules and regulations for the controversial practice, along with WFAE reporter Ben Bradford to discuss the prospects for a shale gas industry here. We’ll also talk with a Duke University environmental scientist about some of the risks involved, including results of a new study that links hydraulic fracturing to water contamination in Pennsylvania.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

World’s Fairs

World’s fairs were the most important vehicles for debuting advancements in modern living. Items like ceramics, precious metalwork, and textiles were displayed. And things like ice cream and the Ferris wheel were introduced to the world for the first time at a World’s Fair. Two hundred objects shown at every major world’s fair from 1851 to 1939 are on display right now at the Mint Museum. Large and small in scale, the diverse group of pieces shine with historical significance and tell varied stories of technology advancement from days long gone. We’ll learn about some of the standout pieces and about what a World’s Fair at the turn of the century was like.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Political Fallout From The Government Shutdown

Now that the government is back up and running, we'll discuss the political impact of the shutdown.
Credit J Sonder / flickr

The government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis from earlier this month will have longer lasting implications and consequences, according to most people who have something to say about the subject. Some say it will improve the chances of agreement on other legislation and others say it will make the animosity between the political parties even more bitter. We'll be joined by experts who will give us their take on the fallout from the shutdown, and what we can see in the coming months.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Women And Midlife Crises

A recent Swedish study says that women who reported stress in midlife from experiences like illness or divorce were more likely to have dementia or Alzheimer’s in old age. But according to the annual Stress in America Survey, more than half of Americans say they get little or no help managing stress from their healthcare providers. So what should we do to manage our stress? Why are women at a heightened risk for a midlife crisis? And how can the accumulation of stress cause mental illness? A conversation about midlife crises.

Guests
Dr. Greg Clary
 - Medical Director In-patient and Out-patient Psychiatry, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
Lyndall Hare - BSW, PhD Gerontologist; Midlife Transitions & Aging Specialist for The Respite
Sandy Loydpierson - Mother of twins who just left for college in August, her parents are aging/sick, reevaluating many aspects of her life right now

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Breast Cancer: Awareness, Activism & 'Pinkwashing'

The White House lit up pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 2012.
Credit Sonya N. Hebert / Official White House Photo

Are you seeing pink? October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month which means pink ribbons and pink everything are showing up everywhere - NFL players sport pink accessories, there are pink cereal boxes on store shelves and pink newspapers in the mailbox. But is that pink can of soup really making a difference to eliminate breast cancer? Critics call it "pinkwashing" and say it's time to move past the superficial awareness campaigns for what is a complicated and devastating disease. They say that visibility and fundraising alone isn't the answer to ending breast cancer and that this sort of marketing oversimplifies the disease with detrimental effects. We'll explore the nexus of disease, marketing, awareness and research in what some call our "feel good war on breast cancer" and learn about some of the politics and controversies over prevention and treatments.

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