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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 July 30, 2013

The Art And Craft Of Obituary Writing

When a loved one passes away they are often eulogized in church services, visitations and during the funeral. Every day folks and public figures are also remembered in the newspaper, from the smallest obituary to fully written memorials. Obituary writing has become an art form and Ken Garfield has practiced that form for years. He says an obituary can teach the writer, the public and even loved ones, things about the deceased they never fully knew before. He'll share what he has learned about writing obituaries, we'll meet the president of the Society of Professional Obituary writers and we hope you'll share some the most memorable obituaries you have read, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon July 29, 2013

North Carolina Budget And 'End Of Session' Roundup

Credit NC General Assembly

Earlier this month, we discussed some of the issues going on in the state legislature, but just barely scratched the surface in our discussion about taxes, Moral Mondays, and the negative national attention our state government is receiving these days. On this edition of Charlotte Talks, we'll gather political reporters and experts to talk about what's been going on since, in the final days of the legislative session. We'll cover the budget and some of the budget items that are raising eyebrows around the state like cuts in education and the closing of prisons around the state, and we'll talk about tax reform, the election bill, and Medicaid changes. Join us for that discussion, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Literacy, The Achievement Gap And Read To Achieve

Closing the Achievement Gap for children in schools is a goal that's proven tough to achieve across the country over a period of several years, but it's one that educators, parents and lawmakers continue to try to make happen. North Carolina passed legislation in 2012 that may help. The Read to Achieve program works to ensure that every student in the state is reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade. In this special edition of Charlotte Talks, we're working with the YMCA, MeckEd and Teach For America to bring together leaders from four of the major school systems in our region. We'll discuss literacy, the problems in bridging the Achievement Gap in school and find out what gains the Read to Achieve program may make towards the goal of improving literacy in North Carolina, when Charlotte Talks. This show was recorded on Thursday night July 25th at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Actor And Screenwriter Jim Rash

Jim Rash as Dean Pelton in NBC's Community
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You may know Jim Rash as the spastic, outlandish and often costume-clad Dean Pelton from NBC's Community, where he plays the dean of a community college. What you may not know is that Jim Rash is also a screenwriter who won an Oscar (along with writing partners Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon) in 2012 for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants starring George Clooney. Jim Rash is also a Charlotte native who attended Charlotte Latin School. His new film is The Way Way Back, an independent coming-of-age comedy which is now playing in limited release in Charlotte. We'll talk with Jim Rash about his writing and acting career and his transition from Charlotte to Los Angeles, when Charlotte Talks. This show was pre-recorded. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Dental Care Crisis

Dental education and regular dental care are important factors in keeping our bodies healthy. Poor dental health can create problems ranging from gingivitis to heart disease. According to a recent Pew study, half of all kids enrolled in North Carolina’s Medicaid program did not receive dental care in 2011. While there are many factors keeping the underserved from seeking dental care, one of the most notable is a nationwide shortage of dentists and dental hygienists. A conversation about access to dentistry and oral health, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Economist Dr. Sherry Jarrell

Some of what you think you know about the US economy is wrong. At least that's what our guest today says. Wake Forest University Economist Sherry Jarrell says that much of what we read in the business press is often misunderstood and that economic data means nothing if you're looking at it in the wrong context. She's out to correct the misunderstandings and clarify some of the important economic jargon that gets thrown around without much explanation - GDP, debt, deficit and unemployment rates. She also talks about what she says is really driving the economy and the role of politics and government in the process. But is the status and function of the economy subjective? Do economists always agree? She shares her opinions and perspective, for example she says that 100 percent of economic growth is created in private industry, no private industry good or service should be provided by the government, "Social Security is the biggest legalized Ponzi scheme in the world" and that regulations caused the financial crisis. Dr. Jarrell fills us in on "things we don’t know about the US economy," when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Fatherhood

The importance of the father in a child's life has always been known but UNC Charlotte Professor Dr. Jeffrey Shears set out to understand the exact impact a father can have on his children. He found some fascinating results as well as some sobering news. Dr. Shears recently completed a summit on fatherhood. He and other panel members share what they learned about a dad's impact on family as well as some practical ideas on what local, state and federal authorities can do to improve fatherhood when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Vienna Teng And Charlotte Arts Funding

Part One: Singer-Songwriter Vienna Teng. A decade ago, musician Vienna Teng had her first major national media interview on NPR's Weekend Edition, shortly followed up by an appearance on Letterman. Coming off that national exposure, the pianist and singer-songwriter toured heavily with the likes of Duncan Sheik and opening for artists like Shawn Colvin, Joan Biaz and others. She released more albums and achieved the kind of success she was happy with… But a few years ago, Teng decided to pause her successful music career to go back to college and get her MBA in environmental studies. Now that she's checked off that goal, she's returned to her music, with a new album coming out this fall. We'll meet Vienna Teng and talk about her musical and educational journey and hear some of her music, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

North Carolina Political Roundup

Moral Monday protests at the NC state house.
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Politics in North Carolina has been heating up all summer long, even drawing national attention—negative attention - in the form of a New York Times article titled The Decline of North Carolina. Moral Monday protests in the state capital have been happening since April, and approval ratings of the governor are reaching new lows. We'll talk with some of the political scientists and columnists keeping a close eye on North Carolina politics to give us some insight on what's happening in Raleigh and what may be coming up in the weeks ahead, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Food Waste Reduction

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It’s no surprise that Americans have a bad reputation when it comes to waste. Every year, Americans waste about 600 pounds of food per person. The average U.S. family throws out approximately $1350 worth of food annually. Author Jonathan Bloom says food resource management is of the utmost importance. UNC system campuses are making conscious efforts to reduce their food waste and educate students about sustainable food practices. Join us for a conversation about food waste reduction with Jonathan Bloom and others. 

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