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
9:00 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Volunteerism

IBM employee James Schweitzer and volunteer Ruby Gilliland assembling a portable solar panel to power a new web cam at the
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People give back to the community in many ways and not always monetarily. One of the most popular ways to give back is as a volunteer. Next week is National Volunteer Week. You may not know this but it’s been taking place in the U.S. and Canada every April since 1943 and this year, we sit down with the new millennial Executive Director of the United Way of the Central Carolinas and others to talk about volunteerism in the Queen City.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Charlotte's Music Past And Future

Scenes from Charlotte Talks at The Evening Muse in NoDa.
Erin Keever

Charlotte has flirted with the music industry on and off for years.  In the early 20th century we were a significant center for country music. In recent years, despite upheaval in the contemporary music industry, we have started to play a key role again. We take a look at that role with people in the industry in Charlotte and hear one of the local bands making a name for themselves in a special broadcast from the Evening Muse in NODA

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Not My Backyard

Suburban neighborhood

While working as a transit advocate in Washington, D.C., author Ben Ross wondered why almost every new development or transit line was resisted by both conservatives and liberals in the D.C. suburbs. In researching the "why" of this resistance, he found that the mindset behind keeping only single family homes in the "burbs" is all about social status for its residents. He wrote a new book about this discovery called "Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism," and on this edition of Charlotte Talks he'll join us to talk abut this philosophy, which dates back to the 19th and early 20th centuries. We'll also be joined by local proponents of new urban planning to find out how this philosophy has played out in Charlotte, and whether this point of view is shifting as our city grows. 

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed April 1, 2015

The Human Brain, Visual Art And Sensoria

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We know little about the most important organ in our body - the brain. But noted documentarian Noah Hutton has been following a project to map the brain and he's coming to talk about it at CPCC’s annual arts festival, Sensoria. We hear more about his film, the brain itself from a neuroscientist and we get a preview of how Sensoria is working brain research into an arts festival through poetry and art.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue March 31, 2015

College Presidents On The State Of Higher Education In Charlotte

College students.
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For years, North Carolina was known for its emphasis on higher education but budget cuts by the legislature have called that impression into question. Meanwhile, some look at the cost of college and view it as an overpriced, unsustainable endeavor that doesn’t really prepare graduates for the job market. Clearly, public perception of the value of college has shifted. Area college presidents share their views of the value, challenges and future of higher education.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Governor Pat McCrory

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For former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory, the honeymoon has long been over in Raleigh where battle lines have occasionally been drawn between what he wants to do as governor and what the legislature has in mind.  We talk to the governor about what these dust-ups mean, some of the things on his agenda and, as a former mayor, we’ll get his take on what will happen if sales tax allocations change to favor rural over urban areas in the state.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Ending Gender Inequality In The Workplace

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Women are the majority of the population. In many cases, they are the breadwinners in their families and yet, continue to lag behind men in terms of opportunities in the workplace and in what they earn. Victoria Budson says it is something that is systemic in our culture but not insurmountable. Called the “Wage Gap Warrior,” she is Director of Harvard’s Women and Public Policy program and shares her thoughts.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu March 26, 2015

George Friedman: FLASHPOINTS - Geopolitical Hot Spots Around The World

The world has always had “flashpoints,” hot spots where clashes over politics boil over. These conflicts can be momentary or can lead to war that ultimately engulf regions. Author and political scientist George Friedman has made a career out of forecasting what the future holds in terms of power and conflict around the globe.  His 2009 book made predictions for the next 100 years and he shares some of those predictions and how they might affect us.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Kids Learning To Code

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Kids take to technology – when given the opportunity – like ducks to water. They seem to have an intuitive relationship with computers. More and more, kids are moving from simply playing games to writing computer code, building websites and repairing and maintaining their computers. In fact, they’re teaching themselves to do all this. But that doesn’t mean schools shouldn’t be teaching this. Experts, stressing the importance of computer science classes in schools tell us why.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Smart Cities Council

People from all over the world are converging on Charlotte this week to talk about ways of creating smarter, sustainable cities. Charlotte’s success in this area is one of the reasons the Smart Cities Council Forum is here. Attendees will be looking at the city as it is today and at its future planning as they search for best practices they can take home with them. We hear from several members of the Smart Cities Council – including Charlotte's mayor.

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