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Author Dwayne Betts On Coming Of Age In Prison

Feb 27, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Dwayne Betts entered an adult prison at the age of 16 and stayed there for eight years. He now has a law degree from Yale, is a writer, and is trying to change minds about the juvenile system.

Friday, February 24, 2017

The CIAA comes to town despite HB2.  Governor Roy Cooper proposes pay increases for teachers.  We get an update on student assignment at CMS. And major cuts hit the Mooresville headquarters of Lowe's – all among the stories Mike Collins and a panel of journalists will discuss during the local news roundup - when Charlotte Talks. 

Beat The Press: Trump Declares "War" On Media

Feb 23, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

It's the media’s job to be adversarial toward government but, President Trump doesn’t see it that way.  He says the media are "the enemy of the American People." Mike Collins talks with a former White House correspondent about the president's comments and behavior toward the press.

Alvin Jacobs /

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Despite the attention paid to police behavior around the country, the Washington Post says nothing has changed. We hear from a Post reporter about that and about an exhibit at the Levine Museum on the topic.

Charlotte's Film Critics Talk Oscars

Feb 21, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Our resident movie critics get you ready for the 89th Annual Academy Awards – which, this year, display diversity in lots of different ways.

Fort Rucker / Flickr

Monday, February, 20, 2017

North Carolina is home to nearly 800,000 veterans, some of whom have trouble reintegrating into life after combat.  A Charlotte veteran talks with Mike Collins about how PTSD factored into his post-military transition, and we hear from a UNC Charlotte expert on the needs and challenges facing these veterans.

Friday, February 17, 2017

This week on the Friday News Roundup: Former Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones loses his battle with cancer. Charlotte immigrants are nervous in the face of ICE arrests.  Governor Cooper strikes out with his HB2 compromise. Mike Collins and area journalists discuss those stories and more. 

David Boraks

Thursday, February 16, 2017

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney clarifies his department’s policy on immigrants and we gauge reaction in the local immigrant community to President Trump’s executive order.

Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The dawn of corporate and consumer activism in the Donald Trump era, plus the Tony-winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Mike Collins speaks with the show's lead actor and producer.

L. Andrew Bell / Flickr

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

There’s a very slow growing trend in America: maternity and paternity leave. Other industrialized nations have made this mandatory for years. Not us – but the trend is growing and we take a closer look.