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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 June 16, 2014

Pet Welfare In The Queen City

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Already this year Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control has taken in 12,168 dogs and cats. Although these numbers are down from a few years ago, the challenge of rehoming a pet is especially tough in the face of limited resources, puppy mills and breeders. It can even be hard to get owners to properly care for the pets they have. But, some local agencies are working tirelessly to educate the public and rescue these dogs and cats. 


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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Housing Trends In Charlotte And The US

House I, 1996 Fabricated and painted aluminum by Roy Lichenstein.
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Affordable housing has always been in short supply and as Charlotte and the region have grown, finding that housing has becoming increasingly challenging.  But researchers from here and around the country have been collecting extensive data and the city is using that data to guide their decisions on affordable housing in the future.  We hear about the challenge, the data and the plan to use that data.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

A Conversation With NC Democratic Party Executive Director

Midterm election season is in full swing. In North Carolina education reform and a pay raise for teachers is being hotly debated. Renewal of a large film incentive package is on the table, calls for infrastructure spending is rising and there are extremely tight races in districts all over the state. Several scandals have emerged, challenging both parties' images. Money is pouring in from outside of North Carolina with plenty of national interest on some local races. Against that backdrop we will talk to officials in the state Democratic and Republican parties in successive weeks. First up, the Democrats. 

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Summer Movie Season

Godzilla
Credit Warner Bros / Facebook

It's that time of year again: The kids are out of school, the weather is heating up and we're all heading to the movie theater for the biggest blockbusters of the year. This season's crop has big action flicks and big larger-than-life characters like Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. That also means big profits at the box office. But are they worth the hefty admission price? Our trio of movie critics will fill us in on what to catch and what to skip this summer movie season.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Planned Parenthood

  Planned Parenthood is a worldwide organization that’s nearly 100 years old, working to provide health care to women, and it’s this nation’s largest provider of sex education. The organization has many areas of focus, but one thing that’s getting Planned Parenthood attention (positive and negative) is its mission to provide abortions, and for its efforts to protect reproductive rights for women. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards is in North Carolina this week and while she’s here, she’ll join us for a discussion about Planned Parenthood’s work and talk about why North Carolina is a top priority for the organization.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

White Gloves And Collards

In her new memoir, White Gloves and Collards, Helen Kaufmann recounts her coming-of-age story during a time of dramatic social change. She started questioning segregation long before others in her idyllic Southern hometown. Kaufmann went on to become a community liaison for desegregation and wrote and edited for the infamous MLK papers at Stanford University. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Medical Cannabis In North Carolina (Rebroadcast)

 PART II: Opponents

Here in North Carolina, throughout the South and across the nation, the discussion about medical marijuana legislation has gained a lot of traction lately. Yesterday, we heard from avid proponents about their view of the alleged medicine. On this Charlotte Talks we hear from one of the nation's foremost drug policy advisors, a recovering marijuana addict and an instructor with Central Piedmont Community College's Substance Abuse Program. Is all this medical cannabis talk just smoke in mirrors? Is there legitimacy behind the claims? It might be more complicated than yes or no. .

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Medical Cannabis In North Carolina (Rebroadcast)

PART I: Proponents

Here in North Carolina, the discussion about medical marijuana legalization has focused primarily on an oil high in the chemical CBD. The oil is made in Colorado from a plant specifically cultivated that way to treat people with epilepsy. And, a handful of NC families have moved to access the oil. But – there are other people who advocate for whole plant legalization. What are the alleged medicinal benefits of marijuana? What are the risks? Who is using it as medicine? And just how close is North Carolina to legalizing some form of marijuana? We explore those issues and more. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:09 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Internal Fraud And Prevention

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Internal fraud has existed just about as long as businesses have existed. But the problem of fraud has increased exponentially as business and technology have become more and more complex. No matter the size of a business, the importance of looking for fraud has never been higher, and because of that, there is an increasing need for fraud prevention professionals. We’ll be joined by experts in the field of fraud prevention to talk about what kinds of fraud are plaguing businesses, the areas of business fraud usually occurs, and the prevention methods that are available.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

A Conversation With Duke Energy

Aerial view of the retired Dan River Steam Station and ash basins.
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We haven’t had the chance to sit down with Duke Energy since that unfortunate coal ash spill – where more than 30,000 cubic yards of coal ash were dumped into the Dan River. Duke and the EPA recently reached a deal for the clean-up. And Duke just released their 2013 sustainability report. We’ll be joined by two of their environmental executives.

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