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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
Thu June 26, 2014

Li'l Abner & Education In North Carolina

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Part 1

Central Piedmont Community College's summer theater season is underway and they are producing a southern favorite, Li'l Abner. Based on the wildly popular Al Capps cartoon Li'l Abner, which ran from the 1930’s for over 40 years, CPCC’s production has an ironic twist. In the title role is newcomer Zach Teague. Over 50 years ago another unknown, Peter Palmer, got the nod as the Broadway star of Li'l Abner. Both actors join us. Palmer, now in his 80’s is still going strong and Mr. Teague is just starting out. We’ll visit with both actors and learn about the production.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Foreign Policy With David Rothkopf

David Rothkopf
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From Iraq to Syria, from Iran to Libya, Afghanistan, Russia and Pakistan, and with issues from torture to domestic surveillance programs and foreign crises, there’s certainly a lot to discuss when it comes to America’s foreign policy strategy. America’s interests and actions around the world over the past decade and beyond are the focus of a forthcoming book by Foreign Policy CEO and editor-at-large David Rothkopf. He’ll join us to talk about the conclusions he’s come up with regarding the major international decisions made during the Bush and Obama years.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue June 24, 2014

CHS Mental Health Center & Telepsychiatry

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Carolinas HealthCare System has always been an innovator, launching a nationally known stroke center and a massive children’s hospital. Now they’ve turned their attention to making behavioral and mental health far more accessible across their system. They’ve recently launched a pilot program to bring behavioral health care to primary care offices around the region. To do so they are implementing a rising new type of medicine called telemedicine, in this case, telepsychiatry. 

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Summertime Food & Drink

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The temperature is creeping up, swimsuits are being donned and grills are being fired up! Its summertime in the Queen City and that means there are lots of seasonal foods to be eaten and refreshing beverages to be drunk. But that’s not all: There are also a ton of farmer’s markets to check out for juicy berries, food events nearly every weekend and restaurants changes that may be worth checking out. Next time on Charlotte Talks, we’ll be joined by three area professionals to devour the yummy details.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Camp: Homesick And Happy

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Summer is here and the kids are out of school. But instead of sitting around watching TV and playing on their iPhones, some parents will be sending their kids to summer camp - to hike and canoe their way around the outdoors, learn new skills and make lasting friendships. Michael Thompson, author of Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow says camp provides essential experiences for children. What he calls the "magic of camp" allows kids to mature and develop in a unique atmosphere away from school and home - teaching independence and values. But where does camp fit in an age of helicopter parents - where kids are rarely out of the sight of their folks? We'll explore the magic of camp and find out why kids need time away from home.


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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

NC State Republican Party

After a century in the minority, the North Carolina Republican party seized power in 2010.  Since then, the party has been busy establishing a brand and advancing their agenda. With a Republican governor and resources from national groups, we'll talk with a leader of the state party about the midterm elections and their hopes for the state.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

The Life Of Henry Dumas

Most successful writers are able to have the satisfaction of seeing their work in print, and continue to hone their craft throughout their life—but no Henry Dumas. Most of Dumas’ work was published after his untimely death in 1968, shortly after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. Henry Dumas’ life in the South of the 1940s and '50s and New York in the '60s influenced his body of literary work, and his tragic death-- under mysterious circumstances-- has now been chronicled by local professor  Dr. Jeffrey Leak. We’ll hear about the life and death of African American literary legend Henry Dumas and why his work is important to the literary world.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Reading, Publishing & Summer Book Picks

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A dispute at Amazon over e-book pricing has some authors encouraging readers to ditch the retail giant and head to their local independent bookseller. Major brick and mortar bookstores continue to struggle. Self-publishing is on the rise. E-books and e-readers are pervasive as ever, but their sales are starting to level off. Meanwhile, the American Booksellers Association has reported a fifth straight year of membership increases for indie bookstores, once considered doomed with the advent of the digital age. Books are a rapidly changing business, so we'll check in on the state of the publishing and bookselling industry. And summer is almost here, a time when many people catch up on their reading so we'll get some book recommendations.

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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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