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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
10:19 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Bruce Feiler And The Council Of Dads (Rebroadcast)


9:00, Monday, December 29, 2014

When New York Times Bestselling author Bruce Feiler was diagnosed with cancer a couple of years ago, he worried about how his death would affect his children. So he quickly assembled six men from different phases of his life and asked for their help at providing fatherly guidance if needed- he calls them "The Council of Dads." We'll talk to Bruce Feiler about his experiences with cancer and fatherhood.

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Charlotte Talks
10:13 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Novelist Cassandra King (Rebroadcast)

  9:00, Friday, December 26, 2014

Southern author Cassandra King has been spinning stories about women in the South for over a decade. Her latest novel, Moonrise, was inspired by Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, a favorite of King's as a youth. Cassandra King will join us to talk about her love of reading and writing, the development of her characters and using her experience as a southern woman in her writing, and her marriage to fellow southern author Pat Conroy.

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Charlotte Talks
10:10 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Wynton Marsalis (Rebroadcast)

 9:00, Thursday, December 25, 2014

Grammy award-winning jazz and classical musician Wynton Marsalis is internationally known for his trumpet playing and jazz style. He's from a family of famous classically trained musicians who play, produce and compose jazz. But Marsalis is also an advocate for music education and working with young jazz musicians. He co-founded the Jazz at Lincoln Center Program and is the music director for that group's orchestra. Wynton Marsalis is in Charlotte this week to perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, so while he's here, he'll join us to talk about his musical roots in the Marsalis family, his thoughts about jazz and the trumpet, and we'll hear some of his music.

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Charlotte Talks
9:55 am
Tue December 23, 2014

'Scroogenomics' (Rebroadcast)

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9:00, December 24, 2014

A conversation about spending and the holidays, and why maybe we shouldn't do it! We'll meet the author of Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn't Buy Presents For The Holidays and hear his theories on why some giving during the holidays is clearly wasteful and actually damages our economy. Join us as we discuss, and even quantify, satisfaction in gift giving and a reprioritization of our gift giving habits.

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Charlotte Talks
9:48 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Secrets Of The City

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9:00, Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Think you know everything about Charlotte? Well, no matter how long you’ve lived here, you may have some things to learn. Recently, the editors of Charlotte Magazine set out to learn things they didn’t know. They met eccentric restaurateurs, found out about the history of troubled traffic spots, even the hidden meanings in Ben Long’s frescoes. They shared that information in their pages and now they share it with us.

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Charlotte Talks
12:37 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Last Minute Giving

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9:00, Monday, December 22, 2014

'Tis the season to be jolly.  It’s also gift-giving season and a time to give back. We have all those bases covered as we explore some locally-curated gift guides and find out about some area stores that might have that perfect, unique gift you’ve been searching for as the minutes before Christmas dwindle down. Then, we get some suggestions on opportunities to give back in these last days of 2014. 

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Charlotte Talks
10:49 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Immigration Reform

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9:00 a.m., Friday, December 19, 2014

Last month, President Obama fulfilled his promise to proceed with immigration reform with or without Congress. Although one court has already declared the move “unconstitutional,” his executive order would beef up border security while easing conditions under which skilled immigrants could remain here. The order raises questions both about immigration reform and whether the executive branch can unilaterally issue such a directive. We'll examine those questions. 

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Charlotte Talks
3:41 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

New, Local Apps And App Analysis

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9:00 Thursday, December 18, 2014

We all know that for just about everything, "there's an app for that!" There are apps for the weather, the news, dating, games, dining, getting a ride and more. Two brand new apps have been developed here in Charlotte - one to socialize, the other to shop. We talk about how they work, what users are looking for in apps and more with several app developers. 

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Charlotte Talks
10:05 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Let There Be Light, Charlotte's West Side

9:00 Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Charlotte’s West side has long felt neglected and leaders there believe that perhaps shedding some light on that area’s history and its contributions to the fabric of Charlotte might be a catalyst for change. Journalists, historians, and civic leaders have collaborated on “Let There Be Light” edited by Ron Stodghill, a book exploring how Charlotte’s West End continues to shape the new south and several of them join us. 

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Charlotte Talks
10:07 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Holiday Movie Picks

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9:00 Tuesday, December 16, 2014

It’s the time of year for holiday movies and Oscar contenders to be released. This year’s choices range from Big Hero 6, to the next in The Hunger Games series and a remake of the musical Annie, to larger-than-life titles like Exodus and the last installment of The Hobbit series. Then there are smaller, yet challenging films like Birdman. But let’s find out what our critics think is worth spending money to see.

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