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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
12:00 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Opera Carolina's Aida & 50th Anniversary Of Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute

Part One: Opera Carolina's Aida. This month, Opera Carolina kicks off its new season with Verdi's Aida. This production stars soprano Othalie Graham in the title role and also Mark Rucker as Aida's father. We'll be joined by these two opera veterans and by Opera Carolina's James Meena to talk about this production and the popularity of Verdi's work here in Charlotte, and we'll discuss the importance of collaborating with other opera companies around the country in order save costs in a time when funding for performing arts is harder to come by.

Guests
James Meena
- Opera Carolina's General Director and Principal Conductor since 2000
Othalie Graham - Canadian-American Soprano who is critically acclaimed across North America. She plays the title role in Aida at Opera Carolina
Mark Rucker - American Baritone who plays Amonasro (Aida's father) in Aida at Opera Carolina

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Life After Prison

Second Helping's mission is to employ women with criminal records to help them achieve self-sufficiency.
Credit Second Helping

Going to prison is a life changing event and it is said that life after prison can be just as difficult as the experience behind bars. This can be especially true for woman who are trying to raise a family or keep one together. Some local folks are trying to change all of that. Melissa Mummert created an organization that empowers women and helps them with life after prison. We'll look at how she and others are helping women change their choices and get a second chance.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

UNC Charlotte Solar Decathlon & Energy Efficiency Innovation

UrbanEden
Credit Meg Whalen/UNC Charlotte

Amid increasing pressures to address energy usage worldwide, there's been local effort to innovate the way we build homes to be more energy efficient. UNC Charlotte students recently participated in the Solar Decathlon 2013. The team spent two years focusing on smart design, efficient equipment, technology and engineering to manufacture a home they called UrbanEden, which was designed to be part of an urban infill plan. We'll talk to the students and faculty involved in the project and find out how competitions like this and others across the country can influence how we will design and construct homes in an energy efficient way in the future.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Actor And Screenwriter Jim Rash (Rebroadcast)

You may know Jim Rash as the spastic, outlandish and often costume-clad Dean Pelton from NBC's Community, where he plays the dean of a community college. What you may not know is that Jim Rash is also a screenwriter who won an Oscar (along with writing partners Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon) in 2012 for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants starring George Clooney. Jim Rash is also a Charlotte native who attended Charlotte Latin School. His latest film The Way Way Back, an independent coming-of-age comedy, will be released on DVD next Tuesday. We'll talk with Jim Rash about his writing and acting career and his transition from Charlotte to Los Angeles. Originally Aired 7/25/2013.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Qatar And The Middle East

Diana Untermeyer

As the wife of an Ambassador in the Middle East, Diana Untermeyer had a unique perspective of events in the volatile region. But her husband was the ambassador in Qatar, a country that has thrived in ways so many other Middle Eastern countries have not. Ms. Untermeyer began to study why the country was charting its own course so well and spent time getting to know its people. Her book, Qatar: Sand, Sea and Sky, chronicles the rise of Qatar and how it could become a model for other middle eastern countries.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Fair Redistricting

Most people think that the idea of redistricting is one that has no bearing on most of our daily lives and only really impacts a small group of people. However, our guests today would argue that we are facing our third week of government shutdown because of the way many of our US Congressional seats have been redistricted and that as a result, the people who hold office in certain districts can act without a fear of not getting re-elected because of the way their district borders have been re-drawn. Our panel will talk about what redistricting is and about how to do it in a way that is fair to everyone, and what a bi-partisan group of people in North Carolina is doing to try and make what they call "fair redistricting" a law.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Political Update: Government Shutdown

The Lincoln Memorial
Credit J Sonder / flickr

A government shutdown and the prospect of the US defaulting on its debts for the first time in history add up to a perplexing mess. Government systems that have taken us through more than 200 years of our history appear broken. Meanwhile, the already struggling poor and middle classes are bearing the brunt of this dysfunction. We look at the damage that has been inflicted by the shutdown, what a default would mean, how we got here and how to find a better way to run a country.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Novelist Cassandra King

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
12:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Humpy Wheeler On 'How We Messed Up NASCAR'

Humpy Wheeler has always been vocal about his opinions in the world of stock car racing, and isn't afraid to ruffle the feathers of NASCAR executives and even his former employers at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Recently, Mr. Wheeler spoke about how those in positions of power in NASCAR "got too fancy and messed up" the sport. Today, Humpy Wheeler joins us to talk about why he thinks this and what he plans to do about it.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan has been called "an ethical-eating guru," "high priest of food," even a "food god." The food writer and journalist has authored several best sellers including Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food and now he's coming to Charlotte to talk about his latest passion - cooking. His latest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation encourages us to put down the take-out menu and pick up a spatula and reclaim the precious art of cooking for our health and for the sake of our food system. We'll talk with him about eating, farming, cooking, what he calls "edible foodlike substances," agribusiness and some of his famous food rules, like - "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

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