Charlotte Talks on WFAE

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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
Tue July 16, 2013

Geek Culture And Geek Therapy

Dr. Frank Gaskill in his office at Southeast Psych.

Comic-Con is this week in San Diego, the largest comic book and pop culture convention in the world. Tens of thousands of self-identified "geeks" will gather with like-minded fans to talk about and even dress like their favorite characters from movies, video games, comics and more. Why? Well, our guests today say it may be therapeutic. They are psychologists and geeks themselves who are headed to Comic-Con to present a panel on "Geek Therapy: How Superheroes Empower All of Us." While some geeks may be bullied or feel marginalized because of their passions, our guests are using 'geek culture' in a positive and affirming way to connect with their clients - whether through science-fiction, fantasy, video games, comics or technology. One of our guests has written a comic book featuring a superhero who has Asperger's. We'll talk about the prevalence of geek culture, the psychology behind superheroes, the therapeutic value of comics, the merit of playing video games and more, when pop culture and psychology collide. We geek out, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon July 15, 2013

North Carolina Medical Examiners Office

A North Carolina medical examiner recently resigned over carbon monoxide deaths at a Boone hotel.

Recent deaths due to carbon monoxide poisoning in a Boone Hotel have turned the spotlight onto possible failures at the state Medical Examiners office but the department has been under scrutiny for over a decade. The Charlotte Observer followed a 2001 legislative study of the Medical Examiners Officer and whether there was adequate training. Now the Observer is uncovering similar issues connected with the Boone hotel deaths. We visit with two reporters writing about this scandal and what may be next, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Catawba Riverkeeper: State Of The River

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation works to protect the Catawba-Wateree River Basin's lakes, streams and rivers. The Foundation says that 1.7 million people in our region depend on the Catawba River. The Catawba has been labeled as “endangered” by multiple organizations in recent years, and in the past, we've discussed the reasons for that endangerment. Today, we'll check in with the Catawba Riverkeeper to find out the current state of the Catawba River, and about many of the issues the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is following, including water levels in the area due to all the rain we've been having, long term water quantity, and much more, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Skateboarding In Charlotte And X Games

Skateboarders don’t have the best reputation; they often have a stigma of being anti-authority, rowdy and reckless. While the history of skateboarding might be rooted in rebellious behavior, it is also a true sport that requires practice and great skill. And right now those athletes only have one facility in Charlotte to practice their sport. But there is a proposed renovation of Bryant Park for next year’s city budget, which would include the installation of a public skate plaza. This may also help bring the X Games to Charlotte. But with all the proposals for next year and budgetary concerns, will the skate park fall through the cracks? A conversation about the skate community and what they say they need, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Poverty In North Carolina

North Carolina’s General Assembly has addressed a number of hot-button issues this session – voter fraud, education reform, and overhauling the tax system. But there’s one big issue not getting much attention, even though it affects more than 1.7 million people in our state. North Carolina’s poverty rate has risen this decade from 26th to 12th in the nation. More than 1.7 million North Carolinians are living in poverty. And more than half a million are children. You may have read the recent Charlotte Observer opinion series titled “North Carolina Shame: Ignoring Poverty.” Well, Fannie Flono is the Charlotte Observer editor who worked on that piece. She says it’s time to forge a comprehensive poverty plan in North Carolina. We’ll talk with her, as well as the Reverend Mac Legerton, Executive Director for the Center for Community Action, and Gene Nichol, Director of the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, to try to figure out a way to combat this growing problem, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Economic Update With John Connaughton

According to frequent guest, UNC Charlotte Economics Professor John Connaughton, the economy is on the upswing in almost every sector. Interest rates may be on the rise and the housing industry, at least in Charlotte, is really heating up. We'll look at all of those factors to see if this is a temporary jump or if the economy may be on the rise for the foreseeable future, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Technology In The Classroom

As technology becomes fully integrated in classrooms, students aren’t the only ones learning. Teachers must operate computers, a variety of applications and other electronic devices while also catering their lesson plans to these technologies. A growing number of schools provide students with laptops or tablet computers and some Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools are even encouraging students to bring devices to school through a Bring Your Own Technology initiative. A 2010 analysis by the U.S. Department of Education concluded that students whose higher educations' blend online and face-to-face interactions outperform others, but how does this apply to grade school students? What are parents and students saying? We’ll discuss the costs, the risks, and the increasingly digital world of learning when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Horticultural Historic Restoration At Monticello (Rebroadcast)

Peter J. Hatch and Monticello Vegetable Garden.
Credit Robert Llewellyn, courtesy of Thomas Jefferson Foundation

When you think of historic restoration, most times you think of those TV shows where they fix up old homes to look how they did in their heyday. But Peter Hatch has taken historic restoration to a whole new level - horticultural historic restoration. He was the director of Gardens at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home, for 35 years, and while there, fully restored Thomas Jefferson's beloved gardens. He was in town last month for the North Carolina Master Gardener Conference and he joined us along with another master gardener to talk about Jefferson's Monticello gardens - how it was restored and about what gardeners today - here and around the world can learn from Jefferson's work centuries ago, when Charlotte Talks. (Originally Aired 6/5/13)

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Stuff Every American Should Know (Rebroadcast)

Do you know how or why we started using fireworks on the Fourth of July?

As Americans, there are things we all think we know about the greatest country in the world, but do we really know stuff that every American should know? That's the premise put forth by prolific authors, Denise Kiernan and Joe D'Agnese. Previously they've illuminated the lives of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and they specialize in lesser known items of American History. Their latest offering celebrates the history of everything from fireworks to the story of blue jeans to the first baseball game. They even offer the best recipe for that most American of dishes, the apple pie. We'll look at historical tidbits every American should know when Charlotte Talks. (Originally Aired 11/30/12)

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Living The Paleo Lifestyle (Rebroadcast)

Eat like a caveman. That's what some doctors are recommending. Stick to lean meats, fruits and vegetables. Cut out refined grains and sugar. Dr. Philip Goscienski is one of them, the "Stone Age Doc" says our cavemen ancestors had the right idea and if we followed the simple ways they lived by, we'd live healthier, longer lives. We'll talk with him about that and meet the founder of a local company who's helping people do just that. Is "paleo" an effective movement towards a healthier life or the oldest fad diet of all time? And in a fast-food, pre-packaged world, can we really cut out sugar and grains? We go back to the cave, when Charlotte Talks.

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