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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
Mon July 22, 2013

Fatherhood

The importance of the father in a child's life has always been known but UNC Charlotte Professor Dr. Jeffrey Shears set out to understand the exact impact a father can have on his children. He found some fascinating results as well as some sobering news. Dr. Shears recently completed a summit on fatherhood. He and other panel members share what they learned about a dad's impact on family as well as some practical ideas on what local, state and federal authorities can do to improve fatherhood when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Vienna Teng And Charlotte Arts Funding

Part One: Singer-Songwriter Vienna Teng. A decade ago, musician Vienna Teng had her first major national media interview on NPR's Weekend Edition, shortly followed up by an appearance on Letterman. Coming off that national exposure, the pianist and singer-songwriter toured heavily with the likes of Duncan Sheik and opening for artists like Shawn Colvin, Joan Biaz and others. She released more albums and achieved the kind of success she was happy with… But a few years ago, Teng decided to pause her successful music career to go back to college and get her MBA in environmental studies. Now that she's checked off that goal, she's returned to her music, with a new album coming out this fall. We'll meet Vienna Teng and talk about her musical and educational journey and hear some of her music, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

North Carolina Political Roundup

Moral Monday protests at the NC state house.
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Politics in North Carolina has been heating up all summer long, even drawing national attention—negative attention - in the form of a New York Times article titled The Decline of North Carolina. Moral Monday protests in the state capital have been happening since April, and approval ratings of the governor are reaching new lows. We'll talk with some of the political scientists and columnists keeping a close eye on North Carolina politics to give us some insight on what's happening in Raleigh and what may be coming up in the weeks ahead, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Food Waste Reduction

Credit jbloom / flickr

It’s no surprise that Americans have a bad reputation when it comes to waste. Every year, Americans waste about 600 pounds of food per person. The average U.S. family throws out approximately $1350 worth of food annually. Author Jonathan Bloom says food resource management is of the utmost importance. UNC system campuses are making conscious efforts to reduce their food waste and educate students about sustainable food practices. Join us for a conversation about food waste reduction with Jonathan Bloom and others. 

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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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