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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
10:03 am
Fri February 13, 2015

State Of Education In NC

9:00, Monday, February 16, 2015

The legislative session is underway and one of the things lawmakers will be grappling with is education. Last year, some controversial moves over teacher pay caused some to wonder if the state can continue to keep and attract teachers. CMS Superintendent Ann Clark wonders and worries about that, too. She joins us with the chairman of the state board of education and others to talk about that, charter schools, grading changes and more. 

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Charlotte Talks
10:26 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Illusion At Discovery Place And Engaging Young Adults In The Cultural Sector

Columba, Roseline de Thelin: Columba is named after the small, faint star constellation Columba Noachi (Latin for Noah’s Dove) and symbolizes our growing consciousness

9:00 a.m. Friday, February 13, 2015

Perception is often our reality but the trouble is, your perception could be wrong. A new Discovery Place exhibit makes that crystal clear. Nothing is as it seems in Illusion, which uses optical, audio and other tricks to fool your eye and your senses. We hear more about how they accomplish that in the first part of the program and then we find out about how some cultural institutions- including Discovery Place- are engaging young professionals.

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Charlotte Talks
10:56 am
Wed February 11, 2015

A History Of The Heart

9:00, Thursday, February 12, 2015

As we near Valentine’s Day, you see little red hearts everywhere and that’s because for centuries, humans believed the heart to be the seat of the soul and the origin of love and emotion. Of course, the real heart is the center of our being – as long as it’s beating, we have a chance – and it beats about 2. 5 billion times in a lifetime. We take a journey through what we know about the heart with an evolutionary biologist.

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Charlotte Talks
10:00 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Journalism, Satire And Free Speech

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9:00, Wednesday, February 11, 2015

There are four basic tenets of journalistic ethics: seeking truth, being accountable, acting independently and minimizing harm. But what happens when those tenets, combined with the ideals of free speech, come up against cultures that don’t hold those things dear? Where do you draw the line? When does free speech become hate speech? How should we react when our beliefs are challenged? We'll take a deeper look at that. 

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Charlotte Talks
10:04 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Conversations About End-Of-Life Planning

9:00, Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Fifty years ago, few people spoke of death and dying.  Boomers have made some progress towards having those conversations but not enough.  Surveys find that 90 percent of us know we should talk about death and dying but only 30 percent actually have had that talk.  So how do you do it?  How do you broach the subject?  At what stage of life should this concern you and what are the right questions to ask?  All about that on this Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Remembering Dean Smith


9:00 a.m., Monday, February 9, 2015

When a fresh faced eager young coach took over the North Carolina Tarheel basketball team in 1961, nobody knew if Dean Smith would succeed. He followed the legendary Frank McGuire and was coaching in the shadow of NC State giant Everett Case. After a losing record his first year, Coach Dean Smith went on to coach some of the greatest teams and greatest players the game has ever known, including arguably the greatest player of all time, Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan. Smith won league championships, national championships and hundreds of awards. But many people remember him just as well for the man he was off the court, the way he molded young athletes and his contributions to society. Dean Smith passed away Saturday at the age of 83. We remember his legacy.

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Charlotte Talks
3:37 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Grits And The Rising Popularity Of Southern Cuisine

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9:00 a.m., Friday, February 6, 2015

Grits have a long history and in the South they are a breakfast tradition. Some say grits were one of the things Native Americans educated settlers about and now the South is educating the rest of the country. Just a few years ago the Low Country specialty, shrimp and grits, began showing up in restaurants nationwide. We look at the rising popularity of grits, as well as some the grittier details of this staple. 

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Charlotte Talks
10:10 am
Wed February 4, 2015

The Fracking 'Boom'

Marcellus Shale Gas Well
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9:00 Thursday, February 5, 2015

Fracking appears to be coming to North Carolina.  The state is set to begin issuing permits in the spring for this controversial practice of cracking open rocks to extract oil and natural gas.  Some want the practice banned until proven safe, other see fracking as the path to energy independence.  Russell Gold, Senior Energy Reporter from The Wall Street Journal has written a book on the topic and joins us to provide his perspective.

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Charlotte Talks
9:44 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Generational Poverty And Mobility

Donna Beegle

9:00 Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Who would know more about living in poverty than someone who has lived in poverty? Donna Beegle is an expert on the topic because she was homeless for 28 years, married at 15 and is the only person in her family to have gone to college. She’s also an expert because, as a Ph.D., she’s made it her profession to get individuals out of poverty by educating people about the barriers the poverty stricken face.  

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Charlotte Talks
9:54 am
Mon February 2, 2015

'Lincoln And The U.S. Colored Troops'

9:00 Tuesday, February 2, 2015

Abraham Lincoln changed millions of lives and the course of history with the Emancipation Proclamation. But did he free the slaves to punish the south? To win the war? Or out of moral obligation? Long a point of argument among historians, UNC Charlotte’s John David Smith believes that Lincoln underwent a metamorphosis in his thinking that allowed him to make a move that also added to the ranks of Union soldiers.  

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