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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
12:09 am
Mon November 10, 2014

'A Love Supreme' / Paul And Jesus: How The Apostle Transformed Christianity

‘Glamour’ by Robert Mars with Jay West photo courtesy of Harvey B. Gantt

Monday, November 10, 2014

A conversation with two artists involved in an exhibit at the Harvey B. Gantt Center. "A Love Supreme," features portraits of African-American icons, including Muhammad Ali, Lena Horne, John Coltrane and Michael Jackson at the height of their careers. Then, Dr. James Tabor sheds more light on the Apostle Paul whose philosophy, he says, plays a role in almost everything we think about everything. 

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri November 7, 2014

'Ask The Governor' Friday On Charlotte Talks


Friday, November 7, 2014

Three days after Republicans swept the mid-term elections, one which will send North Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis to the U.S. Senate, we hear from Tillis colleague Governor Pat McCrory.  The governor will be with us to talk about the recent election, the path he and fellow Republicans have chosen for the state and we want to hear from you by phone, email, Facebook and Twitter.  Tune in Friday at 9:00 to hear our conversation with the governor. 

Charlotte Talks
2:20 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

End-of-Life Choices And Death With Dignity

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Twenty-nine-year-old Brittany Maynard put a young face on the right-to-die movement. Diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, she chose to end her life, not wanting to put herself or her family through the pain and suffering she was already starting to endure. Only five states make aid-in-dying legal but the practice is gaining traction.  We take a closer look at the concept, and hear from Diane Rehm, who has taken a stand on the issue.

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Charlotte Talks
1:06 pm
Tue November 4, 2014


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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

On the morning after Election Day, we dig into the outcome of the key races, examine voter turnout and comb through the results to see what we can learn about the mood and mind of voters and where they want the country and the region to go.  From the impact of all those ads on the outcome of the North Carolina Senate race, to the bizarre world of judicial stump sp

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Charlotte Talks
3:32 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

The Lake Norman Region

Lake Norman
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A half century ago, there was no Lake Norman area because there was no Lake Norman. It was created on a muggy September morning in 1959 when Governor Hodges set off the first charge of dynamite for the Cowan's Ford dam project that blocked the Catawba River and created the state's largest lake and, by extension, the burgeoning part of Charlotte we see today. We look at the history, growth and economic impact of the Lake Norman region. 

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Charlotte Talks
10:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Financing Majority Control

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Monday, November 3, 2014

On Tuesday, the most expensive political race in history will end. Election Day will stop the flow of cash into the campaigns of Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis but cash will continue to flow to the winner and all of the winners around the country as the influence of money on politics grows. And that is the subject of an award-winning book by frequent contributor Dr. Eric Heberlig of UNC Charlotte. 

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Charlotte Talks
10:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

The Bread Revolution!

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Bread has been one of the world’s most important foods but in recent years, our obsession with carbohydrates has caused bread to fall on hard times.  It has also pushed bread bakers to experiment with new formulas using different kinds of grains and to take gluten-free and allergy friendly approaches to open up a new world of bread.  One of those experimenters is our own Chef-on-Assignment and master baker Peter Reinhart.  He and others discuss the bread revolution.

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Charlotte Talks
11:54 am
Wed October 29, 2014

The Panama Canal: Then And Now

The Panama Canal, MiraFlores Lock
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

2014 marks the centennial of the opening of one of the seven wonders of the modern world: The Panama Canal.  It remains one of those wonders and is about to become more important.  With that in mind, The Mint Museum is opening a new exhibit: Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100, featuring works of art documenting the canal’s construction and its role in global trade.  We get a preview and talk with the U.S. Ambassador to Panama. 

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Charlotte Talks
10:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Rethinking Charity: Dan Pallotta

Dan Pallotta speaking at the Change Course in Boston, MA, October 2012.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

When it comes to charities, most of us believes those that funnel the most money into the cause with minimal overhead costs are the best. But is that really true? Dan Pallotta says maybe not. He says this kind of thinking undermines the causes charities support. If that sounds puzzling to you, we'll get an explanation from Dan Pallotta - activist, fundraiser and president of the Charity Defense Council. 

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Charlotte Talks
10:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Affordable Housing / LGBTQ Homeless Youth

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Each year 400 affordable housing vouchers are released to Charlotteans in need but the demand far exceeds the supply. We talk to some of the people working to find housing for those who applied but didn't receive those vouchers. Then, we turn our attention to one particular group of homeless people: LGBTQ teens whose parents have shown them the door. Where do they go? How do they survive? We find out. 

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