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
Mon February 25, 2013

Southern Spring Show And FELA!

Part One: Southern Spring Home And Garden Show. Earlier this month, the groundhog told us that spring is on its way, but if there were any question about that, the approach of the annual Southern Spring Home and Garden Show in Charlotte would have confirm that spring is almost here. We'll be joined by Joan Zimmerman, co-founder of Southern Shows, the company that puts on the Southern Spring Home and Garden Show, along with son David who is the president of that company to talk about why consumer shows are still so popular with attendees, and about the difference between consumer shows and retail stores, not only for the consumer but for the vendors. And we'll also be joined by one of the headlining garden expert who will give us some tidbits to get us ready for spring planting.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Tiempo Libre And Charlotte Symphony

Cuban timba band Tiempo Libre is coming to town, to perform with the Charlotte Symphony this weekend. The three-time Grammy-nominated group whose name literally means "free time," mixes their classical music training with Afro- Cuban rhythms and timba music. They bring audiences their unique style in jazz clubs and dance venues, but are equally comfortable in symphonic concert halls. We'll talk about the group members' Cuban beginnings, and their role in keeping timba music alive outside Cuba and introducing it to new audiences, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu February 21, 2013

John McGinnis On Accelerating Democracy

John McGinnis, author of "Accelerating Democracy: Transforming Governance through Technology"


  Our guest today suggests that our problems in Washington can be fixed by adapting our democracy to new information technology. John McGinnis, former Justice Department official in both Reagan and HW Bush Administrations, is now a law professor and author of a book that argues better decisions can be made about government policies when citizens are able to access information to bet on the consequences of specific decisions. We'll talk about Accelerating Democracy: Transforming Governance through Technology.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Academy Awards

Sean O'Connell, Matt Brunson and Ann Marie Oliva joined us to talk about their picks for the Academy Awards.
Wendy Herkey

The nominees have been announced, the red carpet is being unrolled and it's almost time for that annual movie love-fest known as the Academy Awards. We've tracked our intrepid film critics down, dragged them out of dark cinemas and into the studio to discuss their Oscar predictions. We'll talk about who's in, who's out and what they expect to see when Oscar makes his appearance. Join us for an award winning edition on Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Voices In The Gun Debate

The murders of school children at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut have re-ignited the gun control debate. In last week’s State of the Union, the president gave an emotional plea for gun legislation. Proponents are ready to move but opponents of gun control don’t seem to want to budge. Is there room for compromise? Can we both protect a citizens’ right to own and bear firearms and the right of others to feel safe? We examine both sides when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon February 18, 2013

OverMountain Men And The Elaborate Entrance Of Chad Deity

During the first half of our show we welcome back Bob Crawford and David Childers. Bob is the bass player for the Avett Brothers but he and David have formed their own band called OverMountain Men. We'll take a listen to what they are up to and then we make way for The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. It's the latest show at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre and it examines the wild world of Pro Wrestling. It's music and body slams when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Cuban-American Relations And Operation Pedro Pan

A Pedro Pan flight

From 1960 to 1962, Cuban parents put more than 14,000 of their own children on planes bound for the US. Operation Pedro Pan was intended to remove these children from Castro’s influence and indoctrination. Most people believed this would be a temporary solution but many families were never able to reunite. We learn more about this, the complicated relations between our two nations and a possible solution when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Charlotte And Global Competitiveness

Credit CPCC

Decision makers around our region want Charlotte to be a leader in global commerce, and many have reason to be encouraged at the progress we've made toward that goal. Trade routes around the world are evolving, including here in our city, in the form of a major intermodal facility at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. We'll talk about the changes Charlotte could benefit from in a world-wide shift in international trade and how the city's leaders are preparing it, all in advance of a summit at Central Piedmont Community College on the topic, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Bobby Deen: Low Calorie Comfort Food

Bobby Deen in our Spirit Square studio.
Wendy Herkey

  Children sometimes follow in the footsteps of their parents and for Bobby Deen the journey was short - straight into the family kitchen. His mother is famed TV cook Paula Deen. Like his mother, Bobby loves comfort food, but mother and son came to realize that comfort food can come at the expense of weight management. So Bobby Deen has been exploring ways to create low calorie comfort food recipes. His latest book. From Mama'’s Table to Mine, chronicles the evolution of much loved Paula Deen recipes from a new perspective. We'll visit with Bobby Deen, find out what it’'s like to grow up in a famous food family and learn how to eat guilty pleasure food without the guilt when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

TEDxCharlotte

A TED talk.
Credit Flickr/jurvetson

  Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words, right? Not according to the TED Talks. These short speeches are all about big ideas, inspiration and motivating people to act. They've made their way onto stages across the country, going viral on the internet and have even inspired a public radio show. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design and brings people from those worlds together, spreading ideas, informing people with a goal of solving the world's problems. But it has really expanded beyond that, including many topics and now, Charlotte has its own version of TED Talks. TEDxCharlotte's goal is to "explore how ideas come together to form a community and inform many." We'll talk with some of these big thinkers.

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