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
Thu June 6, 2013

Arts Task Force And Animal 'Grossology'

Blood suckers, slime makers and vomit munchers. Discovery Place has a summertime exhibit sure to grab your kids . . . and probably make you gag. We go inside "Grossology" on the next Charlotte Talks. But first, we sit down with some people on a mission to make sure the city's museums and cultural institutions – like Discovery Place – have stable financial future. Government grants and workplace giving have declined so dramatically in recent years that Charlotte's arts leaders are sounding the alarm. They've formed a task force to come up with solutions. We talk to the co-chairs of that task force, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Horticultural Historic Restoration At Monticello

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'll be in town this week for North Carolina's Master Gardener Conference, and in advance of that, he and another master gardener join us to talk about Jefferson's Monticello gardens and 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.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Medicaid Reform In North Carolina

About 1.5 million North Carolinians rely on Medicaid for health care. It's a massive program that costs the state about $36 million a day. And it may be about to change dramatically. Governor Pat McCrory is pushing for an overhaul that some say would privatize the program. We'll examine what's working in the current model – what's not – and what the overhaul would mean for North Carolina, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

City And County Budgets

Both Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are in the process of approving a budget for the next fiscal year. City Manager Ron Carlee will join us in the first part of the show to talk about his first recommended budget for the city and what it will mean for citizens inside the city limits. Then we'll be joined by Interim County Manager Bobbie Shields and Budget director Hyong Yi to discuss how the recommended county budget would impact tax payers throughout Mecklenburg County. How will the services the city/ county provide be affected this fiscal year? How will your pocketbook be affected? Find out, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Character Development

Much of a person’s success in life depends on their character. Society is also dependent on the involvement of people of character. But how do you build character in a young person? CMS is partnering with parents and the community to foster honest, responsible, caring students and there are other private organizations working toward the same end. A closer look at the process and at what’s at stake for children, parents and society when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
6:51 am
Thu May 30, 2013

South African Ambassador

Ebrahim Rasool
Credit World Affairs Council of Charlotte

In the last several decades, South Africa has seen a lot of turmoil, through apartheid and new political changes since then. The US and South Africa have begun in more recent years to have a solid relationship, even launching a strategic dialogue on a number of issues, including security and trade. The US is also helping South Africa with a number of major challenges, including HIV/AIDS, unemployment, education and more. The Ambassador from South Africa is in Charlotte today, and we'll sit down with him to talk about the challenges his country faces and about the ways the US and South Africa are working together, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
2:11 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Neale Bayly Rides / War Horse

War Horse

We’'re traveling on two wheels and four legs on the next Charlotte Talks. First, a visit with Neale Bayly, host of Neale Bayly Rides on Charlotte'’s Speed Channel. He's a journalist and philanthropic adventure rider and we hear more about his latest odyssey leading an eclectic band of travelers through Peru. Then, the puppeteers who bring life to War Horse, the remarkable play in town for a week when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
10:15 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Sounds Of Charlotte: Local Music Scene

The sounds of a city aren't just fire trucks and car horns. The real sounds of a city can be found in the music venues around town and at the concerts that local bands participate in. These are local musicians and local stories - all told through the crooning and tuning of their music. But in such an up-and-coming town as Charlotte, do the bands really make it big? Is there undiscovered, hidden talent in the Queen City? Well, yes there is. For instance James Brown sings for the native band Matrimony, which was recently signed to Columbia records. That sounds promising. And Charlotte’s music scene continues to mature with heightened access to artists and the revival of a young, hip arts scene. A conversation about local music, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
10:15 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Old Salem And Mountains To Sea Trail (Rebroadcast)

Part One: Old Salem. Just as our country was being forged in the halls of the Continental Congress and birthed in the Revolutionary war, a group of hardy Moravian immigrants was building a settlement in the Piedmont of North Carolina. The town of Salem sprang up and still remains just outside of Winston-Salem. Today it is a living museum, a window into some of the earliest founders of our state. We'’ll visit with the President of Old Salem Inc., a company devoted to the settlement and to educating North Carolinians and other visitors on life in colonial North Carolina. Follow us back in time when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

The Feud: Hatfields And McCoys

The Hatfield Clan of the Hatfield-McCoy feud circa 1897.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

We'll meet the author of a new book about the 100-year-old feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys. The families, who famously battled for generations in southern Appalachia, may have begun their feud over a bunch of pigs. No matter the true origin of the battles, the families have captured the imaginations of people across the country for years and the story of the feud has more recently been chronicled in documentaries, TV miniseries and several books. We'll talk with the author of a book on the Hatfields and McCoys with some new takes on their revenge story, when Charlotte Talks.

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