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 December 2, 2013

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is December 1. This day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. The issue is especially important here because Mecklenburg County has the highest number of HIV/AIDS cases in North Carolina. And four out of ten Americans living with AIDS reside in the South. It has also been said that research coming out of North Carolina is driving international standards for treatment. We'll talk with someone who is living with HIV here in Charlotte and hear from experts about where the fight against HIV is.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Searching For The Perfect Cup Of Coffee (Rebroadcast)

Barista Kelsey Viscount demonstrates the "pour over" method at Not Just Coffee with Mike Collins and Peter Reinhart

Coffee. It could be argued that it's the world's favorite drink. Whether you're a caffeine addict looking for a quick fix or a bean aficionado who grinds your own for a perfect blend - a morning cup of joe is a daily habit for many of us. We'll examine the ins and outs of coffee in search of "the perfect cup" - from different roasts, blends and types of beans to the "pour over" method that's gaining traction to latte art and the real meaning of labels like "fair trade" and "organic." We check in on the local coffee scene here and ask - does Charlotte really have a coffee culture? Sit back with your favorite mug and join us for a conversation with Chef Peter Reinhart, coffee roaster David Haddock from Boquete Mountain Coffee and James Yoder, the owner of Not Just Coffee. Originally aired: 8/23/2013.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Wynton Marsalis (Rebroadcast)

Grammy award-winning jazz and classical musician Wynton Marsalis is internationally known for his trumpet playing and jazz style. He's from a family of famous classically trained musicians who play, produce and compose jazz. But Marsalis is also an advocate for music education and working with young jazz musicians. He co-founded the Jazz at Lincoln Center Program and is the music director for that group's orchestra. Wynton Marsalis was in Charlotte in October to perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and while he was here, he joined us to talk about his musical roots in the Marsalis family, his thoughts about jazz and the trumpet, and we'll hear some of his music.  Originally aired 10/9/2013.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Thanksgivukkah & Shifts In Judaism

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For the first time in over a hundred years the first night of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving. The holiday is being called 'Thanksgivukkah.' We'll talk with chef-on-assignment Peter Reinhart about what to serve. Then we take a look at a recent Pew study that found that Jewish identify is changing in America, where one-in-five Jews now describe themselves as having no religion. Our local professionals shed light on the study and offer insight as to what’s really going on.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

The Charlotte Hornets: Past And Future

It was November 4, 1988. Players in signature teal and purple uniforms and long, 'baggy' shorts hit the court in a sold-out coliseum. Women wore formal dresses, men wore tuxedos. It was the Charlotte Hornets' first game. They lost. But Charlotte cheered anyway. It was a big deal and over the next several years, "Hornets hysteria" would help put the city on the map - with names like Muggsy Bogues, Dell Curry, Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson. The Hornets moved to New Orleans in 2002, but left an indelible mark on Charlotte. Now the Bobcats are reclaiming the historic name, bestowed on the city during the Revolutionary War when General Cornwallis was driven out, proclaiming Charlotte a "hornets' nest of rebellion." On the 25th anniversary of the Hornets' debut, we'll look back at that special time and gaze into the future as the Bobcats rebrand themselves.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Governor Pat McCrory

Charlotte’s former long-time mayor, now Governor Pat McCrory, has been in office about 10 months now, and has certainly made headlines across the state and the nation in that period of time. North Carolina has had a very controversial year in politics touching many issues, like taxes, the economy, education, voter ID, abortion, and much, much more. Governor Pat McCrory joins us for the first time since becoming Governor to talk about his first year in office. We’ll go over all the important issues and take your questions as well.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

First-Time Mom Home Care

As a first-time mother there are many joys and challenges. One needs to budget for the baby’s needs and handle the emotional and psychological changes that come with child bearing. But what about first-time mothers who don’t know how to construct a budget or where to turn when the emotional toll is too great? Those challenges, if unaddressed, can manifest into child neglect or abuse – or worse. But some first-time mothers can turn to the Nurse Family Partnership – a program designed for nurses and first-time moms to work side-by-side for the first two years of the child’s life. This evidence-based program is sweeping the nation and helping dozens of moms and children thrive here in the Queen City. We learn about evidence-based programming and what the Nurse Family Partnership is doing.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Holiday Shopping Trends & Playwright Mallery Avidon

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Part One: Holiday Shopping Trends. Holiday shopping season isn’t waiting for Cyber Monday or Black Friday this year; in fact it isn’t even waiting for Thanksgiving. Many stores will be opening on Thanksgiving Day for shoppers eager for a holiday deal or two. We'll look at trends in holiday shopping, consumer spending outlook amid a recovering economy, online vs. brick and mortar shopping and at possible backlash over what some are calling "holiday creep" and "Black November."

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Digital Charlotte And Hacker Culture

The word 'Hacker' brings to mind a nefarious computer nerd stealing credit card information or disrupting websites. But a hacker has traditionally been someone who was into technological 'tinkering' and innovation. Queen’s University of Charlotte is promoting hacker culture by teaching digital and media literacy with a “hackathon.” We'll also meet the founder of a digital meet-up site called Charlotte Hackerspace. It's a place where geeks can feel free to tinker and in some cases, evolve technology. Join us as we plug into the rise of Hacker Culture.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

The Future Of Museums

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

We live in the age of Google and premium cable television, where people can look up an important event or watch a documentary about an important topic in the comfort of their homes. Given that fact, and a weak economy, you can imagine that keeping a museum running, and full of exhibits AND patrons might be a tough thing to do. So what ARE museums doing to stay relevant? To keep people coming through their doors? How are they deciding what exhibits will benefit their community the most, and then get them to come and see those exhibits? We've gathered some local museum directors to talk about what they’re doing here in Charlotte and around the country and about the future of museums.

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