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
Fri May 17, 2013

Growing And Cooking Your Own Backyard Harvest

We've all heard about the benefits of "eating local." Well, you can't get more local than your own backyard! If you haven’t planted yet, or even if you have, we'll explore the best practices for planting and maintaining your beds for the most delicious and nutritious vegetables, even with little yard space to work with. Before you know it, you'll have more tomatoes, zucchini and cucumbers than you know what to do with! So we'll fill you in on creative ways to cook them to get the most out of your summer harvest - from salads, soups and salsas to grilling and more. Join us for summer gardening advice from the experts, tips for preparing and enjoying your summer bounty, plus a look at the health benefits of eating from your own garden. Gardening meets cooking, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu May 16, 2013

The Moth And Storytelling

Everybody has a story to tell. The Moth, who many public radio listeners may be familiar with, is dedicated to the art and the craft of storytelling. It features true stories told live on stage - without scripts or notes. And since 1997, they have presented thousands of stories to live audiences, radio listeners and podcasters around the country. And now, The Moth is coming to McGlohon Theatre in Charlotte. In a fast-paced, high-tech world, we'll go back to a very old tradition - storytelling - to find out what makes a good story and a good storyteller from some of the best, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed May 15, 2013

City Manager Ron Carlee

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee
Credit Julie Rose

At just a few weeks into his tenure as city manager, Ron Carlee has no shortage of city issues to occupy him. There's the airport governance study and his take on the results… and then there's the city budget, which he just presented last week. The streetcar has been making news for some time, but this week, city council made time to discuss its future during their meeting. We'll talk with Ron Carlee about the most important city issues he's dealing with as he hits the ground running, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Smart Growth America

Credit James Willamor / flickr

The City of Charlotte was awarded a grant from Smart Growth America to host a community dialogue regarding Smart Growth concepts and challenges. Through this discussion the city hopes to gain insight on how attract new business, reduce tax burdens and create a stronger foundation for long-term fiscal health and competitiveness. But what might some of those actions steps toward prosperity be? And what hurdles might we face along the way? A conversation about smart growth, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Healing Vs. Curing: Anatomy Of Hope

When someone gets sick, doctors are, for the most part, concerned with curing illness or disease. But in recent years, there has been increased attention on treating the "whole" person - body, mind and spirit. Sometimes a "cure" isn't likely, but there is a possibility of "healing" when treating the whole person. We'll be joined by a panel of doctors, a hospice worker and a person of faith to talk about healing versus curing and the importance of each, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

'Me And Jezebel' And 'BUSK!'

Part One: Queen City Theatre Co.'s Me and Jezebel. We've all had a houseguest who overstayed their welcome. Most do so for a matter of minutes or hours. Hollywood superstar overstayed her welcome by 32 days! Author Elizabeth Fuller met Bette Davis in 1985 and offered to let Ms. Davis stay in her home while there was a hotel strike raging in New York City. Over a month later, Davis finally left but her legacy continued as Ms. Fuller wrote a popular book about the experience. That book is now a play and Queen City Theatre is presenting it. We'll learn more when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Doc Hendley: From Wine to Water (Rebroadcast)

A few years ago a Charlotte bartender named Doc Hendley spent his nights dispensing wine and spirits and his days wondering what more he could do with his life. Hendley stumbled across information detailing an epic water crisis in many third world countries and it changed him forever. In 2007 Hendley founded Wine to Water, an organization that digs wells and helps provide infrastructure so that poor villages can have a clean, stable supply of water. Doc Hendley joined us early on in his endeavor and he has just written a book on his experiences. He is back for another visit to share his remarkable life and work. Originally Aired 1/6/2012

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Optimal Energy Investments

The world’s thirst for more energy has led us down the path to climate change. Some politicians have said that alternatives to fossil fuels may help us reverse that, but the problem is that alternative forms of energy aren't ready on the scale we need. And recently scientists at UNC Charlotte came to an even more alarming conclusion, that the problem is unsolvable. Two of the people working on that project talk about their troubling conclusion, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue May 7, 2013

The Immigration Bill

After months of negotiations by a bipartisan group of US Senators dubbed the "Gang of Eight," a new 800-page immigration package has been unveiled. This push for comprehensive immigration reform has been called a "good first step" by some with others voicing concern about certain parts of the bill. The architects of the bill, including South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, are urging Congress to move faster to make a decision about the bill in light of the Boston Marathon tragedy and the immigrants who allegedly carried out the bombings there. We'll dive into the bill to talk about what it covers, who would be affected and talk to a Charlotte immigrant to find out how this would change their immigration status and more, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Brave Girl Eating

Harriet Brown's daughter was diagnosed with anorexia at age 14 and nearly died because of it. At 4-foot-11 and weighing 71 pounds, she saw herself as fat. She was starving herself, exercising obsessively, her relationship with food was complex - she was terrified by a slice of cake. "Faced with a plate of food, the demon inside my daughter bargained, cried, lashed out." Brown talks about that demon that tormented their family in her memoir Brave Girl Eating, a story of pain, frustration, hospitalization, treatment, relapse and recovery. While she's in Charlotte for an event with Teen Health Connection, she joins us, along with medical experts, to share her story, discuss the causes, prevention and treatments of eating disorders as well as some of the myths and stereotypes and the importance of family-based treatment.

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