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
Tue April 9, 2013

Classical Idol And The Pearl Fishers

Part One: Charlotte Symphony's Classical Idol. The concept behind American Idol is not new. We have always been fascinated by that special talent who comes along and inspires us with their vision and craft. But most American Idol winners are everyday folks with a gift. Classical musicians are highly trained, dedicated and persistent artists who often go unnoticed in the communities they serve with their music. Not in Charlotte. Last year Classical Idol was hatched. It's a friendly competition to raise funds for the Symphony but it's also a way to raise awareness of these incredibly talented musicians in our midst. With offerings from Celtic fiddle to an elementary school choir, Classical Idol has music for everyone. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Second-Act Careers During Semi-Retirement

The official portrait of retirement has changed, and it didn't change to this.

Retirement has taken on a new meaning for many Baby Boomers - either because of financial obligations or as a result of the recession - and some are delaying retirement or considering "semi retirement." Our guest today says - don't retire, reinvent. Nancy Collamer is a career coach and the author of Second Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement. She helps boomers who want or need to continue working create a profitable and meaningful semi-retirement on their own terms after 'retiring' from their full-time careers. If you're considering an encore, join our conversation with Nancy Collamer to learn how to profit from your passion and as she says "work less, live more and love what you do," when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Combat Artist Rob Bates (Rebroadcast)

Rob Bates

Former Marine and UNC Charlotte student Rob Bates has served on two active duty tours in Afghanistan. This past December he went back, not as a soldier, but as an embedded combat artist, returning to the war-torn country to sketch the drawdown of U.S. forces. Many of his drawings are photo realistic - he draws soldiers' portraits, combat scenes and military posts, sometimes having to make a decision on the spot if it's safe enough to sketch now or photograph a scene to draw later. Some of his work is part of the combat art collection at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. We'll talk about his work as an artist, a Marine and get his "boots on the ground" perspective of the U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan. (Originally Aired 1/22/2013)

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer

Gary Doer, Canada's Ambassador to the US

You may not think of Canada as a major player in Charlotte and North Carolina's economy. But North Carolina sells more goods to Canada than to any other foreign country in the world. And hundreds of thousands of North Carolina jobs depend on trade with Canada. Here in Charlotte, there are 71 Canadian firms operating and 10 US headquarters for Canadian companies. We'll be joined by the Canadian Ambassador to the US to talk about Charlotte and North Carolina's relationship with Canada, as well as the United States' close relationship with our neighbor to the north when it comes to defense, economy and trade, energy and the environment, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee And Mayor Anthony Foxx

Mayor Anthony Foxx watches on as newly-appointed Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee speaks to the media.
Credit Julie Rose

April 1 marked the beginning of Ron Carlee's tenure as Charlotte City Manager, the first person from out of town to hold the position in more than 30 years. Mr. Carlee brings experience both as a former county manager (Arlington Co., Virginia) and as the COO of the International City/ County Management Association, where he was able to see the operations of cities all over the world. We'll sit down with Mr. Carlee and Mayor Anthony Foxx to talk about how he plans to tackle the city budget, transit and the streetcar debate, the airport situation, and the day-to-day operations of the city, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

'Do Your Part' With Terri Bennett (Rebroadcast)

Terri Bennett
Credit DoYourPart.com

Well-known former TV meteorologist Terri Bennett has traded the camera and studio for the betterment of the environment, with the founding of her company, called Do Your Part. She's the author of a book by the same name, and in it, gives practical tips that she says help "to remove the roadblocks that currently prevent many Americans from taking steps toward adopting more sustainable lifestyles."  She'll share her expertise with us, and will give us some tips on how to reduce our eco-footprint. (Originally Aired 9/13/2011)

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Domestic Violence

In 2012 more than 35,000 domestic violence calls were reported to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. And since 2002 more than 745 domestic violence homicides have occurred in North Carolina. Domestic violence continues to plague our neighbors, co-workers, family and friends. But there are individuals in our community working fervently to help victims, educate the public and prevent violence in the future. They say that community awareness and engagement can prevent violence. An in-depth look at domestic violence in our city, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria And Hospitals

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control warned us about the spread of a deadly, antibiotic-resistant "nightmare bacteria." The strain called CRE has been on the rise for the past decade - tracked in at least 42 states, including North Carolina - and the CDC is urging hospitals to act now. In Charlotte, CRE has infected 18 patients since 2012; seven of them died. The threat has been compared to that of MRSA, a staph infection that has also shown resistance to antibiotics and is now considered a common hospital germ. We'll learn more about these rare but dangerous drug-resistant bacteria - what they are, how they spread, what makes them so strong and how our environment and use of antibiotics might be making them worse. We'll also talk with people on the front lines, dealing with these bacteria in hospitals about what they're doing to try and control them and what patients should know. The rise of superbugs and what to do about them, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Whole Health

Not everything can be cured with a pill. At least, that’s what we've been finding out in recent years. A new movement has started: the whole health movement. This wave of education and awareness brings with it the encouragement of individuals taking more control of their own health. And how do they do this? Through a plethora of activities and choices like eating less meat, practicing yoga, drinking tea and integrating more preventative measures into their daily routines. Some call this alternative or integrative medicine, but what is integrative medicine? Where did it begin? A conversation about health and integrative medicine, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Bipartisanship In Congress

Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) and Rep. Robert Pittenger (R)

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that politics in Washington has gotten pretty brutal along party lines, and getting anything done is nearly impossible. But there's a ray of hope among a group of freshman congressmen from both sides of the aisle who want to find solutions to the nation's problems, and are willing to look to their political opponents for collaboration. We'll talk with District 9 Representative Robert Pittenger – a Republican, and Florida Representative Patrick Murphy - a Democrat, about the United Solutions Caucus, a group that they co-founded and now co-chair, which focuses on building relationships and looking for bipartisan solutions to problems facing lawmakers, when Charlotte Talks.

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