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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
11:21 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Programming Note

Today's regularly scheduled Charlotte Talks did not air. WFAE carried special coverage from NPR of the unfolding events in Boston. We will reschedule our conversation about 'The Innocence Project' for another date. 

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Gay Marriage

Last year, North Carolinians voted in favor of an amendment that bans same-sex marriage and civil unions. The Supreme Court recently weighed the decision of repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, we are still awaiting their decision. But activists are not giving up and are holding out hope that with continued education gays will one day have the right to marry in this state. It’s a passionate discussion that brings up serious questions like religious beliefs versus constitutional rights, sexual identity versus ‘lifestyle’ choice. We will speak with local activists about where we are headed, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Poet Ron Rash And NC Science Festival

Ron Rash

Part One: Ron Rash. Poet, short story writer and novelist Ron Rash is having a busy year - his latest book of short stories Nothing Gold Can Stay, set in Appalachia with stories that span from the Civil War to present day - was released in February. And his novel Serena is being made into a movie with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. It's set to hit theaters in December. North Carolina native Ron Rash is in town for CPCC's Sensoria Festival, and while he's here, we'll talk about his writing process, the different genres of writing that he works in, and about the experience of having one of his books made into a movie, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Living Legends Of Opera

Carlisle Floyd and Anthony Dean Griffey

From time to time on this show, we discuss performances of plays, musicals, symphonies or operas composed or created by talented artists who are no longer with us, or who aren't available to join us on the show. On this edition of the show, however, we're joined by a living legend, an American composer and librettist who has been creating famous operas since the 1950's! Carlisle Floyd will join us, along with 4-time Grammy Award-winning American tenor Anthony Dean Griffey. They're in town to do residencies at Wingate University, and while they're here, they'll join us to talk about their craft and their worldwide prominence in opera and music performance, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Governor Pat McCrory's First 100 Days

Governor Pat McCrory

Our new Governor has barely settled in but has already made news by giving a substantial raise to his new cabinet appointees. He also repealed Gov. Perdue's Executive Order that was aimed at reforming the Judicial appointing process. Governor McCrory has also weighed in on the Trolley and stadium upgrades for the Carolina Panther. Other items on his to do list include compensation for victims of a mid 20th century sterilization program - an issue that he supported as a candidate - and he must manage how to implement The Affordable Care Act. Other topics include how he will handle traditional east/west NC relations in terms of roads, infrastructure, etc. We'll meet with our usual band of Political Science gurus to gaze into our new Governor's first 100 days in office, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Climate Convergence

We have discussed climate change many times on Charlotte Talks but there is a new science emerging in the study of our changing climate. Social scientists are being called upon more and more to study climate's effect on human culture. Entire societies are changing their traditions, the media is covering the issue differently and lawmakers are shaping policy based on our perception to climate change. One local social scientist has discovered fascinating social changes among native Alaskans. He'll share how those changes could affect policy here in our own region. (Note: This show was pre-recorded last week.)

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Budget

Heath Morrison
Credit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

CMS superintendent Heath Morrison recently presented the budget for the upcoming school year. And fiscal challenges exist for all of CMS’ funding sources: county, state and federal. But despite those hurdles, Dr. Morrison says that the school district will continue pushing for success for all students. Under his leadership he plans to personalize education for each student and more fully embrace the diverse cultures of the student population. A conversation with Superintendent Morrison, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Astrophysicist Sean Carroll

Sean Carroll with Mike Collins
Credit Erin Keever

Physicist Sean Carroll spends a lot of time researching theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, and gravitation. Recently, he’s been speaking out about the Higgs Boson, or "The God Particle" which is a particle of an atom. Without it, the atom could not exist. In his new book The Particle at the End of the Universe he talks about "The God Particle." He joins us to talk about his passion for physics and explains it in a language we can all understand, when 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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