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
5:00 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Nicholas Carr On The Internet And Our Brains (Rebroadcast)

Like television before it, the Internet has been credited with being an influence on all sorts of things since it became a mainstream part of our lives - good and bad. Our guest this hour has been writing about technology, including the Internet, for years, and his latest book addresses what the Internet may be doing to our brains - re-mapping, re-programming, changing the way we think and learn! At our special edition of Charlotte Talks at Lenoir Rhyne University’s Visiting Writer’s Series, we meet Nicholas Carr, and talk about The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.   This show was recorded at Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory as part of their Visiting Writers Series. Originally Aired 9/28/2012

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Ree Drummond (Rebroadcast)

After spending years in Los Angeles, Ree Drummond made what she thought would be a short stop in her Oklahoma hometown, on her way to a new life in Chicago. Instead, Drummond met a cowboy she calls the Marlboro Man. Drummond fell in love, married and had four children with the Marlboro man but she also fell in love with a simple life and a new way of cooking. She has written a New York Times bestselling cookbook called The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl. Ree Drummond shares her love story and her recipes with us. Originally Aired 5/7/2010.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Mandy Patinkin (Rebroadcast)

TV and Broadway star Mandy Patinkin spends a lot of his time in Charlotte because his hit show, Homeland, shoots here. He's also performing his one man show, Dress Casual, at the Belk this Sunday and joins us in advance to talk about his career, the people he's worked with, that voice and more. An hour with Mandy Patinkin. Originally Aired 10/26/2012.

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Mandy Patinkin - TV and Broadway star, in town shooting his TV show Homeland

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Charlotte Talks
12:05 am
Tue December 25, 2012

Deconstructing Handel's Messiah (Christmas Archive)

Handel’s Messiah is one of the most popular pieces of music in the world and one which - at least in the US - has become associated with Christmas.  We’re going to dissect this great piece with a man who knew it well - the late Paul Oakley who first shared his musical expertise about The Messiah with us in 2002.  We hear that conversation again and then share a little poem that captures the spirit of Christmas:  A Cup of Christmas Tea when Charlotte Talks. Originally Aired 12/4/2002.

Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus (Rebroadcast)

"Jolly Old St. Nicholas," at least the way we've been brought up to think of him, is a red-cheeked, fat, white-bearded man in a red suit and hat. But the REAL St. Nicholas of Myra has a far different image. How did we get our modern idea of Santa Claus, or "St. Nick," and how does he compare with Nicholas of Myra? We'll be joined by a man who has chronicled the life Nicholas, and has studied the legend of Santa Claus and will put them together for us. Originally Aired 12/12/2012.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Cyberbullying Law

On December 1st, a new law went into effect in North Carolina that makes it a misdemeanor for student to commit various online offenses against school employees. The law is the first of its kind in the US. Those in favor of the law say that it protects teachers from online attacks, and those against it say that it would take away students' right to free speech online. We'll talk about how the law came about, its ties to the CMS district, and what it means for students, teachers and administrators.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Bill Strickland On Empowering Students

Reducing the rate of high school dropouts and empowering students to succeed is a goal of several organizations in the Charlotte area, including the Arts & Science Council. They're launching a new program that seeks to serve at-risk students called Studio 345. The program is based on another initiative that's been in operation in Pittsburgh since the 70's. It uses the arts, education and the surrounding community to help students achieve. We'll meet Bill Strickland, founder of the National Center for Arts and Technology, and find out how the implementation of a program like his will help kids in the Charlotte region, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed December 19, 2012

The History Of Emergency Medicine

We all have a story about a trip to the Emergency Room or know someone who does, but how much do we really know about emergency medicine? There is a history behind the creation and evolution of emergency medicine and the doctors, nurses and staff who run emergency rooms 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and every day of the year. An important figure in Emergency Medicine lived and worked in Charlotte and he passed away this summer. A documentary to honor his legacy and that of all of the founders of emergency medicine, is underway and we'll talk to several guests who not only practice emergency medicine but honor it's history. Tune in stat, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Mass Shootings: Inside The Minds Of Madmen

Every so often, increasingly it seems, we hear about the grisly, gruesome crimes of a maniac. We flip on the news to learn that someone else has snapped on a school campus or at a shopping mall. This time it was at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut, where 20 first-graders and 6 adults were killed by a young man wielding a semi-automatic rifle. Sadly, this is only the latest example – from the Aurora Theater shooting in July to the Sikh Temple in August and the Tucson shooting last year – there are too many in recent memory. We watch the news in horror and wonder why. Can we ever really understand why or how someone could take so many innocent lives? We’'ll attempt to find out and peek into the mind of a madman. We'’ll also take a look at ourselves. What does it mean when this news receives days and weeks of coverage? When the shooter’'s face is plastered everywhere? We examine that and more, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon December 17, 2012

2012 End-Of-Year News Show

2012 in Charlotte has been anything but quiet. We've had our share of controversy, scandals, political turmoil, budget woes, and time on the national - and international - stage. Now that the year is coming to an end, we'll gather WFAE news reporters to go through some of the major stories to hit the Queen City this year. Join us for a 2012 News Roundup, when Charlotte Talks.

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