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
Thu January 3, 2013

Vanity Fair's Elissa Schappell On Women (Rebroadcast)

This past election year, the women’s vote has made headlines over and over, and women’s issues have turned into major political debate. That attention has brought women into the spotlight in a variety of ways, including through literature. We’ll meet a Vanity Fair contributing editor who is not only a book critic for a women’s magazine, but who writes stories about women as well. Elissa Schappell joins us to talk about writing for and about women, but also about women’s role in society today and in the political landscape. Originally Aired 9/24/2012.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Paper Promises (Rebroadcast)

As we know, there’s ongoing financial uncertainty going on around the world, and although we think of our economic crisis as a new thing, our guest today says different. Philip Coggan, a columnist for The Economist, says that the accumulation of debt that we’re seeing world wide is an age-old problem. Coggan has written a book called Paper Promises: Money, Debt and the New World Order.  He joins us to talk about the history of debt and creditors and the crises they can create, and about patterns of debt accumulation throughout world history. Originally Aired 10/23/2012

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Jeff Daniels (Rebroadcast)

You know actor Jeff Daniels from his roles in films like Dumb and Dumber, The Purple Rose of Cairo and The Squid and the Whale, but Daniels has also been writing songs for thirty years. Daniels got his start onstage, founded the Purple Rose Theatre in Michigan then found a way to use his songs as a fundraising tool to promote theatre Arts. Daniels now tours the country singing his songs and talking about his work as an actor, playwright and musician. We sit down with the consummate performer to talk about his music and his career. Originally Aired 10/28/2012.

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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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