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
Mon January 20, 2014

Taylor Branch On Civil Rights (Rebroadcast)

Pulitzer-Prize winning author Taylor Branch's most famous body of work is his trilogy chronicling the history of the American Civil Rights Movement and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. His most recent work distills the trilogy into a smaller volume that is meant to be used by history teachers to help educate students about this defining period in our nation's history. We'll talk with Mr. Branch about the Civil Rights era and what led him to write so extensively about it, about race today, and more, when Charlotte Talks. Originally Aired 2/7/2013.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

The Making Of A Southern Democracy

In modern history, especially over the past six or seven decades, North Carolina has changed in many ways, in terms of growth, economy, race relations, and education. These changes were all affected by politics and political shifts throughout the years. A new book on North Carolina political history goes into great depth in explaining how intertwined many of these changes were with each other and how that depended on who was in office. We’ll be joined by the author of The Making of a Southern Democracy: North Carolina Politics From Kerr Scott to Pat McCrory, Tom Eamon, who will take us through some of the turmoil and political change to explain why elections and people in office matter, how race relations have changed the state and its politics and about the change in party balance from the 1950’s to today.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Elevation Church & 'The Other Place'

Elevation Church/Facebook
Elevation Pastor Steven Furtick

Part One: Elevation Church. Elevation Church is one of the fastest-growing churches in the country. 33-year-old Elevation Pastor and Founder Steven Furtick draws about 14,000 members to weekly services at nine church campuses across the Charlotte region, the latest, a Lake Norman campus just launched over the weekend. With a $25 million operating budget in 2013, and a New York Times best-selling author at the helm, the church draws lots of attention.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Local Author Roundtable

Professional authors and writers face many challenges and a lot of competition these days. Writing has shifted from a craft previously conducted with pen and paper, to an industry open to almost anyone with a keyboard. So how do we identify the good writers, the talented authors and how does one get published? What resources are available to help local writers hone their craft? And what else do writers do to make ends meet? We talk about all of that and more with three local authors.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Money, Influence And Politics In North Carolina

Credit NC General Assembly

With Republicans in control of the legislature and Governor’s office, North Carolina has made a turn to the right. But that turn runs deeper than just the ideology of our elected representatives. There are some lesser-known organizations and individuals exerting influence and helping to set the legislative agenda. The influence of money on policy happens on both sides of the aisle and we take a closer look.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Pre-Diabetes Screening & Living With Diabetes

We are faced with so many food choices these days, especially processed foods, that it's easy to eat badly. Unhealthy eating and other lifestyle choices can lead to the development of diabetes. Carolinas Healthcare System and the YMCA recognized the rise in North Carolinians with Diabetes and an even larger number of folks at risk for developing the condition. They have introduced a program to help everyone recognize the signs of diabetes, take steps to avoid developing it and to learn to maintain, and in some case, reverse the effects. CHS and the YMCA are out to raise diabetes awareness and we'll learn too.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Local Housing Market & Carolina Panthers Playoff Preview

Part One: Local Housing Market. U.S. housing markets have seemingly stabilized following a dramatic boom and bust cycle during the last decade. Much of this stabilization can be attributed to the government takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as the Federal Reserve's massive investment in mortgage-backed securities. What are the current U.S. housing market conditions? What are some of the potential changes to government involvement in the housing finance system? We talk about that and more.
Guests
W. Scott Frame
- Belk Distinguished Professor of Business and Professor of Finance at UNC Charlotte
Eric Locher - President, Charlotte Region Realtor Association
Frank Nothaft - Vice President & Chief Economist, Freddie Mac

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Money Saving Tips For The New Year

New Year’s Resolutions to save money, spend less, and waste less sound great when we make them, but when trying to practice those lofty ambitions, it’s hard to figure out where to start. Today, we've got some help for that. We’ll be joined by a trio of local experts who will give us tips from their websites, blogs and even some from a new book called “I’m So Clever,” full of tips compiled from the column by the same name in the Charlotte Observer. Join us for practical, realistic ways to keep your New Year’s Resolutions to save. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Kids And Mental Health

A lot of older folks say kids have it easy these days, but they face their own set of challenges. Alexander Youth Network knows this as well as any organization. They care for kids who have developed mental health issues due to emotional and psychological traumas. These traumas are not easy to track, and even more difficult to treat, but help is available. We'll meet with folks from Alexander Youth and others to understand mental health issues in kids and how to treat them.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Perspective On 2013 Politics And A Preview Of 2014

By most accounts 2013 was a tumultuous political year. At the national level, bi-partisanship reached an all time high and a major battle ensued over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The IRS was embroiled in a scandal over targeting the tea party on tax status and the White House was accused of spying on foreign dignitaries. Closer to home we had a feud over who should control the airport, lawmakers comparing the ACA and President Obama to Hitler and Nazism and the rise of Moral Mondays. We'll look back at a wild year in politics and ahead on what to expect in 2014.

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