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 February 12, 2013

TEDxCharlotte

A TED talk.
Credit Flickr/jurvetson

  Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words, right? Not according to the TED Talks. These short speeches are all about big ideas, inspiration and motivating people to act. They've made their way onto stages across the country, going viral on the internet and have even inspired a public radio show. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design and brings people from those worlds together, spreading ideas, informing people with a goal of solving the world's problems. But it has really expanded beyond that, including many topics and now, Charlotte has its own version of TED Talks. TEDxCharlotte's goal is to "explore how ideas come together to form a community and inform many." We'll talk with some of these big thinkers.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Superstitions And Why We Believe Them

Charlotte Talks has been going strong for over thirteen years; knock on wood. Luckily the 13th year was a good one even though that’s an unlucky number. Our fingers are crossed for more good years on the show but we’ll avoid walking under ladders or crossing near black cats just to be safe. Yes, we are superstitious. Isn’t everyone? We’ll look at well-known superstitions and why we keep them on the next Charlotte Talks. Good thing it’s scheduled on the 11th. Eleven is a lucky number.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

The World Of Dog Shows (Rebroadcast)

Dogs in the Charlotte Talks studio! Nine-month-old Kiser the Doberman.
Erin Keever

  There are dog lovers all over the region but our guests today take dog ownership to a very big degree. We’ll meet two people who breed, train and judge dogs for shows. In advance of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show next week, we’ll learn what goes into the making of a champion dog, why pure breeds are so important to the dog show world, breeding practices and more. We’ll also be joined by a couple of four legged guests and you will actually hear from them. Originally Aired November 16, 2012

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Taylor Branch On Civil Rights

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.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Ron Green Jr. On Sports Writing

For the past three decades Ron Green Jr. has chased two elusive goals. One is to get a hole-in-one playing golf and the other is to write the perfect golf story. He has come far closer to the second goal and many times over. Green Jr. followed in his father's footsteps into the offices of the Charlotte Observer and after 22 years at the paper he is moving on. Ron Green Jr. joins us to talk about writing for sports, specifically golf, journalism at the Observer and about the next chapter in his career as a journalist, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Lindi Ortega And SPANK!

Part One: Lindi Ortega. Lindi Ortega has been described as Canada's answer to Dolly Parton and "the love child of Johnny Cash and Nancy Sinatra." The country singer-songwriter out of Toronto puts a unique spin on the genre - blending in folk and rock and sometimes a little humor. Lindi has a voice that draws you in and catchy songs you might find yourself humming. Fun facts, she appeared on ABC's Nashville and has toured with Kevin Costner (yes, THAT Kevin Costner.) While she's in Charlotte for a performance at The Evening Muse, we'll talk with her about her music, her influences and her story and she'll also perform live, when Charlotte Talks.

Guest

Lindi Ortega - Singer-songwriter, her latest album is Cigarettes & Truckstops

  • Lindi Ortega is performing (tonight) Tuesday, Feb. 5th at The Evening Muse at 9pm. Details.

Part Two: SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody. Unless you've been living under a rock, you've at least heard of the erotic literary series "Fifty Shades of Grey," which has become the guilty pleasure of millions of women around the world. The risqué book's popularity has been made into parody, first on Saturday Night Live, and more recently with its own MUSICAL parody. SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody comes to Charlotte this week and promises to be a howling, rowdy comedic night out for (mostly) women from 21 to 91. We'll talk with cast members and the writer about just how this musical came to be, and the surprising enthusiasm they've seen from audiences around the country.

Guests
Danielle Trzcinski
- 'Tasha Woode' in SPANK!
Gabe Bowling - 'Hugh Hanson' in SPANK!
Jim Millan - Writer and Director of SPANK!

  • SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is Feb. 6-9th at McGlohon Theater. Details.
Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

CONNECT Our Future

The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are working together with more than 100 governments and organizations in the 14-county region in North and South Carolina to develop a framework for growth. There's a 3- year initiative in place to figure out the needs of our region and to ensure that the region can fulfill those needs, including jobs, transportation, housing, air quality and much more. We'll talk with leaders from around the region about "CONNECT Our Future" about how it can benefit our area, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Oz With Orchestra And The Secret Garden

Part One: Oz With Orchestra. John Goberman is an Emmy-Award-winning producer and creator of Live From Lincoln Center. He's also on the forefront of a new merging of film and concert presentation called symphonic cinema. We'll talk about he's working with the Charlotte Symphony to bring a live orchestra together with a big-screen presentation of The Wizard of Oz, and how this art form is being received around the country.
Guests
John Goberman
- Emmy-Award-winning producer and creator of Live From Lincoln Center. He is also the creator of A Symphonic Night at the Movies, including Oz with Orchestra with the Charlotte Symphony.
Maestro Albert George Schram - Guest Conductor with the Charlotte Symphony. He also currently serves as Resident Staff Conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Resident Conductor of the Nashville Symphony.

  • Oz with Orchestra, a pairing of The Wizard of Oz with live musical accompaniment by the Charlotte Symphony is Saturday Feb. 2 at the Belk Theatre, 2:30pm and 8pm. Details.

Part Two: The Secret Garden. The Children's Theatre has long been known for its ambitious offerings to children of all ages but the current production may be one of the most ambitious yet. The Secret Garden may feature a child but the complex and richly layered Broadway Musical is a massive production to present. Interim Artistic Director Michelle Long has taken on the task in the midst of other changes at the theatre. We'll visit with her and longtime Executive Director Bruce LaRowe to see how the theatre is handling change and the plan to move forward, when Charlotte Talks.
Guests
Michelle Long
- Director, The Secret Garden, interim Artistic Director, Children's Theatre of Charlotte
Bruce LaRowe - Executive Director, Children's Theatre of Charlotte

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Living The Paleo Lifestyle

Eat like a caveman. That's what some doctors are recommending. Stick to lean meats, fruits and vegetables. Cut out refined grains and sugar. Dr. Philip Goscienski is one of them, the "Stone Age Doc" says our cavemen ancestors had the right idea and if we followed the simple ways they lived by, we'd live healthier, longer lives. We'll talk with him about that and meet the founder of a local company who's helping people do just that. Is "paleo" an effective movement towards a healthier life or the oldest fad diet of all time? And in a fast-food, pre-packaged world, can we really cut out sugar and grains? We go back to the cave, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Mental Health System In NC

Our state's mental health system has long been anchored by three major psychiatric hospitals, but those institutions were designed for long term care. Patients needing short term care were falling through the cracks. In 2008 the NC State legislature provided funding for a new program called "Three Way Contracts." The program implements a system utilizing the state, local mental health management entities (also called LMEs), and hospitals across the state. We'll check in on this program to see if it’'s addressing short term mental health needs and helping to take pressure off the psychiatric hospitals in North Carolina.

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