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 December 23, 2013

Vetting Charitable Organizations

A volunteer collects money for Salvation Army.
Credit 19melissa68 / flickr

During the holiday season there is pressure and desire to give to charity more than perhaps any other time of year. But not all charitable organizations are run efficiently and some critics say there are organizations that don't really have needy folks best interest in mind. Our two guests keep an eye on charitable groups to make sure they are putting donations to the best use, are run with integrity and even serve the purpose they claim to. Join us to learn about some of the best charitable organizations and how to make sure your money does the good you hope it will. The good and bad side of charities.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Millennial Generation

Texting in a bar.
Credit Tray / flickr

A generation of idle trophy kids. Or maybe the generation that'll save us all. There is that big a range in how major news outlets have described millennials, those born from the early 80s to the early 2000s. It's pretty easy to bash on people who grew up on reality TV, hashtags and selfies. But we'll explore what this generation is actually all about, and how much that's tied to the tech-boom and economic bust millennials have come of age during.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Tech Gifts And Trends For The Holidays

Apple's iPad Mini 2 and iPad Air

There are just a few shopping days left until Christmas, and many people are still on the hunt for that perfect gift for a special loved one. In today’s tech-savvy age, many of the most popular gifts are also the latest in tech products on the market. Whether you’re interested in the latest tablet, phone, or other tech gadget for big 'kids,' or the latest in tech toys for the real kids, we'll take you through the ins and outs of the latest tech products, and we’ll also discuss tech trends and services out there too. Join us for an hour of holiday tech talk.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Holiday Movie Season

It's that time of year again. No, not for sitting around the tree with eggnog in hand, listening to relatives' stories for the umpteenth time. No, it's time to sit quietly in a dark movie theater munching on popcorn to catch the latest holiday flick. And there are plenty to choose from - Disney's Frozen and Saving Mr. Banks, The Hobbit sequel, American Hustle, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis, Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and of course the highly anticipated sequel starring Will Ferrell in… Anchorman 2. Join our regular panel of movie critics for a roundup of big end-of-year and holiday flicks for your film fix.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Women In Restaurants

The foodie industry is starting to boom, especially in and around Charlotte. TIME magazine's recent story “The Gods of Food” was noted by many for what was missing - goddesses. Among the list, there were no female chefs. A graphic of major culinary influences also lacked any women. Some chefs and food lovers were angered, others simply said, “so, what's new?” But, what is the market like in Charlotte for female chefs? What about women restaurant owners? We talk with local female restaurant professionals to find out what's going on here.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Children's Theatre Of Charlotte & Aerial Nutcracker

After a couple of decades of relative stability, big changes are happening at Children's Theatre Charlotte. Executive Director Bruce Larowe is stepping down after 20 years with the theatre. As he departs, Adam Burke begins his time as the new Artistic Director of the theatre after the departure and untimely death of longtime Artistic Director, Alan Poindexter. Bruce and Adam join us to talk about CTC’'s past, present and future and then we take to the air with a most unique company that will present the Christmas favorite The Nutcracker in a way that will surprise and delight you.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Tuition Decrease at Area Colleges

Credit Getty

"Tuition Resets." It’s a buzz term in higher education for schools who say they’re responding to students and parents who say they can’t afford college tuition, with the hikes in rates over the last several years. About a dozen colleges across the US have adjusted their tuition rates recently, and the presidents of two of those colleges in OUR region will join us today. We’ll talk about the decision to lower rates at those schools, what a tuition reset really means, and the overall trend in the cost of college across the US.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

The Carolina Panthers

Credit Carolina Panthers - Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez

Last week's bad loss to the rival New Orleans Saints, notwithstanding, the Carolina Panthers are having a great season. Before this loss, the team reeled off eight straight wins and were the hottest team in the National Football League. They've garnered national attention and prime time television slots. We'll look back over the history of the team, talk about why they are so improved at look at what to expect for the rest of the season with a journalist who has written a Panther fan's guide and the teams play-by-play announcer. Join us when we kickoff another edition of Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Kindermusik & David Bromberg

Kindermusik is an early childhood education music and movement program for children from infants to 7 years old. The program emphasizes play as opposed to performance. It was founded in the United States in 1978, and the headquarters are right next door in Greensboro. We meet local experts working to expand Kindermusik. Then, we sit down with singer and songwriter David Bromberg. He’s in town to play at Visulite Theater, but this is after a nearly 22 year absence from recording and touring. Join us for an hour about making music.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Financial Planning Post-Recession

Almost everyone was financially affected by the 'Great Recession.' If you're looking at your retirement and thinking, 'what next,' we're here to help. We have invited two of Charlotte's financial advisors to evaluate the current market, where it's headed and how to plan for it. Whether you're just starting out in your career, planning for your kid's college, playing the market or saving for retirement, joining us will certainly be a wise investment.

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