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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
3:22 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Mandy Patinkin

Mandy Patinkin

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.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Political Update with Michael Bitzer

Michael Bitzer

With the debates behind us, early voting underway, and the election less than two weeks from now, we’ll spend the hour with WFAE’s The Party Line blogger Dr. Michael Bitzer. We’ll talk about how things stand now with both the Presidential Election and the elections that are taking place closer to home. We’ll discuss early voting, and its possible impact in the future. And we’ll take your calls too.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Gubernatorial Interview 3: Walter Dalton

We finish up our series of conversations with the three candidates for governor in North Carolina. We’ve talked with former Charlotte Mayor and Republican candidate Pat McCrory and with 3- time Libertarian candidate Barbara How. Today, we meet Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton, who is the Democratic candidate for governor. We’ll hear about why he thinks he’s the best one for the job.

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Walter Dalton
- Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina and Democratic candidate for North Carolina governor.

Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Paper Promises

Cover of Paper Promises: Money, Debt and the New World Order

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.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

What The President Can And Cannot Do

President Obama in the Oval Office.
The White House/Flickr

During election season there is no lack of blame to go around between the presidential candidates but how much can the president truly do? Our panel of political experts says there is often a misconception on exactly what the president can and cannot do so we’ll take a look at the extent of presidential power, both real and perceived.

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Presidential powers.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

The Politics Of The Mammogram

A mammography machine.
kristiewells/Flickr

In the 1970’s two movements dovetailed to create a perfect storm of controversy that continues to the present day. The woman’s movement was in full swing. While bras were burning in protests nationwide, the health care industry was developing a new breast cancer screening technique called the mammogram. Almost from its inception the mammogram has been hailed as either a major breast cancer fighting tool or a political tool that did not make women’s health a top priority. Our guest, Dr.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Former POW Col. Lee Ellis

Col. Leon "Lee" Ellis
freedomstarmedia.com

When we look at our nation’s leaders, it sometimes helps to understand their perspective if we know what experiences influenced their leadership philosophy. With that in mind, we welcome Colonel Lee Ellis, a retired Air Force pilot who was a POW for over 5 years at the infamous Hanoi Hilton during Vietnam. He says that what he and his fellow prisoners experienced there tested their courage and honor… and while imprisoned, they applied important principles of leadership that made the difference between life and death in the camp.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Wed October 17, 2012

American Chemical Society

Liquid in test tubes.
Credit Horia Varlan/Flickr

Chemistry is a huge part of our lives. It's in our clothes, the food we eat, the cleaners we use to clean our homes, the sprays we use to maintain our yards and the lotions and toiletries we use on our bodies every day. It's also a part of corporate life, the food and water supply and in the defense of our country. Chemicals are everywhere. Dr. Shakhashiri knows this as well as anyone. He is the President of the American Chemical Society and he's coming to Charlotte to talk about the role of chemistry in some of society's biggest issues.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Gubernatorial Interview 2: Barbara Howe

Barbara Howe
barbarshowe.net

Today is our second of three interviews with the North Carolina candidates for governor. Last week, we interviewed Republican candidate Pat McCrory. Next week, we'll talk to Democratic candidate Walter Dalton, and so today's hour will be spent with Libertarian candidate Barbara Howe. Candidate Howe was not included in any of the televised debates prior to the election, even though she is on the ballot and she has been ranked as high as 9 percent in the polls. We'll learn about her philosophies and why she wants to be governor.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Food As Entertainment

ewanr/Flickr

We talk a lot about food on a local level here on Charlotte Talks. We visit with local food writers, chefs and restaurant owners and check in on the local food scene. But food is a big business now and it's big entertainment. From the Food Channel, to QVC, the television food industry commands big bucks and creates major stars.

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