Charlotte Talks on WFAE

Weekdays at 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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
9:00 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Sozo Gallery's Hannah Blanton / Building a Career As An Artist

Arthur Brouthers art.

Hannah Blanton is a true believer in the healing power of art. She says art helped her heal from a rare disease that left her immobile. She’s well now and running Sozo Gallery in Uptown. We hear her story in the first part of Charlotte Talks and then, hear from two successful local artists who have achieved what is almost impossible: they have built full-time careers as artists and are getting national recognition.  

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Muslim Community Leaders On Recent Events, Middle East

Keoni Cabral Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Middle East conflicts, the rise of ISIS and the wooing by the Islamic State of young people in the U.S. and around the world is certainly cause for concern – not for violence here at home. Yet in Charlotte, Chapel Hill and elsewhere around the country there have been violent incidents some view as hate crimes – specifically aimed at Muslims. We sit down with a local Muslim leader, an author and a visiting scholar to get their perspective on recent events.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Historically Black Colleges And Universities (HBCUs): History And Future

Johnson C. Smith University is an HBCU located in Charlotte.

  

For years, the only options for higher education open to African-Americans were what have come to be known as Historically Black Colleges and Universities. But today, HBCU’s face many challenges from low graduation rates to low enrollment rates. They are no longer “the only game in town,” and competition for students is intense. We talk with some HBCU leaders around the state about that and the strategies they’re using to stay afloat and even thrive.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Charlotte As A Wildlife Habitat

We talk a lot about urban development in Charlotte and saving the city’s striking tree canopy. But we rarely talk about the fact that Charlotte has a substantial number of residents we would refer to as wildlife. And, evidently, we’re taking pretty good care of them. The National Wildlife Federation has certified our city as a Community Wildlife Habitat. We find out more about what that means and how we continue to protect wildlife as we grow.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Political Satirist Mark Russell

Lots of political satirists work in comedy clubs and on TV but none have been working longer than Mark Russell. He started in the '50s, did PBS specials for 30 years and appeared regularly on Meet the Press. He retired in 2010 but not for long. Two years later, he took himself out of mothballs with fresh zingers aimed at our political hotshots. 

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Inside The Mind Of A Mass Murderer

When author Janice Holly Booth last joined us she talked about her book which chronicled her solo travels all over the world. Shortly after that, she embarked on a very different adventure: into the mind of a mass murderer. She followed the story of the murder of a family by one of the sons. What emerged is a much bigger story about the complexity of mental health diagnosis and how to understand those in need of help.  She shares what she learned.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Charlotte's Apartment Boom

Apartment building under construction in Charlotte's Southend.
Credit Julie Rose

Have you noticed the number of apartment buildings sprouting up all over town?  How could you not?  They’re everywhere.  Charlotte is experiencing an apartment boom with over 10,000 units currently under construction and another 10,000 planned.  It’s an all-time high for the city, indicative of our rebounding economy and a change in tastes by younger people.  We talk about what’s going on, why and what it all means.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Social Worker Retention

  One of the major issues facing social workers around the country is the high number of cases they must juggle. That results in heightened stress in an already stressful job and it is stress on the job that results in a very high turnover rate – that, in turn, leads to people being less likely to get the help they need. The director of the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services is working to change this and we hear about those efforts.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed April 22, 2015

E-Waste And Recycling Electronics (Rebroadcast)

In this photo from 2001, a migrant child sits atop a pile of unrecyclable computer waste imported to Guiya, China, from other countries.
Credit Basel Action Network

When it comes to things like smartphones, tablets, computers and TVs, many of us migrate quickly from old devices to the newest and think nothing of tossing the old stuff out. According to the EPA, more than 2.5 million tons of electronic waste or e-waste is produced every year in the U.S. alone. Some of these things end up in landfills and that can be very bad for the environment. On this Earth Day, we look at some possible solutions.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Animal Rescue, Fostering And Adoption

Credit Claudio Matsuoka / Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

    

On occasion, we hear stories in the news of animal cruelty perpetrated by owners on their pets. We wondered what happens next? What happens to those animals?  It turns out that volunteers step in to help out and willingly devote hundreds of hours to the task. We hear some first-hand accounts about rescuing, fostering and adopting animals and more about abused and neglected animals and what’s being done for them. 

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