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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
Fri December 14, 2012

Art Forgery And The Charlotte Hornets 2.0

A real Giacometti and a counterfeit. Alberto Giacometti's work fetches a lot of money at auction and is ripe for forgery.
Credit Alberto Giacometti Foundation

Part One: Art Forgery and Alberto Giacometti. Counterfeits and forgeries plague the art world. Google "Pablo Picasso" or surf over to eBay and you can own your very own Picasso fake. It's something museums, galleries and artists foundations themselves are dedicated to fighting. And there's a lot of money at stake. The most expensive sculpture ever sold at auction was by a Swiss artist named Alberto Giacometti - it sold for $104 million in 2010. Because the artist's work is so valuable, it's ripe for forgeries. We'll meet the person who spends time fighting fraud and counterfeiting for the Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation and hear about the Giacometti exhibit now on display at the Bechtler.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu December 13, 2012

North Carolina Economic Forecast

John Connaughton

John Connaughton, Director of the Babson Capital Economic Forecast, has joined us every business quarter this year to forecast the months ahead and to look back at the year so far. This quarter we'll look back over the whole year as well as taking a peek into economic health for North Carolina in 2013. We'll also look at how the fiscal cliff issue may affect North Carolina directly and whether Dr. Connaughton thinks a second recession is looming or whether we are on the road to recovery. Our economic year in review and a prediction of things to come, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed December 12, 2012

The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus

"Jolly Old St. Nicholas," at least the way we've been brought up to think of him, is a red-cheeked, fat, white-bearded man in a red suit and hat. But the REAL St. Nicholas of Myra has a far different image. How did we get our modern idea of Santa Claus, or "St. Nick," and how does he compare with Nicholas of Myra? We'll be joined by a man who has chronicled the life Nicholas, and has studied the legend of Santa Claus and will put them together for us.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Holiday Movie Season

Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables

The holidays are a time for parties, feasts and gift giving but entertainment is also big this time of year. Hollywood studios release December films they hope will bring Oscar nominations under their tree and there is always a new Christmas tale or two. This holiday season may be one of the biggest ever with blockbusters, often reserved for summer, like the latest James Bond film, the last Twilight movie, a new beginning for Lord of the Rings and the musical event of the year with Les Miserables. We look at the current slate of holiday films from before Thanksgiving to Christmas day when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon December 10, 2012

The Mayans And The End Of The World

The Mayan Calendar

There has perhaps been more conversation about the end of our world in the last decade than ever before in world history. From Y2K to an American preacher twice predicting the world's end, to a minor asteroid scare, we’ve heard a lot about the Earth’s demise. But no "end days" announcement has captured our attention more than the Mayans. The ancient Central American civilization lived by a calendar that predicted the world's end on December 21st, 2012. Recent reports regarding this prediction have ranged from hysteria to disdain. Even officials of the Mayan Cultural Festival are already planning next year’s event. But, just in case the Mayans are right, we’re talking about their end of time prediction before December 21st. Join us for a fascinating look at the Mayans with a local expert when Charlotte Talks - for perhaps the last time.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Diabetic And Gluten-Free Friendly Cooking

The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking by Peter Reinhart and Denene Wallace

Most of us try to at least somewhat manage our intake of sweets during the holiday season when so much of it is available but what about those who must watch their sugar intake year-round? We've covered food issues such as lactose intolerance, allergies and gluten intolerance before and now we turn our food show focus on those with diabetes. We'll look at the root causes of this condition, how food affects it and great alternative recipes for diabetics to use. We'll also take another look at gluten free cooking as well. It’'s a sugar free edition of Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu December 6, 2012

The Fiscal Cliff

We look at the debate over the looming fiscal cliff. Charlotte has long been seen as a financial hub in America so we'll turn to some of our own local experts to find out exactly what the fiscal cliff is, what the debate is all about, the likely outcome and what impact any deal may have on us all. We examine the fiscal cliff in detail, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Climate Change And Your Health

When we think of climate change, we often think the consequences are far off. But doctors and scientists believe it is harming our health now and it will only get worse. Some of the climate's harmful effects to our health can be obvious - extreme weather events and increased temperatures. But many are less so, think asthma and allergies, even food and water borne diseases, on up to cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer. How does climate impact our health and what can we do about it? We'll talk with people involved in educating the public about the risks of the changing climate to our health, including from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Using Technology To Combat Poverty

Children in Zimbabwe.
Credit CARE/A. John Watson

We'll meet one of the leaders of an organization using an innovative strategy to fight global poverty. Jon Mitchell of CARE USA says that the technology that we take for granted in America, like cell phones, can be used to help end poverty in developing countries. We'll talk about the process of getting technology into the hands of the world's poorest communities and how this will help them better their situation and more, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Carbon Nation

We have discussed global warming and how we can reduce our carbon footprint several times on this show but we generally focused on the debate about whether climate change is real and man-made. Our guest today, film director Peter Byck, decided to forget the debate. He simply traveled the country to meet people who were actively reducing their carbon footprint whether they believed in global warming or not. These people just think it’'s smarter to use less energy or to create it more efficiently. Byck sees these innovators and entrepreneurs as part of “Carbon Nation” and he made a film by the same name. He'’ll join us when Charlotte Talks.

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