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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
Wed November 28, 2012

Artist Mel Chin And Walking Across America

A student with 'Fundred Dollar Bills.'

Part One: Artist Mel Chin. What do art and lead pollution have in common? Mel Chin. He's the Artist-in-Residence at McColl Center for Visual Art. His "Fundred Dollar Bill Project" hopes to turn art - in the form of "fundreds" - pieces of art that resemble $100 bills created by schoolchildren and community members - into real money from Congress to help correct $300 million worth of lead pollution in New Orleans, one of the most lead-polluted cities in the U.S. Kids in schools all over the country are lending their creativity to create three million of these faux bills that will be delivered to Congress in an armored truck. Mel Chin's art and works are described as "conceptual." From McColl Center: "his work is largely motivated by political, cultural and social circumstances… and investigates how art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility."

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Child Welfare Study

Last month the Charlotte Observer, in conjunction with Q City Metro, published an article outlining the findings of a report that was supposed to be secret. It was a report commissioned with taxpayer dollars that was aimed at exploring the management structure and efficiency of the Department of Social Services in Mecklenburg County. Some of the findings were alarming but other issues are in play. How can such studies be secret? Who may have leaked the information and, most importantly, what is the state of the county’s social services department. We’ll meet with an author of the article as well as experts who can help us understand the challenge of protecting children in need.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Debutante Society

The North Carolina Debutante Ball at Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh, 11 Sept. 1938. Courtesy of North Carolina Office of Archives and History, Raleigh.
Credit ncpedia.org

There is a storied part of Southern Culture that some revere and others ridicule: debutante society. The holiday season is also one of debutante balls where young women of the upper crust make their debut as legitimate members of grown-up society. The practice dates back to earlier times and - despite the changes wrought by modern times - continues. A closer look at why debutante society was important in the past and why it continues when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Bishop John Shelby Spong (Rebroadcast)

Bishop John Shelby Spong

Charlotte native and former Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, Bishop John Spong has spent a lifetime studying the Bible, and has for many years has been a source of controversy in religious circles for his views on Bible interpretation and what should and should not apply to today’s world. He visits Davidson College to speak about Prejudice and Christianity this week and while he’s in the area, he joins us on Charlotte Talks. Originally Aired: 10/29/2012

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Author Kevin Duffus On The Real Blackbeard (Rebroadcast)

Blackbeard (c. 1736 engraving used to illustrate Johnson's General History)
Wikipedia Commons

Almost 300 years ago, Blackbeard the Pirate ran aground off the coast of North Carolina and, to this day, treasure hunters believe there is a rich trove of pirate's booty hidden somewhere in the state. Historian and author Kevin Duffus believes he has found Blackbeard's treasure, but it's not the form of riches you might imagine and you won't find it in history books. Duffus will join us to paint a detailed picture of Blackbeard's impact on the state, the real treasure he sought and a glimpse into a pirate's life that may surprise you.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Food As Entertainment (Rebroadcast)

QVC's "In the Kitchen with David" with David Venable

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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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Passages Bible Exhibition

Over the past three years, Steve Green, president of retailer Hobby Lobby, has amassed one of the world’s largest private collections of biblical texts and artifacts. He’s taken this collection on the road and is sharing it with the masses through the exhibition Passages, which is now on display in Charlotte. Steve Green joins us to talk about why he started the Green Collection and the surprising speed at which he accumulated such an impressive collection of these artifacts. We’ll find out why he decided to share the collection with the public and hear from biblical experts about some of the artifacts themselves, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Student Veterans And The GI Bill

The GI Bill was created to give soldiers a way to go to college cost-free after they finished their service. But a cost-cutting change to the benefit may mean a big tuition bill for some vets. It now only covers in-state tuition, a problem for some returning soldiers who spent years bouncing from base to deployment without establishing residency anywhere. Some North Carolina veterans say the UNC system makes it even harder for them to qualify and now they’re suing.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

The World Of Dog Shows

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. 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. Dog shows are common in the area and we’ll learn more.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Toxic Charity

America is a giving nation. We are constantly approached and asked to give and Americans generally rise to the occasion. But are all charities run with the same focus and commitment to using the donations to empower those in need? Are recipients of charitable giving really made better for it or are they sometimes made too reliant on a helping hand? The question of whether charity can be toxic has been explored by our guest, author and activist Robert Lupton, for four decades. We'll seek answers with Mr. Lupton and the heads of two local charities who balance this issue every day.

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