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
Wed November 14, 2012

Charlotte Film Society And Arts Journalism

Part One: Charlotte Film Society 30th Anniversary. Charlotte is a growing, changing city and in the last few decades, Charlotte residents have experienced a growth in their appetite for culture. The demand for different kinds of culture is one that the Charlotte Film Society has tried to fill over the years. During their 30th anniversary this year, they’re celebrating the films they’ve brought to Charlotte audiences over the years that wouldn’t have been seen here, had it not been for their work. We’ll take a look at some of the different kinds of films and the many series and conversations the Charlotte Film Society brings here and how the organization has evolved and grown as the city of Charlotte has grown.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Paula Broadwell (Rebroadcast)

Gen. David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell.

Charlottean Paula Broadwell was given unprecedented access to General David Petraeus during his time in Afghanistan for her doctoral dissertation and a book called All In: The Education of General David Petraeus. After making the rounds of every talk show you can name, she joined us in March. But over the weekend news broke of an alleged affair between Petraeus and Broadwell which caused interest in the archive of that program on our website to spike. Because of that we replay that conversation, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Mid-Century Modern Architecture

Mid-Century Modern Architecture. Design by Richard Neutra.

The mid-20th century saw the birth of home designs characterized by simple, clean lines with large windows and open floor plans. Think Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra. Some say those once modern homes are now outdated but since Richard Neutra’s death, his son, Dion, has been working to preserve those homes and advocating for their place in architectural history. He joins us in advance of his visit to the Bechtler, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Mars Rover

High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera
NASA

We have visited Mars several times in the past but perhaps no mission to the Red planet is as ambitious as the one underway right now. After months of interplanetary flight and a flawless landing, Mars Rover Curiosity has already begun to explore the planet’s surface. The aim of the mission; find signs of life on Mars. We’ll meet one of the principal members of the mission’s team, geobiologist Dawn Sumner, as we continue our geology conference series when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Flu Season, Jekyll And Hyde

Part One: Flu Season. Flu season is on the way. In the recent past, health officials dealt with vaccine shortages. That may not be problem this year but flu seasons are unpredictable. Plus there's a new delivery device that could make it easier for more people to get the shot.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Day After The Election Wrap-Up

Join us for “the morning after”… we’ll talk about Tuesday’s Election results, from local, regional and gubernatorial to the presidential election. Who are our new leaders? What does their election mean for our region, our state and the nation? We’ll do our best to give you the answers with WFAE reporters and political scientists, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Climate Change And Public Policy

Credit NASA

One of the issues we’ve heard little about during this election campaign is climate change. But Hurricane Sandy has thrust the topic into the spotlight. It is a complex, challenging problem both scientifically and politically but on election day, we step away from the politics and focus on how scientists are communicating with those who make public policy to help them and citizens understand what is happening and the potential consequences.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Pre-Election Show

Catawba College's Michael Bitzer, WFAE News' Michael Tomsic, Lisa Miller and Julie Rose join us to talk about the Election.
Credit Erin Sutton

Tomorrow’s the day we’ve been leading up to for over a year. Election Day is upon us, and this hour, for a final look at how the election looks here in Charlotte, we’ll be joined by WFAE News Reporters, along with our WFAE “The Party Line” political blogger, Dr. Michael Bitzer. We’ll talk about the big local and state races, and a last minute look at the presidential election and more.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Wounded Warriors And Life After War

Tommy Rieman with President George Bush and Laura Bush

The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are winding down but for many returning warriors, a new battle has just begun. Thousands of soldiers are coming home with missing limbs, other severe injuries and PTSD. There are resources in place to help them but the challenges are great. Two decorated war heroes are in Charlotte this weekend to bring more awareness to the issues soldiers face here at home. We’ll also meet the head of an organization helping to ease their return to civilian life and as well as an expert helping soldiers become whole again. We’ll discuss the battle after the war when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Rising Sea Levels

Taken on a beach in Australia. One prediction of where rising sea levels will end up. Some scientists say our predictions are far too conservative.
Credit Flickr/go_greener_oz

Sea levels all over the east coast are rising. There is generally no dispute about that. But there is much debate about how high our Atlantic sea levels will rise, how fast it will happen and what affect it will have on our coast and the eastern seaboard. We begin a series exploring the biggest geological and geopolitical topics in current times. First up, Dr. Rob Young, an expert on sea levels who says that current predictions could be far short of potential rising seas. We meet Dr. Young and learn more about rising sea levels when Charlotte Talks.

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