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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
Tue November 6, 2012

Climate Change And Public Policy

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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.
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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.
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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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Charlotte Talks
5:35 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Real Life Ghostbusers And Costume Culture

Jason Porter, left, and Mat Owens run Carolina Paranormal Society and join us today.
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Part One: Carolina Paranormal Society. On this Halloween edition of Charlotte Talks, when something goes bump in the night and you can't explain that strange noise in the basement, who you going to call? The Carolina Paranormal Society! This non-profit organization of real life "Ghostbusters" researches and investigates evidence of paranormal phenomenon using scientific methods. We'll talk with the founders of the Carolina Paranormal Society about what they've seen and why they belive.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Davidson College President Dr. Carol Quillen

Davidson College President Dr. Carol Quillen

Last year, Davidson College named its first female president, Dr. Carol Quillen, from Rice University. A former history teacher, she brings strong opinions about the role of a liberal arts education in today’s world, especially one that is so interconnected and changing so quickly. We’ll talk about higher education, its role in the Global Economy, and her vision for Davidson College and its students, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Bishop John Shelby Spong

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.

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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.

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