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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
5:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

The Politics Of The Mammogram

A mammography machine.
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In the 1970’s two movements dovetailed to create a perfect storm of controversy that continues to the present day. The woman’s movement was in full swing. While bras were burning in protests nationwide, the health care industry was developing a new breast cancer screening technique called the mammogram. Almost from its inception the mammogram has been hailed as either a major breast cancer fighting tool or a political tool that did not make women’s health a top priority. Our guest, Dr.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Former POW Col. Lee Ellis

Col. Leon "Lee" Ellis
freedomstarmedia.com

When we look at our nation’s leaders, it sometimes helps to understand their perspective if we know what experiences influenced their leadership philosophy. With that in mind, we welcome Colonel Lee Ellis, a retired Air Force pilot who was a POW for over 5 years at the infamous Hanoi Hilton during Vietnam. He says that what he and his fellow prisoners experienced there tested their courage and honor… and while imprisoned, they applied important principles of leadership that made the difference between life and death in the camp.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Wed October 17, 2012

American Chemical Society

Liquid in test tubes.
Credit Horia Varlan/Flickr

Chemistry is a huge part of our lives. It's in our clothes, the food we eat, the cleaners we use to clean our homes, the sprays we use to maintain our yards and the lotions and toiletries we use on our bodies every day. It's also a part of corporate life, the food and water supply and in the defense of our country. Chemicals are everywhere. Dr. Shakhashiri knows this as well as anyone. He is the President of the American Chemical Society and he's coming to Charlotte to talk about the role of chemistry in some of society's biggest issues.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Gubernatorial Interview 2: Barbara Howe

Barbara Howe
barbarshowe.net

Today is our second of three interviews with the North Carolina candidates for governor. Last week, we interviewed Republican candidate Pat McCrory. Next week, we'll talk to Democratic candidate Walter Dalton, and so today's hour will be spent with Libertarian candidate Barbara Howe. Candidate Howe was not included in any of the televised debates prior to the election, even though she is on the ballot and she has been ranked as high as 9 percent in the polls. We'll learn about her philosophies and why she wants to be governor.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Food As Entertainment

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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
5:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Electoral Dysfunction

ElectoralDysfuntion.org

Soon millions of Americans will go to the polls to vote for a new president.  The journey to a polling booth in our country is complex. In fact, America shares a distinction with only a handful of nations like Iran and Lybia in that our constitution does not explicitly include the right to vote. And that's just one of the astonishing facts in Victoria Bassetti’'s new book, Electoral Dysfunction. You'll learn how our country has 13,000 different voting districts, each with it’s own policies and we rank near the bottom in number of registered voters.

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Charlotte Talks
5:01 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Do Ghosts Really Exist?

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This is the time of year that we pay attention to the presence of ghosts and goblins but our guests say that ghosts are real and that we create them all the time. How we do so may surprise you but we’ll explore the real world of ghosts and we’ll do so through the lens of some of the most famous ghost films ever made. We’d like to hear from you about your favorite ghost films and why.

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Charlotte Talks
5:01 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Tort Reform And The State Of The American Justice System

Scales of justice
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There are several terms in the legal community that have long stirred debate; among them are the phrases “frivolous lawsuit” and “tort reform.” One of the most famous cases regarding these issues was the case of an elderly woman spilling hot coffee in her lap then suing the restaurant that served her. But one of our guests  says that this famous case and others are misunderstood by the public, that tort reform is a mistake and that there is a large and ominous machine behind so-called reform.

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Charlotte Talks
5:01 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Gubernatorial Interview 1: Pat McCrory

Pat McCrory

It’s the first in our series of gubernatorial candidate interviews in advance of the November election. Former mayor of Charlotte Pat McCrory is our guest for the hour. This is his second consecutive run for governor. He lost to Governor Bev Perdue four years ago, but with Perdue not seeking re-election, this race is very different from his first. We’ll talk about his views on the issues, his plan for job creation and North Carolina’s future and more.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Without Sanctuary

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There are many images from our Southern history that we may not want to remember, but we need to, in order to learn from them and not repeat that same history in the future. Lynching is one of those dark, painful chapters of the South’s history that Levine Museum of the New South is featuring in its new exhibit “Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America”. We’ll meet with a panel of historians to talk about images collected in this graphic exhibit and the stories behind them.
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