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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
Mon September 10, 2012

Convention Leftovers

The Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The DNC is just a memory and Charlotte is back to normal.  The politicians, the media, the stars, the protesters, the delegates have all gone home but we’re not quite done with them.  So many people were here last week – we couldn’t get to them all.  So today, convention leftovers – and tasty ones, too, from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to Gwen Ifill from PBS to Time Magazine’s Michael Grunwald.  Those folks and more when Charlotte Talks

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri September 7, 2012

DNC Wrap-Up: Reporter Roundtable

Confetti drops on the arena as President Obama wraps up his acceptance speech Thursday night.
Erin Sutton

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Democratic Convention Day Three

Mike Collins interviewing Kay Hagan at our booth on radio row at the arena.
Wendy Herkey

We continue our coverage of the Democratic Convention in Charlotte.  Elizabeth Warren and Bill Clinton are the major attractions tonight and we’ll hear about what they had to say with Dr. Eric Heberlig from UNC Charlotte.  We go behind the scenes at The Daily Show which has taken up residence here for the week and hear from Senator Kay Hagan and Representative Mel Watt all when Charlotte Talks. 

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Democratic Convention Day Two

First Lady Michelle Obama gives her speech on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
Erin Sutton

The Democratic National Convention has opened and is getting down to business. We continue our Charlotte-centric coverage by taking a closer look at how some creative businesses are finding ways to make hay while the sun shines - or doesn't, we'll pay a visit to the protest speakers platform, find out how security measures are impacting locals and visitors and we'll visit with some delegates from both North and South Carolina.

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Democratic Convention Starts

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, known for her pins is wearing an Obama pin and a Charlotte crown.
Erin Sutton

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Democratic Convention Kick-Off

The moment we’ve been waiting for is now.  The Democratic National Convention officially kicks off on Tuesday at Time Warner Cable Arena but events surrounding the convention begin (began) Sunday with protest marches downtown.  Labor Day is devoted to CarolinaFest, a big outdoor party to welcome conventioneers, locals and the media to town.  We look at what happened over the weekend and what’s ahead for the DNC and us.

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Pre DNC Show

Charlotte is adding another hospital just for the DNC.  If someone at the convention gets sick, sprains an ankle or worse, the CMC’s Mobile Hospital will be waiting.  We meet the man at the head of this emergency preparedness team.  Then, a quick look at the history of political conventions which began in 1831.  And finally, a rundown on who’s coming to Charlotte, what we’ve done to accommodate them and we ask “are we making too much of all this?”

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Jobs, Labor And Politics

North Carolina has long been a battleground state but not just in politics or history. Labor unions have long fought to have a bigger presence in the state but the anti-labor movement has succeeded in keeping North Carolina, and much of the south, as right-to-work states. That issue is not lost on some groups who note that the Democratic National Convention, the convention of a party that has historically been pro-union, is being held in a right-to-work state.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

The Republican Platform And The RNC

Around here pretty much all the talk is about the Democratic National Convention but the Republican party holds a convention too and it starts this week in Tampa. The possible threat of hurricane conditions is not the only thing that has the convention buzzing. The Republican Party Committee has included tough language in their platform against abortion and immigration. GOP faithful hope the convention will add momentum to Mitt Romney's campaign which is locked in statistical dead heat with President Obama. We look at the news coming out of the Republican National Convention.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Charlotte Liberty Walk And American Presidential Experience

Using 21st Century technology to learn about historic Charlotte, and then, the American Presidential Experience visits the Queen City.

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