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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
10:11 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Economic Update And A Look At 2015

9:00, Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2014 proved to be a good year economically, despite some heart stopping moments. Late in the year, we witnessed a dramatic drop in oil prices which has continued this year, along with significant job growth and a surging stock market. Most economists see this as a signal of a strong 2015 and we’ve invited two of them to expand on that along with a political expert to talk about how this economic upward trend might impact politics.

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Charlotte Talks
10:05 am
Fri January 16, 2015

What Does The Future Hold For The Black Male And His Family? (Rebroadcast)


9:00, Monday, January 19, 2015

African-Americans haven’t had it easy in this country but black males may have the most difficult time of all. They have been targeted, occasionally demonized, sometimes marginalized and often misunderstood. It is a challenging problem to solve but one that community leaders and UNC Charlotte’s Center for the Study of the New South have taken on. It’s also one we’ll hear more about in this encore edition of Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:54 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

South Eastern Music Conference


9:00, Friday, January 16, 2015

This show was originally scheduled to air live Thursday, January 14. Due to construction noise outside our Spirit Square studio that was not possible. Enjoy this pre-recorded conversation. 

At a time when the music industry is undergoing mammoth changes, Charlotte is becoming more prominent.  For a long time, most rap, hip hop and R & B has come out of Atlanta, closely followed by New York and L.A. but now, Charlotte is making headway and will be the site of the upcoming South Eastern Music Conference.  We meet some of the people writing and recording rap, hip hop and R&B here and find out more about the conference.

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Charlotte Talks
9:58 am
Thu January 15, 2015

The World Of Ants (Rebroadcast)

Ant face
USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab Flickr/

9:00, Thursday, January 15, 2015

Insects are all around us: under our feet, in the air, living in the trees, even sharing our homes.  But perhaps the most ubiquitous of them all are ants.  We’re certainly outnumbered by them and probably have no idea exactly how massive the ant world in our region is.  But Dr. Eleanor Spicer-Rice does.  She’s made it her business to study these insects that impact agriculture, development, the economy and more.

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Charlotte Talks
1:58 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Racial Inequality And What We Can Do About It

Stephanie Robinson

9:00, Wednesday, January 14, 2015

No matter our race, each of us sees the world in different ways but as recent events indicate, when you mix race into the equation, we can have very different views of the same event. Stephanie Robinson has been working on getting below the surface of that reality and changing it. A lecturer at Harvard Law, she has been a regular on the Tom Joyner Show and on the Tavis Smiley network.

January 22, 2015 event information here.

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Charlotte Talks
1:38 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Flu, Genomics And Emerging Disease

Flu shot
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9:00, Tuesday, January 12, 2015

The flu is the worst it’s been in years. Twenty-six children have died from it this year and we’re only half way through flu season. Getting a flu shot has never been a slam dunk but this year’s virus mutated after vaccines were developed and produced which has caused the flu to reach epidemic proportions. Among the scientists studying the disease is UNC Charlotte’s Dr. Dan Janies.  We pick his brain about the virus, about genomics and more. 

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Charlotte Talks
1:07 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

3D Printing Innovators In The Carolinas

Printing robot.
Credit CuriosityII / Wikimedia Commons

9:00, Monday, January 12, 2015

3D printing is coming into its own as manufacturers and individuals find more uses for it. NASA astronauts have printed out needed tools at the International Space Station using this technology. Doctors hope to use it to create body parts. Some pioneers have even printed food. We meet some folks who are doing innovative things with it and get an update from the Rock Hill company hoping to revolutionize manufacturing with 3D printing. 

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Charlotte Talks
11:11 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Urban Homesteading

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9:00, Friday, January 9, 2015

Among the several definitions for “urban homesteading” are the practice of urban agriculture or sustainable living techniques. These sorts of things have been around for centuries but interest in them has grown exponentially of late. People are raising chickens in their urban backyards and cultivating herb and other gardens on high rise roofs and balconies. So what’s going on? How do you start and how much work does it take to keep it up?

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Charlotte Talks
1:49 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Local Chef's On Charlotte's Growing Culinary Scene

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9:00, Thursday, January 8, 2015

Among the things Charlotte has been working on is its food. Cities like New York, New Orleans and Charleston are known for their restaurant scenes and ours has improved dramatically in recent years, but are we a culinary destination? What are the forces working in our favor? What are we still missing? We talk with some new and established local chefs working to elevate the city’s culinary profile about that and more.

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Charlotte Talks
12:04 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Newsies / Red Boot Coalition

Original Broadway cast of Newsies!
Credit Deen Van meer / Blumenthal PAC

9:00, Wednesday, January 7, 2014

Part 1

Even as newspapers have fallen on hard times, Disney is making money with Newsies.  The musical that took Broadway by storm has now come to Charlotte. It’s a true story about a group of newspaper boys who went on strike for higher pay in the late 19th century – and won!

Part 2
Molly Barker, Red Boot Coalition

We hear about it in the first part of the show and then Molly Barker is back to tell us about her latest endeavor — The Red Boot Coalition — her attempt to address political polarization.

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