Charlotte Talks on WFAE

Weekdays at 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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
9:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Housing The Homeless: Charlotte's Moore Place

Moore Place
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Several years ago, we did a program on Moore Place, an apartment designed and built to house the homeless.  It was controversial at the time but a new report about Moore Place – which houses 85 of the city’s chronically homeless – shows that it has drastically reduced the amount of time tenants spend in the hospital which amounts to a major savings to taxpayers.  We revisit Moore Place and the problem of homelessness in Charlotte.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Senator Olympia Snowe On Bipartisanship (Rebroadcast)

If you’re frustrated with Congress’s inability to get things done, imagine what it feels like to be in the Congress. Olympia Snow was a Senator for 17 years and after 40 years in public life as a moderate Republican decided to leave the Senate in 2012 because of that frustration. Now, she’s using her influence to campaign for government that works and shares her ideas on that topic. (Originally Aired March 24, 2014)

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Exploring Local Farms And Local Food

Vegetables
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We've all seen the bumper sticker - 'No Farms. No Food.' While agriculture remains North Carolina's largest industry, a new census from the U.S. Department of Agriculture reveals that farmers in the state are getting older and scarcer. Experts say we need more growers and more attention on building the local and regional food economies. Eating local isn’t just the hip thing to do anymore; many see it as vital for environmental sustainability as well. Farmers markets are growing in popularity, more restaurants are locally-sourcing their ingredients and we're seeing the rise of agritourism that connects the eaters with the growers. Ahead of the 'Know Your Farms' tour this weekend, we meet some of our local farmers and food systems experts to find out about their challenges and discuss the future of food and farming in the Charlotte region.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Yoga And Building Community

Our yogi guests today demonstrating a few of their favorite poses. Clockwise from top left: Mary Lou Buck (Cornwell Center & YWCA), Liza Morgan (Yoga One & Yoga on Tap), Adam Whiting (Y2, NoDa Yoga & Big Horizon Yoga) and Stacy Winslow (Evolution Yoga NC)
Alexia Gyorody

The popularity of yoga seems to be exploding.  An exercise for the body, the mind and, some say, the soul –there were only a few places to practice yoga in Charlotte a few years ago and now there are dozens. We’re going to talk to some local yogis about this phenomenon. They say yoga is for everyone, not just affluent, flexible folks. But just how affordable is it and who are all these people stretching into strange positions?

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

The Charlotte Knights And The Journey Uptown

Scott Brown, Dan Rajkowski, Erik Spanberg and Mike Collins at Knights Stadium (from left to right).
Charlotte Knights

  The Charlotte Knights are now playing their first season in BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte but it’s not their first time playing in the shadow of our skyscrapers. The Knights and baseball in Charlotte have a long history filled with colorful characters and enduring stories. We’ll celebrate baseball history in our region, the many iterations of ballparks we’ve had, and the journey of baseball back to uptown. And we’ll do so live from BB&T ballpark during a Knights game. We take you out to the ball game when Charlotte Talks steps up to bat, Tuesday at 9 on 90.7 WFAE.

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Charlotte Talks
9:59 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Medicaid Reform in North Carolina

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Governor Pat McCrory's administration is taking a new approach to overhauling the state's most expensive health care program. Medicaid serves approximately 1.8 million low-income parents, children, seniors and people with disabilities. McCrory had previously rolled out a model that would've probably put a few insurance companies in charge of managing the program. But after many in North Carolina's medical community made it clear they didn't like that approach, the governor has changed course and submitted a new plan to the General Assembly, with the hopes of getting it passed in the short legislative session that starts this week. We take a closer look at Medicaid in North Carolina and what the new plan would mean for patients, providers and taxpayers, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Plastics And The Environment

Entangled Green Sea Turtle. NOAA diver works to release a green sea turtle entangled in a derelict fishing net in Hawaii
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Plastics have become a huge part of our lives, whether in the form of bottles, bags, or packaging. The hope is that these items are reused or recycled, but recycling programs can be expensive, and many items end up in landfills or, worse, in our waterways. Our guests today are working to educate people on what happens to plastics. We meet a representative from NOAA’s Marine Debris Program, an artist who uses plastic debris to create environmental art, and a local sustainability officer.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Ken Caillat On Rumours And Catawba College Music Department

Rumours album cover

You might be surprised to find out that the country’s leading music education magazine has named Catawba College in Salisbury a “Best Music School” for six years running, alongside schools like Juilliard, Eastman and Peabody. The College is attracting the attention of those in the music industry, including Grammy Award winning record producer Ken Caillat. You may remember the album Ken won his Grammy for—Rumours, the classic Fleetwood Mac album from 1977, including monster hits like “Go Your Own Way” and “Don’t Stop.” He’s in town this week, working with popular music students at Catawba, and he’ll join us to talk about his work at Catawba, music production, and the dramatic story of the creation of Rumours.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Years Of Living Dangerously: Preacher's Daughter

The Blue Ridge Mountains near Cashiers, North Carolina.
Eric Lang

Anna Joyner grew up roaming the hills and mountains of western North Carolina. She fell in love with the land and the streams, and devoted her life to preserving them against climate change.  She also grew up the daughter of mega church founder Rick Joyner. He had passionate beliefs of his own but they didn’t include belief in climate change. Anna and her father came to the attention of the producers of the Showtime Series on climate change, Years of Living Dangerously, and now their story will be told nationwide. But first, Anna and her father join us to talk about their journey to respect and learn from each other and see if they can work together for environmental change.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

City Update With Charlotte's Mayor And City Manager

Mayor Dan Clodfelter
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It has been a little over a month since former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon resigned after his arrest on federal corruption charges; he still hasn’t been indicted. Since then, we've been learning more about accusations of a pay-to-play scheme involving taxi companies and the airport. We have a new mayor, Dan Clodfelter who has said that "stability" is his highest priority for the city. The city has opened its books in the ongoing federal investigation into Cannon. Fights over control of the airport continue. And it's budget time. There's a lot going on in Charlotte at a time when the city tries to re-earn the public and the business community's trust. 

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