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'City Of Trees' At A Tipping Point

Apr 17, 2017
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Charlotte, known as "the city of trees," is losing its green giants. Development and the age of our trees are the two biggest problems. Mike Collins gets to the root of the issue with the city's chief arborist and others.

Friday, April 14, 2017

An independent report says Wells Fargo’s bogus accounts date back to 2002. Charlotte’s murder rate continues to rise and a state lawmaker suggests expanding Medicaid. Mike Collins and the roundup reporters tackle those stories and more on the local news roundup.

Nick de la Canal

Thursday, April 13, 2017

An east Charlotte clinic sits in the intersection of a woman's right to choose and protesters' right to free speech. Mike Collins is joined by two WFAE reporters who talked with both sides of the protest, and we get First Amendment analysis from constitutional experts.

Automation And The Future Of Work

Apr 12, 2017
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017  

Robots are no longer a thing of science fiction.  It isn’t globalization that is killing a lot of jobs, it’s robots and automation.  They made inroads first in manufacturing, but now they have their eyes set on customer service, clerical and other sectors of the jobs economy.  So, Mike Collins and guests will help you get prepared by taking a look at the future of work in an automated world. 

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

What is North Carolina’s new attorney general doing to fight the growing problem of opioid addiction? Mike Collins talks with Josh Stein, and then a world-renowned tenor tells us about working with young singers and about Opera Carolina’s "The Girl of the West."

The True Story of Loomis Fargo 'Hillbilly Heist'

Apr 10, 2017
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Monday, April 10, 2017

This year marks the 20th anniversary of one of the biggest robberies in U.S. history: the $17 million "hillbilly heist" at a Charlotte Loomis Fargo facility. Mike Collins speaks with Jeff Diamant, a former Charlotte Observer reporter who chronicled the heist, and we hear from the caper's "mastermind."

Originally aired Sept. 28, 2016

Friday, April 7 2017

The NCAA ends its boycott of North Carolina after last week's repeal of HB2. Charlotte's homicide figures continue to rise, now to 27 for the year. Charlotte mayoral candidates are raising money. And the UNC Tar Heels are national champions. Mike Collins and the Roundup reporters discuss the week's top local stories. 

Charlotte School of Law is in the Charlotte Plaza Building at 201 S. College St.
Charlotte School of Law

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Charlotte School of Law continues to face serious challenges. The newly-named interim dean joins Mike Collins, followed by national security professor Tom Nichols and the rise of a "cult of ignorance."

National Book Critics Circle

Wednesday, April 5 2017

Short-story writer George Saunders, whom Time calls simply the best short-story writer writing in English, joins host Mike Collins to talk about his debut novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. First, an update on the NCAA's reaction to the state's repeal of House Bill 2.

Who's A Southerner? Turns Out A Lot Of Y'all

Apr 4, 2017
John D. Simmons / The Charlotte Observer

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The South is home to 122 million people, many of whom came from elsewhere, but who identify as Southern. But what does it mean to be Southern after all this change and all these newcomers?