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. 

You're invited to join the conversation during our live broadcast by E-mail at charlottetalks@wfae.org. Or on Facebook and Twitter

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon February 18, 2013

OverMountain Men And The Elaborate Entrance Of Chad Deity

During the first half of our show we welcome back Bob Crawford and David Childers. Bob is the bass player for the Avett Brothers but he and David have formed their own band called OverMountain Men. We'll take a listen to what they are up to and then we make way for The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. It's the latest show at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre and it examines the wild world of Pro Wrestling. It's music and body slams when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Cuban-American Relations And Operation Pedro Pan

A Pedro Pan flight

From 1960 to 1962, Cuban parents put more than 14,000 of their own children on planes bound for the US. Operation Pedro Pan was intended to remove these children from Castro’s influence and indoctrination. Most people believed this would be a temporary solution but many families were never able to reunite. We learn more about this, the complicated relations between our two nations and a possible solution when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Charlotte And Global Competitiveness

Credit CPCC

Decision makers around our region want Charlotte to be a leader in global commerce, and many have reason to be encouraged at the progress we've made toward that goal. Trade routes around the world are evolving, including here in our city, in the form of a major intermodal facility at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. We'll talk about the changes Charlotte could benefit from in a world-wide shift in international trade and how the city's leaders are preparing it, all in advance of a summit at Central Piedmont Community College on the topic, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Bobby Deen: Low Calorie Comfort Food

Bobby Deen in our Spirit Square studio.
Wendy Herkey

  Children sometimes follow in the footsteps of their parents and for Bobby Deen the journey was short - straight into the family kitchen. His mother is famed TV cook Paula Deen. Like his mother, Bobby loves comfort food, but mother and son came to realize that comfort food can come at the expense of weight management. So Bobby Deen has been exploring ways to create low calorie comfort food recipes. His latest book. From Mama'’s Table to Mine, chronicles the evolution of much loved Paula Deen recipes from a new perspective. We'll visit with Bobby Deen, find out what it’'s like to grow up in a famous food family and learn how to eat guilty pleasure food without the guilt when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

TEDxCharlotte

A TED talk.
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  Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words, right? Not according to the TED Talks. These short speeches are all about big ideas, inspiration and motivating people to act. They've made their way onto stages across the country, going viral on the internet and have even inspired a public radio show. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design and brings people from those worlds together, spreading ideas, informing people with a goal of solving the world's problems. But it has really expanded beyond that, including many topics and now, Charlotte has its own version of TED Talks. TEDxCharlotte's goal is to "explore how ideas come together to form a community and inform many." We'll talk with some of these big thinkers.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Superstitions And Why We Believe Them

Charlotte Talks has been going strong for over thirteen years; knock on wood. Luckily the 13th year was a good one even though that’s an unlucky number. Our fingers are crossed for more good years on the show but we’ll avoid walking under ladders or crossing near black cats just to be safe. Yes, we are superstitious. Isn’t everyone? We’ll look at well-known superstitions and why we keep them on the next Charlotte Talks. Good thing it’s scheduled on the 11th. Eleven is a lucky number.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

The World Of Dog Shows (Rebroadcast)

Dogs in the Charlotte Talks studio! Nine-month-old Kiser the Doberman.
Erin Keever

  There are dog lovers all over the region but our guests today take dog ownership to a very big degree. We’ll meet two people who breed, train and judge dogs for shows. In advance of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show next week, we’ll learn what goes into the making of a champion dog, why pure breeds are so important to the dog show world, breeding practices and more. We’ll also be joined by a couple of four legged guests and you will actually hear from them. Originally Aired November 16, 2012

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Taylor Branch On Civil Rights

Pulitzer-Prize winning author Taylor Branch's most famous body of work is his trilogy chronicling the history of the American Civil Rights Movement and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. His most recent work distills the trilogy into a smaller volume that is meant to be used by history teachers to help educate students about this defining period in our nation's history. We'll talk with Mr. Branch about the Civil Rights era and what led him to write so extensively about it, about race today, and more, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Ron Green Jr. On Sports Writing

For the past three decades Ron Green Jr. has chased two elusive goals. One is to get a hole-in-one playing golf and the other is to write the perfect golf story. He has come far closer to the second goal and many times over. Green Jr. followed in his father's footsteps into the offices of the Charlotte Observer and after 22 years at the paper he is moving on. Ron Green Jr. joins us to talk about writing for sports, specifically golf, journalism at the Observer and about the next chapter in his career as a journalist, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Lindi Ortega And SPANK!

Part One: Lindi Ortega. Lindi Ortega has been described as Canada's answer to Dolly Parton and "the love child of Johnny Cash and Nancy Sinatra." The country singer-songwriter out of Toronto puts a unique spin on the genre - blending in folk and rock and sometimes a little humor. Lindi has a voice that draws you in and catchy songs you might find yourself humming. Fun facts, she appeared on ABC's Nashville and has toured with Kevin Costner (yes, THAT Kevin Costner.) While she's in Charlotte for a performance at The Evening Muse, we'll talk with her about her music, her influences and her story and she'll also perform live, when Charlotte Talks.

Guest

Lindi Ortega - Singer-songwriter, her latest album is Cigarettes & Truckstops

  • Lindi Ortega is performing (tonight) Tuesday, Feb. 5th at The Evening Muse at 9pm. Details.

Part Two: SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody. Unless you've been living under a rock, you've at least heard of the erotic literary series "Fifty Shades of Grey," which has become the guilty pleasure of millions of women around the world. The risqué book's popularity has been made into parody, first on Saturday Night Live, and more recently with its own MUSICAL parody. SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody comes to Charlotte this week and promises to be a howling, rowdy comedic night out for (mostly) women from 21 to 91. We'll talk with cast members and the writer about just how this musical came to be, and the surprising enthusiasm they've seen from audiences around the country.

Guests
Danielle Trzcinski
- 'Tasha Woode' in SPANK!
Gabe Bowling - 'Hugh Hanson' in SPANK!
Jim Millan - Writer and Director of SPANK!

  • SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is Feb. 6-9th at McGlohon Theater. Details.

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