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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
9:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

The World Of Ants

Ant face
USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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
9:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

International Jazz Day

Three years ago, April 30 was designated as International Jazz Day to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. Jazz is an American-born musical art form that is not only diverse itself, but promotes diversity. The genre continues to evolve, maintain relevance and influence other types of music. Charlotte’s jazz scene may leave a little to be desired, but education and local support for jazz is strengthening. 

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Education, Jobs And Raising A Qualified Workforce

A Tesla automobile manufacturing plant.
jurvetson Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

College preparation has become one of the core missions of American high schools and in fact, fifty percent of high school graduates will attend a four year college. But what about the other half - the students who can't afford college or for whom a 4-year degree isn’t the right path? As the global workplace of the 21st century becomes more skills-oriented, some employers are struggling to find a qualified workforce. Experts are calling for more options for America's youth - more career-oriented pathways at the high school level to help close 'the skills gap.' Our guests today say the health and future of our nation's economy could depend on it. We'll explore the challenges in preparing American high school students to successfully transition into the workforce and find out how internship and apprenticeship programs can help close the skills gap.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Child Abuse Prevention

A child's raised hand.
MegaBu7 Flickr/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Last year in Mecklenburg County, DSS received over 14,000 reports of possible abuse and neglect in children, a figure even higher than the year before. With abuse numbers on the rise in the Charlotte area, some agencies are making efforts at preventing and recognizing signs of abuse to help children in our region. We’ll be joined by members of those agencies to talk about the increasing numbers, ways to recognize different types of abuse, how to report, and also how to try and prevent abuse in the first place.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Alan Rauch

Alan Rauch
Credit http://webpages.uncc.edu/~arauch/

Alan Rauch joined us a few months ago as part of an author's roundtable, and now he's back to chat with us a bit more. He is in his eleventh year as a professor at UNC Charlotte and has written extensively about the history of encyclopedias and 19th century books. He is interested in contemporary productions of knowledge... both the future and status of journals and books in the digital era. Alan Rauch is a writer with an interest in the intersection of science, technology and culture. Additionally, but probably not lastly, he has studied dolphins and dolphin culture for decades. 

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

On Q Productions / Art Appreciation

Part One
Quentin Talley is a Charlotte artist with a singular focus. He is dedicated to telling the African experience through original plays, poetry and other forms of performing arts. On Q Performing Arts, according to Mr. Talley, is the only Charlotte area arts ensemble dedicated to advancing black theater. Talley isn't alone in his quest; he is being mentored by Lou Bellamy, the founder of Penumbra Theatre, a well known organization advocating the black theater experience in America. Bellamy is back in Charlotte to work with On Q in their latest show, Miles & Coltrane: Blue. They'll talk with us about the state of black theater in Charlotte, in America and its importance to our cultural experience. 

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

NC/SC Midterm Election Update

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The midterm election season is in full swing and we’ll check in with several of our political experts to learn more about the candidates, the races to watch and what to expect. Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan are waging intense campaigns, and with a lot of money from out of the state. Dan Clodfelter’s move to become Charlotte’s mayor has created an opening in the state senate. The GOP senate candidates debate this week and new legislative maps will have a big influence on the midterm elections. We’ll get up to speed on everything to know before the May Primary vote and beyond.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

E-Waste & Recycling Electronics

In this photo from 2001, a migrant child sits atop a pile of unrecyclable computer waste imported to Guiya, China, from other countries.
Credit Basel Action Network

When it comes to things like smartphones, tablets, computers and TVs, many of us migrate quickly from old devices to the newest and think nothing of tossing the old stuff out. According to the EPA, more than 2.5 million tons of electronic waste or e-waste is produced every year in the U.S. alone. Some of these things end up in landfills and that can be very bad for the environment. On this Earth Day, we look at some possible solutions.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

NC Budget Director Art Pope

Art Pope
Credit www.artpope.com

Art Pope is a very influential figure in North Carolina and, as he's risen through the ranks he's become a rather controversial one as well. Chairman, CEO and President of Variety Wholesalers and a foundation, he is also the state budget director, appointed to the job by Governor McCrory, for whose campaign Pope volunteered. A former legislator, Art Pope is making waves in his new job and joins us to talk about holding the state's purse strings. (This show was pre-recorded.)

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

The Next America

Credit Amazon.com

There's a huge demographic shift happening in America, as thousands of Baby Boomers retire every day and as the tech-savvy, well-educated and under-employed Millennials come of age. The Baby Boomers will need Social Security and health care, and that costs money - and that risks bankrupting the younger generation. Paul Taylor from the Pew Research Center has studied this shift and what it may mean for Boomers, Millenials and the future of America and has laid out his findings in a new book, The Next America. 

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