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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 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.
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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
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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

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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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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

The Ninth Month

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Today, we explore a common occurrence of the human existence - childbirth. PRI's The World is exploring pregnancy and childbirth in a series called the Ninth Month and we'll take up the topic with an expert in our region. Dr. Anne Lyerly has conducted extensive research on pregnancy, the lack of understanding of treatments and medicines used for pregnant women and the rise of childbirth outside a hospital setting. 


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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Charlotte's New Mayor And PostSecret: The Show

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Part 1
Charlotte has a new mayor. Dan Clodfelter, a former state senator, was named mayor of Charlotte last week after Patrick Cannon resigned the position in the wake of his arrest over federal corruption charges. Clodfelter is the city's fourth mayor in one year and has said that "stability" is his highest priority for the city. We'll learn more about him and find out what the city can expect from this transition in the mayor's office. 


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Charlotte Talks
3:08 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Liberating Dixie

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In his long career as a journalist, Ed Williams had a front row seat to many of the big issues and events that happened in the South, beginning in the late 1960s. For 25 years, Mr. Williams was the Editorial Page Editor for the Charlotte Observer, a role that not only allowed him to write about many of those issues, but to offer opinion and spark debate. In his retirement, Ed Williams has stayed busy, in part by putting together a collection of 50 years of his columns, which covered issues of race, politics, business, sports and the growth of Charlotte. We talk to him about this book on this Charlotte Talks. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Medical Cannabis In North Carolina

PART II: Opponents

Here in North Carolina, throughout the South and across the nation, the discussion about medical marijuana legislation has gained a lot of traction lately. On March 31, we heard from avid proponents about their view of the alleged medicine. On this Charlotte Talks we hear from one of the nation's foremost drug policy advisors, a recovering marijuana addict and an instructor with Central Piedmont Community College's Substance Abuse Program. Is all this medical cannabis talk just smoke in mirrors? Is there legitimacy behind the claims? It might be more complicated than yes or no. .

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

CMS And Charter Schools

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison
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If you’ve been following public education in recent years, it almost seems as if the system is under siege.  That’s certainly the case locally.  CMS recently told county commissioners that they would likely lose $80 million to charter schools this year – an amount that cannot be made up with cuts in overhead.  And teacher pay continues to be a big issue.  We get an update on all this from Superintendent Heath Morrison and state school board member John Tate.

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