Charlotte Talks on WFAE

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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
12:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Money, Influence And Politics In North Carolina

Credit NC General Assembly

With Republicans in control of the legislature and Governor’s office, North Carolina has made a turn to the right. But that turn runs deeper than just the ideology of our elected representatives. There are some lesser-known organizations and individuals exerting influence and helping to set the legislative agenda. The influence of money on policy happens on both sides of the aisle and we take a closer look.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Pre-Diabetes Screening & Living With Diabetes

We are faced with so many food choices these days, especially processed foods, that it's easy to eat badly. Unhealthy eating and other lifestyle choices can lead to the development of diabetes. Carolinas Healthcare System and the YMCA recognized the rise in North Carolinians with Diabetes and an even larger number of folks at risk for developing the condition. They have introduced a program to help everyone recognize the signs of diabetes, take steps to avoid developing it and to learn to maintain, and in some case, reverse the effects. CHS and the YMCA are out to raise diabetes awareness and we'll learn too.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Local Housing Market & Carolina Panthers Playoff Preview

Part One: Local Housing Market. U.S. housing markets have seemingly stabilized following a dramatic boom and bust cycle during the last decade. Much of this stabilization can be attributed to the government takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as the Federal Reserve's massive investment in mortgage-backed securities. What are the current U.S. housing market conditions? What are some of the potential changes to government involvement in the housing finance system? We talk about that and more.
Guests
W. Scott Frame
- Belk Distinguished Professor of Business and Professor of Finance at UNC Charlotte
Eric Locher - President, Charlotte Region Realtor Association
Frank Nothaft - Vice President & Chief Economist, Freddie Mac

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Money Saving Tips For The New Year

New Year’s Resolutions to save money, spend less, and waste less sound great when we make them, but when trying to practice those lofty ambitions, it’s hard to figure out where to start. Today, we've got some help for that. We’ll be joined by a trio of local experts who will give us tips from their websites, blogs and even some from a new book called “I’m So Clever,” full of tips compiled from the column by the same name in the Charlotte Observer. Join us for practical, realistic ways to keep your New Year’s Resolutions to save. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Kids And Mental Health

A lot of older folks say kids have it easy these days, but they face their own set of challenges. Alexander Youth Network knows this as well as any organization. They care for kids who have developed mental health issues due to emotional and psychological traumas. These traumas are not easy to track, and even more difficult to treat, but help is available. We'll meet with folks from Alexander Youth and others to understand mental health issues in kids and how to treat them.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Perspective On 2013 Politics And A Preview Of 2014

By most accounts 2013 was a tumultuous political year. At the national level, bi-partisanship reached an all time high and a major battle ensued over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The IRS was embroiled in a scandal over targeting the tea party on tax status and the White House was accused of spying on foreign dignitaries. Closer to home we had a feud over who should control the airport, lawmakers comparing the ACA and President Obama to Hitler and Nazism and the rise of Moral Mondays. We'll look back at a wild year in politics and ahead on what to expect in 2014.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Economic Update: 2013 And Beyond

By all accounts 2013 has been a roller coaster year for the US economy. There have been very encouraging signs of late but there was also a government shutdown, fits and starts on Wall Street and mixed news out of Europe. The Affordable Care Act is also being implemented to mixed reviews around the country and the battle over minimum wage has been renewed. A budget deal worked its way through congress and the latest unemployment figures look good. So just how well did we do in 2013 and does the year ahead bode well? We'll ask those questions and more of regular guest, economist John Connaughton.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Astronaut Tom Marshburn (Rebroadcast)

Lots of people raised in small towns leave home when they grow up but when Tom Marshburn grew up – he really left home. He left the planet. A physician, he became a NASA astronaut and has spent part of his career in space making repeated visits to the International Space Station. That gave him a view or our tiny blue planet that few have had a chance to see. We travel from Statesville to spaceville with Tom Marshburn. Originally Aired 11/18/2013.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Sounds Of Charlotte: Local Music Scene (Rebroadcast)

The sounds of a city aren't just fire trucks and car horns. The real sounds of a city can be found in the music venues around town and at the concerts that local bands participate in. These are local musicians and local stories - all told through the crooning and tuning of their music. But in such an up-and-coming town as Charlotte, do the bands really make it big? Is there undiscovered, hidden talent in the Queen City? Well, yes there is. For instance James Brown sings for the native band Matrimony, which was signed to Columbia records. That sounds promising. And Charlotte’s music scene continues to mature with heightened access to artists and the revival of a young, hip arts scene. Join us for a conversation about local music. Originally Aired 5/28/2013.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Wed January 1, 2014

The Power Of Habit (Rebroadcast)

It happens at the beginning of EVERY New Year… people around the world are intent on creating - and hopefully keeping - new habits. But how do habits affect our lives? Corporations? Society as a whole? We'll talk with New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg, who has done a decade-long study of habits, which he's outlined in his book, The Power of Habit. We'll talk about the science of habits, changing behavior, and how it works, when Charlotte Talks. Originally Aired 1/9/2013.

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