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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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Average Joes
1:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2008

Average Joes

Average Joes It's the July installment of our Average Joes Panel. We're joined by two men and two women; two are independents, one a Republican and the other a Democrat who doesn't like the "liberal" label; they're an assistant superintendent, a history teacher, an IT student and the manager of a Christian publication. Join these four Charlotte Talks listeners to discuss the topics they care about, like education, the election, the environment, living in Charlotte and more! Guests Melanie Cogdill Maggie Coleman Rob DePaola Ron Wright

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The Physics of NASCAR
1:00 pm
Mon July 7, 2008

The Physics of NASCAR

The Physics of NASCAR Diandra Leslie-Pelecky is a physicist and author of the recent book, The Physics of NASCAR: How to Make Steel + Gas + Rubber = Speed. She joins us on Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins to talk about how she became fascinated with NASCAR through her professional expertise and we'll talk about some of the physics involved in stock car racing - two things you might not think go together! Guest Dr. Diandra Leslie-Pelecky - physicist from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Author, The Physics of NASCAR: How to Make Steel + Gas + Rubber = Speed

Ira Flatow and Science Education
1:00 pm
Fri July 4, 2008

Ira Flatow and Science Education

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Ira Flatow and Science Education Ira Flatow, host of NPR's Talk of the Nation Science Friday, will be on the show during this edition of Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. We'll talk about science education and getting the general public interested in science. We'll also be joined by two local science experts who work towards getting Charlotteans interested in science. Guests Ira Flatow - Host, NPR's Science Friday Dr. Yvette Huet-Hudson - Professor of Biology, UNC Charlotte Robert Corbin - Science teacher and VP of Learning Experienced at Discovery Place Since this is an encore edition we're unable to talk your calls.

Ethnic Foods: Mexican
1:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2008

Ethnic Foods: Mexican

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The ethnic food series is back today on Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. We'll explore the wildly popular Mexican food scene. There are many Mexican restaurants in town, but what constitutes authentic Mexican food? And what are the differences between the cuisine in northern Mexico and the southern part of the large country? One of our guests has traveled extensively in Mexico to meet some of its chefs. We'll find out what he learned and talk about some favorite Mexican food recipes. Guests Frank Scibelli - Owner, Cantina 1511 Peter Reinhart - Chef-on-Assignment, Johnson and Wales University Contact the show: 704-926-9323, 800-603-9323, charlottetalks@wfae.org or Charlotte Blogs.

A Purple State of Mind
1:00 pm
Fri May 23, 2008

A Purple State of Mind

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A Purple State of MindOn this edition of Charlotte Talks, we meet former college roommates from Davidson College who met in 1985. It was the first year as a person of faith for one roommate, the last year for the other - this produced many discussions and arguments their sophomore year. After college, they lost touch and when they found each other years later, they never talked about those discussions until filming their documentary, "A Purple State of Mind." A conversation about faith, politics and lessons learned on Charlotte Talks. Guests:Craig Detweiler John MarksMore information about the film: www.purplestateofmind.com.

Rose Rock
1:00 pm
Mon May 12, 2008

Rose Rock

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Rose Rock A couple of weeks ago, Rose Rock, comedian Chris Rock's mother, was in town and was to join us on the show. We weren't able to do that interview live as planned, but talked to her later that day, and on this edition of Charlotte Talks, we'll air that conversation. Mike Collins and Rose Rock talk about what it takes to raise over a dozen children, keep a family together, and why Chris Rock still looks to his mother to gauge his success. 

Primary Recap
1:00 pm
Wed May 7, 2008

Primary Recap

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Primary Recap It's our Primary Election roundup on this edition of Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. Last week, we met with a panel of political experts to discuss the presidential and gubernatorial contests that were up for primary vote, and today, that same panel joins us to talk about the outcomes and what they'll mean for us as the November election becomes the next stop at the voting booth. Guests: Dr. Martha Kropf - UNC Charlotte, Department of Political Science Dr. Scott Huffmon - Winthrop University, Department of Political Science Rob Christensen - Political writer, Raleigh News and Observer 

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