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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
12:19 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Jane Goodall on Charlotte Talks

Dr. Jane Goodall with Gombe chimpanzee Freud
Credit Michael Neugebauer / The Jane Goodall Institute

This week marks primatologist Jane Goodall's 80th birthday. Here's a web-only archive of her 2002 conversation with Mike Collins at Charlotte's Discovery Place. 


Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Life After The Military

4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) homecoming, Oct. 6, 2012.
Credit Percy Jones/DVIDSHUB / Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Life after serving in the military is never easy. Men and women train hard to become very specialized soldiers, highly skilled, motivated and committed to a cause. They are trained to take on the most dangerous missions. Then, suddenly, they are leading normal lives, trying to find normal jobs and fit into a society they haven’t known for years. Blake Bourne was one of those soldiers. He grew to understand just how hard it is to fit in after life as a soldier. Now he’s helping other soldiers make the transition. He and other experts will tell the story of life after the military.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Google Fiber & High Speed Internet In Cities

Map of Google Fiber cities and potential cities
Credit Google

Charlotte could be Google's next "fiber-hood." The tech giant is considering Charlotte as one of the next locations for their high speed internet service, Google Fiber, that they tout as being up to 100 times faster than basic broadband. This could have major implications for consumers, businesses and even the Charlotte economy. But first, city officials are working closely with Google on logistics and planning for the potential network, studying everything from placement of utility poles, water and gas lines to housing density as they study the feasibility of laying thousands of miles of fiber optic cables in the city. We won't know until later this year whether we'll get Google Fiber or not, but in the meantime we'll look at what possible impact it could have on the city and what high speed internet in general means for cities and business, when Charlotte Talks. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Moving To Charlotte/ Ghost

Moving to Charlotte

There are lots of ways to find things to do in Charlotte if you’re visiting the area- websites, tourist books and magazines- but what to do if you’re moving here and you want an all encompassing guide to your new hometown? Author Harry Hoover has his answer to this question in his new book, Moving to Charlotte. The book is designed to educate new Charlotteans on everything from our Revolutionary War history, to our climate, taxes, neighborhoods and community groups, schools and more. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Math, Sports And 'Bracketology'

Math is a subject that- many of us could agree - is anything but fascinating, or “cool” or easy to understand. But one Davidson College professor is working to turn around all those math haters. Tim Chartier made national news early this month for his work in “bracketology,” as in NCAA basketball championship brackets. His formula has had a high rate of success in picking winners and losers in the tournament. Now that we’re almost to the championship round of the NCAA tournament, we’ll join this real life Math Ambassador (yes, it’s a real thing) to talk about bracketology, about his new book Math Bytes, and his wide ranging work in trying to make math accessible, understandable, and even fun for everyone.


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Medical Cannabis In North Carolina

 PART I: Proponents

Here in North Carolina, the discussion about medical marijuana legalization has focused primarily on an oil high in the chemical CBD. The oil is made in Colorado from a plant specifically cultivated that way to treat people with epilepsy. And, a handful of NC families have moved to access the oil. But – there are other people who advocate for whole plant legalization. What are the alleged medicinal benefits of marijuana? What are the risks? Who is using it as medicine? And just how close is North Carolina to legalizing some form of marijuana? We explore those issues and more. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Science Writer Carl Zimmer

Carl Zimmer has written thirteen books on a plethora of science topics, writes a column for the NY Times, an award-winning blog for National Geographic, and also covers science elsewhere like in Slate and The Atlantic. Some say he is the top science writer on genomic science and everything that relates to it. He’s here in Charlotte lecturing tonight about advances in genomic technology that have cut costs by billions, making research more affordable and increasing the likelihood of cutting-edge advances in future medical treatments. We meet him and learn a little about science.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Arrest And Resignation Of Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon

Credit Tasnim Shamma

Yesterday, Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon resigned after he was arrested by the US Justice Department on charges of theft ad bribery after an FBI sting operation. The FBI had launched an investigation into Cannon nearly 4 years ago during which they say he took money and other items of value from undercover FBI agents in his capacity as an elected official. We look at the charges and what they may mean for Cannon and the city.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Women Of Vision & Fun With STEM

Part One: Women of Vision. We see the work of photographers who go into dangerous and uncertain conditions from the safety of our own homes when we look at publications like National Geographic or the New York Times. The pictures give us a better understanding of conditions in other parts of the world in a way that words could never describe. National Geographic is celebrating some of the women who have done this work around world with a new exhibition, “Women of Vision”, and the Mint Museum of Charlotte is the very first stop on its national tour. To discuss the exhibit and some of the work it celebrates, we’ll be joined by one of the photojournalists whose work is featured and by a curator of the exhibit to talk about the nature of photojournalism around the world.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Mecklenburg County Environmental Report Card

2014 Mecklenburg County State of the Environment Report Card
Credit CharMeck.org

Every two years Mecklenburg County does an environmental assessment and delivers an environmental report card of sorts. The report card for the last two years has just been released and we’ll meet with two officials to see how our region fared in Air, Land, Water and Waste use and efficiency. In most aspects the county has fared well but the recession did have an impact in some areas. We’ll find out which ones, what aspects of our environment passed with flying colors and what has room for improvement. We check the county’s environmental grade.

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