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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 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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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Senator Olympia Snowe On Bipartisanship

If you’re frustrated with Congress’s inability to get things done, imagine what it feels like to be in the Congress. Olympia Snow was a Senator for 17 years and after 40 years in public life as a moderate Republican decided to leave the Senate in 2012 because of that frustration. Now, she’s using her influence to campaign for government that works and shares her ideas on that topic.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

A Conversation With Terry Gross (Rebroadcast)

Today we listen back to a conversation with a special NPR personality - Terry Gross. Each day, Terry Gross hosts one of the best hours on American Radio. Her program, Fresh Air, is heard on NPR stations throughout the country and is popular - I think - because it touches on all of the topics that touch our lives. Her guests run the gamut from big name actors and musicians, to politicians of all political stripes. And what sets Terry Gross apart from other interviewers is that she has researched her guests. She seems to know more about them than they sometimes know about themselves - and that can lead to some illuminating surprises. (Originally Aired 11/10/2006.)
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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Former Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki

Former Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki

The US relationship with Japan has a long and varied history, beginning back in the 1800’s. Today, the US ties with Japan are as strong as they ever have been, especially in terms of trade and international business. Charlotte’s Japanese connection is significant as well, with Japanese-owned businesses employing over 5,000 area workers. We’ll be joined by the former Ambassador to Japan, who continues his work in promoting the relationship between Japan and the US even after his official diplomatic work has come to an end.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Justice At Guantanamo Bay

The entrance to Camp 1 in Guantanamo Bay's Camp Delta.
Credit Kathleen T. Rhem

The tragic attack of 9/11 happened over a decade ago. In the aftermath, families have tried to rebuild their lives, a new skyscraper is rising on the site and we're winding down wars in two countries. But in a military prison on the island of Cuba, suspected terrorists continue to live out lives behind bars. For all of that time our two guests have followed events at the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Author Jess Bravin has researched and reported on post 9/11 interrogations at the prison and retired marine and now Judge, Stuart Couch, was tasked with prosecuting a high ranking terrorist. They will appear at UNC Charlotte to discuss the ethical issues surrounding post 9/11 military commissions but first they’ll visit with us.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Elevation Church Reporters Roundtable

Credit Elevation Pastor Steven Furtick

Charlotte’s Elevation Church has been gathering increasing media attention. That’s due to its remarkable success, but also because of the secrecy surrounding church operations, which, when compared to the relative transparency of similar organizations, appears opaque. But in truth, there are few similar organizations and questions about the behind-the-scenes operations continue. We hear from three journalists who have been trying to report on the church.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Youth Heart Disease

Greg Olsen's son, T.J., has gone through two open-heart surgeries.
Credit Greg Olsen

We often think of heart disease as an elderly person's issue. The fact is, heart disease is often congenital and can affect many children, even infants. Stroke is also a larger issue for young people than previously thought. From infants to overweight youth to young athletes, heart disease is becoming an issue and several area doctors work with young people with heart issues every day. We will meet some of them and also a Carolina Panther star whose own child is suffering from heart disease.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Salt Sugar Fat: How The Food Giants Hooked Us (Rebroadcast)

Salt, sugar and fat. These are a few of Americans' favorite things and the "holy grail" for the processed-food industry according to our guest, investigative reporter of the New York Times, Michael Moss. These ingredients are added to packaged foods in such large quantities that we have become addicted to them and our tastes have changed to prefer foods with salt, sugar and fat in higher amounts. Americans no doubt struggle with this as evidenced by the growing obesity epidemic, but so does the processed foods industry. In his new book, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, Moss goes inside the industry to see how it's dealing with the issues of obesity and diabetes and says industry officials themselves are alarmed by the effects of their own products. What started as a market boon for food giants like Kraft and Nabisco, General Mills and Coca-Cola has created a monster - us. Originally Aired 3/8/2013.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

NC Economic Forecast And Poverty

It’s time for our quarterly economic forecast with UNC Charlotte professor, Dr. John Connaughton, but this time there will be a twist. National publications such as Bloomberg see North Carolina’s unemployment policy as a test tube for the rest of the nation. So we’ve invited political science Professor, Dr. Eric Heberlig to join the conversation. Dr. Connaughton and Dr. Heberlig will help us explore the renewed debate on the war on poverty, unemployment, and whether to raise the minimum wage. All three issues have garnered national attention recently and they are all affecting North Carolina’s economy. Join us to find out how the state is faring early in the year and whether these issues will effect our economy, the midterm elections and more.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed March 12, 2014

When Serious Illness Strikes

We all have friends, family, work colleagues and neighbors who have been diagnosed with cancer or are suddenly facing a significant crisis. We all want to help, but we don’t always know how. While Josephine Hicks’ partner Ann was fighting pancreatic cancer they began taking casual notes on all the things that people said and did that were both helpful … and not so helpful. Neither knew that their notes would turn into a bestselling book but that’s exactly what happened. We hear more about their story and learn more about the helpful things to say and do.

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