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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
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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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Common Core In North Carolina

Common Core state standards have been adopted by 45 states across the US, including North Carolina. But there are many—both on the right and the left—who think that the Common Core standards are flawed and should be replaced with other options. North Carolina’s debate on this topic is particularly interesting, with people of all backgrounds coming down on either side of the issue, including the Governor and the Lt. Governor. We’ll be joined by a defender of Common Core and an opponent, who doesn’t want Common Core standards in North Carolina. We’ll learn the details about what is included in the Common Core and hear two perspectives of the debate.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Making Charlotte A Global Hub

A sign welcoming visitors to Charlotte at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Credit Ken Lund / flickr

Charlotte area business and economic leaders continue to work towards making Charlotte a major global hub, with the new intermodal facility at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and as trade routes across the globe prepare to change due to the expansion of the Panama Canal next year. So what strategies should our region’s leaders use to help us find success in that global hub quest? What does Charlotte have that would allow us to be a global economic center? And how will success in that role change lives for Charlotteans? We’ll ask our panel of experts, including Charlotte’s mayor, Patrick Cannon. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Michael Pollan (Rebroadcast)

Programming Note: Today's show was originally scheduled with NC Budget Director Art Pope. Mr. Pope had to cancel, we are working to reschedule the show for a later date. 

Michael Pollan has been called "an ethical-eating guru," "high priest of food," even a "food god." The food writer and journalist has authored several best sellers including Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food and he recently visited Charlotte to talk about his latest passion - cooking. His latest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation encourages us to put down the take-out menu and pick up a spatula and reclaim the precious art of cooking for our health and for the sake of our food system. We'll talk with him about eating, farming, cooking, what he calls "edible foodlike substances," agribusiness and some of his famous food rules, like - "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Originally Aired 10/10/2013.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Social Entrepreneurs JD Lewis & Molly Barker

Molly Barker with some 'Girls on the Run' and JD Lewis with his sons Buck (left) and Jackson (center).

Charlotte has its share of gifted social entrepreneurs and we’ve highlighted many of them on Charlotte Talks over the years. Molly Barker, founder of the now international organization Girls on the Run has been with us several times in the past decade or more to talk about her running program for girls and the idea of getting girls out of the “girl box”. JD Lewis has joined us—along with his sons-- before, during and after their trip around the world, where they visited all seven continents to do humanitarian work throughout the course of one year. Their organization Twelve in Twelve was created to help them achieve the work they did around the world and inspire others to do similar work. We’ll catch up with these two friends to talk about the next evolution of each of their efforts to help others, and find out how they’re working on some of that effort together.

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