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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 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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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Youth Gang Prevention

Credit chiesADIbeinasco / flickr

In 2011 the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department began exploring ways to merge several youth involvement organizations into a more cohesive, effective strategy of engaging at risk kids in our region. The result is the Youth Engagement Unit. About that same time the Hidden Valley Neighborhood was remaking itself from a bastion of perhaps the worst gang activity in the area to a stronger, safer place to live. We’ll look at how Hidden Valley came back from the brink and how CMPD and others are engaging youth to prevent juvenile criminal activity from occurring in the first place.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Folk Music And Its Influence

Folk music has broad appeal and extensive influence. It has been used for decades for protests and by musicians to tell simple, relatable stories. But, folk as we know it now is not the folk of the past. More and more artists are fusing it with other genres to create unique sounds, while still using the folk label. So what impact does that have on how we classify folk? What is modern folk music? Perhaps, it doesn’t matter and we should just enjoy music for music’s sake. We explore these questions and hear from modern folk musicians.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

The Making Of A Southern Democracy (Rebroadcast)

In modern history, especially over the past six or seven decades, North Carolina has changed in many ways, in terms of growth, economy, race relations, and education. These changes were all affected by politics and political shifts throughout the years. A new book on North Carolina political history goes into great depth in explaining how intertwined many of these changes were with each other and how that depended on who was in office. We’ll be joined by the author of The Making of a Southern Democracy: North Carolina Politics From Kerr Scott to Pat McCrory, Tom Eamon, who will take us through some of the turmoil and political change to explain why elections and people in office matter, how race relations have changed the state and its politics and about the change in party balance from the 1950’s to today. Originally Aired 1/17/2014. 

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Oscars Talk With Local Film Critics

It's that time of year again where all the biggest and brightest stars of Hollywood gather on the red carpet and hope to catch a glimpse of a small, bald, gold man. We're talking about Oscar of course, the supreme prize for film actors, directors, screenwriters, make-up artists and more. Best Picture contenders American Hustle, Gravity and 12 Years a Slave are frontrunners. Ahead of the 86th Academy Awards this weekend, we'll gather our trio of local movie critics to hear their picks and predictions for Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress, Best Director and more.

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Charlotte Talks
5:15 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

College Decisions, College Admissions

Lee Bierer, Syndicated columnist and college counselor

As we head into spring, college juniors and seniors are paying significant attention to, for many, what’s AFTER high school. It’s the time of year when students are trying to figure out where they want to go to college and planning visits to the schools on their lists. Here in Charlotte, a huge college fair is about to happen where students can meet with representatives from more than a hundred colleges and universities. We’ll talk with two experts who are in the know to talk about what’s important for these students and their parents this spring and how to navigate the sometimes confusing college admissions process, when Charlotte Talks on 90.7 WFAE.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

The Science Of Winning And Losing

When we last spoke with Ashley Merryman, she was warning us about the risks of 'Nurture Shock,' why kids need to lose in order to grow and why too many trophies can be a bad thing. In her latest book, Top Dog, she delves deeper into the science of competition. Why do some people thrive under competitive, stressful circumstances, where others just crumble? How do men and women compete differently? What about our genes - are we wired to win? From the classroom to the boardroom, we look at the science behind winning and losing, competition, weighing risk and odds, perseverance and performance when the stakes are high. Whether you're a coach, an athlete, a parent, manager or CEO, join us to find out what it takes to be 'top dog.'


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