Charlotte Talks

Erin Keever

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

An examination of the less-than-excellent outcomes provided by America’s health care system, the cost of care and how we might improve the state of things.

UNC President Margaret Spellings joined Charlotte Talks Monday, March 19, 2018.
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Margaret Spellings, the former secretary of education and current president of the UNC system, says after two years on the job there is still more work to be done to lower the cost of a UNC education and she needs the legislature's help to keep the momentum going.  

UNC President Margaret Spellings joined Charlotte Talks Monday, March 19, 2018.
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Monday, March 19, 2018

Margaret Spellings talks about her first two years as president of the University of North Carolina system and more.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Students here and around the nation walk out to protest a lack of action on guns.  A possible new owner of the Panthers emerges, and the Lynx Blue Line rides north. Those and other stories on the Local News Roundup.

Thursday, March 15th 2018

Mike Collins' guest is also Oprah’s all-time favorite guest.  Dr. Tererai Trent is an internationally known humanitarian, educator and author whose latest book recently won the 2018 NAACP Award for Outstanding Literary work.  She rose from humble beginnings in a farming community in Zimbabwe and went on to receive her Ph.D. in America.  She uses her story to inspire others to achieve and follow their dreams.  

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

One of the biggest names in legal thrillers, John Grisham, ditches the courtroom for a beach read for his latest novel. He joins guest host Erik Spanberg.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A new study tracked the speed of misinformation online compared to the slow pace of setting the record straight. Why do we so easily believe "fake news?"

Charlotte Talks: Ensuring The Safety Of Our Schools

Mar 12, 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks, what’s being done in Charlotte to prepare for a mass shooting particularly in our schools.  There have been 34 this year and we talk to folks on the front lines of safety. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

The sale of the Panthers appears to be gaining momentum. Atrium Health leaves UNC Health Care waiting at the altar. The president's steel tariff could have a ripple effect in the Carolinas. Mike Collins and a reporters roundtable look at the week's news.

Charlotte Talks: Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles

Mar 8, 2018
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Thursday, March 8, 2018

On this edition of Charlotte Talks, Mayor Vi Lyles returns for the second of her monthly chats with Mike Collins to discuss several important issues facing the city.  She believes keeping the Panthers is a top priority when it comes to economic development.  She’ll tell us why and share her thoughts on not being on Amazon’s list.  We’ll also talk about CMPD staffing concerns just days after officers asked for a raise and her proposal to host the 2020 Republican National Convention. You're invited to ask her your questions as well, at 704-926-9323, on Twitter @charlottetalks, or by emailing