Charlotte Talks

Charlotte Talks: Ric Flair, The Nature Boy

Dec 27, 2017
Matthew Glover

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Wrestler Ric Flair is one of Charlotte’s most famous characters. Although he now lives in Atlanta, longtime Charlotteans still claim him as their own. His heyday as a wrestler in the 1980’s and 90’s and the glamour life he led is part of a 30 for 30 documentary on ESPN by another Charlottean, Rory Karpf. Guest host Erik Spanberg is joined by Rory Karpf to talk about Ric Flair, the "Nature Boy."

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Are you a liar? You bet you are but the real you is emerging through your online activities. What Big Data knows about the real you.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Mike Collins talks with culinary and cultural historian Michael Twitty and others about southern food roots and about Twitty's new book The Cooking Gene, about how he traced his ancestry back to 1624 in North Carolina and the part food plays in his personal history and in the history of the South.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Host Mike Collins meets lyricist Tim Rice - the man behind the memorable words to songs from The Lion King, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Beauty and the Beast, Evita, Aladdin and more. Plus, a Charlotte Talks holiday tradition... enjoy 'A Cup of Christmas Tea.'

Friday, December 22, 2017

On the Friday News Roundup... recap of the week's stories about Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson… U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in town this week… and the Queen City has a new planning director. Guest host Erik Spanberg will get into those topics and more with our roundtable of reporters.


Thursday, December 21, 2017

All about a place ordinary North Carolinians love to visit but a place built for the high and mighty: Biltmore House. Mike Collins explores it’s fascinating history.

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Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

A look at the playbook for selling an NFL team. Guest host Erik Spanberg talks with industry experts about how an ownership change unfolds, and what the city can expect from a new owner of the Carolina Panthers.

The White House

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

It’s been a rip-roaring year in politics in Washington, Raleigh and Charlotte.  A panel of political experts joins Mike Collins for a recap.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

The reverberations are still being felt over Panthers owner Jerry Richardson's decision to sell the team amid a sexual misconduct investigation. Mike Collins looks at what's next, then sits down with Mecklenburg County's new district attorney, Spencer Merriweather.

Friday, December 15th, 2017

CMS has new leadership because of the election. How might this new board affect student assignment and education in general?  And, a different question looms over Charlotte’s new City Council:  should they go back to televising citizen comment sessions? Cardinal Innovations – swirling in controversy this year – continues to make headlines. Also, Charlotteans are upset about the closing of the Park Terrace Theatre.    Mike Collins and the roundtable of reporters details those stories and more on the Charlotte Talks Friday News Roundup.