Charlotte Talks

scales of justice

Monday, May 15 2017

We discuss two important topics in the area of juvenile justice: raising the age, and due process. North Carolina is the only state where criminal justice still considers 16 and 17-year-olds adults.  As the legislature ponders a change in that law, we look back at a landmark Supreme Court Case giving juveniles due process rights on its 50th anniversary.

Friday News Roundup: Charlotte City Budget Proposal

May 5, 2017

Charlotte's City Manager has released the proposed budget for the next fiscal year. There are no property taxes in the budget, but it does have a 5.3% spending increase, including money for additional officers for CMPD. Mike Collins and the Roundup Reporters talk about the details of the budget proposal and its chances for approval on the Friday News Roundup.

Friday, May 5 2017

Charlotte’s city manager proposes spending increases but no increase in property tax. Toll road opponents lose in court. CMS works on explaining their new assignment plan.  And Duke Energy holds their annual meeting online but real protestors show up anyway. Host Mike Collins and the roundup reporters cover those stories and more on the Friday news roundup.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

America’s pre-eminent First Amendment Lawyer, Floyd Abrams, joins Mike Collins for a discussion about the history of that amendment and what he sees as threats to free speech.

Friday, April 28 2017

On the local news roundup: new school boundaries for CMS.  Different atmospheres at the annual Bank of America and Wells Fargo shareholder meetings. Craft brewers stymied in their efforts to grow, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. turns in the keys. Host Mike Collins and the roundup reporters cover those stories and much more.

Charlotte is known as a tree city, with lush neighborhoods and even tree-lined downtown streets, like College Street.
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Charlotte has a goal of having trees cover 50 percent of the city by 2050. But a report out this month says the city may have trouble hitting that goal, as trees disappear faster than they can be planted.

Friday, April 14, 2017

An independent report says Wells Fargo’s bogus accounts date back to 2002. Charlotte’s murder rate continues to rise and a state lawmaker suggests expanding Medicaid. Mike Collins and the roundup reporters tackle those stories and more on the local news roundup.

Automation And The Future Of Work

Apr 12, 2017
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017  

Robots are no longer a thing of science fiction.  It isn’t globalization that is killing a lot of jobs, it’s robots and automation.  They made inroads first in manufacturing, but now they have their eyes set on customer service, clerical and other sectors of the jobs economy.  So, Mike Collins and guests will help you get prepared by taking a look at the future of work in an automated world. 

National Book Critics Circle

Wednesday, April 5 2017

Short-story writer George Saunders, whom Time calls simply the best short-story writer writing in English, joins host Mike Collins to talk about his debut novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. First, an update on the NCAA's reaction to the state's repeal of House Bill 2.

Friday, March 31, 2017  

The North Carolina General Assembly voted to repeal HB2 on Thursday. A Charlotte high school student will not be allowed to graduate before being deported. CMS Board members still have no consensus on student assignment, and a Huntersville native puts UNC in the Final Four.  Those stories and more on the local news roundup with host Mike Collins and a panel of reporters.