Charlotte Talks

Jose Hernandez-Paris of the Latin American Coalition spoke at a press conference near the Charlotte office of Sen. Thom Tillis Tuesday.
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Thursday, September 7 2017

For "Dreamers," the dream may have ended.  This week, President Trump announced he’s ending the DACA program that shields about 800,000 young people from deportation, including more than 27,000 North Carolinians. What does this mean, and what's next for these residents and our lawmakers? Mike Collins and his guests discuss.

Charlotte Talks: How The Media Covers Race

Aug 24, 2017
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Americans have been trying to have an honest conversation about race.  Those conversations are hard to have, and often aren't successful.  Could the media facilitate that conversation?  What has been its role in influencing our thoughts on race?  From early portrayals of African-Americans to what we see on today’s news, have negative representations outstripped positive ones?  Host Mike Collins is joined by Eric Deggans from NPR and local guests to discuss.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Violence over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia sets off a new conversation about race and racist symbols.  What are our politicians are saying?  Governor Cooper says all Confederate monuments in the state should come down.  Charlotte School of Law is no more, after the American Bar Association denies plans to move forward.  And the eclipse is coming and so are the tourists.  Mike Collins and the Roundup Reporters cove those stories and more on the local news roundup.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Professional golf royalty has been in town all week for the PGA Championship. How did Charlotte do as host to a major tournament? The Citizens Review Board held a hearing on CMPD’s internal exoneration of the officer who shot Keith Lamont Scott nearly a year ago.  Teacher and principal pay raises highlighted the newly approved CMS budget.  And Governor Cooper came to Charlotte to announce the expansion of Allstate Insurance- the company is bringing 2,500 jobs to the Queen City. Host Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters cover those stories and more on the Friday News Roundup.

Charlotte Talks: NC Education Update

Aug 9, 2017
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Wednesday, August 9 2017

Back to school is looming large in Charlotte but some schools here and around the state are already in session.  Mike Collins and two North Carolina education reporters provide an overview of some of the issues facing schools as they start the new year.

Friday August 4, 2017

On this week's local news roundup, Mike Collins and the roundup reporters discuss Mecklenburg County Commission saying no to funding a soccer stadium, the legislature having one month to redraw 28 legislative voting districts, the PGA Tournament getting ready to play through Charlotte, and much more.

Charlotte Talks: Kathy Reichs And Two Nights

Jul 27, 2017
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Thursday, July 27 2017

Bones, the TV show has ended. The program based on Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan books ended after 12 seasons this spring, and now Kathy Reichs is introducing readers to a new heroine, Sunday Nights. Mike Collins will catch up with Kathy to talk about life after Bones and more.


Monday, July 24 2017

Our recent public conversation on the city’s homicide problem shed light on another significant issue:  the difficulty faced by those released from prison, in re-integrating into society.  11,314 people in North Carolina are newly released or on parole and they face major impediments to leading successful lives out of prison.  We talk about solutions with an ex-offender helping others and with experts in that field.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Clayton Wilcox is sworn in as CMS Superintendent...The number of homicides in Charlotte continues to rise ... and the legislative session wraps up in Raleigh.  Mike Collins and the roundup reporters will cover those stories and more.

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A special conversation with NPR Founding Mother Susan Stamberg. Mike Collins sits down with Stamberg to talk about her early years in public radio, working in a male dominated field and her thoughts on the future of radio.