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Charlotte Talks

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Launched in April 1998, Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins has become the region's exclusive forum for the discussion of politics, arts, culture, social issues, literature, human interest, the environment and more. If something is of interest to the Charlotte region, listeners and leaders know the to… read more

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Charlotte Talks: Once The Face Of Segregation, George Wallace Took 'Broken Road' To Reconciliation

January 22nd, 2020


Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. once called George Wallace, the late governor of Alabama, "the most dangerous racist in America." Wallace later tried to make amends with African Americans, and his …

Charlotte Talks: CMPD Chief Kerr Putney On Charlotte’s Rising Violent Crime Problem

January 21st, 2020


Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 CMPD Chief Kerr Putney talks about our rising violent crime rate and preparations for the GOP Convention and more.

Charlotte Talks: Previewing The Senate Impeachment Trial

January 21st, 2020


Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 The Impeachment trial. The Chief Justice will gavel it into session on Tuesday and we get a preview.

Charlotte Talks: 2020 Voting Is About To Start, But The Electoral College Has The Final Say

January 20th, 2020


Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 One year from today, someone will be taking the presidential oath of office. Who that someone is depends on the outcome in the …

Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Luke Kuechly Retires; No Raise For NC Teachers; Council Retreat

January 17th, 2020


Friday, Jan. 17th, 2020 The Panthers’ Luke Kuechly announces his retirement and adds to questions about what’s coming next for the team. Our state’s teachers did not get a raise this week because there was no vote in …

Charlotte Talks: Revitalizing American Journalism

January 15th, 2020


Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 Around the country newspapers are in decline, meaning less coverage, less accountability and a less informed public. An organization called “Report for America” is attempting to change that …

Charlotte Talks Development News Roundup: Examining The Trends Shaping Charlotte In 2020 And Beyond

January 15th, 2020


Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 Growth and development have changed the city and the region greatly. And we take a closer look at the trends shaping our city and our future.

Charlotte Talks: Parkland, UNCC And How We Cope With Gun Violence

January 13th, 2020


Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 Mass shootings have become tragically common, to the point where many have become apathetic. But not those who have lost loved ones - Manuel Oliver, the father of Joaquin Oliver, a victim of the …

Charlotte Talks Politics: Ready Or Not, 2020 Is Here. A Preview Of The Year Ahead.

January 13th, 2020


Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 With a momentous year in politics now underway, Charlotte Talks will be spending every Monday looking at the 2020 election. …

Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: City's Data Driven Approach To Violence; New Panthers Head Coach

January 10th, 2020


Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 City Council and CMPD begin the year with a new focus on strategies to reduce violence in the Queen City. HUD Secretary Ben …

Charlotte Talks 'Mike And The Mayor:' Strategies To Reduce Violence; MLS; Excelsior Club Sale

January 9th, 2020


Jan. 9, 2020 Mayor Vi Lyles makes her first visit to the program in 2020 to talk about one of the key items on her agenda this year: tackling …

Charlotte Talks: The Atlantic Coast Pipeline

January 7th, 2020


Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a proposed 600-mile natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina. Supporters …

Charlotte Talks: A Happiness Expert Shares A Secret To Success – Failure!

January 6th, 2020


Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 We live in the best of times compared to previous generations and yet anxiety and depression are rising. The solution might be …

Charlotte Talks: Are You Sober Curious? Investigating Our Relationship With Alcohol

January 3rd, 2020


Friday, Jan. 3rd, 2020 We hear about a new movement – Sober Curious – that encourages people to think about why they drink before they do.

Charlotte Talks: How To Find Happiness And Fulfillment In And Outside Of Work

January 2nd, 2020


Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 We wrap up our work-life balance series on what we hope will be a positive note: how to find happiness and fulfillment in and …

Charlotte Talks: Paid Parental Leave Policies And Finding A Work-Life Balance

January 1st, 2020


Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 Our special week-long examination of the elusive work-life balance continues with a look at attitudes and the reality of paid family leave. This show originially aired on Sept. 25th, 2019. This …

Charlotte Talks: Child Care Challenges Add To Difficulty Balancing Life And Work

December 31st, 2019


Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 Our week-long examination of the elusive work-life balance continues with a look at the impact of the need for and expense of child care. This program, which originally aired Sept. 24, is the …

Charlotte Talks: Finding Work-Life Balance In Our Work-Obsessed Culture

December 30th, 2019


Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 We begin a series on a topic that many Americans struggle with: achieving a work-life balance. We start with a look at the basics swirling around why we don’t take vacations, why we can’t seem to …

Charlotte Talks: End Of 2019 Local News Roundup

December 27th, 2019


Friday, December 27, 2019 A look back on the most important news stories in 2019. Charlotte’s homicide rate spiked this year and the Queen City was added to the growing list of cities where mass shootings have occurred …

Charlotte Talks: John Williams' Musical Legacy Goes Beyond A Galaxy Far, Far Away

December 26th, 2019


Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019 You don't have to be a fan of the "Star Wars" saga to know its signature sounds, from lightsaber fights to Darth Vader's gasps. But nothing is more iconic than its music, created by a composer …

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