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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…


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    Local News Roundup: Bomb threats and lockdowns at schools throughout the region; Actors Theatre to close; Gaston County Schools payroll problem continues; CATS drivers vote on agreement

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 49:19

    Schools in multiple area counties receive numerous bomb threats resulting in lockdowns and a promise to prosecute the perpetrator or perpetrators. Unruly behavior at Carowinds results in a chaperone rule. Actors Theatre is set to close its doors for good. Gaston County Schools continues to have payroll problems. And CATS drivers vote on a new contract.

    'After Steve' author depicts the rise of Apple and how it has 'lost its soul'

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 49:17

    From phones to computers to a significant chunk of the digital economy, for better or worse, Apple is deeply ingrained in much of American life. But New York Times reporter Tripp Mickle argues that the company has gone astray. We speak to the Charlotte native about his new book.

    With the new term underway, a conversation with members of the City Council

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 49:34

    Charlotte's City Council was sworn in for a new term earlier this month, and there's no shortage of issues to tackle. From a council member facing an investigation from the State Bureau of Investigation to the ongoing questions of public transit and affordable housing, we discuss with the new mayor pro tem and members of the City Council.

    How will Gen Z, now on congressional ballots, impact our politics?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 49:19

    Members of Gen Z have reached the minimum age for running for Congress: 25. Their lives have been shaped by change and tumult. Mike Collins and our panel look at how that has shaped the Gen Z approach to politics and what it might mean for the country.

    South Carolina politics focus: abortion decision; the new Winthrop Poll; Lindsey Graham's proposal for a federal abortion ban and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 49:34

    Republicans in South Carolina tried to pass a bill banning abortions in the state but failed. A day later, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham proposed federal legislation to ban abortion after 15 weeks. But according to the latest Winthrop Poll, 75% of residents in 11 southern states including the Palmetto State believe a woman should be able to get a legal abortion. We talk about that poll and abortion politics.

    Local News Roundup: City Council Committees; James Mitchell SBI probe; Lindsey Graham proposes federal abortion ban

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 49:34

    Charlotte's new City Council holds its first meeting and shuffles the deck. The Department of Justice sends $1 million to the city's Alternatives to Violence program. The SBI is asked to investigate Councilman James Mitchell. And, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham proposes a federal abortion ban. Those stories and more.

    How North Carolina politics reflect the national stage

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 49:34

    North Carolina is often a bellwether for national elections. But one author writes that, for better or worse, the state also influences things like judicial laws, political spending and gerrymandering. We speak with James Piltch about the outsized influence of the Tar Heel State on national politics.

    'A Road Running Southward' author retraces John Muir's environmental trek across the South in the 1860s

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 49:35

    We revisit a conversation with author Dan Chapman about his new book "A Road Running Southward." Chapman follows the environmental journey John Muir made through the South in the 1860s. He compares the region then to the region now and explores the price we are paying for industrial growth.

    The crisis surrounding veterinarians and animal health care

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 49:35

    Animal shelters across the country are at a breaking point. Many are at capacity and those around Charlotte are no exception. Plus, the toll veterinarians face and what advocates are doing to change that.

    The Presidents Cup aims for a hole-in-one in Charlotte

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 49:32

    The Presidents Cup is coming to Charlotte soon. That means some of the best men's golfers in the world will be in town — it could also spur big investments in the city. We shoot for the fairway with the U.S. team captain and two major players behind the event.

    Local News Roundup: New mayor pro tem for Charlotte; Mayor and City Council sworn in; Charges from 2020 protest still pending; Panthers' home opener Sunday

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 49:37

    A new mayor pro tem for City Council as the mayor and other City Council members are sworn in. Details emerge about the investigation into NC Senator Richard Burr's stock sales and the Panthers' season opener is Sunday. These stories and more with guest host Erik Spanberg and a panel of journalists.

    Author Beth Macy on her new book 'Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America's Overdose Crisis'

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 49:33

    Macy joins Charlotte Talks to discuss her new book "Raising Lazarus." It looks at the latest waves of the opioid epidemic and where the effort to hold those accountable stands. Macy also wrote "Dopesick," which was turned into a miniseries on Hulu.

    Quiet quitting and the state of the American workplace

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 49:31

    Quiet quitting is a trend among workers who want more balance in their life — something they discovered during the pandemic. It's about doing just what you're paid to do and no more. Will this actually be beneficial?

    Interim Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh discusses retention, scores and absenteeism at CMS

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 49:16

    Class is back in session at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. We sit down with interim Superintendent, Hugh Hattabaugh, to discuss teacher retention and pay, an improvement in test results (although they did not return to pre-pandemic levels), how the district plans to reduce chronic absenteeism and more.

    Dorothy Counts-Scoggins tells her story of integrating Charlotte schools 65 years ago this week

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 49:33

    Dorothy Counts-Scoggins integrated Charlotte public schools as a teenager in 1957. Guest host Gwendolyn Glenn from WFAE sits down with Scoggins to talk about her experiences now 65 years ago.

    Local News Roundup: CMS Back to School; Gun Violence; Rising Duke Energy rates; Stephen Curry graduates Davidson College and is celebrated

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 49:33

    School's back in session at CMS but they plan on going back even earlier next year. State test scores are out. Stephen Curry becomes a Davidson graduate and is celebrated around the region. And, Duke Energy rates are rising 10% in western and central North Carolina. Mike Collins and a roundtable of reporters discuss those stories and more.

    To understand America's political turmoil, a historian suggests we look to the late 1800s

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 49:34

    From the insurrection on Jan. 6 to a rise in political violence, many experts consider this a moment of crisis for American democracy. But one historian argues the country has faced similar challenges before, and those lessons can shed light on how to build a stronger, more vibrant democracy than ever before.

    CMPD chief of police on gun violence, school safety, media relations and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 49:19

    With the first week of classes underway in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, we sit down with CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings to discuss the record number of guns found on CMS campuses the last academic year and the effectiveness of body scanners in middle and high schools, as well as the slight uptick of crime throughout Charlotte.

    With the UDO approved, we discuss the future of development in Charlotte

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 49:18

    The Unified Development Ordinance has been approved by Charlotte's City Council, and the document includes development regulations from parking to affordable housing. The plan was contentious and may still change before it goes into effect next year. We speak with Charlotte's Interim Planning Director and local analysts.

    Finding trust and confidence in North Carolina's election process

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 49:35

    With our politics in shambles and trust in the other side at an all-time low, a group of Republicans and Democrats are coming together in North Carolina to restore that trust in government and our elections.

    Local News Roundup: UDO passes; Monkeypox update; Panthers choose a starting QB; Brooks sandwich shop and SNL

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 49:36

    After more than a year of debate, Charlotte City Council passed the Unified Development Ordinance. Monkeypox hospitalizations are on the rise and CMS prepares for the first day of school. Mike Collins and local journalists talk through these stories and more.

    ‘Sinkable' author investigates shipwrecks as peak hurricane season nears

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 49:16

    While the most famous shipwreck in the world may be the Titanic, there are an estimated three million ships sitting at the bottom of the ocean. We talk to one author that argues there is much to learn about technology, failure and progress both below and above the surface from these lonely vessels in his new book "Sinkable: Obsession, the Deep Sea, and the Shipwreck of the Titanic."

    Issues surrounding schools as classes begin

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 49:33

    Mike Collins and a roundtable of reporters discuss the swirl of issues surrounding education as schools prepare to welcome students back to the classroom. From declining public school enrollment to COVID, school safety concerns, and more.

    Local business and development reporters discuss economy, inflation, local business and other topics

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 49:31

    Mike Collins and local business reporters examine the unusual combination of forces working on the economy, from high inflation to low unemployment and slow growth, and the challenges it presents to local businesses.

    Local News Roundup: Abortion access; Charlotte F.C. headquarters; Mecklenburg Sheriff patrols; Charlotte social districts

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 49:27

    A federal judge reinstates North Carolina's 20-week abortion ban while South Carolina's Supreme Court stops a near-total abortion ban from going into effect. Charlotte F.C. decides on a headquarters location and the City Council moves closer to a possible social district. Mike Collins and local journalists break down these and other stories from the week's news.

    Booming South End is becoming a hub for office space, but infrastructure challenges remain

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 49:32

    The growth of South End and its transformation from a gritty warehouse district to a hip, bustling place has presented some challenges that must be met.

    In an age of abundance, our dopamine fixes (yes, like your phone) may be making us unhappy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 49:30

    Unlike our ancestors, we live in an age of abundance. That should make us happy. Trouble is, many of us are overindulging and that's making us sick and unhappy. The question is why? One possible answer: a little drug in our brains called dopamine.

    Urban farming in Charlotte

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 49:33

    While 15% of people in Mecklenburg struggle to put food on the table, an even greater number can't find healthy food choices. One way people are trying to solve this problem is through urban farming. We meet some urban farmers and learn about their efforts and how they're meeting a growing need for healthy, affordable food.

    In-person Charlotte Pride returns after pandemic hiatus

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 49:34

    Charlotte's Pride Festival and Parade returns this week against a backdrop of hate crimes targeting the LGBTQ+ community along with concerns over monkeypox, which is circulating especially among gay men. On the next Charlotte Talks, Mike Collins talks with LGBTQ+ leaders about this year's event and the state of civil rights.

    Local News Roundup: Auction at the Epicentre; CMS teacher vacancies; Airline cancellations; Optimist Hall paid parking

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 49:36

    Charlotte's Epicentre finds a buyer. It just happens to be the creditor the complex owed when it declared bankruptcy. Teachers are still needed to fill positions before school starts. Cancellations are mounting at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. And a new light rail stop is in the works. Mike Collins and local journalists cover those stories and more.

    Political columnist, author Dana Milbank on how the GOP evolved to become 'Destructionists'

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 49:34

    How did we get to the Republican Party of today? Washington Post political columnist Dana Milbank draws a 25-year through-line from Newt Gingrich to Donald Trump in his book “The Destructionists.”

    Mayor Vi Lyles on her third term as Charlotte mayor, affordable housing, CATS and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 49:35

    It's our monthly conversation with Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles fresh from her election victory to a third term in office. We get some post-election thoughts on her priorities for this new, but shortened, term.

    A dive into Tepper Sports Entertainment as football season returns

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 49:29

    Carolina Panthers football is set to begin and Charlotte FC appears to be in the thrust of a playoff push. That should make owner David Tepper a hero, but questions have been raised by other moves off the field. We discuss what this might mean for the future on Charlotte Talks.

    Teachers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools discuss challenges and hopes for upcoming year

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 49:18

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have a high number of teacher vacancies and reports of poor test scores — meanwhile, advocates say funding isn't nearly as high as it should be. With students heading back to school on Aug. 29, we sit down with CMS teachers to discuss morale, pay, retention and more.

    Local News Roundup: Eastland Yards development begins; bonuses for teachers; Mecklenburg reports community spread of monkeypox

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 49:35

    Construction is to start at the former Eastland Mall site. Area public schools are in a recruitment bonus battle with less than a month to go before teachers and students return to the classroom. The State Board of Elections certifies the Green Party as an official party. And we now have evidence in Mecklenburg of community spread of monkeypox. Mike Collins and a roundtable of reporters detail those and other stories.

    What the Christian nationalist movement means for North Carolina and the nation

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 49:33

    As laws and lawmakers on the Christian-right have been growing in number and prominence in the U.S., we discuss Christian nationalism and what it means for North Carolina and the country.

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    Are we in a recession? Local economists weigh in on the outlook for Charlotte's economy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 49:34

    The answer to the questions on everyone's mind: are we heading toward a recession? Are we already in one? GDP fell for a second straight quarter. That's usually a sign of recession and that's certainly triggered fears of a slowdown. We get the scoop from a group of economists.

    After legislative changes, what's next for the hemp industry in NC

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 49:30

    What's next for North Carolina's hemp industry after legislation was signed to keep its production legal and what it may mean for the potential legalization of medical marijuana.

    'Viral Underclass' author analyzes how COVID-19 exploits inequalities

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 49:35

    While COVID-19 has impacted virtually the entire country, some communities have been hit much harder than others. We look at how viruses can exploit systemic vulnerabilities with Dr. Steven Thrasher, author of “The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide.”

    Local News Roundup: Election recap; Epicentre auction postponed again; Panthers training camp begins; People leaving Mecklenburg

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 49:36

    Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles wins her third term in office in this week's elections, and incumbents on council take the day along with some returnees to council. The Panthers are in training. Charlotte's Epicentre faces another auction delay. And more people are leaving the county than coming here.

    Law enforcement agencies targeting illegal guns in Charlotte region

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 48:55

    We take a look at the growing problem of gun violence and that of illegal firearms used in crimes. What is being done and how you can help.

    Infectious disease update: Monkeypox and COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 49:35

    COVID-19 is lingering, and the number of infections is increasing again while monkeypox is making inroads here in Mecklenburg County and around the country. Mike Collins checks in with infectious disease experts about it all.

    State Superintendent Catherine Truitt on the pandemic, test scores, funding and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 49:33

    For the last two and a half years, figuring out how to offer high-quality instruction amid a pandemic has been just one of the challenges public schools have navigated. We speak with State Superintendent Catherine Truitt about everything from the coronavirus pandemic, to test scores, to the surge of guns found in schools.

    A look at the state of the bar & restaurant business in North Carolina

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 49:32

    After the disaster they experienced during the pandemic, restaurants and bars are starting to get some breaks – at least in terms of alcohol restrictions. Mike Collins and our panel of guests look at that and other changes.

    Local News Roundup: CATS ridership declines; monkeypox cases grow; SC considers more abortion restrictions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 49:34

    Ridership on Charlotte Area Transit System buses has declined 75%. Mecklenburg County has more than half of all the monkeypox cases reported in the state. More toll lanes could be coming to I-77 and South Carolina considers more abortion restrictions. We discuss those stories and more on the Local News Roundup.

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