Friday May 16, 2008 | Woolly Mammoth Hunter

May 14, 2008 at 9:36 am | Posted in On Air | Leave a comment

Dr. Larry Agenbroad, popularly known as “The Mammoth Hunter” came to town earlier this year to talk about his work on the discovery of intact woolly mammoth remains and on the feasibility, ethics and morality in cloning one of these prehistoric creatures.  Today, we re-air that show. 
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Thursday May 15, 2008 | Crime in Charlotte

May 14, 2008 at 9:27 am | Posted in On Air | 4 Comments

Charlotte’s rising rate of crime has been forefront in the news of late, and today we’ll look at the problem from a variety of angles.  We’ll be joined by a deputy chief from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, a criminal justice expert, a coummunity activist and more to talk about the challenges that our community deals with on several levels and what measures should and could be taken to lessen crime in Charlotte.
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Wednesday May 14, 2008 | Economy: Perception vs. Reality

May 13, 2008 at 3:47 pm | Posted in On Air | 4 Comments

The perception of the economy, even among experts, varies wildly these days.  While some paint a gloomy picture, others say that the economy is holding up well through particularly difficult times.  Our panel of experts weigh in on economic reality versus perception in conjunction with the eight-part WFAE News series, Faces of Charlotte’s Economy.

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Tuesday May 13, 2008 | Craft Beer Brewing

May 13, 2008 at 8:14 am | Posted in On Air | Leave a comment

Brewers from all over the Carolinas competed last weekend in the 18th Annual U.S. Open HomeBrew Competition in Mooresville. We’ll talk to amateur and professional brewers about the home-brewing phenomenon and what happens at a beer festival (besides the consumption of said beer).

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Monday May 12, 2008 |Mama Rock

May 9, 2008 at 4:10 pm | Posted in On Air | 2 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, Rose Rock, comedian Chris Rock’s mother, was in town and was to join us on the show.  We weren’t able to do that interview live as planned, but talked to her later that day, and on this edition of Charlotte Talks, we’ll air that conversation.  Mike Collins and Rose Rock talk about what it takes to raise over a dozen children, keep a family together, and why Chris Rock still looks to his mother to gauge his success.

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Friday May 9, 2008 | Henry Cisneros

May 8, 2008 at 4:44 pm | Posted in On Air | 1 Comment

Henry CisnerosFormer HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros joins us today.  The San Antonio native led a long career in public life that includes several distinctions, among those being the youngest person to be elected to San Antonio’s City Council at 26 and the first person of Hispanic descent to be elected mayor of a large American city.  He served under President Bill Clinton as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development but left office in the midst of a controversy.  We’ll talk with Cisneros about his long career in public service and what he’s doing now, including his work with Charlotte’s Community Link organization.

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Thursday May 8, 2008 | Rising Power, Shrinking Planet

May 6, 2008 at 2:10 pm | Posted in On Air | Leave a comment

Oil energy and how it affects the US and the world is our topic today.  Michael Klare will join us.  He’s the author of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy and is in town to speak at the request of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte.  We’ll discuss his thoughts on geopolitics along with your questions and comments.

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Wednesday May 7, 2008 | Primary Election Recap

May 6, 2008 at 2:07 pm | Posted in On Air | 1 Comment

It’s our Primary Election roundup on this edition of Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins.  Last week, we met with a panel of political experts to discuss the presidential and gubernatorial contests that were up for primary vote, and today, that same panel joins us to talk about the outcomes and what they’ll mean for us as the November election becomes the next stop at the voting booth. 
Dr. Martha Kropf – UNC Charlotte, Department of Political Science
Dr. Scott Huffmon – Winthrop University, Department of Political Science
Rob Christensen – Political writer, Raleigh News and Observer

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Tuesday May 6, 2008 | CEO of Cats

May 5, 2008 at 3:54 pm | Posted in On Air | 2 Comments

Keith Parker, the new CEO of CATS joins us on this edition of Charlotte Talks.  Parker inherits the legacy that retired CEO and now head of the trolley operations Ron Tober started in the Lynx Light Rail line.  We’ll talk about the higher than expected ridership of the line, the new lines that are in the works and other transit topics.

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