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Charlotte Talks: Local Author Gavin Edwards On His New Book About Tom Hanks

10/23/2018
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Charlottean Gavin Edwards is a New York Times best-selling author of 9 books. He focuses on the biggest names in pop culture and music from Bill Murray to Aretha Franklin. His latest book – which comes out on Tuesday- is about one of Hollywood’s biggest stars: Tom Hanks. We talk to Gavin Edwards about The World According to Tom Hanks and more.

Duration:00:49:05

Charlotte Talks: What Does It Mean To Be Appalachian?

10/22/2018
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Monday, October 22, 2018 As a response to J.D. Vance 's bestselling memoir Hillbilly Elegy , authors Meredith McCarroll and Anthony Harkins wrote Appalachian Reckoning to provide another point of view on Appalachia. They join us to talk about what they see as misconceptions about the region and its people.

Duration:00:22:01

Charlotte Talks: 'Hillbilly Elegy' Author J.D. Vance On His Upbringing And The American Dream

10/22/2018
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Monday, October 22, 2018 Meet J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy before his visit to Charlotte. His bestselling book is now being turned into a movie.

Duration:00:27:10

Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Early Voting Begins; Harris-McCready Race Heats Up; CMS Security

10/19/2018
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Friday, October 19, 2018 On the Local News Roundup: Early voting begins for the midterms with fewer places to vote. More details emerge in the charter schools skirmish between CMS and suburban officials, while CMS implements the first phase of its security plan. Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters details those and other stories.

Duration:00:49:27

Charlotte Talks: How Climate Change Impacts Severe Weather

10/18/2018
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Thursday, October 18, 2018 On this hour of Charlotte Talks, we discuss the impact of climate change and what Charlotte is doing to address it.

Duration:00:19:10

Charlotte Talks: Charlotte Native In Cast Of 'Hamilton'

10/18/2018
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Thursday, October 18, 2018 Those lucky enough to snag the hottest ticket in town will get an extra treat this hour. The Broadway Musical "Hamilton" is in town and that means one Charlottean has come home. Willie "Tre" Smith III got his start in dance here at the Northwest School of the Arts, but now travels the country appearing with every company of "Hamilton" -- including Broadway. He joins us in the first part of the program to talk about his journey.

Duration:00:30:15

Charlotte Talks: Demystifying Science With Dr. Michio Kaku

10/17/2018
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018 This hour on Charlotte Talks, we sit down with astrophysicist Dr. Michio Kaku to hear his take on the future of humanity, and the impact science and technology will have on us going forward.

Duration:00:49:21

Charlotte Talks: How We Talk About Sexual Assault And Who To Believe

10/16/2018
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 We explore questions surrounding allegations of sexual assault. Whom do we believe? Should there be a default setting? How do we get beyond "he said/she said?" How do we raise children in this new environment?

Duration:00:49:28

Charlotte Talks: Mark Harris And Dan McCready Discuss Tight Race For 9th District

10/15/2018
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Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready are locked in a tight race that could determine control of the House. With three weeks to go until the midterm, Mike Collins talks with the two candidates in one of the most closely-watched races in the country.

Duration:00:49:28

Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Hurricane Michael; Nikki Haley Resigns; Land Deals by Council

10/12/2018
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Friday, October 12th, 2018 On the Local News Roundup, just weeks after Hurricane Florence, Michael hits the region. Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley resigns as UN Ambassador. City Council has a busy week approving land deals to help with their Affordable Housing goals. CMS bus drivers get a raise and former Mayor and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx gets a new job.

Duration:00:49:22

Charlotte Talks: Mike and the Mayor Talk Affordable Housing, Eastland Mall and More

10/11/2018
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Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles returns for a new edition of Mike and the Mayor . Host Mike Collins will talk with the mayor about the latest in Charlotte's quest for affordable housing, the city nearing a deal on Eastland Mall, bonds on the upcoming ballot and more on the next Charlotte Talks.

Duration:00:49:38

Charlotte Talks: Today's Polarized Politics Rooted In The 1990s

10/10/2018
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Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 MSNBC's Steve Kornacki traces the political polarization of the Trump era back to the partisan warfare in Washington of the 1990s. He talks with Erik Spanberg about how America divided itself into tribes of red states and blue states.

Duration:00:49:28

Charlotte Talks: Telling The Story Of Money Rock

10/9/2018
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018 This hour, we meet Money Rock, this city’s most successful cocaine dealer in the 1980s and Pam Kelley, the woman who tells his story one of cocaine, race and ambition.

Duration:00:49:22

Charlotte Talks: What The Supreme Court Battle Over Kavanaugh Means For A Divided Nation

10/8/2018
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Monday, October 8, 2018 The politics surrounding the nomination, the hearings and the FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh has split the nation. Now that Kavanaugh has been confirmed, how will this divisive process impact the future of the high court? We talk about that.

Duration:00:49:05

Charlotte Talks News Roundup: Lindsey Graham Spars Over Kavanaugh; First Round Of Florence Aid OK'd

10/4/2018
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Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham remains combative in his defense of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The first round of Hurricane Florence relief is approved in Raleigh. Another sign of a new era at the Panthers with the signing of Eric Reid. Mike Collins and a reporters roundtable recap the week's top stories.

Duration:00:49:08

Charlotte Talks: Where Do Charlotte High Schools Rank In National Index?

10/4/2018
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Thursday, October 4, 2018 Jay Mathews joins Charlotte Talks . He created America’s Most Challenging High Schools Index and, at WFAE’s request, has zeroed in on Charlotte’s high schools. We find out how we fared and, because so many of the schools that comprise the index push advanced placement classes, we also hear from former CMS Superintendent Eric Smith who made increasing AP participation a major thrust of his time at the helm of Charlotte’s schools.

Duration:00:42:29

Charlotte Talks: A Deficit Hawk's View Of Tax Cuts And Economy

10/3/2018
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Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 The federal deficit is projected to balloon to more than $1 trillion next year. What threat does that pose to the economy, and future generations? Guest host Erik Spanberg talks with Marc Goldwein from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Duration:00:40:51

Charlotte Talks: From Boom To Bust, Charlotte's Restaurant Business Is Full Of Contradictions

10/2/2018
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Tuesday, October 2, 2018 The challenges and opportunities facing the restaurant business in our growing city and the arrival of new eateries coupled with the departure of some old favorites. This show originally aired July 19, 2018.

Duration:00:49:05

Charlotte Talks: Former Ambassador Ryan Crocker Examines World Affairs In Trump Era

10/1/2018
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Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 Ryan Crocker served as an American diplomat in the Middle East under several presidents. He joins guest host Erik Spanberg to examine the continued conflict in that region, as well as current international affairs. This program originally aired Sept. 5

Duration:00:40:50

Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Kavanaugh Testimony Reaction; City Council Term Vote; Scooters

9/28/2018
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Friday, September 28th, 2018 On the local news roundup, reaction to Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, City Council considers four-year terms, Charlotte scooter safety, and the donation of city owned land for affordable housing. Those and other stories with Mike Collins and the roundup reporters, on Charlotte Talks .

Duration:00:41:31