Charlotte Talks on WFAE

Weekdays at 9:00 a.m. and Mon-Thurs at 9:00 p.m.
  • Hosted by Mike Collins

You're invited to join the conversation during our live broadcast by E-mail at Or on Facebook and Twitter


  Use iTunes  Use Another Player  RSS

Ways To Connect

Thursday, July 30

The tragic shooting at a church in Charleston set off a nationwide conversation about the meanings of symbols of the Confederacy including memorials. Some of those memorials have been defaced in the wake of that shooting and recently Governor McCrory signed legislation that would ban the removal of civil war era monuments without approval. How many such monuments are there? Who put them there, when and why and what do they really mean today? We explore that.


Work Wanted: Day Laborers

Jul 28, 2015

Wednesday, July 29

What if you woke up every day wondering if or where you would work? Thousands do. They bus, walk or drive to a parking lot, congregate there with others and wait to be hired as a day laborer. Contrary to what you might think, not all are males looking for construction jobs and those looking for work in this manner are not all Latinos. We look at the life and challenges faced by day laborers is Charlotte. 

Parenting In The Digital Age

Jul 27, 2015
EIFL - Knowledge without boundaries / Flickr/

Tuesday, July 28
It seems everyone has a cellphone these days – even children. And your kids are probably on your computer more than you are. So, when should your child be allowed to have their own cell phone? Or social media accounts for that matter? Should you monitor their texting or Facebook or Instagram pages? What is the impact of all that screen time on children? A look at the healthy use of technology for children and adults.


Monday, July 27

Twenty-five years ago this week, the first President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act which attempted to level the playing field and eliminate discrimination for those living with disabilities. The ADA has certainly had a positive impact in that direction but industry experts say there is still a lot left to do. We take stock of the disabilities act and its impact on people who live here and our accessibility quotient.

Part 1

With the Lynx Blue Line, Charlotte’s center city has been extending its reach outward toward South End.  Condos, apartments and businesses are evidence of that and now, live theater is joining the migration. We hear from one company that has been experimenting with productions in South End and meeting with success. 

Part 2

We meet the bass player for The Accomplices, who play this weekend at the Whitewater Center.  We talk about music and skin-on-frame kayaks.

Appalachian Energy Summit

Jul 22, 2015

Individuals, families, even corporations can operate more sustainably. What about a whole university – in fact, a university system? Appalachian State has set out to build a sustainable system campus wide and, for the last four years, has hosted a summit for the entire University of North Carolina system to learn about sustainable practices. They just held their fifth gathering, so we sit down with some key players to find out how this might work and what it would mean.

North Carolina Voting Laws On Trial

Jul 22, 2015
Flickr/Vox Efx

Changes in North Carolina’s voting laws have resulted in a court case – a federal trial in Winston-Salem which is drawing national attention because the outcome could potentially affect voting laws in other states. The plaintiffs say North Carolina’s voting law changes violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965. We look at the arguments in the case, the history of voting rights here and the possible outcomes of the trial. 

Cross Charlotte Trail

Jul 21, 2015
Tasnim Shamma

Charlotte and other municipalities have been developing greenways for years and now, the city and county are working to connect them. If they’re successful, there will be one interconnected greenway stretching from Pineville, through uptown, to UNC Charlotte and out to the Cabarrus County line. It will be a seamless 26 mile stretch of trails with great potential for economic development.

Stories From A Speech Writer

Jul 20, 2015

It is said that Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address on the back of an envelope.  He wrote it himself.  But today, it is common for politicians to turn to speechwriters for that task.  Barton Swaim handled speech writing for South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford at a time of political scandal.  He’s written a funny and eye-opening book about his experiences and shares them with us.

Arts For Activism

Jul 17, 2015
Marcus Kiser and Jason Woodberry

The Harvey B. Gantt Center becomes the nexus of art and activism when two exhibitions open there this weekend. The group AfriCOBRA dates back to 1968 Chicago and the exhibit, AfriCOBRA Now, reveals their shifting aesthetic over 40 years. Meanwhile, Intergalactic Soul was created by a local duo and although vastly different, their works are also infused with social and political undertones.