Charlotte Talks on WFAE

9 a.m. Monday - Friday, 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 7 a.m. Saturdays
  • Hosted by Mike Collins

Launched in April 1998, Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins has become the region's exclusive forum for the discussion of politics, growth, the 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 topic is bound to be discussed on Charlotte Talks. Learn more about Charlotte Talks

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Bestselling North Carolina author Charles Frazier talks about his new historical novel about the first lady of the Confederacy and Hugh McColl shares thoughts about Charlotte, leadership and more.

Friday, April 20, 2018

A deadly prison riot in South Carolina ends with seven inmates dead and 17 injured.  City Council’s Lawana Mayfield turns heads after a post she made on Facebook speculating that the 9-11 attacks weren’t real.  Vice President Mike Pence visit Charlotte Friday to stump for Robert Pittenger.  And another chapter in the unfolding Atrium health saga.  All that and more on the 20th Anniversary edition of Charlotte Talks.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

North Carolina native and longtime NPR Newscaster Carl Kasell has died at the age of 84. Carl came to WFAE in 2005 where he talked with Mike Collins about his North Carolina roots and his many years at NPR. We listen back to that conversation.


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Charlotte Talks: Reforming Our Prison Systems

Apr 18, 2018
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018 

North Carolina prisons face serious troubles from staff shortages, to dangerous conditions and corruption.  We sit down with our State's Director of Prisons, two reporters who are covering this, as well as the director of NC-CURE, to discuss what can be done about this growing problem.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The suburbs helped elect Donald Trump, but in the upcoming midterms they could swing the other way. Mike Collins looks into why, and which local races could be decided by the 'burbs.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Recycling. How it works, where all the stuff we recycle goes, and how it’s used. More importantly, is recycling making a difference? We find out.

Friday, April 13, 2018

On the Local News Roundup, Mayor Vi Lyles seeks $50 million in bonds for affordable housing.  CMS unveils a $1.5 billion budget request that includes teacher pay raises and money to harden schools.  Mike Collins gets reaction to that, an update on the sale of the Panthers and to Senator Lindsay Graham’s question to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg about his company being a monopoly.

Mike Collins speaks with Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles in her monthly interview on Charlotte Talks.
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Mayor Vi Lyles comes back for her monthly visit with host Mike Collins. She gives us an update on her suggestion about bringing back red-light cameras.  Citizens concerned about affordable housing shared their thoughts with the city council this week and we get the Mayor’s take on that.

Charlotte Talks: Arts In Our Divided Nation

Apr 11, 2018
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

On Charlotte Talks, we talk with our Poet Laureate about using poetry and music to bridge the growing divide in our nation and to change public opinion. Plus we hear from those behind CPCC's Sensoria Festival.