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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Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

Cities and states are preparing to offer incentives for Amazon's second headquarters. It's a strategy the company has used to expand its footprint in the Carolinas and nationwide. Mike Collins looks at how it might play into the headquarters competition.


Wednesday, October 18 2017

The Boy Scouts have decided to let girls into their program, sparking mixed reactions.  The Girl Scouts see this as a calculated business maneuver.  We go through the decision and hear multiple perspectives.  Then, Matthew Bourne’s adaption of the Oscar winning film 'The Red Shoes'.  The world-renowned choreographer tells us about his dance theatre production about to open at the Belk Theatre.

Charlotte Observer/Jeff Siner

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The intersection of politics, sports and social activism. What happens when athletes don’t just stick to sports - we get reaction in Charlotte and around the country.

Diedra Laird / The Charlotte Observer

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017

A record-setting bond for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is on the November ballot, as are a half-dozen school board seats.

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Our roundtable of reporters has details on the protest arising from the latest CMPD video.  The public gives input on Charlotte’s Amazon bid and Michael Jordan makes his largest donation ever for family clinics.  The local news roundup. 

Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Our region’s source of life: the Catawba River. It’s been on the endangered rivers list three times but not in the past four years and we get an update on the river’s health.

Flickr / Robert Scoble

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

Charlotte wants to land Amazon's second North American headquarters. Mike Collins hears what local groups are doing to woo the online retail giant.

Universtiy of North Carolina at Charlotte campus
Wade Bruton / UNCC

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Colleges now have a different way of handling sexual assaults. Education Secretary Betsy Devos set that in motion by overturning Obama-era guidelines but the move is controversial. A closer look.

Flickr / Bradjward

Monday, Oct. 9, 2017

College basketball has been hit by a bribery scandal exposing "the dark underbelly" of the game.  Mike Collins talks with hoops observers about what's at stake for college athletics.

Friday, October 6 2017

On the local news roundup, state lawmakers are back in session – a special session – and override gubernatorial vetoes while pushing to redraw judicial districts.  Cam Newton's remarks about a female reporter in a press conference go viral. The State Supreme Court dismisses a last-chance appeal to halt the I-77 toll lanes.  The homicide count in Charlotte continues to rise, and in fact, officials adjust the count for 2016.  And President Trump arrives here this weekend. Mike Collins covers those topics and more on the local news roundup.