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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Event date: Wednesday, February 21, 7:00– 8:30 PM at Spirit Square's McGlohon Theatre.

We are in a unique moment: Many of Charlotte’s top leaders are African-American. We talk with some of them - Mayor Vi Lyles, Police Chief Kerr Putney, DA Spencer Merriweather, and City Manager Marcus Jones in a special WFAE Public Conversation - "Building An Inclusive City." Register to attend this free public forum.

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Thursday, February 22, 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks, native son of Charlotte, evangelist to millions and religious counselor to Presidents all the way back to Harry Truman, the Reverend Billy Graham has died. Rev. Graham died at his Western North Carolina home Wednesday morning shortly before 8:00 am at the age of 99. Host Mike Collins is joined by religion writers and experts to talk about the life and legacy of Reverend Billy Graham.

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Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2018

Billy Graham, the Charlotte native who became "America's pastor," has died at age 99. A look at his life and legacy, and then the political passions being stirred over guns after the Florida high school shooting.

Charlotte Talks: NC Environmental Update

Feb 20, 2018
Duke Energy

Tuesday February 20, 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks, we get an update on some of the key environmental issues facing North Carolina.  Mike sits down with a panel of reporters and environmentalists  to discuss some of the important issues in 2018.

Charlotte Talks: An Interview With Dan Rather

Feb 19, 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018

Dan Rather, a journalist who has covered all the major events of our lifetime and who continues to work at the age of 86.  Mike Collins talks to Rather about his storied career and get his thoughts on the media, politics and his new book What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism.

Friday, February 16, 2018

After this week's deadly shooting at a school in Florida, local officials are talking about the need for better security at our local schools. We'll talk about what was said. At least 45 people were arrested in Charlotte this week in a “coordinated takedown” of violent offenders.  We get into who was arrested and why it happened now.  Election filing opens. Details on who’s running and the races to watch.  Mike Collins and the roundup reporters go through those stories and more on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup. 

Charlotte Talks: Lawyers Waging Fight For Democracy

Feb 14, 2018
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Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

American Bar Association president Hilarie Bass is concerned about creeping political influence on the judicial branch of government. She joins guest host Michael Bitzer to discuss challenges facing the judiciary.

Mecklenburg County Health Department

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

The Charlotte area’s rate of HIV infection is more than double the national average. Guest host Alex Olgin looks at what's being done to change that.

Charlotte Talks: North Carolina Education Update

Feb 13, 2018
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks, with the school year near the halfway point, we get an update on some of the key challenges facing CMS.  Mike sits down with a panel of reporters to follow up on some of the issues facing schools in the area

Federal Bureau of investigation

Monday, February 12, 2018

The legacy of Waco and the confrontation between the Branch Davidian religious cult and the FBI that led to the deaths of nearly 80 people 25 years ago this month.