Charlotte Talks on WFAE

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  • 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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On Friday, April 20, we celebrated 20 years on the air. Take a look back at some of our memorable moments, see Mike Collins age, and get a sense of the stars who have appeared on the show on our anniversary page

Recent Shows:

Thursday, August 2, 7:00-8:30pm at McGlohon Theater

For a sexual assault survivor, speaking up about abuse can be daunting. Many never come forward. And for those that do, finding a resolution can be a winding and frustrating road. Charlotte Talks is hosting a special Public Conversation in partnership with WFAE's podcast She Says.

Join Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins and Sarah Delia, host of She Says for a panel discussion and public forum on Thursday evening August 2nd at 7:00 at McGlohon Theater in uptown Charlotte. Details and free registration here.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Incredibly ambitious plans to expand Charlotte’s mass transit options and a price tag to match. CATS CEO John Lewis gives us the details.

Friday, July 20, 2018

A narrow "yes" vote to support Charlotte's hosting of the 2020 Republican convention. Carolina lawmakers weigh in on President Trump's controversial meeting with Vladimir Putin. CATS begins mapping out its expansion plans. Mike Collins and a panel of reporters analyze the local headlines.

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Thursday, July 19, 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.

Charlotte Talks: Mike and the Mayor, 2020 RNC

Jul 18, 2018
Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles joins Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins to discuss the bid for the 2020 Republican National Convention.
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Wednedsday, July 18, 2018

Mayor Vi Lyles’ efforts to bring the 2020 Republican National Convention to Charlotte took another step forward Monday when City Council voted 6 to 5 to approve the contracts.  We’ve heard from several members of council on both sides, both before and after the vote.  Now, we hear from the mayor. Vi Lyles discusses the 2020 RNC in a special Mike and the Mayor conversation.

Charlotte Talks: City Council Clears Way For RNC

Jul 17, 2018
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

After a cliffhanger vote, the Charlotte City Council has voted to keep its hat in the ring for the 2020 Republican National Convention. Mike Collins gets a recap of the decision from three Council members on opposite sides of the bid.

Charlotte Talks: Molly Barker And The Wisdom Stories

Jul 17, 2018

Tuesday, July 17 2018

Charlottean, founder of Girls on the Run, and activist Molly Barker has written a collection of essays about people she’s met throughout her life and the lessons she’s learned from them. We’ll talk with Molly about this latest leg in her journey and about The Wisdom Stories: Finding Wisdom in the Ordinary.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

A constitutional amendment to require a photo ID to vote will be on the November ballot.  During this hour, we look at what has happened in other states with a similar requirement and what this could mean in our own state.

Friday, July 13 2018

Charlotte is the front runner for the Republican Convention in 2020.  Not everyone wants it, and the RNC is waiting for the city to decide.  The CIAA Conference is shopping around for a new city to host their tournament.  David Tepper, the new owner of the Panthers, talks about his goals and about the Richardson statue. Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters tackles those stories and more on the Local News Roundup.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Mike Collins talks with local independent bookstore owner Sally Brewster from Park Road Books about her picks for summer reading.