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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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare has been in the news of late due to allegations of financial mismanagement and the state taking over – at least for now.  Mike Collins talks with two WFAE reporters who have been covering this from the beginning along with State Senator Jeff Tarte about how possible outcomes may affect taxpayers.  Then, we find out what’s behind this year’s shortage of Christmas Trees, many of which come from North Carolina.


Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Mecklenburg County and others across the country are trying to reduce jail populations by addressing the financial restraints that keep people behind bars. Mike Collins looks at how the justice system is trying to create change from within.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

How to protect yourself or your business from the kind of ransomware attack Mecklenburg County experienced. Plus we examine what a net neutrality rollback could mean for you.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Mecklenburg County computers suffer a ransomware attack.  Duke Energy is also hacked.  Charlotte's new mayor and city council members are sworn in. And North Carolina’s Senators help pass the GOP tax bill. Our roundtable of reporters joins Mike Collins to talk about the week's local news when Charlotte Talks. 

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

County Manager Dena Diorio joins host Mike Collins with the latest on Mecklenburg County’s ransomware attack... and Todd Moss, once the top U.S. diplomat in West Africa, talks about his experiences and diplomacy, as well as his series of fictional international thrillers inspired by his diplomatic work.

Charlotte Talks: Inside The Minds Of Dogs

Dec 6, 2017
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017  

Brain research isn’t just for humans. Dr. Gregory Berns has been using it to get inside the minds of dogs. Mike Collins asks what they're thinking.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

We hear from three returning city council members who will be joining a new group in which the majority are under 40. Their thoughts on this generational divide and on our new mayor.

Davie Hinshaw and John D. Simmons / The Charlotte Observer

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017

Mayor Jennifer Roberts sums up her tenure on her last day in office, and her successor, Vi Lyles, looks ahead to her swearing-in.

Friday, Dec. 1, 2017

State health officials take over at Cardinal Innovations. Mayor Roberts' tenure draws to a close. Mecklenburg County's first African-American district attorney is sworn in. A look back at those stories and others with our panel of reporters.

Diedra Laird / The Charlotte Observer

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

What will the younger faces elected to Charlotte City Council bring to the table? Three of the soon-to-be-sworn-in Council members join Mike Collins.