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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WFAE Public Conversation: Wednesday, September 20, 7:00-9:00pm, McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square

The shooting of Keith Scott on September 20, 2016 and the protests that followed shook Charlotte. It started conversations, sometimes uncomfortable ones, across the city that continue today. On the one year anniversary of the shooting, a WFAE Public Conversation will examine what has changed, what hasn’t, and look at some of the work that’s been done over the past year.

Millennial Action Project

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

Younger faces are looking to influence Charlotte and North Carolina politics. Guest host Michael Bitzer talks with millennial politicians, then discusses a growing divide between the Trump White House and business leaders.

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Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017

The rise and fall of the PTL empire is revisited in a new book. A conversation with the author, then a look at an acclaimed play on religion, "The Christians," making its Charlotte debut.

This week marks one year since Charlotte police fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott and protests  erupted across the city.  On today's Charlotte Talks,  host Mike Collins and WFAE  reporters talk to key people who found themselves at the center of those events last year.  We hear their impressions of what happened, their reactions in the moment and with the distance of time.  

Friday, Sept. 15, 2017

Charlotte voters want changes at city hall, beginning in the mayor's office. A judge orders videos from last year's riots be released. Charlotte goes a-courtin' Amazon.

Smith Institute for Applied Research, JCSU

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Every part of Charlotte has its own history and its own set of history makers. Today, we hear about 10 men who left their mark on Charlotte’s West Side. Award-winning author and journalist Ron Stodghill has put together a book stemming from an oral history of the area started by Dr. Ron Carter from Johnson C. Smith University. It’s an attempt to help future generations understand the factors shaping their lives from a different lens.  Mike Collins takes a look through that lens on Charlotte Talks.  

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Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017

Recapping the results of Tuesday's mayoral primary, then a closer look at what Southern food says about the South and food's role in defining this region. Food writers pull up to the table with Mike Collins.

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Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017

The plug has been pulled on nuclear projects in the Southeast. Billions were spent, and customers could still be on the hook. Guest host David Boraks looks at the future of nuclear.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Hurricane Irma is headed west. Find out what, if anything, Charlotte and the Carolinas can expect this week, how you can prepare for storms and emergencies and what the rest of the hurricane season may be like.

Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

Hurricane Irma threatens the Carolinas. Senators get to work on a solution for DACA recipients. Mayoral candidates ready for next week's primary election.