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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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.



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

All about a place ordinary North Carolinians love to visit but a place built for the high and mighty: Biltmore House. Mike Collins explores it’s fascinating history.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Mike Collins talks with culinary and cultural historian Michael Twitty and others about southern food roots and about Twitty's new book The Cooking Gene, about how he traced his ancestry back to 1624 in North Carolina and the part food plays in his personal history and in the history of the South.

Charlotte Observer/David T. Foster III

Monday, November 27, 2017

Gentrification can spruce up neighborhoods but it can also price long-term residents out. We examine that and hear about what may be a first-of-its-kind effort to slow gentrification down.


Friday, November 24, 2017

Old-line brick and mortar stores are reeling as they lose sales to online retailers. What will this mean for these venerable stores, for malls, for you? We go shopping for answers on Black Friday.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Food - and southern cuisine in particular - is a big part of our culture. On the biggest food holiday of the year, we talk about what food says about us. Plus, author George Saunders on his award-winning novel.

Rob Young, vagueonthehow, Fransesco Pozzi via Flickr

Wednesday, November 22 2017

Host Mike Collins meets lyricist Tim Rice - the man behind the memorable words to songs from The Lion King, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Beauty and the Beast, Evita, Aladdin and more.

Beth Cortez-Neavel / Flickr

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

Are North Carolina lawmakers injecting politics into the state's judicial branch? Guest host Michael Bitzer looks into efforts to change the courts.