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On Point’s Tom Ashbrook joins host Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters to talk about the swearing in of our new Governor Roy Cooper; Dylann Roof taking control of the sentencing phase of his trial; on-going problems at Charlotte School of Law-- and much more.  


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Two state senators, a Republican and a Democrat, talk about the lack of trust between Charlotte and Raleigh, how to rebuild that trust and what happens to HB2.

Genghis Khan Exhibit Creator 'Dino Don' Lessem

Jan 3, 2017

Wednesday, January 4 2017

What turns a world renowned dinosaur expert into a curator for an exhibit on Mongol warrior, Genghis Khan? "Dino Don" joins Mike Collins for the answer on the next Charlotte Talks.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Hugh McColl and Harvey Gantt join Mike Collins to discuss "The Charlotte Way," and whether it should be scrapped as a means of responding to economic and societal issues. Maybe it's time for a new way of facing those problems.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

We all love our stuff but sometimes those material possessions can get out of hand. We all acquire things but some of us can’t purge, others hoard.  Then, there is the challenge of disposing of a loved one’s possessions after they die. How do we reconcile our love for that person with the need to dispose of many of their belongings. We look at why objects are so important in our lives and get tips on managing life’s clutter.

stock exchange board

Friday, December 30, 2016

Given the rising stock market and rising interest rates, will it be a good year for the economy and for you? Host Mike Collins is joined by financial planner Larry Carroll and economist Mark Vitner to look into our financial crystal ball at 2017.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

It’s that time of year when we talk holiday movies. Hollywood is waiting so which films are worth your time? Mike Collins asks film critics Matt Brunson and Sean O’Connell for their picks. 

Gwendolyn Glenn

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

There’s a troubling trend in higher education: colleges’ and universities’ increasing reliance on adjunct faculty – non-tenured, part-time professors. They now make up more than 50 percent of faculties nationwide. Some adjuncts say they’re being exploited and what used to be a prestigious profession has become a part-time gig with no benefits and low pay. Mike Collins and his guests discuss how this is affecting higher education and those at the head of the class.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

For nearly four decades, Diane Rehm has been a fixture of public radio with a nationwide audience of millions and plenty of loyal Charlotte listeners. Last week, Diane began the next chapter of her life - retirement. We listen back to our conversation with Diane Rehm from earlier this year, looking at her career and influence, her books and one thing that is very important to her - the right to die. Mike Collins talks with Diane Rehm, this hour on Charlotte Talks. 

Monday, December 26, 2016

Around Valentine's Day, you see little red hearts everywhere and that's because for centuries, humans believed the heart to be the seat of the soul and the origin of love and emotion. Of course, the real heart is the center of our being - as long as it's beating, we have a chance - and it beats about two and a half billion times in a lifetime. We take a fascinating journey through what we know about the heart, when Mike Collins talks with evolutionary biologist Rob Dunn.