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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Charlotte Magazine

Monday, March 5, 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks we hear from a panel of guests who were instrumental in the integration of our nation's schools. We also discuss how Charlotte has resegregated our schools and what that reality means to today’s students. 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Three presidents come to Charlotte to pay their respects to Billy Graham. President Trump's idea of arming teachers gets a thumbs-down here. CMS releases a report full of "unpleasant truths." Mike Collins recaps the week's news with our reporters roundtable.

Charlotte Talks: Former CIA Director John Brennan

Mar 1, 2018
John Brennan, then Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, in the Oval Office, May 3, 2010.
Pete Souza / WFAE

Thursday, March 1 2018

Former CIA Director John Brennan joined Mike Collins to discuss the national security challenges the nation has faced and continues to face, from Russian interference in our election cycle and their planting of fake news in social media, to the threat posed by North Korea to pressures in the Middle East.  John Brennan is now a national security and intelligence analyst for NBC News.

Gaston County Schools

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The nation’s top teacher, Bobbie Cavnar, from South Point High in Belmont talks about excellence in teaching and why, after all the accolades he’s received, he stays in the classroom.

Erin Keever

 Tuesday, February 27, 2018

We are in a unique moment: Many of Charlotte’s top leaders are African-American. We talk with some of them - Mayor Vi Lyles, Police Chief Kerr Putney, DA Spencer Merriweather, and City Manager Marcus Jones in a special WFAE Public Conversation - "Building An Inclusive City." 

Flickr / Dave Nakayama

Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

Should jail visits be in-person or by video? In Mecklenburg County, inmates' connections with family are digital-only. Some in the legal community don't like the new approach, but Sheriff Irwin Carmichael says it's effective. Mike Collins hears from both sides.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Charlotte native Billy Graham dies at the age of 99.  A week after the Florida high school shooting, the gun debate continues around the country with student protests planned in Charlotte.  The Queen City is among those areas that were targeted by the Russians during the last election cycle.  And reaching out from prison former Panther Rae Carruth attempts to build a relationship with his son and is rebuffed.  Mike Collins and the roundup reporters detail those stories and more. 

Charlotte Talks: The Life and Legacy of Billy Graham

Feb 22, 2018
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Thursday, February 22, 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks, native son of Charlotte, evangelist to millions and religious counselor to Presidents all the way back to Harry Truman, the Reverend Billy Graham has died. Rev. Graham died at his Western North Carolina home Wednesday morning shortly before 8:00 am at the age of 99. Host Mike Collins is joined by religion writers and experts to talk about the life and legacy of Reverend Billy Graham.

Flickr / Maryland GovPics (top) and Fibbnonaci Blue (bottom)

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2018

Billy Graham, the Charlotte native who became "America's pastor," has died at age 99. A look at his life and legacy, and then the political passions being stirred over guns after the Florida high school shooting.

Charlotte Talks: NC Environmental Update

Feb 20, 2018
Duke Energy

Tuesday February 20, 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks, we get an update on some of the key environmental issues facing North Carolina.  Mike sits down with a panel of reporters and environmentalists  to discuss some of the important issues in 2018.