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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 TALKS 20TH ANNIVERSARY

On Friday, April 20, we celebrated 20 years on air. Take a look back at some of our memorable moments, see Mike Collins age, and get a sense of the stars who have appeared on the show on our anniversary page

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

A recap of Tuesday's primary, which saw the defeats of several incumbents, then a conversation about physician-assisted suicide legislation in North Carolina.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Bible had plagues of locusts. We have plagues of robocalls.  They are becoming more frequent and annoying.  So what can be done?

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Ongoing efforts to improve upward mobility have resulted in more attention being paid to social capital, the currency we use to make connections and get ahead.  Our deficit of that is being further hurt by segregation.  So, if you don’t have social capital, how do you get it?  How do make connections and forge relationships that will help you become upwardly mobile?  We take a closer look at what’s being done to address the problem.

Friday, May 4, 2018

After weeks of back and forth, Matthew officials and CMS  consider compromise on a town charter school bill.  A teacher march for education funding is coming as CMS weighs its options.  Our reporters share their thoughts on the races and the potential voter turnout and what that will mean in next Tuesday’s primary.  And the Wells Fargo Championship is here, complete with Tiger Woods.  Those stories and more with Mike Collins and the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

The jockeying for power in Washington and Raleigh spills into the voting booth with next week's North Carolina primary. Mike Collins looks at the races and the candidates in a "News and Brews" special from Birdsong Brewing Co.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Expectations of a Latino voting surge in 2016 didn’t pan out. Will the Trump administration’s moves on immigration send them to the polls this year? Guest host Kirstin Garriss examines the Hispanic vote, locally and nationally.

Charlotte Talks: CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox

May 1, 2018
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox on Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Education is making headlines around the country as school safety becomes a key issue.  That’s certainly a topic of conversation here, along with CMS doing a delicate dance with Matthews where they want to start their own charter schools.  Sex education, truancy and the budget are also in the news.  Host Mike Collins sits down with CMS superintendent Clayton Wilcox to talk all those things and more.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Spring is here. Time to get out and walk the neighborhood and we’ll hear how you can do that and learn about those neighborhoods during a Charlotte City Walk. These walks give you a snapshot of a growing city today and of its history and examine the city’s biggest issues. We’ll find out more in the first part of the program and then, the Tom Dooley Project. It celebrates a legend used for years to teach children how to make good choices.

Friday, April 27, 2018

The fight is on between Matthews and CMS.  Town officials want to open the door to running their own charter school.  CMPD officers continue to pitch for higher pay.  Affordable housing was a focus this week at City Council, and Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan tells shareholders the bank is standing firm on a decision not to serve some gun makers.  Those stories and more with Mike Collins and guests on the Local News Roundup.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks an update on the toll lanes on I-77 as well as a comparison of that road to one in Wake County and to the Peach Pass in Atlanta and how it affects congestion

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