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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Monday, Oct. 9, 2017

College basketball has been hit by a bribery scandal exposing "the dark underbelly" of the game.  Mike Collins talks with hoops observers about what's at stake for college athletics.

Friday, October 6 2017

On the local news roundup, state lawmakers are back in session – a special session – and override gubernatorial vetoes while pushing to redraw judicial districts.  Cam Newton's remarks about a female reporter in a press conference go viral. The State Supreme Court dismisses a last-chance appeal to halt the I-77 toll lanes.  The homicide count in Charlotte continues to rise, and in fact, officials adjust the count for 2016.  And President Trump arrives here this weekend. Mike Collins covers those topics and more on the local news roundup.

Charlotte Talks: NASCAR's Back in Town

Oct 4, 2017
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is retiring at the end of this season. The 42-year-old driver has won 26 times on NASCAR's top circuit.
Matt Sullivan / Getty Images/NASCAR

Thursday, October 5, 2017

It’s race week again as NASCAR prepares for the Bank of America 500 and surrounding events at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  NASCAR stars from all over the country are coming to town, and attention is focused on local NASCAR royalty as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. prepares for his final race at the end of the season.  We talk about that with analysts from the Motor Racing Network and NBC Sports, and also revisit our previous conversations with Jeff Gordon and Humpy Wheeler.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The shooting this Sunday night in Las Vegas has put gun control front and center of many political conversations but we’re also talking about race as the result of President Trump’s comments about the NFL and Charlottesville and the Supreme Court is back in session with cases that could have an impact here.  Mike Collins and political experts give us a political update.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Another mass shooting. This time Las Vegas. No doubt this will temporarily renew talk about gun control, public safety and mental illness. A conversation about how to make sense of this and what to do about it.

Josh Bergeron / The Salisbury Post

Monday, Oct. 2, 2017

Is a Christian prayer in a government meeting unconstitutional? Rowan County doesn't think so, and has asked the Supreme Court to decide. Mike Collins dives into the case, and what other courts have said.

Friday, September 29, 2017

On the local news roundup, NFL protests spark nationwide discussions about athletes, teams and First Amendment rights but the Panthers don’t take part.  Prayer returns to City Council while Rowan County Commissioners seek court permission to say Christian prayer.  The Citizen Review Board rules against CMPD for the first time in its history.  And Hurricane Maria prompts evacuations along North Carolina’s Outer Banks.  Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters cover those and other stories when Charlotte Talks.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Jeannette Walls' best-selling memoir The Glass Castle tells the story of her challenging upbringing. It has now been made into a movie. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

We hear about the human toll of the opioid epidemic from those who have lived through it: those who have struggled with addiction and those who have lost loved ones to it.

Charlotte Talks: Inside The Minds Of Dogs

Sep 25, 2017
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Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017  

Brain research isn’t just for humans. Dr. Gregory Berns has been using it to get inside the minds of dogs. Mike Collins asks what they're thinking.