Charlotte Talks on WFAE

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  • 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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On Friday, April 20, we celebrated 20 years on the 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

Recent Shows:

Charlotte Talks: Should Charlotte Host The RNC?

Jul 12, 2018
Erin Keever

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The supposed finalists to host the 2020 Republican Convention have been narrowed down to two and both candidates seem lukewarm over the prospects.  We’re one of those candidates but now, some are calling for more discussion about the wisdom of hosting the event.  Is it too late for debate?  We hear from two city council members. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A substantial number of adults in our state are convicted felons who face major obstacles in trying to re-enter society.  We examine those challenges and what is being done to address them. 

North Carolina General Assembly

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The book has closed on another short session of the North Carolina General Assembly. The six-week session saw lawmakers continue to try to chip away at the governor's power. Mike Collins examines what came out of the session, and the implications for the fall election.

Flickr / David Resz

Monday, July 9, 2018 

As President Trump prepares to announce his choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, several expert court-watchers assess the possible impact of this change.

Friday, July 6, 2018

The Queen City is named after Queen Charlotte, wife of England’s King George III.  But who was she and why do we have her name?  Queen Sophia Charlotte may have been of mixed heritage, with African ancestors.  As the city approaches its 250th anniversary, we find out more about our namesake.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The U.S. Military says the effects of climate disruption are an “accelerant of instability” around the world.  Weather extremes along with a lack of food, water and sea level rise can destabilize societies.  This can lead to war.  Brigadier General Stephen Cheney talks to host Mike Collins about how the military is preparing to deal with these potential threats to our national security. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

On this Independence Day edition of Charlotte Talks, we listen back to Mike's conversation with musician, actor, TV host Harry Connick Jr., celebrating his hometown of New Orleans and its music.

Charlotte Talks: What It Means To Be A Citizen

Jul 3, 2018

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Every year over seven thousand take the oath to become US citizens. Citizenship is something that easily taken for granted. Guest host Kirstin Garriss looks at what it takes to become one, and what obligations it brings with it. 

Nicola since 1972 / Flickr

Monday, July 2, 2018

As the summer travel season heats up, we get an update on the $2.5 billion expansion plan at Charlotte Douglas International airport, find out what happened with all those flight cancellations and more.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Jerry Richardson is fined $2.75 million by the NFL for misconduct following an investigation. South Carolina Governor and Trump choice Henry McMaster wins a runoff.  There's an exposure to Hepatitis in Charlotte, at an area restaurant. And Charlotte City Council approves incentives to bring an Amazon distribution center to the area.  Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters fill in the details of those and other stories on the Local News Roundup.