Charlotte Talks on WFAE

Weekdays at 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Mike Collins

Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins is this 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 people in the Charlotte region, listeners and leaders know the topic is bound to be discussed on Charlotte Talks. 

You're invited to join the conversation during our live broadcast by E-mail at Or on Facebook and Twitter


  Use iTunes  Use Another Player  RSS

Composer ID: 


Charlotte Talks
4:35 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

CMS Update

Monday, November 24, 2014

Charlotteans were blindsided recently by news of the sudden resignation of CMS Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison. Then, we were puzzled by the various reasons we were given for the departure and some were angered by the lack of transparency by the school board about all this. They seemed reluctant to share anything about this sudden resignation despite leaks that painted Morrison as a tyrant. We talk to key players about what happened and how all of this was handled. 

Read more
Charlotte Talks
2:28 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Soccer In Charlotte

Credit Alan Levine / Flickr

Friday, November 21, 2014

We’re talking futbol.  That’s futbol with a “u.” In other words, soccer. Interest in soccer has been slow to build in this country when compared to the rest of the world but the recent World Cup did wonders to build that interest and next year, Charlotte is getting its very own professional soccer.  We hear from the GM of the Charlotte Independence, the coach of the Davidson team and others. 

Read more
Charlotte Talks
4:53 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Charlotte Authors Roundtable

Credit Shutterhacks / Flickr

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 

For writers, it is the best of times and the worst of times. There are many non-traditional avenues for getting work published but readers have become fragmented and major publishing houses are more particular about what they publish. We hear from several Charlotte authors about the state of their industry, how it affects their work and more. 

Read more
Charlotte Talks
4:33 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Coal Ash Update

Credit Appalachian Voices

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 

Coal ash is controversial and so is the North Carolina Coal Ash Commission. That body was sworn in last Friday, and in regards to who will pay for cleaning up Duke’s coal ash ponds, Chairman Michael Jacobs says everyone who uses power will share the expense. Meanwhile, Governor McCrory has joined two of his predecessors in suing the legislature over the makeup of the commission, and the state’s environmental watchdog has called Duke’s clean up protocols “inadequate.” We catch up on coal ash when Charlotte Talks. 

Read more
Charlotte Talks
1:47 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

The Southern Christmas Show & Iranian Women Writers

Credit Bill Abbott / Fl

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 

Now in its 47th year, we talk to the founders of the Southern Christmas Show about its economic impact and how it's grown. Then, a conversation with one of the most prolific Iranian writers in the world as well as some local women who are advancing the cause of Middle Eastern women everywhere.  

Read more
Charlotte Talks
2:26 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Customer Centricity

Monday, November 17, 2014

Whether we work in retail or not, we’ve all heard the old adage: The customer is always right. Not so, says Peter Fader. In fact, he takes it a step further by asserting that only a business’s good customers deserve the best treatment. This flies in the face of everything and, given that we’re all about to go on a holiday shopping binge, this might really go against your grain. 

Read more
Charlotte Talks
12:07 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Talkin' Tarheel

Friday, November 14, 2014

My, how you talk – and when you do, you have an accent. We all have them. That said, we hope ya’ll can gather ‘round and set a spell, as we chew the fat about how North Carolinians talk. Two NC State professors who study language in its social context well tell us how upbringing, geography, socio-economic status and other factors influence speech.  

Read more
Charlotte Talks
4:06 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia

Thursday, November 13, 2014

If you ask Dolly Parton, she’ll tell you that the music she and her Nashville colleagues make has its roots in Celtic music. That’s why she wrote the forward to Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr’s new book, Wayfaring Strangers. It tells the stories of the Scottish troubadours who crossed the sea and began making music in Appalachia which gave rise to bluegrass and country.

Read more
Charlotte Talks
10:00 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Lisa Leake And '100 Days Of Real Food'

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

There’s a downside to eating processed food, so one mom from Matthews decided to feed her family of four for 100 days using no processed foods.  Inspired by food writer Michael Pollan, her experiment was a success and gained her national attention.  Now, she’s written her own cookbook about the experience with recipes that will help you make the transition as well.  Lisa Leake talks about 100 Days of Real Food.

Read more
Charlotte Talks
3:01 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Sebastian Junger: Korengal And Why Veterans Miss War

Sebastian Junger

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

On Veterans Day, a conversation with Sebastian Junger, award-winning journalist and best-selling author of The Perfect Storm and Restrepo, about what he witnessed while embedded with troops in Afghanistan. We hear from him about a new poject based on that same experience and talk to others about local efforts to help returning veterans acclimate to life back at home. The three may surprise with what they learned about how soldiers feel about war. 

Read more