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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 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: The Rise Of Women In Politics

May 30, 2018

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

The year 2018 has seen the rise of women in politics. With more women running for and holding office than in years past, we take a look at what this trend could mean for the midterm election and beyond.

Charlotte Talks: County Budget With Dena Diorio

May 29, 2018
Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio talked to reporters Wednesday about this week's hacker attack on county servers.
David Boraks / WFAE

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Last week, Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio released her proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year. The $1.7 billion budget includes the first property tax increase for the county in five years- if it’s approved. Diorio joins guest host Erik Spanberg to discuss.

Flickr / Virginia Retail

 Monday, May 28, 2018

What’s happening in the battle among grocers for your food dollar? Mike Collins and industry experts check in on the Store Wars. This show originally aired February 7, 2018.

Friday, May 25, 2018

On the local news roundup, NFL owners have unanimously approved the sale of the Carolina Panthers-- a record-breaking team purchase, at $2.2 billion. Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio has released the proposed county budget, which includes the first property tax increase in five years if it’s approved. Guest host Erik Spanberg and the roundup reporters delve into those topics and more.

Thursday, May 24, 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. 

Charlotte Talks: Breaking Down The New NASCAR Season

May 23, 2018
Larry McTighe / U.S. Air Force photo

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks, we talk all about NASCAR as it and Charlotte prepare for the Coca-Cola 600.  We sit down with some racing experts to discuss where NASCAR is and where it’s headed. 

Erin Keever

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

City Council’s LaWana Mayfield defends her more controversial social media posts and we hear all about what the new owner of the Panthers might mean for the team and the city.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

There are key figures in Charlotte's history whose stories aren't widely known. Local attorney and author Scott Syfert hopes to change that, and he joins Mike Collins to discuss the people he considers "eminent Charlotteans."

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Panthers have a new owner. Lawmakers, back in Raleigh for the first day of the short session, confront teachers from across the state as well as another group of demonstrators in Raleigh asking lawmakers to address poverty. And, Charlotte residents weigh in on the proposed city budget and possible tax increase. A panel of reporters joins Mike Collins to expand on those and other stories.

Thursday, May 17 2018

UNC Charlotte Professor Dr. Mirsad Hadzikadic is leaving Charlotte after 31 years to return to his home country of Bosnia—to run for president! Guest host Michael Bitzer sits down with Hadzikadic to talk about his run for office and the reasons behind it.