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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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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

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Can Charlotte city reduce its carbon emissions from 12 tons a year to just 2 by 2050? That's the goal set this week by the City Council. Mike Collins talks with those involved in the city's climate change fight.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

With affordable housing scarce and rents rising - evictions in Charlotte Mecklenburg are high - and that leads to even more problems for those who are struggling. Mike Collins and guests examine that.

Charlotte Talks: An Economic Update For 2018

Jun 26, 2018
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

We are approaching the halfway point of 2018.  Things are going well but what impact might tariffs have? We sit down with a group of experts to give an update on our economic health.

The White House / Shealah Craighead

Monday, June 25, 2018

It's been a chaotic few days in the Trump White House over immigration, particularly the separation of families on the Southern border. With the midterms looming, will there be any political fallout? Guest host Michael Bitzer explores that.

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Conservative commentator and Pultizer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer died Thursday, less than two weeks after he disclosed his terminal cancer.

In 2006, Krauthammer visited Charlotte to speak at Queens University of Charlotte's Learning Society. Mike Collins had a conversation with Krauthammer about politics and foreign policy, including the Iraq war, which was in its third year and becoming politically unpopular. Krauthammer was an ardent supporter of the conflict and its neoconservative underpinnings.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Mecklenburg County approves the budget for next year with a ¾ cent tax rate increase.  American Airlines hopes things are back to normal after thousands of flights are cancelled due to a computer malfunction.  President Trump ends a policy separating immigrant children from their families and local politicians express their feelings on all this. That and more with Mike Collins and the Roundup reporters on the Charlotte Talks local news roundup.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

After a multi-day computer outage stranded hundreds of travelers in Charlotte, Mike Collins talks with industry observers about why these glitches seem to be increasing. Then, a look at the Atlantic hurricane season, which is off to a deadly start in North Carolina.

Charlotte Talks: Bringing Relief To Our Food Deserts

Jun 20, 2018
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks, a look into food insecurity. The queen city is populated with areas known as food deserts, areas in which it is difficult or impossible to buy affordable fresh food. We sit down with a panel of guests to discuss what can be done about this. 

North Tryon Vision Plan

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

An update on the North Tryon Vision Plan, a bold redevelopment of a major portion of Charlotte’s uptown. Where does it stand? Mike Collins finds out.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Suicide is on the rise in America, and recent celebrity deaths have brought a renewed focus. How can warning signs be spotted? Mike Collins talks with a researcher and two people whose lives have been touched by suicide, including a suicide survivor.