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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Friday, October 27 2017

On the Friday News Roundup, the two candidates for Charlotte mayor met this week on Charlotte Talks.  Our panel will go over their differences and similarities.  Our bid for Major League Soccer appears to be dead.  Five thousand people gathered for the first “On the Table Charlotte” event to talk about ways to improve the region.  And the question of what to do about the old Eastland Mall site comes up for discussion again.  Host Mike Collins and the Roundup Reporters will have details on those stories and more.

Charlotte Talks: Kids, Screens And Social Media

Oct 26, 2017
Flickr/Pai Shih

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Tips for raising a generation of digital natives and when to let young people have cell phones and social media accounts. Interestingly our experts say, "don’t fret." But they add, "be smart."

Mark Hames / The Charlotte Observer

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

North Carolina's largest mental health care provider has been accused of misuse of public funds. Mike Collins looks into the controversy, then talks with visually-impaired artists making art.

Chris Miller / WFAE

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017

Republican Kenny Smith and Democrat Vi Lyles, the nominees for Charlotte mayor, sit down with Mike Collins to discuss the challenges that will face the next mayor, from affordable housing to public safety, in a live conversation at Spirit Square's McGlohon Theater.

Flickr/Stefan Krasowski

Monday, October 23, 2017

U.S. strategy and our legitimate options in dealing with a rogue state like North Korea where a war of words is already underway.

Friday, October 20 2017

On the news roundup, Mike Collins and area reporters cover the week's top stories: Charlotte’s bid to be Amazon’s second headquarters has been submitted.  Early voting starts this week. The county commission reached a deal for CMPD to patrol rural areas around Charlotte.  

Flickr / Pictures of Money

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

Cities and states are preparing to offer incentives for Amazon's second headquarters. It's a strategy the company has used to expand its footprint in the Carolinas and nationwide. Mike Collins looks at how it might play into the headquarters competition.


Wednesday, October 18 2017

The Boy Scouts have decided to let girls into their program, sparking mixed reactions.  The Girl Scouts see this as a calculated business maneuver.  We go through the decision and hear multiple perspectives.  Then, Matthew Bourne’s adaption of the Oscar winning film 'The Red Shoes'.  The world-renowned choreographer tells us about his dance theatre production about to open at the Belk Theatre.

Charlotte Observer/Jeff Siner

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The intersection of politics, sports and social activism. What happens when athletes don’t just stick to sports - we get reaction in Charlotte and around the country.

Diedra Laird / The Charlotte Observer

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017

A record-setting bond for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is on the November ballot, as are a half-dozen school board seats.