Charlotte Talks on WFAE

Weekdays at 9:00 a.m. and Mon-Thurs at 9:00 p.m.
  • Hosted by Mike Collins

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

Ways To Connect

Mental health care is a growing concern around the nation.  Many of the recent high-profile shootings were committed by those with mental health issues.  In North Carolina, Governor McCrory just announced the creation of a mental health task force to examine behavioral care options and make them better.  But just what is mental illness?  How many different kinds are they?  How are they diagnosed and treated.  We examine those questions and more.

Finding Work-Life Balance (Rebroadcast)

Sep 7, 2015
Phillie Casablanca / Flickr/

Europeans regard Americans as workaholics - and - using comparisons of time spent at work versus vacations taken - we are. Putting work first and the demands placed on workers requiring them to do so is resulting in burnout and corporations are taking notice. They're examining the impact of work-life integration and we'll look at how achieving that balance impacts employees, employers and the bottom line. / Flickr

Experts in the medical field are hopeful that we are getting ever closer to the day when treatment for whatever ails you will be personalized.  Personalized medicine is a relatively new field of research, some of which is taking place in Charlotte.  If perfected, it would replace the one-size-fits-all approach and, based on a simple blood or urine test, provide treatment targeted just to you.  We talk about this pioneering approach with those on the cutting edge of research.

Growing up in small-town North Carolina, Resa Goldberg endured a horrible experience with a high school boyfriend which impacted much of her adult life and all of her later relationships.  With the help of a therapist she came to understand how that experience led her to be attracted to bad and sometimes violent relationships.  Her memoir is an attempt to help others see what she missed and to avoid similar pain.  We talk to Resa Goldberg and her therapist.

Block By Block: The Town Of Davidson

Sep 1, 2015

Wednesday, September 2

This summer, we’ve been visiting the towns that ring Charlotte from Mathews to Belmont to Waxhaw, now it’s up I-77 to Davidson. Perhaps best known for Davidson College and the town’s historic downtown, like other ring cities, they’ve been growing like crazy and have the challenge of managing that growth and maintaining what makes Davidson special. We talk about that and get into a controversial project called “Narrow Passage.” 

North Carolina's Wine Industry Growth

Aug 31, 2015
apium / Flickr

Tuesday, September 1

The wine business in North Carolina is growing quickly. Sales are skyrocketing and have eclipsed the state’s better-known craft beer industry. From 2011, when we last talked about North Carolina wines, to today, the number of wineries in the state has gone from 100 to 159. Prior to prohibition, we were a major wine producing state and we’re fighting hard to become a player again. 

Bullying And Prevention

Aug 28, 2015

Monday, August 31

There have always been bullies intimidating people of all ages. But the digital age has added new platforms for bullying and often the victims see no way out other than to choose suicide. That is the choice college freshman Tyler Clementi made and now his mother is working to educate people around the country about the problem.  In Charlotte for events surrounding the Stand Up, Sing Out Concert to STOP Bullying, Jane Clementi joins us.

Friday, August 28

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney discusses the work left to be done in building stronger police and community relationships. Followed by a recap of a busy week in the North Carolina legislature.

Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy / United States Government Work

Thursday, August 27

In this two part show, we get a behind-the-scenes look at the Clinton White House from Melinda Bates, former director of the White House Visitor’s office and we check up on some late summer/early fall reading recommendations.

college class
SMBCollege / Flickr

Wednesday, August 26

Something is happening on college campuses across the country. There seems to be an increased sensitivity to issues that some view as painful or offensive. It has caused some comedians who used to consider college audiences their bread and butter to stop playing the college circuit. Worse, it is beginning to intrude on what’s being taught. We hear more about "The Coddling of the American Mind."