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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Ways to Connect

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hate groups have come out of the shadows and experts believe news coverage of that emergence could inspire new members to join. But why? Some perspective on that.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The ambitious goal of creating 5,000 affordable housing units in three years is facing serious headwinds. We talk to some City Council members about the challenges of creating and preserving affordable housing.

UNC Press

Monday, August 28, 2017

On the first day of school at CMS, we spend an hour talking about the history of a high school that, at one time, served as a national model for how race-based busing could be done right.  The history of West Charlotte High.

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Solar Eclipse eclipsed all other stories this week – especially in the prime viewing areas of our region. Still, most of Charlotte’s mayoral candidates participated in a debate Tuesday.  New legislative district maps are released to comply with a court order, and local reaction continues to the clash in Charlottesville and Confederate monuments.  Mike Collins and the Roundup Reporters recap those stories and more on the local news roundup.

Charlotte Talks: How The Media Covers Race

Aug 24, 2017
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Americans have been trying to have an honest conversation about race.  Those conversations are hard to have, and often aren't successful.  Could the media facilitate that conversation?  What has been its role in influencing our thoughts on race?  From early portrayals of African-Americans to what we see on today’s news, have negative representations outstripped positive ones?  Host Mike Collins is joined by Eric Deggans from NPR and local guests to discuss.

John D. Simmons / The Charlotte Observer

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

What happens to all the students at the now-defunct Charlotte School of Law? The school's alumni president joins Mike Collins, then a look at the latest exit from Wells Fargo and the CEO's warning of more bad news ahead.

Davie Hinshaw / The Charlotte Observer

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

White supremacist marches have renewed the conversation about what should happen to symbols of the Confederacy.  What do these monuments and markers represent, and what would their removal mean? Mike Collins talks with a Pulitzer Prize-nominated Civil War historian and hears from both sides of the issue.

John D. Simmons / The Charlotte Observer

Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday’s solar eclipse is bringing thousands to North and South Carolina for the experience. We hear from scientists, a meteorologist, and others about what to expect and get tips on how to view it safely.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Violence over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia sets off a new conversation about race and racist symbols.  What are our politicians are saying?  Governor Cooper says all Confederate monuments in the state should come down.  Charlotte School of Law is no more, after the American Bar Association denies plans to move forward.  And the eclipse is coming and so are the tourists.  Mike Collins and the Roundup Reporters cove those stories and more on the local news roundup.

John D. Simmons / The Charlotte Observer

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Six weeks into his tenure as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools superintendent, Clayton Wilcox joins Mike Collins for a discussion on his vision for the district's 150,000 students.