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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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CHARLOTTE TALKS 20TH ANNIVERSARY

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

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

One of the biggest names in legal thrillers, John Grisham, ditches the courtroom for a beach read for his latest novel. He joins guest host Erik Spanberg.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A new study tracked the speed of misinformation online compared to the slow pace of setting the record straight. Why do we so easily believe "fake news?"

Charlotte Talks: Ensuring The Safety Of Our Schools

Mar 12, 2018
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Monday, March 12, 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks, what’s being done in Charlotte to prepare for a mass shooting particularly in our schools.  There have been 34 this year and we talk to folks on the front lines of safety. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

The sale of the Panthers appears to be gaining momentum. Atrium Health leaves UNC Health Care waiting at the altar. The president's steel tariff could have a ripple effect in the Carolinas. Mike Collins and a reporters roundtable look at the week's news.

Charlotte Talks: Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles

Mar 8, 2018
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Thursday, March 8, 2018

On this edition of Charlotte Talks, Mayor Vi Lyles returns for the second of her monthly chats with Mike Collins to discuss several important issues facing the city.  She believes keeping the Panthers is a top priority when it comes to economic development.  She’ll tell us why and share her thoughts on not being on Amazon’s list.  We’ll also talk about CMPD staffing concerns just days after officers asked for a raise and her proposal to host the 2020 Republican National Convention. You're invited to ask her your questions as well, at 704-926-9323, on Twitter @charlottetalks, or by emailing charlottetalks@wfae.org

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

March Madness begins with college basketball under a cloud. Guest host Erik Spanberg examines the state of play with ESPN college basketball analyst and Charlotte lawyer Jay Bilas.

Erin Keever

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Expectations of transformation. What the Lynx Blue Line extension will likely mean for UNC Charlotte and the University City Area.

Charlotte Magazine

Monday, March 5, 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks we hear from a panel of guests who were instrumental in the integration of our nation's schools. We also discuss how Charlotte has resegregated our schools and what that reality means to today’s students. 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Three presidents come to Charlotte to pay their respects to Billy Graham. President Trump's idea of arming teachers gets a thumbs-down here. CMS releases a report full of "unpleasant truths." Mike Collins recaps the week's news with our reporters roundtable.

Charlotte Talks: Former CIA Director John Brennan

Mar 1, 2018
John Brennan, then Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, in the Oval Office, May 3, 2010.
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Thursday, March 1 2018

Former CIA Director John Brennan joined Mike Collins to discuss the national security challenges the nation has faced and continues to face, from Russian interference in our election cycle and their planting of fake news in social media, to the threat posed by North Korea to pressures in the Middle East.  John Brennan is now a national security and intelligence analyst for NBC News.

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