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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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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Erin Keever

Friday, June 15th, 2018

On the local news roundup, we're live from the Heroes Convention in Uptown Charlotte! Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters discuss the week's top local and regional news- including the city passing a budget with higher taxes, the county taking a step towards adopting their budget, and Atrium planning to spend $1 billion on upgrades on facilities in the Queen City. 

Charlotte Talks: Jon Meacham and The Soul of America

Jun 14, 2018

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Jon Meacham’s latest book, The Soul of America, reminds us that the political divisiveness and turmoil Americans are experiencing today are common throughout American history. The former editor of Newsweek is now a Pulitzer-Prize winning author and presidential historian. He joins guest host Erik Spanberg to discuss some of our most tumultuous moments in U.S. History.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Today, a pop culture happy hour, with superheroes galore! We review the latest summer movies with our local film critics Matt Brunson and Sean O’Connell. Then, a preview of Heroes Con which has become a mainstay annual event for comic book fans. Now in its 36th year, it draws about 50,000 people to the convention center each year and continues to grow. Mike Collins talks with the man behind it all - Shelton Drum.

Charlotte Talks: Our Changing Religious Landscape

Jun 12, 2018

Tuesday, June 12th,  2018

A look at what’s behind the growing secularization of America. Atheists and agnostics account for a growing number of the population.  And North Carolina seems to be following that trend.  What is driving this change?  Host Mike Collins and a panel of experts discuss the issue.  


Monday, June 11, 2018

A preview of key primary contests in South Carolina including that for Governor and a dramatic one in York County. Then, a conversation with one of the most important people in our community - April Johnson - the CMS Teacher of the Year. A former student at Tuckaseegee Elementary, Johnson is now an arts educator there who has a special relationship with her students and a knack for helping them find themselves and their way to success.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Opposition and legal threats continue even after legislation is passed allowing Mecklenburg County towns to use property taxes to operate their own charter schools.  The state budget is passed, and vetoed by Governor Cooper.  Teachers took their concerns about pay to Raleigh last month, and this week they went to the County Commission to plead their case. Mike Collins and a roundtable of reporters sit down to discuss.  

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

For five years, this area has been at the bottom of national rankings for parks. We talk with the new director of the park system about that and about whether proposed funding is enough.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

We're joined by Grammy and Emmy Award-winning musician and actor Harry Connick Jr., who is on his way to Charlotte for a special celebration of his hometown, New Orleans. That city turns 300 this year, and to celebrate, Connick is on a tour to bring the music of New Orleans to audiences all over. We'll hear about his upbringing in New Orleans and the influence the city has had on his music career, and hear some of that music as well.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

A recent 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?" This show originally aired March 13, 2018. 

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Monday, June 4, 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks, we look back on the life, career and beliefs of Robert F. Kennedy, a man who started out as a staunch anti-communist and ended up a hot-blooded liberal.