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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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.

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Our roundtable of reporters has details on the protest arising from the latest CMPD video.  The public gives input on Charlotte’s Amazon bid and Michael Jordan makes his largest donation ever for family clinics.  The local news roundup. 

Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Our region’s source of life: the Catawba River. It’s been on the endangered rivers list three times but not in the past four years and we get an update on the river’s health.

Flickr / Robert Scoble

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

Charlotte wants to land Amazon's second North American headquarters. Mike Collins hears what local groups are doing to woo the online retail giant.

Universtiy of North Carolina at Charlotte campus
Wade Bruton / UNCC

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Colleges now have a different way of handling sexual assaults. Education Secretary Betsy Devos set that in motion by overturning Obama-era guidelines but the move is controversial. A closer look.

Flickr / Bradjward

Monday, Oct. 9, 2017

College basketball has been hit by a bribery scandal exposing "the dark underbelly" of the game.  Mike Collins talks with hoops observers about what's at stake for college athletics.

Friday, October 6 2017

On the local news roundup, state lawmakers are back in session – a special session – and override gubernatorial vetoes while pushing to redraw judicial districts.  Cam Newton's remarks about a female reporter in a press conference go viral. The State Supreme Court dismisses a last-chance appeal to halt the I-77 toll lanes.  The homicide count in Charlotte continues to rise, and in fact, officials adjust the count for 2016.  And President Trump arrives here this weekend. Mike Collins covers those topics and more on the local news roundup.

Charlotte Talks: NASCAR's Back in Town

Oct 4, 2017
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is retiring at the end of this season. The 42-year-old driver has won 26 times on NASCAR's top circuit.
Matt Sullivan / Getty Images/NASCAR

Thursday, October 5, 2017

It’s race week again as NASCAR prepares for the Bank of America 500 and surrounding events at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  NASCAR stars from all over the country are coming to town, and attention is focused on local NASCAR royalty as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. prepares for his final race at the end of the season.  We talk about that with analysts from the Motor Racing Network and NBC Sports, and also revisit our previous conversations with Jeff Gordon and Humpy Wheeler.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The shooting this Sunday night in Las Vegas has put gun control front and center of many political conversations but we’re also talking about race as the result of President Trump’s comments about the NFL and Charlottesville and the Supreme Court is back in session with cases that could have an impact here.  Mike Collins and political experts give us a political update.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Another mass shooting. This time Las Vegas. No doubt this will temporarily renew talk about gun control, public safety and mental illness. A conversation about how to make sense of this and what to do about it.