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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Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

It's already an election year, and Tuesday's gerrymandering ruling has already provided a jolt to North Carolina politics. Mike Collins and political experts look at the impact of the ruling, and the landscape heading into the mid-term elections.

In February, workers used a giant crane to lower a containment vessel ring into place at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant in Fairfield County, S.C.

Tuesday, January 9 2018

Customers of electric utility SCANA have been stuck paying for a failed nuclear project in South Carolina, but relief may be in sight.  Virginia’s Dominion Energy wants to buy the debt-laden utility, so Mike Collins and area reporters sit down to discuss the likelihood of that purchase being approved.  Then, WBTV News Anchor Molly Grantham has written a book about her life,  on- and off-camera as a working mom.  She’s frank about  her experiences and shares her thoughts.

Charlotte Talks: Bosses Behaving Badly

Jan 8, 2018
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Monday, Jan. 8, 2017

A look at the cultures of fear, abuse and misbehavior in the workplace that are coming to light. How does this behavior start?  What should you do about it? 

Friday, January 5, 2018

On the next local news roundup, weather leads the New Year’s news with frigid, single digit temperatures and (for some) snow.  The cold hits the city’s homeless population hard and there have been multiple power outages as well.  The Panthers suffer a disappointing loss to Atlanta setting us up for a difficult playoff this weekend.  And there are updates on the Panthers sale, a county land swap and judicial redistricting.  Our roundtable of reporters joins Mike Collins to detail those stories and more.

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Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

2017 was great for stocks and hiring. Will this economic rise continue in 2018? What effect will we see from the new tax cuts? Mike Collins asks economists to dust off their crystal balls.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

It's a new year, but the city still faces many of its old problems. One of them - a lack of economic mobility - is being confronted head-on by an educator and a business executive. An update on their progress.


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Mecklenburg County and others across the country are trying to reduce jail populations by addressing the financial restraints that keep people behind bars. Mike Collins looks at how the justice system is trying to create change from within.

Monday, January 1, 2018

In a divided nation, can we find common ground in our shared humanity? Public Radio’s Krista Tippett is looking for an answer. She sits down with Mike Collins for a 'civil conversation.'

Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

A year-in-review edition of the Local News Roundup - from political changes and Charlotte's rising murder count, to the swift downfall of Jerry Richardson and the roll back of House Bill 2. 

Charlotte Talks: Ric Flair, The Nature Boy

Dec 27, 2017
Matthew Glover

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Wrestler Ric Flair is one of Charlotte’s most famous characters. Although he now lives in Atlanta, longtime Charlotteans still claim him as their own. His heyday as a wrestler in the 1980’s and 90’s and the glamour life he led is part of a 30 for 30 documentary on ESPN by another Charlottean, Rory Karpf. Guest host Erik Spanberg is joined by Rory Karpf to talk about Ric Flair, the "Nature Boy."