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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Josh Bergeron / The Salisbury Post

Monday, Oct. 2, 2017

Is a Christian prayer in a government meeting unconstitutional? Rowan County doesn't think so, and has asked the Supreme Court to decide. Mike Collins dives into the case, and what other courts have said.

Friday, September 29, 2017

On the local news roundup, NFL protests spark nationwide discussions about athletes, teams and First Amendment rights but the Panthers don’t take part.  Prayer returns to City Council while Rowan County Commissioners seek court permission to say Christian prayer.  The Citizen Review Board rules against CMPD for the first time in its history.  And Hurricane Maria prompts evacuations along North Carolina’s Outer Banks.  Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters cover those and other stories when Charlotte Talks.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Jeannette Walls' best-selling memoir The Glass Castle tells the story of her challenging upbringing. It has now been made into a movie. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

We hear about the human toll of the opioid epidemic from those who have lived through it: those who have struggled with addiction and those who have lost loved ones to it.

Charlotte Talks: Inside The Minds Of Dogs

Sep 25, 2017
Chris Miller / WFAE

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017  

Brain research isn’t just for humans. Dr. Gregory Berns has been using it to get inside the minds of dogs. Mike Collins asks what they're thinking.

Charlotte Talks: The Future of Energy

Sep 25, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

The way Americans consume and produce energy is changing and diversifying. The future of energy in all its forms takes center stage in Charlotte, as an energy hub city- we’ll explore what that future may hold, when Charlotte Talks, with guest host David Boraks.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Host Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters is set to fill in all the details of the week's top stories, including several remembrances on the one-year anniversary of the Keith Scott Shooting, and CMPD Chief Kerr Putney’s response to recommendations from the Citizens Review Board following the Keith Scott shooting.  City Council opens their Monday meeting without a prayer which has been a longtime tradition.  We’ll tell you the reason for the change.  And the debate over civil war monuments has caught up with Historic Brattonsville.  They’ve cancelled a planned re-enactment.  

Jenifer Roser / Erin Keever

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The shooting of Keith Lamont Scott on September 20, 2016 and the protests that followed shook Charlotte. It started conversations, sometimes uncomfortable ones, across the city that continue today. On the one year anniversary of the shooting, a WFAE Public Conversation examined what has changed, what hasn’t, and looked at some of the work that’s been done over the past year.

Millennial Action Project

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

Younger faces are looking to influence Charlotte and North Carolina politics. Guest host Michael Bitzer talks with millennial politicians, then discusses a growing divide between the Trump White House and business leaders.

File photo / The Charlotte Observer

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017

The rise and fall of the PTL empire is revisited in a new book. A conversation with the author, then a look at an acclaimed play on religion, "The Christians," making its Charlotte debut.