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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Recent Shows:

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."

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Are you a liar? You bet you are but the real you is emerging through your online activities. What Big Data knows about the real you.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Mike Collins talks with culinary and cultural historian Michael Twitty and others about southern food roots and about Twitty's new book The Cooking Gene, about how he traced his ancestry back to 1624 in North Carolina and the part food plays in his personal history and in the history of the South.

Charlotte Talks: Best of 2017

Dec 25, 2017
Erin Keever / WFAE

The past 12 months have been eventful, to say the least. As Charlotte Talks celebrates its 20th cycle around the news-sun in 2018, the CT team takes a moment to recount their most memorable moments from 2017.

Rob Young, vagueonthehow, Fransesco Pozzi via Flickr

Monday, December 25, 2017

Host Mike Collins meets lyricist Tim Rice - the man behind the memorable words to songs from The Lion King, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Beauty and the Beast, Evita, Aladdin and more. Plus, a Charlotte Talks holiday tradition... enjoy 'A Cup of Christmas Tea.'

Friday, December 22, 2017

On the Friday News Roundup... recap of the week's stories about Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson… U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in town this week… and the Queen City has a new planning director. Guest host Erik Spanberg will get into those topics and more with our roundtable of reporters.