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 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

Recent Shows:

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

A look at what’s being done to secure the vote in the 2018 election in the shadow of Russian interference in 2016.  Plus, what Facebook has been doing with your information.

Columbia University

Monday, March 26, 2018

For several years, leaders in Charlotte have grappled with inequality, a topic that Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has studied for decades. He discusses inequality, as well as economics in the Trump era, with guest host Erik Spanberg.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Some North Carolina politicians are linked to the Facebook data scandal. A new report labels Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools the most segregated system in the state. Lawmakers begin tackling school safety. Our reporters roundtable discusses the week's top stories.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Our city’s new planning director sits down with Mike Collins to talk about his current focus - redesigning our zoning codes - and about his vision for the city.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Is the United States ending its space program?  We're moving toward a private model as President Trump seeks to end funding for the space station. Mike Collins looks at the future of space exploration.

Erin Keever

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

An examination of the less-than-excellent outcomes provided by America’s health care system, the cost of care and how we might improve the state of things.

UNC President Margaret Spellings joined Charlotte Talks Monday, March 19, 2018.
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Monday, March 19, 2018

Margaret Spellings talks about her first two years as president of the University of North Carolina system and more.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Students here and around the nation walk out to protest a lack of action on guns.  A possible new owner of the Panthers emerges, and the Lynx Blue Line rides north. Those and other stories on the Local News Roundup.

Thursday, March 15th 2018

Mike Collins' guest is also Oprah’s all-time favorite guest.  Dr. Tererai Trent is an internationally known humanitarian, educator and author whose latest book recently won the 2018 NAACP Award for Outstanding Literary work.  She rose from humble beginnings in a farming community in Zimbabwe and went on to receive her Ph.D. in America.  She uses her story to inspire others to achieve and follow their dreams.  

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

One of the biggest names in legal thrillers, John Grisham, ditches the courtroom for a beach read for his latest novel. He joins guest host Erik Spanberg.