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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solar eclipse

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Get ready for the Great American Eclipse. It’s coming to a town near you. We’ll tell you when, where to get the best view and how to view it safely.

North Carolina Legislative building
jmturner / Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

North Carolina legislators are preparing to redraw voting districts because the U.S. Supreme Court says they were illegally racially gerrymandered.  Mike Collins looks into how the state drew the scrutiny of the courts.

Protests in Charlotte Sept. 21, 2016
Tom Bullock / WFAE

Monday, July 31, 2017

A closer look at the power of technology on social movements. How it works and the impact of the online world on the real world.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Republican senators from the Carolinas come to the defense of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Mecklenburg County commissioners might delay a vote on funding a soccer stadium. Mayor Jennifer Roberts calls President Trump's statements on transgender military members "cowardly." Mike Collins and a panel of local reporters review the week's top stories.

Charlotte Talks: Kathy Reichs And Two Nights

Jul 27, 2017
Ben Mark Holzberg

Thursday, July 27 2017

Bones, the TV show has ended. The program based on Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan books ended after 12 seasons this spring, and now Kathy Reichs is introducing readers to a new heroine, Sunday Nights. Mike Collins will catch up with Kathy to talk about life after Bones and more.

Dare County Government Channel

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sea levels are rising faster than anticipated and our state’s beaches are particularly vulnerable. Yet we have no long-term strategy to deal with this. Mike Collins talks with experts about what the future may hold.

Who's A Southerner? Turns Out A Lot Of Y'all

Jul 25, 2017
John D. Simmons / The Charlotte Observer

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The South is home to 122 million people, many of whom came from elsewhere, but who identify as Southern. But what does it mean to be Southern after all this change and all these newcomers?

Programming note: This show originally aired in April 2017. Today's regularly scheduled show with UNC professor Zeynep Tufekci, author of 'Twitter and Tear Gas,' will air at a later date. 


Monday, July 24 2017

Our recent public conversation on the city’s homicide problem shed light on another significant issue:  the difficulty faced by those released from prison, in re-integrating into society.  11,314 people in North Carolina are newly released or on parole and they face major impediments to leading successful lives out of prison.  We talk about solutions with an ex-offender helping others and with experts in that field.

Friday, July 20 2017

Major League Soccer gives our town the once over.  Gettleman is out, Hurney is in as Panthers General Manager.  And the field is complete for the Charlotte Mayor’s race.  Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters cover this week's top local news.

Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

Thursday, July 20, 2017

If Major League Soccer comes to Charlotte, will parks suffer? Mike Collins talks with parks advocates about their concerns, and then comedian Paula Poundstone joins Mike ahead of her Friday performance in Charlotte.