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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Ways to Connect

Monday, August 14, 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.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Professional golf royalty has been in town all week for the PGA Championship. How did Charlotte do as host to a major tournament? The Citizens Review Board held a hearing on CMPD’s internal exoneration of the officer who shot Keith Lamont Scott nearly a year ago.  Teacher and principal pay raises highlighted the newly approved CMS budget.  And Governor Cooper came to Charlotte to announce the expansion of Allstate Insurance- the company is bringing 2,500 jobs to the Queen City. Host Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters cover those stories and more on the Friday News Roundup.

Charlotte Observer/David T. Foster III

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Gentrification can spruce up neighborhoods but it can also price long-term residents out. We examine that and hear about what may be a first-of-its-kind effort to slow gentrification down.

Charlotte Talks: NC Education Update

Aug 9, 2017
alamosbasement / Flickr

Wednesday, August 9 2017

Back to school is looming large in Charlotte but some schools here and around the state are already in session.  Mike Collins and two North Carolina education reporters provide an overview of some of the issues facing schools as they start the new year.

Flickr/Steve Johnson

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A look at the work that goes into keeping Charlotte tap water safe and at some of the challenges in doing so. Then, mosquitos love our city and we hear about research to predict where mosquito-borne diseases will occur.

Mark Rumsey / WFAE

Monday, August 7, 2017

Charlotte’s first-ever golf major is about to tee off. We’ve hosted pro golf for years, but the PGA Championship is being called “the big leagues.” Guest host Erik Spanberg talks with golf reporters, then checks in on the economy and what's holding back wages.

Friday August 4, 2017

On this week's local news roundup, Mike Collins and the roundup reporters discuss Mecklenburg County Commission saying no to funding a soccer stadium, the legislature having one month to redraw 28 legislative voting districts, the PGA Tournament getting ready to play through Charlotte, and much more.

Charlotte Talks: LGBT Rights In The Workplace

Aug 2, 2017
Flickr / Mitchell Haindfield

Thursday, August 3, 2017

LGBT rights are back in the news with President Trump's desire to ban transgender military members and his Justice Department saying federal law doesn't protect gays on the job. Mike Collins is joined by employment and civil rights law experts.

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.