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

Subscribe to the podcast:

iTunes     NPR One     Google Play     Stitcher     RSS

Recent Shows:

Federal Bureau of investigation

Monday, February 12, 2018

The legacy of Waco and the confrontation between the Branch Davidian religious cult and the FBI that led to the deaths of nearly 80 people 25 years ago this month.

Friday, February 9, 2018

On the Local News Roundup, the Supreme Court rejects legislative districts drawn by federal judges.  What this means for this year’s election.  Carolina’s Healthcare System changes its name to Atrium – but why?  And speaking of names, the hashtag #droptheUNC is gaining attention.  What does UNC-Charlotte think about that?  That and more on the Local News Roundup.

Erin Keever / WFAE

Thursday, February 8, 2018

On this edition of Charlotte Talks, we start something new:  Monthly conversations with Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles on the most important issues facing the city,  like affordable housing, domestic violence, and growth

Flickr / Virginia Retail

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

What’s happening in the battle among grocers for your food dollar? Mike Collins and industry experts check in on the Store Wars.

Charlotte Talks: Combating The Rise In Hate Crimes

Feb 6, 2018
Rev. Chris Ayers of Wedgewood Church addressed the crowd at Monday's vigil.
David Boraks / WFAE

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Charlotte ranks near the top in the nation for the number of active hate groups.  Crimes against American Muslims are at their highest levels since 9-11.  Recently, a local church was defaced with anti LGBTQ slurs. Mike sits down with community members who are working to bring unity to Charlotte.

Flickr/Stephen Chin

Monday, February 5, 2018

After losing our Amazon bid because we don’t have enough tech workers, what our city is doing to strengthen our tech workforce.

Friday, February 2 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks local news roundup, local pundits and lawmakers react to President Trump’s State of the Union speech.   Our city council holds a retreat in Durham.  We tell you what they talked about.  Duke Energy customers don’t like the company’s request to increase rates.  

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Fighting "Imposter Syndrome," that nagging feeling in the back of your mind that you aren't up to the job and may be found out. Then we shift focus to harnessing your personal style to increase your productivity.

Charlotte Talks: State Of The Union Recap

Jan 31, 2018
Flickr / Michael Vadon

Wednesday, Jan. 31 2018

President Trump delivers his first State of the Union address. Guest host Michael Bitzer gets morning-after analysis from political watchers and lawmakers.

Ryan Gustman

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 

Finding adequate health care in rural North Carolina is a challenge.  Twenty counties don’t have a pediatrician.  Twenty-six don’t have an OBGYN.  Psychiatrists are MIA in 32 North Carolina counties and to make matters worse, many hospitals in rural areas are closing their doors due in large part to the lack of proper Medicaid coverage for the working poor. Mike sits down with those who are working to solve our state's rural health care crisis.