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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Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

In collaboration with UNC-TV, Mike Collins discusses Confederate monuments with experts and advocates. How should these tributes to a bygone era be viewed today?

Jenifer Roser

Tuesday, November 14 2017

Former Charlotte Observer columnist Tommy Tomlinson was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.   One of this country’s great writers because of his gift for storytelling, Tommy is now producing a podcast for WFAE focusing on telling the story of the South through a series of intimate interviews.  SouthBound launches on Wednesday, but first, we spend an hour with Tommy Tomlinson talking about this new venture and more.

Charlotte Talks: Ric Flair, The Nature Boy

Nov 13, 2017
Matthew Glover

Monday, November 13, 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 new 30 for 30 documentary on ESPN by another Charlottean, Rory Karpf. Guest host Erik Spanberg is joined by documentary maker Rory Karpf to talk about Ric Flair, the "Nature Boy."

Wendy Herkey / WFAE

Friday, November 10 2017

The Queen City gets its first female African-American Mayor.  Vi Lyles wins handily.  Charlotte City Council sports new members under 40.  The School Bonds pass easily.  Former governor Pat McCrory lays the blame for last year’s gubernatorial loss but doesn’t close the door on a future run.  And the Texas church shooting last Sunday, has Charlotte churches evaluating their own security measures.  Those stories and more with Mike Collins and the roundup reporters on the Charlotte Talks Friday News Roundup.

Flickr / David Shankbone

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

Have the accusations of sexual harassment by Harvey Weinstein and others, combined with the #MeToo campaign, caused us to reach a turning point?

Sarah Delia / WFAE

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017

Charlotte has elected Vi Lyles as its first African-American female mayor. Mike Collins recaps the results with WFAE reporters, then a look at something surprising: America's rising confidence in the news media.

John D. Simmons / The Charlotte Observer

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017

Only 17 percent of voters are forecast to turn out for Tuesday's election for Charlotte mayor. Mike Collins examines why so few people vote in elections that are likely to affect them the most.

Monday, November 6 2017

On the eve of our local election, a look at several headline-making political stories here and around the country, including the Virginia governor’s race which has become important as a test of the national mood.  Meanwhile, a federal judge is hiring an outside expert to help analyze this state’s legislative maps.  Plus, there’s a new GOP tax plan on the table and developments in Robert Mueller’s investigation.  Host Mike Collins and a panel of political experts examine the political impact of all these stories and more. 

Erin Keever / WFAE

Friday, November 3 2017

Host Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters gather at Birdsong Brewery in NoDa to talk about the local election.  We’re just a few days away from electing our 6th mayor in 4 years, several members of city council and school board members, too.  We’ll talk about the latest on the candidates, the races and the other items on the ballot you’ll want to keep your eye on. 

Twitter / Janeen Bryant

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

What happens when thousands of people meet to talk about improving Charlotte? Mike Collins sits down with organizers and attendees of "On The Table CLT," then gets an update on the troubles facing Wells Fargo.