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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Friday, June 16, 2017

A North Carolina congressman witnesses a colleague's shooting on a Virginia ball field. Budget numbers are flying at the city, county and state levels. Crime enters as an issue in the mayor's race. Mike Collins and local reporters review with week's news.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

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.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Senate's Russia investigation turns to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Mike Collins recaps his testimony with a national security expert, then looks at Charlotte's burgeoning disc golf scene.

Road To Self-Driving Cars Goes Through NC

Jun 13, 2017
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Is a driver-less car in your future?  Maybe way down the road, but they’re coming. Mike Collins talks with experts about the state of self-driving technology, and North Carolina's role in its development.

This show originally aired on March 8, 2017

Monday, June 12 2017

The Charlotte Observer uncovered troubling misconduct in North Carolina prisons involving sex, drugs and gang violence-- by prison corrections officers. Mike Collins is joined by the reporters who conducted the investigation. 

On the local news roundup-- Mecklenburg County’s health director resigns.  The Supreme Courts decides against the legislature on the drawing of voter districts – again – and Roy Cooper joins a growing chorus of governors continuing to support the Paris Climate Accord. Host Mike Collins and the roundup reporters discuss the week's top local and regional news. 

Political Experts Discuss Comey's Senate Testimony

Jun 8, 2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Former FBI director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about the Russia investigation and his intereactions with President Trump. Mike Collins and a panel of political experts preview Comey's appearance.

Charlotte Homicide Rate Continues To Rise

Jun 7, 2017
map indicating location of homicides in Charlotte in 2017.
Charlotte Observer

We’re 23 weeks into 2017 and already, Charlotte has experienced 38 murders.  CMPD says it’s doing what it can to quell this senseless violence including seizing weapons off the street and working in hot spots, and yet, the homicides continue.  Host Mike Collins and guests take a look at that and the numbers for murders in cities across the country.

Facebook / Ralph Norman for Congress, Archie Parnell for Congress

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Republican Ralph Norman and Democrat Archie Parnell, the candidates to fill South Carolina's vacant 5th Congressional District seat, join Mike Collins to discuss the upcoming special election.


Monday, June 5, 2017

President Trump pulls the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. What this means for the Carolinas, the environment, business and America's position as a leader.