Charlotte Talks

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A special conversation with NPR Founding Mother Susan Stamberg. Mike Collins sits down with Stamberg to talk about her early years in public radio, working in a male dominated field and her thoughts on the future of radio.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A report on the Citizen Review Board meeting last night regarding the killing of Keith Lamont Scott. Then,  hats are about to be flung into the ring in the race for Charlotte mayor, and outside money is lining up to get involved. Guest host Tom Bullock takes a closer look, then talks with a Queen City native returning to Charlotte as one of the stars of "Fun Home."

Charlotte Talks Friday News Roundup

Jun 23, 2017
Clockwise from top left: Glenn Burkins, Tom Bullock, Shawn Flynn, Erik Spanberg

This week in local news, our homicide rate rises to 46 after multiple murders in one night this week.  The mayor’s race gains candidates at a forum on Tuesday.  South Carolina Republicans win a tight Congressional race. The  Whitewater Center is sued one year after the death of a rafter who was exposed to an amoeba at the Center.  Mike Collins and the roundup reporters fill us in on those stories and more.

Monday, June 19, 2017  

In this edition of Charlotte Talks, reporter David Boraks joins host Mike Collins to discuss the Foundation for the Carolinas. David reported on the Foundation's rapid growth and influence. You can listen to that story here.

Then, we'll turn to the special election in South Carolina. Voters choose Tuesday between Republican Ralph Norman and Democrat Archie Parnell. The winner replaces Mick Mulvaney, who resigned to become White House budget director. We'll be joined by political science professors Scott Huffmon of Winthrop University and Susan Roberts of Davidson College.

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. 

Friday, May 26 2017

On the local news roundup, the CMS student assignment plan was passed, but not without contentious discussion by parents and board members.  The Supreme Court strikes down North Carolina's 1st and 12th congressional districts, and the NBA All-Star Game coming to Charlotte in 2019, so is the HB2 fight over? Mike Collins goes over those stories and more with the roundup reporters, when Charlotte Talks. 

The state's congressional district boundaries have since been redrawn, which has reshaped the 1st and 12th districts.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-3 decision that two North Carolina Congressional Districts are illegal racial gerrymanders. The ruling upholds one issued in 2016 by a lower court. Guest host Tom Bullock and experts will talk about what the ruling means, its potential for wide-ranging precedent, and how it will affect North Carolina voters.

May 19, 2017

On this week's Friday News Roundup: The Supreme Court declines to hear North Carolina’s Voter ID appeal.  The CMS Board considers assignment plan changes. Local lawmakers react to President Trump’s sharing of classified intelligence information with the Russians and Governor Cooper announces LGBT protections.  Host Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters will discuss.

Wednesday, May 17 2017

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal on a lower court ruling striking down North Carolina’s voter ID law, but state GOP lawmakers have vowed to find another way to mandate voter ID.  Host Mike Collins and guests discuss the announcement, what happens next, and we look into President Trump's new election fraud commission.