Charlotte Talks

Charlotte Talks: NASCAR's Back in Town

Oct 4, 2017
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is retiring at the end of this season. The 42-year-old driver has won 26 times on NASCAR's top circuit.
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

It’s race week again as NASCAR prepares for the Bank of America 500 and surrounding events at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  NASCAR stars from all over the country are coming to town, and attention is focused on local NASCAR royalty as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. prepares for his final race at the end of the season.  We talk about that with analysts from the Motor Racing Network and NBC Sports, and also revisit our previous conversations with Jeff Gordon and Humpy Wheeler.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The shooting this Sunday night in Las Vegas has put gun control front and center of many political conversations but we’re also talking about race as the result of President Trump’s comments about the NFL and Charlottesville and the Supreme Court is back in session with cases that could have an impact here.  Mike Collins and political experts give us a political update.

Friday, September 29, 2017

On the local news roundup, NFL protests spark nationwide discussions about athletes, teams and First Amendment rights but the Panthers don’t take part.  Prayer returns to City Council while Rowan County Commissioners seek court permission to say Christian prayer.  The Citizen Review Board rules against CMPD for the first time in its history.  And Hurricane Maria prompts evacuations along North Carolina’s Outer Banks.  Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters cover those and other stories when Charlotte Talks.

Charlotte Talks: The Future of Energy

Sep 25, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

The way Americans consume and produce energy is changing and diversifying. The future of energy in all its forms takes center stage in Charlotte, as an energy hub city- we’ll explore what that future may hold, when Charlotte Talks, with guest host David Boraks.

This week marks one year since Charlotte police fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott and protests  erupted across the city.  On today's Charlotte Talks,  host Mike Collins and WFAE  reporters talk to key people who found themselves at the center of those events last year.  We hear their impressions of what happened, their reactions in the moment and with the distance of time.  

Jose Hernandez-Paris of the Latin American Coalition spoke at a press conference near the Charlotte office of Sen. Thom Tillis Tuesday.
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Thursday, September 7 2017

For "Dreamers," the dream may have ended.  This week, President Trump announced he’s ending the DACA program that shields about 800,000 young people from deportation, including more than 27,000 North Carolinians. What does this mean, and what's next for these residents and our lawmakers? Mike Collins and his guests discuss.

Charlotte Talks: How The Media Covers Race

Aug 24, 2017
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Americans have been trying to have an honest conversation about race.  Those conversations are hard to have, and often aren't successful.  Could the media facilitate that conversation?  What has been its role in influencing our thoughts on race?  From early portrayals of African-Americans to what we see on today’s news, have negative representations outstripped positive ones?  Host Mike Collins is joined by Eric Deggans from NPR and local guests to discuss.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Violence over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia sets off a new conversation about race and racist symbols.  What are our politicians are saying?  Governor Cooper says all Confederate monuments in the state should come down.  Charlotte School of Law is no more, after the American Bar Association denies plans to move forward.  And the eclipse is coming and so are the tourists.  Mike Collins and the Roundup Reporters cove those stories and more on the local news roundup.

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 Talks: NC Education Update

Aug 9, 2017
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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.

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