Charlotte Talks

Friday, April 28 2017

On the local news roundup: new school boundaries for CMS.  Different atmospheres at the annual Bank of America and Wells Fargo shareholder meetings. Craft brewers stymied in their efforts to grow, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. turns in the keys. Host Mike Collins and the roundup reporters cover those stories and much more.

Charlotte is known as a tree city, with lush neighborhoods and even tree-lined downtown streets, like College Street.
David Boraks / WFAE

Charlotte has a goal of having trees cover 50 percent of the city by 2050. But a report out this month says the city may have trouble hitting that goal, as trees disappear faster than they can be planted.

Friday, April 14, 2017

An independent report says Wells Fargo’s bogus accounts date back to 2002. Charlotte’s murder rate continues to rise and a state lawmaker suggests expanding Medicaid. Mike Collins and the roundup reporters tackle those stories and more on the local news roundup.

Automation And The Future Of Work

Apr 12, 2017
UWNEWS / University of Washington Office of News and Information

Wednesday, April 12, 2017  

Robots are no longer a thing of science fiction.  It isn’t globalization that is killing a lot of jobs, it’s robots and automation.  They made inroads first in manufacturing, but now they have their eyes set on customer service, clerical and other sectors of the jobs economy.  So, Mike Collins and guests will help you get prepared by taking a look at the future of work in an automated world. 

National Book Critics Circle

Wednesday, April 5 2017

Short-story writer George Saunders, whom Time calls simply the best short-story writer writing in English, joins host Mike Collins to talk about his debut novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. First, an update on the NCAA's reaction to the state's repeal of House Bill 2.

Friday, March 31, 2017  

The North Carolina General Assembly voted to repeal HB2 on Thursday. A Charlotte high school student will not be allowed to graduate before being deported. CMS Board members still have no consensus on student assignment, and a Huntersville native puts UNC in the Final Four.  Those stories and more on the local news roundup with host Mike Collins and a panel of reporters.

Tuesday, March 28 2017

Best selling author Greg Iles has just released the final book in his Natchez Burning trilogy. Guest host Erik Spanberg from the Charlotte Business Journal is joined by Iles to discuss the latest book, Mississippi Blood - and the true events that inspired it, when Charlotte Talks.

North Carolina Congressman Patrick McHenry says Republican leaders are working to revise their party's health care plan to win approval. So far, moderates and conservatives are far apart. McHenry is playing a key role in trying to bridge their differences.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Roy Cooper delivers his State of the State Address and calls for an HB2 repeal.  The GOP responds by blaming the governor for the bill’s continued existence.  Mayoral Candidate Joel Ford gets in trouble after using .GIFs in a tweet to an activist.  Mike Collins and the news roundup panel cover those stories and more on the local news round up when Charlotte Talks.

Clarence Maurice

Monday, March 13, 2017

Are the dearth of workforce housing in Charlotte, the lack of upward mobility, the resegregation of our schools and last year’s riots all connected?  Clint Smith believes so and wrote about it in The New Yorker.  He tells host Mike Collins more when Charlotte Talks.