Charlotte Talks

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.

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. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Host Mike Collins sits down with the new president of Central Piedmont Community College, Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer. She shares her vision for the school and her focus on student success with an eye toward economic mobility for Charlotteans.

Mark Hames / The Charlotte Observer

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

North Carolina's largest mental health care provider has been accused of misuse of public funds. Mike Collins looks into the controversy, then talks with visually-impaired artists making art.

Friday, October 20 2017

On the news roundup, Mike Collins and area reporters cover the week's top stories: Charlotte’s bid to be Amazon’s second headquarters has been submitted.  Early voting starts this week. The county commission reached a deal for CMPD to patrol rural areas around Charlotte.  


Wednesday, October 18 2017

The Boy Scouts have decided to let girls into their program, sparking mixed reactions.  The Girl Scouts see this as a calculated business maneuver.  We go through the decision and hear multiple perspectives.  Then, Matthew Bourne’s adaption of the Oscar winning film 'The Red Shoes'.  The world-renowned choreographer tells us about his dance theatre production about to open at the Belk Theatre.

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Our roundtable of reporters has details on the protest arising from the latest CMPD video.  The public gives input on Charlotte’s Amazon bid and Michael Jordan makes his largest donation ever for family clinics.  The local news roundup. 

Friday, October 6 2017

On the local news roundup, state lawmakers are back in session – a special session – and override gubernatorial vetoes while pushing to redraw judicial districts.  Cam Newton's remarks about a female reporter in a press conference go viral. The State Supreme Court dismisses a last-chance appeal to halt the I-77 toll lanes.  The homicide count in Charlotte continues to rise, and in fact, officials adjust the count for 2016.  And President Trump arrives here this weekend. Mike Collins covers those topics and more on the local news roundup.