Charlotte Talks on WFAE

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  • 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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On Friday, April 20, we celebrated 20 years on the air. Take a look back at some of our memorable moments, see Mike Collins age, and get a sense of the stars who have appeared on the show on our anniversary page

East Carolina University / FEMA

Monday, Sept. 24, 2018

The Tar Heel State's long history of hurricanes now includes Florence and her record flooding. Guest host Erik Spanberg explores that history and the lessons learned.

Friday, September 21st 2018

On the next Local News Roundup-  A look at the recovery operations underway in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.  The long-time Dollar Tree headquarters is set to close.  900 jobs lost. The 2nd anniversary of the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott and the protests that followed. And Wells Fargo plans to slash thousands of jobs. 

Charlotte Talks: College Admissions Season

Sep 20, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The college admissions process has become ever-more tricky and as high schoolers and parents try to navigate this important process, we’ve enlisted some help.  On the next Charlotte Talks, two college admissions experts alert us to the pitfalls and give us a look at best practices for applying to college. 

Charlotte Talks: Examining Religion In Art

Sep 20, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art has a new exhibit, Wrestling the Angel. The exhibit takes critical look at the role that religion plays in art, and how it has impacted us both in society and socially.

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018

Hurricane Florence delivered a punch to Charlotte's tree canopy, causing some to fall before the heavier bands even arrived. The city's chief arborist provides a post-Florence assessment of Charlotte's signature trees.

Flickr/Charlie Cowins

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

City planners working on updating our outdated zoning codes have decided to upgrade the process to something more ambitious: a comprehensive plan to chart our course for the next 20 years. We hear about it.

Duke Energy

Monday, Sept. 17, 2018

The Carolinas have a ways to go before Hurricane Florence is behind us. We have updates from WFAE reporters in Wilmington and Charlotte, and the latest on outages from Duke Energy.

Charlotte Talks: The Politics Of Our Court System

Sep 17, 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

Our state’s Supreme Court has been busy of late hearing a record number of impactful and political cases.  We look at how the high court has become more politicized and the impact of that trend. 


Friday, September 14, 2018

On Friday's Local News Roundup - Hurricane Florence heads toward the Carolina coast with wind, rain, flooding, evacuation all part of this 'monster' storm. We get the latest on the progress of Florence, and what forecasters and emergency preparedness officials believe will be its impact along the coast of both Carolinas and here in Charlotte. 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Mayor Vi Lyles is back for "Mike and the Mayor." Join Mike Collins and Mayor Lyles, along with Charlotte Fire Chief Reginald Johnson, as they discuss emergency planning in advance of Hurricane Florence, as well as other important issues facing the Queen City.