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

Friday, November 16th, 2018

An alarming number of guns continue to pop up on CMS campuses all over the county.  The idea of four-year terms for Charlotte City Council could be put to your vote next year.  Now that Amazon has chosen two other cities as their 2nd headquarters, we’ll get a chance to see the offer we made.  And the I-77 toll road will not make its deadline of being fully open by the end of the year. Mike Collins and reporters detail those and other stories. 

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles joins host Mike Collins to talk about the passing of the $223 million in bonds, 50 million of which are earmarked for affordable housing.  Also, her take on the Democratic sweep of county commission and the role of women on the outcome of this election, and since guns in schools is a community problem, we ask about what Charlotte can do about it.  Plus, we take your questions on this edition of "Mike and the Mayor" on Charlotte Talks

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Travel 100,000 miles around the country and you’ll find that rural America isn’t necessarily in decline. James and Deborah Fallows took that trip and share what they found.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Young people are smoking fewer cigarettes, but their use of e-cigarettes has risen to what the FDA calls “epidemic” levels.  We examine the trend and the risks of vaping this hour.

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Monday, Nov. 12, 2018

At least a dozen General Assembly seats flipped from Republican to Democrat in last week's election, ending the GOP's supermajority and giving Gov. Roy Cooper's veto stamp a little more muscle. What effect will the shifting balance of power have on state politics?

Friday, November 9th, 2018

The midterms are in the rearview mirror.  A gun found at two CMS high schools and the fatal shooting at Butler High continues the conversation about guns and CMS.  The school board gets a report on possible boundary changes in response to the town charter school bill. Bojangles' gets new ownership and Wells Fargo apologizes - again. Mike Collins and the Roundup Reporters cover these topics and more.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks we discuss ways to empower people by giving them the tools to find pathways to conflict resolution without resorting to guns. 

Charlotte Talks: Analysis Of Midterm Vote

Nov 7, 2018
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Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018

After voters have their say, what are the implications for Washington? For North Carolina? Mike Collins and veteran political watchers break down the results of the midterm.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Mecklenburg County Elections Director Michael Dickerson talks with Mike Collins about early voting numbers, turnout, and what to expect on Election Day.

Polls are open in Mecklenburg County until 7:30pm. Find your polling place, sample ballot, and more here. 

WFAE 2018 Midterm Voter Guide 

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney sits down with Mike Collins to talk about safety in schools and preparing for the 2020 Republican Convention.