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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, August, 31, 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks local news roundup, redistricting returns to the news as a panel of federal judges strikes down North Carolina congressional districts again.  School starts in Mecklenburg, but the School Board passes a measure to block future school construction in towns surrounding Charlotte.  Scooter safety concerns mount as rental scooter use surpasses that of bicycles,  and President Trump stumps for candidates in Charlotte.  Mike Collins and the roundup reporters go through those stories and more.


Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Catholic Church has been rocked by another series of sexual abuse scandals. We hear three different perspectives on this, from a member of the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, a New York Times reporter and a professor of Catholic Studies.

New South Books

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Author Frye Gaillard explores the turbulent 1960s in his new book, and shares his thoughts on the decade that changed America.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

It was not a good week to be a Trump associate in court. But will the ripple effect of guilty pleas, convictions and indictments reach the White House, and will it touch the midterm election? That's among the political developments of the past week Mike Collins will analyze with local political watchers.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

We talk about what to expect as students go back to school at CMS from new security upgrades to new schools as well as the pupil assignment plan. Superintendent Clayton Wilcox joins us.

Friday, August 24, 2018

A three-judge panel decides that two proposed constitutional amendments will not appear on this fall’s ballot.  "Silent Sam", the confederate statue on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, falls.  Former congressman Mel Watt – now Federal Housing Finance Director, is accused of harassment.  Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters details those stories and more.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks, we examine the importance of early childhood education, of being ready for kindergarten and how reading below grade level impacts a child’s prospects for a successful life.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

It's election season, which means there will be plenty of polls gauging whether a "blue wave" or Republican tide will hold Congress. Given that forecasts of a Hillary Clinton win in 2016 were off the mark, should we pay attention to polls for the midterms? Mike Collins talks with the head of elections and surveys for CBS News, Anthony Salvanto.

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Protestors in Chapel Hill on Monday toppled the controversial "Silent Sam" Confederate monument on the UNC campus. The debate over that and similar monuments and statues in North Carolina was the focus of a November conversation on Charlotte Talks in collaboration with UNC-TV.

This program originally aired November 15, 2017

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Are college campuses becoming battlegrounds testing freedom of speech? Do students and faculty feel free to discuss controversial ideas? A discussion about that.