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

Jack Barsky

Monday, August 20, 2018

A former Soviet spy, planted in America in the 1970s, comes in from the cold to talk with Mike Collins about the current investigation of Russian interference in the U.S., and to share a warning for corporate America on "the enemy within."

This show originally aired June 20, 2017.

WFAE/Erin Keever

Friday, August 17th, 2018

On this week's special Local News Roundup live at The People's Market - a meeting was held this week on the fate of the I-77 toll lanes...  Five former governors – Republicans and Democrats agree on something – all opposing two of the Constitutional Amendments on this fall’s ballot... Lead is found in the water at several CMS elementary schools.  Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters detail those and other stories.

Flickr / Taber Andrew Bain

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Nearly half of all medical care in the U.S. takes place in emergency rooms, according to a 2017 study. But should that be the first choice when you need to see a doctor? Mike Collins talks with local medical experts about better decisions in seeking care.

Wikimedia Commons

Thursday, August 16, 2018 

The Levine Museum of the New South is launching a multifaceted project focusing on Charlotte’s neighborhoods.  We sit down with the museum's president and new historian to talk about the new exhibit. 

Flickr/Emily Goodstein

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

How is it that the United States is "the most dangerous place to give birth in the developed world?" Mike Collins examines the causes and solutions.

Flickr / Public.Resource.Org

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Amazon has mushroomed from an online book seller to a seller of everything, gobbling up all kinds of businesses along the way. What's behind this, and what does it mean for consumers?

David Paul Ohmer/flickr

Monday, August 13, 2018

A decade after the Great Recession, economic historian Adam Tooze has explored the causes and the continued impact of those turbulent years. He joins guest host Erik Spanberg for a look at the current climate, from tariffs to the possibility of another recession.

Friday, August 10, 2018

CMS scrambles to fill hundreds of vacant teaching positions before schools starts.  A judge declines to rule on the constitutional amendments on this fall’s ballot and the Panthers start the pre-season.  Those and other stories with Mike Collins and a roundtable of reporters on the Local News Roundup.

Wells Fargo sign at a bank branch
Flickr / Mike Mozart

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Wells Fargo is in trouble - again. This time, bank miscalculations result in 400 people losing their homes to foreclosure. Charlotte Observer business reporter Deon Roberts joins Mike Collins to share the details.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

A closer look at for-profit colleges. A number have closed their doors recently and the government is pushing to change how these schools are regulated. Do they give students what they pay for? We look for answers.