Chris Miller

Producer, Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins

A veteran of Charlotte radio news, Chris joined the "Charlotte Talks" staff in January 2016.

Like fellow producer Erin Keever, Chris is a native of the Charlotte area. His love of radio was born out of Hurricane Hugo hitting Charlotte on his 7th birthday. He still has the Fisher-Price radio his family listened to as they rode out the storm.

Chris has won numerous awards for his coverage of some of the biggest stories Charlotte has seen, from ice storms and political conventions, to a mayoral corruption scandal and Charlotte's struggles through the Great Recession.

Have an idea for the show? Email him at cmiller@wfae.org and follow him on Twitter: @ChrisMillerWFAE

The White House

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020

Nina Jankowicz, an expert on Russian misinformation, says despite repeated warnings of Russian behavior in the 2020 election, Washington has largely shrugged it off.

Twitter / Fred LeFranc

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020

A conversation with legendary journalist Bob Woodward, whose latest book on the Trump White House, "Rage," arrives on shelves Tuesday.

This program originally aired on Feb. 5, 2019

Penguin Random House / Flickr - Dani Armengol Garreta and Dave Haas

Monday, Sept. 7, 2020

"The Office" might be more popular now than when it signed off in 2013. Rolling Stone's Andy Greene looks at "the untold story" behind a show that many - including its cast - doubted would last long, much less become a cultural powerhouse.

This episode originally aired April 2, 2020

Flickr / Turkletom

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020

Many in Charlotte and across the country lived in the digital divide long before the pandemic. Now, it has become “a national crisis” as the school year begins.

Flickr / Biden Campaign / The White House

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020

The conventions have wrapped, and religion – something we’re told should never mix with politics – was touted by both parties, albeit in different ways.

Erin Keever / WFAE

Monday, Aug. 24, 2020

The first half of this season of virtual political conventions is over. Democrats – and some Republicans - spent the past week making their case why President Trump should be denied a second term. Now it’s time for the Republican rebuttal.

Flickr / bekassine https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020

Here's a novel idea: How about we just act nicer to each other? Duke University anthropologist Brian Hare says friendliness is what has kept humans around for hundreds of thousands of years.

Biden/Harris campaign

Monday, Aug. 17, 2020

The summer of virtual political conventions gets underway with the Democrats nominating the historic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Flickr / Gage Skidmore

Monday, Aug. 10, 2020

A roundup of the political scene as this unlike-any-other election year nears some familiar mileposts: the selection of a running mate and the conventions. But even those are going to be unusual.

Department of Defense

Monday, August, 3, 2020

The world changed in a flash 75 years ago with the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan to end World War II. That seismic event also established a nuclear precedent for presidential authority.

Instagram / @RealDonaldTrump

Monday, July 27, 2020

Can companies mix business with politics -- without losing customers? It's a tough act to pull off in our hyper-politicized climate. 

Library of Congress

Monday, July 20, 2020

Some of the protections that were stitched into the country's social safety net because of the pandemic are nearing an end, including extra unemployment benefits and moratoria on evictions. But the need for public relief shows no sign of ending. 

Flickr / Ben Schumin / Chris Campbell

Friday, July 17, 2020

Back-to-school coronavirus plans for public schools in the Carolinas were announced this week, while the next phase of reopening North Carolina businesses was delayed again. Guest host Erik Spanberg and our roundtable of reporters have the latest on the pandemic and the week's top stories.

Michael Falero / WFAE

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Police lobbing tear gas has been a common sight in this year's protests over police brutality and racism. How did a chemical weapon that has been banned in warfare become a tool for law enforcement?

Erin Keever / WFAE

Monday, July 6, 2020

Recent primaries have highlighted the challenges of voting in a pandemic. They've also pointed out what are seen as gaps in voter protections.

Flickr / Marco Verch

Monday, June 29, 2020

Election polling is one of the few campaign norms still intact during the pandemic. What are they telling us about the race, and has polling changed since Donald Trump's 2016 Electoral College surprise?

N.C. Dept. of Public Safety

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

North Carolina could transition to the next phase of its coronavirus reopening on Friday, but the state's top health official said "key metrics ... are moving in the wrong direction," and the spread of COVID-19 was still "significant."

Flickr / Mike Maguire

Monday, June 22, 2020

The celebration over the U.S. Supreme Court's DACA ruling might be short-lived. The president said he would renew his push to end the program. But it's not the only move the White House has taken in recent days to continue its campaign of tightening immigration.

Ron Cogswell / Flickr

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The nationwide uproar over police brutality and racism has led to the toppling and removal of Confederate monuments. How did these icons become part of the landscape in the first place?

This program originally aired March 12, 2019

David Boraks / WFAE

Monday, June 8, 2020

Police reform has been bandied about for years, and it's back at the forefront because of the killing of George Floyd. What would real reform look like? Is there political will to get it done?

Instagram / Bakari Sellers

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

CNN political analyst and former South Carolina lawmaker Bakari Sellers on the national unrest over the police killing of George Floyd, the steps he says the government – and the country – need to take in response, and how rural black America is vanishing.

Flickr / Phil Roeder

Monday, June 1, 2020

Temperatures are rising, from Minneapolis and Washington to Charlotte. On Politics Monday, a recap of weekend protests and the latest on the showdown over the Republican convention.

National Archives

Monday, May 25, 2020

A Memorial Day conversation with the co-creator of the “Band of Brothers” miniseries, Erik Jendresen, and the stories of the soldiers who liberated Europe 75 years ago this month. 

This program originally aired June 6, 2019.

Twitter / @SenatorBurr

Thursday, May 21, 2020

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina is under federal investigation for his dumping of stocks before the pandemic caused the market to crash. Was it insider trading? What about the other lawmakers who also unloaded stocks? The ProPublica reporter who helped break the story weighs in, as well as the author of the law that took aim at Congress' stock activities.

Flickr / Gage Skidmore

Monday, May 18, 2020

Four years ago, it was the "Stop Trump" movement. After the Republican nomination was decided, it became "Never Trump." It failed on both scores, but anti-Trump Republicans are still around and hoping to influence the outcome in 2020. 

Flickr / K-State Research and Extension

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Why are American workers forced to sit through so many meetings, and why are they so pointless? Two experts on the science of workplace meetings have some thoughts on how to make them better.

This program originally aired Jan. 9, 2019.

LBJ Library

Monday, May 11, 2020

The "veepstakes" is underway to pick a running mate for presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden, himself a former No. 2. The vice presidency tends to be overlooked, but it's a consequential position that is a heartbeat away from the Oval Office. Eight VPs have assumed the office through tragedy, and author Jared Cohen looks at their significance.

This program originally aired April 16, 2019

Flickr / Jay Phagan

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Where do we stand in the fight against the coronavirus as North Carolina nears the first phase of easing its restrictions?

Flickr / Lorie Shaull

Monday, May 4, 2020

Protests against stay-at-home orders in North Carolina and elsewhere have questioned their constitutionality. 

Flickr / frankieleon

Monday, April 27, 2020

There was bipartisan agreement for the recently passed coronavirus stimulus package - the most expensive to ever come out of Congress. It's quite a change from 2009, when President Obama's stimulus plan passed with near-unanimous Republican opposition. 

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