Jesse Steinmetz


Jesse Steinmetz is Assistant Producer of Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. Before joining WFAE in 2019, he was an intern at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut and hosted a show at Eastern Connecticut State University.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

From the coronavirus pandemic to reckoning with systemic racism, America is facing multiple crises, all during an election year. Author David Litt argues the only way to truly resolve these conflicts is to revitalize our democracy from the ground up.


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Since the killing of George Floyd, hundreds of thousands of protesters have been marching across the country demanding legislative changes as concepts like institutional and systemic racism become household conversations. Is this the beginning of the modern-day civil rights movement?


Monday, June 15, 2020

Control of the United States Senate this November could come down to North Carolina. Millions of dollars will be spent, polls show a dead-heat and the results will impact both the state, and the entire nation, for years to come.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

As both the pandemic and nationwide protests continue, experts worry this is accelerating an already growing area of concern: surveillance. From big tech monitoring our activity online to police surveillance of protests, we take a look at the growing prevalence of eavesdropping.

After marching from uptown through the Cherry Neighborhood, protesters pause at Queens Road and East Third Street. 6/6/20
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Updated 12:43 a.m.

Saturday was the ninth day demonstrators have taken to the streets of Charlotte to protest systemic racism and police brutality. In the afternoon, UNC Charlotte's "March for Justice" drew together students, faculty, and campus police to march around the campus. Later Saturday in Freedom Park, about 350 people gathered to listen to activists. 

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

As journalists take to both the streets and social media to report on nationwide protests over George Floyd’s killing, charges of censorship are being levied from the media to the president to protestors. We take a look at free speech in troubled times.

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Updated 1 p.m. Sunday

At least 350 people crowded outside the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department headquarters in uptown Saturday night. Many chanted and held signs with phrases like “Black Lives Matter” and “Warning: Unarmed Black Man.”

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Nearly 400 years ago, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei was prosecuted for suggesting that the earth was not, after all, the center of the universe. Today, scientists are facing a skepticism that is strikingly similar to 17th century Italy.


Tuesday, May 19, 2020

From face masks to toilet paper, the pandemic means the supply of certain products has not been able to meet demand. One resource under newfound strain is of particular importance: food.


Thursday, May 14, 2020

A young black man is shot while jogging. Over two months pass before arrests are made and charges are filed. As America grapples with yet another killing of a young black person, we ask: why does this keep happening?


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Chancellor Philip Dubois ends his tenure at UNC Charlotte this summer after 15 years leading the UNC system’s fastest growing university. He joins us to discuss his legacy.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Gov. Roy Cooper announced North Carolina’s public schools will stay closed for the remainder of the year. Hundreds of thousands of students are impacted – what are the consequences?


Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Even before the coronavirus took the world by storm, local journalism struggled to make ends meet. During a pandemic, factual, community-centric information is more critical than ever, and local media is evolving as we speak in order to both inform and survive.


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

In 1918, the Spanish flu ravaged the globe. One hundred years later, we consider the striking parallels and lessons to be learned in the wake of COVID-19.

Office of U.S. Rep. Alma Adams

Thursday, April 16, 2020

For many, the challenges created by the coronavirus is not the first time America’s health care system has failed them. U.S. Rep. Alma Adams co-founded the Black Maternal Health Caucus to highlight the racial inequities in American health care, especially among black mothers.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 

Join Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins for a special broadcast: "Coronavirus In North Carolina: The Statewide Impact Of COVID-19."


Thursday, April 9, 2020

As the coronavirus challenges our healthcare system, it has also infected our job market: a record 10 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in the last few weeks, including over 450,000 in North Carolina.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

As the coronavirus continues to strain every aspect of our lives, education forges ahead – if only virtually. As nearly the entire country has shuttered its schools, what are the implications of a nation going to class online?

Tuesday, March 23, 2020

In an age of disinformation and fake news, science is considered an antidote. But when science damages a company’s profits, there are scientists-for-hire to shift the narrative. Author David Michaels is working to unveil the business of “manufacturing doubt.”


Thursday, March 19, 2020

The United States takes pride in its work culture, and one major aspect is spending long hours at the office. Suddenly and dramatically, the coronavirus is forcing us to reconsider.