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.

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Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020

When the coronavirus pandemic took the world by storm earlier this year, the race for a vaccine commenced. Now, as we are potentially months away from an FDA-approved vaccine, will it be the silver bullet we’ve been waiting for?


Monday, Sept. 14, 2020

Since the end of the Civil War, the United States has been battling over who is allowed to participate in our democracy and how they are allowed to do it. In many ways, North Carolina is the epicenter of the struggle.

Simon & Schuster

September 8, 2020

President Theodore Roosevelt was simultaneously a man ahead of his time and a man of his time.  To some he is considered a progressive environmentalist, and to others, a racist. We take a closer look at his legacy.

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Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020

Since the coronavirus emerged in North Carolina this March, the public health and economy of the state has seen unprecedented challenges. Nearly six months into the pandemic, we sit down with Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio to discuss the state of the county's health and economy.


Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020

The 2020 census is coming to a close a month earlier than expected. The once-a-decade count is critical in determining where $1.5 trillion a year in federal funding is spent, but a massive undercount could influence those figures.

Library of Congress

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020

On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed, “I have a dream,” marking one of America’s defining moments. Now, as anger over police brutality and racial injustice have manifested as protests across the country, we look at the March on Washington to understand what made that march historic and why the struggle continues almost 60 years later.


Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020

Rotating schedules. Face masks. Online education for students of all ages. Today we speak to the superintendents of our local school systems to discuss what is working, what isn’t, and what the rest of the semester might look like.

LIbrary of Congress

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

The United States granted women the right to vote 100 years ago. We look back on the ratification of the 19th Amendment to understand what progress has been made and what challenges remain.


Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Hurricane Isaias initiated North Carolina's hurricane season last week, leaving power outages and wreckage in its wake. As forecasters predict an "extremely active" season, the pandemic will only complicate management efforts even further.


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

In 1865, nearing the end of the Civil War, thousands of formerly enslaved people were promised 40 acres and, eventually, a mule. This was likely the first attempt in American history at reparations for Black Americans. It never came to pass.


Thursday, July 30, 2020

As we approach the fall, students are preparing for school amid a pandemic. How will online education be different than last spring, how can it be done safely, and how will it impact learning in the short and long term?

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Charlotte is known for its vast tree canopy, a quality most major cities lack. But as the city spurs development, the forest is thinning: Charlotte’s tree canopy fell from 49% to 45% from 2012 to 2018.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

From the Boston Tea Party to the Revolutionary War, many historians consider protest essential to America’s identity. Today, however, figuring out the right way to protest has become highly contentious.

The New Press

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Most people consider Jim Crow an antiquated era that we, as a nation, have evolved from. And yet, there are more African American men ensnared in the criminal justice system today than were enslaved in 1850.

This show is part of a special series examining America's history of racial injustice. It originally aired in 2019.


Tuesday, July 7, 2020

As the coronavirus first emerged on American soil, one of the early epicenters was a nursing home near Seattle. Today, 43% of U.S. coronavirus deaths are linked to nursing homes. 

Ecco Press

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.”

Simon & Schuster

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.

Ann Doss Helms / WFAE

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.