From public conversation around topics like how new leaders can build an inclusive city and how sexual assault cases are handled in Mecklenburg County to the Midterm Election Special and on-the-road local news roundups, Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins had an eventful year discussing the Queen City's most pressing issues. WFAE’s morning talk show also celebrated its 20th anniversary!
The Charlotte Talks staff looked back on the year and picked their favorite shows. Here's their top 10:
“I’ve lived in Charlotte most of my life and like most Charlotteans had a rough idea of who the so-called ‘Queen City’ was named after — Queen Charlotte, of course! But why? It turns out to be an interesting story and the woman herself sounds fascinating. In fact, some historians consider her to be the very first biracial royal.” — Erin Keever, Senior Producer
“I’m a fan of how past history intersects with current events, and listening to all the major news that unfolded just during the month of January 1973 – Watergate trial, Vietnam War, Roe v. Wade – was fascinating.” — Chris Miller, Producer
“James and Deborah Fallows. Through their ‘puddle-jumping’ and ‘myth-busting’ — as they took several years to fly in a single-engine plane and land in ‘fly-over’ country — they discovered things are better there than conventional wisdom would have us believe. And because, as a married writers couple, they have a light, easy way of sharing their experiences and thoughts that made for a very entertaining and interesting hour.” — Mike Collins, Host
“I’ve been so glad that the mayor agreed to sit down with us each month to discuss the most important issues in the city. Mayor Vi Lyles has been very willing to answer questions from our listeners, who want her insight on many things that are happening in the Queen City.” — Wendy Herkey, Executive Producer
“The 1960’s hold a special place in my heart, even if I was born three decades too late. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Gaillard discuss the decade that shaped so many of the bands and people I have looked up to in life. I am the son of two hippies, after all. Plus, he named his book after a Dylan tune. How can you go wrong with that?” — Ryan McFadin, Assistant Producer
“I am star struck when we have national political figures on the show. Mike asked probing questions and I enjoyed the finesse with which Mr. Brennan avoided answering them.” — Jennifer Worsham, Production Assistant
“I took an immediate liking to him because of his manner. He had a great sense of humor and an infectious enthusiasm that made you want to understand complicated subjects. But then, he is able to explain these complicated themes in such a way that you really do understand. It was just one of those programs that I didn’t want to end.” — Mike Collins, Host
“I’ve been a lifelong fan of Dr. Kaku, having watched him on the Science Channel with my dad when I was a kid. It was a truly great experience seeing him sit down with Mike for a one-on-one interview all about astrophysics, string theory and interstellar travel … even if most of it went way over my head.” — Ryan McFadin, Assistant Producer
“I think we’ve all have that moment when we’re holding a piece of plastic and hesitating over the trash and recycling bins. Even with the number system, it’s not always clear-cut what’s recyclable and what’s not. It turns out the county is struggling with too many of us doing what they call 'wishful recycling' and chucking something in the bin that’s not actually recyclable. We talked about the consequences of that and what actually happens to the stuff we recycle.” — Erin Keever, Senior Producer
“Growing up, Dan Rather was a nightly presence in my house. My dad was a devoted watcher of ‘The CBS Evening News,’ so the big news stories of my childhood were seen through the lens of Dan Rather. Listening to his conversation with Mike, you’re reminded of how he was present for some of the defining stories of our times.” — Chris Miller, Producer
“I always enjoy educators who inspire students. Bobbie Cavnar helped renew my faith in public education.” — Jennifer Worsham, Production Assistant
As we cap off 2018, WFAE’s staff members share their most memorable moments and stories of the year. Find each of our Best of 2018 posts here.