Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins

9 a.m. Monday - Friday, 7 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 7 a.m. Saturdays
  • 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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Friday, Dec. 20, 2019

Charlotte becomes a Major League Soccer town.  David Tepper has about 13 months to ready for the first game.  New life for the historic Excelsior Club, as a new plan emerges for the endangered landmark.  Our two hospital systems spar over expansion and the addition of more beds.  And Christian McCaffrey and Luke Kuechly are headed to the Pro Bowl.  

WFAE/Erin Keever

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019

The LYNX Silver Line from Matthews to Belmont is closer to reality but it's just one of the things we talk about with CATS CEO John Lewis and city planners.

Flickr / Chris Devers

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019

You don't have to be a fan of the "Star Wars" saga to know its signature sounds, from lightsaber fights to Darth Vader's gasps. But nothing is more iconic than its music, created by a composer who's an icon in his own right, John Williams.

Monday, Dec. 16, 2019

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? Well, our guest today says don't bother! Economist Joel Waldfogel has studied holiday gift giving and says our spending habits generate vast amounts of economic waste.

This show originally aired Dec. 22, 2009.

Friday, December 13, 2019

On this week's roundup: City Council agrees to kick in $110 million in hospitality funds to lure Major League Soccer to town.  Expect an MLS announcement next Tuesday.   Truist marks its new uptown territory by buying its headquarters building – the Hearst Tower.  Elyse Dashew becomes the new chair of the CMS Board and another murder takes the life of a beloved shop owner. 

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019

On this edition of the "Charlotte Talks" Mike and the Mayor series, we're joined by Mayor Pro Tem Julie Eiselt, newly reelected and sworn in as at-large member of Charlotte City Council and again as mayor pro tem. Plus, the three new members of City Council – Victoria Watlington of District 3, Renee' Perkins Johnson from District 4, and Malcolm Graham from District 2. 

Friday, Dec. 6, 2019

Panthers Coach Ron Rivera is fired as owner David Tepper prepares for a new era and as he awaits a decision on Major League Soccer coming to town. A new Charlotte City Council is sworn in, but only three members are newcomers. Mayor Vi Lyles begins her second term and addresses our homicide problem, and candidate filing begins with new maps.  

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019

By the end of the year the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte is expected to release its list of clergy members "credibly accused" of sexual abuse. We take a look at what happens then.


Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 2019

Jazz is making a comeback in Charlotte and it seems like the whole city is working together to make it happen. We meet two of the performers and two entrepreneurs making the Queen City groove.

West Charlotte High School
Lisa Worf / WFAE

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are as segregated as they were before the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision.  As racism increasingly rears its ugly head nationwide, we meet four educators tackling racism head on.

Monday, Dec. 2, 2019

Between the holidays, catch up on the area's business news, from bank mergers to plans for major projects, including a new uptown library.


Friday, Nov. 29, 2019

Tips on how to live with less and how to simplify your home from Joshua Becker, one of the leading advocates of the minimalist life. It's more than keeping the laundry folded and kitchen counter cleared.

This show originally aired July 23.

Flickr/David Pinkerton

Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019

The new film "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" captures the spirit of a man many of us grew up with - Mister Rogers. Before you see Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers, listen to our conversation with two authors about Rogers' legacy. 

This show originally aired Oct. 30, 2019. 


Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019

While Charlotte develops at breakneck speed and rural areas stagnate, it is vital to understand where we are, how we got here, and how to best move forward. UNC Charlotte's Urban Institute recently concluded a study attempting to do just that.

Chris Miller / WFAE

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019

The New York Times' Michael Barbaro is at the helm of the most-listened-to podcast in America, "The Daily." During a visit to Charlotte, he discussed why his show became such a smash hit, and what it means for how we get our news.

CDK Global

Monday, Nov. 25, 2019

Charlotte has lost one of its most powerful voices: Holocaust survivor and retired UNC Charlotte professor Susan Cernyak-Spatz. Listen back to a memorable conversation with Dr. Cernyak-Spatz as she shares her story, and her words of caution.

Friday, November 22, 2019

The Arts & Science Council begins layoffs in the wake of the sales tax defeat.  Former CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox is back in the news in Charlotte Observer report alleging possible unethical conduct involving a vendor.  I-77 toll lanes are now open, the BB&T/SunTrust merger is okayed, and new zoning along the Blue Line is approved.

Flickr / ttarasiuk

While NPR coverage of the House impeachment inquiry hearings pre-empts Charlotte Talks, listen back to our recent shows on impeachment.

Gage Skidmore, David Boraks, Erin Keever, Ben Stanfield

Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

Programming note: The Local News Roundup was preempted by impeachment proceedings and will air on Monday at 9am.

Impeachment hearings begin as 9th District Congressman Dan Bishop publishes what he believes to be the identity of the whistleblower. And, good news for Charlotte’s bid for Major League Soccer. That and more on the Local News Roundup.

Jeff Cravotta

Thursday, Nov 14, 2019

How do we help Charlotte's most vulnerable residents? Queen City voters said "yes" last year to a $50 million bond that would ease the city's lack of affordable housing. What's happened since then? We bring you a special "Charlotte Talks" Public Conversation about where affordable housing stands now.