Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins

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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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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Super Tuesday was the most important day of the Democratic primary calendar. What will the results mean for the rest of the campaign?

Note: this show aired before Michael Bloomberg's withdrawal from the Democratic race


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Super Tuesday has been around for decades, but it really came into its own in the 1988 presidential race when North Carolina and other Southern states tried to flex their power in picking the Democratic nominee.


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Until recently, livers donated in the Carolinas would likely stay in the Carolinas. As of February, donated livers are required by a new policy to be offered to the most pressing candidates within a 575-mile area.

Joe Biden Campaign / YouTube

​Monday, March 2, 2020

For the first time in three presidential tries, Joe Biden now has a win under his belt. But there's no time to savor the South Carolina comeback. North Carolina and 13 other states enter the ring this week on Super Tuesday.

Friday, Feb. 28, 2020

On the eve of the crucial South Carolina Democratic presidential primary, the Local News Roundup heads to Amelie's in Rock Hill to preview Saturday's vote, and recap the week's news -- including Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' controversial student survey on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020

Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 with an ominous promise: “I alone can fix it.” As the 2020 convention looms, author and investigative reporter Carol Leonnig joins us to determine if he did.

WFAE/Erin Keever

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020

With Super Tuesday looming, major media is here to cover it. Among those journalists is NPR’s Steve Inskeep. He's been in Charlotte this week to learn more about voters in North Carolina. We hear from him about what he’s learning here.

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020

One man has been asking this question of our war on terror:  Are we winning?  Lt. Gen. Michael Nagata was in charge of Strategic Operation Planning at the National Counterterrorism Center. He shares his thoughts.

Flickr/Keegan Berry

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020

Experts say diets don't work. Not for long-term weight loss, anyway. So why do we keep trying them and supporting the multi-billion-dollar diet industry? We explore a possible solution to escape "diet culture" – intuitive eating.

Flickr / KOMUnews

Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

Young voters could be a force to reckon with in elections if they just showed up. After a surge in young votes in the 2018 midterms, are they going to turn out for the presidential race?

Friday, Feb. 21, 2020

Photo ID for voters is in limbo in North Carolina.  Longer rush hour waits are coming for light rail riders in the Queen City,  and the state's charter schools are planning to increase diversity.  That and Ryan Newman is out of the hospital after a horrific wreck in the Daytona 500.

New Hanover County Public Library

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

In 1898, Wilmington was the site of a rare event, the violent overthrow of a duly elected local government. White supremacists forced black officials to resign at gunpoint. Journalist David Zucchino shares the story.


Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020

Finding a solution to the crisis faced by Charlotte’s arts sector: Arts and Science Council President Jeep Bryant and others explain what’s at stake and make their cases for the latest solution.


Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020

From kindergarten through college, students face intense pressure to achieve. Finding the balance between the drive to succeed and mental health is paramount for American youth. 

Flickr / Eric Hersman

Monday, Feb. 17, 2020

As the Democratic presidential race shifts to Nevada this week, candidates are beginning to face more diverse electorates, including Nevada's sizable Latino population.

Friday, Feb. 14, 2020

The death knell has sounded on the Crisis Alert System at CMS.  CMS officials say it doesn’t work but the company disagrees.  The Town of Matthews is back in the good graces of CMS.  CMPD Chief Kerr Putney says he’s set with all he needs for crowd control at the Republican Convention, and hot off his New Hampshire primary win, Bernie Sanders comes to Charlotte. 

Geoffrey Hardee

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020

The wide-open race for the Democratic presidential nomination is headed for South Carolina. Joe Biden has called the state his firewall after early defeats, but a win there is no longer a sure thing. To check the pulse of the Palmetto State ahead of the Feb. 29 primary, we headed to Winthrop University in Rock Hill.

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020

It's the February edition of "Mike and the Mayor," we catch up on City Council’s focus on transit and transportation, the continued concentration on strategies to reduce violence and the city filing to rezone the old Eastland Mall site for Major League Soccer.  And we hear the mayor's take on opportunity zones.


Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020

The National Center for Homeless Education released a report in January revealing there were over 1.5 million homeless students in 2018. That’s a 15% increase from 2015, and the numbers are expected to grow.

Clockwise, from top left: The White House, C-SPAN, Flickr - Phil Roeder

Monday, Feb. 10, 2019

The opening days of the 2020 primary season were arguably some of the most jarring in recent memory. On Politics Monday, three politics watchers weigh in on the week that was, and what it means for the 2020 landscape.