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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The White House

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019

The country is divided on impeachment as the House opens its first public hearings. Will the hearings move the needle one way or the other?

Pixabay/Barbara Rosner

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019

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.

flickr/Jonathan McIntosh

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019

What are we willing to give up for public safety? Our privacy, apparently. Surveillance technology is watching, whether we like it or not.

Friday, Nov. 8, 2019

Voters in Mecklenburg say “no” to the sales tax hike for arts, education and parks.  What this might mean for funding these programs now, plus a look at other results in an election that brought out only 17% of eligible voters.  CMPD unveils their new use-of-force policy, and Cam Newton goes on injured reserve, finishing his season.

Flickr/John Sachs

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019

For years, the NCAA generated billions in revenue while athletes didn't receive a dime. After mounting pressure, they finally relented.

Chris Miller / WFAE

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019

Voters rejected a sales tax increase to help the Arts & Science Council overcome its fundraising struggles. A post-election recap of the sales tax defeat, and who voters picked for city hall and the school board.

Jennifer Worsham / WFAE

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019

Vi Lyles wants Charlotteans to "push me to do my very best" as she readies for her second term as mayor. Fresh off her re-election, she outlines her goals and hopes for the next two years.

WFAE/Erin Keever

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019

The latest on our ongoing growth and development. Big changes in SouthEnd, Dilworth and elsewhere and more banking competition. We hear about it all.

Andrew Marantz. Photo Credit: Luke Marantz

Monday, Nov. 4, 2019

What happens when toxic, hateful beliefs from the dark corners of the internet leak into the mainstream? The author of "Anti-Social" joins us.

Friday, November 1st, 2019

News emerges that may clarify CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox’s swift and mysterious departure.  Two more rulings about the state’s political maps.  City Council postpones making a decision on funding a light rail study and Senator Richard Burr gets some negative Twitter attention.  

Flickr/David Pinkerton

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019

The authors of two books about one of the most influential men in early childhood education – TV’s Mister Rogers.

Chris Miller / WFAE

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019

Should Mecklenburg voters approve a sales tax increase to help shore up funding for the arts and cultural sector? Both sides in the tax debate make their case in a forum at the McGlohon Theater.

WFAE/Erin Keever

Monday, Oct. 28, 2019

Everyone’s favorite topic: traffic! It’s bad and getting worse. Can we do anything to fix it?  A closer look.

This show originally aired Aug. 26, 2019.

Friday, Oct. 25, 2019

On this week’s local news roundup, a new high in Charlotte homicides, a new equity committee for CMS,  a new bank in Uptown Charlotte, and a new name for Kannapolis Minor League Baseball. Charlotte journalists cover those stories and more.


Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019

Everything you need to know about the CMS school board race. Who’s running, the issues, and what’s at stake with three local education reporters.

Flickr / Ryan Stavely

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019

High-speed has long been a tough sell in the US, but plans are still in the works for it to come to Charlotte - some day. Guest host David Boraks looks at the hopes and the challenges for fast trains.


Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019

Programming note: This show originally aired January 23, 2019. Our originally scheduled show with Andrew Marantz, author of "Anti-Social" will be rescheduled to a later date. 

Charlotte has been engaged in a community book discussion around Richard Rothstein’s book "The Color of Law." The book illustrates how laws and housing policy at all levels promoted discriminatory patterns that continue to this day. Mike Collins talks to the author and local organizers about what has resulted from the community discussions so far.

Monday, Oct, 21, 2019

The American dream has always been difficult to realize. For many, it’s become almost impossible. What’s worse is that a handful of the ultrawealthy are gaming the system, and one of those individuals happens to be the president of the United States.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Early voting begins for races pretty much decided in the primary, but with the addition of the referendum on the sales tax.  There's been more blowback from protestors against the proposal for the county to garnish wages of those owing money to Medic.  New landlord fines pass city council, and CATS wants to spend $50 million to learn how much a new rail line will cost.  Details on those and other stories.


Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019

We are home to five schools, each representing a different part of the higher education ecosphere. With costs soaring and as more is expected from institutions of higher learning, Mike Collins talks about these challenges with the presidents of Johnson C. Smith, Queens University, Davidson College and Central Piedmont as well as the chancellor of UNC Charlotte.