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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Monday, Sept. 23, 2019

We begin a series on a topic that many, many Americans struggle with: achieving a work-life balance. We start with a look at the basics swirling around why we don’t take vacations, why we can’t seem to leave work behind and concentrate on family and, when we do, fail at both. We examine the challenges and explore whether a work-life balance is even possible.

This is the first in a special four-part series about work-life balance. Details.

Friday, September 20th, 2019

The shooter in the UNC Charlotte murders pleads guilty. New political maps are drawn and approved by the legislature. Dan Bishop officially becomes a member of Congress taking office this week in District 9.  Mecklenburg County decides to begin collecting overdue MEDIC bills.  And Cam Newton’s foot could keep him sidelined.  Mike Collins and local reporters have the latest.

Studio Drift / Mint Museum

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019

Dutch artist collective Studio Drift's sculptures have been described as breathtaking and thought-provoking. The Mint Museum is preparing to host Studio Drift's first U.S. exhibit, and the group's co-founders discuss their work.

Flickr/Tony Webster

Thursday, September 19, 2019

We’ve heard that global meat production is a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and scientists warn that to help combat climate change, we must reduce our meat consumption – especially beef. Can eating less meat save the planet?


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Veteran journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts died Tuesday at the age of 75. She was known as one of the "founding mothers" of public radio. We remember her by listening back to our 2014 conversation about the remarkable women in our nation's history.

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

The Ghosts of Eden Park tells the true story of the country’s most successful bootlegger during the time of prohibition, and the women who contributed to his demise. Author Karen Abbott joins guest host Erik Spanberg to tell the story.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Fighting "Imposter Syndrome," that nagging feeling in the back of your mind that you aren't up to the job and may be found out. Then we shift focus to harnessing your personal style to increase your productivity.

This show originally aired February 1, 2018.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Dan Bishop is headed to Congress after a dramatic, seemingly never-ending race. City council primaries set the stage for November’s general election. Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden makes headlines again speaking out against his critics (including Vice President Pence), and in a morning surprise vote, the legislature overrides the governor’s budget veto.

Chris Miller / WFAE

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019

America spends more on health care on a per capita basis than the rest of the developed world, yet we're getting less care. Dr. Marty Makary says it's time for patients - and his own industry - to take action.

Erin Keever / WFAE

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019

After ballot fraud, millions of dollars in spending and a last-minute push by the Trump administration, voters in the 9th District have settled the last remaining race of the 2018 midterm. What do the results say about the political landscape going into 2020?

Mark Sanford for President

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019

Former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford, who launched a Republican primary challenge to President Trump this week, says the country needs to have a hard talk about its finances, and the Republican Party needs to talk about its identity in the Trump era.

The New York Times / Five Thirty-Eight

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019

Given that forecasts of a Hillary Clinton win in 2016 were off the mark, should we pay attention to polls for the 2020 election?

This program originally aired Aug. 22, 2018

Charlotte Talks: 2020 Politics With Bill Kristol

Sep 9, 2019

Monday, September 9, 2019

If you’re looking for a roadmap for what we can expect from the next presidential election, Davidson College’s Vann Professor of Ethics in Society Bill Kristol can help. He shares his thoughts on 2020 and the nature of politics with Mike Collins. 

Friday, September 6th, 2019

Hurricane Dorian makes its way from the Bahamas toward North Carolina.  A 3-judge panel rules North Carolina’s Legislative Districts an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. We’re just days away from the end of the 9th District Race.  And our state’s school performance grades were released this week, so how did CMS do?  


Thursday, September 5, 2019

The election of the Dans is underway and, in advance of Election Day, we talk to Democrat Dan McCready and Republican Dan Bishop running in the North Carolina 9th District.

Wikimedia Commons / Sagearbor

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019

American politics is, essentially, a duopoly - two political parties that set the rules under which government operates. But Katherine Gehl argues that approach is destroying democracy.

Flickr / DPP Law

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019

The true crime genre has seen a resurgence in recent years, but Charlotte has its share of notorious crimes throughout its history. Some of them have been national headlines, while others have faded from memory.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Everything you need to know about sharks. Despite conditioning from Steven Spielberg, shark expert William McKeever says we shouldn’t fear sharks. We’re more of a threat to them and we find out why.

Friday, August 30th, 2019

Dan Bishop and Dan McCready had their only debate this week, with the special 9th district election just 2 weeks away. RNC organizers take a 3-day bus tour around the Carolinas and President Trump plans to stump for Dan Bishop, while some Democratic Presidential candidates were in town this week. Mike Collins covers those stories and more on the local news roundup.  

Erin Keever / WFAE

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019

The 7 Democrats running in Charlotte's City Council at-large primary sit down for a forum at the McGlohon Theater to share their views on the issues facing city hall.