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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Thursday, July 2, 2020

It’s summer, and as the economy begins to open up, people tired of being cooped up may want to travel.  As we approach the July 4 weekend, many people are thinking about vacations. Mike Collins asks his guests what is safe to do, where it’s safe to go and stay and more.

Ecco Press

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

From the coronavirus pandemic to reckoning with systemic racism, America is facing multiple crises, all during an election year. Author David Litt argues the only way to truly resolve these conflicts is to revitalize our democracy from the ground up.

New Hanover County Public Library

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Wilmington massacre of 1898 was long labeled a race riot, but it was actually a bloody coup orchestrated by white supremacists. Journalist David Zucchino shares the story.

This show originally aired Feb. 20, 2020. 

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Election polling is one of the few campaign norms still intact during the pandemic. What are they telling us about the race, and has polling changed since Donald Trump's 2016 Electoral College surprise?

Friday, June 26, 2020

Gov. Roy Cooper delays moving to Phase 3 of reopening and mandates masks be worn in public. A block party on Beatties Ford Road turns deadly – with multiple fatalities and no witnesses willing to come forward. CMPD Chief Kerr Putney makes July 1 his last day, and CMS plans to change the names of schools with ties to racism or slavery.  


Thursday, June 25, 2020

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, much of America’s workforce has gone virtual. Working from home took a little getting used to at first. Now it’s working so well that some believe this could become a permanent fact of life. How long might working from home last?  

N.C. Dept. of Public Safety

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

North Carolina could transition to the next phase of its coronavirus reopening on Friday, but the state's top health official said "key metrics ... are moving in the wrong direction," and the spread of COVID-19 was still "significant."


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

How do we rethink America’s cities in the face of new calls for racial justice and a pandemic that encourages working from home and social distancing? Charlotte's city planner Taiwo Jaiyeoba shares his thoughts on how these two forces may shape the city's future.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

The celebration over the U.S. Supreme Court's DACA ruling might be short-lived. The president said he would renew his push to end the program. But it's not the only move the White House has taken in recent days to continue its campaign of tightening immigration.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Charlotte enters its third week of protests over the death of George Floyd and this week, Mecklenburg County Commission declares racism “a public health crisis.” DACA is upheld. A CMS principal is suspended in a controversy over racism.  Questions about broken promises arise over the RNC pullout, and City Council unanimously OKs Eastland Mall rezoning.


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Since the killing of George Floyd, hundreds of thousands of protesters have been marching across the country demanding legislative changes as concepts like institutional and systemic racism become household conversations. Is this the beginning of the modern-day civil rights movement?

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The nationwide uproar over police brutality and racism has led to the toppling and removal of Confederate monuments. How did these icons become part of the landscape in the first place?

This program originally aired March 12, 2019

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

After weeks of demonstrations demanding a new approach to policing, we hear from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney and Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden about their departments’ reactions to these demands and their new policy proposals.


Monday, June 15, 2020

Control of the United States Senate this November could come down to North Carolina. Millions of dollars will be spent, polls show a dead-heat and the results will impact both the state, and the entire nation, for years to come.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Tensions have lessened at Charlotte protests. A block of Tryon Street in uptown became a work of art. The governor pledged to review police policies throughout the state, and the RNC is eyeing Jacksonville, Florida, for its big night. 

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

As both the pandemic and nationwide protests continue, experts worry this is accelerating an already growing area of concern: surveillance. From big tech monitoring our activity online to police surveillance of protests, we take a look at the growing prevalence of eavesdropping.

Mike Collins and Vi Lyles
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles joins us talks about the police response to recent protests, her business recovery program in the shadow of COVID-19 and where things stand with the Republican National Convention.

Jeff Hahne

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Theaters around the nation are dark. Those who work in them are out of jobs. And even as we begin to reopen, venues designed to hold thousands face the challenge posed by social distance requirements. Can the arts survive?

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Police reform has been bandied about for years, and it's back at the forefront because of the killing of George Floyd. What would real reform look like? Is there political will to get it done?

Friday, June 5, 2020

Charlotte has joined cities around the nation in protesting the death of George Floyd. Thousands of people have taken to the streets in various parts of town. We update you on the demonstrations – peaceful and chaotic – and the police response. Threats to move the Republican National Convention out of town may become reality, and we'll take a look at the consequences.  Plus, we'll have the latest on the coronavirus — the spike in cases and what that may mean for Phase 3.  

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

As journalists take to both the streets and social media to report on nationwide protests over George Floyd’s killing, charges of censorship are being levied from the media to the president to protestors. We take a look at free speech in troubled times.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

CNN political analyst and former South Carolina lawmaker Bakari Sellers on the national unrest over the police killing of George Floyd, the steps he says the government – and the country – need to take in response, and how rural black America is vanishing.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

We hear from some of the people protesting on Charlotte streets in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. What they hoped to accomplish and what they feel they did.

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Temperatures are rising, from Minneapolis and Washington to Charlotte. On Politics Monday, a recap of weekend protests and the latest on the showdown over the Republican convention.

Friday, May 29, 2020

It’s a game of chicken between Donald Trump and Gov. Roy Cooper over the RNC. A recap of COVID-19’s impact on Charlotte. CMS approves next year’s calendar with a starting date of Aug. 17, but we don’t know what form school will take. And the investigation into Sen. Richard Burr’s stock trades continue even as the Justice Department drops investigations into other senators. 

Simon & Schuster

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Nearly 400 years ago, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei was prosecuted for suggesting that the earth was not, after all, the center of the universe. Today, scientists are facing a skepticism that is strikingly similar to 17th century Italy.

Statewide Special: 'Our Pandemic Summer'

May 27, 2020

Wednesday, May 27, 9 a.m.

As part of a look across North Carolina through the lens of the coronavirus pandemic and summer, Charlotte Talks' Mike Collins and WFAE political reporter and Inside Politics host Steve Harrison will discuss the status of this summer's scheduled RNC in Charlotte, which is up in the air due to COVID-19.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Many people are staying at home. Others have had to stop work. Most of us are separated to some degree from family, friends and co-workers. The changes we’re experiencing can cause anxiety and depression. Mental health experts share some tips on managing the stress of all this.

This show originally aired April 23, 2020.

National Archives

Monday, May 25, 2020

A Memorial Day conversation with the co-creator of the “Band of Brothers” miniseries, Erik Jendresen, and the stories of the soldiers who liberated Europe 75 years ago this month. 

This program originally aired June 6, 2019.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Gov. Roy Cooper decides on a modified Phase 2 reopening of the economy. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has named its next chief.  NCDOT furloughs 9,300 employees until the end of June. Charlotte's oldest movie theater closes amid the coronavirus outbreak. And less than 100 days before the start of the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, no one will definitively say it will take place. Who will decide?