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, Feb. 7, 2020

President Trump is set to visit the Queen City this week. CMS discusses having a compliance officer to oversee the superintendent, in the same week that a report is released alleging CMS changed bond funded projects without telling the public.  CMPD puts more resources into de-escalation training for officers.  


Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020

Just over two years ago Trump passed a comprehensive tax cut. It’s the signature legislative achievement of his administration, but who has profited the most?

WFAE/Erin Keever

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020

The economic outlook for 2020. Things are booming and that boom has gone on for quite some time. Is there an end in sight – or more of the same? Experts in three different sectors prognosticate.


Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020

Students from North Carolina A&T began their historic sit-ins at a Woolworth's counter in downtown Greensboro 60 years ago this week.  It was a huge moment in the civil rights movement and one documentary producer Steve Crump is commemorating by focusing on a key participant.  

Flickr / Brent

Monday, Feb. 3, 2020

America didn't always use primaries and caucuses to select its presidential nominees. Two experts on the process of choosing party standard-bearers explain its history and what to look for as voting starts in the 2020 election.

Friday, Jan 31, 2020

CMS teachers get a raise. Efforts to rezone the old Eastland Mall begin, a first step in turning it into a headquarters for Major League Soccer.  Gaston County becomes a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary, joining about 19 other North Carolina counties with their proclamation.  And Mecklenburg County Commissioners are sorting out their 2020 priorities as they begin their annual retreat.


Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020

The National Academy of Medicine predicts future pandemics could kill millions and cost trillions. Some worry it’s just a matter of time.

Flickr/Mitch Barrie

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020

Second Amendment Sanctuaries. Local governments have begun to pass resolutions promising not to pass laws they believe might violate the right to bear arms. It’s happening here and we examine the impact.

WFAE/Jennifer Worsham

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020

Tim Robbins talks about "The New Colossus," a new play he helped develop and that opens Tuesday night in Charlotte.

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Monday, Jan. 27, 2020

The ballot box is where we'll come face to face with the 2020 election, starting with North Carolina's Super Tuesday primary in March. That election will mark the county-wide debut of new voting machines.

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Jennifer Lang / WFAE

Monday, Jan. 27, 2020

The marquee event for Charlotte in this jam-packed election year will be this summer's Republican National Convention. A new WFAE podcast explores the convention and its implications for Charlotte and North Carolina politics.

Friday, Jan. 24, 2020

With the North Carolina primary just weeks away, Democratic Candidates for Senate come to Charlotte for a debate. The CMS Equity Committee holds its first meeting to tackle equity issues in the system.  It’s revealed that campaign contributions were made last year to the mayor and city council members prior to MLS talks.  

Pixabay/F. Muhammad

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020

Getting tough on crime may not be the answer to Charlotte’s homicide problem. Instead, the city is beginning to face the crisis the way a doctor might treat a disease.

Library of Congress / U.S. News and World Report

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. once called George Wallace, the late governor of Alabama, "the most dangerous racist in America." Wallace later tried to make amends with African Americans, and his daughter, Peggy Wallace Kennedy, has written about that path to reconciliation.

Flickr/Geoff Livingston

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020

The Impeachment trial. The Chief Justice will gavel it into session on Tuesday and we get a preview.


Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney talks about our rising violent crime rate and preparations for the GOP Convention and more.

Flickr / Elvert Barnes

Monday, Jan. 20, 2020

One year from today, someone will be taking the presidential oath of office. Who that someone is depends on the outcome in the Electoral College - the controversial, but constitutional mechanism of selecting the president.

This show originally aired May 21, 2019

Friday, Jan. 17, 2020

The Panthers’ Luke Kuechly announces his retirement and adds to questions about what’s coming next for the team.  Our state’s teachers did not get a raise this week because there was no vote in the legislature to override the governor’s budget veto.  And Charlotte City Council holds their annual retreat in Durham.  


Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020

Around the country newspapers are in decline, meaning less coverage, less accountability and a less informed public. An organization called “Report for America” is attempting to change that narrative.

WFAE/Erin Keever

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020

Growth and development have changed the city and the region greatly. And we take a closer look at the trends shaping our city and our future.