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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The White House

Monday, April 13, 2020

Washington is marshalling its resources to combat the coronavirus and its economic fallout. But the public’s confidence in the federal government to handle the crisis is slipping.

Erin Keever

Friday, April 10, 2020

Coronavirus cases continue to mount in North Carolina, with Mecklenburg County home to about a quarter of them. Gates to county parks and greenways are closed to limit drivers and to enforce social distancing, which appears to be working in the county. Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles announces a new task force to help small business recover from the pandemic. We tell you about that and more on our local news roundup.


Thursday, April 9, 2020

As the coronavirus challenges our healthcare system, it has also infected our job market: a record 10 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in the last few weeks, including over 450,000 in North Carolina.

Jennifer Worsham / WFAE

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Mayor Vi Lyles shares information on how the city is coping with the most serious outbreak of COVID-19 in the state. Have questions for her? Let us know at

WFAE/Erin Keever

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

There are challenges to buying and selling homes during the coronavirus outbreak. We check up on Charlotte's already tight housing and rental market.

Pete Souza / The White House

Monday, April 6, 2020

The Affordable Care Act marked its 10th anniversary at a critical time for the country: a pandemic, a severe economic downturn and a presidential race in which health care is a cornerstone issue.

Friday, April 3, 2020

We adjust to the "new normal," sequestering at home, as cases of coronavirus surpass 1,900 in North Carolina.  About a third of those cases are in Mecklenburg County. We update the numbers and detail the impact, and see if people are complying with Governor Cooper's stay-at-home order.  Plus, the Board of Elections makes vote by mail recommendations. 

Penguin Random House / Flickr - Dani Armengol Garreta and Dave Haas

Thursday, April 2, 2020

"The Office" might be more popular now than when it signed off in 2013. Rolling Stone's Andy Greene looks at "the untold story" behind a show that many - including its cast - doubted would last long, much less become a cultural powerhouse.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

As the coronavirus continues to strain every aspect of our lives, education forges ahead – if only virtually. As nearly the entire country has shuttered its schools, what are the implications of a nation going to class online?

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Quarantainment! There's entertainment available to you on TV during this stay-at-home period. Several critics clue us in on what TV can offer.

Nadya Peek / Flickr

Monday, March 30, 2020

How will the coronavirus change the way America votes? Many states are looking to expand voting-by-mail.

Friday, March 27 2020

The impact of the coronavirus on the Charlotte region grows as more businesses close and we’re told to stay home.  We also experience the first coronavirus death in the state.  And other news is also being made, as Cam Newton is released from the Carolina Panthers after nine years. Mike Collins and the roundup reporters cover those stories and more.  

City of Charlotte

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Charlotte area's reaction to the coronavirus shifted Thursday with the beginning of a three-week "stay at home" order for Mecklenburg County. Mayor Vi Lyles said "it's the only way" to flatten the outbreak's trajectory.

Erin Keever / WFAE

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The world has been turned upside down by the coronavirus, especially for children. There's a lot that adults don't understand about these uncertain times, so how do you explain it to young people?

WFAE/Erin Keever

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Gyms, theaters, hair and nail salons have been ordered to close along with restaurants because of the coronavirus pandemic. We find out how they intend to weather the storm, especially now that Mecklenburg County has issued a "stay at home" order.

Tuesday, March 23, 2020

In an age of disinformation and fake news, science is considered an antidote. But when science damages a company’s profits, there are scientists-for-hire to shift the narrative. Author David Michaels is working to unveil the business of “manufacturing doubt.”

Chris Miller

Monday, March 23, 2020

Wasn't it just a few weeks ago that the dust was settling on an impeachment trial and Bernie Sanders was seen as a runaway train in the Democratic presidential race?

Friday, March 20, 2020

The impact of the coronavirus becomes clear in Mecklenburg County and around the state as commerce shuts down and the number of local cases begins to rise. It’s a new world, and our roundtable of reporters has the latest on that and other stories.


Thursday, March 19, 2020

The United States takes pride in its work culture, and one major aspect is spending long hours at the office. Suddenly and dramatically, the coronavirus is forcing us to reconsider.

Charlotte Skyline

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Once a decade the government embarks on a simple task: a count of every single person in the United States. Yet, simple does not mean easy, and a seemingly apolitical event has become a complex power struggle that will influence our country until at least 2030.