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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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The process begins for Charlotte’s 2040 Plan for uptown. With our explosive growth, planning is vital. Guest host Erik Spanberg examines what’s next.

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

We live in a time when maintaining a child’s innocence is difficult.  As the number of mass shootings continues to rise, parents, teachers and other caregivers are struggling with how to talk to children about these traumatic events.  Since you can’t completely shield kids from the world, we meet with some behavioral science professionals to get advice on how to approach this task. 

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Everyone’s favorite topic: traffic, on the day it always gets noticeably worse: the first day of school. Why is it so bad and can we do anything to fix it? A closer look.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Could there be a fall tax refund in your future?  We look at that and at a bill that would force sheriffs to cooperate with ICE.  It passed.  The Governor vetoed it.  And early voting is underway. Those stories and more. 

Charlotte Talks: Why Old Places Matter

Aug 22, 2019

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Newcomers often ask, “Where is old Charlotte?”  That’s because almost everything is sparklingly new.  Historic buildings give a place character and are a testimony to its soul.  Furthermore, a blend of the old and new can affect our identity and our well-being.  That’s what Tom Mayes says.  He’s from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and he will join us with a Charlotte preservationist.

The White House / Joyce N. Boghosian

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019

The current state of politics, and the divisions therein, are due in part to decades of conservative talk radio and hosts, such as Rush Limbaugh, who created the landscape for Donald Trump's rise to the White House. 

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The connection between mental illness and gun violence. Mental health experts say it isn’t that simple because there is no clear link. Three local mental health professionals help us explore the topic.

North Carolina General Assembly

Monday, Aug. 19, 2019

Three Mecklenburg County lawmakers share their insight on what's going on - and not going on - in the North Carolina legislature, from Medicaid expansion to gun legislation, and more.

Friday, August 16, 2019

No charges will be filed against the CMPD officer who shot Danquirs Franklin.  Black members of City Council, County Commission and the School board receive racist letters. New CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston may have a 3-year contract, but it has a 60-day out clause.  The local news roundup covers those stories and more.

Twitter / Moms Demand Action

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019

Shannon Watts started demanding leaders take action after the Sandy Hook tragedy. All these years later, the founder of Moms Demand Action believes the tide is turning in favor of addressing America's gun violence epidemic, and she wants to keep the momentum going in the 2020 election.

Charlotte Talks: Mike and the Mayor

Aug 14, 2019
Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles joins Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins to discuss the bid for the 2020 Republican National Convention.
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Wednesday, August 14th 2019

Mayor Vi Lyles shares her thoughts on recent City Council discussions on reneging on the contract to host the Republican Convention, plus our rising crime rate and more.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

We hear about a new movement – Sober Curious – that encourages people to think about why they drink before they do.

Monday, August 12, 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, Aug. 9, 2019

A survivor of the UNC-Charlotte shootings urges state law makers to pass gun control legislation. JP Morgan Chase brings branches and jobs to Charlotte and only five hospitals sign on to the State’s Employee health plan.  What does that means for those employees? Those stories and more on the Local News Roundup.

U.S. Census Bureau

Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019

There's a lot at stake for Mecklenburg County and communities across North Carolina in next year's census, from political representation to billions of dollars in federal funds. Now that the fight over a citizenship question is over, what's being done to get a complete head count?

Photos by Matthew Murphy, Evan Zimmerman

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Meet the stars of the unusual Tony Award Winning Musical, 'The Band’s Visit,' now in Charlotte.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

We talk growth, development, parks and recreation, downtown revitalization and the Panthers. We explore the impact of those things on Rock Hill and Fort Mill with the mayors of those cities.

Charlotte Talks: Impeachment Drumbeat Grows Louder

Aug 6, 2019
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Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019

Calls for launching an impeachment inquiry into President Trump are getting louder. What exactly would impeachment look like? How have previous impeachment proceedings unfolded? One of the country's leading impeachment scholars talks with Mike Collins.

WFAE/Jennifer Worsham

Monday, August 5, 2019

Travel 100,000 miles around the country and you’ll find that rural America isn’t necessarily in decline. James and Deborah Fallows took that trip and share what they found.

This show originally aired November 14, 2018.

Friday, Aug. 2, 2019

On the local news roundup … a new CMS Superintendent. A logo for the 2020 RNC.   Elections Board Chair Bob Cordle steps down as the board tries to decide how we’ll vote. UNC Chancellor Phil Dubois announces his retirement, and more.