Charlotte Talks on WFAE

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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Tuesday, July 30, 7:30-9:00pm at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

Join Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins for a special WFAE Public Conversation exploring Charlotte’s rising homicide count and community-based solutions for addressing public safety. Details and free registration.


Monday, July 22, 2019

CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox resigns. He was the fifth person to hold that position in ten years and had just had his contract renewed. What happened? What now? A conversation about that.

WFAE / The White House

Friday, July 19, 2019

The revolving door of Charlotte-Mecklenbrg Schools superintendents appeared ready for another turn with the sudden suspension of Clayton Wilcox. President Trump, on the heels of his racist tweet, appeared in front of a North Carolina crowd that chanted "send her back," which the president later tried to disavow. 


Thursday, July 18, 2019

NASA's former chief historian Roger Launius looks back at the legacy of the Apollo program that put men on the moon 50 years ago this week.

Jennifer Worsham / WFAE

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Mayor Vi Lyles joins Mike Collins to discuss the eight new affordable housing projects coming before council next week, violent crime, Charlotte signing an immigration compact and more.

Erin Keever / WFAE

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Our rising homicide rate and what two of our city’s top law enforcement officials are calling for in order to get a handle on the problem. CMPD Chief Kerr Putney and Mecklenburg DA Spencer Merriweather.

CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox
Zuri Berry / WFAE

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

An update on the suspension of CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox. 

Charlotte Talks: Update On The Economy In 2019

Jul 15, 2019
stock exchange board

Monday, July 15, 2019

The national economy appears strong,  so does Charlotte’s. That has not erased all fears about what the future may bring. Mike hears from an economist and two business reporters to get their thoughts and give an update on where our economy stands.

Friday, July 12, 2019

On the local news roundup … a budget stalemate in Raleigh. Some big-time soccer events are on the way and our homicide count continues to rise along with other violent crimes. Those and other stories.

Charlotte Talks: Summer Picks For Books And Movies

Jul 11, 2019

Thursday, July 11, 2019

What are the best books for summer reading?  We find out.  And what about summer movies? Mike sits down with local movie experts, and with Sally Brewster of Park Road Books to get their picks.

Flickr / NOAA

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Weather forecasting has been evolving for centuries, to the point that we're actually pretty good at it. But how does it all work? Mike Collins takes a look under the hood of the complex system that comes up with the forecasts we plan our lives around.

Charlotte Talks: Summertime Political Update

Jul 9, 2019
Jill Wellington

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

You may be planning a vacation this summer, but politics is not.

Facebook / Jim Clyburn

Monday, July 8, 2019

African Americans will be a key voting bloc in picking the 2020 Democratic nominee. What are the candidates doing to court their support? 

Chris Miller / WFAE

Friday, July 5th, 2019

Armistead Maupin returns to his North Carolina roots to reflect on his life's journey from growing up closeted in a conservative family to being a pioneering LGBT author. We re-visit our February conversation where Maupin sat down with Mike Collins for a conversation at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory. 

This program originally aired February 11th, 2019.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Frederick Douglass was one of the most important African-Americans in our country’s history, and one of the most noted intellectuals of his time. Guest host Erik Spanberg talks to the author of a new biography, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, which recently won the Pulitzer Prize for history.

This show originally aired Feb. 18, 2019

Charlotte Observer Image Collection, Courtesy of the RSCR, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Dorothy Counts helped integrate CMS in 1957 – her historic walk through an angry crowd resulted in a famous photograph. She shares her story.

The Richard Nixon Foundation

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The late 1960s introduced a new phrase into the political lexicon: the Southern Strategy. Republicans put it to use in the aftermath of the civil rights movement to reshape the electoral map for generations. Guest host Michael Bitzer looks at the origins and legacy of this tectonic shift.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Newcomers to Charlotte often ask where all the old buildings are. Many were razed to make way for the future, but there is hope for historic preservation. Guest host Erik Spanberg sits down with experts to discuss why.

Friday, June 28, 2019

On the local news roundup, a decision on gerrymandering from the Supreme Court, the city passes a new noise ordinance, county commission begins talking about increasing the sales tax and the State Senate votes “yes” on a bill to require sheriffs to work with ICE.  Mike Collins and local journalists discuss those and other stories. 

Flickr / Daniel Lobo

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Reparations for African-Americans has been discussed for many years, but it has taken on a new level of prominence, from Congress to the 2020 presidential race. Duke University's William Darity, one of the country's leading experts on the matter, shares his thoughts.