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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Naomi McDougall Jones

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Actress and filmmaker Naomi McDougal Jones joins us to discuss her latest film and her experience being a woman in Hollywood. 

Charlotte Talks: The Art Of The Slice

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Mike sits down with two chefs to discuss all things pizza. What goes into making the perfect pie, regional differences, and what running a pizzeria is like.

Charlotte Talks: Breaking Down The Electoral College

May 20, 2019
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Some states are rebelling against the Electoral College, and some 2020 Democratic candidates say it should be scrapped? A look at the pros and cons of this way of picking a president.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

They might be tiny, but they play a vital role in our survival - and they're in trouble. We're talking about pollinators, and a North Carolina writer (and beekeeper) has researched the threats they face and ways to help. 

Friday, May 17, 2019

State Senator Dan Bishop gets to run for Congress in the 9th District, winning the special primary.  North Carolina’s Board of Elections executive director is fired and replaced.  The Charlotte Catholic Diocese will release the names of clergy credibly accused of child sex abuse.  And the Gold Line streetcar is about to close for 18 months.  

Charlotte Talks: NASCAR And The Queen City

May 16, 2019
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Thursday, May 16, 2019

All about NASCAR and how Charlotte is prepping for the All Star Race.  Guest host Erik Spanberg sits down with some racing experts to talk about where NASCAR is and where it’s headed. 

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The pushback to gerrymandering — an issue North Carolina is well acquainted with — is one area of voting rights where activists at the state and local level are taking the lead. Elections expert Joshua Douglas chronicles those efforts in his new book, and joins Mike Collins for a look at the state of voting in America.

Charlotte Talks Archive: Remembering Tim Conway

May 14, 2019
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

From the "Charlotte Talks" archives, our July 2004 conversation with Tim Conway, who died Tuesday.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A look at Mecklenburg County’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year. County Manager Dena Diorio and the budget director tell us where your tax dollars will go.


Monday, May 13, 2019

A peek at a controversial and bold new idea to undo the legacy of housing segregation by eliminating single-family zoning. Planning Director Taiwo Jaiyeoba and others tell us more.

Note: This show was previously scheduled for Thursday and will now air on Monday, May 13. 

Friday, May 10, 2019

The proposed city budget is released, featuring a neutral property tax rate but also pay raises and money for the Cross-Charlotte trail.  The 9th Congressional district primary election is next week.  CMPD updates its body cam video policy and the bill incentivizing the Panthers to move their headquarters to South Carolina goes down to the wire.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

You know his writing, and have gotten to know his voice. Now, Tommy Tomlinson shares a new side of himself as he writes about a lifelong struggle with weight.

Note: Today's show was a rebroadcast, which originally aired January 14, 2019. 

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Mayor Vi Lyles joins Mike Collins for another of her regular "Mike and the Mayor" appearances. And we're joined by Charlotte City Manager Marcus Jones to talk about the city’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year.  

Charlotte Talks: Trends In Tech

May 7, 2019

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins sits down with a panel of tech experts to get an update on a few technology trends like the imminent arrival of 5G to some cool new gadgets. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The winner of WFAE's Queen City PodQuest has been crowned. Mike Collins sits down with two members of the winning team, and Joni Deutsch during the hour.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

The man at the helm of Charlotte's transit system, John Lewis, joins guest host Erik Spanberg for a closer look at the latest vision for transit expansion, including an east-west light rail line, and where CATS hopes to come up with the billions of dollars it's going to take to pull it off.

Friday, May 3, 2019

A gunman kills two UNC Charlotte students and wounds four others on the campus.  We bring you the latest.  Those shootings add to the rising number of homicides in Charlotte, a number trending higher than the last several years.  And teachers from CMS and around the state marched on Raleigh Wednesday.  Mike Collins and a roundtable of reporters detail those and other stories.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

We are becoming increasingly surrounded by artificial intelligence.  Almost every industry uses A/I in their business.  It’s gotten to the point where corporations and industry leaders are beginning to see the need for best practices and the promotion of “responsible A/I.  A discussion of A/I's ethical challenges and potential unintended consequences.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The latest on Tuesday's deadly shooting on UNC Charlotte's campus. We hear from local reporters, students, Chancellor Phil Dubois and others.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Teachers from around the state are preparing to march on Raleigh on Wednesday. It's the second year they've brought their concerns to the legislature. We hear about what those teachers are pushing for.