Charlotte Talks on WFAE

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  • 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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On Friday, April 20, we celebrated 20 years on the air. Take a look back at some of our memorable moments, see Mike Collins age, and get a sense of the stars who have appeared on the show on our anniversary page

Monday, April 22, 2019

A WFAE Public Conversation about the explosive growth of the Lake Norman area.  We hear from leaders from Huntersville, Davidson and Cornelius who are in the trenches trying to get a handle on ever-present construction, congestion, never-ending development and planning for a future in which these three towns struggle to maintain their individual identities while strengthening the region.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Body cam video provides more detail on a fatal police shooting. Republican candidates in the 9th Congressional district square off. And the full Mueller report is out. Those and other stories on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Host Mike Collins sits down with author Jared Cohen to learn about the eight men who accidentally became unelected presidents. We hear about their successes and failures in the office and to what they meant to the country.

Tuesday, April 16, 2018

The number of people living in Charlotte who have no healthy food options is growing. Mike Collins sits down with a panel of guests to look at what is being done to improve access to fresh, affordable food. 

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Monday, April 15, 2019

A new approach to bail in Mecklenburg County hopes to reverse a system that overly penalized the poor by keeping them behind bars only because they lacked the means to pay. Mike Collins talks with justice system leaders about the shift in policy.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Local environmentalists are upset with Mayor Vi Lyles; Charlotte is about to get a four-year medical school and CMS decides to close on May 1, as nearly 2,000 teachers from Charlotte prepare to march on Raleigh. Host Mike Collins and a roundtable of reporters detail the week's top local stories.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

On this edition of Mike and the Mayor, we turn our attention to the northern end of Mecklenburg County and talk to the mayors of Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson. That region is rife with traffic problems, construction, toll roads and, of course, growing pains. We hear how these mayors are dealing with all of this as individual towns and as a region.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Mike sits down this hour with the man who thinks so much about energy use and efficiency, he’s been called one of the Top 100 global thinkers.  Amory Lovins share his thoughts on our energy future.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney joins us to talk about the rising homicide rate in Charlotte and the out-of-control use of guns to solve disputes. The problem and possible solutions.

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Community-Based Homicide And Gun Violence Prevention Efforts In Charlotte

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Charlotte’s homicide count is again on the rise. It’s three times higher than it was at this time last year. More people are resorting to using guns to solve problems. CMPD says this isn’t something police can fix on their own. They need the community. We hear from people working to reduce gun violence around the city.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

The "new normal" of school violence requires heightened security, particularly lockdowns and shooter drills. But do they come at the expense of some students' emotional well-being?

Friday, April 5, 2019

The head of the North Carolina GOP is indicted in connection with donations made to the party, and charged with lying to the FBI. State lawmakers move to make sheriffs cooperate with ICE. Those same lawmakers also want to give teachers $400 to spend on classroom supplies. Mike Collins and the round table of reporters cover the week's top local and regional stories.

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Thursday, April 4, 2018

Electric cars.  They are the future of automobiles and some would say that future is underway, though slowly.  What’s holding it back? Mike sits down with a few gear heads to get some answers this hour.

Jennifer Worsham

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox joins Mike Collins to discuss teacher pay raises, school security and equity gaps in the school system — all of which Wilcox wants to address in his new budget proposal.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

It's estimated that on a daily basis 10,000 Americans reach retirement age. That means 10,000 new potential victims for scammers targeting senior citizens. Law enforcement has promised to crack down on elder fraud, and Mike Collins examines the signs of fraud and who's perpetrating it.

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Monday, April 1, 2019

People continue moving into Charlotte. At last report, the number was about 60 people a day. You can see the result everywhere you look. Endless construction, increasingly congested roads and a real estate market in grid lock. Housing is becoming less affordable as new construction struggles to keep up with demand. This has been a troubling trend for several years. How much longer can it last? We get some expert opinions.

Friday, March 29, 2019

On the local news roundup, the Supreme Court hears North Carolina’s gerrymandering case. Charlotte’s Catholic Diocese faces a sexual misconduct allegation. And another CMPD shooting where protesters question the justification. 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

With Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, Americans have started to hear about the worst actors and biggest perpetrators of systemic problems related to racism and sexism. But there’s a side we don’t often talk about: the role of the common person in our society who benefits from these systematic problems.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The bid for a team seemed all but doomed back in 2017 when Mecklenburg County Commissioners decided they wouldn’t put public money forward to help, but it’s been revived this year. The new Charlotte Panthers owner, David Tepper, says that the Panthers and MLS are actively talking about making a new team. 

Charlotte Talks: Unity Among Different Faiths

Mar 26, 2019
Parth Shah

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

We examine the rise in hate crimes, particularly those targeting Muslims and Jews here and around the world.  We hear from members of those communities on how they are coping and get their ideas on how to foster unity in the face of division.