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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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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

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Monday, March 25, 2019

The fate of partisan gerrymandering is once again in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court, which is hearing a challenge to North Carolina's congressional map. Mike Collins previews Tuesday's arguments and what the court's decision could mean for the political landscape, both in North Carolina and nationwide.

Friday March 22, 2019

More unusual news coming out of the 9th Congressional District. Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden faces off against Cornelius town officials over speed enforcement.  He says to expect more policing from his department. Only 5 of 17 UNC schools’ student IDs are approved for voting, sending things into turmoil in the state legislature. 

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Rather than fade into the background after his 2017 firing, former FBI director James Comey has become a highly-visible critic of President Trump and what Comey views as the president's attack on values. Ahead of a visit to Charlotte, Mike Collins talks with Comey about his outspoken views on the Trump presidency and more.

This program originally aired Feb. 27.

Charlotte Talks: The Science Of Fact Checking

Mar 20, 2019

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These days politicians don’t just stretch the truth, they make stuff up.  And, because we’re so divided, they get away with it...unless you look to fact checkers.  We will to find out how they do what they do this hour.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Last week, the Department of Justice charged 50 people in schemes to pay for positions for their children at top universities across the country. It was called the, “largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted,” but it doesn’t paint the whole picture. 

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Mike Collins sits down with political commentator, author Marc Lamont Hill to talk about the subjects of police violence, the reasons for it and how to reduce the incidences of it. 

Friday, March 15, 2019

Mike Collins and a panel of reporters cover this week's top stories: Candidate filing is open this week for the new 9th Congressional District election and more search warrants are filed as the investigation continues. The Panthers get serious about moving their headquarters and practice facility to South Carolina. And that nationwide college admissions scheme hits home.  

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles joined Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins Thursday, Dec. 13.
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Mayor Vi Lyles is back on "Charlotte Talks" for another edition of Mike and the Mayor to discuss two recent trips to Washington, D.C., her new Immigrant Community Committee, and other issues important to the Queen City.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

How is it that the United States became "the most dangerous place to give birth in the developed world?" Mike Collins examines the causes and solutions with local OB-GYNs and others.

This program originally aired Aug. 15, 2018

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

North Carolinians can’t seem to agree about what to do with Confederate monuments and other memorials of the Civil War. A series of programs over the last two months titled “Beyond the Myths: The American Civil War in History and Memory” concludes Wednesday. 

Friday, March 8, 2019

Dates for the new election in the 9th Congressional district have been set and Republicans are throwing hats into the ring. Rayquan Borum’s murder case goes to the jury after Borum declines to testify. Mayor Vi Lyles is the only U.S. mayor named to the newly formed American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, and Gov. Cooper releases his budget recommendations. 

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Mike sits down with religious experts to discuss some of the sex scandals facing some denominations and how churches are dealing with the reality of LGBTQ people and same-sex marriage. 

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

President Trump wants to end HIV transmissions in the U.S. by the end of the next decade by targeting "hot spots" across the country, including Mecklenburg County. Is that an achievable goal? How did Mecklenburg and other parts of the South become the epicenter of new HIV cases in America? 


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The history of rock and roll is peppered with gun violence.  Local author and playwright Jeff Jackson uses that history to ask some important questions in his latest novel, "Destroy All Monsters: The Last Rock Novel."

Monday, March 4, 2019 

Can Americans disagree politely anymore? In an increasingly polarized political climate, it certainly doesn’t seem like it. But, that’s the idea an upcoming forum at Queens University of Charlotte called “Can We Talk?” will explore.

Friday, March 1, 2019

McCrae Dowless, the central figure in the 9th District Election fraud investigation is charged with obstruction and illegal ballot possession. Mark Harris decides not to run again in that race. Gov. Roy Cooper outlines his priorities for the state. Another gun turns up at a CMS school, and the murder trial of Rayquan Boram begins. 

Psychology Today

Thursday, Feb 28, 2019

Charlotte filmmaker Fred Murphy uses his work to explore race relations from both black and white points of view.  What he’s learned about the past and how to move forward. We also hear from local historians about Charlotte's history with race. 

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Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019

Rather than fade into the background after his 2017 firing, former FBI director James Comey has become a highly-visible critic of President Trump and what Comey views as the president's attack on values. Ahead of a March visit to Charlotte, Mike Collins talks with Comey about his outspoken views on the Trump presidency and more.

Charlotte Talks: An Update On State And National Politics

Feb 26, 2019
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Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019

State and national politics are moving at break-neck speed from a new election in the 9th Congressional District to a national emergency facing legislative pressure. Today, a recap of what's happened in the last week and what it all means.

On Thursday during the N.C. State Board of Ethics and Elections hearing on the 9th Congressional District, Republican candidate Mark Harris, who the board refused to seat after unofficial results put him in the lead, called for a new election.

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Monday, Feb. 25, 2019

The Smithville neighborhood in Cornelius is one of the oldest black neighborhoods in the county.  Created in 1908, it was settled by descendants of enslaved people.  The population there is declining, and revitalization attempts have been slow, but that may be about to change.  We talk about why and what activism may mean for Smithville.