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

Charlotte Talks Midterm Election Special Oct. 23

With the midterm election only weeks away, Mike Collins will preview the races in WFAE's "Charlotte Talks Midterm Election Special," which will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Booth Playhouse.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh gives an opening statement in response to an allegation of sexual assault.

Friday, September 28th, 2018

On the local news roundup, reaction to Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, City Council considers four-year terms, Charlotte scooter safety, and the donation of city owned land for affordable housing.  Those and other stories with Mike Collins and the roundup reporters, on Charlotte Talks

Twitter / The White House

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018

All eyes are on Washington for a pair of closely-watched meetings: the testimony from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's visit to the White House. Mike Collins previews the day ahead and the political implications.


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

A change in refugee policy by the Trump Administration will heavily impact Charlotte and North Carolina.  We look at why we are a haven for refugees and what this policy change will mean.

Flickr/Mark Moz

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Inventory is low. Prices are up. Not a good recipe for making it easy to buy a house in Charlotte. We hear from real estate professionals about what’s going on and how long this may last.

Charlotte Talks: North Carolina's Hurricane History

Sep 24, 2018
East Carolina University / FEMA

Monday, Sept. 24, 2018

The Tar Heel State's long history of hurricanes now includes Florence and her record flooding. Guest host Erik Spanberg explores that history and the lessons learned.

Friday, September 21st 2018

On the next Local News Roundup-  A look at the recovery operations underway in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.  The long-time Dollar Tree headquarters is set to close.  900 jobs lost. The 2nd anniversary of the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott and the protests that followed. And Wells Fargo plans to slash thousands of jobs. 

Charlotte Talks: College Admissions Season

Sep 20, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The college admissions process has become ever-more tricky and as high schoolers and parents try to navigate this important process, we’ve enlisted some help.  On the next Charlotte Talks, two college admissions experts alert us to the pitfalls and give us a look at best practices for applying to college. 

Charlotte Talks: Examining Religion In Art

Sep 20, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art has a new exhibit, Wrestling the Angel. The exhibit takes critical look at the role that religion plays in art, and how it has impacted us both in society and socially.

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018

Hurricane Florence delivered a punch to Charlotte's tree canopy, causing some to fall before the heavier bands even arrived. The city's chief arborist provides a post-Florence assessment of Charlotte's signature trees.

Flickr/Charlie Cowins

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

City planners working on updating our outdated zoning codes have decided to upgrade the process to something more ambitious: a comprehensive plan to chart our course for the next 20 years. We hear about it.