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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Charlotte's Big Banks

Mar 9, 2009

Charlotte's Big Banks Charlotte has been known as a banking town for many years but our two largest banks, Bank of America and Wachovia, have undergone turbulent times recently. We'll take a close look at our signature banks to see how they are faring in the face of economic assaults from the global economy and from historic challenges within their own organizations. 

Remembering Donald Haack

Mar 6, 2009

Remembering Donald Haack Local diamond merchant, philanthropist and adventurer, Donald Haack passed away last Sunday. He's written about his life mining diamonds in the jungle and joined Mike Collins in 2004. As a way of remembering a Charlottean who will be greatly missed, we share the conversation again.

Inauguration Day 2009

Jan 20, 2009

Charlotte Talks Christmas Special

Dec 25, 2008

Charlotte Talks Christmas Special Join us for a special Christmas Day edition of Charlotte Talks. We'll look back on holidays past. From the life and times of Charles Dickens to Depression era Christmases in Charlotte. And of course, we'll share A Cup of Christmas Tea.

Soul Food &Charlotte: The Opera

Nov 20, 2008

Mecklenburg Creeks

Nov 14, 2008

Mecklenburg Creeks Charlotte may not have a majestic river running through it but we do have a vast creek system, which is vital to the health of our watershed and wildlife. But now, its health is in trouble- from erosion, pollution and damage from disappearing wetlands caused by growth. We'll get an update on our creek system when Charlotte Talks. Guests Rusty Rozzelle - Program Manager, Mecklenburg County Water Quality David Kroening - Analyst, Mecklenburg County Surface Water Systems Daryl Hammock - Manager, Environmental Permitting & Water Quality, City of Charlotte

Education Expert Jonathan Kozol

Nov 10, 2008

Education Expert Jonathan Kozol Jonathan Kozol is perhaps one of the biggest critics of this nation's education system, but his criticism is aimed at making our schools better. He shares his recommendations and addresses the mania of testing over teaching on the next Charlotte Talks. GuestJonathan Kozol - Educator and activist. Author of The Shame of the Nation, Letters to a Young Teacher, Savage Inequalities This conversation was prerecorded as part of Lenoir Rhyne's Visiting Writers Series For web extras from this show, check out Charlotte Blogs

Congressional Candidates

Oct 28, 2008

Congressional Candidates Our conversations with candidates continue today on Charlotte Talks. Today we'll speak with the candidates for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District seat. Harry Taylor, Charlotte businessman and Democratic candidate will go first and then incumbent Sue Myrick will join us. Guests Harry Taylor - Democratic Congressional Candidate, NC 9th District Rep. Sue Myrick - Republican Congressional Candidate, NC 9th Distict

Author of The Kite Runner

Oct 24, 2008

Author of The Kite Runner Today on Charlotte Talks we'll play back our conversation with Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. The show was recorded last week at the Novello Festival of Reading. Guest Khaled Hosseini - Best-Selling Author Since this is a pre-recorded show, we can't include your calls.

Stump the Chef

Oct 23, 2008

Interpreting the Constitution

Oct 22, 2008

Interpreting the Constitution The United States Constitution has been a source of debate for its entire history. There are several schools of interpretation for the constitution including Originalists, Modernists and Texturalists. We'll look at some major amendments, how they can be interpreted and how the major candidates for president view our Constitution when Charlotte Talks. Guests Dr. Mary Thornberry - Professor Political Science, Davidson College Dr. Timothy Boylan - Assoc. Professor, Political Science, Winthrop University

Fact and Fiction in the Election

Oct 21, 2008

Fact and Fiction in the Election We dig for the truth behind the campaign rhetoric today on Charlotte Talks. Voters have so much information flying at them- most of it distorted- that it's hard to know where to turn to learn the truth about candidates' voting records, true stance on an issue or what they really said on the campaign trail. Our guest experts will help us wade through the cloud of a modern political campaign. Guests Brooks Jackson - Director, Factcheck.org Andrew Raseij - Founder, TechPresident.org Mindy Finn - Republican e-strategist and contributor, TechPresident.org Greg Collard - News Director, WFAE

Hacking the Hacker's Mind

Oct 10, 2008

Hacking the Hacker's Mind We'll look inside the mind and the methods of a computer hacker today on Charlotte Talks. Researchers at UNC Charlotte are launching a project that will track the movements of hackers online. We'll learn about some of their methods, what they are looking for and who is most vulnerable. Guests Dr. Tom Holt - Asst. Professor of Criminal Justice, UNC Charlotte Dr. Bill Chu - Interim Dean, College of Computing and Informatics, UNC Charlotte

Wall Street Update

Sep 26, 2008
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Wall Street Update It's an update on the upheaval happening on Wall Street on this edition of Charlotte Talks. A panel of economic experts will join us to talk about what's happened with Merrill Lynch, AIG, Lehman Brothers and more, and what may still be to come. What are the implications of this news here in Charlotte and across the country? We'll take your calls and hear from our panel of experts. Dr. Vikram Kumar - Economist, Davidson College Tony Plath - Assoc. Professor of Finance, UNC Charlotte John Connaughton - Economist, UNC Charlotte

United Way of the Carolinas

Sep 24, 2008

United Way of the Carolinas Stay tuned for an in-depth look at the United Way of the Central Carolinas on today's Charlotte Talks. The local fundraising entity has been very much in the news lately concerning their pay and benefits package to former C.E.O. Gloria Pace King. The agency also fell under scrutiny for the subsequent firing of King and for their handling of the matter in the public eye. Their yearly fund drive is under way and they join us to talk about the scandal and the role of the United Way in their own words. Guests Mac Everett - Interim C.E.O., United Way of the Central Carolinas Carlos Evans - Incoming Board Chair, United Way of the Central Carolinas

The Appraisal System

Sep 18, 2008

We take a look at the way your home and business is valued today on Charlotte Talks. The way a home or business is appraised is a large factor in how your mortgage will work, the taxes on your home and on how much you can borrow on the property. North Carolina is in the midst of an appraisal scandal and the rules may undergo a complete overhaul. We'll learn all about the appraisal system from a panel of experts. Guests John Bosworth - Certified Appraiser, Commercial, John Bosworth and Associates Robert Ipock - NC Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser

Writing Letters to Your Younger Self

Sep 10, 2008

"The Ralph Nader of Medicine" is the guest on the next edition of Charlotte Talks. Dr. Fred Ernst will join us to talk about his new book, Truth, Lies, and the O.R. The book is a primer on anesthesia, surgery and surgeries done in office settings that seeks to educate people when making decisions about medical procedures. We'll talk about all of that and about awareness under general anesthesia, malpractice issues and more on the next Charlotte Talks. Guest Dr. Fred Ernst - Author, Truth, Lies, and the O.R.

Medical Myths

Sep 1, 2008

The New Auto Industry

Aug 18, 2008

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