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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Stimulus Money in Mecklenburg County

Sep 9, 2009

Native American Art and Pat McCrory on Stimulus Money

Aug 25, 2009

Social Media and Non-Profits

Aug 13, 2009

The Future of Iraq with Iraqi Students

Jul 22, 2009

The Future of Iraq with Iraqi Students Iraq and its people have seen major change in the past few years. How is this change affecting the youth of Iraq, and what kind of leaders will those young people be when they reach adulthood? We'll meet teens from Iraq who are in Charlotte for a leadership and cultural education experience.

Feeding the Hungry

Jul 21, 2009

Business of Social Media

Jul 17, 2009

A Nation of Farmers

Jul 9, 2009

Historic View of Charlotte

Jul 8, 2009

Historic View of Charlotte Guest Host Chris Clackum hosts a conversation about Charlotte's history, including some well-known events you may know, and some you may not have heard about. Long-time Charlotte historian Mary Kratt has just released a new book about the Queen City, Charlotte North Carolina: A Brief History. She joins us for a look back. Guest Mary Kratt - Author of Charlotte, North Carolina: A Brief History Charlotte Talks | A New Historic Charlotte? Charlotte Talks | Finding Historic Charlotte

The New Credit Score

May 1, 2009

A look at how your personal information may be used against you and at a new term in credit scoring called “behavioral scoring,” where your purchases can affect your credit rating. Where you went on your last vacation, what medicines you’re buying, and what you bought at the grocery store are all up for grabs. Find out how this information becomes public property, how companies are using it, and how you can protect your information. 

Bank of America Shareholders Meeting

Apr 29, 2009

The Bank of America annual shareholder meeting is today in Charlotte. We'll get a preview of what is expected to happen- including the vote to keep members of the board and Chairman Ken Lewis and questions about Lewis' assertion that he was forced into completing the Merrill Lynch purchase by the government. We'll also examine the recent earnings report and controversy surrounding it, and put Bank of America's story in context with the banking crisis overall. 

Baseball's Doc Graham

Apr 14, 2009

A conversation about Doc Graham, Archibald "Moonlight" Graham, who was fictionally portrayed in the 1989 film Field of Dreams. We'll learn about the real life of Doc Graham, who studied to be a doctor while playing minor league baseball (for a few years with the Charlotte Hornets), his brief stint in the big leagues, and his eventual exit from the sport to be a doctor full time- where he did pioneering research on children's blood pressure that is still being used today. 

Anatomy of a Start-Up

Apr 13, 2009

If one good thing comes out of most recessions, it's that economic down times are ripe for entrepreneurs and their ideas. Many big ideas started small on college campuses - think Microsoft. And investors have traditionally been attracted to ideas that come to fruition at Universities. We'll explore the pros of being an entrepreneur in the current economic climate and how area institutions are helping.

The Ambassador from Canada to the United States joins us to talk about our relationship with our northern neighbor. We'll discuss our borders, security and how policy has changed since 9/11. Plus we'll get Canada's take on the new Administration in Washington and all the challenges they face internally- from the economy to the wars in the Middle East. 

Military Recruiting

Apr 8, 2009

They're a familiar sight on high school campuses around the country, but after 9/11 and with the onset of two wars, military recruiters are under intense pressure to keep up quotas. Under that pressure, critics say that recruiters have resorted to questionable practices and deception to garner new soldiers. One group is trying to gain equal access to schools to warn students of additional "costs" of joining the military. We'll hear from both sides to get the truth about recruiting.

Business and Investor Fraud

Apr 7, 2009

In the wake of Financier Bernie Madoff's conviction for cheating hundreds of high dollar clients in his Ponzi scheme, we'll meet with experts in the area of business and investment fraud to talk about greed, how easily it occurs, who is most vulnerable and the best ways to protect your investments. 

We'll discuss the Civil Rights movement and its beginnings across the country and right here in the Charlotte region. We'll discuss the battles over Jim Crow and segregation in the post World War I era, the role Communism played in the early Civil Rights movement. We'll also take a look at Nazi Germany through the eyes of African Americans in the Civil Rights movement. 

Business Reporting

Apr 2, 2009

Lately reporters who write about business and finance have been in the news as often as they've reported on the news. We'll examine the responsibilities of business reporters whose stories can affect world markets. We'll also examine the role of the media and the ethics of journalism.

The Ethics of Business

Mar 31, 2009

We'll discuss some of the questionable business practices that led to the current economic crisis. Many critics, including the President and much of the public, have also cried foul at the notion of bonuses for executives at corporations receiving government bailout funds. We'll also look at lending practices in the mortgage industry and how they may have promoted cheating among mortgage professionals.


Dr. Edward Kane - Professor of Finance, Boston College

Dr. Robert Kolb - Prof. of Finance & Chair of Applied Ethics, Loyola University Chicago

How do you Consume Media and get the News?

Mar 30, 2009

We'll discuss the traditional avenues of media consumption and how things are changing today with the advent of cable news, internet news and social networking. We'll also talk about the decline in the health of the newspaper industry and how it could be detrimental to the news industry as a whole.


Dr. Dean Kruckeberg - Professor of Communication Studies, UNC Charlotte Join the conversation at Charlotte Blogs

From Farm to Fork

Mar 26, 2009

Most of us aren't very connected with the source of the food we eat. That piece of chicken in the grocery store barely resembles the animal from which it came. The Charlotte Observer's Kathleen Purvis noticed this and did a series tracing one animal's journey. She joins us to trace a similar path to see how such a journey can be done in a healthy, humane fashion.