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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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. 

Laurie Berkner / "No Exit"

Mar 24, 2009

Laurie Berkner / "No Exit" In the first part of the show, we'll talk to Laurie Berkner, a rock star in the world of children's music. She started out in traditional rock bands, but has been writing toe-tapping tunes for kids for over a decade. Then we'll discuss Existentialism and the writings of Jean Paul Sartre. A Charlotte theater group is producing his most famous play, No Exit.

Your Finances: What Now?

Mar 23, 2009

Your Finances: What Now? One of the nation's top financial advisors joins us to talk about personal finances in today's economy and what you can do to protect your retirement or college funds. We'll also discuss what people were doing with their finances during the Depression. 

Trends in Landscaping and Gardening

Mar 20, 2009

Trends in Landscaping and Gardening Veteran "This Old House" Head Landscaper Roger Cook joins us, along with a panel of local master gardeners to talk about the latest trends in the landscaping industry. 

Talking Race Through Art

Mar 19, 2009

Talking Race Through Art The issue of race in America seems to be a timeless topic but, over the years, the way we approach the discussion has changed. We'll explore the landmark novel To Kill a Mockingbird, that was part of the library's Big Read this year, and The Drama Club, a new play at the Children's Theatre of Charlotte--- to see how they propel the national conversation about race. 

North Carolina Economic Forecast

Mar 18, 2009

North Carolina Economic Forecast UNC Charlotte Economics Professor John Connaughton shares his predictions for the state's economy with his latest economic forecast, issued quarterly. Lately the news hasn't been good; we'll find out if his predictions from last quarter were true, and see what's to come. 

U.S. Whitewater Center

Mar 17, 2009

U.S. Whitewater Center The Whitewater Center, regarded as a crown jewel by supporters, is drowning in red ink. Critics say the business plan was ill-conceived and the center is awash in debt, owing upwards of 38 million dollars. We'll talk with the Executive Director of the Center, a member of the US Olympic Committee that sees the center as a valuable resource, and to a County Commissioner with a whole new plan to try and save the center. 

Green Living and Energy Efficiency

Mar 13, 2009

Green Living and Energy Efficiency Join us for a conversation about green living- from compact fluorescents to solar panels. We'll find out how to make your home more energy efficient and ways to make your life more environmentally-friendly. Charlotte Talks recorded this show last weekend at the Southern Spring Home and Garden Show in front of a live audience. GuestsDona Stankus - Building Programs Manager, NC Solar Center Keith Davis - President, Residential Technologies, Inc. Laurel Elam - Project Manager, Appalachian State University Energy Center

Average Joes

Mar 12, 2009

Average Joes It's the March edition of Average Joes, a panel of WFAE listeners who join us to discuss the issues that are important to them. Some of our topics will include education, the economy, homeowners facing foreclosure, security vs. liberty and the same-sex marriage debate. Join us for the discussion! Guests: Adam Tyson, Larry Bumgarner and Van Durrett

Social Media

Mar 10, 2009

The rise of social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Myspace is dominating the virtual world. These online communities are becoming powerful tools for fundraising, political activism and social change. There are negative effects as well, as critics say such interactions are pulling people farther apart. Social media is also changing the way we write, the way we date and the way we learn. We'll examine some of the pros and cons. 

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