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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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

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