Charlotte Talks on WFAE

9 a.m. Monday - Friday, 9 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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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.

Charlotte Talks: The Politics Of Our Court System

Sep 17, 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

Our state’s Supreme Court has been busy of late hearing a record number of impactful and political cases.  We look at how the high court has become more politicized and the impact of that trend. 


Friday, September 14, 2018

On Friday's Local News Roundup - Hurricane Florence heads toward the Carolina coast with wind, rain, flooding, evacuation all part of this 'monster' storm. We get the latest on the progress of Florence, and what forecasters and emergency preparedness officials believe will be its impact along the coast of both Carolinas and here in Charlotte. 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Mayor Vi Lyles is back for "Mike and the Mayor." Join Mike Collins and Mayor Lyles, along with Charlotte Fire Chief Reginald Johnson, as they discuss emergency planning in advance of Hurricane Florence, as well as other important issues facing the Queen City. 

Charlotte Talks: WFAE's Latest Podcast, Amplifier

Sep 12, 2018

Wednesday, September 12th 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks, we go behind-the-scenes of “Amplifier,” WFAE’s new podcast examining the Charlotte music scene to explore the flavor and variety of that music and how the podcast puts it all out there for listeners.

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018

Nearly four decades after President Carter's "crisis of confidence" speech, a unique play being performed in Charlotte reimagines the infamous speech. Mike Collins talks with the play's author and director, as well as an expert on that era of the Carter presidency.

Charlotte Talks: 'Dangerous Times' For The NFL

Sep 11, 2018
Flickr / S.C. Air National Guard

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018

For the past four NFL seasons, journalist Mark Leibovich had unparalleled access to the inner workings of the league as it faced a number of controversies. He and guest host Erik Spanberg discuss the state of the country's most popular sport, and how it found itself embroiled in politics.

Flickr / Adrian Black

Monday, Sept. 10, 2018

Charlotte is trying to make its streets safer under a plan called "Vision Zero." Mike Collins talks with the people working toward the goal of zero traffic deaths by 2030.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: This program was pre-empted on Sept. 6 by coverage of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing

Friday, September 7, 2018

On the Local News Roundup: A federal 3-judge panel decides North Carolina Congressional districts stay the way they’ve been drawn – for now.  The Senate’s hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh take center stage.  We hear what our state’s lawmakers have to say.  The Justice Department subpoenas voter data for dozens of North Carolina counties going back 8 years.  And Charlotte finalizes its bid for the CIAA tournament.

Flickr / Adrian Black

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018

Charlotte is trying to make its streets safer under a plan called "Vision Zero." Mike Collins talks with the people working toward the goal of zero traffic deaths by 2030.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Guest host Erik Spanberg takes a look at 'causes and consequences' of tension in the Middle East with Ryan Crocker- a man who has been U.S. ambassador to several countries in that part of the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan.