Charlotte Talks

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.

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Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready are locked in a tight race that could determine control of the House. With three weeks to go until the midterm, Mike Collins talks with the two candidates in one of the most closely-watched races in the country.

Friday, October 12th, 2018

On the Local News Roundup, just weeks after Hurricane Florence, Michael hits the region.  Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley resigns as UN Ambassador.  City Council has a busy week approving land deals to help with their Affordable Housing goals.  CMS bus drivers get a raise and former Mayor and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx gets a new job. 

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles returns for a new edition of Mike and the Mayor. Host Mike Collins will talk with the mayor about the latest in Charlotte's quest for affordable housing, the city nearing a deal on Eastland Mall, bonds on the upcoming ballot and more on the next Charlotte Talks.

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Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

MSNBC's Steve Kornacki traces the political polarization of the Trump era back to the partisan warfare in Washington of the 1990s. He talks with Erik Spanberg about how America divided itself into tribes of red states and blue states.

Charlotte Talks: Telling The Story Of Money Rock

Oct 9, 2018

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

This hour, we meet Money Rock, this city’s most successful cocaine dealer in the 1980s  and Pam Kelley, the woman who tells his story one of cocaine, race and ambition.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

The politics surrounding the nomination, the hearings and the FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh has split the nation. Now that Kavanaugh has been confirmed, how will this divisive process impact the future of the high court? We talk about that. 

Friday, Oct. 5, 2018

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham remains combative in his defense of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The first round of Hurricane Florence relief is approved in Raleigh. Another sign of a new era at the Panthers with the signing of Eric Reid. Mike Collins and a reporters roundtable recap the week's top stories.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Jay Mathews joins Charlotte Talks.  He created America’s Most Challenging High Schools Index and, at WFAE’s request, has zeroed in on Charlotte’s high schools.  We find out how we fared and, because so many of the schools that comprise the index push advanced placement classes, we also hear from former CMS Superintendent Eric Smith who made increasing AP participation a major thrust of his time at the helm of Charlotte’s schools. 

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Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018

The federal deficit is projected to balloon to more than $1 trillion next year. What threat does that pose to the economy, and future generations? Guest host Erik Spanberg talks with Marc Goldwein from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.