Charlotte Talks

"Charlotte Talks" is WFAE's daily talk show and podcast. It airs live at 9 a.m. on weekdays and is hosted by Mike Collins. Every Friday, "Charlotte Talks" has a local news roundup of area reporters talking about the biggest stories of the week. "Charlotte Talks" airs a rebroadcast of the live show at 7 p.m. on weekdays, and is also available as a podcast.


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Super Tuesday has been around for decades, but it really came into its own in the 1988 presidential race when North Carolina and other Southern states tried to flex their power in picking the Democratic nominee.


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Until recently, livers donated in the Carolinas would likely stay in the Carolinas. As of February, donated livers are required by a new policy to be offered to the most pressing candidates within a 575-mile area.

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​Monday, March 2, 2020

For the first time in three presidential tries, Joe Biden now has a win under his belt. But there's no time to savor the South Carolina comeback. North Carolina and 13 other states enter the ring this week on Super Tuesday.

Friday, Feb. 28, 2020

On the eve of the crucial South Carolina Democratic presidential primary, the Local News Roundup heads to Amelie's in Rock Hill to preview Saturday's vote, and recap the week's news -- including Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' controversial student survey on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020

Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 with an ominous promise: “I alone can fix it.” As the 2020 convention looms, author and investigative reporter Carol Leonnig joins us to determine if he did.

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Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020

With Super Tuesday looming, major media is here to cover it. Among those journalists is NPR’s Steve Inskeep. He's been in Charlotte this week to learn more about voters in North Carolina. We hear from him about what he’s learning here.

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020

One man has been asking this question of our war on terror:  Are we winning?  Lt. Gen. Michael Nagata was in charge of Strategic Operation Planning at the National Counterterrorism Center. He shares his thoughts.

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Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020

Experts say diets don't work. Not for long-term weight loss, anyway. So why do we keep trying them and supporting the multi-billion-dollar diet industry? We explore a possible solution to escape "diet culture" – intuitive eating.

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Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

Young voters could be a force to reckon with in elections if they just showed up. After a surge in young votes in the 2018 midterms, are they going to turn out for the presidential race?

Friday, Feb. 21, 2020

Photo ID for voters is in limbo in North Carolina.  Longer rush hour waits are coming for light rail riders in the Queen City,  and the state's charter schools are planning to increase diversity.  That and Ryan Newman is out of the hospital after a horrific wreck in the Daytona 500.

New Hanover County Public Library

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

In 1898, Wilmington was the site of a rare event, the violent overthrow of a duly elected local government. White supremacists forced black officials to resign at gunpoint. Journalist David Zucchino shares the story.


Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020

Finding a solution to the crisis faced by Charlotte’s arts sector: Arts and Science Council President Jeep Bryant and others explain what’s at stake and make their cases for the latest solution.


Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020

From kindergarten through college, students face intense pressure to achieve. Finding the balance between the drive to succeed and mental health is paramount for American youth. 

Flickr / Eric Hersman

Monday, Feb. 17, 2020

As the Democratic presidential race shifts to Nevada this week, candidates are beginning to face more diverse electorates, including Nevada's sizable Latino population.

Friday, Feb. 14, 2020

The death knell has sounded on the Crisis Alert System at CMS.  CMS officials say it doesn’t work but the company disagrees.  The Town of Matthews is back in the good graces of CMS.  CMPD Chief Kerr Putney says he’s set with all he needs for crowd control at the Republican Convention, and hot off his New Hampshire primary win, Bernie Sanders comes to Charlotte. 

Geoffrey Hardee

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020

The wide-open race for the Democratic presidential nomination is headed for South Carolina. Joe Biden has called the state his firewall after early defeats, but a win there is no longer a sure thing. To check the pulse of the Palmetto State ahead of the Feb. 29 primary, we headed to Winthrop University in Rock Hill.

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020

It's the February edition of "Mike and the Mayor," we catch up on City Council’s focus on transit and transportation, the continued concentration on strategies to reduce violence and the city filing to rezone the old Eastland Mall site for Major League Soccer.  And we hear the mayor's take on opportunity zones.


Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020

The National Center for Homeless Education released a report in January revealing there were over 1.5 million homeless students in 2018. That’s a 15% increase from 2015, and the numbers are expected to grow.

Clockwise, from top left: The White House, C-SPAN, Flickr - Phil Roeder

Monday, Feb. 10, 2019

The opening days of the 2020 primary season were arguably some of the most jarring in recent memory. On Politics Monday, three politics watchers weigh in on the week that was, and what it means for the 2020 landscape.

Friday, Feb. 7, 2020

President Trump is set to visit the Queen City this week. CMS discusses having a compliance officer to oversee the superintendent, in the same week that a report is released alleging CMS changed bond funded projects without telling the public.  CMPD puts more resources into de-escalation training for officers.  


Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020

Just over two years ago Trump passed a comprehensive tax cut. It’s the signature legislative achievement of his administration, but who has profited the most?

WFAE/Erin Keever

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020

The economic outlook for 2020. Things are booming and that boom has gone on for quite some time. Is there an end in sight – or more of the same? Experts in three different sectors prognosticate.


Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020

Students from North Carolina A&T began their historic sit-ins at a Woolworth's counter in downtown Greensboro 60 years ago this week.  It was a huge moment in the civil rights movement and one documentary producer Steve Crump is commemorating by focusing on a key participant.  

Flickr / Brent

Monday, Feb. 3, 2020

America didn't always use primaries and caucuses to select its presidential nominees. Two experts on the process of choosing party standard-bearers explain its history and what to look for as voting starts in the 2020 election.

Friday, Jan 31, 2020

CMS teachers get a raise. Efforts to rezone the old Eastland Mall begin, a first step in turning it into a headquarters for Major League Soccer.  Gaston County becomes a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary, joining about 19 other North Carolina counties with their proclamation.  And Mecklenburg County Commissioners are sorting out their 2020 priorities as they begin their annual retreat.


Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020

The National Academy of Medicine predicts future pandemics could kill millions and cost trillions. Some worry it’s just a matter of time.

Flickr/Mitch Barrie

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020

Second Amendment Sanctuaries. Local governments have begun to pass resolutions promising not to pass laws they believe might violate the right to bear arms. It’s happening here and we examine the impact.

WFAE/Jennifer Worsham

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020

Tim Robbins talks about "The New Colossus," a new play he helped develop and that opens Tuesday night in Charlotte.

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Monday, Jan. 27, 2020

The ballot box is where we'll come face to face with the 2020 election, starting with North Carolina's Super Tuesday primary in March. That election will mark the county-wide debut of new voting machines.

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Monday, Jan. 27, 2020

The marquee event for Charlotte in this jam-packed election year will be this summer's Republican National Convention. A new WFAE podcast explores the convention and its implications for Charlotte and North Carolina politics.