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.

Monday, Dec. 16, 2019

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? Well, our guest today says don't bother! Economist Joel Waldfogel has studied holiday gift giving and says our spending habits generate vast amounts of economic waste.

This show originally aired Dec. 22, 2009.

Friday, December 13, 2019

On this week's roundup: City Council agrees to kick in $110 million in hospitality funds to lure Major League Soccer to town.  Expect an MLS announcement next Tuesday.   Truist marks its new uptown territory by buying its headquarters building – the Hearst Tower.  Elyse Dashew becomes the new chair of the CMS Board and another murder takes the life of a beloved shop owner. 

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019

On this edition of the "Charlotte Talks" Mike and the Mayor series, we're joined by Mayor Pro Tem Julie Eiselt, newly reelected and sworn in as at-large member of Charlotte City Council and again as mayor pro tem. Plus, the three new members of City Council – Victoria Watlington of District 3, Renee' Perkins Johnson from District 4, and Malcolm Graham from District 2. 

Friday, Dec. 6, 2019

Panthers Coach Ron Rivera is fired as owner David Tepper prepares for a new era and as he awaits a decision on Major League Soccer coming to town. A new Charlotte City Council is sworn in, but only three members are newcomers. Mayor Vi Lyles begins her second term and addresses our homicide problem, and candidate filing begins with new maps.  


Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 2019

Jazz is making a comeback in Charlotte and it seems like the whole city is working together to make it happen. We meet two of the performers and two entrepreneurs making the Queen City groove.

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Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are as segregated as they were before the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision.  As racism increasingly rears its ugly head nationwide, we meet four educators tackling racism head on.

Monday, Dec. 2, 2019

Between the holidays, catch up on the area's business news, from bank mergers to plans for major projects, including a new uptown library.


Friday, Nov. 29, 2019

Tips on how to live with less and how to simplify your home from Joshua Becker, one of the leading advocates of the minimalist life. It's more than keeping the laundry folded and kitchen counter cleared.

This show originally aired July 23.

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Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019

The new film "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" captures the spirit of a man many of us grew up with - Mister Rogers. Before you see Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers, listen to our conversation with two authors about Rogers' legacy. 

This show originally aired Oct. 30, 2019. 


Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019

While Charlotte develops at breakneck speed and rural areas stagnate, it is vital to understand where we are, how we got here, and how to best move forward. UNC Charlotte's Urban Institute recently concluded a study attempting to do just that.

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Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019

The New York Times' Michael Barbaro is at the helm of the most-listened-to podcast in America, "The Daily." During a visit to Charlotte, he discussed why his show became such a smash hit, and what it means for how we get our news.

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Monday, Nov. 25, 2019

Charlotte has lost one of its most powerful voices: Holocaust survivor and retired UNC Charlotte professor Susan Cernyak-Spatz. Listen back to a memorable conversation with Dr. Cernyak-Spatz as she shares her story, and her words of caution.

Friday, November 22, 2019

The Arts & Science Council begins layoffs in the wake of the sales tax defeat.  Former CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox is back in the news in Charlotte Observer report alleging possible unethical conduct involving a vendor.  I-77 toll lanes are now open, the BB&T/SunTrust merger is okayed, and new zoning along the Blue Line is approved.

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While NPR coverage of the House impeachment inquiry hearings pre-empts Charlotte Talks, listen back to our recent shows on impeachment.

Gage Skidmore, David Boraks, Erin Keever, Ben Stanfield

Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

Programming note: The Local News Roundup was preempted by impeachment proceedings and will air on Monday at 9am.

Impeachment hearings begin as 9th District Congressman Dan Bishop publishes what he believes to be the identity of the whistleblower. And, good news for Charlotte’s bid for Major League Soccer. That and more on the Local News Roundup.

Jeff Cravotta

Thursday, Nov 14, 2019

How do we help Charlotte's most vulnerable residents? Queen City voters said "yes" last year to a $50 million bond that would ease the city's lack of affordable housing. What's happened since then? We bring you a special "Charlotte Talks" Public Conversation about where affordable housing stands now. 

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Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019

The country is divided on impeachment as the House opens its first public hearings. Will the hearings move the needle one way or the other?

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Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019

Most people consider Jim Crow an antiquated era that we, as a nation, have evolved from. And yet, there are more African American men ensnared in the criminal justice system today than were enslaved in 1850.

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Monday, Nov. 11, 2019

What are we willing to give up for public safety? Our privacy, apparently. Surveillance technology is watching, whether we like it or not.

Friday, Nov. 8, 2019

Voters in Mecklenburg say “no” to the sales tax hike for arts, education and parks.  What this might mean for funding these programs now, plus a look at other results in an election that brought out only 17% of eligible voters.  CMPD unveils their new use-of-force policy, and Cam Newton goes on injured reserve, finishing his season.

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Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019

For years, the NCAA generated billions in revenue while athletes didn't receive a dime. After mounting pressure, they finally relented.

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Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019

Voters rejected a sales tax increase to help the Arts & Science Council overcome its fundraising struggles. A post-election recap of the sales tax defeat, and who voters picked for city hall and the school board.

Jennifer Worsham / WFAE

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019

Vi Lyles wants Charlotteans to "push me to do my very best" as she readies for her second term as mayor. Fresh off her re-election, she outlines her goals and hopes for the next two years.

WFAE/Erin Keever

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019

The latest on our ongoing growth and development. Big changes in SouthEnd, Dilworth and elsewhere and more banking competition. We hear about it all.

Andrew Marantz. Photo Credit: Luke Marantz

Monday, Nov. 4, 2019

What happens when toxic, hateful beliefs from the dark corners of the internet leak into the mainstream? The author of "Anti-Social" joins us.

Friday, November 1st, 2019

News emerges that may clarify CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox’s swift and mysterious departure.  Two more rulings about the state’s political maps.  City Council postpones making a decision on funding a light rail study and Senator Richard Burr gets some negative Twitter attention.  

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Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019

The authors of two books about one of the most influential men in early childhood education – TV’s Mister Rogers.

Chris Miller / WFAE

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019

Should Mecklenburg voters approve a sales tax increase to help shore up funding for the arts and cultural sector? Both sides in the tax debate make their case in a forum at the McGlohon Theater.

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Monday, Oct. 28, 2019

Everyone’s favorite topic: traffic! It’s bad and getting worse. Can we do anything to fix it?  A closer look.

This show originally aired Aug. 26, 2019.

Friday, Oct. 25, 2019

On this week’s local news roundup, a new high in Charlotte homicides, a new equity committee for CMS,  a new bank in Uptown Charlotte, and a new name for Kannapolis Minor League Baseball. Charlotte journalists cover those stories and more.