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Charlotte Talks With Mike Collins


Launched in April 1998, Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins has become the region's exclusive forum for the discussion of politics, arts, culture, social issues, literature, human interest, the environment and more.


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Launched in April 1998, Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins has become the region's exclusive forum for the discussion of politics, arts, culture, social issues, literature, human interest, the environment and more.








Local News Roundup: Berger and Moore talk Charlotte transit and more; Matthews Town Commission meeting chaos; former City Council member Lynn Wheeler dies

On the local news roundup: The message from North Carolina leaders about Charlotte’s transit plan came in loud and clear this week: they really don’t like it. A town commission meeting in Matthews falls victim to our political zeitgeist with racist and homophobic comments. Super Tuesday is next week — what you need to know before you vote. And longtime City Council member Lynn Wheeler dies.


Charlotte FC's season is off to a promising start. A closer look at how they plan to hold onto that good feeling

Charlotte FC’s third season began with a new coach and a win in front of over 62,000 at Bank of America Stadium last Saturday. It was the first time the team won its opening game. But some of Charlotte FC’s flashier players are gone. As they cultivate new talent, can the wins keep coming?


Author Jack Claiborne on his new book, 'Charlotte, the Slugger, and Me: Coming-of-Age Story of a Southern City and Two Tenacious Brothers'

Newcomers often wonder where old Charlotte is in our glowing New South city. Much of it is in the minds and memories of those who have lived here for generations. Jack Claiborne and his brother, Slug, fall into that category — and their story is the story of Charlotte.


Previewing the North Carolina primary

The North Carolina primary is one week from Tuesday, and early voting is already underway. We break down the races to watch and the changes voters will see at the ballot box.


Trails Carolina camp death and the troubled teen industry

The death of a 12-year-old at a North Carolina wilderness camp has given rise to many questions about his death, about residential treatment camps and about why so many kids nationwide are attending them. We explore.


Local News Roundup: Union County bans fluoride in their water; the Leandro saga continues; Charlotte FC kicks off season

Union County Commissioners vote no on fluoridating the water, Wells Fargo’s name is about to go up in lights, and the 30-year-old Leandro suit makes its fifth return to the State Supreme Court. Those stories and more on this week's local news roundup.


Grammy winner Christian McBride on 'The Movement Revisited,' his career and the future of jazz

On the next Charlotte Talks, Grammy Award-winning musician Christian McBride shares what’s in store for Charlotte audiences when he returns to the Blumenthal this week.


The latest Leandro hearing at the North Carolina Supreme Court

The N.C. Supreme Court will consider whether the state needs to pay around $700 million to fund education improvements, as ordered by a trial court. It’s another milestone in the landmark Leandro case, which has been in the courts for 30 years. It alleges the quality of education varies depending on the economic vitality of a particular area. We look at what’s at stake.


A look at Donald Trump's influence in North Carolina

Since the beginning, Donald Trump has led the Republican candidate presidential contest and his lead continues to grow. That includes in North Carolina, where he leads his closest competitor, Nikki Haley, by more than 50 points. We look at the "Trumpification" of the Republican Party in North Carolina.


Psychedelics, no longer just party drugs — could change the way we treat mental health

On the next Charlotte Talks, we discuss the science behind the use of psychedelic drugs to treat PTSD, depression and other conditions.


Local News Roundup: City Council recriminalizes six ordinances; Buttigieg in Charlotte to announce federal funding for airports; Hornets winning streak

Charlotte City Council votes to recriminalize some behavioral ordinances — after a heated debate. They also begin a series of listening sessions as the city budget process continues. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visits Charlotte to announce federal funding for airports. And the Hornets have a streak of wins. Those stories and more.


Author Greg Jarrell on his new book 'Our Trespasses'

A look at structural racism from slavery to Reconstruction, through urban renewal to today. Charlotte resident Greg Jarrell has examined the roles that race, policy, geography and theology have played in our past — and how it impacts our present — in his new book, “Our Trespasses: White Churches and the Taking of American Neighborhoods.”


Mayor Vi Lyles talks recriminalization of city ordinances, budget, public safety, transit and more

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles joins Mike Collins for her first visit of 2024. She'll talk about the budget, public safety, quality-of-life ordinances, the UDO and more.


Opera singer Denyce Graves on diversity and highlighting hidden voices

Acclaimed opera singer Denyce Graves is in Charlotte as part of her mission to tell the story of North Carolina native Mary Cardwell Dawson, and she shares that story on the next Charlotte Talks.


Getting to know traveling extraordinaire Rick Steves

We get tips on traveling, how traveling has changed since the coronavirus pandemic and how to travel productively and affordably — all from Rick Steves.


Local News Roundup: complaints about UDO-approved triplexes; CATS ridership up; Tax rebate ahead for new owners of old Duke building

The already controversial Unified Development Ordinance is receiving complaints from SouthPark about triplexes. Officials okay the $2.5 billion school bonds. And the Hornets' losing streak gets worse. Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters tackle those stories and more.


'The Year of the Locust': Global best-selling author Terry Hayes discusses his new book

Writer Terry Hayes has just released his second novel, a full decade after his internationally best-selling debut. He joins guest host Erik Spanberg to talk about writing for film, his novels about espionage and more.


'The Menopause Whisperer' educates Charlotteans about women's health and sex

In a year when 30,000 Charlotte women will begin experiencing “the change,” we meet an OB-GYN nicknamed “the Menopause Whisper” with tips on how to get through it.


A look at rent-to-own and other alternative homebuying options

The housing market is making it very difficult for first-time buyers to find a home they can afford. Some are taking a different approach: rent-to-own. Is this a good idea? Are there pitfalls to be aware of?


A closer look at continuing-care retirement communities

When many reach retirement age, they choose to move into a community with others like themselves, perhaps a place that allows them to stay put while transitioning to long-term care in the future. Those places can be expensive, so where do you go if you don't have the money?