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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.

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: Mass Shooting In Rock Hill; All Adults In NC Eligible For Vaccine; Former Tent City Residents Get Housing Help

On the Local News Roundup: A mass shooting in Rock Hill where the suspect is reportedly a former NFL player. With about 25% of North Carolinians vaccinated against COVID-19, the governor opens the door to more — everyone over 16. And some former Tent City residents will get permanent housing.


If Stress And Worry Are Causing Bad Habits, You Might Be Caught In An Anxiety Habit Loop

Have you developed some unexplainable bad habits during the pandemic, like procrastination, stress-eating or endless scrolling on the internet? One neuroscientist says it could be connected to anxiety, and he tells us how to break the cycle.


Cryptocurrency's Slow March Toward The Mainstream

Around 10 years ago, one Bitcoin was worth less than a penny. Today, they go for nearly $60,000 each. As cryptocurrencies creep into the mainstream, we speak with experts on the future of currencies designed to “circumvent the traditional banking infrastructure."


Labor Union Membership Is At Historic Lows, But Is The Tide Turning?

This week, the results may be announced for one of the most consequential union elections in recent history. In the coming days, an Amazon warehouse with nearly 6,000 employees in Bessemer, Alabama, is expected to announce whether or not workers voted to unionize. But as participation in labor unions are at historic lows, there are signs interest is surging. We look at America’s complicated relationship with labor unions and their place in the 21st century.


What Is Senate Bill 101? How Does It Compare To House Bill 370?

Senate Bill 101 is the latest of bills Republican lawmakers have attempted to pass that would require collaboration of ICE from local law enforcement. The new bill is said to be similar to House Bill 370. We'll sit down with experts to learn more.


Local News Roundup: NC Vaccine Passports; Extension For Eviction Moratorium; And Robinhood Coming To Town

In the past week, there has been "discussions" about a North Carolina "vaccine passport" by Gov. Roy Cooper, and an extension for the statewide eviction moratorium. More people are eligible for the vaccine, and Robinhood is coming to Charlotte. Guest host Erik Spanberg has those stories and more on the Local News Roundup.


How Did Uptown Businesses Fare During The Pandemic, And What's Uptown's Future?

Throughout most of the year, uptown Charlotte was a ghost town. We're going to ask a few experts if our center city will ever return to how it was before the pandemic? And how did businesses fare throughout this whole ordeal?


Charlotte’s Hot Real Estate Market Shows No Signs Of Cooling

Charlotte's real estate market is as hot as a firecracker. Inventory is low. Demand is high and so are prices — and there’s no end in sight.


Examining America's Excessive Gun Violence

Mass shootings have become relatively common in the United States — there have already been more than 100 this year. And while mass shootings do take place in other countries, they are often followed by significant gun control legislation. We examine why the United States continues to tolerate excessive gun violence and if renewed calls for legislative action will come to pass.


Spring Gardening Blooms In Pandemic

Spring is here, and considering the increased interest in gardening during the pandemic, we meet with experts to answer your questions.


Local News Roundup: COVID-19 Restrictions Eased, Vaccine Distribution Ramps Up, Charlotte 2040 Plan Vote Delayed

Gov. Cooper announced a dimmer switch approach to reopening, but the lights are getting brighter. In Charlotte, opposition is mounting to the city's 2040 plan, so the mayor postpones a City Council vote. We'll talk about those stories and more on the Local News Roundup.


How Faith Leaders — And Their Congregations — Have Fared During COVID

We're sitting down with Charlotte-area faith leaders to discuss how they have been doing amid the pandemic. We ask about their plans for the future, and how they've kept their congregation's faiths high while social distancing.


Charlotte Arts Groups, Artists Weigh In On City Funding Discussion

We get reaction to the Charlotte City Council’s proposal to directly fund the arts and establish an organization to carry out that plan. We'll hear from four potential recipients to talk about that and the state of the arts in Charlotte.


The Language Of Liberty: A Citizen's Vocabulary

Most people agree, our collective civics education is somewhat lacking. Ed Hagenstein is working to remedy that. We learn some of the most important terms in politics today.


Local News Roundup: Vaccine Eligibility Increases But Finding Appointments A Challenge; Atlanta Killings Reaction; Arrests In Capitol Riot

More people are becoming eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, but do you have the persistence and finesse it sometimes takes to get an appointment for the shot? Local reaction to the killings this week in Atlanta. The legislature attempts to limit the governor's emergency powers, and local arrests in the riot at the Capitol.


Charlotte 2040 Plan Stuck On Single-Family Zoning Issue

Among the things the Charlotte 2040 Comprehensive Plan proposes are zoning changes allowing multi-family housing in traditional single-family zoned areas. It’s a sticking point we’ll talk about.


Cleanliness Next To Godliness? 'Clean' Author Suggests It's Time We Reconsider

Washing our hands is critical during a pandemic, but showering? Not so much. We talk to a medical doctor and author who hasn’t showered in five years and argues the soap industry is playing dirty.


Why Are Republicans Trying To Change Voting Laws Across The Nation?

Republican legislators across the country have proposed at least 250 new election laws in 43 states. Democratic lawmakers have stated that these laws are making the voting process more difficult and are a form of voter suppression, while Republican lawmakers say they're concerned about election security. We sit down with political experts to learn more.


Local News Roundup: Cooper, Lawmakers Compromise On In-Person School; COVID-19 Vaccine Update; Latest On Former Residents Of 'Tent City'

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools increases the number of days of in-person learning for students, but what does that mean for the rest of this year? Gov. Roy Cooper and state lawmakers agree on a compromise to reopen schools across the state. Fewer people are getting COVID-19 tests, so cases reported are dropping — but that hurts in predicting any future upticks. And we get an update on the former residents of "Tent City."


One Year Of COVID-19: A Statewide Special

From a devastating impact on public health to lockdowns on the economy, the pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on North Carolina. In a special statewide broadcast, Charlotte Talks speaks with state health and education officials as we partner with North Carolina public radio stations WUNC in Chapel Hill, WFDD in Winston-Salem, WHQR in Wilmington and Blue Ridge Public Radio in Asheville.