Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Charlottean Gavin Edwards is a New York Times best-selling author of 9 books. He focuses on the biggest names in pop culture and music from Bill Murray to Aretha Franklin. His latest book – which comes out on Tuesday- is about one of Hollywood’s biggest stars: Tom Hanks. We talk to Gavin Edwards about The World According to Tom Hanks and more.
Monday, October 22, 2018 As a response to J.D. Vance 's bestselling memoir Hillbilly Elegy , authors Meredith McCarroll and Anthony Harkins wrote Appalachian Reckoning to provide another point of view on Appalachia. They join us to talk about what they see as misconceptions about the region and its people.
Friday, October 19, 2018 On the Local News Roundup: Early voting begins for the midterms with fewer places to vote. More details emerge in the charter schools skirmish between CMS and suburban officials, while CMS implements the first phase of its security plan. Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters details those and other stories.
Thursday, October 18, 2018 Those lucky enough to snag the hottest ticket in town will get an extra treat this hour. The Broadway Musical "Hamilton" is in town and that means one Charlottean has come home. Willie "Tre" Smith III got his start in dance here at the Northwest School of the Arts, but now travels the country appearing with every company of "Hamilton" -- including Broadway. He joins us in the first part of the program to talk about his journey.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 This hour on Charlotte Talks, we sit down with astrophysicist Dr. Michio Kaku to hear his take on the future of humanity, and the impact science and technology will have on us going forward.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 We explore questions surrounding allegations of sexual assault. Whom do we believe? Should there be a default setting? How do we get beyond "he said/she said?" How do we raise children in this new environment?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 The challenges and opportunities facing the restaurant business in our growing city and the arrival of new eateries coupled with the departure of some old favorites. This show originally aired July 19, 2018.
Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 Ryan Crocker served as an American diplomat in the Middle East under several presidents. He joins guest host Erik Spanberg to examine the continued conflict in that region, as well as current international affairs. This program originally aired Sept. 5
Friday, September 28th, 2018 On the local news roundup, reaction to Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, City Council considers four-year terms, Charlotte scooter safety, and the donation of city owned land for affordable housing. Those and other stories with Mike Collins and the roundup reporters, on Charlotte Talks .