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Charlotte Talks

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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. If something is of interest to the Charlotte region, listeners and leaders know the to… read more

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Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: CMS, Cooper Plan For In-Person School, Senate Debates

September 18th, 2020


Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 Gov. Roy Cooper says elementary students can return to school. CMS releases its phase-in plan to bring kids back to the …

Charlotte Talks: The Search For A Vaccine

September 17th, 2020


Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 When the coronavirus pandemic took the world by storm earlier this year, the race for a vaccine commenced. Now, as we are potentially months away from an FDA-approved vaccine, will it be the …

Charlotte Talks: Expert On Russia Misinformation Says U.S. Is Losing 'The Information War'

September 16th, 2020


Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 Nina Jankowicz, an expert on Russian misinformation, says despite repeated warnings of Russian behavior in the 2020 election, Washington has largely shrugged it off.

Charlotte Talks: Bob Woodward On Trump And Reporting On A 'Governing Crisis'

September 15th, 2020


Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 A conversation with legendary journalist Bob Woodward, whose latest book on the Trump White House, "Rage," arrives on shelves Tuesday. This program originally aired on Feb. 5, 2019

Charlotte Talks: North Carolina's Ongoing Struggle Over Voting Rights

September 14th, 2020


Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 Since the end of the Civil War, the United States has been battling over who is allowed to participate in our democracy and …

Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: CMS Close To Plan On In-Person School

September 10th, 2020


Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools says it’s close to a plan for returning to in-person classes. City leaders, meanwhile, are …

Charlotte Talks: One Innovative Idea To Address The Affordable Housing Crisis - Buy A Hotel

September 10th, 2020


Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 One man’s new approach to increasing the stock of affordable housing in Charlotte involves an ambitious plan and $10 …

Charlotte Talks: Mayor Vi Lyles Discusses Business Recovery, Police Reform

September 9th, 2020


Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 Mayor Vi Lyles talks about the city’s business recovery plans, the economic impact of Panthers games witih no fans in the …

Charlotte Talks: The Complicated Legacy Of Theodore Roosevelt

September 8th, 2020


September 8, 2020 President Theodore Roosevelt was simultaneously a man ahead of his time and a man of his time. To some he is considered a …

Charlotte Talks: 'The Office' Closed Up Years Ago, But We Still Can't Get Enough Of It

September 7th, 2020


Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 "The Office" might be more popular now than when it signed off in 2013. Rolling Stone's Andy Greene looks at "the untold story" …

Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: NC Enters Phase 2.5; No Fans At First Panthers Game

September 3rd, 2020


Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 North Carolina moves to what Gov. Roy Cooper calls "Phase 2.5." Gyms, playgrounds and museums can now open. The Carolina …

Charlotte Talks: Digital Divide Existed Before COVID-19; Now It's At A 'Crisis' Level

September 3rd, 2020


Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 Many in Charlotte and across the country lived in the digital divide long before the pandemic. Now, it has become “a national …

Charlotte Talks: College Students And Faculty Respond To Back-to-School Plans

September 2nd, 2020


Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 We hear from people in the classroom — students and teachers at local colleges — about back-to-school decisions made by …

Charlotte Talks: Nearly 6 Months Into The Pandemic, A Conversation With The Mecklenburg Co. Manager

September 1st, 2020


Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 Since the coronavirus emerged in North Carolina this March, the public health and economy of the state has seen unprecedented …

Charlotte Talks: As Census Ends This Month, Fears Of Undercount Grow

September 1st, 2020


Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 The 2020 census is coming to a close a month earlier than expected. The once-a-decade count is critical in determining where $1.5 trillion a year in federal funding is spent, but a massive …

Charlotte Talks Politics: Conventions Thrust Religion Into 2020 Campaign

August 31st, 2020


Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 The conventions have wrapped, and religion – something we’re told should never mix with politics – was touted by both parties, …

Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: CMPD Tear Gas Video Released; RNC Here And Gone

August 28th, 2020


Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 This week, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police released video from a widely covered June incident in which officers used tear gas on …

Charlotte Talks: Local University Presidents On Preparing For Unprecedented Fall Semester

August 27th, 2020


Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 Just like grade schools, colleges and universities face the challenge of classes during COVID-19. We hear from the leaders of …

Charlotte Talks: Almost 60 Years Later, Why The March On Washington Continues

August 26th, 2020


Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed, “I have a dream,” marking one of America’s defining moments. Now, as …

Charlotte Talks: As Public Schools Reopen, A Conversation With Our Superintendents

August 25th, 2020


Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 Rotating schedules. Face masks. Online education for students of all ages. Today we speak to the superintendents of our local …

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