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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: America's 'Great Migration' Of African Americans Out Of The South

July 13th, 2020


Monday, July 13, 2020 Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson shares the epic story of America's 'Great Migration,' when African Americans …

Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: New High In Hospitalization Numbers; Violence Up In Charlotte

July 10th, 2020


Friday, July 10, 2020 Coronavirus hospitalizations continue to reach new highs. You no longer need a doctor’s referral to get a coronavirus test. …

Charlotte Talks: From Battlefields To City Streets, A History Of Tear Gas

July 9th, 2020


Thursday, July 9, 2020 Police lobbing tear gas has been a common sight in this year's protests over police brutality and racism. How did a chemical …

Charlotte Talks: City Council Members On Pandemic, Violence Prevention, RNC, Response To Protests

July 8th, 2020


Wednesday, July 8, 2020 Halfway through a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year, we talk about the challenges facing us with four Charlotte City …

Charlotte Talks: Nursing Homes Struggle With Outbreaks. Now They Are Key In Controlling The Pandemic

July 7th, 2020


Tuesday, July 7, 2020 As the coronavirus first emerged on American soil, one of the early epicenters was a nursing home near Seattle. Today, 43% of …

Charlotte Talks Politics: Are Voting Rights Strong Enough Against A Pandemic?

July 6th, 2020


Monday, July 6, 2020 Recent primaries have highlighted the challenges of voting in a pandemic. They've also pointed out what are seen as gaps in …

Charlotte Talks: From Jaws To Shark Week, Our Fear And Fascination With Sharks

July 2nd, 2020


Friday, July 3, 2020 Everything you need to know about sharks. Despite conditioning from Steven Spielberg, shark expert William McKeever says we …

Charlotte Talks: New CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings Shares His Vision For Policing

July 2nd, 2020


Thursday, July 2, 2020 We meet the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's new chief, Johnny Jennings, on his second day on the job to talk about …

Charlotte Talks: Holiday Travel Amid The Pandemic

July 2nd, 2020


Thursday, July 2, 2020 It’s summer, and as the economy begins to open up, people tired of being cooped up may want to travel. As we approach the July …

Charlotte Talks: American Democracy Is Struggling. How Can We Fix It?

July 1st, 2020


Wednesday, July 1, 2020 From the coronavirus pandemic to reckoning with systemic racism, America is facing multiple crises, all during an election …

Charlotte Talks: 'Wilmington's Lie' Reveals 1898 'Race Riot' Was White Supremacist Coup

June 30th, 2020


Tuesday, June 30, 2020 The Wilmington massacre of 1898 was long labeled a race riot, but it was actually a bloody coup orchestrated by white supremacists. Journalist David Zucchino shares the story. This show originally …

Charlotte Talks Politics: Polls Don't Look Good For Trump, But It's A Long Way To Election Day

June 29th, 2020


Monday, June 29, 2020 Election polling is one of the few campaign norms still intact during the pandemic. What are they telling us about the race, …

Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Mandatory Face Masks; No Phase 3; Deadly Beatties Ford Shooting

June 26th, 2020


Friday, June 26, 2020 Gov. Roy Cooper delays moving to Phase 3 of reopening and mandates masks be worn in public. A block party on Beatties Ford Road …

Charlotte Talks: Work From Home ... Forever?

June 24th, 2020


Thursday, June 25, 2020 Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, much of America’s workforce has gone virtual. Working from home took a little getting used …

Charlotte Talks: COVID Trends 'Moving In The Wrong Direction.' Will NC's Reopening Move To Phase 3?

June 24th, 2020


Wednesday, June 24, 2020 North Carolina could transition to the next phase of its coronavirus reopening on Friday, but the state's top health …

Charlotte Talks: Is It Time To Rethink Our Cities? Charlotte's Planning Director Thinks So.

June 23rd, 2020


Tuesday, June 23, 2020 How do we rethink America’s cities in the face of new calls for racial justice and a pandemic that encourages working from home and social distancing? Charlotte's city planner Taiwo Jaiyeoba …

Charlotte Talks Politics: DACA Stays For Now. What Other Immigration Moves Are Looming?

June 22nd, 2020


Monday, June 22, 2020 The celebration over the U.S. Supreme Court's DACA ruling might be short-lived. The president said he would renew his push to …

Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: CLT Leaders Call Racism 'Public Health Crisis'; Eastland Mall

June 19th, 2020


Friday, June 19, 2020 Charlotte enters its third week of protests over the death of George Floyd and this week, Mecklenburg County Commission declares racism “a public health crisis.” DACA is upheld. A CMS principal is …

Charlotte Talks: Have Today's Protests Sparked A New Civil Rights Movement?

June 18th, 2020


Thursday, June 18, 2020 Since the killing of George Floyd, hundreds of thousands of protesters have been marching across the country demanding legislative changes as concepts like institutional and systemic racism …

Charlotte Talks: Why Does America Memorialize The Confederacy?

June 17th, 2020


Wednesday, June 17, 2020 The nationwide uproar over police brutality and racism has led to the toppling and removal of Confederate monuments. How did …

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