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Charlotte Talks With Mike Collins

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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.

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Politics Monday: If America's Early Presidents Checked On How Things Are Going, What Would They Think?

November 23rd, 2020


The Founding Fathers still loom large in American politics, but who inspired them when it came to starting this “Great Experiment” in government?

Local News Roundup: Gov. Cooper Says Coronavirus Numbers 'Too High;' Hot Spot Map; Zoning Change On West Side

November 20th, 2020


The state launches a color-coded map to help pinpoint COVID-19 hot spots as our numbers rise to uncomfortably high levels. City Council OKs a zoning …

Charlotte’s First Citywide Plan Since 1975 Charts Growth For The Next 20 Years

November 19th, 2020


We delve into the first master plan for growth Charlotte has had since 1975. How the Charlotte 2040 Plan will help us grow in a safe, inclusive, environmentally sustainable way.

A Conversation With Vi Lyles: Election; New Plans For Eastland Mall Site; BLM Mural

November 18th, 2020


Mayor Vi Lyles shares her thoughts on recent Charlotte City Council decisions, including Eastland Mall redevelopment, the reopening of South Tryon at the Black Lives Matter mural, and much more.

An Uphill Battle For Charlotte's Black And Latino Businesses

November 17th, 2020


The pandemic has been disastrous for the economy as a whole, but the worst effects have been felt disproportionately by Black and Latino communities. …

Politics Monday: Black Voters Saved Joe Biden's Campaign - Twice

November 16th, 2020


Black voters are largely responsible for Joe Biden winning the presidency. What organization went into mobilizing the Black vote, and what do they hope to see from the Biden-Harris administration?

Local News Roundup: COVID-19 Cases On The Rise; CMS Delays Middle School Return; Thom Tillis Holds Onto Senate Seat

November 13th, 2020


Gov. Roy Cooper extends Phase 3 and orders lower limits for indoor gatherings as COVID cases rise. CMS pauses its plan to bring middle school …

As COVID-19 Surges Across The Country, A Check-In With Local And State Health Officials

November 12th, 2020


Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. The COVID nightmare predicted by medical experts appears to be happening. So, we hear from health experts around the state and the head of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute on all things pandemic.

Caring For America's Veterans

November 11th, 2020


American soldiers put their lives on the line to serve. But when they return home, many struggle desperately to maintain their mental health. On …

CMPD Chief Jennings On Charlotte's Rising Homicide Count, Policy Changes, Distrust In Police

November 10th, 2020


Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Johnny Jennings and his department are grappling with a rise in homicides and the …

Politics Monday: What Happened With The Polls?

November 9th, 2020


Was it pollsters who whiffed, or the media who built up expectations ahead of Election Day?

Local News Roundup: Post-Election Edition

November 6th, 2020


Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. The latest on a surprising and lingering election. No violence was reported at election locations but there was one arrest. …

Charlotte Talks: How To Heal A Divided Nation

November 5th, 2020


In the wake of perhaps the most divisive election in recent memory, is there anything that can be done to reunite a deeply divided America?

Voters Deliver Their Verdicts

November 4th, 2020


The wild election year crossed the finish line in record fashion, but the voters' verdicts on the presidency are still being deciphered.

An Election Day Civics Refresher: What Does The Constitution Actually Say?

November 3rd, 2020


Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. We get a refresher on how our democracy is supposed to work.

Election Day Is Finally Here: Charlotte Talks Checks In At The Polls

November 3rd, 2020


Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. We check in to see how Election Day is unfolding around the Charlotte region.

Politics Monday: Election Nights Have Been A Mix Of Drama And Gimmicks

November 2nd, 2020


This Election Day eve marks 100 years since presidential elections entered a new era with the first commercial radio broadcast of election returns.

Politics Monday: As The Finish Line Nears, Election Could Hinge On North Carolina

November 2nd, 2020


The end is near. 1,382 days after Donald Trump filed for reelection — on the same day as his inauguration — the finish line of the 2020 election is …

Local News Roundup: Early Voting Numbers; NC Absentee Ballot Ruling; Eastland Mall Changes

October 30th, 2020


When Charlotte’s Major League Soccer team chose the old Eastland Mall site for its headquarters and practice fields, it was hailed as manna from …

From Junior Varsity To The Pros, How A Nation Plays Sports Amid The Pandemic

October 29th, 2020


For many Americans, the first time we understood the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic was when the NBA indefinitely suspended its season in March. Since then, navigating how to play, watch, and operate the sports …

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