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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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Urban farming in Charlotte

August 16th, 2022


While 15% of people in Mecklenburg struggle to put food on the table, an even greater number can’t find healthy food choices. One way people are …

In-person Charlotte Pride returns after pandemic hiatus

August 15th, 2022


Charlotte’s Pride Festival and Parade returns this week against a backdrop of hate crimes targeting the LGBTQ+ community along with concerns over …

Local News Roundup: Auction at the Epicentre; CMS teacher vacancies; Airline cancellations; Optimist Hall paid parking

August 12th, 2022


Charlotte's Epicentre finds a buyer. It just happens to be the creditor the complex owed when it declared bankruptcy. Teachers are still needed to …

Political columnist, author Dana Milbank on how the GOP evolved to become 'Destructionists'

August 11th, 2022


How did we get to the Republican Party of today? Washington Post political columnist Dana Milbank draws a 25-year through-line from Newt Gingrich to …

Mayor Vi Lyles on her third term as Charlotte mayor, affordable housing, CATS and more

August 10th, 2022


It’s our monthly conversation with Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles fresh from her election victory to a third term in office. We get some post-election thoughts on her priorities for this new, but shortened, term.

A dive into Tepper Sports Entertainment as football season returns

August 9th, 2022


Carolina Panthers football is set to begin and Charlotte FC appears to be in the thrust of a playoff push. That should make owner David Tepper a …

Teachers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools discuss challenges and hopes for upcoming year

August 8th, 2022


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have a high number of teacher vacancies and reports of poor test scores — meanwhile, advocates say funding isn't nearly …

Local News Roundup: Eastland Yards development begins; bonuses for teachers; Mecklenburg reports community spread of monkeypox

August 5th, 2022


Construction is to start at the former Eastland Mall site. Area public schools are in a recruitment bonus battle with less than a month to go before …

What the Christian nationalist movement means for North Carolina and the nation

August 4th, 2022


As laws and lawmakers on the Christian-right have been growing in number and prominence in the U.S., we discuss Christian nationalism and what it …

Are we in a recession? Local economists weigh in on the outlook for Charlotte's economy

August 3rd, 2022


The answer to the questions on everyone’s mind: are we heading toward a recession? Are we already in one? GDP fell for a second straight quarter. That’s usually a sign of recession and that’s certainly triggered fears …

After legislative changes, what's next for the hemp industry in NC

August 2nd, 2022


What's next for North Carolina’s hemp industry after legislation was signed to keep its production legal and what it may mean for the potential …

'Viral Underclass' author analyzes how COVID-19 exploits inequalities

August 1st, 2022


While COVID-19 has impacted virtually the entire country, some communities have been hit much harder than others. We look at how viruses can exploit …

Local News Roundup: Election recap; Epicentre auction postponed again; Panthers training camp begins; People leaving Mecklenburg

July 29th, 2022


Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles wins her third term in office in this week’s elections, and incumbents on council take the day along with some returnees to council. The Panthers are in training. Charlotte's Epicentre faces …

Law enforcement agencies targeting illegal guns in Charlotte region

July 28th, 2022


We take a look at the growing problem of gun violence and that of illegal firearms used in crimes. What is being done and how you can help.

Infectious disease update: Monkeypox and COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County

July 27th, 2022


COVID-19 is lingering, and the number of infections is increasing again while monkeypox is making inroads here in Mecklenburg County and around the …

State Superintendent Catherine Truitt on the pandemic, test scores, funding and more

July 26th, 2022


For the last two and a half years, figuring out how to offer high-quality instruction amid a pandemic has been just one of the challenges public …

A look at the state of the bar & restaurant business in North Carolina

July 25th, 2022


After the disaster they experienced during the pandemic, restaurants and bars are starting to get some breaks – at least in terms of alcohol …

Local News Roundup: CATS ridership declines; monkeypox cases grow; SC considers more abortion restrictions

July 22nd, 2022


Ridership on Charlotte Area Transit System buses has declined 75%. Mecklenburg County has more than half of all the monkeypox cases reported in the …

The State of Negative Partisanship

July 21st, 2022


To many, it seems their values no longer align with what government is doing. Are they right? If so, how do we fix it? Mike Collins and our panel of …

What’s behind the collapse of bus ridership in Charlotte?

July 20th, 2022


No bus system in the top 50 cities has lost more riders than the Charlotte Area Transit System has and, in recent months, other problems have cropped up, too. We take a closer look.

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