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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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Historian Nathaniel Philbrick follows in the footsteps of George Washington in 'Travels With George'

July 4th, 2022


Historian Nathaniel Philbrick recreated the epic road trip traveled by George Washington in his quest to unify the fledgling United States. He shares what he learned in his book "Travels with George."

Local News Roundup: NC set to become abortion destination; Meck County gets first case of monkeypox; New state budget proposed

July 1st, 2022

North Carolina expects to see an increase in people seeking abortions. The first confirmed case of monkeypox in Mecklenburg County was announced, and …

A look back at 50 years of Title IX and the fight for gender equality

June 30th, 2022


It has been 50 years since Title IX went into effect, expanding the educational and athletic landscape for women. The ripple effects from Title IX are far reaching. Still, gender inequities remain.

Muggsy Bogues on his new book, career with the Hornets and more

June 29th, 2022


Muggsy Bogues discusses his new book “Muggsy: My Life from a Kid in the Projects to the Godfather of Small Ball.” We discuss the early days of the Charlotte Hornets and his impact as the smallest player in modern NBA …

The North Carolina coast and why houses are falling into the ocean

June 28th, 2022


Oceanfront homes are falling into the surf. It happened along the North Carolina coastline twice on the same day last month and raised many questions …

With Roe v. Wade overturned, a look at the impact in the Carolinas

June 27th, 2022


With Roe v. Wade overturned by the Supreme Court, we look at the impact in North and South Carolina and across the United States. Plus, what the …

Local News Roundup: COVID vaccines for the very young; Bruton Smith remembered; NC's first case of monkeypox

June 24th, 2022


COVID-19 vaccines are available for our youngest children. NASCAR Hall of Famer and founder of Charlotte Motor Speedway Bruton Smith has died at age …

A discussion on DACA and the future of immigration in North Carolina

June 23rd, 2022


A decade after the Obama administration created the DACA program giving protections to undocumented children, that program is in limbo. We look at …

Charlotte City Council members talk mobility plans, UDO, Spectrum Center upgrades and more

June 22nd, 2022


Summer has turned out to be a busy time for Charlotte City Council as they consider and decide on numerous issues involving our city today and into …

'After Steve' author depicts the rise of Apple and how it has 'lost its soul'

June 21st, 2022


From phones to computers to a significant chunk of the digital economy, for better or worse, Apple is deeply ingrained in much of American life. But New York Times reporter Tripp Mickle argues that the company has gone …

'How The Word Is Passed' author Clint Smith on reckoning with America’s history of slavery

June 20th, 2022


In reckoning with America’s history of slavery, how the story is told — and by whom — matters. Clint Smith, author of the bestseller “How the Word Is …

Local News Roundup: City Council approves arena renovation, Hornets practice facility; CMS decides to auction backpacks

June 17th, 2022


Charlotte City Council goes on a spending spree, approving funds for arena renovation, a Hornets practice facility and a study for the final leg of the streetcar. Plus, CMS gets ready to auction 46,000 clear backpacks. …

Amid Pride Month, examining LGBTQ+ civil rights

June 16th, 2022


We look at the strides made in recent years by the LGBTQ+ community and the threats it continues to face. Is there reason for optimism or caution?

With Mecklenburg County back to "medium" spread, we get Covid-19 updates with local experts

June 15th, 2022


More than two years have passed since COVID-19 first arrived in the U.S., and the country is still learning how to live with the virus. We sit down with local experts to get the latest updates in Charlotte and beyond.

'A Road Running Southward' author retraces John Muir's environmental trek across the south in the 1860's

June 14th, 2022


Author Dan Chapman joins us to discuss his his new book "A Road Running Southward." He follows the environmental journey John Muir made through the …

'Pandemic Inc.' author says during COVID, fraudsters took advantage, turned a profit

June 13th, 2022


Reporter and author J. David McSwane joins us to discuss how a handful of profiteers took advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to line their pockets.

Local News Roundup: End of school year comes with gun seizures, possible bond package and sexual assault lawsuit

June 10th, 2022


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools ends the school year with headlines ranging from confiscated guns to a possible bond package and a lawsuit over the …

Months of controversy dog Carolina Panthers and Charlotte FC owner David Tepper

June 9th, 2022


David Tepper, billionaire owner of the Carolina Panthers and Charlotte FC, has been making a lot of headlines lately — and not all for good reasons. …

A preview of the Jan. 6 committee hearing from a national and NC lens

June 8th, 2022


The committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. capitol plans to hold a hearing detailing its findings on Thursday. The committee has …

The North Carolina coast and why houses are falling into the ocean

June 7th, 2022


Ocean front homes falling into the surf. It happened along our coastline twice in the same day last month and raised many questions about just what we’re thinking by building that close to the ocean.

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