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.
Local News Roundup: 'Historic' water main break, COVID-19 vaccines for kids on the way, redistricting work continues
49:22A geyser of water disrupts service in most of Charlotte. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools begins the work of drawing school board voting districts. And COVID-19 vaccines for kids 5 to 11 are just weeks away. Our roundtable of reporters fills us in on those and other stories on the Local News Roundup.
The future of employer-sponsored health care
49:22WFAE’s series “The Price We Pay” examines why Americans spend more on medical care than those in other wealthy countries, despite getting worse results. On this episode, we sit down with health policy experts to understand the costs, benefits and sustainability of employer-sponsored health insurance — a system that provides health care for hundreds of millions of Americans and their families.
Section 8 housing in the Southeast is broken, USA Today reporter says. How do we fix it?
49:24A Charlotte-based investigative reporter for USA Today sits down with host Mike Collins and others to outline his findings on what he calls America’s broken Section 8 housing system — especially in the Southeast and in Charlotte.
Child care, a critical service for families, remains inaccessible for many across the U.S.
49:23For many American families, child care is a necessity, as children make up 22% of the U.S. population. But the cost can be prohibitively expensive, forcing some parents to choose between paying for child care or quitting their jobs. We sit down with local and national experts to look at the impact of child care on everything from gender roles to the national economy.
African American chefs and Black culinary traditions are getting some recognition in Charlotte
49:25We dig into the intersection of race, class, and food and the contribution of African Americans to what we think of as “American food."
Local News Roundup: Myers Park High principal reassigned; Unified Development Ordinance gets first look; COVID-19 surge dwindles
49:22On the Local News Roundup: months after being suspended following complaints from students and parents about how allegations of sexual assault have been handled, the principal at Myers Park High School is reassigned. Charlotte City Council takes its first look at what will be a topic of conversation for many months — the Unified Development Ordinance — and the rate of nursing home staff vaccinations are reportedly low.
What's inside Congress' infrastructure and social policy bills, and how might they 'Build Back' America?
49:25Two major bills, an infrastructure and social policy package, are currently working their way through Congress. What would these “once-in-a-generation" investments mean for North Carolina and the country as a whole?
Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles discusses redistricting, the nondiscrimination ordinance and more in monthly visit
49:22Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles stops in for her monthly visit with Charlotte Talks to catch up on all things Charlotte, including the Unified Development Ordinance, Charlotte redistricting, our new nondiscrimination ordinance and more.
The Price We Pay: Congressional solutions to America's health care woes
49:21The U.S. spends twice as much on medical care per person than other wealthy countries, but health outcomes remain poor. We look at what Congress can, and can't, do to improve the nation's healthcare.
Historian Nathaniel Philbrick follows in the footsteps of George Washington in 'Travels With George'
49:25Historian 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."