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Ep.13: Steve Suess (McLean County Libertarian Party)

Ep.13: Steve Suess (McLean County Libertarian Party)

June 24, 2019

Steve Suess is the Chair of the McLean County Libertarian Party. We talk about the recent growth of the local party,  learn about their future plans, and try out best to keep the conversation local instead of national – you can judge if we were successful.

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Music: “Extremes” by The Lemming Shepherds, public domain

Ep.12: Chuck Marohn (Strong Towns)

Ep.12: Chuck Marohn (Strong Towns)

June 5, 2019

Chuck Marohn is the Founder and President of Strong Towns, an international movement that’s dedicated to making communities across the United States and Canada financially strong and resilient. He Skyped in from Minnesota to talk about hot topics in Bloomington-Normal.

We start with a brief orientation to Strong Towns (2:20), then we chat about approaches for connectivity and infill (8:45), downtown/uptown revitalization (20:15), Connect Transit (35:20), and next steps for the Arena and Eastland Mall (53:20).

Find out more at StrongTowns.com and the Strong Towns Podcast. At the website you can preorder “Strong Towns: The Book” and see what events are scheduled, including the upcoming book tour.

On the topic of transit, Chuck recommends “Human Transit” by Jarrett Walker.

 

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Music: “Extremes” by The Lemming Shepherds, public domain

Ep.11: Charlie Johnson (CBD, Marijuana Legalization, & Hard Determinism)

Ep.11: Charlie Johnson (CBD, Marijuana Legalization, & Hard Determinism)

May 26, 2019

Charlie Johnsonis the owner of Potsitivities, a CBD lotion producer. We discuss CBD, a cannabis-based (legal) supplement which has been shown to have remarkable health benefits. He also offers his take on marijuana legalization, a topic he follows closely. We wrap up with some philosophizing on the Fermi Paradox and the free will/determinism debate.

 

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Music: “Extremes” by The Lemming Shepherds, public domain

Ep. 10: Zach Dietmeier (Economic Development Council)

Ep. 10: Zach Dietmeier (Economic Development Council)

April 22, 2019

Zach Dietmeier is the Vice President of Marketing & Communication for the EDC. He explains the history the EDC, its goals, and its practices. We then dig into the details of Rivian and Brandt: two recent notable examples of EDC action. We wrap up with a discussion of how the council interacts with the other private and public organizations in the county.

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Music: “Extremes” by The Lemming Shepherds, public domain

Ep. 9: Lauri Meins (Haven Studios)

Ep. 9: Lauri Meins (Haven Studios)

April 15, 2019

Lauri Meins is a fitness enthusiast and serial entrepreneur. She has a streak of running at least a mile every day for 4 years, is an IronMan triathlete, and teaches yoga. Her hair styling businesses have helped her live her best life through her work, and she’s recently purchased on online boutique as well. We discuss what motivates her to pursue all these endeavors (it’s not Hot Pockets).

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Music: “Extremes” by The Lemming Shepherds, public domain

Ep. 8: Jennifer McDade (Elemental Market & Art Hive)

Ep. 8: Jennifer McDade (Elemental Market & Art Hive)

April 9, 2019

Jennifer McDade, owner of Elemental Market & Art Hive, talks about her community service experience, including her time on Bloomington City Council during the financial crisis. We then discuss her microbusiness and her perspectives on Downtown, past and future. Plus: fancy pants and a special heart pillow.

Find out more at elementalmarketandarthive.com, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

 

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Music: “Extremes” by The Lemming Shepherds, public domain

2019 Elections Edition (Karl Sila, Normal Write-In Candidate)

2019 Elections Edition (Karl Sila, Normal Write-In Candidate)

March 27, 2019

You thought we were done, but there’s one more!

A sub-podcast featuring conversations with Bloomington-Normal council candidates.

Our guest is Karl Sila, write-in candidate for Normal Town Council.

Find out more on Facebook at "Karl Silva for Normal Town Council"

 

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Music: “Up for Days” by Pleasant Pictures Music Club (pleasantpictures.com); licensed for use

Ep. 7: Angelique Rački (BCAI School of Arts)

Ep. 7: Angelique Rački (BCAI School of Arts)

March 26, 2019

Angelique Rački(“rahtch-key”)is the founder of Breaking Chains & Advancing Increase (BCAI) School of Arts. We talk about what led her to create the school, the experiences that keep her going, how Hip Hop culture differs from pop culture representations, how recognizing our shared humanity allows us to celebrate our differences, and much much more.

Click here to buy your tickets for their upcoming mix.fuze.evolve event.

Find out more at:

  • BCAIArts.org
  • BCAI on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and pretty much any other social media you can think of
  • Email: breakingchains116@gmail.com

 

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Music: “Extremes” by The Lemming Shepherds, public domain

Ep. 6: Mike McCurdy (Bike BloNo, Connect Transit)

Ep. 6: Mike McCurdy (Bike BloNo, Connect Transit)

March 12, 2019

Mike McCurdy, co-founder of Bike BloNo and Chair of the Connect Transit Board, stops by to talk transportation.

What is it like to use a bike as your primary mode of transportation in Bloomington-Normal? How are bus routes established? How does car culture clash with public transit culture? We discuss those questions and much more.

It may help to pull up this System Map during some of the Connect Transit discussion in the second half of the show.

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Music: “Extremes” by The Lemming Shepherds, public domain

2019 Elections Edition (Julie Emig, Blm Ward 4)

2019 Elections Edition (Julie Emig, Blm Ward 4)

March 8, 2019

PodBN – Elections Edition

A sub-podcast featuring conversations with Bloomington-Normal council candidates.

Our guest is Julie Emig, candidate for Bloomington City Council Ward 4.

 

Find out more on Facebook at Julie Emig for Ward 4

 

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Music: “Up for Days” by Pleasant Pictures Music Club (pleasantpictures.com); licensed for use