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A podcast about Raleigh. By some people from Raleigh. With guests who inform us about Raleigh stuff.
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As the Executive Director of CAM Raleigh, Dr. Paul Baker's goal is not just to display thought-provoking art, it's also to help develop new artists and bring art to communities outside Raleigh's city lines. Today, Dr. Baker talks about those goals, why he's so passionate about art, what's going on at CAM today, and how the CAM team chooses what to display.---Dr. Paul Baker is the Executive Director of CAM Raleigh.For more video episodes, follow along on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/...
Jenn McEwan transformed her love of arts and performing into a career of supporting artists and performers, and uplifting the community through art. Today she shares her journey to becoming the head of the United Arts Council, and gives us inside information on what's ahead on the Raleigh and Wake County art scene.---Jenn McEwen is the President and CEO of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.For more video episodes, follow along on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@Podcast_Rale...
Orage Quarles served as President and Publisher for the News & Oberserver for sixteen years, and has been on just about every Board you can think of, both locally and nationally, including the North Carolina Museum of History, the Dix Park Conservancy, and the UNC School of Media and Journalism Foundation. Today we talk to Orage about the importance of media, what newspapers got wrong in the last quarter century, and the importance of Raleigh getting Dix Park right. For more video episode...
Ernest Dollar calls himself a professional hoarder, but he's actually a historian who has overseen the City of Raleigh Museum , the Pope House, and other important historical sites for over a decade, and whose role is expanding to help preserve and educate on even more of the city's history. We talked to Ernest about the role of museums and historians, some of his favorite exhibits, and whether he's ever felt like Indiana Jones in an effort to track down a Raleigh artifact. Tune in to hear ab...
Meg Paradise has nothing against the Raleigh bar scene. Far from it! She was an enthusiastic participant in Raleigh's nightlife, but when she became pregnant, she gained a new perspective on what life without alcohol might look like. Meg went from a fear of missing out, to wondering if a healthier (but still fun) lifestyle was possible.A lot of thinking and dreaming later, and she was developing spirit free-cocktails, serving them from a shack in a garden center. Today we chat with Meg, from ...
Terrance Ruth is one of those people in Raleigh who seems to be everywhere at all times. He's been a public school teacher and administrator, a college professor, a policy evaluator, a foundation founder, and a mayoral candidate. But how would he describe himself? First and foremost, a student of the community. Today we talk about policy and politics, where the two align, and also where they don't. Plus what can we do in the Raleigh community to truly make a difference at the loca...
As a high schooler in Columbia, Angela Salamanca had no idea where Raleigh was. Fast forward 30 years later, Angela is one of the most influential chefs and entrepreneurs in our community, owning Centro and Gallo Pelon in downtown Raleigh, as well as Ex Voto in the Durham Food Hall.Plus she's the founder of the Day of the Dead 5K (coming October 28th, 2023!).Today Angela shares all about how and why she came to the United States, how she ended up in Raleigh, taking advantage of opportunities ...
Get ready to dive into the vibrant world of Raleigh with our special guest today, Adrienne Cole, the President and CEO of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber isn't just about stuffy business talk – it's all about fun, support, advocacy, and community-building!Join us as we uncover the many facets of the Chamber. Sure, they're experts in economic development, but they're also your go-to source for boosting member businesses, championing crucial causes, and unlocking leadership...
Today we welcome Donald Thompson, serial entrepreneur, investor, author of Underestimated: A CEO’s Unlikely Path to Success, host of the High Octane Leadership Podcast, and CEO of The Diversity Movement.Don has so much going on that’s making a difference in both the Triangle business community and the nation at large - and the accolades are starting to pile up. He was recently named EY Southeast Entrepreneur of the Year, was awarded the Phil Freelon Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Award fr...
Some of you may know Preeti Waas as a 2023 James Beard nominated chef for her work at Cheeni Indian Food Emporium in North Raleigh. Or maybe you know her for Cheeni's famous chocolate chip cookies. What you probably don't know is the path Preeti took to get where she is today - how she uncovered her love of baking, lessons she learned starting a restaurant in Oklahoma, and the shady business situation she found herself in as she tried to find her footing in the Raleigh market.For the fu...
Today's guest is Les Stewart, a builder, tinkerer, doer, and chief beverage officer and co-owner of Trophy Brewing. Les tells us how he started making beer, what the growing and waning trends in the alcohol industry are, and if you give him enough time, he'll give you dissertations on how to make a proper tomato sandwich and the movie Steel Magnolias. For the full video episode, follow along on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@Podcast_Raleigh/Or subscribe to Podcast Raleigh on your favorite ...
Today, Lauren Kennedy Brady shares her journey from a successful Broadway career to making great theater in her hometown. Hear her touching memories of growing up in Raleigh, filled with shows, Broadway weekends, and the magic of theater. Tune in to find out about Theatre Raleigh's new state-of-the-art facility and exciting future programming - including an announcement of a Broadway actress that had Ashton and Hayes jumping out of their seats! Subscribe to Podcast Raleigh on your favor...
If you asked an average Raleigh citizen what the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle does, you'd probably consistently get answers like "help feed people" and "fight hunger"--and both of those would be correct. But did you also know they have a food truck? And run a farm? And a catering service? And will come to anyone's home and build a garden?The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle does all that and more, and no one is more excited to talk about the programs and mission than Ron Pringle, President and CEO. We le...
What do you do with a future city park site that currently sits kind of as an empty parking lot? Enloe student Adrian Mangano had an idea: why not make it a skate park?And that idea became Skate Raleigh, a venture to build a temporary skate park between Capital Boulevard and West Street on the future site of Smoky Hollow Park. The area has long been a hang out for skaters, in part because of the Endless Grind skate shop that's operated nearby on Peace Street since 1986. Adrian tells us how th...
A little more than 5 years ago, Raleigh almost became home to the new USTA headquarters that eventually landed just outside Orlando. But the message was clear: Raleigh has a lot of people who spend a lot of time with racquets in their hands.Now the Triangle is on the verge of getting a 45-acre racquet and paddle sports super park that includes facilities, food, different membership offerings (including courts for free public use), event space and sportstainment (TM) facility: Swing Racquet + ...
Jonathan Melton is serving in his second term as an at-large member of the Raleigh City Council, serving on the Economic Development & Innovation and Transportation & Transit Committees. He was inspired by seeing other young leaders run for and take office, and saw a need for the city to have more varying voices making decisions. And calling back on his time as an NC State student, he thinks people in Raleigh can and should have everything they need within walking distance.We had a gr...
Johnny Hackett had a successful stint in the corporate world before deciding to seek out work that had more meaning. This led to the founding of #BlackDollarNC, a black owned business directory, the Black Friday Market, a retail store hosting goods from 60+ small businesses, and The Factory, and co-working and manufacturing space.We talked to Johnny about all of these ventures, their successes and challenges, and what their future looks like. We also talked to him about impressing Diddy and w...
It's been almost a decade since Peace College became William Peace University and, since 2015, its leader under the new banner has been Dr. Brian Ralph. We talked to him about the school's diverse student body and array of academic studies, its focus on immersive learning, the expansion of arts and athletic programs, the growth of the North Person and Seaboard neighborhoods, and how having daughters in college made him a better school president.Please support the businesses who support us: Pa...
Can you name Raleigh's Sister Cities? Do you know what it means to be Sister Cities? And did you know you (yes, YOU) have the ability to help start a Sister City relationship? Cody Charland, President, and Meetal Shah, Development Director, want to take Raleigh Sister Cities--a program that started in the 1980's--and grow it even bigger. More Sister City relationships, more people involved, more of the city's problems tackled by looking abroad (and helping folks around the globe tackle ...
Ashley Campbell grew up watching Perry Mason on TV, so it was no surprise that she followed her dream and became a lawyer. Along the way she discovered her passion: helping ensure everyone has access to representation in the justice system. Now--after a decorated career in real estate law with Ragsdale Liggett--that passion is her singular focus as she leads the Blanchard Community Law Clinic, part of Campbell University's law school, where she also teaches. The clinic is where future attorne...
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