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Donna talks about her experiences on City Council, with a focus on where she has attempted to implement a Strong Towns philosophy. Topics include how she became engaged in local politics, what motivated her to run for office, infill development
We're back! Noah Tang stops by to talk about how he hopes the recently formed Bloomington Revivalists can apply Strong Towns principles to promote historical preservation, encourage infill development, and strengthen community. Learn more by jo
Danielle started I AM Woman to inspire women to pursue their dreams and do what brings them joy. Hear about her story and her plans. To learn more, find "I AM Woman" on all social media.     Theme song by Wildermore
Returning champion Erik Rankin stops by to talk about a little bit of everything. (It would have been even more of some things, but Erik's daughter made him leave.)   Theme song by Wildermore
David has an antique electric train car in his backyard. How did it get there? What is he going to do with it?  Find out more at Sleeping Car Illinois on Facebook   Theme song by Wildermore    
Eatology is a locally-sourced meal preparation service. A great example of people doing big things in Bloomington-Normal. And we hit a record for most shout outs per minute.  Find them online (www.eatology.ventures) and on social media A to Z's
Chuck Erickson stops by to chat about his experiences as a County board member and former Republican Party Chair. Topics include his most memorable accomplishments, the need for respect and civility in politics, the importance of local politica
Justin and Tyson discuss our opinions about everything, including our opinions about the problem with having opinions about everything. Also self-improvement, a few local issues, and book recommendations!   Books: Ryan Holiday - The Obstacle is
Justin talks with the Yoga Lab owners about what it means to build a community around a vision for a business. It involves coffee and scones. Yoga Lab website: www.theyogalab.org   Theme song by Wildermore
Jeremy joins the pod to catch up with Kelby, who has continued to pay close attention to Bloomington City Council since his ward 7 run last year. He's started a blog called BloNotes where he provides commentary on the upcoming agendas. He fills
Jay Tetzloff is the Superintendent of the Milner Park Zoo. He explains how the zoo leverages its small size to create an intimate experience. We also talk about all our favorite animals, and what plans might materialize for the zoo in the futur
Rubin and Don own Bloomington Spice Works, a spice store in Downtown Bloomington. They explain how they got started, what they sell now, and what they have planned for the future.  Theme song by Wildermore
Ed is the host of the Keep Your Day Job podcast, which also focuses on interviewing people in Bloomington-Normal. In this episode, he and Tyson discuss the similarities and differences in their shows, getting a bit introspective on why they enj
Hear how Erik has been using COVID chaos to fuel serious self-improvement. The first step towards improving the world is improving yourself.   Theme song by Wildermore
Jamie Mathy is the owner of Red Raccoon Games. He and Tyson (a fellow game enthusiast) review the 5000 year history of gaming, the rise of American-style games in the 1900s, the more recent emergence of modern/European games in the 2000s, game
Brad McMillan is the Executive Director of the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service at Bradley University. He is also the co-chairman of CHANGE Illinois, which advocates for fair redistricting processes at the state level. We d
Steve drops by to talk COVID restrictions, the open Bloomington ward 6 council seat, the life of a talk radio host, local Libertarian party projects, and more.  Theme song by Wildermore.
Lynden McGriff has been a pharmacist for almost 20 years. He shares his experience in retail pharmacy, long-term care in Kindred Hospital Peoria, and administering COVID vaccinations. We also discuss his wife's new children's therapy facility,
Monica Bullington is an award-winning Bloomington-Normal RE/MAX Rising realtor. She talks about the real estate market since 2020 turned everything upside down. Also city planning and how city amenities can impact home prices.  Theme song by Wi
Jeremy drops by LIl' Beaver to catch up. We talk about the last election cycle, soccer, parking maximums, and books. Then we grab Lil' Beaver founder Chad Bevers to hear how business is going and what he has planned in the next couple months. 
Local Spanish teacher (and fellow Lil' Beaver fan) Karl Goeke reflects on his experiences as a both an educator and parent during the last year. We also discuss his time in union leadership, including lobbying in DC. 
Lizzy stops by again to give us a quick update on the county redistricting process. Then she and Julie Emig (Bloomington City Council) chat about our community's planning processes, and what we should be looking to progress towards in the near
The conversation about redistricting continues with a couple other special guests.    Thanks to our sponsor Lil Beaver Brewery
McLean County Board member Josh Barnett has been in the news recently speaking strongly about his views on the county's redistricting process. He shares with us the series of events which led him to take those actions.   Thanks to our sponsor L
Amelia is back by popular demand to talk all things Bloomington-Normal. We reflect on the recent election, the long term impacts of COVID on how we live and work, the housing market, and what books we've been reading. We mention a study of the
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