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The Confluence Cast: Cleve Ricksecker

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Cleve Ricksecker

With the threat of protests and the coronavirus raging, what’s going to happen to Downtown Columbus? On the occasion of his recent retirement, we spoke with the former executive director of the two Downtown special improvement districts, Cleve Ricksecker, about the state of Downtown, why he retired, and why Columbus needs a screamer. Shownotes for […]

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The Confluence Cast: Matter News

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Matter News

What makes news in Columbus? From gentrification to policing to protests, Matter News is presenting issues with an approach meant to build trust while avoiding bias. In this week’s episode, Matter News’ Editor-in-Chief, Jaelynn Grisso, talks about their non-profit structure, how they choose and execute their coverage, and the importance of objectivity in reporting. Shownotes […]

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The Confluence Cast: Cartoonist Jeff Smith

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Cartoonist Jeff Smith

The work of an artist isn’t much different from other pursuits. You have to plan, react to change, and it doesn’t hurt if you’re in the right place at the right time. This week, we talk with cartoonist and one of the organizers of Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, Jeff Smith, to discuss the origins of his character […]

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The Confluence Cast: Can’t Stop Columbus

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Can’t Stop Columbus

In this time of consistent change and challenge, we look at how the Columbus community is standing up. Can’t Stop Columbus is a community-wide movement that tries to address some of the problems that have arisen due to the COVID-19 crisis. Co-organizer Mackenzie King joins us to discuss how the organization got started, how they’ve scaled up to […]

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The Confluence Cast: Behind the Hyperloop Hype

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Behind the Hyperloop Hype

When is Columbus getting a Hyperloop?! CU Reporter Brent Warren spoke with MORPC’s Director of Transportation & Infrastructure Development, Thea Ewing, to discuss where things stand with plans for the Hyperloop, what’s holding Columbus back from having mass transit, and the importance of redundancies in technology; including transportation. Shownotes for this episode Connect with the […]

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The Confluence Cast: Test City, USA

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Test City, USA

Is the Columbus startup scene ready for its closeup? In this episode, independent creator Jay Clouse talks about his documentary film, Test City, USA, which paints a portrait of the Columbus tech scene and the funding that supports it. In addition to the film and the scene at large, we talk about Jay’s path, the importance of […]

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The Confluence Cast: Real Estate at OSU

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Real Estate at OSU

Much like the rest of our city, the land controlled by and surrounding The Ohio State University is continually evolving. Columbus Underground Reporter Brent Warren spoke with Ohio State’s Vice President of Planning, Architecture and Real Estate, Keith Myers, to discuss their framework plan, the importance of connecting the university to the surrounding community, and […]

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