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Political figures and influencers are often heard in brief bites that don’t capture the context of the whole story. “Central Florida: Beyond the Soundbite” expands the conversation with these newsmakers along the I-4 corridor and beyond. Join award-winning Spectrum News 13 anchor and Orlando Woman of the Year Ybeth Bruzual, political reporter Greg Angel, and veteran producer Gary Darling for a must-hear interview each week and learn about the issues affecting Central Florida.
 
What do you know about your elected officials? Do you know what makes them, and the districts they represent, unique? Or why they ran for office in the first place? When we talk about politics, the national conversation seems to overshadow everything. But when it comes to the policies that impact your everyday life, your neighborhood officials are just as important as who’s in the White House. Join award-winning Spectrum News journalist Lindsey Christ as she helps you get to know "The People ...
 
With the speed of the local news cycle, it's easy to forget that the politicians who represent us and the influencers in our communities are more than just a soundbite. North Carolina’s veteran reporter and anchor, Tim Boyum, loosens his signature bow tie to give listeners a glimpse behind the curtain, showing us who these power players really are and why they do what they do. Through Tim’s candid conversations on “Tying It Together,” his guests reveal their most fascinating life stories, pa ...
 
People have long tried to figure out the future—but today, life seems more unpredictable than ever. What can we expect to come our way and will we be ready for it? Longtime journalist and Spectrum News Chief National Political Reporter Josh Robin has asked probing questions of presidents, business moguls, artists and sports figures. In this podcast, he helps us understand what could happen next, in all areas of our lives, from families to work; health to schools; politics to the arts; techno ...
 
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If I asked you what a county comptroller does, you might talk about county budgets, and maybe, especially if you are here in Central Florida, you might know about the tourist tax dollars, the bed tax, but there is a lot more going on in the comptroller’s office than what’s perceived by the public. In this week’s podcast, we’re peeling back the laye…
 
You may know him as a famous White House correspondent for NBC News or NPR, but we know Geoff Bennett as simply Geoff. Before he made it big, he was one of our Washington DC reporters. Tim and Geoff spent hours, days and weeks covering national political conventions and will trade stories including one with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog! Geoff, now …
 
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and if you’re like a lot of us, you’re probably making that last-minute trip to the store for Thanksgiving dinner supplies, or you might be headed out of town to visit family. So for this week, Ybeth, Greg, and Gary are hitting the pause button on politics and issues to focus on the holidays, traditions, and family. We’re …
 
On this Thanksgiving episode, we are going to go a little lighter to help ease your drive to grandma's house. Jeremy Markovich is a prolific writer and podcaster who focuses on writing about the obscure and finding hidden places. From a Pitt County election with no voters to Mick Jagger going unnoticed at a bar, we'll go down the rabbit hole to tel…
 
The United States is easing travel restrictions for fully vaccinated visitors from Mexico starting in November, allowing people traveling for nonessential reasons to cross the U.S. borders if they show proof of vaccination. And in January, the second phase begins: Extending vaccine requirements so that it also includes people traveling for essentia…
 
Rick Elmhorst and Roy DeJesus discuss the idea of Puerto Rico statehood with Congressman Darren Soto, a Democrat who represents Florida's 9th District and Edil A. Sepúlveda, an attorney and scientist who backs the Self-Determination Act for Puerto Ricans.By Spectrum Bay News 9
 
This week, two North Carolina reporters are releasing a critically-acclaimed book on North Carolina's infamous 2018 9th District congressional race. It was one of the few races where there actually was documented fraud and it forced a do-over election in 2019. Nick Ochsner and Michael Graff tell us the stories behind the stories and why this incide…
 
Affordable housing. It’s a hot topic. Either the rent is going through the roof or people are trying to find new homes and all of this during a pandemic, where so many families had to deal with income issues. Forget toys and gadgets, for some people, it’s a struggle just to have a roof over their head. Spectrum News 13 is taking a deep dive into th…
 
Within months of winning her first term as Raleigh Mayor, a pandemic dominated life. A couple of months later, social justice protests and then riots destroyed parts of the city. Mary-Ann Baldwin talks about leading the city through these traumatic times, affordable housing challenges, criticism she faces and growth. She also dishes on her favorite…
 
Rental prices in Central Florida are climbing and in some cases, by extremes. Co-hosts Ybeth, Gary and Greg talk about how expensive renting is in Central Florida, especially in Orlando. In our latest podcast, hear how difficult it has been for both renters and landlords. About This Podcast Political figures and influencers are often heard in brief…
 
On this episode of Tying it Together with Tim Boyum, we hear from Robb Leandro. This month, a billion-dollar deadline looms for Republican lawmakers to comply with a North Carolina judge's ruling on a nearly three-decade-old lawsuit. It's known as the Leandro Lawsuit and centers on the idea of providing each child with a "sound basic education" as …
 
If you’ve been in the market for a house here in Central Florida for a while, you know how it’s been, in a word, insane. So many people want to buy, so much building going on, so much money changing hands, but what’s really going on with the market when you pop the hood? Angela Jaspon, a realtor with Homewise Realty, discusses all of that and more.…
 
Last week, we had two Republicans talk about the party's challenges with the LGBTQ+ community and in urban/suburban districts. This week we bring on two political experts to talk about the party's challenges in rural areas. Former Democratic Party Chair Wayne Goodwin and longtime political consultant Brad Crone talk freely about upcoming elections …
 
If you’ve noticed price hikes at the store as of late, and more products out of stock, there’s a reason. Look no further than the delays in offloading container ships from overseas. Currently, there are more than 50 ships waiting to be offloaded off California’s coast and there are very real impacts. Helping to link the links and connect the dots i…
 
When Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson used the term "filth" in a speech about the LGBTQ+ community, Democrats quickly called for his resignation. The state Republican Party issued a statement of support for Robinson. However, there are some Republicans, particularly the younger ones, who are growing concerned about the party's image with the LGBTQ+ community…
 
David Rollins says that back in the 1960s, very few people in Augusta, Maine would have expected a certain high school athlete to one day be mayor. But looking back at his 16 years of civic service, Rollins says this may have been the best period of his life. He ran for office in an attempt to bring more civility to the local government, and he say…
 
When you look at Central Florida, one letter and a single digit make up one of the most famous, if not infamous, highways: I-4. For several years, I-4 has been going under a lot of construction. You know it as I-4 Ultimate Project, and now more construction is already underway in a project called Beyond the Ultimate. So, what, are we destined to be…
 
Rep. Charles Graham (D), a state representative not well-known beyond his area of the 47th District, recently dropped an ad announcing he was running for Congress. Within 24 hours, more than 4 million people viewed that ad. Its story of the KKK trying to attack the Lumbee Indian community struck a chord and spread like digital wildfire. On this wee…
 
Kate Snyder always keeps a tab open on her computer with the mayor of Portland’s powers and duties, as written in the city charter, to remind herself what her role is—and isn’t. She is only the third full-time, popularly elected mayor in modern Portland history and says she is still helping define what that means for the city, especially as everyth…
 
At the moment, Gabby Petito's fiancé Brian Laundrie is still missing, but what has made the social media rounds is the term "missing white woman syndrome" where the majority of the media does mass coverage if a pretty, white, well-to-do woman goes missing. Is there such a thing? Is it like a feeding frenzy, where one news outlet talks about it, so …
 
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is arguably one of North Carolina's most fascinating and controversial politicians. On this week’s episode of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” Tim takes the Greensboro Republican back to the street he grew up on to find out what makes him tick and why he says he aims to be controversial. From stories that will make your ja…
 
With family roots that extend back in Auburn many generations, Mayor Jason Levesque is an advocate for his city and state. He tells journalist Lindsey Christ why he returned to his hometown after years away at college and in the U.S. Army. Mayor Levesque also shares how confident he is in Auburn’s resilience, and that, even after weathering the imp…
 
It’s been almost 20 years since the tragic Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, February 2003, to be exact. It was the second shuttle disaster for NASA, of course, the first being Challenger in January 1986. In both instances, the review of procedures and cultures brought about significant change. Following Columbia, NASA brought on Dr. Phillip Meade t…
 
​It has been called “computer generated porn” in North Carolina, and on this week’s episode of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” we are tackling the past, present and future of redistricting. In the coming weeks, lawmakers will draw political maps that will determine who you vote for in elections for the next decade. It's a complicated process fe…
 
While Senator Susan Collins is often in the national news for her decisions in Washington, her conversation with journalist Lindsey Christ focuses on who she is and how she became such a significant national figure. Senator Collins describes growing up near the Canadian border with two parents who believed it was wrong to complain if you don’t get …
 
With all going on during the pandemic — there was no slow go in the housing market. People went on a shopping spree. Offering thousands of dollars above the asking price — perks for home sellers like cruise vacations. And if you think that doesn’t have an impact on you — think again. We talk about the housing market and what exactly the role of the…
 
Since 1960, “The Andy Griffith Show” has appeared on televisions across the country and in North Carolina nonstop. It has been a cultural phenomenon with an incredible lasting impact. But why, and will it continue? A new documentary examines those questions and more, especially in light of questions today on whether a Mayberry approach would work t…
 
Being the chief executive of a state during a pandemic is a job nobody could prepare for, but Maine Governor Janet Mills learned to work through challenges and thrive through adversity at an early age. In the debut episode of The People’s People podcast, Governor Mills speaks with journalist Lindsey Christ about the more unusual experiences that he…
 
Israel is something of the world’s research lab when it comes to COVID-19. It was one of the first countries to start mass vaccinations, and scientific research there often forms the basis for global public health and medical decisions, including in the United States. In this episode, Dr. Cyrille Cohen, who advises the Israeli Ministry of Health, t…
 
Needless to say, the Afghanistan situation just basically was a rapid implosion once we started to reduce our presence there. The Beyond the Soundbite guest this week is Owen Kirby. He’s a fellow with the University of Central Florida’s Office of Global Perspectives & International Initiatives. He recently served as the director of USAID Office of …
 
On this week’s episode of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” Bob Crawford, upright bassist with the Avett Brothers, joins us to talk about how his whimsical decision making has led to so much success. We'll talk about the band, his views on the mix of politics and music and also his podcasts about history and politics. He also talks in depth about…
 
When Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos blasted off on their own private spacecrafts this summer, it became clear that space travel was no longer solely the domain of government agencies. The question now is: How long will it be for those who aren’t super-wealthy to one day hitch rides beyond the Earth’s atmosphere? Josh Robin interviews Dr. Wendy Whit…
 
It's the peak of hurricane season, so how has technology helped track hurricanes in the last couple of years? Plus, what government grants, if any, help with this? Spectrum News 13 Chief Meteorologist Bryan Karrick joins this week’s Central Florida: Beyond the Soundbite. IN THIS EPISODE Bryan Karrick’s Twitter: @BKarrickWX ABOUT THE SHOW Political …
 
On this week’s episode of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” we share exclusive stories from September 11, 2001 as the state responded to what happened in NYC, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. We chat with former Governor Mike Easley and his top aides, who were charged with protecting the state and responding as the country went to war. We also …
 
Humans have always slept, but our descendants may be doing it quite differently than current generations. Dr. Clete Kushida, former president of the World Sleep Society and a neurologist at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, tells Josh Robin that technological advancements may make fewer hours of shut-eye just as healthy; that dee…
 
A Floridian’s favorite motto is likely “We live where you vacation.” We’ve got theme parks, beaches, resorts aplenty, and so much to do, but at what cost? We’re talking about the price of employment and the tourism rebound with Eric Clinton, the president of Unite Here Local 362, the union representing Disney cast members. He shares some of the goo…
 
The little mountain town of Canton has less than 5,000 residents and sits about 17 miles west of Asheville. In recent weeks, a big chunk of the town found itself underwater after devastating floods caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred. On this week’s episode of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” the town's 38-year-old mayor, Zeb Smathers,…
 
The Delta variant is continuing its deadly march -- particularly among those who haven’t been vaccinated. It’s also draining the optimism of only a few months ago that the U.S. had turned the corner on COVID-19. For perspective, we look back to the far deadlier influenza pandemic of 1918: how it started; how it was treated; how it divided people; h…
 
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