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Inside the Box is brought to you by the Appen Podcast Network and the members of the Black Box investigations team. It is focused on the stories and people important to Georgia and the north metro Atlanta area. Headquartered in Alpharetta, just north of Atlanta, this podcast focuses on local stories that are often times a microcosm of a larger, sometimes national, conversation. Designed to encourage the listener to consider a new perspective or to think deeper, Inside the Box is a must have podcast for anyone who likes story telling, good journalism, and thoughtful conversations.

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Inside the Box is brought to you by the Appen Podcast Network and the members of the Black Box investigations team. It is focused on the stories and people important to Georgia and the north metro Atlanta area. Headquartered in Alpharetta, just north of Atlanta, this podcast focuses on local stories that are often times a microcosm of a larger, sometimes national, conversation. Designed to encourage the listener to consider a new perspective or to think deeper, Inside the Box is a must have podcast for anyone who likes story telling, good journalism, and thoughtful conversations.

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By Local Listner - Aug 16 2018
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An absolute must listen. Hear the story, issues and facts we often don’t take time for.

Black Box Rocks

By Haha carl - Mar 29 2018
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Always looking forward to new episodes. Very well done and informative.

iTunes Ratings

25 Ratings
Average Ratings
24
0
1
0
0

Adman

By Local Listner - Aug 16 2018
Read more
An absolute must listen. Hear the story, issues and facts we often don’t take time for.

Black Box Rocks

By Haha carl - Mar 29 2018
Read more
Always looking forward to new episodes. Very well done and informative.
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Inside the Box

Latest release on Aug 29, 2019

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Inside the Box is brought to you by the Appen Podcast Network and the members of the Black Box investigations team. It is focused on the stories and people important to Georgia and the north metro Atlanta area. Headquartered in Alpharetta, just north of Atlanta, this podcast focuses on local stories that are often times a microcosm of a larger, sometimes national, conversation. Designed to encourage the listener to consider a new perspective or to think deeper, Inside the Box is a must have podcast for anyone who likes story telling, good journalism, and thoughtful conversations.

Rank #1: Inside the Box - Episode 26: Minority Leader Stacey Abrams

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Joining Hans on the show this week is the Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia, and the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, Stacey Abrams. They cover a wide range of topics, including Medicaid expansion, Georgia’s growing diversity, and November’s general election. Should Abrams win, she would be the first black Governor of Georgia and the nation’s first black female Governor.

Jul 26 2018

25mins

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Rank #2: Inside the Box - Episode 43: Councilman Jason Binder

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Joining Hans on the show this week is Alpharetta City Councilman Jason Binder to discuss the recently proposed Safe Hotels Ordinance. Councilman Binder talks about how he originally thought of the idea, why he thinks it's important, and what effect he thinks it might have on crime in the city of Alpharetta.

To learn more about the ordinance or to contact Jason directly, click HERE.

Listen to the North Fulton Serves podcast, HERE.

Donate to the 2019 Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA campaign HERE.

Apr 11 2019

26mins

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Rank #3: Inside the Box - Episode 27: Secretary of State Brian Kemp

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Joining Hans on the show this week is the Republican candidate for governor of Georgia, and its current Secretary of State, Brian Kemp. They cover a wide range of topics including marijuana legislation in the state, guns, and immigration reform.

Aug 14 2018

27mins

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Rank #4: Inside the Box - Episode 12: Councilman Jason Binder

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Alpharetta Councilman Jason Binder sat down with us to talk about why he is looking to make changes to Alpharetta's code of ethics and his process for deciding what needs to be included in those changes. We also discuss his entry into local politics and the issue that he says helped him find his voice as an elected official - the downtown parking deck debates of 2016.

READ: Ethics vote stalls in Alpharetta https://www.northfulton.com/alpharetta_roswell/ethics-vote-stalls-in-alpharetta/article_fb37b3e8-4317-11e8-9f57-6f83b4c94fed.html

Apr 19 2018

37mins

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Rank #5: BONUS EPISODE - Inside the Box - Episode 42: Ray, Christina & Hans Appen

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The Appen Family was invited to give a presentation on the history of Appen Media Group and their take on the future of local news at their church, Alpharetta Presbyterian, which has been hosting a speaking series called Community Conversations. 

Mar 25 2019

58mins

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Rank #6: Inside the Box - Episode 15: Kathleen Sturgeon, Brian Francis, Charlie Smith

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For over a decade now, north Metro Atlanta has seen a slew of new cities emerge with the additions of Sandy Springs, Johns Creek and Milton. Some residents of the southeast portion of Forsyth County have been lobbying for years for the creation of their own city – Sharon Springs. After a ballot initiative was approved to give its residents a say in the issue on a referendum on the May 22 ballot, there has been a lot of back and forth on the pros and cons of incorporating as Forsyth County’s second city. Two of those potential residents, Brian Francis (pro) and Charlie Smith (con) join the show to discuss what they see as the pluses and minuses of incorporating.

May 15 2018

55mins

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Rank #7: Inside the Box - Episode 39: Preston Thompson

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Preston Thompson, the campaign manager for Representative Elect Mary Robichaux, joins the show to talk about their upset victory over incumbent Representative Doctor Betty Price. Will metro Atlanta politics continue to trend blue? How will recently elected Democrats forge their own path under a Brian Kemp governorship? Preston answers all of these questions and more in a behind the scenes peak into local politics and running a campaign.

Follow Preston on Twitter: @PSton3

Dec 06 2018

39mins

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Rank #8: Inside the Box - Episode 41: Brian Patton

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Joining Hans on the show this week is Brian Patton, a commercial real estate expert in the north Metro Atlanta area who gives his take on trends in the industry, why Alpharetta continues to buck the trend, his thoughts on a potential bubble and much more.

Feb 14 2019

34mins

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Rank #9: Inside the Box - Episode 13: Joe Parker (Black Box)

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Black Box reporter joins the show to talk about the launch of his latest project 'Marijuana's hazy boundaries', which will take a deep dive into the legislation, challenges presented to local law enforcement agencies and the drug’s use at the national and state level, as well as its impact in North Fulton and Forsyth County. 

In the first installment, 'The evolution of marijuana', Joe takes a look at what has changed about marijuana in the last 10-20 years and why it's increasingly difficult for local law enforcement to identify the drug.

To read the full article, click here: https://www.northfulton.com/black_box/the-evolution-of-marijuana/article_f22b1a52-47c6-11e8-9071-671f5175a380.html

Apr 26 2018

18mins

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Rank #10: Inside the Box - Episode 40: Craig Kidd

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Craig Kidd, Chief of Staff for Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker and First Vice Chair for the Fulton County Republican Party joins Hans on the show this week to talk all things Johns Creek - including traffic, Mayor Bodker's tenure, a potential Johns Creek city center and the city's recent election of Democrats to the state legislature. 

Feb 07 2019

48mins

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Rank #11: Inside the Box - Episode 14: Jerry Edwards

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The US Department of Commerce recently announced tariffs on imported newsprint coming into the United States. Printers, publishers and paper suppliers employ more than 600,000 people in the United States. Those jobs support millions of additional, primarily good paying jobs in small businesses across the country.

Jerry Edwards of the Edwards Group, a family of communications, printing, radio and web companies, joins the show to talk about exactly why these tariffs are being implemented and what it means for the economy and news media.

To help fight these tariffs and ensure your right to information, contact your members of congress and ask them to help:

US Senator Johnny Isakson – (202) 224-3643

US Senator David Perdue – (202) 228-1031

US Congressman Rob Woodall (GA07) – (202) 225-4272

US Congresswoman Karen Handel (GA06) - (202) 225-4501

Live outside of North Atlanta? Enter your address here to sign the petition to STOP newspaper tariffs: www.stopnewsprinttariffs.org/join-the-coalition

News Media Alliance: newsmediaalliance.org

May 03 2018

37mins

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Rank #12: Inside the Box - Episode 19: Eamon Keegan

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The election cycle kicked off in Georgia after the May 22nd primaries and maybe no one was busier than Eamon Keegan, political consultant and Principal of New Prospect Strategies. After managing the successful campaigns of Alpharetta Mayor Jim Gilvin, Councilwoman Karen Richard, Councilman John Hipes, and Board of Education member Katie Reeves, Keegan sat down for an interview on the Inside the Box pod to talk about what it takes to run a successful campaign, predictions for the November midterms, and to give some advice to anyone who might be thinking about working in the political arena.

May 31 2018

36mins

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Rank #13: Inside the Box - Episode 30: Congressman John Barrow

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Former Congressman John Barrow and the Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, John Barrow, joins Hans on the show this week to discuss the Barrow history in Georgia, gerrymandering, and the importance of the Secretary of State’s role in a state’s politics.

Sep 14 2018

37mins

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Rank #14: Inside the Box - Episode 31: Angelika Kausche

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Angelika Kausche is the Democratic candidate for House District 50 in Georgia, which represents Johns Creek in the state legislature. On the show, Hans asks her about where she stands on the issues, her background as a female immigrant running in an era where we are seeing a record number of women entering the political arena, and they discuss a few of the current political topics on the national scene.

Sep 20 2018

34mins

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Rank #15: Inside the Box - Episode 21: Kathleen Sturgeon, Julia Grochowski, Kyle Wingfield

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Hosts Hans Appen, Kathleen Sturgeon and Julia Grochowski trekked down to Jekyll Island for the annual conference for the Georgia Press Association. As any good podcasters do, of course they brought all of their podcasting equipment with them! When they ran into friend of the pod Kyle Wingfield they pulled him aside and had a great conversation centered around politics, journalism and predictions for November's Georgia elections.

Jun 14 2018

36mins

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Rank #16: Inside the Box - Episode 20: Councilman Chris Coughlin (Black Box)

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In the second installment of the Black Box series Marijuana’s Hazy Boundaries, reporter Joe Parker spoke to Johns Creek City Councilman Chris Coughlin about his initiative to decriminalize marijuana within Johns Creek city limits. We had him on the podcast to tell us more about why this is important to him and how close it really is to becoming a reality.

Jun 07 2018

37mins

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Rank #17: Inside the Box - Episode 33: Mayor Joe Lockwood

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Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood joins Hans on the podcast to talk about the city’s inception, highlights along the way, and what’s next. They discuss what sparked the Mayor’s interest in politics and some of the more surprising (and funny) stories about being a rookie politician leading a brand new city.

Crabapple Fest, October 6th 2018, 10 am-5 pm

cityofmiltonga.us/events/1269/crabapple-fest

Oct 04 2018

24mins

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Rank #18: Inside the Box - Episode 32: Senator John Albers

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On this week’s episode incumbent Senator John Albers joins the show to cover a wide range of topics, including what has changed for him since he was first elected in 2009, how we win the ware against opioid addiction and sex trafficking, and what efforts he is personally leading to keep Georgia’s schools safe.

Sep 27 2018

30mins

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Rank #19: PREVIEW: Georgia’s Democratic candidate for Governor, Stacey Abrams

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This is a preview episode of the Inside the Box interview with Georgia Democratic candidate for Governor, Stacey Abrams. The full interview will be released on Thursday, July 26th.

Jul 23 2018

2mins

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Rank #20: Inside the Box - Episode 16: Alpharetta Mayoral and Council forum

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On Wednesday May 16th at Alpharetta City Hall, Alpharetta-Roswell Herald hosted the final candidate forum for Alpharetta Mayor and Council Posts 3 and 4. Moderated by Herald reporter Pat Fox and Black Box Publisher Hans Appen, the candidates cover a wide variety of topics important to the Alpharetta community. Voting is Tuesday May 22nd.

To find your polling station click on this link: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do

May 17 2018

1hr 56mins

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Inside the Box - Episode 48: Jason Howard, Cathy Murphy

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On this episode Hans sits down with Jason Howard and Cathy Murphy of the Summit Conceling Center to discuss an upcoming townall host by the center and the City of Milton at its city hall. The event is designed to raise awareness of the growing epidemic of suicides in the country and Georgia, but especially in affluent suburbia. Cathy and Jason talk about how to recognize early signs for suicide and what can be done to prevent it.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, get help immediately. Call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line 1-800-715-4225 or visit mygcal.com, where you can find an agency in your area that may help.

Suicide, A Community Conversation (townhall)

Sep 10, 2019, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Milton City Hall

The City of Milton, in partnership with the Summit Counseling Center, is hosting a community conversation at Milton City Hall to discuss suicide prevention. This important community conversation will include an expert panel of parents, counselors, medical experts, and youth leaders. 

Important Resources 

Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL)

1-800-715-4225

For immediate access to routine or crisis services 24/7/365.

My GCAL App

The app will allow youth to call, text, or chat with GCAL 24/7/365.

Trusted Adult Training

Signs of Suicide “Trusted Adult” Workshop

Sunday, September 22nd, 5:00PM

City Hall – Community Place, 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton

Aug 29 2019

26mins

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Inside the Box - Episode 47: Roger Wise, Jimmy Moore and Elwyn Gaissert

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Hans is joined in studio by three people that have been instrumental in making the work of the Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA possible over the years. Roger Wise, Jimmy Moore and Elwyn Gaissert discuss what it took to bring a new YMCA "north of the river" in Atlanta for the first time in the early '80s, the process for developing its brick and mortar structure, and the people involved along the way. It is a show about dedication, the importance of community service above self.

Watch the episode: https://youtu.be/DbJBzTUtAoc

Jun 27 2019

55mins

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Inside the Box - Episode 46: Jeff Graham

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On the show this week is Jeff Graham, the Executive Director of Georgia Equality. He and Hans talk about the HIV epidemic in Atlanta, hate crime bills, trans people in the military - and much more! 

Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/WEuw-FAuB0E

Follow Georgia Equality on Twitter @GAEquality or online at www.georgiaequality.org.

Follow Inside the Box podcast on Twitter @insidetheboxpod.

Jun 20 2019

39mins

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Inside the Box - Episode 45: Senator Johnny Isakson

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Joining Hans on the show this week is US Senator Johnny Isakson, the senior Senator from Georgia and Chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. They talk all things national security – from his recent trip to Iraq, escalating tensions in Iran, and trade wars with China.

Visit the Senator’s official website HERE

Watch the episode HERE

Follow Senator Isakson on Twitter @SenatorIsakson

Follow Inside the Box podcast on Twitter @insidetheboxpod

May 16 2019

15mins

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Inside the Box - Episode 44: Professor Carolyn Bourdeaux

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Joining Hans on the show this week is Professor Carolyn Bourdeaux, a Democratic candidate for Georgia's 7th Congressional District to discuss her 2020 race, student loans, health care and more!

Watch the episode HERE

Find out more about Carolyn's campaign HERE

Follow us @insidetheboxpod 

May 09 2019

21mins

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Inside the Box - Episode 43: Councilman Jason Binder

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Joining Hans on the show this week is Alpharetta City Councilman Jason Binder to discuss the recently proposed Safe Hotels Ordinance. Councilman Binder talks about how he originally thought of the idea, why he thinks it's important, and what effect he thinks it might have on crime in the city of Alpharetta.

To learn more about the ordinance or to contact Jason directly, click HERE.

Listen to the North Fulton Serves podcast, HERE.

Donate to the 2019 Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA campaign HERE.

Apr 11 2019

26mins

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BONUS EPISODE - Inside the Box - Episode 42: Ray, Christina & Hans Appen

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The Appen Family was invited to give a presentation on the history of Appen Media Group and their take on the future of local news at their church, Alpharetta Presbyterian, which has been hosting a speaking series called Community Conversations. 

Mar 25 2019

58mins

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Inside the Box - Episode 41: Brian Patton

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Joining Hans on the show this week is Brian Patton, a commercial real estate expert in the north Metro Atlanta area who gives his take on trends in the industry, why Alpharetta continues to buck the trend, his thoughts on a potential bubble and much more.

Feb 14 2019

34mins

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Inside the Box - Episode 40: Craig Kidd

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Craig Kidd, Chief of Staff for Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker and First Vice Chair for the Fulton County Republican Party joins Hans on the show this week to talk all things Johns Creek - including traffic, Mayor Bodker's tenure, a potential Johns Creek city center and the city's recent election of Democrats to the state legislature. 

Feb 07 2019

48mins

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Inside the Box - Episode 39: Preston Thompson

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Preston Thompson, the campaign manager for Representative Elect Mary Robichaux, joins the show to talk about their upset victory over incumbent Representative Doctor Betty Price. Will metro Atlanta politics continue to trend blue? How will recently elected Democrats forge their own path under a Brian Kemp governorship? Preston answers all of these questions and more in a behind the scenes peak into local politics and running a campaign.

Follow Preston on Twitter: @PSton3

Dec 06 2018

39mins

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Inside the Box - Episode 38: Reverend Caitlin Phillips, Derek Scheidt

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Alpharetta Presbyterian Church Associate Pastor Rev. Caitlin Phillips and congregation member Derek Scheidt join the show to talk about the church’s recent push to attract people of all walks of life through its “ACCEPTANCE” marketing efforts. Caitlin and Derek talk about why this is important and what it means for the church to be a safe place for people in desperate need of one. 

Nov 29 2018

32mins

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Inside the Box - Episode 37: Mary Robichaux

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On the show this week, Mary Robichaux, the Democratic candidate for House District 48 joins the show to discuss her platform, how she as a healthcare professional looks to make an impact on Georgia politics, and the state of the governor's race. 

Nov 01 2018

23mins

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Inside the Box - Episode 36: Pat Fox (Black Box)

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Black Box reporter Pat Fox jumps on the phone to discuss his most recent article detailing two North Fulton mayors, Alpharetta's Jim Gilvin and Johns Creek's Mike Bodker, issues with the composition of the governing authority for metro Atlanta's newest transit authority - the ATL.

Oct 25 2018

18mins

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Inside the Box - Episode 35: Krish Bralley

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Krish Bralley joins the show this week to talk about his campaign platform and his challenge to the incumbent Republican representative from Alpharetta. He talks about his desire to bring the electric car tax credit back, Medicaid expansion, early childhood education and more.

Oct 18 2018

21mins

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Inside the Box - Episode 34: Ellyn Jeager

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Ellyn Jeager, the Democratic nominee for Georgia State Senate District 56 race, joins Hans on the show to discuss the issues and why she decided to make the jump into the political arena. They discuss anything from guns in school to why mental health is such an important part of her platform.

Oct 11 2018

32mins

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Inside the Box - Episode 33: Mayor Joe Lockwood

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Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood joins Hans on the podcast to talk about the city’s inception, highlights along the way, and what’s next. They discuss what sparked the Mayor’s interest in politics and some of the more surprising (and funny) stories about being a rookie politician leading a brand new city.

Crabapple Fest, October 6th 2018, 10 am-5 pm

cityofmiltonga.us/events/1269/crabapple-fest

Oct 04 2018

24mins

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Inside the Box - Episode 32: Senator John Albers

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On this week’s episode incumbent Senator John Albers joins the show to cover a wide range of topics, including what has changed for him since he was first elected in 2009, how we win the ware against opioid addiction and sex trafficking, and what efforts he is personally leading to keep Georgia’s schools safe.

Sep 27 2018

30mins

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Inside the Box - Episode 31: Angelika Kausche

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Angelika Kausche is the Democratic candidate for House District 50 in Georgia, which represents Johns Creek in the state legislature. On the show, Hans asks her about where she stands on the issues, her background as a female immigrant running in an era where we are seeing a record number of women entering the political arena, and they discuss a few of the current political topics on the national scene.

Sep 20 2018

34mins

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Inside the Box - Episode 30: Congressman John Barrow

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Former Congressman John Barrow and the Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, John Barrow, joins Hans on the show this week to discuss the Barrow history in Georgia, gerrymandering, and the importance of the Secretary of State’s role in a state’s politics.

Sep 14 2018

37mins

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Inside the Box - Episode 29: Councilman Ben Burnett and Eamon Keegan

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Returning to the show this week are Alpharetta City Councilman Ben Burnett and political consultant with New Prospect Strategies, Eamon Keegan. After doing a rundown of the major contests for Georgia’s statewide elections and the race for Georgia’s 6th Congressional district, everyone gives a bold prediction for future politics, including an off the radar pick for the Democratic nominee for the 2020 Presidential race.

Aug 30 2018

33mins

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iTunes Ratings

25 Ratings
Average Ratings
24
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1
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0

Adman

By Local Listner - Aug 16 2018
Read more
An absolute must listen. Hear the story, issues and facts we often don’t take time for.

Black Box Rocks

By Haha carl - Mar 29 2018
Read more
Always looking forward to new episodes. Very well done and informative.