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Municipal Equation Podcast

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Municipal Equation is a podcast about cities and towns in changing times. Created by the North Carolina League of Municipalities. Producer/host/music Ben Brown.

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Municipal Equation is a podcast about cities and towns in changing times. Created by the North Carolina League of Municipalities. Producer/host/music Ben Brown.

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Awesome Podcast

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Well researched and fascinating subject matter.

Highly recommended

By Michaelk5280 - Mar 14 2017
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This is a great and compelling listen!

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21 Ratings
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19
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Awesome Podcast

By Byronimation - Jul 24 2017
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Well researched and fascinating subject matter.

Highly recommended

By Michaelk5280 - Mar 14 2017
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This is a great and compelling listen!
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Municipal Equation Podcast

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Municipal Equation is a podcast about cities and towns in changing times. Created by the North Carolina League of Municipalities. Producer/host/music Ben Brown.

Rank #1: EP 48: Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide

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Of all the political, economic and cultural concerns of today, the “urban-rural divide” is no slouch. But sometimes it’s oversimplified, devoid of nuance, or turned into an adversarial narrative (i.e. “urban vs. rural”), instead of carefully analyzed for greater-good fixes. On this episode, we delve into a recent report that pulls apart that narrative and gives us a different way of looking at this “divide,” and shows us how urban and rural may be more linked than one might think. Christiana McFarland of the National League of Cities joins us. NLC report, “Bridging the Urban-Rural Economic Divide” - https://www.nlc.org/resource/bridging-the-urban-rural-economic-divide Episode 36: Urban Cowboy 2, or Squashing ‘Urban Vs. Rural’ - http://municipalequation.libsyn.com/website/ep-36-urban-cowboy-2-or-squashing-urban-vs-rural
Apr 17 2018
26 mins
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Rank #2: EP 34: Beer, Economic Development, and Civic Advice from Sinbad

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"Beer is the beverage of community," says Sean Lilly Wilson, a brewer who played a role in changes that brought exponential growth in the number of breweries in his state -- with happy extras for their surroundings. On this episode -- recorded live from CityVision 2017 -- we hear Sean discuss how breweries have played major roles in downtown and warehouse-district revitalizations and re-energized the local sense of community. Good beer is economic development, hometown pride, craftsmanship and more, he says, and the brewers making it aren't known to hold back on civic involvement, either. Oh, and who's that other guy we're hearing, here? Is that .... Sinbad? Show notes: Sean Lilly Wilson, Fullsteam - https://www.ourstate.com/pop-the-cap-north-carolina/ Pop the Cap web home - http://popthecap.org Curbed piece, 'Craft beer's big impact on small towns and forgotten neighborhoods' - https://www.curbed.com/2017/6/13/15788960/brewing-economic-development-craft-beer UrbanLand piece, 'Craft Breweries Bring Placemaking and Economic Development to St. Louis Neighborhoods' - https://urbanland.uli.org/development-business/craft-breweries-bring-placemaking-economic-development-st-louis-neighborhoods/ Blogpost, 'The Role of Craft Brews in Economic Development' - https://www.camoinassociates.com/role-craft-brews-economic-development-update
Sep 26 2017
37 mins
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Rank #3: EP 18: The Smart Cities Primer

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It's okay to admit you're not fully up to speed on "smart cities" or the "Internet of Things." A lot of people aren't. The talk is so ubiquitous that it might feel like a runaway topic that's tough to break into. Or maybe you're from a small town and think smart-cities and IoT are more of a big-city conversation. But it concerns just about everybody, everywhere. So what does it really mean? As initiatives and projects multiply in the focus of smart cities and IoT -- and while the federal government is actively soliciting comment on a new plan to collaborate with local communities toward smart-city enhancements -- this episode explains the who-what-when-where-why to get us all up on the essentials. Because now is the time to know. Show notes: -Draft "Smart Cities and Communities Federal Strategic Plan: Exploring Innovation Together" and Request for Comments https://www.nitrd.gov/news/RFI-SCC-Federal-Strategic-Plan.aspx -NLC report: "Trends in Smart City Development" http://www.nlc.org/article/new-report-on-smart-cities-released-by-national-league-of-cities -News story, "3 Insights from NLC’s Smart Cities Report" http://www.statetechmagazine.com/article/2017/02/3-insights-nlc-s-smart-cities-report -News story, "Greensboro to Participate in National 'Smart City' Program in March" http://wunc.org/post/greensboro-participate-national-smart-city-program-march#stream/0 -News story, "Envisioning Smart Cities" https://smartcitiesworld.net/news/news/envisioning-smart-cities-1352?platform=hootsuite -Callback to EP 07, "The Value of 'Digital Mindsets' in Local Government" https://soundcloud.com/municipalequation/ep-07 -Thought piece, "A City is Not a Computer" https://placesjournal.org/article/a-city-is-not-a-computer/
Feb 14 2017
30 mins
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Rank #4: EP 35: 'Without Being Nudged' - Advancing Women in Government Leadership

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Women are the majority of the United States, but only a slice of government leadership. On this episode, we talk with women working to turn the dial with research, myth-busting, confidence-building and a business case. (Tai chi, too.) We hear from the heads of the League of Women in Government, the president of N.C. Women in Municipal Government, and other local government officials who see positive trends but a lot of work to do. Oh, but first, we have to check in with a mayor and his mother who just made national TV. League of Women in Government http://leagueofwomeningovernment.org Morrisville, N.C., Council Member Liz Johnson (N.C. Women in Municipal Government President) http://www.townofmorrisville.org/index.aspx?nid=426 1976 ICMA report on women in the profession https://icma.org/sites/default/files/Women%20in%20the%20Profession%20Task%20Force%20Final%20Report%20July%201976.pdf ELGL's Local Government Diversity Dashboard Kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/227502422/local-government-diversity-dashboard Rebecca Ryan - http://rebeccaryan.com "Spotlight on Clayton" with Mayor Jody McLeod and Mother Mayor https://youtu.be/x7n_ypVLvsU "The Mayor" promo with Mayor McLeod https://youtu.be/nePEnMR0RfM That old workplace film reel https://youtu.be/kxnVs-iZKlk
Oct 10 2017
38 mins
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Rank #5: EP 04: The Science of Place Attachment

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On this episode, we journey into the psychology of moving from place to place and searching for the perfect town or city to settle down in -- if there is such a thing. Sometimes it comes with finding creative ways to build a relationship with your locale -- a conversation with huge insights not only for residents of any town but for local government as well. Our guest is Melody Warnick, author of a new book, "This is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live." You can listen to the episode over and over again and still find new things to take away. Show notes: http://melodywarnick.com Clip near beginning from 1970s "Greensboro is a Place" promotional video, via UNC-Greensboro University Libraries.
Aug 02 2016
29 mins
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Rank #6: EP 03: The Five Levers of the Local Innovation Ecosystem

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If a city or town is intentional enough, it can foster a local innovation ecosystem -- which isn't just a game reserved for major metros. Christopher Gergen, leader of learning collaborative Forward Cities and entrepreneurship group Forward Impact, tells us how he's seen his town and others of varying sizes become thriving, colorful hubs of creativity and innovation. How? It starts with understanding five specific levers, and the role of local government in pulling them. Gergen offers big takeaways in this field-trip episode recorded at the Bullpen, Duke University’s bullish entrepreneurial space in downtown Durham, North Carolina. Show notes: -Christopher Gergen: https://entrepreneurship.duke.edu/associate/christopher-gergen/ Forward Cities: http://www.forwardcities.org Forward Impact: http://www.forwardimpact.info The Bullpen: https://entrepreneurship.duke.edu/bullpen/
Jul 19 2016
28 mins
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Rank #7: EP 57: 'We Can't Arrest Our Way Out of This'

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A little while back, we began talking with police chiefs for a video series on what they're doing to tackle the surging opioid problem locally -- and sat upright at the different approaches of chiefs Tom Bashore in Nashville, N.C., and Bill Hollingsed in Waynesville, N.C. They're seeing results, even as one of the chiefs said this approach initially was out of his comfort zone. So we made an episode to explain it all, step by step. (This joins with the video series and other resources now available in the N.C. League of Municipalities' Opioid Solutions Toolbox at nclm.org/opioidsolutions.)
Sep 17 2018
43 mins
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Rank #8: EP 38: Being Careful About Smart Cities and Civic Tech (And the Best Fictional Mayors)

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Appropriate to the age of exponential innovation, the smart-cities conversation is moving quickly. Should we it slow down? Explore additional ethical questions? Evaluate our best practices and ideas? More and more people think so. On this episode, we meet a town that's built a "simulated smart city" so they can try it before they buy it and experiment to better understand how it all fits together. And we talk with an author whose new book, among many other things, questions whether advances in civic technology are really taking the complexities of human beings and their various communities into account. Are we being inclusive in our efforts to collect better public data, engage with residents, and manage municipal resources? (After that, we get a bit lighter -- by listing out some of the best fictional mayors of all time, as submitted by you.) Episode 18, "The Smart Cities Primer" - https://soundcloud.com/municipalequation/ep-18 GovTech, "Cary, N.C., Turns Existing Government Campus Into a Simulated Smart City" - http://www.govtech.com/fs/Cary-NC-Turns-Existing-Government-Campus-into-a-Simulated-Smart-City.html Cary Citizen, "Cary Joins Municipal Initiative to Streamline Data, Share with Other Towns" - http://carycitizen.com/2017/10/05/cary-joins-municipal-initiative-to-streamline-data-share-with-other-towns/ Book by Cassim Shepard, "Citymakers" - http://www.monacellipress.com/book/?isbn=9781580934855 Urban Omnibus, a publication of The Architectural League of New York - https://urbanomnibus.net/ Popular Mechanics, "Bill Gates Is Buying Land in Arizona to Build a Smart City" - http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/a29005/bill-gates-smart-city/ Places Journal, "A City Is Not A Computer" - https://placesjournal.org/article/a-city-is-not-a-computer/ Richard Florida, "Innovation and Urban Inequality Go Hand in Hand" - http://www.routefifty.com/smart-cities/2017/10/innovation-urban-inequality-richard-florida/142159/ Tech Crunch, "Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs to turn Toronto area into a model smart city" - https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/17/alphabets-sidewalk-labs-to-turn-toronto-area-into-a-model-smart-city/ Death and Taxes piece, "The politics of Mayor McCheese from McDonaldland" - https://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/275813/mayor-mccheese-politics/ Episode 17, "That High Lonesome Data" - https://soundcloud.com/municipalequation/ep-17
Nov 14 2017
41 mins
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Rank #9: EP 58: The Map Is Wrong

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The FCC's map of broadband availability in the U.S. is a basis for policymaking, funding decisions and planning to close service gaps for communities. But what if we told you that map, as many can testify, is pretty inaccurate? How? Why? What's the fallout, here? As fast internet service increasingly solidifies itself as necessary infrastructure, it's vital we have accurate data to shape our policymaking and funding decisions. So what's going on here? We dig in on this episode. (Stick around, too, as we have updates on past episodes that you guys pitched.)  FCC broadband map https://broadbandmap.fcc.gov/#/ Doug Dawson's "Pots and Pans" blog https://potsandpansbyccg.com/  Municipal Equation EP 47 "Leaping the Digital Divide" http://municipalequation.libsyn.com/ep-47-leaping-the-digital-divide  N.C. Broadband Infrastructure Office https://www.ncbroadband.gov/ NCLM report, "Leaping the Digital Divide" https://www.nclm.org/broadband
Oct 29 2018
30 mins
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Rank #10: EP 54: A Day at the Beach (The Wild Intersection of Gov't and Summer Vacation)

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It's summer, and beach towns all along the coast are each receiving thousands and thousands of visitors from across the U.S. Take Atlantic Beach, N.C., for example. It has a year-round population of about 1,500, but in the summer months that number surges to roughly 50,000. How in the world does such a small community -- with limited staffing and resources -- prepare for that? How can it provide adequate services, like police or even enough public water, amid outsize demand? What's the procedure when someone calls the authorities to report mysterious matter washing ashore? And did you know it's somebody's job there to make sure the beach is still there for tourists? Yes, literally. It's amazing how it all comes together, though we suntanned beneficiaries seldom ever consider it. Let's think back to that classic summer vacation as we hear from a panel of experts in this special live episode of Municipal Equation, recorded with an audience in Atlantic Beach.
Jul 23 2018
50 mins
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Rank #11: EP 07: The Value of 'Digital Mindsets' in Local Government

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Where's your local government with technology? Sensors? Automation? Readiness for self-driving vehicles? Teleportation? Kidding on that last one but, because we're in an age of exponential advances in technology and the Internet of Things, and with the consumer market now so accustomed to quick gratification and one-touch app services, there's pressure on government to act more quickly, streamlined and futuristic than ever before. ".... government just can't be immune to this massive change" in our culture and commerce, says William Eggers, executive director of Deloitte's Center for Government Insights. Eggers is our guest as we dive into today's digital technology, where it's going and how local governments can catch up. It's even an issue with government employee hiring and retention, he says. A lot to think about here. Show notes: William Eggers at Deloitte - http://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/profiles/weggers.html "Delivering on Digital" - http://www.deliveringondigital.com
Sep 13 2016
26 mins
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Rank #12: EP 51 - City Hall Beat

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The local media landscape is pretty fluid right now: extinct or shrunken newspapers, online-only outlets, freshly grown media entities that may or may not be objective. What's all this mean for local government? Is a reliable, objective media purely about watchdog dynamics? What about when local government needs to get its messages out? What happens when the local government IS the news source? It's too big a topic to solve on a podcast episode, but it's worth the talk. Episode 44: Chief Storyteller - http://municipalequation.libsyn.com/ep-44-chief-storyteller Michael Grass, Route Fifty - https://www.govexec.com/voices/michael-grass/8755/ The Source - http://thesource.metro.net/2009/10/20/welcome-to-the-source/ By the Bay - http://bythebay.cool By the Bay featured in Editor and Publisher - https://www.editorandpublisher.com/columns/business-of-news-by-the-bay-dives-deep-to-explain-local-topics-and-elections/ Adweek coverage of The Source - https://www.adweek.com/digital/l-a-metro-launches-blog-local-transit-reporters-contribute/ "To Inform and to Serve," sampled on this episode - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nT5DtcPAjZ8
Jun 12 2018
30 mins
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Rank #13: EP 06: Restarting the Law Enforcement Conversation

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In this extended episode all about law enforcement, we spend time with a number of police leaders ready to hit the reset button and create positive, new interaction between sworn officers and the public. But with so much tension in the air lately, what can actually be changed? What can police and the greater public learn from one another to create harmony? During a recent panel discussion arranged by the North Carolina League of Municipalities at the request of the state's Legislative Black Caucus, things got frank and clear, and we'll hear plenty of it here. Later, we'll check in on another challenge -- the search for best-practices with police body-cameras. We'll also learn from an expert about psychological reactions to active shooter situations and how a little bit of forethought can go a long way. And have you ever been a little nervous about meeting a stranger to complete a transaction for goods arranged online? We hear from one police department that's implemented a pretty simple solution. Tons of takeaways and ponderings on this episode. Show notes: Video of the full panel discussion featured - https://youtu.be/Dhidnbk1tcM Southern City magazine past issues - http://www.nclm.org/programs-services/publications/southern-city/Pages/default.aspx
Aug 30 2016
47 mins
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Rank #14: EP 02: The Municipal Infrastructure Quandary

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It's no secret that infrastructure across the nation has gotten to ragged condition. What you maybe didn't know was that the burden of paying for it keeps sliding to local government. Why? And, more importantly, is there anything we can do? We dig in with guests national, state and local to talk about the infrastructure deficit and the tools municipalities can explore to trim it down. A recent report from the National League of Cities served as inspiration for this episode. Show notes: NLC report: http://www.nlc.org/Documents/Find%20City%20Solutions/City-Solutions-and-Applied-Research/NLC_2016_Infrastructure_Report.pdf
Jul 05 2016
20 mins
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Rank #15: EP 36: Urban Cowboy 2, or Squashing 'Urban Vs. Rural'

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For as often as we hear the phrase "urban versus rural" -- like it's an irreconcilable competition between two oppositely distinct regions -- there are loads of examples of urban and rural communities working together to learn from one another, obliterate stereotypes on each end and team up on common goals. It's also fallacious to think "urban" and "rural" describe the whole of a truly complex spectrum of local economies. On this episode we head to Kentucky to check out a successful barrier-breaker called the Rural Urban Exchange before a meetup with the National League of Cities to map out how varied our cities and towns really are -- and how they depend on one another. Show notes: Kentucky Rural Urban Exchange (RUX) - http://www.kyrux.org/ AP story about RUX - https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/kentucky/articles/2017-06-29/kentucky-man-taking-part-in-rural-urban-exchange NLC, 'Beyond Urban vs. Rural' - http://nlc.org/article/beyond-urban-vs-rural-new-report-reveals-five-distinct-local-economies Steve Holt, CityLab, 'What's the Future of the Urban Farmers' Market?' - https://www.citylab.com/environment/2017/09/whats-the-future-of-the-urban-farmers-market/538839/
Oct 24 2017
34 mins
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Rank #16: EP 50: Talking Dialects

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For our 50th episode, we're taking a break from the frequent talk of policy, economics and technology to tour the local dialects of the United States, the spoken identifiers of a city or region. Why do people in Chicago, or St. Louis, or the Outer Banks of North Carolina sound the way they do? What's in a voice? And what's happening that's changing those dialects or accents forever?  Walt Wolfram and "Talkin' Tar Heel" - https://www.talkintarheel.com/index.php Edward McClelland and "How to Speak Midwestern" - http://edwardmcclelland.com/ Library of Congress, The Center for Applied Linguistics Collection - https://www.loc.gov/collections/american-english-dialect-recordings-from-the-center-for-applied-linguistics/about-this-collection/ Garden & Gun's Whole Hog podcast feat. Walt Wolfram - https://soundcloud.com/garden-and-gun-magazine/episode-5-a-trip-to-s-town-alabama CityLab, Edward McClelland, "Why City Accents are Fading in the Midwest" - https://www.citylab.com/life/2018/04/why-city-accents-are-fading-in-the-midwest/555152/ CityLab, "Techies Are Destroying Raleigh's Southern Accent" - https://www.citylab.com/life/2015/07/techies-have-destroyed-raleighs-southern-accent/399734/ Podcast Engineering Show, Session 91, feat. Ben Brown - https://podcastengineeringschool.com/ben-brown-pes-091/ Atlas Obscura, "How a Fake British Accent Took Hollywood by Storm" - https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-a-fake-british-accent-took-old-hollywood-by-storm Philadelphia Story scene - https://youtu.be/nH2DKZ-2m74
May 15 2018
38 mins
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Rank #17: EP 08: 'Human' Cities

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Joel Kotkin, a prolific writer of articles and books on urbanism, demographics, city planning and density, takes a different angle. Often at odds with convention or popular beliefs on planning, the suburbs, the patterns of millennials and so on, Kotkin in his latest book -- "The Human City: Urbanism for the Rest of Us" -- argues that ongoing focuses on high-density layouts and other popular planning approaches don't serve most people well and that the suburbs deserve much more love than they get. We hear why on this interesting and challenging episode with the man whom The New York Times calls "America's uber-geographer." We also hear why he thinks local governments should be allowed to decide their own policies with fewer constraints from the state and federal levels. Listen in. Show notes: http://www.joelkotkin.com "The Human City" - http://www.joelkotkin.com/content/006-joels-books Kotkin article on local government authority - http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2016/09/16/local_govt_control_the_ignored_campaign_issue_131786.html Archive audio source - "The Dynamic American City" (1956, U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Sep 27 2016
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Rank #18: EP 46: Doggonomics

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How do dogs figure into economic development? It's no joke. Ask the analysts who take economic vitals from man's best friend. Ask the industries that profit majorly from pet ownership. Or ask the Town of Benson, which em-barked on a dog-focused project to fetch economic bone-efits. Quartz piece connecting dogs and economic development - https://qz.com/26579/the-dog-index-what-mans-best-friend-tells-us-about-global-economic-development/ Dog elected mayor - https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/dog-mayor-minnesota-cormorant-duke-lassie-a7205801.html Another dog elected mayor - https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/06/26/dog-elected-mayor-of-kentucky-town-for-a-fourth-term/23002533/ Benson profile, Southern City magazine - https://www.nclm.org/resourcelibrary/Shared%20Documents/Southern%20City/JanFeb2017.pdf
Mar 20 2018
12 mins
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Rank #19: Preview of Episode 24: Beep Beep

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A preview of Episode 24.
May 02 2017
1 min
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Rank #20: EP 19: 'The Other Side'

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A local police department is trying to change perceptions between officers and youths -- via unscripted, uncoached, one-on-one conversations broadcast out to the world in a high-quality web series. Real moments, both candid and heavy, drive each episode of "The Other Side," which seeks to not only humanize police officers but also highlight how simply talking eye-to-eye at a relaxed pace can build trust, rapport and understanding in a world where distrust, fear and misconception can run wild. On this episode, we talk with the Fuquay-Varina (North Carolina) Police Department and video production company Amazing Studios about how the series came to be and how it's been received around town. Show notes: Full episodes of 'The Other Side' - http://www.fuquay-varina.org/783/The-Other-Side-Videos Homepage - www.otherside.tv Fuquay-Varina Police Department on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fvpolice/ Amazing Studios - http://amazingstudiosinc.com Past episode, 'Restarting the Law Enforcement Conversation' - https://soundcloud.com/municipalequation/ep-06
Feb 28 2017
31 mins
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