Rank #1: Northeast Newscast Episode 99: Round table discussion with the Northeast News staff
On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are sitting down with Northeast News Managing Editor Elizabeth Orosco, Creative Arts Director Bryan Stalder, and Publisher Michael Bushnell to discuss this week’s headlines and hot topics.
We discuss Pendleton Heights’ alley beautification and how it is working to deter crime, our thoughts on the transient community and what it means for Northeast, our new Mayor, and the proposed BikeKC Master plan and the future of Independence Avenue.
Rank #2: Northeast Newscast Episode 98: Reviving communities through urban homesteading with Brandon Mason
On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast we are speaking with Brandon Mason, staff attorney at Legal Aid of Western Missouri.
Mason breaks down the ins and outs of urban homesteading, a process allowing individuals to live in and rehabilitate problem properties in their communities.
He talks about how Legal Aid is able to gain these homes, what the vetting process looks like for interested urban homesteaders, and what the ultimate goal is with this project.
Rank #3: Northeast Newscast Episode 97: What it's like being a Northeast News intern with Layne Stracener
On this week’s issue of the Northeast Newscast, we are sitting down with our summer editorial assistant, Layne Stracener. Layne worked alongside the news staff for eight weeks, writing stories, getting to know the community, producing an entire issue by herself, and learning a few things along the way.
We sit down with her to discuss her time here at the Northeast News, what she learned, her favorite projects, and what she has planned for the future.
She said working at the Northeast News gave her lots of hands-on experience that she will be able to take with her to future job opportunities.
Rank #4: Northeast Newscast Episode 78: A look into the life of a former Kansas City gang member
On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are talking to Johnny Waller, a former Kansas City gang member who lived a life of crime and violence, but now, after earning three degrees, works to improve the community, pass local and state legislation, and create a unified force to reduce violence and enhance the quality of life in KC. Waller gives a glimpse into the mentality of gang members, as well as environmental factors that contribute to crime in communities.
Rank #5: Northeast Newscast Episode 81: Bobbi Jo Reed opens up about her past and the birth of Healing House
**This episode of the Northeast Newscast contains sensitive material that may be difficult for some listeners**
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are talking with Bobbi Jo Reed, the Founder and Director of Healing House, a faith-based substance use support recovery center that helps individuals in their recovery journey. Bobbi Jo talks about her difficult past, including harsh situations, but which eventually led to her opening Healing House.
Rank #6: Northeast Newscast Episode 84: A look into the mission of KC Tenants
On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are speaking with Tara Raghuveer, Northeast resident and Director of KC Tenants and Brandy Granados, Northeast resident and a leader of KC Tenants. Kansas City Tenants (KC Tenants) is a new organization led by a multi-racial base of tenants in Kansas City organizing to ensure that everyone in KC has a safe, accessible, and affordable home. Raghuveer and Granados discuss the mission of KC Tenants, issues renters face, their personal experience as tenants in Kansas City, and what KC Tenants plans to do to enact change.
Rank #7: Northeast newscast Episode 101: A look at the mysteries of Stonehenge with British archaeologist David Dawson
On this extra episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are speaking with David Dawson, renowned British archaeologist and director of the Wiltshire Museum in England. Dawson will be giving a fascination presentation Friday, August 16th at Union Station in conjunction with the current Stonehenge exhibition.
In today’s podcast, Dawson explains the mysteries behind Stonehenge including a look at the lives of the people who fashioned Stonehenge, a preview of what visitors can expect at the exhibit, and a look into what he will be offering in his lecture.
Rank #8: Northeast Newscast Episode 92: Scott Wagner talks about his vision as director of Northeast Alliance Together (NEAT)
On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are speaking with Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wagner on his new role as director of Northeast Alliance Together.
Wagner’s involvement in the Historic Northeast is extensive, dating back “seventeen-or-so years, in some capacity,” he said.
Wagner discusses his history in the Northeast, how he is working to define neighborhood success, what issues can be addressed, and how he will work with the neighborhoods to meet specific goals.
Rank #9: Northeast Newscast Episode 95: A look at KCPS with Treasurer Manny Abarca
On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are speaking with Manny Abarca, Treasurer of the Kansas City Public School Board. Abarca currently serves the 3rd Sub-District, which includes a portion of the Historic Northeast, Columbus Park, City Market, a portion of Downtown, Quality Hill, and the Historic Westside communities.
Abarca discusses the current board of directors, collective and personal goals, the recent APR score, the number of pre-K seats within Kansas City Public Schools, student mobility rates, infrastructure and more.
Rank #10: Northeast Newscast Episode 88: A look at medical marijuana with industry leaders
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are speaking with three members of the cannabis industry: Bennie Abbot, vice president of Threve Consulting, Charles Ramsey, president and COO of Thrive Growing, and Tom O'Neill with 3 Fold Investments. They discuss their specific roles in the cannabis industry, unique growing mechanisms, and where they see the industry going in Missouri.
Rank #11: Northeast Newscast Episode 85: Northeast Community Innovation District with Adrienne Haynes
On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are speaking with Adrienne Haynes, an attorney and business woman who specializes in helping entrepreneurs develop sustainable infrastructure and business practices. She is the managing partner of SEED Law, a boutique business law firm, and owner of SEED Collective, a consultancy.
Haynes is speaking with the Northeast News regarding a Community Innovation District pilot program, that aims to model community-designed and lead economic development, a process driven by community members, both residents and entrepreneurs, to identify, engage, and cultivate new and emerging areas for growth and innovation.
In the pilot program, the process will be led by a Community Council, a curated group of 7-15 members that either live, play, work, or worship in the community. Each council will engage in a process to create a customized innovation model.
Rank #12: Northeast Newscast Episode 89: Behind-the-scenes with the J. Rieger & Co. crew!
On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are speaking with the J. Rieger & Company Crew! Co-Founder Ryan Maybee, Beverage Director Andrew Olsen, and Head Distiller Nathan Perry join us to discuss the revival of J. Rieger and Company, the whiskey making process, and a behind-the-scenes look at what is to come at the new distillery, which is anticipated to open in mid-July!
**This interview was recorded at the current J. Rieger and Company distillery in the East Bottoms, so please excuse the recording quality**
Rank #13: Northeast Newscast Episode 94: Liz Zini discusses vision for Don Bosco Center
On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are speaking with Liz Zini about her new role as director of the Don Bosco Center and the new vision and goals for the center. Zini became the director in March.
The plan is for the Don Bosco Center renovations to be done by the end of this year, Zini said. The new goal for the center is to make it a community gathering space that serves more people of all ages. They are including a commercial kitchen for people to rent, classrooms where classes such as cooking and fitness will take place, and a gymnasium which will be used for athletics and fitness and as an event space.
Rank #14: Northeast Newscast Episode 96: Outgoing Indian Mound President Bryan Stalder
On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are speaking with Bryan Stalder, outgoing Indian Mound Neighborhood Association president.
Stalder discusses his time as president of the neighborhood association, strengths and challenges the neighborhood faces, and what he hopes to see from the incoming leadership.
Stalder’s last day as president was Monday, July 15, when the board hosted their annual election. The new president is Manny Abarca.
Rank #15: Northeast Newscast Episode 90: Northeast Middle School students interview Quinton Lucas and Jolie Justus
On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, students from Northeast Middle School had a chance to sit down and interview mayoral candidates Quinton Lucas and Jolie Justus.
Olivia Rubio, student council president, and Princess Menyon, vice president, asked what the candidates believe is the biggest problem in the Northeast, what role the mayor plays in education, and what the campaign process has been like for each candidate.
Rank #16: Northeast Newscast Episode 100: New East Patrol Major discusses Northeast community
On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are speaking with new East Patrol Major, Doug Niemeier.
Major Niemeir, a Kansas City native, has roots in the Northeast community and has been with the Kansas City Police Department for 24 years.
He discusses his previous work with the department, his history in Northeast Kansas City, and what community policing means to him.
Rank #17: Northeast Newscast Episode 93: Mural artist JT Daniels discusses his work around KC
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are sitting down with JT Daniels, mural artist and Northeast resident. He discusses his work, which includes the mural outside Betty Rae's Ice Cream in the River Market, Charlie Parker's Mood outside the Gem Theater in the 18th and Vine District, and a recent mural he did outside Ten Thousand Villages in downtown Overland Park. He also talks about the phrases he incorporates into his murals.
Rank #18: Northeast Newscast Episode 77: Kansas City Mayoral Candidate Steve Miller talks about his vision for KC if elected Mayor.
On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are speaking with Kansas City mayoral candidate Steve Miller on his vision for the City if elected Mayor. Miller speaks on issues of crime, education, the proposed Pre-K Plan, investing in small businesses, and what his top three priorities would be if elected Mayor of Kansas City. On the topic of crime, Miller said he will address specific areas of concern that could resolve the crime epidemic in Kansas City.
Rank #19: Northeast Newscast Episode 76: (SPANISH) Ana de Jesus speaks about various services offered at Legal Aid of Western Missouri
This week's episode of the Northeast Newscast is entirely in Spanish. Ana de Jesus speaks about the services offered at Legal Aid of Western Missouri. She breaks down misconceptions many people have about not seeking aid due to their legal status in the United States, and what is offered to residents.
Rank #20: Northeast Newscast Episode 75: Haley Sellmeyer, eleven-year-old local artist talks inspiration and collaboration
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are talking to Haley Sellmeyer, local eleven-year-old artist. She discusses her inspiration, favorite paintings, and her collaboration with Michelle Nicole, Founder and Creator of Unicorn Spit paint.