Tying It Together with Tim Boyum

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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, passions, and help all of us get a better grasp on the issues affecting our communities.

An Introduction to "Tying It Together with Tim Boyum"
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Nov 24

40 min 22 sec

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 incident was more than a hundred years in the making.    

Nov 17

45 min 25 sec

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 restaurants and we hear about moments that changed the city forever and at least one mistake leaders made in planning.

Nov 10

47 min 1 sec

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 described in our state constitution. It was filed by five low-wealth school districts in 1994.   Leandro was the name of one of the plaintiffs in the case. He was an eighth-grader at the time. Nearly 30 years later and with this latest drama of a still-unresolved case, we track him down to chat.

Nov 3

42 min 23 sec

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 and share if they think Democratic candidates can appeal to voters in rural areas across the state.

Oct 27

46 min 5 sec

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 and in urban/suburban spaces. Two of those Republicans made no bones about it in posts on Twitter. Larry Shaheen and Brent Woodcox join Tim Boyum to talk about this situation and the future of their party.

Oct 20

41 min 10 sec

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 week’s episode of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” Graham joins us to tell his emotional story. The ad's creator and fellow North Carolinian Frank Eaton also joins us to give a behind-the-scenes look and explain why he thinks it became so successful so quickly.

Oct 13

44 min 39 sec

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 jaw drop to whether he wants to run for governor in 2024, this is a must listen.   Later, we'll also talk with a listener who answered Ben's call to draw a congressional district from Murphy to Manteo!

Oct 6

43 min 10 sec

​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 few know much about, but it's one of the most important things lawmakers will ever do in their career. Lucky for you, we have found a way for it to be informative and, at times, hilarious.   We are joined by Dr. Michael Bitzer, a political scientist at Catawba College, who just released a book on the topic.  Dr. Chris Cooper, from Western Carolina University, who has studied it extensively.  Finally, Jim Blaine, a former chief of staff for Senate leader Phil Berger and someone who has been in the room when these maps are drawn.  Wait until you hear some of his impressions of well known lawmakers!

Sep 29

1 hr 4 min

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 to convince people to take the COVID-19 vaccine.  On this week’s episode of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” Tim is joined by Chris Hudson, director of “The Mayberry Effect,” and historian Dr. Gary Freeze for a fun, educational and perhaps controversial look at the past, present and future impact of “The Andy Griffith Show.” JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Sep 22

45 min 22 sec

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 being in the band and dealing with his daughter having cancer three separate times.  Finally, don't miss the end where he talks about his favorite performances and collaborations, especially the one with John Prine! JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Sep 15

49 min 52 sec

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 talk to two state lawmakers who were inspired to enlist for active duty just days after the attack.   Like all of us reflecting this week, Tim and Ben will share their own stories of where they were that day and their thoughts 20 years later. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Sep 8

34 min 44 sec

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, joins us to tell the harrowing stories of what he has seen, the visits from big name politicians and what he hopes for the future of this historic paper mill town.   Ironically, his dad was mayor in 2004 when the town also saw dramatic flooding from the remnants of two hurricanes. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Sep 1

36 min 56 sec

Since we released a special bonus episode last Friday, Tim and Ben are giving a little behind the scenes of our podcast, “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” this week.   Listen in as Tim quizzes Ben on the origin of his incredible laugh our listeners have learned to love! They also talk about their upbringings and how North Carolina is dramatically changing. Later, Tim also lets us know the one crazy thing he did this summer.   Don’t worry, we’ll be back next Wednesday with a brand new guest. In the meantime, check out our bonus episode on the situation in Afghanistan: ‘My dad died to make the Afghan people better’: Taliban takeover hits home It's a conversation you will never forget! JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Aug 25

18 min 27 sec

In this special episode of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” we have an emotional and engaging conversation with a Gold Star family member and someone who helped teach campaigns and democracy in Afghanistan.   Nick Ochsner, a reporter with WBTV in Charlotte, N.C., lost his dad in Afghanistan in 2005, and Jonathan Felts spent more than a year trying to teach campaigning in the war-torn country in 2010.   Following the recent withdrawal of U.S. troops from the region, they are both now struggling to watch as the Taliban quickly takes control of the country and the chaos that has ensued at the airport in the capital city of Kabul. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Aug 20

45 min 47 sec

We've got a super sized edition of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum” and taking a brief break from hardcore politics in the process!  On this week’s episode, Tim sits down with Billy Warden, who provides some of the most creative and funny appearances on Capital Tonight, as he shares incredible stories about his time writing and producing Joan River's red carpet specials on E! Entertainment Television.   Later, director, actor and comedian Michael Rapaport also joins us to talk about his upcoming shows in North Carolina, his time on “Friends” and much more! JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Aug 18

57 min 48 sec

Jim Martin was governor of North Carolina from 1985-1993. He was one of only two Republican governors in the 20th century. Even more interesting, he is a chemist by profession, and as a Republican recently wrote a book about science and faith.  On this episode of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” Tim will dig deep into why Martin thinks people of faith can believe in science as well.   This week marks a milestone as every single living governor in North Carolina will have appeared on the podcast. This one is quite unique. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Aug 11

40 min 20 sec

Durham County Commissioner Nida Allam made state history when she was elected to office, becoming the first Muslim woman to win a seat in North Carolina. As she was sworn-in, however, the excitement was subdued by 15 hateful voicemails she received that morning.   But that's just the beginning of the story.  On this episode of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” Tim talks with Allam, whose tale is, in a way, about achieving the American dream. Her path to elected office, however, was anything but easy.   The story includes racism and even a homicide. Despite that, she's paving a path for other young Muslim women to follow in her footsteps. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Aug 4

26 min 38 sec

N.C. Central University men's basketball coach LeVelle Moton has been incredibly successful throughout his career, leading his team to the NCAA tournament numerous times. But it didn’t come without a lot of hard work both on and off the court. On this episode of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” Tim talks with Moton about his difficult path to success and how he overcame incredible odds to find himself in the position he's in today.   From the housing projects of Raleigh, to watching his friends go to prison for murder and practically trying to sabotage his own future, Moton's story will shock, inspire and capture your attention.   Now, after finding success, learn how he is giving back by working on a new housing project in the same neighborhood he grew up in. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Jul 28

59 min 57 sec

Craig Horn grew up without running water in his house, never went to college and didn't even know his real last name until he was 19. Despite all of that, the man from Union County, North Carolina went on to be a Russian linguist in the U.S. Air Force, became a world renowned Winston Churchill expert and a Republican state lawmaker.   On this episode of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” Horn shares stories with Tim that will keep you captivated and wondering why he hasn't written a book.  Luckily for us, he tells them all in this incredible conversation.   Oh, and did we mention he was in a rock band that produced several albums as well? You don’t want to miss this. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Jul 21

43 min 7 sec

In their early 30's, Sarah Blake Morgan and Nick Ochsner are well-known in North Carolina journalism circles. The married couple work at the Associated Press and WBTV in Charlotte. But, in recent months Sarah took a leap of faith few would ever do. At 31-years-old, she joined the military. Nick knows the military well, his father was killed in Afghanistan in 2005. On this week's episode of "Tying It Together With Tim Boyum," the couple joins for an inspiring, fun and emotional conversation about the roller coaster they have endured to this point. Sarah tells us why she felt the need to change her life and Nick tells us about the letters written to her every day.

Jul 14

55 min 14 sec

On the heels of a No. 1 spot on Netflix in 2020, "Outer Banks" returns for its second season on July 30. Just like last year, not a single frame of film was recorded in North Carolina. On this week’s episode of "Tying It Together With Tim Boyum," Tim travels to Wilmington to meet with co-creator Jonas Pate. They talk about the show's inspiration, the cast and why it wasn't filmed in North Carolina. Later, we'll get a sneak peak at the new season and talk about the future of the film industry in North Carolina.   Yes, we'll also talk about the ferry to Chapel Hill controversy from the first season! JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Jul 7

27 min 57 sec

Former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr has spent much of his retirement from the bench battling the NCAA and his own political party. On this week’s episode of "Tying It Together With Tim Boyum," Tim sits down with Orr to discuss his issues with the collegiate legislative body and the GOP. Orr helps explain the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the NCAA and whether it could lead to student athletes being paid. We also talk about the time he was kicked out of the Republican National Convention. You don’t want to miss these incredible firsthand stories and hear why he left the GOP for good. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Jun 30

43 min 41 sec

Brad Crone has worked in North Carolina politics for more than three decades. He is a routine guest on our show, “Capital Tonight,” but the stories you haven’t heard on TV are enough to fill a book. On this week’s episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim sits down with Crone to discuss some of these captivating tales. From surviving a plane crash on a gubernatorial campaign to leaving his political party, we hear from the man who is an encyclopedia of North Carolina politics and the people behind it. You don’t want to miss these incredible first hand stories and hear why he doesn’t think a young Brad Crone could make it in today’s political climate. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Jun 23

39 min 18 sec

John Drescher, currently a contributing editor with The Assembly magazine in North Carolina, recently wrote an article on the controversy at UNC Chapel Hill over Nikole Hannah-Jones and her pursuit of tenure with the university.  On this week’s episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim talks with Drescher about the article, which gained national attention, the controversy over Hannah-Jones and the challenges it presents for his alma mater. We’ll also talk with Drescher, who was executive editor at the Raleigh News & Observer for a decade during the industry decline from 2007 to 2018, about the current state of the newspaper industry, journalism as a whole and its future. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Jun 16

40 min 47 sec

Just weeks after prostate cancer surgery, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis returns to Tying It Together with Tim Boyum to talk about his health. We'll also get his take on the debate in Washington on infrastructure and why he voted against the January 6th commission. ​Later, he'll tell us why he's going after a fellow Republican in the 2022 U.S. Senate race and wait until you hear the story about his most recent opponent Cal Cunningham.

Jun 9

38 min 2 sec

This time last year, Tim and Ben found themselves dodging tear gas canisters and rocks while covering the protests and riots in Raleigh. A week later they were in Raeford for the North Carolina funeral of George Floyd. This week, Tim catches up with some of the people he met and interviewed during this time. It includes a sheriff who helped plan the Floyd funeral and is demanding law enforcement change himself. We'll also catch up with two young men who helped organize and lead marches in both Raleigh and Fayetteville. At the end of the day, we'll ask the question: has anything changed? Later, Tim and Ben will reflect on their own memories from that historic week.

Jun 2

44 min 40 sec

Capital Tonight features many political experts, often referring to them as “friends of the program.” While you may get a brief glimpse into their backgrounds, we rarely get a chance to talk about their own story. Many, like Jonathan Felts, have incredible tales about working for presidents and in various locations around the world. On this episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim sits down with Felts, a North Carolina native, to hear about his time serving as the White House political director for former President George W. Bush. He shares several behind the scenes stories about the former president, flying aboard Air Force One and Bush’s insistence on punctuality. Felts also talks about the incredible experience of training Afghan political hopefuls and how he ended up bringing a new four-legged friend home. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

May 26

38 min 51 sec

After 42 years of public service, North Carolina Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry says he will retire in August. On this week’s episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim talks with “Uncle Mike”, a man known for his calm and friendly demeanor in the midst of public emergencies, about his time as director, the origins of his famous sayings during the COVID news conferences, and all the people who have touched him throughout the years.  Sprayberry also discusses the future of emergency response in N.C. as we continue to see more and stronger hurricanes. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

May 19

38 min 4 sec

In the coming weeks, state lawmakers will be debating the next state budget, and despite COVID-19, North Carolina will have an extra $5 billion to play with. Will they spend, save or return it to the taxpayers?   On this week’s episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim talks with North Carolina Representative Jason Saine (R-Lincoln) to get some incredible insight into what we should expect. Saine, lead budget writer in the House, also tells some hilarious stories from behind the scenes about past budget negotiations. Later, we’ll also talk about his sense of humor, his love for Star Wars, and how he handles trolls in this current political climate. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

May 12

42 min 39 sec

Last week, the 2020 Census report confirmed North Carolina would get a 14th Congressional district. Where will that district exist? Will Republicans draw it for themselves? On this week's episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim dives into the intrigue and how it could impact every congressional and state legislative map. Dr. Rebecca Tippett with Carolina Demography and Dr. Michael Bitzer, a political scientist from Catawba College, join for a fun and fascinating conversation on how these numbers mean so much for the future of our state. They're two of the best minds in the state on these issues.

May 5

37 min 3 sec

On this week’s episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim talks with Dr. Karen Cox, a history professor at UNC Charlotte and author of the new book “No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Equality.” Cox, who has written several books on southern history, joins us to discuss events of the past year, the ongoing fight over statues and other monuments, and the Lost Cause vision. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Apr 28

39 min 36 sec

The day protests broke out in North Carolina following the death of George Floyd, Durham attorney T. Greg Doucette started a Twitter thread with videos of police brutality. Within days it had a million plus views, 100k likes, and 77k retweets. On this episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, we talk with Doucette as the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin comes to a close. He also shares his thoughts on the past year and the calls for police reform as incidents like these continue to pop up across the country. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Apr 21

41 min 36 sec

Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton was a world-famous moonshiner and North Carolina native whose life, persona, moonshine, and death are things of legend. And believe it or not, most of it just happened within the past 20 years! On this episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim talks with Neal Hutcheson, an author and filmmaker who just released a new book, “The Moonshiner Popcorn Sutton.” In addition to his book, Hutcheson has also produced multiple documentaries on the moonshine legend. So, grab yourself a nice glass of “likker” and take a listen as he takes us behind the scenes of his relationship with one of the state’s most notorious characters of all time. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Apr 14

42 min 49 sec

This week, Tim travels to the coast and Southport to see what life is like for former Governor Mike Easley, who served from 2001 to 2009. Together, the two hit the road, do a little woodworking, walk along the shore, and even take a boat ride. Listen as Easley shares a number of incredible stories from his time in office, including 9/11, ditching his detail for jogs, and his biggest accomplishments. There's so much more in an episode packed with stories and history for those new to North Carolina.​

Apr 7

37 min 14 sec

The COVID-19 pandemic threw a gigantic wrench into supply chains across the globe, prompting a public push to buy local that remains to this day. Many of us also left our offices and learned to work from home. But with vaccinations underway and a sense of normalcy starting to return, many wonder will this all last? Has our economy been forever changed? On this week’s episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, we talk with Scott Lincicome, senior fellow in economic studies at the Cato Institute. Lincicome is a Raleigh resident and lecturer at Duke University who studies this for a living and joins us to provide his take, plus give insight in to North Carolina’s trade outlook under the new administration and post pandemic. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Mar 31

38 min 23 sec

This week, as we celebrate Women's History Month, Tim is joined by Dr. Mary Susan Fulghum, a retired doctor who is the niece of one of North Carolina's first female doctors, Dr. Annie Louise Wilkerson. Wilkerson was told not to become a doctor yet she ended up as chief of staff at North Carolina's first integrated hospital. Before passing away, she even donated her entire 150-plus acre land for a nature preserve.   Hear as Fulghum recounts her aunt's powerful story, the impact she had, and what it was like to work alongside her.

Mar 24

30 min 7 sec

Not only is March 17, 2021 St. Patrick’s Day, it’s also the 1 year anniversary of Gov. Roy Cooper shutting down restaurants and bars to help curb the spread of COVID-19 — something that had a huge impact on the economic engine in North Carolina. On this episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, we have Tim Kent with the N.C. Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association and Richard Greene with the N.C. Craft Brewers Guild on tap to check in on the beer industry and find out how it is doing and how it has coped throughout the pandemic. We’ll also discuss what “craft” beer really is and whether COVID trends could force more breweries to use big distilleries to get their beer into grocery stores. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Mar 17

38 min 48 sec

A year after the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the state, we look back at the strides and struggles faced along the way and ahead to the days when this will all be part of the past. As coronavirus cases quickly spread and Gov. Roy Cooper placed North Carolina in shutdown mode, everyone, including this podcast, had to promptly shift gears and adapt to a rapidly changing environment. On this week’s episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim catches up with three people featured on past episodes throughout the pandemic. Restaurant owner Leonardo Williams, Rabbi Eric Solomon, and COVID victim and “long hauler” Angie Daoud join us to talk about how they are doing today, what they have learned, and what they hope for in the next year. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Mar 10

38 min 40 sec

In 2020, big cities across the state and country saw most of the attention during protests over racial justice issues and Confederate statues. However, some small towns, like Sylva, North Carolina, started facing their own past-related struggles. On this week’s episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim travels to the tiny mountain town located about 50 miles west of Asheville to learn more about its unique story. The town has played a backdrop for movies like Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Fugitive, but also has a fascinating script of its own. It involves a former pro-wrestler, a town board looking to make a change, and a community with a changing identity. It’s also a story that, so far, has yet to write its ending. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Mar 3

26 min 4 sec

As Black History Month comes to an end, an old topic is getting new attention in the halls of Congress — reparations for slavery. On this week’s episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim talks with one of the world’s foremost experts on the subject, Dr. William A. “Sandy” Darity Jr. During a hearing in February, Congress discussed studying possible slavery reparations and what that could look like. Listen in as Darity, a professor at Duke University and co-author of the book From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century, makes his case for reparations, explains how it could work, and discusses the impact he believes it would have on our country. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Feb 24

36 min 19 sec

Imagine reaching the pinnacle of your profession and then having it all come crashing down. This week on Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, we go a little outside of the box to discuss and learn about leadership from former UNC Men’s Basketball Coach Matt Doherty. Doherty played for the Tar Heels during the early ‘80s and won a national championship alongside Michael Jordan in 1982. In 2000, he was named head coach at his alma mater but was then forced to resign after just three seasons.   Coach Doherty’s story is one of reaching the peak, falling down, and picking yourself back up. Tim also talks with Doherty about his new book, Rebound: From Pain to Passion, where he describes the leadership lessons learned during his rollercoaster of a time at Carolina. It’s a candid and emotional interview that you will want to hear even if you are not a sports nut. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Feb 17

42 min 46 sec

On this special Vaccine Education Week episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim sits down for a Q&A with North Carolina’s top doc, Secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen, and Dr. David Wohl with the Institute of Global Health and Infectious Diseases at UNC Health. In this episode, Dr. Cohen and Dr. Wohl provide answers for some of the top questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccines, including: How do the vaccines work? What is the state’s process for distributing the vaccine? Who makes those decisions? How do you get a shot, and how do you know what group you are in? What happens when you actually get a shot, physically? How soon you are protected, and what is the difference between the various vaccines? What do we know about the new variants? How long does the vaccine protect you, and will you need it moving forward? Will more vaccinations lead to restrictions being lifted and when? When will everyone be able to get the vaccine? RELATED: FAQ: Getting the Coronavirus Vaccine in North Carolina During the episode, our guests also explain why it is so important for you to get vaccinated when it is your time, and try to help alleviate some of the concerns many may have over things such as the speed of vaccine production. Later, we will also discuss additional concerns over issues like mental health due to the virus and ways you or someone you know can get help. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Feb 10

49 min 44 sec

We keep hearing calls for unity from now President Joe Biden. But how realistic are these calls and what can President Biden do to try and find this unity? Importantly, do enough people even want unity in politics? This week, we talk with three of the top political minds in North Carolina who study these issues. One of them even says we need to reevaluate what it means to be an American after the past five years. Our guests include Catawba College political scientist Dr. Michael Bitzer, Davidson College political scientist Dr. Susan Roberts, and Western Carolina University political scientist Dr. Chris Cooper.  JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Feb 3

28 min 44 sec

This past November, Paul Newby won the Chief Justice seat in North Carolina by just 401 votes out of 5.4 million statewide. While that may be a crazy story, it is nothing compared to the one he has about helping recover North Carolina's stolen copy of the Bill of Rights. On this episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim and Ben sit down with the new chief justice to hear the incredible tale, which includes an undercover sting in 2003 that finally helped recover the precious document that went missing just after the Civil War. The twists and turns in between will have your jaw dropping the entire way. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Jan 27

44 min 50 sec

In a matter of days, first-term Congresswoman Kathy Manning (D-6th District) was sworn in, was locked INSIDE the House chamber during the Capitol attack, and spoke on the floor of the U.S. House encouraging the impeachment of President Donald Trump.   On this episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, she tells the emotional, frightening, and incredible story of her first two weeks in office. Later in the episode, and on a lighter note, we also hear about the acapella group Manning started during her time at Harvard. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Jan 20

39 min 38 sec

Months after the pandemic started, lawsuits are still being filed and the debate still rages over whether shutdowns, restrictions, and potential vaccine mandates are legal.   On this episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, we revisit the legal questions surrounding COVID-19.   In the spring of 2020 we spoke with UNC Law Professor Bill Marshall and Campbell Law Professor Greg Wallace about legal issues related to the pandemic. This week, the constitutional experts are back to answer the latest pressing legal questions about the virus and vaccine. The answers might surprise you, and they appear to be evolving as the crisis continues. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Jan 13

36 min 24 sec

Ten days before Anthony Foxx was born, a U.S. Supreme Court case determined busing would be used to integrate Charlotte's schools.  Four decades later, Foxx would become the U.S. Secretary of Transportation under the Obama Administration.  On this week's episode of Tying it Together with Tim Boyum, Foxx, who also served as Charlotte’s mayor from 2009-2013, talks about the role transportation and infrastructure played in systemic racism and how building for the future could help reverse past mistakes. Later, Foxx also talks about the time he was President Barack Obama's designated survivor, and whether he has interest in running for public office again. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Jan 6

41 min 32 sec

On this week's episode of Tying It Together with Tim Boyum, Congressman Mark Walker talks about his decision to run for U.S. Senate in 2022.   We’ll learn about his experiences growing up as the son of a preacher man and how visiting inmates with his father impacted the rest of his life. The congressman also shares stories about his own path to the profession and how it eventually led to politics.  Later, we ask Walker if he was mad at fellow Republicans for making his district nearly impossible to win, and if he really ever seriously considered running against fellow Republican and U.S. Senator Thom Tillis. You’ll also want to stick around for an in depth conversation about his obsession with the NCAA allowing student-athletes to profit off their likeness. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Dec 2020

39 min 57 sec

The Woodhouse brothers, Dallas, an ardent Republican, and Brad, a prominent national Democratic figure, are North Carolina siblings who have gained national attention in the past thanks to their political family feud. We spoke with Dallas last December, and on this week’s episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Brad joins us to talk about the interesting and, at times, contentious dynamic with his brother. The Woodhouse brother currently heads up Protect Our Care, which is focused on preserving and expanding the Affordable Care Act, but he has also worked with the Democratic National Committee and several campaigns, including several in North Carolina. He’ll also share his thoughts on the future of politics and health care. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Tim? Weigh in on Twitter with the hashtag #TyingItTogetherNC. Afterward, rate the podcast and leave a review to tell us what you think!

Dec 2020

39 min 33 sec