High Ground News On The Ground Podcast

High Ground News On The Ground Podcast

Community leaders share with High Ground News embedded journalists on the ground insight about what's moving Memphis neighborhoods forward.

All Episodes

Dillon Hollian with RegionSmart and Andre Jones with Jones Urban Development discuss local efforts to support emerging minority- and women-owned real estate developers, and connect them to small-scale development opportunities. 

Mar 16

23 min

Abby Phillips and Jailenn Scott with Arrow Creative discuss Arrow’s diverse community of creatives, Memphis’ creative landscape, and their efforts to provide arts education in the absence of Memphis College of Art.

Mar 6

22 min

Cornelius Sanders and Mary Ward with Promise CDC talk community-centered development, the human rights of housing, and the work done and yet to do to see northern Uptown thrive.

Feb 28

25 min

Community revitalization consultant Austin Harrison and High Ground publisher Emily Trenholm discuss the local eviction crisis, its causes, and its impact on neighborhoods and families. 

Feb 22

31 min

Anna Mullins from New Memphis and Chloe Moore from NEXT Memphis join publisher Emily Trenholm for a preview of the upcoming TEDx conference. The 2020 edition of the locally produced TEDx event will take place Saturday, February 22, at Crosstown Concourse Theatre.

Feb 14

22 min

BraNdis Leverette and Crystal Chopin with Oasis of Hope discuss the organization’s work serving the Bickford-Bearwater neighborhoods and its partnership with High Ground. We’re training residents to report their neighborhood’s news.

Feb 9

34 min

Yancy Villa-Calvo is working on an Orange Mound documentation piece with the students of Melrose and a historian scholar from University of Memphis.

Jan 31

27 min

High Ground editor Cole Bradley and publisher Emily Trenholm discuss the publication's new focus on North Memphis neighborhoods with Deveney Perry from BLDG Memphis, who reports on what's she's learned in working with neighborhood stakeholders over the past two years. 

Jan 28

19 min

On the Ground publisher Emily Trenholm is joined by Wendy Holmes from the Minneapolis-based Artspace and Sabrina Norwood from Young Actors Guild. The Artspace Immersion: Memphis program is helping ten local arts organization with a variety of real estate projects - from determining their space needs to constructing completely new facilities.

Jan 17

26 min

The Mid-South Coliseum will soon see revitalizing events inside the building for the first time in 14 years. Marvin Stockwell and Chooch Pickard with the Coliseum Coalition discuss the history, significance, and condition of building, and how you can see inside the Coliseum before the first event. 

Jan 14

53 min

High Ground’s Emily Trenholm and Cole Bradley along with our podcast producer, Natalie Van Gundy, reflect on our first year of our On the Ground Podcast, including favorite moments and biggest impacts. 

Jan 3

34 min

On the Ground lead writer A. J. Dugger talks with the family behind B Chill Lemonade about how they got started and what's next for the luxury lemonade brand.

Dec 2019

25 min

A few years ago, Gaisman Park was seedy and neglected. Now there are hundreds of kids and families there each week. Chris Collier, founder of Friends of Gaisman, and Christina Crutchfield, community coordinator with Heights CDC, discuss the turn around and the power of passionate people investing in their neighborhoods.

Dec 2019

38 min

If there’s no one investing in you, invest in yourself. Britney Thornton, founder of JUICE Orange Mound, is on a mission to mobilize residents to revitalize the neighborhood on their own terms.

Dec 2019

55 min

World Relief Memphis’ PJ Moore and Basuze Madogo speak to the experiences of refugees resettling in Memphis, why immigrants are critical to a robust local economy, and new national policies resulting in historic lows in the number of new refugees entering the U.S.

Nov 2019

43 min

Justin Merrick and Lenell Burton from Center for Transforming Communities join High Ground to discuss CTC's expansion into new neighborhoods, the role of artists in connecting neighbors, and the power of storytelling as communities experience change. 

Nov 2019

34 min

The High Ground News team welcomes Veronica Johnson, On the Ground project manager for Issue Media Group, to discuss how the On The Ground embedded journalism program is being implemented in other cities. 

Nov 2019

29 min

Kristin Fox-Trautman with Inspire Community Cafe in Binghampton talks about the growing business and its unique model to build community that includes a living wage, supporting area nonprofits and sourcing produce grown in the neighborhood.

Oct 2019

30 min

We talk history, industry, and community in Hickory Hill and get the details on the upcoming Hickory Hill resource and career fair on October 19 from guests Davida Cruthird with Agape Child and Family Services and Candace Taylor with Power Center CDC.

Oct 2019

24 min

Meghan Medford and Mirna Garcia from the Summer Avenue Merchant's Association join High Ground to talk about the recent installation of international flags on the commercial corridor, as well as SAMA's  efforts to remove blight, reduce crime, and make Summer a destination for dining and shopping. 

Sep 2019

17 min

John Paul Shaffer with BLDG Memphis and Greg Love with The Works Inc. discuss BLDG Memphis' survey of Memphis mayoral and city council candidates, the biggest issues facing Memphis' neighborhoods and the importance of responsible and responsive policy.

Sep 2019

28 min

Marquiepta Odom with the YWCA of Greater Memphis and Sherica Hymes, founder of Total Woman Summit, discuss this year's summit on September 30, the YWCA's work to support families fleeing domestic violence and how the summit and the YWCA are working separately and together to empower women to put themselves first.

Sep 2019

34 min

Jared Myers from The Heights CDC joins the team to discuss High Ground's new Community Contributor training program, which aims to attract and train residents to become neighborhood-based freelance writers. 

Sep 2019

25 min

Chris Coleman and Bianca Delgado with Teach for America discuss how TFA is training passionate educators and education advocates across the country and gush with High Ground's Cole Bradley over Treadwell Elementary here in Memphis.

Aug 2019

29 min

Rain or Shine umbrella-share is part public art, part community service. It debuts August 28 in Madison Heights. Cat Pena and Stacey Early with Creatives in Research reflect on the months of community listening that led them to umbrellas as a way to serve all of the neighborhood's diverse communities and needs.

Aug 2019

27 min

Ellen Roberds and Nibaruta Fidel with Play Where You Stay talk soccer, competition and how to make the game fun and accessible for all kids in any neighborhood, regardless of financial need.

Aug 2019

23 min

Meet A.J. Dugger, our newest core team member and On the Ground’s lead writer, and hear the team’s first thoughts on our newest On the Ground neighborhood, Hickory Hill.

Aug 2019

24 min

Paul Young, director of the city's division of housing and community development and John Paul Shaffer, executive director of BLDG Memphis, discuss the recent creation of a local trust fund that will help support the creation and preservation of affordable housing.

Aug 2019

23 min

Yancy Villa-Calvo and Mauricio Calvo, local coordinators for the national Gateways for Growth initiative, discuss the economic, cultural and civic contributions of local immigrant communities, and how Memphis can harness and grow those impacts by making institutions of all kinds more welcoming and accessible. 

Jul 2019

35 min

The High Ground team welcomes Mark Fleischer, founder and editor of Storyboard Memphis, a year-old monthly newspaper focused on stories and issues of local interest. 

Jul 2019

32 min

Continuing a series of discussions on homeownership, Tennessee Housing Development Agency's Ralph Perrey and United Housing's Amy Schaftein join High Ground to talk about down payment assistance programs, homebuyer education, and other state-supported  initiatives making a difference in Memphis.

Jun 2019

26 min

Habitat for Humanity’s Jessica Hord and Habitat homeowner Brandi Hunter talk homeownership and building community in Memphis’ Uptown neighborhood and beyond.

Jun 2019

24 min

Angela Garland and David Jordan dive into Agape Child and Family Services' mission to keep kids out of foster care and reduce poverty by working alongside some of Memphis' most at-risk youth and families. This summer they're hosting camps in Frayser, Whitehaven and Hickory Hill that take their kids around the world with a global curriculum. 

Jun 2019

23 min

High Ground News' Emily Trenholm hosts Abby Miller and Susannah Barton from the Memphis Medical District Collaborative for a discussion about assets, opportunities and story ideas in High Ground's latest focus neighborhood. 

May 2019

31 min

Andy Nix and Khalil Castal of MyCityRides join High Ground’s Cole Bradley to discuss how there lease-to-own scooter program is helping Memphians access personal transportation, see more of their city and save thousands of dollars in annual transportation costs.

May 2019

23 min

High Ground News editor Madeline Faber interviews Tamara Hendrix and Dana Brooks, who provide services to Memphis' homeless population. They weigh in on the lack of resources available to women and their hopes for a new emergency shelter that will serve women Downtown.

May 2019

21 min

High Ground's Cole Bradley sits down with Stephanie Reyes, director of development for OUTMemphis, the region's largest LGBT+ resource center, to discuss its holistic youth services and Metamorphosis Project.

Apr 2019

28 min

Federico Gomez and Brigitte Billeaudeaux speak about the Mariposas Collective, a grassroots group of Memphians who provide supplies and support to asylum seekers who are traveling across the U.S. in Greyhound buses. 

Apr 2019

23 min

High Ground News hosts Josh Campbell from Spillit Memphis for a discussion about storytelling and its power to build community and elevate resident voices in Memphis neighborhoods. 

Apr 2019

31 min

The High Ground News editorial team reflects on their four months of embedded research and reporting in the University District with neighborhood leader Cody Fletcher.

Apr 2019

23 min

Roshun Austin of The Works, Inc. and Austin Harrison of Neighborhood Preservation Inc. examine a redlining map from the 1930s, its implications for modern-day Memphis and local strategies to breakdown housing inequality 85 years after redlining was introduced and 50 years since it was outlawed.

Mar 2019

33 min

Justin Gillis of the Crosstown CDC and Porsche Stevens of Crosstown Arts reveal more about the greater Crosstown neighborhood, from its long history to its diverse mix of small businesses.

Mar 2019

29 min

Professional actors Ann Wallace and Leslie Jones of Playback Memphis share how their live improv theater is being used to help kids improve social-emotional learning and reduce bullying.  

Mar 2019

24 min

Can youth engagement be a crime prevention technique? In the North Memphis area of Hollywood-Hyde Park, community leaders have used city funds from the Memphis Police Department to sponsor free meals and activities for neighborhood children.

Mar 2019

25 min

Ebony Archie from UrbanArt Commission and local artist Khara Woods discuss new public art installations that are being designed around themes of sustainability and environmental issues.

Feb 2019

26 min

Cole Bradley sits down with two members of a planning team working on a playbook for community development in the University District that puts the University of Memphis at the center of equitable neighborhood growth.

Feb 2019

26 min

Dr. Krista Johnson, the executive director of ALLMemphis, answers if children in poverty and other adverse circumstances learn differently and how Memphis schools can adapt to meet their literacy needs.

Feb 2019

23 min

Angelica Carey of the Office of Planning and Development and Trey McKnight from the Greater Whitehaven Economic Redevelopment Corp. talk about how Memphis' new comprehensive plan is laying the groundwork for the potential redevelopment of Whitehaven Plaza.

Feb 2019

28 min

Lawrence Matthews (AKA Don Lifted) and James Dukes (AKA IMAKEMADBEATS) join Madeline Faber to discuss how a Black-owned arts space nourishes the existing arts scene and complements the surrounding neighborhood of Orange Mound.

Jan 2019

26 min

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