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A Circle in a Square is a podcast about following your dreams and noticing how we're all connected. I live in the heart of a big small town called Orange. Its historic downtown is known as Old Towne and at the juicy center of this one square mile, you'll find a circle, right there within a square. Once upon a time, it was a mere square where people gathered known as the Plaza, but then a traffic circle was built and the debate between whether it's The Circle or it's The Plaza was born. I write about this place because it's been reborn over the last 10 years and there's a lot to say about the sense of community one square mile can bring about. But something about living in a big, small town and being connected with my community inspires me. Getting to know my neighbors, our small business owners and the people that make places so special sparks a curiosity in me to know more, to be more aware and to just talk to other people. This people connection is what drives me and if people and their stories drive you, then settle in with me as I dive into these stories that make places that curate moments that inspire.

A Circle in a Square Kelly Borgen

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

A Circle in a Square is a podcast about following your dreams and noticing how we're all connected. I live in the heart of a big small town called Orange. Its historic downtown is known as Old Towne and at the juicy center of this one square mile, you'll find a circle, right there within a square. Once upon a time, it was a mere square where people gathered known as the Plaza, but then a traffic circle was built and the debate between whether it's The Circle or it's The Plaza was born. I write about this place because it's been reborn over the last 10 years and there's a lot to say about the sense of community one square mile can bring about. But something about living in a big, small town and being connected with my community inspires me. Getting to know my neighbors, our small business owners and the people that make places so special sparks a curiosity in me to know more, to be more aware and to just talk to other people. This people connection is what drives me and if people and their stories drive you, then settle in with me as I dive into these stories that make places that curate moments that inspire.

    BONUS: Ghost Stories with Haunted OC: Part 2

    BONUS: Ghost Stories with Haunted OC: Part 2

    BOO! This is part 2 of an episode we did last year at Halloween (Part 1 is Episode 24). If you haven’t heard of Haunted OC, you’re missing out on the spook! Ernie Alonzo and Charles Spratley have been doing haunted ghost tours of Orange County cities for over 10 years! They conduct their tours year-round, rain or shine (and Kelly has done a tour in both rain AND shine!) They started their tours in Old Towne Orange when Ernie began his research on the antique shops around the Plaza and the eerie stories that would happen in them. Ernie shares that the Antique Depot consistently had the best spooky stories - which sparked the beginning of the tours. Charles started his own ghost tour company in San Diego as a passion project but moved to Orange County for a life change. He started working for Disneyland and one day, when he was talking to a park guest named Joe, he told him his interest in ghost tours. Joe ended up saying, “You need to meet my cousin Ernie!” and the rest is history. Ernie and Charles met up by the fountain in the Old Towne Orange Plaza and that’s how Haunted Orange County was born! On this episode, Kelly, Ernie and Charles discuss their outside passions, the crazy story of how they were connected, and some of their most favorite spooky ghost stories! I’m serious y’all - you won’t want to miss these very fun spooky stories from right here in our own backyard. 
    Thank you, Ernie and Charles, for being our guests on the podcast! Happy Halloween, everyone!

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    Charles’ Book:
    https://www.amazon.com/Piercing-Veil-Examining-Haunted-History/dp/0764341405
    Find Haunted OC online!
    Website: https://www.hauntedoc.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HauntedOrangeCounty/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hauntedorangecounty/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/hauntedorange


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    Thank you, everyone, for listening! Leave us a comment and share our podcast with your friends - especially those easily spooked! 


    Produced and Hosted by: Kelly Borgen
    Produced and Edited by: Marshall Scott
    Podcast Recorded in Orange, California
    All Rights Reserved.


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    • 16 min
    Taco Tuesday: An OTO Season FINALE - What's Juicy

    Taco Tuesday: An OTO Season FINALE - What's Juicy

    This week is our wrapup episode for Season 2 of a Circle in A Square! Don’t worry, this is only goodbye for  now...and Alex and Lindsay have a delicious segment of What’s Juicy in store for you! If you didn’t already know, Old Towne Orange has some pretty great taco joints, so we brought on a special guest, coworker, and taco enthusiast, Faathima, to help us celebrate Taco Tuesday! We’ve loved every minute of chatting with so many wonderful and inspiring people in OTO, and we can’t thank you enough for supporting us every week. Who will our next round of exciting guests be? Keep following along with us on our social media pages for updates! 

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    https://shop.iheartoldtowneorange.com/
    BECOME A PATRON AND GET COOL STUFF!
    Do you enjoy #CircleSquarePodcast? Then please consider supporting us on Patreon. We’ve got 2 easy levels to show your support, and both involve a super cute custom-made sticker! Join us today.
    https://www.patreon.com/iheart
     
    Thank you to our featured sponsors:
    Orange Realty: http://orangerealty.com/
    Stearn’s Home Loans: https://www.stearns.com/
     
    Follow I Heart OTO On Social Media!
    Website (Sign Up for our Newsletter): http://iheartoldtowneorange.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IHeartOldTowneOrange/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iheartoldtowneorange/
     
    Thank you, everyone, for listening! Leave us a comment and share our podcast with your friends!
    Produced and Hosted by: Lindsay Gerner and Alexandra McDermott
    Produced and Edited by: Marshall Scott
    Podcast Recorded in Orange, California
    All Rights Reserved.
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    • 19 min
    Alex and Lindsay's Juicy Recap: Lessons We've Learned in Quarantine!

    Alex and Lindsay's Juicy Recap: Lessons We've Learned in Quarantine!

    The I Heart team has interviewed some pretty incredible people for season two of A Circle in A Square, and we couldn’t be more grateful for everyone’s patience and willingness to make it work virtually during quarantine! On this episode, Alex and Lindsay reflect on a few of their favorite inspirational guests and the biggest takeaways they’ve learned while diving into this adventure called podcasting. We hope you have felt inspired, uplifted, and filled with a sprinkle of joy while turning in this season. May this juicy recap inspire you to go back and have a listen to a few of our faves, and we just want to say THANK YOU for supporting us on this journey! 
    We've got merch! Buy Old Towne Orange merchandise, tees, mugs, hats, clothes and more!
    https://shop.iheartoldtowneorange.com/
    BECOME A PATRON AND GET COOL STUFF!
    Do you enjoy #CircleSquarePodcast? Then please consider supporting us on Patreon. We’ve got 2 easy levels to show your support, and both involve a super cute custom-made sticker! Join us today.
    https://www.patreon.com/iheart
     
    Thank you to our featured sponsors:
    Orange Realty: http://orangerealty.com/
    Stearn’s Home Loans: https://www.stearns.com/
     
    Follow I Heart OTO On Social Media!
    Website (Sign Up for our Newsletter): http://iheartoldtowneorange.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IHeartOldTowneOrange/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iheartoldtowneorange/
     
    Thank you, everyone, for listening! Leave us a comment and share our podcast with your friends!
    Produced and Hosted by: Lindsay Gerner and Alexandra McDermott
    Produced and Edited by: Marshall Scott
    Podcast Recorded in Orange, California
    All Rights Reserved.
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    • 33 min
    Ramya Sinha, Two-Term President of the Black Student Union at Chapman University - Peeling Back the Layers

    Ramya Sinha, Two-Term President of the Black Student Union at Chapman University - Peeling Back the Layers

    Ramya Sinha was the perfect guest for this week’s podcast. Ramya is a rising junior at Chapman University and extremely involved! She is a Business major with a Sociology and Africana Studies double minor. She is a member of ChapTones a cappella, Gamma Phi sorority and is President of the Black Student Union (BSU) at Chapman University for the second year. She has a lot on her plate, and she handles it with grace. 
    In this episode, Ramya and our first-time host, Marshall, discuss Ramya’s time at Chapman. They dive into Ramya’s experience as a black woman at Chapman, her experience being the President of the longest-standing club at Chapman, and the BSU Action Plan that she has presented in efforts to create institutional change at Chapman University. The action plan clearly outlines 12 practices and changes that BSU and their supporters demand to see at Chapman University, and Marshall and Ramya discuss just a few of them on the podcast. Ramya is filled with passion in everything she does so you are sure to enjoy this episode of Peeling Back the Layers. Sign the petition below to support the fight for equality at Chapman and in our Orange community. 

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    BECOME A PATRON AND GET COOL STUFF!
    Do you enjoy #CircleSquarePodcast? Then please consider supporting us on Patreon. We’ve got 2 easy levels to show your support, and both involve a super cute custom-made sticker! Join us today.
    https://www.patreon.com/iheart
     
    Find BSU and Sign the Petition:
    BSU Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chapmanbsu/?hl=en
    BSU Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ChapmanUniversityBlackStudentUnion/
    Action Plan: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NuAFuEbxy2wzv02_xnsLATXloZImwy3gzkE_Svem6uA/edit
    Action Plan Petition: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6P3HQC3hmMdaXzCR6r7qRs4Dt7ffGBXxfjCypM1O4VwlSOg/viewform
    More BSU resources: https://linktr.ee/chapmanbsu
    Ramya Sinha: https://www.instagram.com/ramya_sinha/?hl=en
    Ramya’s Music: https://lnkfi.re/TfzE0ay4
     
    Thank you to our sponsors:
    Orange Realty: http://orangerealty.com/
    Stearn’s Home Loans: https://www.stearns.com/
     
    Follow I Heart OTO On Social Media!
    Website (Sign Up for our Newsletter): http://iheartoldtowneorange.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IHeartOldTowneOrange/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iheartoldtowneorange/
     
    Thank you, everyone, for listening! Leave us a comment and share our podcast with your friends!
    Produced and Hosted by: Marshall Scott
    Produced and Edited by: Marshall Scott
    Podcast Recorded in Orange, California
    All Rights Reserved.
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    • 46 min
    What's Juicy - Orange Plaza Paseo Dining

    What's Juicy - Orange Plaza Paseo Dining

    Since the reopening of many OTO establishments, Kelly has enjoyed supporting our local businesses! Kelly has dined at Rutas, Smoqued, Pandor, Francoli's (twice!), and more! She came on for this solo episode to give us the rundown of where she has eaten, what she recommends, and even gave us some top tips for having a meal down in OTO! 

    Kelly even shared the news of an I Heart Old Towne Orange SHOP coming to the Circle soon! Thank you for listening everyone!
     
    We've got merch! Buy Old Towne Orange merchandise, tees, mugs, hats, clothes and more!
    https://shop.iheartoldtowneorange.com/
    BECOME A PATRON AND GET COOL STUFF!
    Do you enjoy #CircleSquarePodcast? Then please consider supporting us on Patreon. We’ve got 2 easy levels to show your support, and both involve a super cute custom-made sticker! Join us today.
    https://www.patreon.com/iheart
     
    Thank you to our featured sponsors:
    Orange Realty: http://orangerealty.com/
     
    Follow I Heart OTO On Social Media!
    Website (Sign Up for our Newsletter): http://iheartoldtowneorange.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IHeartOldTowneOrange/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iheartoldtowneorange/
     
    Thank you, everyone, for listening! Leave us a comment and share our podcast with your friends!
    Produced and Hosted by: Kelly Borgen
    Audio Produced and Edited by: Marshall Scott
    Podcast Recorded in Orange, California
    All Rights Reserved.


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    • 22 min
    The Old Towne Swing Dancer Matt Richey - What’s Juicy

    The Old Towne Swing Dancer Matt Richey - What’s Juicy

    Before Matt could talk, he would watch his sister in dance class and by the time he was home he would have her entire routine memorized. Before high school, he saw a dance team perform and as soon as he saw them, he knew that was what he wanted to do. So it’s fair to say Matt has been dancing his entire life. Matt moved to Orange 3 years ago with a goal to be around more swing dancers and like-minded people.
    Due to quarantine, all partner dancing and many dance events have closed down. Throughout this time, Matt couldn’t find the right outlet to dance so he started going on a walk everyday to get out of the house, and his walks always turned into a dance - whether he realized it or not! He just started dancing and a car would honk at him or wave - so he decided to just film his dances and bring a smile to more people, virtually! We found Matt on Instagram, and we definitely recommend you check out his page linked below. On this episode Matt, Lindsey, and Alex talk about how Matt started his Old Towne dancing videos, how he taught a dance at Disneyland’s Dapper Day, how the quarantine actually inspired this silver lining in Matt’s life. 
    DM Matt on Instagram to request a song Matt should dance to!


    We've got merch! Buy Old Towne Orange merchandise, tees, mugs, hats, clothes and more!
    https://shop.iheartoldtowneorange.com/
    BECOME A PATRON AND GET COOL STUFF!
    Do you enjoy #CircleSquarePodcast? Then please consider supporting us on Patreon. We’ve got 2 easy levels to show your support, and both involve a super cute custom-made sticker! Join us today.
    https://www.patreon.com/iheart
     
    Find Matt:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/digadigadoos/
     
    Thank you to our featured sponsors:
    Orange Realty: http://orangerealty.com/
    Stearn’s Home Loans: https://www.stearns.com/
     
    Follow I Heart OTO On Social Media!
    Website (Sign Up for our Newsletter): http://iheartoldtowneorange.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IHeartOldTowneOrange/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iheartoldtowneorange/
     
    Thank you, everyone, for listening! Leave us a comment and share our podcast with your friends!
    Produced and Hosted by: Lindsay Gerner and Alexandra McDermott
    Produced and Edited by: Marshall Scott
    Podcast Recorded in Orange, California
    All Rights Reserved.
    Support the show

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

hesserod ,

Awesome!

Such a positive and informative post cast. Kelly has guest that are relatable and inspiring. Love it!!

Danny Langhorne ,

Bingeworthy

I saw the podcast announcements on the I Heart Orange Instagram and finally got around to listening to Megan’s episode. Also binged Nancy and Shannon’s. Definitely subscribe if you love the city of Orange and interesting interviews.

FastFoodMaven ,

Lisa Gilmore rocks.

Loved listening to Lisa. She’s so nice. So funny. And makes the best grilled cheese sandwich! It was fontina cheese. I’ll never forget that flavor bomb sandwich #itwasntrigged — Judge Nancy!

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