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The business of culture \ The culture of business. Policy; media & tech; entrepreneurs and more. Full Disclosure airs on NPR member station VPM News.

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The business of culture \ The culture of business. Policy; media & tech; entrepreneurs and more. Full Disclosure airs on NPR member station VPM News.

    A Figure of Hope

    A Figure of Hope

    Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton has been fighting the odds ever since he was adopted as a newborn. Now in his 60s, he has fought cancer and dedicated his life to helping others struggling with illness and loss. As an author. Businessman. Advocate. Philanthropist.

    • 58 min
    The Battle of Navy Hill

    The Battle of Navy Hill

    VPM city hall reporter Roberto Roldan and Richmond For All's Chelsea Higgs Wise on how an ambitious public-private plan to replace Richmond's decrepit Coliseum both divided and united the city.

    • 58 min
    The Journey of Jorge Valdes

    The Journey of Jorge Valdes

    A poor Cuban immigrant's journey from honors student and star at the Federal Reserve Bank of Miami to obscene wealth with the Medellin cocaine cartel; to torture and federal prison; to a PhD and book publishing.

    • 58 min
    Making BizSense of It All

    Making BizSense of It All

    Richmond BizSense editor Michael Schwartz on scaling the digital journalism upstart; the Navy Hill debate; #RVADine; donuts; Scotts Addition; Manchester; Publix and much more.

    • 58 min
    The Reinvention of Mike Ledesma

    The Reinvention of Mike Ledesma

    Quits the grind of brokerage life; goes surfing in Hawaii; aces culinary school; washes dishes; busts tail at various restaurants in Honolulu, Baltimore, West Virginia and Richmond -- working up to opening his very own, Perch, in the ruins of an ancient Chinese restaurant. How Chef Mike Ledesma hustled.

    • 58 min
    Stoney's Points

    Stoney's Points

    Richmond, VA mayor Levar Stoney on his 2020 agenda. We discussed Monument Avenue, Navy Hill, schools, poverty, housing and the state of the Democrats in Virginia -- and nationally, into the presidential election.

    • 58 min

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An RVA gem

Richmond is fortunate to have an interviewer and host as thoughtful and insightful as Roben Farzad. The balance of granularity on local inner workings with larger pop-culture relevant topics and guests is an outsized value for a city Richmond’s size.

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SOOOOO interesting and insightful

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Great in-depth news program

I am continually amazed with the breadth and depth of topics covered on this program. From politics to economics to technology to religion, Roben digs beneath the surface to share an enlightening, insightful, engaging, and humorous conversation with his guests.

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