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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.

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    • 4.7, 67 Ratings

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.

    Eyeing Hurricanes: Why Are We Seeing a Rise in Powerful Storms?

    Eyeing Hurricanes: Why Are We Seeing a Rise in Powerful Storms?

    It’s just early August and North Carolina has already been hit by a hurricane. Last week, hurricane forecasters ramped up their predictions to “extremely active” for this year’s season.
    Spectrum News 1 Meteorologist Lee Ringer and North Carolina Climatologist Dr. Kathie Dello join us on this week’s episode of Tying It Together with Tim Boyum to discuss why conditions are so ripe this year for major hurricanes.
    We’ll also talk about why we have seen so many devastating storms in recent years, if it’s a trend, and how North Carolina’s climate continues to change.
    Also, get tips on how you can keep yourself and your family safe when disaster strikes.
     
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    • 35 min
    What It's Like to Guide a State Through a Pandemic in 2020

    What It's Like to Guide a State Through a Pandemic in 2020

    On this week’s episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, we get a behind the scenes look at the person leading the state as DHHS secretary during this pandemic.
    Dr. Mandy Cohen talks about what goes into making the decisions regarding restrictions, how she’s handling the criticisms behind some of those decisions, and what she thinks about the politicization of science.
    Dr. Cohen also talks about the potential for a vaccine and more rapid testing, and shares her thoughts as a parent on the debate over in-person learning.
    And later, we'll even find out what show she's been binging during the coronavirus. Tune into this week's episode and get to know the state's top doc.
     
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    • 37 min
    Can We Trust Polls in 2020? How Experts Are Forecasting the Election

    Can We Trust Polls in 2020? How Experts Are Forecasting the Election

    On this week’s episode of Tying It Together with Tim Boyum, we tackle the issue of polling and prognosticating in the 2020 election. 
    After the election in 2016, pollsters took a big hit. Now that we are once again hearing about polls almost every day, many wonder, have things changed? Can we trust polls? 
    Tim and Ben get national pollster and North Carolina resident Tom Jensen to weigh in on the subject. We also talk with Kyle Kondik of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, which is a nationally known newsletter focused on election forecasting. We will explain common misconceptions about sample size, margin of error, and get their latest take on the top North Carolina races. 
    Stay for the end, because we will also hear some hilarious stories from Jensen about the more outrageous poll questions he has used.
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    • 46 min
    Bonus Episode: His Wife Called Him a ‘Terrible Listener.’ So He Started a Podcast About Listening to Women

    Bonus Episode: His Wife Called Him a ‘Terrible Listener.’ So He Started a Podcast About Listening to Women

    Stuart Watson had a problem. After three decades as a Charlotte TV investigative journalist, he found himself fired and without a job. To make matters worse, his own wife was telling him he was a terrible listener.
    However, after some soul searching he found a new passion in life; listening and sharing the stories of everyday women in North Carolina who have overcome adversity. It's the focus of his podcast, ManListening.
    In this bonus episode of Tying it Together with Tim Boyum, we talk with Stuart and one of his guests, Stacie Pompili-Towe, and talk about the importance of listening.
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    • 36 min
    Remote Learning Tests Schools, Teachers, and Parents

    Remote Learning Tests Schools, Teachers, and Parents

    Every family in North Carolina will face some form of remote learning when kids return to school this August.
    On this episode of Tying It Together with Tim Boyum, we talk with experts about the decision and offer some very practical advice for parents and teachers while answering important questions like:
    Can our kids get a quality education online?   How can parents juggle work and school?   Later in the episode, we'll also discuss the potential impacts of having 18 months outside of a school building and why even the state's highest ranking education leader would consider holding his daughter back. 
    Our guests include Mark Johnson, the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Dr. Jeff Greene, a digital learning expert from the UNC School of Education.
    To find more information on school district plans in your area, click here.
     
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    • 36 min
    2020 Elections: What Role Will Southern Politics, History, and Strategy Play?

    2020 Elections: What Role Will Southern Politics, History, and Strategy Play?

    On this week's episode of Tying It Together with Tim Boyum, we take a look at the South’s role in the 2020 elections. 
    The death of George Floyd and demands for social justice have brought issues of racism and history back to the forefront with the South playing a starring role.  We talk with three experts on southern politics and history about how we define the South, get an explanation of the old Southern strategy, and what strategy we will see this fall. 
    Dr. Michael Bitzer from Catawba College, Dr. Susan Roberts from Davidson College, and Dr. Chris Cooper from Western Carolina University will give us their insight on the past and how the South could play a huge role in the 2020 election.
     
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

Crisco8890 ,

Greatest. Podcast. Ever.

Fun, informative, and interesting. If you care, even passively, about politics this is a must hear.

Arthur Curry51 ,

Not well done.

Low quality podcast. The podcaster has the charisma of potato; which is to say, none. Biased and not interesting.

enelsonpa ,

Waste of time listening to Thom Tillis on drywalls

For all the issues politicians are supposed to find solutions for and educating voters on, the Tillis podcast was dull and an insult to the listener's intelligence, assuming you like news above the 7th-grade level. This was Tillis pretending this is voter outreach with the cooperation of Spectrum. Another example of Spectrum not being the friend of regular folks who want to be informed.

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