Welcome to Nathan's Neighborhood with Nathan Arledge. This podcast will take you to the front porch, fire pit, barbecuing, ice cream melting down your arm on the deck conversations, where we have all been. You will hear stories, reflections and perspectives that you will relate and have life intersections with. There will be tears, laughter, and most importantly connection. Friends, welcome to the neighborhood.
Life Beyond Church with Matt Miofsky
Author, podcast host and pastor Matt Miofsky joins Nathan Arledge on the podcast today. Twenty years ago, Matt founded The Gathering UMC in St. Louis, MO, out of his love for community and connection. Matt has also written several books, holds a degree in mathematics, and hosts the podcast The F Word (faith).
Matt and Nathan speak about Matt's journey from math major to divinity studies to being a pastor. Matt talks about how to keep current congregants engaged while also reaching out to new ones too. Matt says that many times people struggling with issues in their life reject the church even though the problems they face are largely spiritual. Matt also talks about starting a church in St. Louis, shepherding the organization for more than 20 years, and how his years in that position have helped him make deeper and more meaningful connections.
Through the Lens with Jonathan Coleman
Little did 12 year-old Jonathan Coleman know at the time, but a photo he would take at his sister's softball game would be the spark for a career in photography and media, one that would eventually lead to him becoming the the PR director at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Jonathan would take his love of journalism and storytelling with him to school at Chapel Hill, professionally at local newspapers, and today representing North Carolina's grandest racing track.
Jonathan joins host Nathan Arledge to talk about how journalism is all about connection. Jonathan talks about how the essence of journalism is sparked by personal interest, and is an opportunity to build community. Jonathan also speaks about how the platform of journalism can be used for both good and bad.
Anne Wyatt Little
Good Day Charlotte host Anne Wyatt Little joins host Nathan Arledge on today's episode of Nathan's Neighborhood. Anne talks about her background in journalism from school at Southern Methodist University in Texas to Fox46 here in Charlotte. Nathan and Anne also talk about how news stories are chosen, how she deals with grief on the job, and what stories she's covered have been most impactful to her.
Gritty Truths and Gritty Realities with Justin LaFrancois
As the Black Lives Matter protests raged on during the summer of 2020, countless images of the protests flooded our social media feeds. In Charlotte, it was almost impossible to miss the images coming from Queen City Nerve, a local alt-weekly. It was thanks to the tireless effort of Justin LaFrancois, the paper's publisher and business manager, that many of those images hit home.
Justin joins Nathan for a conversation about journalism's role as a social tool, an instrument of activism. Justin (who never trained to be a journalist), believes journalism is community involvement in many ways. Part of a journalist's purpose is to get people involved, teach people about their community, and get them to care. Justin also talks about how focusing on the often underrepresented voices instead of the "view from the helicopter" makes QC Nerve's coverage unique.
Best Bad Choices with Fred Clasen-Kelly
Fred Clasen-Kelly is an investigative reporter with USA Today, who has spent many years covering the same kinds of neighborhoods that he grew up in in Saginaw, Michigan. As a low-income area, Saginaw helped Fred understand the power and impact of community at a young age.
Today, Fred tells the stories of those impacted most by discriminatory housing practices, employment and immigration issues, and government accountability. In his work, he sees the same stories of resilience he saw in his youth.
Fred talks to Nathan about growing up in Saginaw, seeing the effects of poverty and racism first hand, and what it means to have to make the "best" bad choice you can.
The Art of Juggling with Molly Grantham
Molly Grantham is a two-time Emmy-award winning journalist who has been named TV News Reporter of the Year for both Carolinas, one of Mecklenburg County’s “50 Most Influential Women” and most recently, Charlottean of the Year in 2020 by Charlotte Magazine. She published her second book last year in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, is a leader in social media, and is heavily involved in the Charlotte community.
Molly does all this while juggling the demands of being a mother. In today's episode of Nathan's Neighborhood, host Nathan Arledge talks to Molly about the concept of juggling. Both in terms of being the best news anchor she can be while also being the best parent she can be, but also balance in terms of how she does her job and how she delivers the news to her community. Molly also speaks to Nathan about being in the public spotlight, how she receives feedback and the unique scrutiny women in her position face.
Find out more about Molly on her website, mollygrantham.com.
The conversation flowed and welcomed the listener as if we were sitting around a patio table all together. Have already shared it with many friends and hope you will too. I look forward to the other episodes.
Thought-provoking and insightful
Fantastic podcast! Nathan is a gifted interviewer and knows where and how to find meaningful stories. The tone of the podcast is welcoming and approachable, and the interviews leave you with insights and perspectives to think about and process. Excellent listen!