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A podcast about Raleigh. By some people from Raleigh. With guests who inform us about Raleigh stuff.

Podcast Raleigh Ashton & Hayes

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 44 Ratings

A podcast about Raleigh. By some people from Raleigh. With guests who inform us about Raleigh stuff.

    Tinu Diver, Filmmaker "This Belongs To Us"

    Tinu Diver, Filmmaker "This Belongs To Us"

    Tinu Diver is an attorney, writer, community activist and filmmaker who went from tinkering with a camera to make her first movie in elementary school in Maryland to being featured at the Sundance Film Festival. In between, she graduated from UNC's Creative Writing Program and UNC Law and pursued (and continues to pursue) a number of different interests, including a return to filmmaking.

    She has done shorter films on the tradition of quilting and NC's Highway 98 and her current project is her biggest film yet. "This Belongs To Us" explores southern, Black, female craft beer brewers in the South and examines how a process that began in Africa became synonymous with white dudes. You can follow the film's social media accounts @ThisBelongsToUs and check out their website (and help fund the project!) here.

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Eric Woodall, NC Theatre

    Eric Woodall, NC Theatre

    Up until barely a week before North Carolina Theatre's "9 to 5" opened--its first large production since pandemic restrictions began in 2020--Eric Woodall, the show's director and NCT's Producing Artistic Director, hadn't even seen the faces of all the cast members, since they were still practicing in masks. The precautions, the long layoff, the "what ifs" of constantly testing waiting for results are all part of getting back to the stage. But they're balanced by an excitement and enthusiasm to be back to performing before live audiences.

    Eric has seen the development of Raleigh's theater scene over 40 years and now has the extremely large but extremely fun task of selecting the shows, picking the cast and putting on the 6 yearly productions for NC Theatre's season. We talked with him about the larger Raleigh theatre scene, as well as what folks can expect with a return to shows for NCT and what it means to be a professional equity theatre.

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    • 48 min
    Kristen Hess, HH Architecture

    Kristen Hess, HH Architecture

    Kristen Hess didn't always knew she wanted to work in architecture, but she always knew she should be in charge. Once she discovered an architect is akin to being the conductor of a symphony--bringing out the best of all the various players to create a piece--she knew it was for her. And once she came to Raleigh to study design at N.C. State, she never left.

    Now she leads a firm that is helping shape what our city and state (and beyond) will look like for generations. The firm she founded and leads, HH Architecture, has worked on numerous projects involving museums, parks, schools, community colleges, government buildings and more, including the upcoming Dueling Dinosaurs exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (which you can hear more about in our interview with Dr. Lindsay Zanno!). We specifically discuss three projects she has worked on--the North Carolina Zoo, the State Farmers Market and the N.C. State Fairground--that are quintessential to life in this state.

    Hess has been a Marshall and Eisenhower Fellow, allowing her to broaden her contacts and knowledge, and she uses those experiences not only in her work, but in giving back to her community. She serves on the Greater Raleigh Chamber Executive Committee, the Governor’s Council on Historically Underutilized Businesses, as well as the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of North Carolina Coastal Pines.

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    • 1 hr
    Gordon Grubb, Grubb Ventures

    Gordon Grubb, Grubb Ventures

    As with any business venture, when deciding how to approach a project developers have to think about whether or not it's profitable. Gordon Grubb and his team almost always have a second, maybe equally as important issue to ponder: what will their neighbors think?

    When Grubb left running his family business to start Grubb Ventures in the early 2000s, he did so in part to focus on projects that were close to home. Among the benefits were more time to spend with his family (and whatever handful of professional and philanthropic boards he is serving on at any given time), but it had also helped him develop a reputation as one of the best developers in the Triangle. His area of expertise is the area.

    We talked to Gordon about projects at Glenwood Place, on Oberlin Road, and the Atlantic/Whitaker Mill area, asked him about the hot topic of affordable housing and even found out what famous Raleighite got him to join the Peloton movement!

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    Subscribe to Podcast Raleigh on your favorite podcast sites so you never miss an episode, and if you enjoy it we'd love for you to rate or read a comment:

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    Google: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Inzk5woxrsjwf3zhd5vv3av4yei

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Sarah & Jeff Shepherd, Heights House Hotel

    Sarah & Jeff Shepherd, Heights House Hotel

    Have you ever constantly walked or driven passed a piece of property and thought, "You know what would be perfect here?" Sarah Shepherd had that same thought and, with the help of her husband Jeff, has turned withering Boylan Heights house Montford Hall into a stunning boutique hotel and event space: Heights House.

    We talked to Sarah and Jeff about the history of the property, the process of obtaining it and renovating it and what to expect when it starts serving guests in May. Our topics ranged from the trivial, but necessary ("is it haunted?")  to the more serious ("did such a huge joint undertaking strain your relationship?").

    Check out their website for room bookings and future events and their instagram page (@heightshousenc) for before, during and after pics of the property!

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    Subscribe to Podcast Raleigh on your favorite podcast sites so you never miss an episode, and if you enjoy it we'd love for you to rate or read a comment:

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    • 1 hr
    Aaron Thomas, WRAL TV reporter

    Aaron Thomas, WRAL TV reporter

    When a pivot during college sent him on a track from studying political science to broadcast journalism, Aaron Thomas already had an idea of where the best place to be a TV reporter might be: at WRAL, the local news station he grew up watching. Having now been a reporter at a few other local new stations outside of North Carolina, Thomas now has an even greater appreciation for the Triangle market he gets to cover.

    We talked to him about the journey to television, where Raleigh ranks as a place to be a news reporter and what a year of covering protests and pandemic events--all while adapting to safety precautions that kept him out of studio and away from photographers--and what the morale is in the news industry these days. We also asked about the best ways to eat thin mints and where social media fits in his work-life balance. Aaron is such a positive, upbeat spirit--it's hard not to come away from a conversation with him smiling!

    Please support the businesses who support us: Papa Murphy's Take N Bake Pizza of Raleigh and Steele Residential.

    Subscribe to Podcast Raleigh on your favorite podcast sites so you never miss an episode, and if you enjoy it we'd love for you to rate or read a comment:

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/podcast-raleigh/id1458907220

    Google: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Inzk5woxrsjwf3zhd5vv3av4yei

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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

3x1ymom ,

Love the episode with Coach Moton!

I have admired Coach Moton since he was at West Millbrook Middle School. The pace is great, the format is great. Well rounded topics. This was my first episode so the bar is pretty high for me, but I am sure Ashton and Hayes can keep hitting it.

dtlbkris ,

Keeping tabs on my hometown from afar

Really enjoy Podcast Raleigh, as it highlights community news and happenings. Raleigh is where I grew up, was educated, and cut my teeth career-wise. Now living on the west coast, Ashton and Hayes keep me up to speed on the scoop and provide insight from many of the leaders moving the city forward. Couple ideas for future shows:

1. Gotta delve more into the college sports rivalries that define triangle water cooler talk. Maybe around March madness?
2. Ernie from the city museum. Let him talk history about the capital city.
3. Greenway planner - the Raleigh Greenway system is a treasure by national standards.

Keep up the great work!

oakwoodian ,

Relevant content, informative guests - one nit to pick

Really have enjoyed getting to know this podcast. You discuss news that is relevant to me. Your site of guests is fantastic in showing a range of Raleigh now always highlighted in other media outlets.

I do have one complaint. The volume is inconsistent to the point where I am regularly adjusting the control. Hayes seems distant from the microphone as I often struggle to hear him.

Thanks and keep up the great work

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