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A weekly take on business news in central Indiana, brought to you by Krieg DeVault. For more, go to IBJ.com.

The IBJ Podcast Indianapolis Business Journal

    • Business News
    • 4.7, 21 Ratings

A weekly take on business news in central Indiana, brought to you by Krieg DeVault. For more, go to IBJ.com.

    Pete the Planner on derailed college, early professional careers

    Pete the Planner on derailed college, early professional careers

    The pandemic has raised all kinds of new questions about college and student loans—and the value of an online education versus attending in person. 
    Plus, what do you do if you graduated in May and still don't have a job?
    Host Mason King explores those issues and more with IBJ columnist Peter "Pete the Planner" Dunn.
    Also, read Dunn's latest column here.
    The IBJ Podcast is brought to you by the law firm Krieg DeVault.

     
     
     

    • 24 min
    The owner of Windsor Jewelry talks about surviving the riots and pandemic

    The owner of Windsor Jewelry talks about surviving the riots and pandemic

    Windsor Jewelry, located just south of the Circle on Meridian Street, was one of the businesses hardest hit by the riots that followed Black Lives Matter protests at the end of May.
     
    The vandalism and looting came just days after Windsor Jewelry reopened following the pandemic shutdown. 
     
    The store is open again now, and the owner, Greg Bires, talked with podcast host Mason King about the one-two punch of the pandemic and violence and what it will take for Windsor and for downtown to recover.
     
    Plus, hear from Mayor Joe Hogsett, who spoke to IBJ's editorial board last month about some of the very problems Bires is concerned about for downtown.
     
    The IBJ Podcast is brought to you by the law firm Krieg DeVault.

     
     

    • 29 min
    This couple developed a robot that will kill the coronavirus in your workplace

    This couple developed a robot that will kill the coronavirus in your workplace

    Diana Brugh is a microbiologist with experience working with bacteria- and virus-killing ultraviolet lights. Her husband, Jason Brugh, is one of the state’s foremost robotics experts. And together, they've created a coronavirus-killing robot that they've just moved into the market.
     
    UVNinja Lux is the first product from the couple's newest company, AutoBio Reduction. It moves around a workplace (after mapping the space) and uses ultraviolet let to kill bacteria and viruses. 
     
    Diana and Jason talks with podcast host Mason King about how they were able develop the product in just weeks, what it has been like working together, and what the robot costs. Plus, Diana explains her family's experience with the coronavirus that helped motivate the project.
     
    To learn more, check out IBJ reporter Anthony Schoettle's story about AutoBio Reduction.
     
    The IBJ Podcast is brought to you by the law firm Krieg DeVault.

     

    • 28 min
    Indy's top doc on the COVID response, masks, contact tracing, second wave

    Indy's top doc on the COVID response, masks, contact tracing, second wave

    Dr. Virginia Caine has been in charge of the Marion County Public Health Department since 1994. Over her tenure she has fought waves of public health crises including HIV and AIDS, the H1N1 pandemic in 2009 and the ongoing scourge of black infant mortality. But never has she taken such a visible and constant public role of authority as she has over the last five months of the coronavirus crisis. For Indianapolis, she is as one of the key interpreters of data, prime shapers of policy and chief evangelizers for protective measures.
    IBJ reporter Lindsey Erdody interviewed Dr. Caine last week about the frustrations and challenges of tackling the pandemic. Caine addresses the current state of local testing and contact tracing. She explains the reasoning behind the recent mask mandate and when it will be possible to make a call on running the Indianapolis 500. And she has an emphatic message for Marion Country residents who might not see the wisdom of following public health recommendations.
    The IBJ Podcast is brought to you by the law firm Krieg DeVault.

     
     

    • 33 min
    When will office workers return to downtown Indy?

    When will office workers return to downtown Indy?

    Before the pandemic hit Indianapolis in March, some 155,000 people were working regularly downtown. In the weeks after Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered all non-essential workers to go home, just 5% or so of those workers remained. Essentially, the Mile Square became a ghost town.
    Today, some of those workers are returning. Many restaurants are open again. And a few offices are open.
    But IBJ reporters Samm Quinn and Anthony Schoettle spent a week talking with the leaders of downtown companies and learned that many are delaying plans to bring workers back to the office. 
    What are the ramifications for downtown? That's the subject of this week's podcast.
    Want to know more? See Quinn and Schoettle's story at IBJ.com.
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    The IBJ Podcast is brought to you by the law firm Krieg DeVault.

     

    • 29 min
    Pete the Planner explains what's scaring him about the economy right now

    Pete the Planner explains what's scaring him about the economy right now

    It's been nearly four months since host Mason King sat down with Peter "Pete the Planner" Dunn to talk about personal finance. In fact, their last get together took place in person—and it was March 12, what some are now calling Black Thursday 2020, the day Wall Street suffered its largest single-day percentage drop since 1987.
    Pete talks about what he got right and wrong about the economy, jobs and the stock market the last time he and King talked. And Pete explains what is scaring him the most about the economy right now.
    Plus, he offers advice for people who are in financial trouble right now because of the pandemic, those who are at risk of trouble and those who are likely to escape relatively unscathed, if not in a better position than when the pandemic started.
    You can read more in Dunn's "Pete the Planner" columns for IBJ.
     
    The IBJ Podcast is brought to you by the law firm Krieg DeVault.

     

    • 32 min

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The voice of Indianapolis

IBJ’s first venture into the podcasting world successfully continues a growing need for podcast reporting at the local level. Whether a listener is commuting downtown, sipping their morning coffee or working at their desk, the funky intro beat appropriately ushers them into the day’s top news story. Solid interviews introduce the listener to story subjects and the reporters who break the story. Host Mason King is a smooth moderating talking head who asks the right questions to journalists. However, the podcast is missing an overview of other top IBJ stories. My personal taste for news podcasts include a list of quick news bits from the day’s paper at the beginning or end of a podcast. Maybe a quick sound bite of an interview to accompany the news bits too. Although, I just listened to the podcast about the Indiana Pacers Bike Share program and loved how the episode interviewed one of the sources. Even though it could have benefitted from King’s direction, Scholette’s interview with the program director stood out from previous episodes because it gives a source of the story a voice as well. Perhaps interviewing sources could become a staple for future episodes? Originally from around South Bend, the bike share story in particular draws parallels with the increase in scooter and bike share programs around ND. The program subjects such as the midterm elections speak in accordance to Indianapolis, but like every local area, some subjects contribute to the national conversation. Kudos to IBJ for starting on the right foot and getting ahead of the curve. The Indy Star and other local media need to be taking notes.

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