Straight out of Eau Claire, Wisconsin comes a fun (if not funny!), informal, and upbeat monthly audio and video podcast featuring key local topics, engaging and insightful guests, and the diverse voices of local writers, talkers, and pontificators. It's like spending quality time listening to your (sometimes) smart and funny neighbors talk about the Chippewa Valley! And, check out more content every day at VolumeOne.org.
A Burger Lover’s Paradise. Guest: Nickolas Butler
Folks, fire up the grill because we’re back with an extra beefy Season Finale of the Volume One Podcast! This time, we’re joined by panelists Sheng Elizabeth Lor and Jordan Duroe to discuss the latest slew of burger joints coming to the Chippewa Valley (as if there weren’t enough already?).
Then we dive in on new murals, dinosaur sculptures, and the big renovations planned for the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Later on in the show, we got a real get in the form of best-selling author, novice turkey hunter, and former meat packer Nickolas Butler, whose latest book, Godspeed, is out in July. Plus: John Menard’s billions, new slogans for Country Jam, and … Quentin Taran-tacos?
Ep. 8: Hop Aboard the Chippewa Valley Choo Choo. Guest: Sarah Larsen
You know the saying: April showers bring May… events? Well, that’s definitely the case, as the Chippewa Valley opens things back up after a year of COVID quarantines, and that’s the topic of conversation in episode 8 of the Volume One Podcast.
Panelists Christina Wolff and Eric Rasmussen join us on the pod to chat about choo choos (or snazzy new Amtrack trains, for us adults here in the room) slated to hit the Chippewa Valley, a local amateur historian preserving history from the passenger seat of his 1971 Plymouth Satellite, and Farm Technology Days slated to roll into Eau Claire (with highly anticipated performances from Chris Kroeze)!
Later we’re joined by the incredible Sara Larsen of Downtown Eau Claire Inc., to chat about Creative Economy Month, which celebrates the blossoming creative movement in Eau Claire.
Then, we play a thrilling game of “Run the Numbers” with a whole heckuva lotta lambs, “Director’s Chair” with dorky movie titles and living sculptures in downtown Eau Claire, and wrap things up with “What’s in the Koozie”?
It’s a silly one, so get into it! Find this and other episodes in both audio and video formats on our site at http://volumeone.org/podcasts (volumeone.org/podcasts).
Ep 7: Who You Gonna Call? Ghost Kitchens. Guest: Benny Anderson
Happy Fool’s Spring, y’all! We’re back with episode 7 of the Volume One Podcast, and it’s such a good one.
Comedians Hannah Kabelitz and Cullen Ryan join us on the panel to tackle the latest and greatest in the Valley. We’re already winded thinking about Eau Claire’s new rooftop bar, there’s a new local Tesla ride share service (for that undeniable feeling of superiority), and we look at the culinary trend of ghost kitchens popping up around town. OoOoOo, don’t be scared!
Later, we’re joined by the great Benny Anderson of Visit Eau Claire to talk “dipstick marketing,” his wacky Guy Fieri impression, and why we should be feeling optimistic about tourism in the Valley.
Then we play a rousing game of Ramone’s or Olson’s and pitch some funny new slogans for the Oakwood Mall, Rock Fest, and Culver’s. It’s a silly one, so get into it!
Ep 6: A Chippewa Valley Turf War + Best Of Breakdown
Cold enough for ya? We’re beaming to you live from the frozen Chippewa Valley to bring you Episode 6 of the Volume One Podcast. This time, the V1 Editorial Brain Trust converges for the whole dang episode!
Editors Rebecca Mennecke and Tom Giffey are in the building to talk about a divisive, head-scratching flip of Eau Claire’s legendary “Turf House” that lit up comment sections this past week. The story combines everything our readers love: Unique places, history, real estate, gossip, arguing with each other, and snooping on other people’s property. Gotta love it.
Later on in the show, we dissect the results of our annual Best Of poll, rank Kwik Trips, talk about some sad corporate chain success stories, and ponder the Best Place To Buy A Butterfly Knife. Get into it!
Ep 5: Clairemont: Fury Road + Ode To Pagoda. Guest: Dennis Beale, mentor to minority youth
New year, new pod! Folks, we’re back with episode 5 of the Volume One Podcast, and it’s a real doozy. Panelists Jo Ellen Burke and Mike Paulus are in the building to cover an unforeseen (and strangely anonymous) update on the future of the pagoda from Jimmy Woo’s Restaurant. We talk roundabouts, therapy ponies, snow demons, and take a deep dive into a notorious local Facebook group called “You Know You’re From Eau Claire When…”
Later on, we’re joined by the one and only Dennis Beale to talk about his journey from the south-side of Chicago to Eau Claire, his business Power of Perception, and mentoring the next generation of African-American and biracial youth in the Valley.
Stick around for game time, where we play “Rise of the Machines” and a truly knockout round of “What’s In The Koozie?” Which of our guests takes the crown? Click play and find out.
Ep 4: 2020 - Kinda Trash / Trash / Super Trash? Guest: Soren Staff of Them Coulee Boys
It’s our last pod of the year, and we’re feeling reflective, y’all. So many national and worldwide trials dominated local life this year, but rest assured we had some pretty bad stuff happen here in the Chippewa Valley too, all to ourselves … Just for us, ya know?
Our panelists Sheng Elizabeth Lor and Sarah Jayne Johnson help us dissect all the depressing stuff that happened this year in the Valley, and pinpoint exactly how trash was 2020?
Later on we’re talkin’ tunes and pitching some new slogans for Menards and Leinie’s with Soren Staff, the renowned fantasy nerd and frontman of the highly successful Eau Claire bluegrass band, Them Coulee Boys! Happy Holidays, folks! Enjoy.
As a UWEC alumnus no longer in the Chippewa Valley, I so appreciate this. I think about moving back someday, and hearing what’s happening makes me feel connected to a city I love and miss. Thank you for making this happen!
It's so wonderful. I'm reminded every day why I chose to move here. Listening to this podcast is today's reminder. Eric did a great job hosting and the guests were stellar!
Been hoping for an Eau Claire podcast for years!
Thanks Volume One - looking forward to listening.