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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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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.

    'We're in the red zone': Senate leader on new session

    'We're in the red zone': Senate leader on new session

    This week, perhaps the state’s most powerful politician, Senator Phil Berger joins Tim to talk about the 2023 legislative session that kicks off in full this week. Sen. Berger dishes on Medicaid expansion, abortion, tax cuts, voter ID, medical marijuana, sports betting, whether North Carolina is truly a “purple” state, and so much more! This is a must listen to get a good sense of where Republicans plan to go this year as they are near a supermajority on Jones Street.

    • 43 min
    It's in the Game: Esports exploding in NC

    It's in the Game: Esports exploding in NC

    When you think of gaming and Esports you probably don’t think politics, but you probably should. The industry is exploding in growth and North Carolina finds itself in the center of it all. Picture arenas full of people with million dollar purses for the champion.
    But also imagine high school leagues that compete like any other school sport. Also, imagine kids learning marketing, coding, broadcasting and all kinds of skills beyond picking up a controller. 
    The legislature is involved with state funds and schools could soon play a larger role, as well. State Representative Jason Saine and Lenovo’s Jeff Palumbo join Tim for a fascinating discussion.

    • 39 min
    Looking back: The battle for speaker that changed NC politics forever

    Looking back: The battle for speaker that changed NC politics forever

    Last week, the battle over elected House Speaker Kevin McCarthy made headlines, but it also brought up memories of North Carolina’s very own speaker battle 20 years ago this month. It led to a co-speaker arrangement with a Democrat and a Republican. It also led to high drama, prison time for one of the speakers, and changes that are still being felt today. Three veteran political reporters who were there, Rob Christensen, Gary Robertson and Lynn Bonner, join Tim to talk about the wild times that changed North Carolina politics forever.

    • 35 min
    Is a recession looming? N.C. experts unpack 2023's economic forecast

    Is a recession looming? N.C. experts unpack 2023's economic forecast

    The economy in 2022 was full of news about inflation, a potential recession, and interest rates. So what’s in store for 2023? Two of North Carolina’s premiere economists, Dr. John Connaughton from UNC-Charlotte and NC State professor emeritus Dr. Michael Walden, join us with their forecast. Later, we also talk about the future of work in terms of technology and remote work.

    • 37 min
    2022 end of year extravaganza from U.S. Senate race to Medicaid expansion drama

    2022 end of year extravaganza from U.S. Senate race to Medicaid expansion drama

    Our annual tradition continues as Billy Warden and Brian Lewis join Tim to review another wild year in North Carolina politics.
    From the U.S. Senate race to the battle and drama around potential Medicaid expansion, there’s no shortage of topics to review.
    Billy Warden, from GBW Strategies, and Brian Lewis, from New Frame, are political and communicators who are regulars on all of Tim’s TV and digital programs.

    • 36 min
    N.C. professor remembers late brother, country artist Peter Cooper

    N.C. professor remembers late brother, country artist Peter Cooper

    When Peter Cooper died in Nashville earlier this month, famous country singers and so many others quickly memorialized the incredible writing and musical career he created despite passing away young at the age of 52. 
    What Tim didn’t know, he’s the brother of Western Carolina University political scientist Dr. Chris Cooper.  Chris is a regular on our TV shows and has appeared on this podcast. 
    Despite years of knowing each other, the connection was never made, so Tim asked Chris to talk about his brother and share some unbelievable stories. It’s fitting as a part of this podcast’s mission to tell the stories behind the people and stories of North Carolina politics. 

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

The Real Will's Dad ,

Our Walter Cronkite

Tim is The NC Walter Cronkite of our generation.

Great shows Always!!!!

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Far-Right Propaganda

A grown man wearing an American Flag as a bowtie lobs softball questions at white supremacists, neo-fascists, January Sixth co-conspirators, Covid-deniers, et. al.

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Must Listen

Tim Boyum is the man. So well connected to the political scene here in North Carolina.

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