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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.

    ‘Jesus was very political’: A look at politics and religion

    ‘Jesus was very political’: A look at politics and religion

    In Fort Smith, Arkansas in the mid-1990s, Tim Boyum and Kevin Thompson spent countless hours putting together the high school newspaper. After graduation, they went their separate ways. Boyum became a TV journalist and Thompson became a preacher and author.
    Now, 27 years later, they are reuniting so listeners can hear embarrassing stories about high school. Importantly, they have a candid and thoughtful conversation on the challenges of a healthy debate about religion in politics. You might be surprised their different professions really do mirror each other.
    Later, Benny Mac will share his own stories of what he was like in high school.
    You can find out more about Kevin Thompson here: https://www.kevinathompson.com/

    • 43 min
    N.C. GOP looks to become more diverse

    N.C. GOP looks to become more diverse

    Minorities overwhelmingly register as Democrat, unaffiliated is typically second and Republican is far behind in third. The man in charge of recruiting Republican candidates for the North Carolina House of Representatives GOP, however, wants to change that narrative. 
    We noticed in December, Stephen Wiley, the House GOP caucus director, was posting pictures of Republican minorities signing up for the 2022 election. So, we asked him to come on the show to talk about it and bring one of the candidates along.
    Jarrod Lowery, who joins Wiley on this episode, is a Lumbee Native American and plans to run for the state House this year.

    • 42 min
    From city hall to the studio: Councilman eyes Grammy win

    From city hall to the studio: Councilman eyes Grammy win

    Later this month, a North Carolina politician will head to Los Angeles hoping to come home a Grammy winner! 
    Pierce Freelon was recently a Durham City councilman and a former candidate for mayor and state senate.  But, this month he’ll campaign for a Grammy that could change his life forever. 
    We head to Durham to hang out in his studio, we’ll wander the streets of downtown Durham and talk about his political career. Plus we'll find out why he’s not the only one in his family hoping for a Grammy this year!

    • 26 min
    ‘I feel a lot better’: Gov. Cooper reflects on regrets and progress in 2021

    ‘I feel a lot better’: Gov. Cooper reflects on regrets and progress in 2021

    Last month, we had the rare chance to sit down with Gov. Roy Cooper. It’s one of the few times in 18 months he has sat down for an in-person interview. We had 20 minutes at the executive mansion.
    Parts of that interview have aired on our other platforms, but nowhere has it all been heard until this podcast. We will talk in-depth about COVID-19, Medicaid expansion and redistricting. That last topic you will hear him use a word you rarely hear in politics: regret.
    But on this podcast, we will also get a little insight on his personal life too talking about his own family during COVID-19, why there are now at least four pets living in the executive mansion and his love for the Carolina Hurricanes NHL hockey team. 

    • 24 min
    2021 end of year extravaganza from COVID-19 response to redistricting debates

    2021 end of year extravaganza from COVID-19 response to redistricting debates

    As the year ends, Tim and Ben are inviting a couple of friends of the program to look back at all the big stories of 2021.  
    This insightful, yet hilarious discussion will review COVID-19 still dominating headlines, DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen leaving, redistricting debates, the 2022 U.S. Senate race and the first state budget signed in more than three years.  
    Communication experts and political analysts Brian Lewis and Billy Warden join us to break it all down.

    • 47 min
    N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore sounds off on Medicaid expansion, Rep. Madison Cawthorn

    N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore sounds off on Medicaid expansion, Rep. Madison Cawthorn

    On this week’s episode of “Tying It Together with Tim Boyum,” North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R) joins Tim and Ben to talk about a budget finally signed for the first time since 2018. 
    Listen in as he goes in depth about how close the state really is, or is not, to approving Medicaid expansion. Then, he talks extensively about his decision not to run for Congress and how Congressman Madison Cawthorn appears to have run in his district on purpose. 
    Later, we talk about redistricting and lawsuits that have put filing on hold and delayed the primary election by two months.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

NC Insurance Guy ,

Must Listen

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

Crisco8890 ,

Greatest. Podcast. Ever.

Fun, informative, and interesting. If you care, even passively, about politics this is a must hear.

Arthur Curry51 ,

Not well done.

Low quality podcast. The podcaster has the charisma of potato; which is to say, none. Biased and not interesting.

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