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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, pa ...
 
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In Fort Smith, Arkansas in the mid 1990’s, 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 hi…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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, Med…
 
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 thre…
 
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 n…
 
​In late November, we were honored to get an Emmy nomination for a TV story on North Carolina Representative Brian Turner. The story focused on the challenges of leaving your family behind and commuting four hours for four days a week to be a state lawmaker. Ironically, just hours before that Emmy nomination, Rep. Turner announced he would not run …
 
Ed Fitts was born and raised in Littleton, North Carolina, but in 1957, he left the town for N.C. State and went on to make a fortune selling packaging to fast food companies. Now, Fitts has returned to the tiny town that has dwindled to less than 600 residents. He is investing with high speed internet, a school, a coffee shop and more to try and r…
 
You may know him as a famous White House correspondent for NBC News or NPR, but we know Geoff Bennett as simply Geoff. Before he made it big, he was one of our Washington DC reporters. Tim and Geoff spent hours, days and weeks covering national political conventions and will trade stories including one with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog! Geoff, now …
 
On this Thanksgiving episode, we are going to go a little lighter to help ease your drive to grandma's house. Jeremy Markovich is a prolific writer and podcaster who focuses on writing about the obscure and finding hidden places. From a Pitt County election with no voters to Mick Jagger going unnoticed at a bar, we'll go down the rabbit hole to tel…
 
This week, two North Carolina reporters are releasing a critically-acclaimed book on North Carolina's infamous 2018 9th District congressional race. It was one of the few races where there actually was documented fraud and it forced a do-over election in 2019. Nick Ochsner and Michael Graff tell us the stories behind the stories and why this incide…
 
Within months of winning her first term as Raleigh Mayor, a pandemic dominated life. A couple of months later, social justice protests and then riots destroyed parts of the city. Mary-Ann Baldwin talks about leading the city through these traumatic times, affordable housing challenges, criticism she faces and growth. She also dishes on her favorite…
 
On this episode of Tying it Together with Tim Boyum, we hear from Robb Leandro. This month, a billion-dollar deadline looms for Republican lawmakers to comply with a North Carolina judge's ruling on a nearly three-decade-old lawsuit. It's known as the Leandro Lawsuit and centers on the idea of providing each child with a "sound basic education" as …
 
Last week, we had two Republicans talk about the party's challenges with the LGBTQ+ community and in urban/suburban districts. This week we bring on two political experts to talk about the party's challenges in rural areas. Former Democratic Party Chair Wayne Goodwin and longtime political consultant Brad Crone talk freely about upcoming elections …
 
When Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson used the term "filth" in a speech about the LGBTQ+ community, Democrats quickly called for his resignation. The state Republican Party issued a statement of support for Robinson. However, there are some Republicans, particularly the younger ones, who are growing concerned about the party's image with the LGBTQ+ community…
 
Rep. Charles Graham (D), a state representative not well-known beyond his area of the 47th District, recently dropped an ad announcing he was running for Congress. Within 24 hours, more than 4 million people viewed that ad. Its story of the KKK trying to attack the Lumbee Indian community struck a chord and spread like digital wildfire. On this wee…
 
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is arguably one of North Carolina's most fascinating and controversial politicians. On this week’s episode of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” Tim takes the Greensboro Republican back to the street he grew up on to find out what makes him tick and why he says he aims to be controversial. From stories that will make your ja…
 
​It has been called “computer generated porn” in North Carolina, and on this week’s episode of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” we are tackling the past, present and future of redistricting. In the coming weeks, lawmakers will draw political maps that will determine who you vote for in elections for the next decade. It's a complicated process fe…
 
Since 1960, “The Andy Griffith Show” has appeared on televisions across the country and in North Carolina nonstop. It has been a cultural phenomenon with an incredible lasting impact. But why, and will it continue? A new documentary examines those questions and more, especially in light of questions today on whether a Mayberry approach would work t…
 
On this week’s episode of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” Bob Crawford, upright bassist with the Avett Brothers, joins us to talk about how his whimsical decision making has led to so much success. We'll talk about the band, his views on the mix of politics and music and also his podcasts about history and politics. He also talks in depth about…
 
On this week’s episode of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” we share exclusive stories from September 11, 2001 as the state responded to what happened in NYC, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. We chat with former Governor Mike Easley and his top aides, who were charged with protecting the state and responding as the country went to war. We also …
 
The little mountain town of Canton has less than 5,000 residents and sits about 17 miles west of Asheville. In recent weeks, a big chunk of the town found itself underwater after devastating floods caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred. On this week’s episode of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” the town's 38-year-old mayor, Zeb Smathers,…
 
Since we released a special bonus episode last Friday, Tim and Ben are giving a little behind the scenes of our podcast, “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” this week. Listen in as Tim quizzes Ben on the origin of his incredible laugh our listeners have learned to love! They also talk about their upbringings and how North Carolina is dramatically c…
 
In this special episode of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” we have an emotional and engaging conversation with a Gold Star family member and someone who helped teach campaigns and democracy in Afghanistan. Nick Ochsner, a reporter with WBTV in Charlotte, N.C., lost his dad in Afghanistan in 2005, and Jonathan Felts spent more than a year trying…
 
We've got a super sized edition of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum” and taking a brief break from hardcore politics in the process! On this week’s episode, Tim sits down with Billy Warden, who provides some of the most creative and funny appearances on Capital Tonight, as he shares incredible stories about his time writing and producing Joan Rive…
 
Jim Martin was governor of North Carolina from 1985-1993. He was one of only two Republican governors in the 20th century. Even more interesting, he is a chemist by profession, and as a Republican recently wrote a book about science and faith. On this episode of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” Tim will dig deep into why Martin thinks people of …
 
Durham County Commissioner Nida Allam made state history when she was elected to office, becoming the first Muslim woman to win a seat in North Carolina. As she was sworn-in, however, the excitement was subdued by 15 hateful voicemails she received that morning. But that's just the beginning of the story. On this episode of “Tying It Together With …
 
N.C. Central University men's basketball coach LeVelle Moton has been incredibly successful throughout his career, leading his team to the NCAA tournament numerous times. But it didn’t come without a lot of hard work both on and off the court. On this episode of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” Tim talks with Moton about his difficult path to su…
 
Craig Horn grew up without running water in his house, never went to college and didn't even know his real last name until he was 19. Despite all of that, the man from Union County, North Carolina went on to be a Russian linguist in the U.S. Air Force, became a world renowned Winston Churchill expert and a Republican state lawmaker. On this episode…
 
In their early 30's, Sarah Blake Morgan and Nick Ochsner are well-known in North Carolina journalism circles. The married couple work at the Associated Press and WBTV in Charlotte. But, in recent months Sarah took a leap of faith few would ever do. At 31-years-old, she joined the military. Nick knows the military well, his father was killed in Afgh…
 
On the heels of a No. 1 spot on Netflix in 2020, "Outer Banks" returns for its second season on July 30. Just like last year, not a single frame of film was recorded in North Carolina. On this week’s episode of "Tying It Together With Tim Boyum," Tim travels to Wilmington to meet with co-creator Jonas Pate. They talk about the show's inspiration, t…
 
Former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr has spent much of his retirement from the bench battling the NCAA and his own political party. On this week’s episode of "Tying It Together With Tim Boyum," Tim sits down with Orr to discuss his issues with the collegiate legislative body and the GOP. Orr helps explain the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling o…
 
Brad Crone has worked in North Carolina politics for more than three decades. He is a routine guest on our show, “Capital Tonight,” but the stories you haven’t heard on TV are enough to fill a book. On this week’s episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim sits down with Crone to discuss some of these captivating tales. From surviving a plane…
 
John Drescher, currently a contributing editor with The Assembly magazine in North Carolina, recently wrote an article on the controversy at UNC Chapel Hill over Nikole Hannah-Jones and her pursuit of tenure with the university. On this week’s episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim talks with Drescher about the article, which gained natio…
 
Just weeks after prostate cancer surgery, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis returns to Tying It Together with Tim Boyum to talk about his health. We'll also get his take on the debate in Washington on infrastructure and why he voted against the January 6th commission. ​Later, he'll tell us why he's going after a fellow Republican in the 2022 U.S. Senate rac…
 
This time last year, Tim and Ben found themselves dodging tear gas canisters and rocks while covering the protests and riots in Raleigh. A week later they were in Raeford for the North Carolina funeral of George Floyd. This week, Tim catches up with some of the people he met and interviewed during this time. It includes a sheriff who helped plan th…
 
Capital Tonight features many political experts, often referring to them as “friends of the program.” While you may get a brief glimpse into their backgrounds, we rarely get a chance to talk about their own story. Many, like Jonathan Felts, have incredible tales about working for presidents and in various locations around the world. On this episode…
 
After 42 years of public service, North Carolina Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry says he will retire in August. On this week’s episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim talks with “Uncle Mike”, a man known for his calm and friendly demeanor in the midst of public emergencies, about his time as director, the origins of his famou…
 
In the coming weeks, state lawmakers will be debating the next state budget, and despite COVID-19, North Carolina will have an extra $5 billion to play with. Will they spend, save or return it to the taxpayers? On this week’s episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim talks with North Carolina Representative Jason Saine (R-Lincoln) to get som…
 
Last week, the 2020 Census report confirmed North Carolina would get a 14th Congressional district. Where will that district exist? Will Republicans draw it for themselves? On this week's episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim dives into the intrigue and how it could impact every congressional and state legislative map. Dr. Rebecca Tippet…
 
On this week’s episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim talks with Dr. Karen Cox, a history professor at UNC Charlotte and author of the new book “No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Equality.” Cox, who has written several books on southern history, joins us to discuss events of the past year, the ongoin…
 
The day protests broke out in North Carolina following the death of George Floyd, Durham attorney T. Greg Doucette started a Twitter thread with videos of police brutality. Within days it had a million plus views, 100k likes, and 77k retweets. On this episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, we talk with Doucette as the trial of former police o…
 
Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton was a world-famous moonshiner and North Carolina native whose life, persona, moonshine, and death are things of legend. And believe it or not, most of it just happened within the past 20 years! On this episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim talks with Neal Hutcheson, an author and filmmaker who just released a new …
 
This week, Tim travels to the coast and Southport to see what life is like for former Governor Mike Easley, who served from 2001 to 2009. Together, the two hit the road, do a little woodworking, walk along the shore, and even take a boat ride. Listen as Easley shares a number of incredible stories from his time in office, including 9/11, ditching h…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic threw a gigantic wrench into supply chains across the globe, prompting a public push to buy local that remains to this day. Many of us also left our offices and learned to work from home. But with vaccinations underway and a sense of normalcy starting to return, many wonder will this all last? Has our economy been forever chan…
 
This week, as we celebrate Women's History Month, Tim is joined by Dr. Mary Susan Fulghum, a retired doctor who is the niece of one of North Carolina's first female doctors, Dr. Annie Louise Wilkerson. Wilkerson was told not to become a doctor yet she ended up as chief of staff at North Carolina's first integrated hospital. Before passing away, she…
 
Not only is March 17, 2021 St. Patrick’s Day, it’s also the 1 year anniversary of Gov. Roy Cooper shutting down restaurants and bars to help curb the spread of COVID-19 — something that had a huge impact on the economic engine in North Carolina. On this episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, we have Tim Kent with the N.C. Beer and Wine Wholes…
 
A year after the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the state, we look back at the strides and struggles faced along the way and ahead to the days when this will all be part of the past. As coronavirus cases quickly spread and Gov. Roy Cooper placed North Carolina in shutdown mode, everyone, including this podcast, had to promptly shift gears and adapt to a…
 
In 2020, big cities across the state and country saw most of the attention during protests over racial justice issues and Confederate statues. However, some small towns, like Sylva, North Carolina, started facing their own past-related struggles. On this week’s episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim travels to the tiny mountain town locat…
 
As Black History Month comes to an end, an old topic is getting new attention in the halls of Congress — reparations for slavery. On this week’s episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim talks with one of the world’s foremost experts on the subject, Dr. William A. “Sandy” Darity Jr. During a hearing in February, Congress discussed studying p…
 
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