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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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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…
 
Imagine reaching the pinnacle of your profession and then having it all come crashing down. This week on Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, we go a little outside of the box to discuss and learn about leadership from former UNC Men’s Basketball Coach Matt Doherty. Doherty played for the Tar Heels during the early ‘80s and won a national championship…
 
On this special Vaccine Education Week episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim sits down for a Q&A with North Carolina’s top doc, Secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen, and Dr. David Wohl with the Institute of Global Health and Infectious Diseases at UNC Health. In this episode, Dr. Cohen and Dr. Woh…
 
We keep hearing calls for unity from now President Joe Biden. But how realistic are these calls and what can President Biden do to try and find this unity? Importantly, do enough people even want unity in politics? This week, we talk with three of the top political minds in North Carolina who study these issues. One of them even says we need to ree…
 
This past November, Paul Newby won the Chief Justice seat in North Carolina by just 401 votes out of 5.4 million statewide. While that may be a crazy story, it is nothing compared to the one he has about helping recover North Carolina's stolen copy of the Bill of Rights. On this episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Tim and Ben sit down with…
 
In a matter of days, first-term Congresswoman Kathy Manning (D-6th District) was sworn in, was locked INSIDE the House chamber during the Capitol attack, and spoke on the floor of the U.S. House encouraging the impeachment of President Donald Trump. On this episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, she tells the emotional, frightening, and incre…
 
Months after the pandemic started, lawsuits are still being filed and the debate still rages over whether shutdowns, restrictions, and potential vaccine mandates are legal. On this episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, we revisit the legal questions surrounding COVID-19. In the spring of 2020 we spoke with UNC Law Professor Bill Marshall and…
 
Ten days before Anthony Foxx was born, a U.S. Supreme Court case determined busing would be used to integrate Charlotte's schools. Four decades later, Foxx would become the U.S. Secretary of Transportation under the Obama Administration. On this week's episode of Tying it Together with Tim Boyum, Foxx, who also served as Charlotte’s mayor from 2009…
 
On this week's episode of Tying It Together with Tim Boyum, Congressman Mark Walker talks about his decision to run for U.S. Senate in 2022. We’ll learn about his experiences growing up as the son of a preacher man and how visiting inmates with his father impacted the rest of his life. The congressman also shares stories about his own path to the p…
 
The Woodhouse brothers, Dallas, an ardent Republican, and Brad, a prominent national Democratic figure, are North Carolina siblings who have gained national attention in the past thanks to their political family feud. We spoke with Dallas last December, and on this week’s episode of Tying It Together With Tim Boyum, Brad joins us to talk about the …
 
Imagine being so good at producing a product that you are asked to personally deliver it to the President of the United States. That is exactly what happened to Avery County native and Christmas tree farmer Larry Smith. On this week’s episode of Tying It Together with Tim Boyum, Tim talks with Smith about winning the national contest in 2018 to pro…
 
In late 2019, three Transylvania County commissioners left the Republican Party after saying they were fed up with President Trump and his behavior. On this week’s episode of Tying It Together with Tim Boyum, Tim travels to the North Carolina Mountains to hear from two of those commissioners about how national politics infiltrated local politics du…
 
Meet the man who was in charge of responding to Donald Trump's attacks against Joe Biden. On this week's episode of Tying It Together with Tim Boyum, Tim and Ben talk with Andrew Bates, a N.C. State graduate and Winston-Salem native who describes the pressure of serving as the Director of Rapid Response for the Biden campaign and doing a bulk of th…
 
How did Senator Thom Tillis go from being down in the polls for months in the country’s most expensive and highly-watched Senate race to a “stunning victory” on Election Day? Well, he has a pivotal month and the political brilliance of Republican consultant Paul Shumaker to thank. On this week’s episode of Tying It Together with Tim Boyum, we take …
 
Imagine having your annual National Guard training pop up in the final weeks of a campaign for public office? That is EXACTLY what happened to North Carolina Senator for the 37th District and Army National Guard Captain Jeff Jackson. On this week's episode of Tying It Together with Tim Boyum, Tim and Ben talk with Jeff and Marisa Jackson. The Charl…
 
On this week's edition of Tying It Together, Tim and Ben tackle the issue of another election and another disaster for the polling industry. Politico argues that, much like 2016, the industry blew it again in 2020. President Trump also alleges polling interfered in the election and suppressed Republican votes. But, was it really that bad? This week…
 
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