Magazine-style news podcast that introduces you to the most fascinating people in Harrisburg and Central Pennsylvania. Hear their authentic stories, straight from every month’s issue of TheBurg—with a different twist—on TheBurg Podcast. Because there’s always “more to the story.” Hosted by Karen Hendricks. TheBurg is a monthly community magazine devoted to PA news, business, art, culture, music, food, health, sports and more; Lawrance Binda, editor.

On the basketball court, a full court press is an all-out effort… putting pressure on the opposing team. How does this concept tie into September’s podcast?

 

“The Most Harrisburg Thing” these days is the Knead Pizza story. An all-out effort by employees, to unionize, resulted in the shop’s closing. The story has gotten a lot of press, but editor of TheBurg Lawrance Binda, in conversation with TheBurg Podcast’s Karen Hendricks, adds new insights and context.

 

Josiah Peay of Middletown has mounted a full court press to bring professional basketball to the Harrisburg area, through the Central PA Kings.

 

Dennis Reardon of Camp Hill mounted a full court press of his own, as he pushed toward the finish line of last year’s Harrisburg Marathon relay. He pushed himself so hard, he nearly lost his life—but he also gained new perspective on life.

 

Karen Good of Harrisburg, who works at UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg, has volunteered to co-chair the Harrisburg Marathon medical tent for 15 years running. What motivates her to support area runners? Her insights and stories may surprise you.

 

Many thanks to the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau for sponsoring this episode of TheBurg Podcast, through their Fall Fun Trail, featuring 18 classic ways to celebrate and experience the fall season. For more information, see VisitCumberlandValley.com.

 

Backstories that coordinate with this episode include:

Everyone Loses | Hoop Hopes | Marathon Misstep, Marathon Miracle

 

Every month, TheBurg Podcast expands stories from the pages of TheBurg magazine because “there’s always more to the story.” TheBurg Podcast is hosted and produced by award-winning Harrisburg-area journalist Karen Hendricks.

DYK? TheBurg Podcast has received three prestigious podcast journalism awards over the past two years, including First place, Excellence in Journalism, Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter, 2021.

 

Visit Karen Hendricks’ website for more of her writing, journalism and PR work. TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

 

Interested in sharing your advertising message with TheBurg Podcast’s dedicated audience? Research shows that podcast sponsorships are one of the most effective forms of advertising! Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com). 

Direct download: TheBurgPodcast_Sept_2022.mp3
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From a famous Harrisburg clock, to a longtime YMCA professional who’s new to Harrisburg, plus a mentorship program that improves relationships between youth and police during these current times, even a little “island time” in the middle of the Susquehanna River:

 

Our August podcast is chockful of fascinating conversations about time.

 

We introduce you to:

David Ozmore, new president and CEO, Harrisburg Area YMCA

Lt. Adam Reed of the Pennsylvania State Police, also a “Bigs in Blue” mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region

Brad Jones, president and CEO of Harristown

Lawrance Binda, editor of TheBurg, with “The Most Harrisburg Thing”

 

Every month, TheBurg Podcast expands stories from the pages of TheBurg magazine because “there’s always more to the story.” TheBurg Podcast is hosted and produced by award-winning Harrisburg-area journalist Karen Hendricks.

 

Backstories that coordinate with this episode include:

So Noted, TheBurg, August 2022 including David Ozmore and Chockablock Clock news | True Blue | Own an Island

 

DYK? TheBurg Podcast has received three prestigious podcast journalism awards over the past two years, including First place, Excellence in Journalism, Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter, in 2021.

 

Interested in sharing your advertising message with TheBurg Podcast’s dedicated audience? Research shows that podcast sponsorships are one of the most effective forms of advertising! Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com). 

 

Visit Karen Hendricks’ website for more of her writing, journalism and PR work. TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

 

Direct download: TheBurg_Podcast_August_2022.mp3
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Has “Pursuit” been adopted, as a result of being TheBurg magazine’s “cover doggy?” Our July edition of TheBurg Podcast asks that question—and many more pet-related questions to celebrate these dog days of summer.

 

As a companion to TheBurg magazine, this month’s podcast welcomes the following guests:

 

  • Amy Kaunas, executive director of the Harrisburg Humane Society
  • Natahnee Miller of the nonprofit Harrisburg’s Great Dog Program
  • Elle Lamboy of the Gettysburg Foundation, including the new children’s museum, Children of Gettysburg 1863

 

Lawrance Binda, editor of TheBurg, also pops in with his monthly “The Most Harrisburg Thing.” TheBurg Podcast is hosted and produced by award-winning Harrisburg-area journalist Karen Hendricks. Every month, TheBurg Podcast expands stories from the pages of TheBurg magazine because “there’s always more to the story.”

 

Backstories that coordinate with this episode include:

See Pursuit’s portrait on TheBurg’s July cover | Good Dogs, Made Great | Hands-On History

 

DYK? TheBurg Podcast has received three prestigious podcast journalism awards over the past two years, including First place, Excellence in Journalism, Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter, in 2021.

 

Interested in sharing your advertising message with TheBurg Podcast’s dedicated audience? Research shows that podcast sponsorships are one of the most effective forms of advertising! Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com). 

 

Visit Karen Hendricks’ website for more of her writing, journalism and PR work. TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

Direct download: TheBurg_Podcast_July_2022.mp3
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Revitalization is the focus of our June podcast, as we expand three stories from the pages of TheBurg magazine’s June issue: 50 years later, what’s Harrisburg’s legacy from Hurricane Agnes? David Morrison, executive director, Historic Harrisburg Association explains how revitalization efforts continue impacting the city today.

Revitalization is thriving, in many Pennsylvania towns and cities, thanks in great part to the Harrisburg-based organization, The Pennsylvania Downtown Center. Executive director Julie Fitzpatrick shares her insights—including downtown success stories—as PDC celebrates its 35th anniversary.

Philadelphia is considered the model city for one specific and unique type of revitalization, worldwide: murals. Chad Eric Smith, communications director for Mural Arts Philadelphia, explains how Philly’s murals “beautify, inspire and empower.”

June’s “most Harrisburg thing” could truly revitalize your life. Lawrance Binda, editor of TheBurg, issues a challenge, in his monthly feature. Tune in, to see if you’re up for it.

TheBurg Podcast is hosted and produced by award-winning Harrisburg-area journalist Karen Hendricks. Every month, TheBurg Podcast expands stories from the pages of TheBurg magazine because “there’s always more to the story.”

 

Backstories that coordinate with this episode include:

Agnes at 50 | Downtown Rebound | Mural Mecca

 

DYK? TheBurg Podcast has received three prestigious podcast journalism awards over the past two years, including First place, Excellence in Journalism, Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter, in 2021.

 

Interested in sharing your advertising message with TheBurg Podcast’s dedicated audience? Research shows that podcast sponsorships are one of the most effective forms of advertising! Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com). 

 

Visit Karen Hendricks’ website for more of her writing, journalism and PR work. TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

Direct download: TheBurg_Podcast_June_2022.mp3
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We celebrate a whole lotta culture on TheBurg Podcast’s May episode: AAPI culture, soccer culture, and the culture of family-owned restaurants.

Meet three Harrisburg-area personalities, all featured within TheBurg magazine’s May issue:

  • Ellen Min, with the Harrisburg Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage group known as HAAPI
  • Toan Ngo, head coach for Pennsylvania’s first and only semi-professional women’s soccer team debuting this month, Eagle FC
  • Otis “O.D.” Harrison, owner of OD’s Fish House, Harrisburg

In this month’s “The Most Harrisburg Thing (TMHT)” editor of TheBurg Lawrance Binda drives home a point, about major city projects underway.

 

TheBurg Podcast is hosted and produced by longtime Harrisburg-area journalist Karen Hendricks. Every month, TheBurg Podcast expands stories from the pages of TheBurg magazine because “there’s always more to the story.”

 

Backstories that coordinate with this episode include: Heritage Heralded | Kicking Off | Food and Family

 

DYK? TheBurg Podcast has received three prestigious podcast journalism awards over the past two years, including First place, Excellence in Journalism, Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter, in 2021.

 

Visit Karen Hendricks’ website for more of her writing, journalism and PR work.

 

Interested in sharing your advertising message with TheBurg Podcast’s dedicated audience? Research shows that podcast sponsorships are one of the most effective forms of advertising! Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com). 

 

TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

Direct download: TheBurg_Podcast_May_2022.mp3
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It’s a “wild” time of year—a time to come out of hibernation and rediscover the great outdoors. Our April podcast guests explore Harrisburg’s and Pennsylvania’s wild side, from the Susquehanna River to its parks and outdoor recreation.   The state’s first director of outdoor recreation, Nathan Reigner explains how big of an outdoor gem Pennsylvania really is.

 

The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat’s new president of the board Kim Board explains what it means to be responsible for such an iconic symbol of Harrisburg, as the riverboat gets ready to launch a new season.

 

Richelle Corty of Harrisburg’s Wildwood Park previews this year’s Art in the Wild exhibit—composed of all-natural materials—and explains what that artwork naturally does for the community.

 

This month’s “Most Harrisburg Thing” is off the wall. Really. Lawrance Binda, editor of TheBurg, sorts out a recent controversy that started with grocery store artwork.

 

TheBurg Podcast is hosted and produced by longtime Harrisburg-area journalist Karen Hendricks. Every month, TheBurg Podcast expands stories from the pages of TheBurg magazine because “there’s always more to the story.”

 

Backstories that coordinate with this episode include:

Reigner Reigns | Setting Sail | The Painted Word: Art in the Wild

 

DYK? TheBurg Podcast received two prestigious awards in 2021: First place, Excellence in Journalism, Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter; and Honorable mention, Keystone Media Award,

Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation.

 

Visit Karen Hendricks’ website for more of her writing, journalism and PR work. TheBurg Podcast is a great Central PA vehicle for sponsors and/or advertisers: Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com). TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

 

Direct download: TheBurg_Podcast_April_2022.mp3
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How would you define a “hero?”

Two of our guests focus on heroes in our midst—those who are in active recovery from substance use.

Meet Dan Albert, founder of Hero in the Fight, a Central PA-based organization dedicated to breaking the stigma associated with addiction, and supporting the active recovery community. He’s very open about his substance use in our magazine story—and he explains why, on the podcast.

What can we, as a society, do to support those in active recovery? What language should we use? And what causes surges in substance use such as the opioid epidemic? Weston Kensinger, Director of the Douglas W. Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach and Research at Penn State Harrisburg, answers those questions and more for a fascinating deep dive into the subject.

Have you seen TheBurg’s March 2022 cover art? Meet Pamela Black, the artist who created this month’s beautiful, bright artwork.

Lawrance Binda, editor of TheBurg, goes uptown for this month’s “The Most Harrisburg Thing.”

And host Karen Hendricks wraps up this banner episode—TheBurg Podcast’s 2nd birthday in our news magazine-style format—with a fun behind-the-scenes montage of bloopers and fun moments.

Every month, we expand stories from the pages of TheBurg magazine because “there’s always more to the story.” Backstories that coordinate with this episode include:

A Straight Fight | TheBurg, March 2022, including Pamela Black’s cover art

DYK? TheBurg Podcast received two prestigious awards in 2021: First place, Excellence in Journalism, Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter; and Honorable mention, Keystone Media Award, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation.

TheBurg Podcast is hosted and produced by longtime Harrisburg-area journalist Karen Hendricks. Visit her website here. 

TheBurg Podcast is a great Central PA vehicle for sponsors and/or advertisers: Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com). TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

 

Direct download: TheBurg_Podcast_March_2022.mp3
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What are the hidden gems of Harrisburg? And where are these sparkling treasures?

 

That’s what we asked nearly all of our podcast guests over the past year. But—surprise, surprise—we saved these audio treasures for this bonus Valentine’s Day episode.

 

This special Valentine’s Day edition of TheBurg Podcast is sponsored by Explore HBG.

 

Nearly 25 guests reveal their favorite, go-to places they consider unique to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. And some of the answers may surprise you: They range from sparkling gems of nature to the capital city’s cultural gems, outstanding restaurants and businesses, iconic architectural gems, plus even a few quirky local gems. Some are truly hidden, off-the-beaten-path gems.

 

Discover the hidden gems of the Burg, on TheBurg Podcast: Hosted by Lawrance Binda, editor of TheBurg; and Karen Hendricks, TheBurg Podcast’s host and producer.

 

Guests, sharing their hidden gems, include:

  • Melissa Brown, UPMC Central PA
  • Fred Burton, Harrisburg-based writer
  • George Conrad, president, Standing Stone Trail Club
  • Karen Cullings, executive director of the Daphin County Library System
  • Seth Dellinger, Animal Advocates of Central PA
  • Jenifer Donnelly of Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg
  • Clare Flannery, Harrisburg runner
  • Monica Gould, DEI expert, of Strategic Consulting Partners,
  • Rich Hauck, TheBurg illustrator
  • Brad Jones, Harristown president and CEO
  • Kasey Jordan, Harrisburg native and ice skater with Revolution Ice Unity
  • Kevin Kulp, president, Harrisburg Senators 
  • Maestro Stuart Malina of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Maureen Marks of Maureen Marks Arts
  • Diane McCormick, freelance writer for TheBurg
  • Sammi Leigh Melville, TheBurg’s resident film writer
  • Rod Mortel, High Hopes for Haiti
  • Melissa Nicholson of Gamut Theatre
  • Steph Perez, Harrisburg artist
  • Ian Potter, muralist and Harrisburg native
  • Peter Sirotin of the Harrisburg Symphony and Market Square Concerts
  • Crystal Skotedis, Harrisburg resident, principal with Boyer & Ritter LLC
  • Todd Vander Woude, executive director of the Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District 
  • Andrew Williams, music teacher, Reach Cyber Charter School

 

TheBurg Podcast introduces you to some of the Harrisburg area’s most fascinating people, through their own authentic stories, expanded from every month’s magazine–because there’s always “more to the story.” TheBurg Podcast is released monthly on the second Friday of every month. It is hosted and produced by Karen Hendricks, an award-winning journalist and PR professional. Visit her website here. 

 

TheBurg Podcast received two prestigious awards in 2021: First place, Excellence in Journalism, Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter; and Honorable mention, Keystone Media Award, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation.

 

To sponsor a future episode of TheBurg Podcast, contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com). TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pa.; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

Direct download: TheBurg_Podcast_-_Hidden_Gems_of_HBG_Feb_2022.mp3
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Every month, we expand three stories from the pages of TheBurg magazine because “there’s always more to the story.” On the February podcast:  

Dr. Kimeka Campbell reflects on her one-year anniversary as host of Harrisburg Black Newsbeat. We also learn more about her background, as well as her work with Young Professionals of Color-Greater Harrisburg.

 

Sue Kunisky, Vice President of Operations at Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, explores the Black Travel Experience—the organization’s latest trail experience which markets Harrisburg’s Black-owned businesses, Black cultural and historical landmarks, and more.

 

We also go beyond the surface of artist Wendy Allen’s nearly 40-year career of painting Abraham Lincoln, from her Gettysburg gallery Lincoln into Art. She explains why she strives to keep Lincoln’s legacy alive and relevant through each painting.

 

If there was ever a historical figure who stood up for minorities and equality for all, it was Abraham Lincoln.

 

All of the podcast’s stories give voice to people or causes representing minorities, which statistics reveal, actually comprise majorities. For example, Harrisburg has a Black-majority (52%) population. Women own 31% of the state’s businesses, yet comprise 51% of Pennsylvania’s population.

 

TheBurg Podcast is hosted and produced by longtime Harrisburg-area journalist Karen Hendricks. Visit her website here. 

 

Backstories: This episode is based upon the following February magazine stories:

In the Spotlight | Getting the Word Out | Her Life’s Work

 

DYK? TheBurg Podcast received two prestigious awards in 2021: First place, Excellence in Journalism, Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter; and Honorable mention, Keystone Media Award, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation.

 

TheBurg Podcast is welcoming sponsors and/or advertisers: Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com). TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pa.; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

Direct download: TheBurg_Podcast_Feb_2022.mp3
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New Year, New You? Nope, we’re not going there in 2022.

 

Public sentiment amid a pandemic calls for a new slogan. We propose “New Year, New Issues” and our podcast stories help you navigate through a number of current issues.

 

Seth Dellinger of Harrisburg is director of community engagement for Animal Advocates of South Central PA, an organization dedicated to supporting the vegan community. He debunks the common misconceptions—and dives into some of the issues--about veganism.

 

Author Fred Burton of Harrisburg used a controversial topic—fracking—to reach people on both sides of the issue and help them see the other side’s point of view, through the characters in his book. He walks us through the pros and cons of fracking—an issue vital to Pennsylvania.

 

Harrisburg runner Clare Flannery recently ran the race of a lifetime, the iconic Boston Marathon. She shares her insights, for a dose of “New Year, New You” inspo.

 

Plus our esteemed editor Lawrance Binda shares his “most Harrisburg thing” for January—and it falls right into the “New Year, New Issues” category.

 

Thanks to podcast sponsor Stonebridge Financial Group for sharing valuable financial advice for the new year. Special thanks as always to Harrisburg band YamYam for our podcast music.

 

TheBurg Podcast is hosted and produced by longtime Harrisburg-area journalist Karen Hendricks. Visit her website here. 

 

Backstories: This episode is based upon the following December magazine stories:

Vegan, Begin | Penning Perspective | Runner’s High

 

Every month, TheBurg Podcast introduces you to some of Harrisburg’s most fascinating people. Their stories start on the pages of TheBurg magazine, and are expanded here on TheBurg Podcast… because “there’s always more to the story.”

 

DYK? TheBurg Podcast received two prestigious awards in 2021: First place, Excellence in Journalism, Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter; and Honorable mention, Keystone Media Award, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation.

 

TheBurg Podcast is welcoming sponsors and/or advertisers: Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com). TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, PA; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

 

Direct download: TheBurgPodcastJanuary2022.mp3
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DEI is much more than a buzzword. How would you define Diversity, Equity and Inclusion? You can compare your definition with one shared by a local expert—who’s actually a national expert on the subject. Monica Gould of Strategic Consulting Partners provides plenty of food-for-thought, including three tips for how we can be more mindful of DEI in our daily lives, especially in the new year.

 

SAD is another timely acronym. Dr. Melissa Brown of UPMC Central PA explains how to keep Seasonal Affective Disorder at bay through the dark winter months. SAD can turn darker, toward suicidal thoughts—and she tells us how to recognize those warning signs as well.

 

NLP is a local acronym associated with warm, neighborly connections. Neighbors of Lower Paxton has spun off a new nonprofit, Bike a Better Path, and executive director Forrest Healey shares some of their heartwarming holiday success.

 

It’s full steam ahead, into the holiday season, for Lawrance Binda, editor of TheBurg, in his “Most Harrisburg Thing.”

 

TheBurg Podcast is hosted and produced by longtime Harrisburg-area journalist Karen Hendricks. Visit her website here. 

 

Backstories: This episode is based upon the following December magazine stories:

Embracing Inclusion | It’s a SAD Time of Year | Wonderland of Wheels

 

Every month, TheBurg Podcast introduces you to some of Harrisburg’s most fascinating people. Their stories start on the pages of TheBurg magazine, and are expanded here on TheBurg Podcast… because “there’s always more to the story.”

 

DYK? TheBurg Podcast received two prestigious awards in 2021: First place, Excellence in Journalism, Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter; and Honorable mention, Keystone Media Award, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation.

 

TheBurg Podcast is welcoming sponsors and/or advertisers: Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com). TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, PA; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

Direct download: TheBurg_Podcast_Dec_2021.mp3
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This month’s podcast is like a giant pot of gumbo, chock-full of Harrisburg happenings.

First, we talk soup, and so much more, with Dr. Rod Mortel of the High Hopes for Haiti Foundation. He explains why he’s not worried about his foundation’s school, and its many additional programs, despite the country’s struggles.

Meet TheBurg’s resident film critic Sammi Leigh Melville, and enjoy an expanded “The Most Harrisburg Thing” with Lawrance Binda, TheBurg’s editor extraordinaire.

Every month, TheBurg Podcast introduces you to some of Harrisburg’s most fascinating people. Their stories start on the pages of TheBurg magazine, and are expanded here on TheBurg Podcast… because “there’s always more to the story.”

TheBurg Podcast is hosted and produced by longtime Harrisburg-area journalist Karen Hendricks. Visit her website here. 

Backstories: This episode is based upon the following November magazine stories:

High Hopes for HaitiNow We’re Cooking: “Julia” | Surf’s Almost Up, at Harrisburg Beach Club

DYK? TheBurg Podcast received two prestigious awards in 2021: First place, Excellence in Journalism, Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter; and Honorable mention, Keystone Media Award, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation.

TheBurg Podcast is welcoming sponsors and/or advertisers: Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com). TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, PA; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

 

Direct download: TheBurgPodcastNov2021.mp3
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Art is at the heart of this month’s podcast:

 

First, Crystal Skotedis of Harrisburg recounts her quest to find a long-forgotten elk statue. She takes us along for all the twists and turns—with a surprise ending that adds to our magazine story.

 

What was it like to see 230 feet of the Mulberry Street bridge transformed by murals? Harrisburg native Ian Potter shares his reflections on this incredible experience—and he explains how painting sets for Gamut Theatre propelled him into a career as a muralist in New York City.

 

Harrisburg area kids can’t get enough art, especially amid the pandemic, and that’s why business is booming for Maureen Marks Art of Harrisburg.

 

People and politics: Lawrance Binda, editor of TheBurg, shares two “Most Harrisburg Things” for October.

 

Backstories: This episode is based upon the following October magazine stories: A Statue Story | Portrait of the Community | Art on the Mark

 

TheBurg Podcast is hosted and produced by longtime Harrisburg-area journalist Karen Hendricks. Visit her website here. 

 

Every month, TheBurg Podcast introduces you to some of Harrisburg’s most fascinating people. Their stories start on the pages of TheBurg magazine, and are expanded here on TheBurg Podcast… because “there’s always more to the story.”

 

DYK? TheBurg Podcast received two prestigious awards in 2021: First place, Excellence in Journalism, Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter; and Honorable mention, Keystone Media Award, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation.

 

TheBurg Podcast is welcoming sponsors and/or advertisers: Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com). TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, PA; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

Direct download: TheBurgPodcastOctober2021.mp3
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This might be the only podcast in history that brings together an ice skater, violinist and illustrator. The fact that all three have ties to Harrisburg? We call that quirky cool.

 

Ice skater Kasey Jordan of Harrisburg explains how she helps her Central PA-based team, Revolution Ice Unity, with both physical and mental health. And she shares her thoughts on the greater conversation about the mental health of athletes.

 

Peter Sirotin of Market Square Concerts explains how truly rare and special it is, to be marking a 40th anniversary in chamber music (Philadelphia’s equivalent is younger!), and he explains how classical music and the arts impact our everyday lives—from favorite movies, pandemic pick-me-ups, to even social media scrolling.

 

Illustrations by Rich Hauck grace nearly every issue of TheBurg magazine, but this podcast marks the first time he’s been interviewed and shared his words with TheBurg. Meet this talented illustrator and designer.

 

Lawrance Binda, editor of TheBurg, share his “Most Harrisburg Thing” for September—and be sure to listen to the end, because for some reason he buries his lede in this one—it’s worth it!

This month’s podcast is based on September magazine stories:

Breaking the Ice | 40 & Fabulous | See Rick Hauck’s September illustration in Gold Plated Spaces and his June 2015 TheBurg cover art “tourist map”

 

TheBurg Podcast is hosted and produced by longtime Harrisburg-area journalist Karen Hendricks. Visit her website here. 

 

Every month, TheBurg Podcast introduces you to some of Harrisburg’s most fascinating people. Their stories start on the pages of TheBurg magazine, and are expanded here on TheBurg Podcast… because “there’s always more to the story.”

 

DYK? TheBurg Podcast received two prestigious awards in 2021: First place, Excellence in Journalism, Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter; and Honorable mention, Keystone Media Award, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation.

 

Interested in sponsoring TheBurg Podcast? Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com). TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, PA.; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

 

Direct download: TheBurgPodcastSept2021.mp3
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Powerful poetry, capturing racial injustice: It’s what three Harrisburg women wrote, back in the 1930s, during the Harlem Renaissance. Harrisburg’s connection and contributions to this flowering of African American arts and culture was only recently discovered. Writer Diane McCormick explains how she uncovered this story for TheBurg—and she reads one of their full-length poems.

 

Children’s voices—virtual and harmonious: Andy Williams of the Harrisburg area connects music students throughout the state as a teacher for the statewide Reach Cyber Charter School. We hear one of his most popular, moving musical montages, showcasing his students. And he explains his take on the pandemic’s educational effects.

 

Sweet wheels: The childhood thrill of riding a bike is now captured in a mural at the nonprofit Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg. Volunteer and board member Jenifer Donnelly explains why children are at the heart of the organization’s mission—and new mural.

 

TMHT: And in this month’s “most Harrisburg thing,” editor of TheBurg Lawrance Binda explains why, sometimes less is more.

 

This month’s backstories:

Harrisburg & Harlem  | Sing a Song  | Pedal & Paint

 

TheBurg Podcast is hosted and produced by longtime Harrisburg-area journalist Karen Hendricks. Visit her website here. 

 

Every month, TheBurg Podcast introduces you to some of Harrisburg’s most fascinating people. Their stories start on the pages of TheBurg magazine, and are expanded here on TheBurg Podcast… because “there’s always more to the story.”

 

DYK? TheBurg Podcast recently received two prestigious awards:

  • First place, Excellence in Journalism, Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter
  • Honorable mention, Keystone Media Award, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation

 

Interested in sponsoring TheBurg Podcast? Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com). TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pa.; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

Direct download: TheBurgPodcastAug2021.mp3
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Whether you’re on team dog or team cat, we have you covered in this month’s pet-themed podcast.

 

“Second lady of Pennsylvania” Gisele Fetterman explains why she—along with her famous rescue dog Levi—will continue advocating for legislation to increase state dog licenses.

 

Then we go “behind the cover” of TheBurg’s July issue. Harrisburg artist Steph Perez explains how she created Mack the cat’s portrait—along with more than 100 others—through her popular pet portrait business Fur and Feather.

 

Our musical friends, Harrisburg band Yam Yam, stop by to chat about—and preview—their new single and upcoming new album.

 

Every podcast ends with a final word from Lawrance Binda, Editor of TheBurg, as he shares his monthly TMHT (“the most Harrisburg thing”). July’s TMHT marks a turning point in Harrisburg’s pandemic recovery.

 

TheBurg Podcast is hosted and produced by longtime Harrisburg-area journalist Karen Hendricks. Visit her website here. 

 

Every month, TheBurg Podcast introduces you to some of Harrisburg’s most fascinating people. Their stories start on the pages of TheBurg magazine, and are expanded here, on TheBurg Podcast… because “there’s always more to the story.”

 

This month’s backstories:

Lucky Levi | Check out the cover of TheBurg, July 2021

 

DYK? TheBurg Podcast recently received two prestigious awards:

First place, Excellence in Journalism Award, Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter

Honorable mention, Keystone Media Award, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation

 

Interested in sponsoring TheBurg Podcast? Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com). TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pa.; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

Direct download: TheBurgPodcastJuly2021.mp3
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Are you easing, or careening, into post-pandemic life?

 

Either way, our latest podcast can help, by adding a touch of drama and adventure to your June plans.

 

Melissa Nicholson of Gamut Theatre describes what it’s like to return to live, outdoor theatre in Harrisburg, with Shakespeare in the Park’s “Hamlet.” You never know what’s going to happen, with live theatre—she shares funny stories of summers’ past. Plus, she previews the 2021 summer theatre lineup.

 

Live life on the edge, through Julie McKelvey of Lemoyne: She explains the driving forces propelling her—and the life lessons she’s gained—in attempting to climb the Seven Summits. Plus, she describes how she’s “giving back.”

 

Step into a Central PA hiking adventure: George Conrad, president of the Standing Stone Trail Club, shares the latest news from the Thousand Steps Trail and beyond.

 

It’s pretty rare for Lawrance Binda, editor of TheBurg, to be “stunned.” He describes something he’s never witnessed, in all his years in Harrisburg, in this month’s “Most Harrisburg Thing.”

 

TheBurg Podcast is hosted and produced by longtime Harrisburg-area journalist Karen Hendricks. Visit her website here. 

 

Every month, TheBurg Podcast introduces you to some of Harrisburg’s most fascinating people. Their stories start on the pages of TheBurg magazine, and are expanded here, on TheBurg Podcast… because “there’s always more to the story.”

 

This month’s backstories:

Staging a Comeback: Gamut’s “Shakespeare in the Park” returns with the classic “Hamlet” / Peak Purpose: Harrisburg-Area woman nears a rare achievement—mounting the “Seven Summits” / Stepping Stones: The Thousand Steps Trail is a Rock Star Among Area Hiking Trails

 

DYK? TheBurg Podcast recently received two prestigious awards: First place, Excellence in Journalism Award, Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter; and Honorable mention, Keystone Media Award, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation.

 

Interested in sponsoring TheBurg Podcast? Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com). TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pa.; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

 

Direct download: TheBurgPodcastJune2021.mp3
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Do you have a spring in your step?

 

Harrisburg’s street dining is back, with Saturday Nights in the City. Todd Vander Woude, executive director of the Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District explains how dining alfresco may become a regular thing, post-pandemic, in the capital city.

 

The return of minor league baseball is major news for many. Kevin Kulp, president of the Harrisburg Senators talks about what it means to play ball once again.

 

May is when we see an uptick in tick activity. Whether you’re venturing out in your backyard or hitting the trails, your chance of coming into contact with a tick carrying Lyme disease is unfortunately on the rise in PA. Amy Tiehel of the PA Lyme Resource Network has tips on how to stay safe this spring and summer.

 

Plus: Lawrance Binda, editor of TheBurg, casts his vote for May’s “Most Harrisburg Thing.”

 

Because “there’s more to the story,” this episode expands several stories from the pages of May’s magazine: Dining to Return to Harrisburg Streets / Back in the Swing of Things / Lyme Lessons

 

DYK? TheBurg Podcast recently received two prestigious awards:

First place, Excellence in Journalism Award, Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter

Honorable mention, Keystone Media Award, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation

 

TheBurg Podcast is hosted and produced by Karen Hendricks, a lifelong journalist who also dabbles in PR/Marketing. Visit her website here. / TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pa.; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor. /  Interested in sponsoring TheBurg Podcast? Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com). 

 

Meet some of the Harrisburg area’s most fascinating people, and hear their own authentic stories, expanded from every month’s magazine, on TheBurg Podcast—because there’s always “more to the story.”  

Direct download: TheBurgPodcastMay2021.mp3
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What are some of Harrisburg’s challenges—and successes—in terms of breaking down barriers?

Brad Jones, Harristown President and CEO, talks about reinventing the city of Harrisburg’s image through economic development and adaptive reuse projects.

Maestro Stuart Malina of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra explains how the 90-year old organization continues to break down the barriers and stereotypes that often prevent people from enjoying the arts.

And are you a Friend of TheBurg? Kelsey Tatge and Lawrance Binda of TheBurg address how the membership program Friends of TheBurg breaks down barriers and establishes closer ties between the public and our very own news organization.

TMHT: Editor of TheBurg Lawrance Binda plants a springy “The Most Harrisburg Thing” to wrap up the show.

Because “there’s more to the story,” this episode expands several stories from the pages of April’s magazine: “We Re-Built This City” / “Turning the Page” / And Friends of TheBurg celebrates its one-year mark with membership available here.

TheBurg Podcast is hosted and produced by Karen Hendricks, a lifelong journalist who also dabbles in PR/Marketing. Visit her website here. 

TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pa.; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

Interested in sponsoring TheBurg Podcast? Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com). 

Meet some of the Harrisburg area’s most fascinating people, and hear their own authentic stories, expanded from every month’s magazine, on TheBurg Podcast—because there’s always “more to the story.”  

Direct download: TheBurgPodcastApril2021.mp3
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Covering TheBurg’s news through a pandemic has been a challenging experience filled with equally rewarding, innovative, heartbreaking and humorous moments for four of our freelance writers.

Writers Diane Mc-Cormick, Gina Napoli and Susan Ryder join Karen Hendricks for a conversation that expands upon “Pandemic Perspectives,” their essays published in the March 2021 issue of TheBurg.

From innovative interviews, poignant social justice stories, pivots in theater performances, challenging work-from-home environments, pandemic pet adoptions, and healthy doses of humor, our writers summarize a year’s worth of highs and lows.

Not to be outdone, Lawrance Binda, editor of TheBurg, delivers this podcast’s “icing” on the cake through his “Most Harrisburg Thing.”

We give a warm welcome to podcast sponsor, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, in celebration of their 90th birthday and special online performance this month.

This episode marks the one-year anniversary of TheBurg Podcast’s magazine style format produced and hosted by Karen Hendricks, and we close out the show with a fun collection of bloopers and behind-the-scenes moments from the past year.

“Thank you” to all listeners and guests, and we look forward to sharing more fascinating interviews over the next year!

TheBurg Podcast is hosted and produced by Karen Hendricks, a lifelong journalist who also dabbles in PR/Marketing. Visit her website here. 

TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pa.; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor. 

Interested in sponsoring TheBurg Podcast? Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com

Meet some of the Harrisburg area’s most fascinating people, and hear their own authentic stories, expanded from every month’s magazine, on TheBurg Podcast—because there’s always “more to the story.”  

Direct download: TheBurg_Podcast_March2021.mp3
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What do you love about the Burg?

That’s what we asked nearly all of our podcast guests over the past year. But—surprise, surprise—we saved the audio for this bonus Valentine’s Day episode.

Nearly 25 guests share their stories about Harrisburg and what makes this Pennsylvania city so livable—and lovable.

This special show is co-hosted by Lawrance Binda, editor of TheBurg; and Karen Hendricks, host of TheBurg Podcast.

Guests, sharing the love for Harrisburg, include:

  • Joe Arthur, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
  • Amie Bantz, Harrisburg-based artist
  • Linda Beck, Harrisburg, of Braver Angels
  • Karen Cotter of Better Angels
  • Sheila Dow-Ford, Impact Harrisburg
  • Dani Fresh, Harrisburg-based photojournalist
  • Phil George, area artist and radio personality
  • Cindy Gorski, Harrisburg Bicycle Club
  • Wendell Hoover, Iron Valley Real Estate
  • Andrea Karns, Karns Quality Foods
  • Peter Leonard, Little Amps Coffee
  • Sam Levine, Red Door Consignment Gallery
  • Blake Lynch, Harrisburg Bureau of Police
  • Bob MacGinnes, Bob’s Art Blog for TheBurg
  • Diane McCormick, Harrisburg, freelance writer for TheBurg
  • Jason Meckes, Visit Hershey and Harrisburg
  • Jennie O’Neill, Knead Slice Shop
  • Susan Ryder, freelance writer for TheBurg
  • Deb Schell, Harrisburg, freelance writer and photographer
  • Alice Anne Schwab, Susquehanna Art Museum
  • Angie & Trevor Spencer, Marathon Training Academy 

TheBurg Podcast introduces you to some of the Harrisburg area’s most fascinating people, through their own authentic stories, expanded from every month’s magazine--because there’s always “more to the story.”  TheBurg Podcast is released monthly on the second Friday of every month. It is hosted and produced by Karen Hendricks.

Direct download: To_HBG_Love_TheBurg.mp3
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This year has been one for the record books.

It’s also been a year when many people have turned to books—for escape and education, insights and information.

But when you talk about the role books have played in our lives—especially during the past year—you find the conversation also touches on pandemic pivots, African American literature, Black-owned businesses and the role of libraries within communities.

The February episode of TheBurg Podcast pulls two people from the pages of our February magazine, to expand upon their stories, in their own words:

  • Karen Cullings, executive director of the Dauphin County Library System (from the magazine story “Pandemic Plot Twists”)
  • Stefan Hawkins, who recently launched two Black-owned businesses on Harrisburg’s Third Street, including Good Brotha’s Book Café (from the magazine story “Cup of Culture”)

Lawrance Binda, editor of TheBurg, shares a positive, “developing” story, in this month’s “Most Harrisburg Thing.”

TheBurg Podcast is hosted and produced by Karen Hendricks, a lifelong journalist who also dabbles in PR/Marketing. Visit her website here. 

TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pa.; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

Interested in sponsoring TheBurg Podcast? Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com

Meet some of the Harrisburg area’s most fascinating people, and hear their own authentic stories, expanded from every month’s magazine, on TheBurg Podcast—because there’s always “more to the story.”  

Direct download: TheBurgPodcast_Feb2021.mp3
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We’ve cooked up a podcast lineup filled to the brim with warm topics.

From the surprising trends in Harrisburg’s pandemic purchases, to her own go-to meals at home, Andrea Karns of Karns Quality Foods explains how grocery stores have shelved their traditional operations and how shoppers are setting some hot, and sometimes spicy, trends.

Not only is food writing Stephanie Kalina Metzger’s bread and butter, but she’s an expert at making bread and butter pickles. Meet one of TheBurg’s foodie writers and hear her recommendations for local pandemic takeout.

Harrisburg Bicycle Club member Cindy Gorski explains why she prefers wintertime bike riding over summer spins. And she shares her inspirational story of how she logged 100,000 miles.

Plus TheBurg’s editor Lawrance Binda shares warm thoughts about 2021, in his Most Harrisburg Thing for January.

All three guests expand upon January magazine stories:

Crisis in Aisle 12 / Grains of Taste / Snowball Effect

TheBurg Podcast is hosted and produced by Karen Hendricks, a lifelong journalist who also dabbles in PR/Marketing. Visit her website here. 

TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pa.; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor. https://theburgnews.com/

Interested in sponsoring TheBurg Podcast? Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com

Meet some of the Harrisburg area’s most fascinating people, and hear their own authentic stories, expanded from every month’s magazine, on TheBurg Podcast—because there’s always “more to the story.”  

Direct download: TheBurgPodcastJan2021.mp3
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In this special holiday edition of TheBurg Podcast, we wrap up 2020 by unwrapping some creative “gifts”  from an artistic lineup of guests.

Artist Amie Bantz explains her inspiration behind TheBurg’s December magazine cover.

Megan Caruso, co-founder of Sprocket Mural Works, previews the 2021 Harrisburg Mural Festival—an expansion of our magazine story, “Walls of Hope.”

Three of the Yams, from Harrisburg band Yam Yam, stop by with an exciting holiday gift: They debut a new song from their upcoming album, on the podcast.

Bob MacGinnes, who writes Bob’s Art Blog for TheBurg, paints a picture of “the year in art.”

And editor Lawrance Binda pops by with his “most Harrisburg thing” for December.

TheBurg Podcast is hosted by Karen Hendricks, a lifelong journalist who also dabbles in PR/Marketing. Visit her website here. 

TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pa.; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor. https://theburgnews.com/

Interested in sponsoring TheBurg Podcast? Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com 

Meet some of the Harrisburg area’s most fascinating people, and hear their own authentic stories, expanded from every month’s magazine, on TheBurg Podcast—because there’s always “more to the story.”  

 

Direct download: TheBurgPodcastDec2020.mp3
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania takes center stage in this episode.

First, Lawrance Binda provides his insights, as editor of TheBurg, into the capital city’s unique role through 2020’s pandemic and political landscape.

Expanding on two stories within the pages of our November issue:

Wendell Hoover of Iron Valley Real Estate describes Harrisburg’s sizzling hot real estate market and explains why the city is perfectly positioned to capitalize on pandemic lifestyles.

Although he’s helped to furnish Harrisburg homes for nearly 10 years, Sam Levine of Red Door Consignment Gallery has never experienced a business boon like 2020’s pandemic-induced one. He explains what Harrisburg homeowners and buying and selling—and why.

Additionally, we head north along the Susquehanna River to chat with Central Pennsylvania podcaster, Peterson Tuscano of Susquehanna Life Out Loud. Reciprocally, TheBurg Podcast’s Karen Hendricks is a guest on his winter episode.

TheBurg Podcast is hosted by Karen Hendricks, a lifelong journalist who also dabbles in PR/Marketing. Visit her website here. 

TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pa.; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

Interested in sponsoring TheBurg Podcast? Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com) 

Meet some of the Harrisburg area’s most fascinating people, and hear their own authentic stories, expanded from every month’s magazine, on TheBurg Podcast—because there’s always “more to the story.”  

Show Notes:
“Headed to Harrisburg”
“A Season Like No Other”

Fans of TheBurg Podcast: Please take a moment to leave us a rating and/or review--which will help others "discover" Harrisburg and TheBurg. Thanks!

Direct download: TheBurg_Podcast_Nov2020.mp3
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Have opinions about reds and blues? Do you even attempt to talk politics? Whether you answered these questions with a sigh or snark, this podcast is for you.

It’s your survival guide to election season, with tools and tips for holding civil conversations, maintaining relationships and navigating social media.

Three guests, all members of the nonprofit organization Braver Angels, offer their advice and wisdom for bridging the political divide:

Linda Beck of Harrisburg, Dauphin County’s first moderator for Braver Angels.

Karen Cotter, Braver Angels’ blue state coordinator, eastern Penn.

Karen Ward, Braver Angels’ red state coordinator, western Penn.

This episode is an expansion of “On the Side of the Angels,” from the Oct. 2020 pages of TheBurg.

And “The Most Harrisburg Thing” for October is a colorful counterpoint to pandemic life, according to TheBurg Editor Lawrance Binda.

TheBurg Podcast is hosted by Karen Hendricks, a lifelong journalist who also dabbles in PR/Marketing. Visit her website here.

TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pa.; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

Interested in sponsoring TheBurg Podcast? Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com).

 Meet some of the Harrisburg area’s most fascinating people, and hear their own authentic stories, expanded from every month’s magazine, on TheBurg Podcast—because there’s always “more to the story.”

 A few more show notes:

Linda Beck can be contacted at lbeck.braverangels@gmail.com.

The With Malice Toward None pledge can be found at this link.

Direct download: TheBurg_Podcast_Oct2020.mp3
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TheBurg Podcast’s September episode expands three stories from our magazine's "food issue"--and all three serve up a healthy helping of hope.

Peter Leonard, CEO of Little Amps Coffee, explains how the Harrisburg-based business has stayed strong through this challenging year—and he even reveals Little Amps’ big plans for expansion.

When you consider Jason Meckes’ title (Experience Development Director) at Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, you might wonder what kind of tourism experience is possible amid 2020’s landscape, but he explains how he brewed one up—the Brew Barons Beer Trail.

There’s no question that the restaurant industry is struggling amid the pandemic. In order to help them, Carlisle’s Phil George took a creative approach. His story is proof that one person can indeed make a difference.

How do you describe the personality of Harrisburg? Editor Lawrance Binda tackles that question in his monthly feature, “The Most Harrisburg Thing”—and he serves up a smorgasbord in September.

Meet some of the Harrisburg area’s most fascinating people, and hear their own authentic stories, expanded from every month’s magazine, on TheBurg Podcast—because there’s always “more to the story.”

TheBurg Podcast is hosted by Karen Hendricks, a lifelong journalist who also dabbles in PR/Marketing. Visit her website here: https://hendrickscommunications.com/

TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

Links to the print stories featured and expanded on this month’s podcast:
“A Java Well Done”
“Banking on Beer”
“Art with a Heart”

Direct download: TheBurgPodcastSept2020Master.mp3
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Mike Fitzgerald and Gary Dutson, both of Harrisburg, were the driving force behind Harrisburg’s Black Lives Matter mural. They explain, in their own words, what motivated them to create the mural, and they explain what the phrase “Black Lives Matter” means to them.

Tim Eller of Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA), based in Harrisburg, expands upon the sky-high interest in Pennsylvania’s public cyber charter schools—and dispels many of the myths associated with online learning. And he explains how CCA gives back to the Harrisburg community.

Tourism is one of the hardest-hit industries as a result of COVID-19. We follow up with Mary Smith of Visit Hershey & Harrisburg for an update. She navigates through the bleak landscape but offers a few glimmers of hope. Plus, she shares staycation ideas you can find right here in your own backyard.

Plus editor of TheBurg, Lawrance Binda stops by for August’s “most Harrisburg thing”—and it’s a real treat.

Links to the stories featured and expanded on this month’s podcast:

“New Black Lives Matter Mural Painted in Midtown to Encourage Solidarity, Dialogue”

“Educated Guess”

”Vacation, Staycation”

Meet some of the Harrisburg area’s most fascinating people, and hear their own authentic stories, expanded from every month’s magazine, on TheBurg Podcast—because there’s always “more to the story.”

Hosted by Karen Hendricks. TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

Interested in sponsoring TheBurg Podcast? Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com)

Karen Hendricks is a lifelong journalist; visit her website here.

 

Direct download: TheBurg_Podcast_Aug2020_master.mp3
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It may feel challenging to maintain a sense of community throughout the pandemic—but that’s the challenge all of our guests tackle in this episode.

First, we welcome Blake Lynch, Community Policing Coordinator for the Harrisburg Police Bureau. His voice is one of several in the July issue’s, “Voices of Our Community,” which highlights perspectives from Harrisburg’s Black community. On the podcast, we dive deeper into his unique position as Community Policing Coordinator--which he describes as “a bridge,” plus he shares his thoughts on the “defund the police” movement and more.

Community can grow from a garden (“Tough Times, Green Times”). Harrisburg’s community gardens are thriving—and they’re producing more than flowers and vegetables. On the podcast, writer Deb Schell expands on the many benefits of pandemic gardening. Plus Deb explains how she made a pandemic pivot to found a new venture, Find Calm Here.

Harrisburg is easing back into a cultural sense of community, with 3rd in the Burg events starting back up again in July. Coordinator Kelsey Tatge explains what 3rd in the Burg means to the city’s arts and cultural community.

Editor of TheBurg, Lawrance Binda returns with “The Most Harrisburg Thing” for July—and it’s a community icon.

Meet some of the Harrisburg area’s most fascinating people, and hear their own authentic stories, expanded from every month’s magazine, on TheBurg Podcast—because there’s always “more to the story.”

Hosted by Karen Hendricks. TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

Interested in sponsoring TheBurg Podcast? Contact lmills@theburgnews.com

Karen Hendricks is a lifelong journalist; visit her website here: https://hendrickscommunications.com/

Direct download: TheBurgPodcast_July2020.mp3
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TheBurg’s June 2020 podcast focuses on innovation!

 

First, innovative strategies are helping to feed the hungry—and capitalizing on the timing of the summer produce season—at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Joe Arthur, executive director, provides details. (Based on the magazine story, “Hunger Pains.”)

 

Secondly, we hear from Sheila Dow-Ford, executive director of Impact Harrisburg. Their innovative grant program swung into action in record time, to help city businesses lessen the pandemic’s impact—with a significant portion going to minority-owned businesses. (Based upon the magazine’s “News Digest.”)

 

Editor of TheBurg Lawrance Binda reflects on the links between tension and change, city and state, in his reoccurring TMHT feature (“the most Harrisburg thing”).

 

Finally, we switch gears, to innovation with a “fun factor.” Straight from the front cover of TheBurg’s June issue, we bring you an exclusive interview with Harrisburg’s newest celeb, “Sharkman” himself. (Here’s our digital June issue.)

 

Meet some of the Harrisburg area’s most fascinating people, and hear their own authentic stories, expanded from every month’s magazine, on TheBurg Podcast—because there’s always “more to the story.”

 

Hosted by Karen Hendricks. TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, PA; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

 

Interested in sponsoring TheBurg Podcast? Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com)

 

Karen Hendricks is a lifelong journalist; visit her website: https://hendrickscommunications.com/

 

Links:

https://theburgnews.com/food/hunger-pains-innovative-solutions-charitable-donations-meet-unprecedented-need-for-food-for-now

https://theburgnews.com/news/may-news-digest-4

June Issue: https://www.ifoldsflip.com/i/1252963-june-2020

 

 

Direct download: TheBurg_Podcast_June2020.mp3
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Overwhelmed by pandemic news? This month’s podcast provides the antidote—we talk around “it” without focusing on “it.”

 

Behind the lens: Harrisburg-based photographer Dani Fresh shares her insights, from her photo essay of street scenes, “Silent City.”

 

Missing sports? Culture? Alice Anne Schwab of the Susquehanna Art Museum goes to bat for you, explaining how you can still catch the museum’s current exhibit “Separate and Unequaled” detailed in “Diamonds are Forever: SAM exhibit honors Negro Leagues centennial.”

 

Cat chat: Writer Diane McCormick expands upon her story “Pets & Pandemic” to share timely information for animal lovers.

 

And running along the Susquehanna River sparked the idea for editor Lawrance Binda’s monthly TMHT, “the most Harrisburg thing.”

 

Meet some of the Harrisburg area’s most fascinating people, and hear their own authentic stories, straight from every month’s issue—with a different twist—on TheBurg Podcast. Because there’s always “more to the story.” Hosted by Karen Hendricks. TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

 

Interested in sponsoring TheBurg Podcast? Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com)

 

Karen Hendricks is a lifelong journalist; visit her website here: https://hendrickscommunications.com/

 

Read More:
https://theburgnews.com/in-the-burg/silent-city-a-photostory

https://theburgnews.com/culture/diamonds-are-forever-sam-exhibit-honors-negro-leagues-centennial

https://theburgnews.com/home-front/pets-pandemic-animals-like-their-humans-are-suffering-from-this-crisis

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Meet some of the Harrisburg area’s most fascinating people, and hear their own authentic stories, straight from every month’s issue—with a different twist—on TheBurg Podcast. Because there’s always “more to the story.” Hosted by Karen Hendricks. TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

Life as we know it is changed. The COVID-19 pandemic is the first national and international crisis most of us have ever experienced. Stay-at-home life has become a mixture of terrible news and grim statistics, intertwined with beautiful news of selfless medical professionals and community helpers.

With that in mind, this month’s podcast reflects news from a variety of those perspectives.

We’ll have an update on Central Pennsylvania’s small businesses and how they’re weathering this storm, featuring David Black, President and CEO, Harrisburg Regional Chamber and Capital Region Economic Development Corporation.

We’ll also talk with a Harrisburg area musician, Xander Moppin of Yam Yam, about how the pandemic is affecting the arts.

And enjoying a breath of fresh air, outdoors, has never sounded so good. We’ll explore hiking with reporter Maddie Conley. “Trailing Along,” in the April issue of TheBurg, explains how the organization Hike It Baby is introducing the next generation to nature. (https://theburgnews.com/sports-health/trailing-along-parents-kids-enjoy-nature-together-through-hike-it-baby-harrisburg)

Plus Lawrance Binda, editor of TheBurg, will share TMHT, “the most Harrisburg thing,” amid the pandemic.

Interested in sponsoring TheBurg Podcast? Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com)
TheBurg’s Website: https://theburgnews.com
Karen Hendricks is a lifelong journalist; visit her website here (https://hendrickscommunications.com)

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Meet some of the Harrisburg area’s most fascinating people, and hear their own authentic stories, straight from every month’s issue—with a different twist—on TheBurg Podcast. Because there’s always “more to the story.” Hosted by Karen Hendricks. TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pa.; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.

 

Susan Ryder has written a series of stories about the homeless for TheBurg. In the March 2020 magazine (“Lend A Hand—A beginner’s guide to helping the homeless”), she compiles resources to guide the good intentions of donors. On the podcast, she talks about her personal connection to this issue, the evolution of her stories on the homeless, and some of the commonly held misconceptions people often have about the homeless.

 

Think about your favorite hometown pizza, and chances are, it’ll cook up a nostalgic memory. Jennie O’Neill of Knead Pizza hopes her pies have all the right ingredients to create those memories for current Harrisburg residents. She talks about her “recipe for success,” how the Broad Street Market is an incubator for businesses, and she reveals the craziest things she’s ever put on a pizza. More info: Knead More Pizza

 

Angie and Trevor Spencer might not be household names to you, but to thousands of listeners across the globe, they’re known as the personalities behind the Marathon Training Academy podcast. And who knew? They live and create their podcast right here in Central PA, in Carlisle. They share their thoughts on podcasting (10 years into their business!), how a “running community” is formed, and—now that they’ve moved here—their impressions of Harrisburg and Central PA. More info: Run Hear

 

TMHT: Plus Editor Larry Binda joins us to share “the most Harrisburg thing”—a recurring feature closing out each episode. Today’s TMHT focuses on community and collaboration.

 

Interested in sponsoring TheBurg Podcast? Contact Lauren Mills 
Website: https://theburgnews.com
Karen Hendricks is a lifelong journalist; visit her website here

Direct download: March2020Master.mp3
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TheBurg Podcast is back with its last episode before a brief hiatus. 

This week, Larry and Lizzy offer a roundup of recent city council activity, including the hullabaloo over a new Auto-Zone store and the decision to hire a lobbyist to help the city win over state lawmakers in 2019. They also discuss the school board's impasse over the appointment of a new member --  a matter that's now headed to a Dauphin County judge. They end with a mournful discussion about the state of the local news business and the nefariousness of venture capitalists and newspaper parent companies.

A note to our listeners: TheBurg Podcast is on hiatus after this episode, since Lizzy is taking a new reporting job in Harrisburg on Monday. Thanks to everyone who's listened and shared feedback! The Pod will be back up after we find a new city reporter. 

Read more about the topics discussed in this week's episode:

Council overrides mayoral veto on AutoZone.

Mayor vetoes city council planning provision for AutoZone.

Mayor seeks new contract, broader goals for 2019 lobbying efforts.

Former news publisher appointed to oversee Harrisburg’s finances.

Harrisburg School Board delays decision on new member.

Appointment of new Harrisburg School Board member headed to county judge.

TheBurg Podcast is released semi-monthly by TheBurg Magazine. It is recorded in the offices of Startup Harrisburg and produced by Lizzy Hardison. Special thanks to Paul Coolley, who wrote our theme music.

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Ed note: This podcast was recorded on Friday, Dec. 28, but got stuck in production until Monday, Dec. 31 due to a breaking news event. We hope you enjoy it nonetheless!

Lizzy and Larry are back for one final episode of TheBurg Podcast in 2018. They wrap up the last year in Harrisburg news -- from weather events and school board drama to road projects and Act 47 victories.

TheBurg Podcast is released semi-monthly by TheBurg Magazine. It is recorded in the offices of Startup Harrisburg and produced by Lizzy Hardison. Special thanks to Paul Coolley, who wrote our theme music.

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Hitting the road for holiday travel this weekend? Bring yourself up to speed on Harrisburg political news with the newest episode of TheBurg Podcast.

Lizzy and Larry discuss what's delaying the city's 2019 budget, and explain a recent effort to get more local laborers on the new federal courthouse construction site. They finish by previewing a brewing charter school debate, which is sure to take the Harrisburg School Board by storm in 2019.

Read more about the topics discussed in this week's episode:

Harrisburg City Council tables 2019 budget vote, citing “impasse” with mayor’s office.

City council president blocks vote on Federal Courthouse plans, staging symbolic rebuke of hiring practices.

Harrisburg School Board hears charter application for midtown elementary school.

Following church consolidation, Derry Street UMC leaders fight for right to stay in South Allison Hill.

Burg Blog: On Average

TheBurg Podcast is released semi-monthly by TheBurg Magazine. It is recorded in the offices of Startup Harrisburg and produced by Lizzy Hardison. Special thanks to Paul Coolley, who wrote our theme music.

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Note: We accidentally published an un-edited version of this episode earlier. You may have seen it in your feed, but we've replaced it with this new, edited version. 

You may have already picked up a print copy of TheBurg's December issue -- why not chase it with a new podcast?

On this week's episode, Lizzy and Larry recap the mayor's annual budget presentation. Where is your money going in 2019? They also discuss PennDOT plans to widen 1-83 in Harrisburg, as well as the article Lizzy wrote for this month's magazine about the rise, fall and potential resurgence of downtown retail.

You can read our coverage of all the topics we discussed in this week's podcast on our website. Lizzy's retail story is also out in print today, as is Larry's column, which jibes well with our discussion of the Broad Street Market at the end of the episode. Find a copy at one of our distribution locations.

Mayor proposes 2019 budget with no tax hikes, slight spending decrease from current year.

A 12-lane highway in Harrisburg? It’s possible in PennDOT plan for I-83.

Retail Therapy: More people are choosing to live, work and play in Harrisburg. Could a retail revival be next?

Let’s Talk: The nation’s “social infrastructure” may be withering, but Harrisburg’s is growing stronger.

TheBurg Podcast is released semi-monthly by TheBurg Magazine. It is recorded in the offices of Startup Harrisburg and produced by Lizzy Hardison. Special thanks to Paul Coolley, who wrote our theme music.

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Lizzy and Larry discuss the proposed changes to Harrisburg's Second Street, and recap a public meeting on the subject attended by more than 100 city residents. They also offer some predictions for what's to come in the city's 2019 budget hearings and with the appointments to Harrisburg's new Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority. 

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Harrisburg entered a brave new world this week when Gov. Tom Wolf signed the Municipal Financial Recovery Act (HB2557) into law, granting the city a one-way ticket out of Act 47 and financial distress. Lizzy and Larry answer all your burning questions about what comes next. They also break down the findings of a recent city-wide housing study, which predicts a shortfall of more than 200 rental units in Harrisburg over the next three years. Larry also offers an update on Harrisburg's first dog park, which is set to open next week.

Read more about the topics discussed in this episode at TheBurgNews.com:

Senate passes Harrisburg Act 47 bill, ending city’s financial distress and preserving taxes for five years

Harrisburg convinced lawmakers to let it leave Act 47. What’s next?

Housing Study: Harrisburg faces shortage of rental housing now, expected to get worse

Please Unleash Me: Harrisburg’s first dog park set to open.

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This Friday, there’s a chill in the air and a new episode of TheBurg Podcast ready for your ears.

City government is lying in wait as an Act 47 bill lingers in the statehouse. This week, Lizzy and Larry talk about amendments to that bill, which would let Harrisburg exit Act 47 – but, as always, there’s a catch. They also discuss the recent appointment of a new city council member, as well as a report analyzing the Third Street corridor.

Fruit enthusiasts, stay tuned ‘til the end for an update on Lizzy’s hunt for Pawpaws. 

Read more about the topics discussed in this week’s episode:

House committee passes bill that would let Harrisburg exit Act 47, retain current tax levels for 5 years

Legislative staffer appointed as newest member of Harrisburg City Council

ULI Report: Harrisburg’s 3rd Street corridor good, but could be great

TheBurg Podcast is released semi-monthly by TheBurg Magazine. It is recorded in the offices of Startup Harrisburg and produced by Lizzy Hardison. Special thanks to Paul Coolley, who wrote our theme music. 

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TheBurg's editor in chief Larry Binda and city reporter Lizzy Hardison recap the recent house committee hearing on Harrisburg's tax bill. They also discuss the upcoming appointment of a new member of Harrisburg City Council. Stay tuned until the end for a spirited discussion of Pawpaws, America's forgotten fruit!

Be sure to pick up the October issue of TheBurg, which hit newsstands this morning. And learn more about the topics in this week's episode at TheBurgNews.com:

State & The City: Harrisburg mayor makes case to retain tax rates, exit Act 47.

House bill would prohibit commuter tax, extend current taxing authority for Harrisburg

Leaving Act 47: The private sector has revitalized Harrisburg in the past. It can do so again.

Former mayoral candidate among 17 seeking seat on Harrisburg City Council

HBG FAQ: Welcome to Harrisburg. Now read this.

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TheBurg Podcast is back following a summer hiatus. We recap the latest developments in Harrisburg’s Act 47 saga, including an effort to lobby the state legislature and the impending deadline to adopt a state-approved Act 47 exit plan. We also discuss HMAC’s recent bankruptcy filing and what the business means to midtown Harrisburg.

Read more about the topics covered in this podcast at TheBurgNews.com.

City Council to consider home rule ordinance as Act 47 deadline nears.

Following online outrage and revenue hit, HMAC files chapter 11 bankruptcy as a prelude to sale

State grant earmarked for HMAC could be jeopardized by bankruptcy filing, CREDC president says. 

TheBurg Podcast is released semi-monthly by TheBurg Magazine. It is recorded in the offices of Startup Harrisburg and produced by Lizzy Hardison. Special thanks to Paul Coolley, who wrote our theme music.

 

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This week's episode of TheBurg Podcast includes discussions about the city's Act 47 exit plan, historical buildings and affordable housing, and Harrisburg's plan to reduce traffic fatalities, starting on the upper State Street corridor. Read more about these topics on our website, TheBurgNews.com: 

“Dead On Arrival”: Harrisburg mayor, state representative reject, vow to fight proposal to double city property taxes.

State recommends doubling Harrisburg property tax, reducing income and services taxes to ease Act 47 exit.

City-wide affordable housing study could inform long-term development policies, Harrisburg officials say.

“Rapid Response” measures proposed, meant to improve pedestrian safety on State Street

To Zero: “Vision Zero” aims for no auto-related deaths in Harrisburg.

Burg View: End the Road Carnage Now

Burg View: PennDOT needs to find ways to improve safety at Front and Forster.

 

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TheBurg Podcast is back after a short hiatus! The Harrisburg news cycle has kept us busy in the past few weeks, but we’re breaking down the most important developments in the city in our newest episode.

We start by discussing the city’s so-called “fiscal crisis” and then recap a chaotic school board meeting. We wrap up on a more hopeful topic – the groundbreaking of the new federal courthouse at 6th and Riley Streets, which took place earlier this week.

You can stream the episode on Soundcloud, or subscribe to TheBurg Podcast in the Apple or Android podcast apps.

Read more about the topics covered in this podcast at TheBurgNews.com:

Harrisburg imposes austerity measures, hopes for legislative action as it faces hard realities of Act 47.
Mayor’s communication on Act 47 “irresponsible,” HBG councilman says, as 14 jobs affected by hiring freeze.
“I’m done:” School board members threaten walk out, exchange barbs over spontaneous action on superintendent contract.
Mandate or Suggestion? State calls on Harrisburg school district to seek new financial managers
Speeches & Shovels: After years of delays, officials break ground for new federal courthouse in Harrisburg.
Burg Blog: The "Right" Stuff.
Harristown to purchase, renovate historic property that once housed iconic Harrisburg hotel, restaurant.
Facing ouster by PennDOT, newsstand owner fights for his right to stay in the Harrisburg train station.
Following public outcry, PennDOT rethinks plan that would oust train station newsstand.

TheBurg Podcast is released semi-monthly by TheBurg Magazine. It is recorded in the offices of Startup Harrisburg and produced by Lizzy Hardison. Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music.

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This week’s episode of the Burg Podcast takes a deep dive into the recent tumult in the Harrisburg School District, including back-and-forth votes over the superintendent and a burgeoning funding crisis. Lizzy and Larry also discuss the city’s new project to improve road safety and the latest challenge facing an embattled Midtown bar.

Read more about this week’s topics on TheBurgNews.com:

Full-day kindergarten on the chopping block, tax hikes loom, as Harrisburg District struggles to balance its books.

School Board can’t un-do action on superintendent contract, solicitor says.

Burg View: Harrisburg’s School Daze (Editorial)

Burg View: End the Road Carnage Now (Editorial)

To Zero: “Vision Zero” aims for no auto-related deaths in Harrisburg. 

Another Round: Third Street Cafe back in court, this time to defend liquor license

TheBurg Podcast is released semi-monthly by TheBurg Magazine. It is recorded in the offices of Startup Harrisburg and produced by Lizzy Hardison. Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music.

 

 

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On this week’s episode of TheBurg Podcast, Larry and Lizzy cover three topics that, for better or worse, just won’t die: DBE participation in city contracts, affordable housing in downtown Harrisburg, and shakeups in the city’s comprehensive planning process. Stay tuned until the end to hear about new, encouraging research on violent crime in cities. 

Read about the topics in this podcast on TheBurgNews.com:

Does Harrisburg need to increase minority participation in public contracts? Council says ‘yes.’

Open for Business: As Harrisburg prepares to spend millions on capital projects, it seeks to re-engage 
with minority and women-owned business.

Apartments OK’d: Harrisburg council approves Harristown, other projects.

Planning Commission “has not served citizens well” and needs to be replaced, Mayor says.

TheBurg Podcast is released semi-monthly by TheBurg Magazine. It is recorded in the offices of Startup Harrisburg and produced by Lizzy Hardison. Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music.

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This week’s episode of TheBurg podcast comes at you from the Broad Street Market, where Larry and Lizzy embedded themselves to recap the last two weeks in Harrisburg news. They discuss the latest developments in the school board’s search for a superintendent, the calls for the city to contribute to a small business loan fund, and the dawn of a new era of free evening parking in downtown Harrisburg.

Read more about the topics discussed in this week’s podcast:

Harrisburg School Board votes to consider a new superintendent.

Ante Up? Harrisburg debates chipping in for new revolving loan fund.

Harrisburg Freezes Over: Free downtown parking to begin next week.

Free Parking? No, it’s not Monopoly. It’s Harrisburg.

TheBurg Podcast is released semi-monthly by TheBurg Magazine. It is (usually) recorded in the offices of Startup Harrisburg and produced by Lizzy Hardison. Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music.

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On this week’s Burg Podcast, Larry and Lizzy outline the next steps in the city’s Act 47 process, consider the fortunes of a new small-business loan fund, and parse recent studies on the Harrisburg Train Station and Paxton Creek reclamation project.

Read more about the news discussed in this week’s episode:

City council approves free evening parking downtown, but only for one year.

Need a Loan? Harrisburg Business Opportunity Fund set to launch next week.

Capital Ambition: State outlines major improvement plan for Paxton Creek, Market Street, Harrisburg station.

TheBurg Podcast is released semi-monthly by TheBurg Magazine. It is recorded in the offices of Startup Harrisburg and produced by Lizzy Hardison. Special thanks to Paul Coolley, who wrote our theme music.

 

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On this week’s Burg Podcast, Larry Binda and Lizzy Hardison discuss developments in the city’s never-ending parking saga, new efforts to bring more minorities and women into city contracts, and the administration’s quest to hire a financial advisor.

Read more about the topics discussed in this show here:

Harrisburg parking system meeting projections, but negotiations on 2018 rates still ongoing.

Harrisburg Council confirms CRW appointments, delays action on financial advisor, downtown parking

No Charge: Could free parking be coming to downtown Harrisburg?

Open for Business: As Harrisburg prepares to spend millions on capital projects, it seeks to re-engage 
with minority and women-owned business.

TheBurg Podcast is recorded twice monthly in the offices of Startup Harrisburg. It is produced by Lizzy Hardison, and our theme music is by Paul Cooley.

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We cover all things infrastructure and development on this week’s episode of TheBurg Podcast. First, why is Capital Region Water going to spend more than $300 million updating Harrisburg’s sewer system, and what will it mean for ratepayers? Then we dip back into the debate playing out in city council about affordable housing downtown. We wrap up with (yet another) update on the city’s comprehensive plan — is there an end in sight?

Read more about this week’s topics at TheBurgNews.com, and look for our new magazine when it hits newsstands next Wednesday:

Move In Day: First MulDer Square house sold, ready for new owners.

Moving Ahead: Despite criticism, HBG Planning Commission sticks with comprehensive plan draft.

2 for 2: Council considers, approves development projects in Harrisburg.

Water, Sewer Plan: Massive improvements, major rate hikes proposed over next 2 decades.

TheBurg Podcast is released twice a month by TheBurg Magazine. It is recorded in the offices of StartUp Harrisburg and produced by Lizzy Hardison. Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music.

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TheBurg's editor-in-chief Larry Binda and city reporter Lizzy Hardison consider recent building projects downtown that have some people crying “gentrification.” They also dig into two statewide news developments and their effects on Harrisburg: the supreme court ruling against gerrymandering, and the approval of a new statewide education plan.

If you enjoyed this episode, consider subscribing to TheBurg Podcast in the Apple or Android podcast apps. You can also stream it on Soundcloud.

Read more about this week’s topics in TheBurg:

Yes, But: Council OKs apartment plan, but approval comes with a warning.

Wide-Ranging Discussion: Harrisburg officials tackle multitude of issues at community forum.

A new state system puts less emphasis on standardized tests. How will Harrisburg schools fare?

Capital Redistrict: What will the gerrymander ruling mean for Harrisburg?

TheBurg Podcast is released biweekly by TheBurg Magazine. It is recorded in the offices of StartUp Harrisburg and produced by Lizzy Hardison. Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music.

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We're devoting this week's discussion to one topic: Harrisburg's comprehensive plan. Burg editor in chief Larry Binda and city reporter Lizzy Hardison follow the years-long project from its auspicious beginning to acrimonious end. What caused the project to sour? Who shares blame for the breakdown between the city and its contractor?  And what does the plan even say, anyway? They cover all these questions and more in this week's episode of TheBurg Podcast.

Read our coverage of the comprehensive plan on TheBurgNews.com:

Harrisburg Architect To Steer City’s Comprehensive Plan

What’s the Plan? After scores of meetings and tons of input, Harrisburg’s comprehensive plan process enters the final stretch.

After much delay, city officials lay out timeline to complete comprehensive plan

Plan of Action: Progress finally made on Harrisburg’s comprehensive plan.

It’s Here: Harrisburg’s draft comprehensive plan released

Harrisburg’s comprehensive plan is “unworkable,” say mayor, business leaders.

Comprehensive Jam: Harrisburg spent $200k on a planning project that the Mayor now recommends trashing. What went wrong, and what could the plan mean for the city?

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. TheBurg Podcast is recorded in the offices of StartUp Harrisburg and produced by Lizzy Hardison. 

 

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As the year comes to a close and holiday indulgences beckon, Burg editor Larry Binda and city reporter Lizzy Hardison recap the week in news and look ahead to 2018. In this episode, they discuss the city's finalized budget, which will make some exciting project possible in the new year. They also examine the debate surrounding Harrisburg City Schools superintendent Sybil Knight-Burney, whose contract is up for renewal in 2018. The School Board isn't sure she deserves another term. Lizzy describes a showdown that took place at last week's board meeting and explains why Knight-Burney drew fire for supporting a school voucher program in 2011. Plus, Lizzy and Larry round out the year's top news stories. 

Be sure to ring in the new year with the next issue of theBurg, which comes out Friday, Dec. 29.

Read reporting mentioned in this episode: 

In the Books: Harrisburg Council makes a few tweaks, passes 2018 budget.

All Heat No Fire: Divided Harrisburg school board delays vote on superintendent’s future.

To Re-hire or Not? Pro-voucher video surfaces as Harrisburg school board considers Knight-Burney’s future.

Citing low manpower, police dial back plans for Allison Hill substation.

As Harrisburg finalizes its 2018 budget, officials hear a forecast for Act 47.

Exit Strategy: Harrisburg seeks assistance as it eyes leaving Act 47.

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A lot happened at City Council this week, and it's all covered all in TheBurg's newest podcast. Burg editor in chief Larry Binda and city reporter Lizzy Hardison offer a preview of the 2018 budget, consider the city's options for exiting from Act 47 next year, and sit in slack-jawed wonder at the Harrisburg's peace treaty with National Civil War Museum. They end with a discussion about community policing techniques, which Lizzy writes about in this month's issue of TheBurg.

Stream this week's episode on SoundCloud, or download it in the iTunes or Android podcast apps.

Read coverage of the issues we discuss in this podcast at TheBurgNews.com:

HBG Budget: 2018 plan shows growing revenues, no new tax hikes.

Exit Strategy: Harrisburg seeks assistance as it eyes leaving Act 47.

Peace in Our Time: City, Civil War Museum finalize accord over artifacts, rent.

New Cops on the Block: How one police department built public trust with a community-centered approach.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show on iTunes.

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TheBurg's editor in chief Larry Binda sits down with city reporter Lizzy Hardison to rehash the past two weeks in Harrisburg news. They recap what the heck happened with that election day raffle, discuss the city's new comprehensive plan, and imagine a skyline changed by Harrisburg University's new building project. 

A note to our listeners: We are working hard to bring you better audio quality! We've acquired new microphones and hope that you'll see a marked improvement in sound quality in our next episode. 

Read coverage of this week's podcast topics at TheBurgNews.com:

Thousands of dollars later, campaign yields no finance report and one unhappy candidate.

It’s Here: Harrisburg’s draft comprehensive plan released

Healthcare & a Hotel: HU plans mixed-use high-rise in downtown Harrisburg 

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TheBurg Podcast returns after a long hiatus! This week, Editor in Chief Larry Binda and City Reporter Lizzy Hardison discuss why anti-abortion advocates are suing the city, the proposed changes to 2nd Street, and the revivification of Harrisburg's mysterious comprehensive plan. Plus, Lizzy breaks down the details of a proposed amendment to the state constitution, which will be on the ballot in Tuesday's elections. Listen to the end to hear your hosts' picks for "The Most Harrisburg Thing This Week." (Hint: they mostly have to do with pasta.)

Find the stories referenced in this week’s podcast: 

Abortion foes challenge Harrisburg protest buffer in court.

2-Way 2nd: Council action brings major road change nearer.

Plan of Action: Progress finally made on Harrisburg's comprehensive plan.

Property tax amendment mired in uncertainty ahead of November election.

I’ve Got a Secret: Some of the best places in Harrisburg are worth searching out.

Curious how Second Street became the mimi-highway that it is today? Read this 2013 feature from former Burg city reporter Paul Barker.

Second Thoughts: Decades ago, Harrisburg’s leaders quickly turned 2nd Street into an urban highway. Some people now think they made a big mistake.

 

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

April 22, 2016: This week, Larry and Paul discuss an important upcoming vote on the Harrisburg Strong Plan and try to divine what council members are going to do with it. They also discuss how a board nominee navigated an unexpected controversy, and how the city has slimmed down its plans for the 4th of July. Finally, they offer their Most Harrisburg Things this week - a quartet of swans in Italian Lake park, and a farewell to Paul, who recorded today from the Burg Nest for the last time.

TheBurg Podcast is proudly sponsored by Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Harrisburg.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store. You can also subscribe to TheBurg podcast in iTunes.

TheBurg Podcast will be on hiatus after this week, but we hope to be back in the future. Stay tuned!

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

April 15, 2016: Larry and Paul discuss why a mayoral board appointment, not usually much of a headline-grabber, drew so much attention this week. They also talk about a traffic conversion study, a Senate hearing on municipal distress and cynicism and growth in city businesses.

TheBurg Podcast is proudly sponsored by Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Harrisburg.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store. You can also subscribe to TheBurg podcast in iTunes.

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

April 8, 2016: This week, Larry and Paul talk about a little bit of sunlight hitting Impact Harrisburg and showing... well, not that much, but there's still plenty to say about the non-profit organization and the $13 million it manages. They also talk about the man charged with the murder of Chief Carter's nephew, and how his story raises questions about many facets of the justice system in Harrisburg. And stick around for a dive into statehouse politics, booted vehicles and Simpsons references.

TheBurg Podcast is proudly sponsored by Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Harrisburg.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store. You can also subscribe to TheBurg podcast in iTunes.

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

April 1, 2016: This week, Larry and Paul talk about the string of recent shootings hitting the police department close to home, with the murder last Saturday of the nephew of Harrisburg Police Chief Thomas Carter. They also discuss Paul's feature this month on a $16 million fund controlled by the Harrisburg Firemen's Relief Association. And, as always, they offer their takes on the Most Harrisburg Thing This Week.

 

TheBurg Podcast is proudly sponsored by Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Harrisburg.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes storeYou can also subscribe to TheBurg podcast in iTunes.

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

March 25, 2016: This week, Larry and Paul talk about a $9 million conservation proposal involving the forested watershed that supplies Harrisburg's drinking water. They also discuss City Council's after-session discussion of a home rule charter plan the members aren't quite warming up to. Plus, the Bernie Sanders campaign arrives in Midtown, and Larry appears in a WITF interview.

TheBurg Podcast is proudly sponsored by Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Harrisburg.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes storeYou can also subscribe to TheBurg podcast in iTunes.

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

March 18, 2016: This week, Larry and Paul talk about a blistering report on the city treasury leaked by City Controller Charles DeBrunner. They also discuss what happened when state officials showed up at City Council chambers to hear about the city's proposed updates to its recovery plan.

TheBurg Podcast is proudly sponsored by Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Harrisburg.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes storeYou can also subscribe to TheBurg podcast in iTunes.

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

March 11, 2016: This week, Larry and Paul talk about a well-attended public meeting on a proposed marijuana decriminalization bill and the second workshop on updates to the city's recovery plan. They also discuss two slices of city living they witnessed in the warmer weather.

TheBurg Podcast is proudly sponsored by Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Harrisburg.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes storeYou can also subscribe to TheBurg podcast in iTunes.

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

March 4, 2016: Let the sun shine... This week, Larry and Paul discuss a City Council workshop on the recovery plan, the Sunshine Act and a government-related nonprofit's closed-door meetings, and a U.S. News & World Report survey that gave high marks to the Harrisburg metro area as a place to live.

TheBurg Podcast is proudly sponsored by Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Harrisburg.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes storeYou can also subscribe to TheBurg podcast in iTunes.

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

Feb. 26, 2016: This week, Larry and Paul discuss the fallout from the Civil War Museum heist and what's coming next - call it a Civil War security summit. They also talk about infrastructure money and where to find it, some recent and impending arrivals in the Midtown business district, and dreams and deception in the Harrisburg School District.

TheBurg Podcast is proudly sponsored by Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Harrisburg.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes storeYou can also subscribe to TheBurg podcast in iTunes.

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

Feb. 19, 2016: This week, Larry and Paul talk about a series of revelations about a heist at the National Civil War Museum, as well as Paul's feature in the February issue about City Council members. They also talk about a letter Larry got in the mail, written by local legend Mary Sachs and dated Dec. 31, 1929.

TheBurg Podcast is proudly sponsored by Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Harrisburg.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes storeYou can also subscribe to TheBurg podcast in iTunes.

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

Feb. 12, 2016: This week, Larry and Paul talk about a bill before City Council to reduce the penalty for possession of small amounts of marijuana, plus the passage of more or less the same 2016 budget that was adopted in December. They also talk about problems of editorial control and sensitivity to city issues with an NRA-sponsored exhibit at the Civil War museum. And, as always, they nominate their candidates for the Most Harrisburg Thing This Week.

TheBurg Podcast is proudly sponsored by Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Harrisburg.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes storeYou can also subscribe to TheBurg podcast in iTunes.

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

Feb. 5, 2016: This week, Larry and Paul give their top three - drum roll... - takeaways from the hearing on the city's recovery plan Wednesday night. They also talk about an open records lawsuit between the city and the defense team for former Mayor Stephen Reed, plus crime stats and chocolate habitats.

TheBurg Podcast is proudly sponsored by Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Harrisburg.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes storeYou can also subscribe to TheBurg podcast in iTunes.

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

Jan. 29, 2016: It snowed! Larry and Paul talk about the cost of all that shoveling and plowing, and they give their takes on the city's response to the epic storm. They also discuss the plans of the City Islanders to play home soccer games at the Senators' ballpark next year. Then, Paul talks with Capital Region Water CEO Shannon Williams about her company's efforts to engage the community and reduce flooding and sewer overflows with a campaign called City Beautiful H2O.

TheBurg Podcast is proudly sponsored by Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Harrisburg.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes storeYou can also subscribe to TheBurg podcast in iTunes.

Podcast bonus: During her appearance on the podcast, Shannon Williams discussed her reaction to the water crisis in Flint, Mich. To further inform the public about lead monitoring and the water supply, Capital Region Water has prepared a fact sheet, which you can access here.

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

Jan. 22, 2016: Larry and Paul take the podcast on the road this week, paying a visit to the Broad Street Market to pack up on victuals in advance of the impending snowstorm. They talk about updates to the city's recovery plan presented to council Thursday night, and they ask who's looking out for Harrisburg when it comes to parking promises. They also discuss investments downtown - from the state, and from Eastern Europe - and offer their takes on the week's Most Harrisburg Thing.

TheBurg Podcast is proudly sponsored by Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Harrisburg.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

You can now subscribe to TheBurg podcast in iTunes!

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Jan. 15, 2016: How would you describe your vision in three adjectives? This week, Larry and Paul talk about Mayor Papenfuse's own look back at 2015 and his goals for the city this year. Then, they discuss free short-term parking downtown, a very Harrisburg storytelling show and the opening of the city's first distillery in a long, long time.

TheBurg Podcast is proudly sponsored by Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Harrisburg.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

You can now subscribe to TheBurg podcast in iTunes!

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

Jan. 8, 2016: This week, Larry and Paul talk about the swearing-in of new City Council members, a pair of hearings in the corruption case against former Mayor Stephen Reed, the court pressing the reset button on a bar the city has targeted for closure, and their picks for the first Most Harrisburg Things of the year.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

You can now subscribe to TheBurg podcast in iTunes!

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Dec. 31, 2015: In this "Year in Review" edition of the podcast, Larry and Paul take a long look back at a year of ups and downs in Harrisburg. They talk about developments and setbacks in Midtown, crime across the city and headline-grabbing stories of good community policing, and the political persona of Mayor Eric Papenfuse coming into focus through initiatives and battles throughout the year. They also upgrade everyone's favorite podcast feature by picking out their Most Harrisburg Thing This Year. And Paul gets a kudos from Larry for his city-as-fixer-upper metaphor.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

And an additional thanks to the folks at the Free Music Archive, who hooked us up with some sweet "Auld Lang Synes" from the public domain. You heard versions by the United States Marine Band and Amil Byleckie.

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

Dec. 18, 2015: This week, Larry and Paul talk about the vote to approve the Papenfuse administration's 2016 budget, an arrest of a suspect in Midtown on terrorism charges, a farewell to departing City Council members and other very Harrisburg things.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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Dec. 11, 2015: This week, Larry and Paul talk about the many twists and turns in the hearings this week on Harrisburg's 2016 budget. They also discuss the arrest of the suspect in the murder of Rayon Braxton and Paul's expert advice on whether or not Larry needs to eat crow.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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Dec. 4, 2015: This week, Larry and Paul talk about the new LED streetlights, then assess the mayor's and the community's response to the murder of Rayon Braxton. They also discuss a stern letter to the mayor from a state agency and vision versus reality in the comprehensive plan.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

You can now subscribe to TheBurg podcast in iTunes!

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Nov. 27, 2015: This week, Larry and Paul talk about Mayor Papenfuse's proposed 2016 budget, the final resolution of a long-running dispute with the county tourism bureau, fact versus fiction in the corruption charges against former Mayor Reed, and the notion of Harrisburg "outsiders" you hear invoked from time to time around town, even from elected officials.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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Nov. 20, 2015: In this week's "Utility Edition," Larry and Paul talk about improvements at the site of the Harrisburg incinerator, a new rule on "woody waste," and the 2016 water and sewer rates approved by Capital Region Water. They also give a farewell to the Uptown Chicago Grill at 2nd and Maclay and chat about some really antiquated light circuits in city hall. Can you guess which of these were the Most Harrisburg Thing This Week?

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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Nov. 13, 2015: This week, Larry and Paul talk about the roll-out of two new front-end loaders, the latest additions to the city's incrementally improving sanitation fleet. They also talk about how the mayor and council don't seem to be singing "All Together Now" on city finances, before debuting a new podcast segment, "The Most Harrisburg Thing This Week."

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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Nov. 6, 2015: This week, Larry and Paul talk about the "Find Your Way Here" city marketing campaign, which the tourism bureau unveiled Thursday night with or without - OK, without - the mayor's blessing. Then they discuss a stalled development in Midtown, the results of Tuesday's municipal election and Paul's November feature on the defunct revolving loan fund.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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Oct. 30, 2015: This week, Larry and Paul nurse a trick-or-treating hangover by talking about the ongoing negotiations between Mayor Papenfuse and the tourism bureau and another court ruling on the lawsuits over the city's gun laws. Plus, a call for help from Harrisburg police on an unsolved murder, a new Burg issue and the city's first distillery since Prohibition (we think).

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

Oct. 23, 2015: This week, Larry and Paul talk about complaints and revelations at the recent meetings on Harrisburg's parking system. Then they discuss Mayor Papenfuse's beef with the local tourism bureau, which reached boiling point this week. Also, a quick update on the Reed defense team battling the city over the release of records, and a test-ride in the new Front Street bike lane.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

Oct. 16, 2015: This week, Larry and Paul talk about the latest developments in the latest Harrisburg saga - the financial struggles of the Susquehanna Art Museum. Also, a renewed effort by a state-affiliated agency to expand its offices downtown, this time without tearing down two historic structures, and a public meeting on Harrisburg parking next week.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

Oct. 9, 2015: This week, Larry and Paul talk about the city's request that residents not blow leaves into the street, and residents' unhappy reaction. Then, they discuss recent news of financial trouble at the Susquehanna Art Museum and an early (1980s early) media critic of former Mayor Reed's.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

Oct. 2, 2015: Larry is away this week, so Paul hits the road to talk trash and trees. Next week concludes a series of four meetings Harrisburg's environmental advisory council has put on at various sites around the city. You'll hear from the council's Bill Cluck and Rafiyqa Muhammad, city arborist Erik Josephson and recycling coordinator John Rarig about the latest initiatives and regulations in the areas of trash, recycling and tree maintenance. The last "Talkin' Trash and Trees" meeting will be held at the public works center, 1820 Paxton St., next Thursday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

Sept. 18, 2015: This week, Larry and Paul talk about the preliminary hearing that ultimately sent Steve Reed on towards a full trial, probation and restitution in the case of former city treasurer John Campbell and a judge's stay that lets a Midtown bar remain open, at least for now.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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Sept. 11, 2015: This week, Larry and Paul talk about Mayor Papenfuse's State of the City address and a hearing on shutting down a bar the city says is a neighborhood nuisance, before a giving a recap of the week's council meeting.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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Sept. 4, 2015: This week, Larry and Paul talk about council's vetting of the LED light upgrade, Paul's story this month giving a Burg's-eye view of the city sanitation system, and Larry's column on the gulf between two sides in the Civil War...museum dispute.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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Aug. 28, 2015: This week, Larry and Paul take the podcast to the streets and try to address a most vexing question: is the city's recovery plan working? With City Council and the mayor back in town, they also discuss this week's council meetings and a forum on a tree replanting planned along Front Street. Try to guess where this was recorded - as a hint, they explain it in, like, the first five seconds.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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Aug. 21, 2015: This week, Larry and Paul talk about the latest court filings in the lawsuit over Harrisburg's gun laws, a corruption-case appeal to the Supreme Court that might impact the criminal investigation into former Mayor Reed, and, on a lighter side, an abundance of murals.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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Aug. 14, 2015: This week, Larry and Paul talk about a less-discussed side of Steve Reed, the former mayor who was also an active neighbor and volunteer after leaving office, as well as the latest Harrisburg crime statistics and new residential developments downtown.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

Aug. 7, 2015: This week, Larry and Paul talk about a vast records request the legal team defending former Mayor Reed has served on city hall. They also discuss the recent shootings involving off-leash dogs on a Midtown street.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

July 31, 2015: A new issue of TheBurg hit newsstands this week, and Larry and Paul mark the occasion by talking about a few stories in it. They discuss the city's biggest competitor in the downtown parking system, which the state appears to be subsidizing. They also talk about the theme of collective responsibility, both for city housing and at city hall, and some facts about the racketeering charges brought against former Harrisburg Mayor Steve Reed earlier this month.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

July 24, 2015: This week, Larry and Paul recover from the big-ticket news binge of last Friday's podcast and chat about this week's more quotidian developments: the Broad Street Market is looking for a new manager, Kipona is moving back to the Riverfront, the Civil War Museum wants to stay open and all over town there are some really big trash cans.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

July 10, 2015: Earlier this week, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced a sweeping set of criminal charges against former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed. The 17 charges, approved by an investigating grand jury, encompass 499 counts including bribery, theft and racketeering. The charges mostly surround Reed's alleged use of public borrowings to improperly divert funds to personal interests, such as acquiring artifacts for a never-realized network of museums. On this week's podcast, Larry and Paul talk about the charges, what it was like covering Reed's arraignment and what's to come in the continuing investigation.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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Welcome to TheBurg Podcast, a weekly roundup of news in and around Harrisburg.

July 10, 2015: This week, Larry and Paul talk about a task force report on the Broad Street Market, some new regulations on mobile food vendors, the latest tools in the city's fight against blight and a new chief recovery officer for the Harrisburg School District.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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July 3, 2015: In this week's rockets'-red-glare edition of the podcast, Larry and Paul talk about a bad budget forecast stemming from parking problems, a City Island vendor who hasn't been paying his rent, and a firework-style scattering of updates about the grand jury investigation into Harrisburg finances and the city's July 4 celebrations.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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June 26, 2015: This week, Larry and Paul talk trash - starting with the law that emboldened gun rights groups to sue Harrisburg, which a court ruling this week consigned to the dustbin, and moving on from there to the overhaul of city sanitation services.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

 

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June 19, 2015: This week, Larry and Paul chop through some red tape and try to shed some light on two rather abstract-sounding projects afoot in the city - the comprehensive planning process, which held its first public meetings this week, and Impact Harrisburg, a non-profit that has been quietly setting the stage for what to do with $16 million in public money.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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June 12, 2015: This week, Larry and Paul discuss a pair of hires discussed at Tuesday's night's City Council meeting and the future of City Island, the city's gem in the middle of the Susquehanna.

Special thanks to Paul Cooley, who wrote our theme music. Check out his podcast, the PRC Show, on SoundCloud or in the iTunes store.

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