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Won’t You Be Our Neighbor

Join us every other week for Won’t You Be Our Neighbor, the City of Upper Arlington’s podcast. Special thanks to Colin Gawel for the theme music.


This week is a sweet treat as Jeni Britton joins the guys to talk about starting her ice cream journey right here in UA.

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Summer School is in session this week as we talk about sweaters and Safety Town with Officer EJ Windham and UA Schools Superintendent Paul Imhoff talks with us about weight lifting and the challenges of the last two years.

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Summer is here and Matt Leber from Parks & Rec is here to talk about pools and summer camps and the SliderQueen Lisa Ingram joins us to talk about cake on a stick, shoes and Harold & Kumar.

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This week we’re talking Smurfs and fairy houses with Sam Simmons from our forestry department and Mark Somerson from Business First joins us to talk about Fastlane, parachute pants and growing up in UA.

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Guest host Jackie Thiel returns as Darren moves to the hot seat to talk about dispute resolution and Carl Smallwood joins the guys to talk about growing up in UA and his work with the Divided Community Project.

More information on the Divided Community Project.

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Community Development Director Chad Gibson joins the guys to talk about development and help us understand why Everyone Hates Chad and Upper Arlington Public Library Director Beth Hatch talks about the Library, Comic-Con and some of her favorite books.

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Steve and Darren talk trash with Katy Rees from Public Service and learn what a Dirty Murph is; then Colin Gawel joins the guys to talk Van Halen, Styx, Insane Clown Posse, and Coffee: The Pizza of the Morning.

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New Public Service Director Gary Wilfong talks Tom Cruise, Demi Moore and right-of-way, and Pete Scantland talks travel, running and Littleton’s Market in this weeks podcast.

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Kristin Greenberg, Executive Director of the UA Historical Society, joins the program to talk about Pleasant Litchford and Black History in UA. Matt Boaz, Executive Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion at Upper Arlington City Schools, also joins us to discuss growing up in Van Wert, 90s Rap and what diversity means to him.

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In this episode, Steve and Darren are joined by Police Chief Steve Farmer to discuss crime in Upper Arlington and Katie Smith talks to the guys about 90s Rap, Joe Burrow and why she lives in UA.

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It may be sub zero outside, but we are talking about summer. On this week’s episode, we talk to Parks & Recreation Director Debbie McLaughlin about summer camp registration and the new Play UA program. Bill Hosket also joins the program to discuss basketball, UA and the new Community Center.

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Upper Arlington City Manager Steve Schoeny and City Attorney Darren Shulman discuss what’s happening in the City and meet some of our interesting neighbors.

On this week’s episode, Steve and Darren talk to Assistant City Manager Jackie Thiel about ice and snow and how the City responds before and after a storm.  They also have a conversation with Floyd Akins, outgoing chair of the Community Relations Committee, about why he lives in Upper Arlington and his love of funk music.

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