Columbus Metropolitan Club

Saturday mornings at 10, Podcast

With a mission to connect people and ideas through community conversation, the Columbus Metropolitan Club presents weekly town hall-style forums where engaged citizens hear from speakers and panelists on a variety of newsworthy, current, and relevant topics of community interest. CMC has almost 1,400 members of various ages, professions, races, and beliefs. WCBE is proud to partner with CMC to deliver audio of the forums on-air and through this podcast. 


Columbus and the surrounding suburbs have a diverse population. According to, “The most common ancestry groups in Columbus are German (19.4%), Irish (11.7%), English (7.9%), Polish (7.2%), and Italian (5.0%). While European immigration to Columbus has declined, the metropolitan area has seen great increases in African, Latin American and Asian immigration, particularly from China, Mexico, India, and Somalia. The city has a diverse Asian population, although the Hispanic community is mostly Mexican with a sizable Puerto Rican population. About 116,000 people in Columbus are foreign-born, which accounts for about 82% of new residents. 40% came from Asia, 23% from Africa, 22% from Latin America and 13% immigrated from Europe.” 

Dr. Kristina M. Johnson was named the 16th President of Ohio State University on June 3rd. Only the second female to claim the role, she assumed office amid a pandemic and a decision by the Big Ten to cancel its football season.


Ohio Citizens for the Arts motto, “Make Art. Not COVID” is a powerful message of hope. COVID has been a devastating blow to Columbus’ thriving creative center. Our panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities the changing landscape has presented the arts community.

CMC returns to our Racism: Where Do We Go From Here? series. Our panel will discuss how the inequities in healthcare, education, housing and safety, too often made clear in our community during the past year, can be addressed through better listening, learning, and engaging, in hopes that we may play a role on the right side of history and all people can expect and receive equity in our city.

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The inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden proved to be a historic day amid months of history-making challenges for our country. Our panel offers their impressions, take-aways and predictions regarding the new president and the message he delivered to us.


Our panel will discuss what is being done today to speed the connection of rural communities to internet access, which is so important for today’s students and their families working from home.


Hear what the year ahead looks like for Columbus’ economy in this discussion featuring Bill Lafayette, Ph.D., Founder & Owner, Regionomics, LLC, Tom Jalics, Chief Market Strategist and Senior Vice President, Fifth Third Bank, Mark Williams, Business Reporter, The Columbus Dispatch, and host, Doug Buchanan, Editor in Chief, Columbus Business First.

Ellen Mosley-Thompson and Lonnie Thompson, world-renowned climate researchers – a wife-husband team – go to extremes to collect ice cores from some of the world’s most remote and challenging landscapes.

Our panel discusses how the mission of the organization has been carried out in the eight months since its inception.


According to National Geographic‘s April 18, 2020 issue, “The robot revolution has arrived. Machines now perform all sorts of tasks. They clean big stores, patrol borders, and help children with autism. But will they improve our lives?”


The WHO’s Urban Green Spaces, a Brief for Action, states that urban green space is a component of green infrastructure.


A topic as relevant today as when first discussed at CMC three years ago - civil discourse. The Columbus Metropolitan Club hosted the national launch of this important initiative to restore civil discourse to society and politics.

Featuring Tom Daschle, former Democratic U.S. Senator from South Dakota and former Senate Majority Leader; James “Jim” Thomas Kolbe, former Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Arizona’s 5th congressional district, Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Executive Director, National Institute for Civil Discourse.