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Columbus Metropolitan Club

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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. 

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Join us to learn about Columbus’ innovative LinkUS mobility initiative and find out how it will impact our neighbors, our community’s transportation challenges, and build on our existing strengths.

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We all remember where we were 9/11/01, and probably find it difficult to believe it was 20 years ago. Our panelists and host were in places we heard about on the news: New York, the Pentagon, and stranded on a plane outside the country. Hear them share their compelling personal accounts of the day we will never forget. Featuring Scott Light, Journalist and Owner, Scott Light Consulting; Shirley Brooks-Jones, Delta Flight 15 Passenger; and host, Jerry Revish, Retired Television News Anchor, WBNS- 10TV.

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While the uncertainty of the past 18 months has challenged us, some things remained constant. One of those, thankfully, has been the Columbus Metropolitan Club Wednesday forums. Throughout the time of COVID restrictions, CMC presented newsworthy, relevant, and current programs every week via livestreaming to thousands of viewers and in house whenever possible. We’re grateful for the hundreds of people who willingly came to the CMC stage at the Boat House to share their stories, their insights, their expertise, and their unique and varied perspectives.

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In June 2014, the Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force ended its 6-month process with the release of its final report to the residents of Franklin County. In it were eight recommendations to reduce the community’s alarming infant mortality rate by 40 percent and cut the racial health disparity gap in half by 2020.What type of progress has been made on this ambitious goal and how did CelebrateOne carry out its mission during the challenges of COVID? Join us to hear from Mayor Andrew Ginther and a panel of experts as they discuss how they are addressing the critical issue of insuring Central Ohio’s babies, more importantly, at risk Black babies, survive and thrive in our community.

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What began as an interpretive framework for historians has exploded on the national education scene as the newest front in America’s ongoing culture war. Critical Race Theory, which sought to better understand the role of race in the creation of legal, economic, and social systems, is to some a way to spotlight the inequities in our society, while to others, its application threatens to further divide Americans from each another. What is critical race theory? Who is using it, how, and to what end?

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Our panel unpacks Ohio’s new budget and discusses its impact and implications. Featuring Emilia Sykes, Minority Leader, 34th District, Ohio House of Representatives; Hannah Halbert, Executive Director, Policy Matters Ohio; and Kimberly Murnieks, Director of the Office of Budget and Management, State of Ohio and Jay Hottinger, Senate President Pro Tempore, 31st District,  Ohio Senate, with host Karen Kasler, Bureau Chief, Ohio Statehouse News Bureau.

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Farmers have harvested the sun since the beginning of time, but a new crop is taking hold in Ohio: solar energy. Even with the potential of hundreds of new companies coming to Ohio due to available sources of alternative clean energy, bringing thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in commerce, the emerging solar energy surge has raised concerns in the Ohio legislature and spawned legislation to potentially curb its potential development, by allowing local oversight for proposed projects.

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With approval of full stadium capacity for Crew and OSU games and the return of the Columbus Symphony’s annual “Picnic with the Pops” and CAPA’s popular Broadway Series, venues appear eager to see audiences back. Our panelists will discuss their experiences of the past year and what they are seeing on the horizon for events in the weeks and months ahead.

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Right when they needed it most, we were told to keep “socially distant” from the front-line responders who were facing their most stressful days caring for those with COVID-19. But, at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, a new type of “co-worker” – of a four-legged variety- was stepping in to provide care, comfort, and companionship.

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Our panel will discuss the changes COVID accelerated, which will be sustained into the future, and what news will look like as a result of these changes. Featuring Alan Miller, Executive Editor, The Columbus Dispatch and Gannet Ohio Regional Editor, and Walker Evans, Co-Founder & CEO, Columbus Underground, and Denise Eck, News Director WCMH NBC4, with host, Ann Fisher, host, All Sides With Ann Fisher, WOSU Public Media.

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Hear what Smart Columbus and their partners have accomplished to further transportation services and accessibility amid the callenges of the pandemic. Featuring Mandy Bishop, Deputy Director of Public Service, City of Columbus & Smart Columbus Program Manager; Raja Sundararajan President & COO, AEP Ohio; Sophia Mohr, Chief Innovation Officer, COTA, with host Kerry Charles, co-anchor, WCMH NBC4.

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Featuring introduction by Keith Myers, FALSA, Vice President, Planning, Architecture and Real Estate Office of Administration and Planning, The Ohio State University, Chair RAPID 5 and ULI Columbus, and William Murdock, AICP, Executive Director Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, RAPID 5 Management Committee with host, Jennifer Bullock, Anchor, NBC4.

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When did the public start questioning the validity of science and why? What can be done to restore trust in science and scientists? Join us as our panelist discuss renewing interest in science literacy in our community. Featuring Dr. Frederic Bertley, President and CEO, COSI and host, QED with Dr. B, WOSU Public Media and Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, former NASA Astronaut, former Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and former Administrator of NOAA, with host, Scott Light, Owner, Scott Light Consulting.

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Our panel discuss emerging ideas about connecting everyone in our community to this vital lifeline. Featuring Greg Jackson, Office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, Lori Kendall, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University; Renee Cacchillo, Executive VP, Customer Experience Officer, Safelite Group with host, John Hrusovsky, President JJH Consulting, LLC.

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Featuring Stephanie Hightower, President & CEO, Columbus Urban League; Larry James, General Counsel, National Fraternal Order of Police; and Dave Yost, Attorney General, State of Ohio with host, Jerry Revish, Retired Anchor, WBNS 10TV.

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Our panel will discuss what role a community plays in supporting its youngest neighbors to successfully make their way through education from infancy to adulthood.

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Featuring Thea Walsh Ewing, Director of Transportation and Infrastructure, MORPC and Jeffrey Darbee, author of the forthcoming (October 2021) book, “Amtrak, America’s Railroad: Transportation’s Orphan and Its Struggle for Survival (Railroad Past and Present)” and Owner, Benjamin D Rickey & Co., and Derrick James, Senior Manager, Local and State Legislative Relations, Amtrak with host, Andy Chow, journalist, Ohio Statehouse News Bureau.

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In what ways is the system of refuse collection, recycling, and composting evolving and what are the opportunities that exist for our community to make a positive impact? Our panel will share their insights.

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So many stories in the news recently focus on a never ending litany of reports of violence. Racist violence against our neighbors, the death of Black men and women at the hands of those who we trust to protect us, and regularly occurring gun shots and deaths in the inner city raised to headlines only when they are experienced in suburban malls. Is this another recent consequence of COVID or are there deeper issues to address? Our panelist will discuss what they are doing to address violence in order to make a real change for a safer community for everyone.

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Exploring Neighborhoods: The first in a series of discussions over the next several months spotlighting our Central Ohio neighborhoods. CMC will explore the rapidly changing business and residential development landscape, demographic make up, and unique challenges and opportunities taking place in Central Ohio’s cities.

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CMC’s annual look at our community’s nonprofits focuses on the social service agencies and their challenges and successes navigating the year of COVID. Featuring Denise Robinson, President and CEO, Alvis Inc., Colin Page McGinnis, CEO, South Side Early Learning,  Isi Ikharebha Green, President, Physicians CareConnection, with host, Michael Corey, Executive Director, Human Service Chamber.

 

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Join us to hear David DeVillers share insights on his work with police reform, white supremacy and gangs in a one on one interview with Colleen Marshall.

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The first in a series of discussions over the next several months, CMC will examine trends that were affected by the pandemic and others that were well underway. We’ll look at trends in development, business, technology, healthcare, transportation, energy, arts, and other areas that shape our lives and lifestyles.

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The impacts of a year of COVID on children of all ages has yet to be fully understood. Some children transitioned to on line learning and little social interaction with few issues, and others faced huge challenges. What do we know about where our children stand today after so many social norms and safety nets disappeared? Join our panel to find out.

Millions of women were already supporting themselves and their families on meager wages before coronavirus-mitigation lockdowns sent unemployment rates skyrocketing and millions of jobs disappeared. Working mothers were already shouldering the majority of family caregiving responsibilities in the face of a childcare system that is wholly inadequate for a society in which most parents work outside the home. Of course, the disruptions to daycare centers, schools, and afterschool programs have been hard on working fathers, but evidence shows working mothers have taken on more of the resulting childcare responsibilities and are more frequently reducing their hours or leaving their jobs entirely in response. Our panel will discuss how this situation is playing out in our community and what is being done to support the women who are faced with these challenges.

In the second part of the digital divide conversation, our panel discusses the impact on urban areas, Governor Dewine’s BroadbandOhio office, and what others are doing to overcome the hurdles and link those most in need to reliable internet service.

News regarding vaccines seems to change everyday: new vaccines coming online from more sources, new age groups and professions approved for appointments, new reports about our neighbors who are wary of getting a shot, and updates about variants of the virus. Our panel will discuss these topics surrounding the conversation about COVID vaccines.

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Columbus and the surrounding suburbs have a diverse population. According to worldpopulationreview.com, “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.

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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.

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