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74: Brooks Simpson, Historian and Author of Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity
Jul 5 • 115 min
Brooks Simpson is one of the world’s leading authorities on the life, times, and career of Ulysses S. Grant. Professor Simpson was kind enough to come on the “Leaders and Legends” podcast to discuss a man whom I consider the most compelling figure of the…
73: Jake Query of the IMS Radio Network
Jun 29 • 84 min
Jake Query is our guest on this week’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast. He’s been a fixture on the Indianapolis media and sports scene for years, and he may just be the Hoosier King of Twitter (follow him @jakequery). Jake is also an Indianapolis Motor…
72: Seth Morales, President of the Morales Group
Jun 22 • 68 min
Our “Leaders and Legends” podcast this week features Seth Morales—who probably knows more people than anyone I’ve ever met. He played in the Rose Bowl while at Purdue, earned his MBA from Notre Dame, and is President of the Morales Group. Seth discusses…
71: Mike Lopresti, Hall of Fame Sports Journalist
Jun 15 • 80 min
Journalist and Hall of Famer Mike Lopresti is one of the most-honored sportswriters in the United States. Mike’s career has had him cover 32 World Series, 31 Super Bowls, 34 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Fours, as well as 16 Olympics. Mike appears on the…
70: Tony Mason, President and CEO of the Indianapolis Urban League
Jun 10 • 65 min
Tony Mason is the president and CEO of the Indianapolis Urban League. Tony’s resume includes stints at the Super Bowl Committee, the Circle City Classic, and the NCAA. He joins the “Leaders and Legends” podcast to discuss his career and how the Urban…
69: Ray Tolbert, A Captain on IU Basketball’s 1981 National Championship Team
Jun 1 • 81 min
Ray Tolbert was a captain on IU’s 1981 national championship team. He was also Indiana Mr. Basketball in 1977, a gold medal winner in the 1979 Pan-Am games, and a first-round draft choice in the NBA. Ray joins us on the “Leaders and Legends” podcast to…
68: Donald Davidson, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian
May 25 • 75 min
We all are missing the Indianapolis 500 this weekend, but the ‘Leaders and Legends’ podcast is bringing you the next best thing—a conversation with beloved IMS historian Donald Davidson. He talks with us about coming over here from England in 1964, his…
67: Fahad Nazer, Spokesperson for the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
May 21 • 44 min
When you get a chance to chat with the spokesperson for the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington, D.C., you take it. Fahad Nazer joined the ‘Leaders and Legends’ podcast to talk about his background, the importance of the Saudi-American relationship, and…
66: Dr. David Edmonds, author of Bobby Fischer Goes to War
May 18 • 57 min
Okay, so this podcast is really just for me and other chess nerds—but I hope you like it. In 1972, Bobby Fischer wrested the world chess championship from the Commie Soviet Union. On this week’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast, we talk with Dr. David…
65: Dave Lindquist, Entertainment Reporter for the Indianapolis Star
May 11 • 73 min
One of the two men in our photo is David Lindquist. A veteran journalist, Dave has written about music and pop culture for The Indianapolis Star since 1998. He joins the “Leaders and Legends” podcast to discuss his career, interviewing famous people, and…
64: Indiana’s Senior United States Senator Todd Young
May 4 • 71 min
Todd Young is the senior United States Senator from Indiana. He’s also a graduate of the Naval Academy, a former Marine officer, and as down-to-earth elected official as you will ever meet. Senator Young spent an hour on the “Leaders and Legends” podcast…
63: Marc Allan on ’The Tapes Archive’
Apr 27 • 79 min
Marc Allan is the man behind ’The Tapes Archive’ which features never-before-heard interviews with people such as Kurt Vonnegut, John Mellencamp, and Joan Rivers. On this week’s ‘Leaders and Legends’ podcast, we talk with Marc about what it is like to…
62: Mark Montieth, Indiana Sports Journalist
Apr 20 • 80 min
Mark Montieth is one of the foremost chroniclers of Indiana sports history. On this week’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast, Mark talks about his career in journalism, the epic events he has covered, some of his favorite sports figures, why he loves high…
61: Donnie Walsh, Former Executive with the Indiana Pacers
Apr 13 • 75 min
As general manager, president and CEO of the Indiana Pacers, Donnie Walsh is directly responsible for giving Pacer fans some of the best seasons and most memorable moments in team history. On this week’s "Leaders and Legends” podcast, Donnie talks to us…
60: Gene Keady, Former Purdue University Basketball Coach
Apr 6 • 75 min
This week’s ‘Leaders and Legends’ podcast features former Purdue University basketball coach Gene Keady. All you need to know about his competitiveness is captured by this picture—which shows Coach Keady being calmed down by Coach Bob Knight. Yeah. Coach…
59: Chris Baggott, CEO and Co-founder of ClusterTruck
Mar 30 • 71 min
On this week’s ‘Leaders and Legends’ podcast we sit down with Chris Baggott, CEO and Co-founder of ClusterTruck and one of the founders of ExactTarget. Chris not only is a tech and food entrepreneur, he is also a farmer and world traveler. He is one of…
58: Jamie Merisotis, CEO of the Lumina Foundation
Mar 23 • 62 min
Jamie Merisotis, CEO of the Lumina Foundation, is this week’s guest on the ‘Leaders and Legends’ podcast. Lumina is one of the largest private foundations in the United States. They are a critical engine in driving student access to, and success in,…
57: Retrospective on the Life and Career of Mayor Bill Hudnut
Mar 16 • 65 min
On this week’s ‘Leaders and Legends’ podcast, we discuss the career of the man more responsible than anyone else for Indianapolis’ magnificence and transformation: Mayor Bill Hudnut. We are joined by three people who worked with him and knew him as well…
56: Jeff Smulyan, Founder and CEO of Emmis Communications
Mar 9 • 66 min
Jeff Smulyan is one of Indianapolis’ most prominent and generous citizens. On this week’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast, Jeff joins us to discuss his career as an entrepreneur, being a proud Hoosier, his love of history, and how he invented the concept of…
55: Federal Judge Sarah Evans Barker
Mar 2 • 71 min
Judge Sarah Evans Barker not only has received “Living Legend” status from the Indiana Historical Society, but also has served on the federal bench since 1984. She sits down with Danielle Shockey and me to discuss her career, being a Hoosier, and why all…
54: Michael Browning, Chairman of the Board, Browning Investments
Feb 24 • 60 min
Michael Browning is one of the most successful and impactful business and civic leaders in the history of modern Indianapolis; but not only that, he is also a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. Our conversation with Michael covers his time as a student…
53: Kathy Davis, Former Lt. Governor of Indiana
Feb 17 • 63 min
In 2003, Kathy Davis became the first female Lieutenant Governor in Indiana history. On this week’ ‘Leaders and Legends’ podcast, which was recorded at the Golden Ace, we talk with Kathy about her terrific career in public service, the fun she is having…
52: Greg Renoff, Author of “Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal”
Feb 10 • 90 min
Van Halen’s eruption onto the national music scene began 42 years ago today—on February 10, 1978. Historian and author Greg Renoff penned a history of the band’s early years titled “Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved…
51: How Did Indianapolis Win the Super Bowl? Mark Miles, Mel Raines, and Mayor Ballard Explain
Feb 3 • 67 min
This week’s ‘Leaders and Legends’ podcast gives you the inside story about how Indianapolis won the right to host a Super Bowl and how things like the Super Bowl Village and the Zip Line became a reality. Our guests are Mark Miles, chairman of the Super…
50: Eddie White With Stories From His 26 Super Bowls
Jan 27 • 73 min
Eddie White is one of the most recognizable names and personalities in our Hoosier sports and entertainment culture. He joins the “Leaders and Legends” podcast again to discuss his attendance at 26 Super Bowls, tells us stories about the games, and how he…
49: Angela Brown, World-Renowned Soprano Opera Singer
Jan 20 • 55 min
Angela Brown is one of our state’s greatest treasures. A graduate of Crispus Attucks, Angela is an opera singer who has performed all around the globe. She talks with us about her childhood in Indianapolis, her career and travels, and why it is critical…
48: Mike Riley, Campaign Director for Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 Indiana Campaign
Jan 13 • 63 min
Mike Riley was the campaign director for Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s campaign in Indiana in 1968. He sits down with the “Leaders and Legends” podcast to discuss that campaign and the experience of working with the Kennedys Sponsors: Veteran Strategies…
47: Robin Winston and Mike McDaniel, Former State Chairs of the Democrats and Republicans
Jan 6 • 68 min
Robin Winston and Mike McDaniel were friends while serving as chairmen of their respective political parties and remain friends today. On today’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast Robin and Mike talk about their lives in politics and share some funny stories…
46: Robert Vane Discusses Leaders and Legends with Chris Spangle
Dec 30, 2019 • 76 min
We learned a lot about people, places, and events during our “Leaders and Legends” podcasts in 2019. On today’s episode, Chris Spangle talks with your usual host about the podcast, his background, and what we are going to hear about in 2020. Sponsors:…
45: Andy Jacobs Jr. Retrospective
Dec 16, 2019 • 65 min
Congressman Andy Jacobs fought for his country and he fought for his city. He remains one of the shining examples of true public service. On this week’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast, we sit down with three people who knew Andy well—Kim Hood Jacobs, Louis…
44: Paul Okeson and Mike O’Connor, Chief of Staff to Mayors Ballard and Peterson (Respectively)
Dec 9, 2019 • 66 min
Paul Okeson and Mike O’Connor served as chief of staff to Mayors Ballard and Peterson respectively. They were known both for their political savvy and also for their willingness to put politics aside to get things done. In this week’s “Leaders and…
43: Brian Payne, President & CEO of the Central Indiana Community Foundation
Dec 2, 2019 • 60 min
Brian Payne’s impact on our city and its connectivity includes the Cultural Trail, but also includes so much more than that. On this week’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast, we talk with Brian about his love for our city, his championing of the arts, and…
42: Shannon Williams and Brandon Brown of the Mind Trust
Nov 25, 2019 • 60 min
The Mind Trust is one of the most impactful organizations in our city’s history. On this week’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast, we are joined by two of its top leaders—Brandon Brown and Shannon Williams. We discuss the state of education in Indiana and…
41: Kelly Mitchell, Indiana’s State Treasurer
Nov 18, 2019 • 56 min
Kelly Mitchell is not only Indiana’s elected State Treasurer, she is also one of the most-grounded and well-liked people I’ve ever met. On this week’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast, we talk with Kelly about her background, her time as an elected official,…
40: Eddie White, Director of Corporate Communications for the Pacers
Nov 12, 2019 • 76 min
Indy sports icon Eddie White has worked for both Lou Holtz and Don Shula. On this week’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast, we talk with Eddie about his incredible career, hear a few stories, and get completely surprised when he talks about one of his…
39: Bart Peterson, Former Mayor of Indianapolis and President and CEO of Christel House
Nov 4, 2019 • 73 min
In 1999, Bart Peterson’s victorious campaign ended 32 consecutive years of Republicans holding the Indianapolis mayor’s office. We sat down with him on the 20th anniversary of his win to talk about how got there, his work while he was mayor, and what’s it…
38: Sallie Rowland, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
Oct 28, 2019 • 55 min
When someone starts a sentence with ’the first woman to…”—that sentence usually ends with Sallie Rowland. Pioneer, entrepreneur, a Indiana Historical Society “Living Legend”, and former Girl Scout, Sallie is one of the most beloved and respected figures…
37: David Harris, Founder and Former CEO of The Mind Trust
Oct 21, 2019 • 58 min
David Harris’s work has changed not only Indianapolis as a whole, but the lives of thousands of young men and women in our city and beyond. In this week’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast, we sit down with David to talk about the birth of charter schools,…
36: Maggie Lewis, Indianapolis City-County Councillor and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis
Oct 14, 2019 • 52 min
City-County Councillor Maggie Lewis is one of the most upbeat, energetic, positive, and collaborative leaders I’ve ever met. On this week’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast, Maggie talks with Danielle and me about her journey, becoming an elected official,…
35: Craig Prater, President of the Heartland Film Festival
Oct 7, 2019 • 62 min
Craig Prater is the president of Heartland Film and has a long and distinguished career in the film festival industry. He sits down with us to talk about his career, the importance of art to a community, and how the Heartland Film Festival has endured and…
34: Dave Neff and EDGE Mentoring
Oct 1, 2019 • 64 min
Dave Neff of Edge Mentoring is changing lives by putting people together to make themselves both better leaders and better people. Dave is a huge supporter of the “Leaders and Legends” podcast, and we are deeply grateful that he gave us some of his time…
33: Susan Brooks, Indiana Congresswoman for the 5th District
Sep 23, 2019 • 62 min
Congresswoman Susan Brooks is exactly what you want in a public servant—genuine, honest, kind, and someone not afraid to speak her mind. We are fortunate to have this former deputy mayor and United States Attorney on the podcast. Sponsors: Veteran…
32: Jim Morris, Vice Chairman of Pacers Sports and Entertainment
Sep 16, 2019 • 67 min
Jim Morris’ impact on Indianapolis is simply immeasurable. From chief of staff to Mayor Richard Lugar to vice chairman of Pacers Sports and Entertainment, Jim’s been involved in so many of the wonderful events of the last fifty years. Please listen as Jim…
31: Richard Hall, Former Hostage of Tony Kiritsis
Sep 9, 2019 • 58 min
On February 8, 1977, Tony Kiritsis took Richard Hall hostage. In a multi-day drama, Hall was threatened and paraded in front of a captivated and horrified Indianapolis—all captured on live television. Our “Leaders and Legends” podcast this week is with…
30: Eric Holcomb, Governor of Indiana
Sep 2, 2019 • 50 min
Eric Holcomb is rightly regarded as one of the most genuine people in politics. He loves being a Hoosier and it shows every day as he compiles a phenomenal record of success as governor. We talk about his career up to being elected in 2018. Nobody knows…
29: Sammy Davis, Medal of Honor Recipient
Aug 26, 2019 • 67 min
The life of SFC Sammy Davis is one without equal in Hoosier history. On the “Leaders and Legends” podcast, we are honored to present the story of this incomparably selfless patriot and Medal of Honor recipient. Sponsors: Veteran Strategies Girl Scouts of…
28: Suzanne Crouch, Lt. Governor of Indiana
Aug 19, 2019 • 53 min
Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch is one of the most accomplished leaders in Indiana. She joins the “Leaders and Legends” podcast this week to discuss her role as LG and the path that brought her to the State House. We are very grateful to her for the…
27: Mitch Daniels, President of Purdue University and Former Governor of Indiana
Aug 12, 2019 • 59 min
Mitch Daniels’ career is without parallel in modern Indiana history. An advisor to Senator Richard Lugar, President Ronald Reagan, and President George W. Bush, Daniels’ path to the governor’s office was shaped by his previous experiences. He talks about…
26: Nate Feltman, Businessman and Co-Owner of the Indianapolis Business Journal
Jul 29, 2019 • 61 min
Nate Feltman is one of the most successful young leaders in our state. From heading the IEDC, to being an entrepreneur, and now a part-owner of the Indianapolis Business Journal, Nate is making his mark. He joins “Leaders and Legends” to discuss his…
25: Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech and former Lt. Governor of Indiana
Jul 22, 2019 • 59 min
Sue Ellspermann is this week’s guest on our “Leaders and Legends” podcast. A former lieutenant governor and now president of Ivy Tech, Sue’s career is one dedicated to education, workforce development, and public service. We hope you enjoy spending your…
24: Dan Elsener, President of Marian University
Jul 15, 2019 • 66 min
Dan Elsener is one of the pre-eminent leaders and education thought drivers in our city and our country. Dan’s drive for excellence and unparalleled strategic thinking has catapulted Marian University into the national conversation when it comes to…
23: Rob Kendall of WIBC and Chris Spangle of We Are Libertarians
Jul 8, 2019 • 66 min
Rob Kendall and Chris Spangle are political (and romantic) rivals who don’t take themselves too seriously, yet still bring an incredible amount of smarts to what they do. “Leaders and Legends” doesn’t make present-day political discourse a part of its…
22: Peter Carmichael, Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College
Jul 1, 2019 • 73 min
Professor Peter Carmichael went from being at Pike High School with Eric Holcomb to being the Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. Listen to Peter talk about growing up in Indy, history’s controversies, why the American Civil War…
21: Mickey Maurer, Chairman of the board at IBJ Corp. and The National Bank of Indianapolis
Jun 24, 2019 • 59 min
Mickey Maurer is an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, an owner of the Indianapolis Business Journal, and now he’s a guest on the “Leaders and Legends” podcast. Mickey takes us through his career, what led him to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, and take a job working…
20: David Frick, Former Deputy Mayor to Bill Hudnut
Jun 17, 2019 • 63 min
Are you a Colts fan? If so, you will want to listen to this edition of the “Leaders and Legends” podcast as our friend David Frick discusses leading the negotiations to bring the Colts here from Baltimore. He’s a Southport grad who went to Harvard Law…
19: Remembering Senator Birch Bayh
Jun 10, 2019 • 66 min
Birch Bayh was a titan of modern Indiana politics and an exemplar of public service. Sadly, as we did Senator Richard Lugar, we lost Senator Bayh earlier this year. On today’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast we talk with former Bayh staffers Louis Mahern,…
18: Terry Curry, Marion County Prosecutor
Jun 3, 2019 • 64 min
Terry Curry served in the military, worked as a journalist, and is in his third term as Marion County prosecutor. He details his love of both the law and his Butler Bulldogs in the latest “Leaders and Legends” podcast. Sponsors: Veteran Strategies Girl…
17: Mark Miles, Chief Executive Officer of Hulman & Company
May 27, 2019 • 62 min
Mark Miles is one of the pre-eminent leaders in modern Indianapolis. Declared a ‘Living Legend’ by the Indiana Historical Society, Mark has managed political campaigns, ran the Pan Am Games in 1987, headed the men’s professional tennis tour (the ATP), was…
16: Allison Melangton, Senior VP of Hulman Motorsports
May 20, 2019 • 69 min
Allison Melangton is simply one of the most phenomenal leaders in the history of modern Indianapolis. She’s worked the Olympics, led the Indiana Sports Corporation, and served as CEO of the spectacular Indianapolis Super Bowl Committee. Please listen to…
15: Remembering Senator Richard Lugar
May 13, 2019 • 61 min
The passing of Senator Richard Lugar has caused many from the Hoosier State (and beyond) to reflect on the senator’s life and legacy. In a very special “Leaders and Legends” podcast, we brought together three people who knew the senator very well. Please…
14: Tim Swarens, Journalist
May 6, 2019 • 68 min
Tim Swarens is a good friend who had a journalism career that spanned more than 30 years. He covered the Challenger explosion, the execution of Ted Bundy, Indy’s Super Bowl, and RFRA. Tim is unfailingly honest about the big events in Indiana and beyond…
13: Jim Kittle and Ed Treacy, Former Indiana GOP Chair and Former Marion County Democratic Chair
Apr 29, 2019 • 57 min
Jim Kittle and Ed Treacy are bareknuckle political brawlers who have fought the good fight for their respective parties since the 1960s. They’ve also been close, close friends during this same time. Listen to them laugh, tell stories, and talk about how…
12: Marc Allan, Media Critic and Journalist
Apr 22, 2019 • 69 min
Marc Allan is a Seinfeld expert, a music expert, and one of the absolute best people you will ever meet. As he celebrates his retirement from Butler University this week, we spent an hour with him to discuss the most memorable encounters of his journalism…
11: Sherry Seiwert, President of Downtown Indy Inc.
Apr 15, 2019 • 59 min
Sherry Seiwert, president of Downtown Indy Inc., is a perfect example of the leadership that makes our city prosper and grow. As Indianapolis is the economic engine for the state, our downtown is the economic engine for our city. Sherry is a life-long…
10: Shelly Fitzgerald
Apr 8, 2019 • 51 min
Shelly Fitzgerald has dedicated her life to helping others. She became a focus of intense media and community scrutiny based on events at Roncalli High School last fall. She was engaging, honest, fun, and funny while joining us for the “Leaders and…
9: Tom Coverdale, 1998’s Indiana Mr. Basketball and IU Point Guard
Apr 1, 2019 • 67 min
Noblesville’s Tom Coverdale was Indiana Mr. Basketball in 1998 and the point guard on Indiana University’s Final Four team in 2002. As we approach the end of the NCAA tournament, let’s listen to Tom talk about the experience of being recruited by Bob…
8: Ryan Vaughn, President of the Indiana Sports Corporation
Mar 25, 2019 • 56 min
Former prosecutor, former City-County Council President, former chief of staff to Mayor Greg Ballard, Ryan Vaughn is one of the most respected and accomplished leaders in Indianapolis. A proud Ben Davis graduate and current president of the Indiana Sports…
7: John Mutz and Louis Mahern, Former Indiana Lt. Governor and Former State Senator
Mar 18, 2019 • 76 min
John Mutz and Louis Mahern are what bi-partisan friendship and collaboration are all about. Mutz, Republican and former lieutenant governor & Mahern, Democrat and former state senator, take us through their careers, their friendship, and how they’ve seen…
6: Theresa Wells-Ditton, Former WTHR-TV News Director
Mar 11, 2019 • 56 min
Theresa Wells-Ditton is one of city’s most well-liked and respected journalists. For more than 30 years Theresa has been a leader for television news. Please listen to this remarkable and life-long Hoosier describe why journalism is more important today…
5: David Barras, Former WISH-TV News Anchor
Mar 4, 2019 • 54 min
David Barras is one of the good guys. Today on “Leaders and Legends” we turn the tables on one of Indianapolis media’s best interviewers. Dave retired from WISH-TV not long ago, and all of us in the PR world miss working with him. Please listen to Dave as…
4: Jim Shella, Former WISH-TV Political Reporter
Feb 25, 2019 • 59 min
'Leaders and Legends’ is extremely fortunate to have local media legend Jim Shella on our podcast. No reporter with whom I ever worked was more knowledgeable about their beat and how their coverage could impact his fellow Hoosiers. Irreverent as always,…
3: Stevi Stoesz and Amanda Kingsbury, Executive Director of the City Market and Journalist
Feb 18, 2019 • 53 min
Stevi Stoesz and Amanda Kingsbury joined the ‘Leaders and Legends’ podcast, and we had a terrific, thought-provoking discussion. These two leaders remain at the forefront of so many important issues facing our city. We are very fortunate to be able to…
2: Bill Benner, Executive Director of the Pacers Foundation
Feb 11, 2019 • 51 min
A sports journalist in Indiana for 45 years, Bill Benner is one of the most respected and well-liked figures in the history of Indianapolis media. Bill has covered some of our city’s (and the world’s) most popular sporting events, and delighted all of us…
1: Greg Ballard, Former Mayor of Indianapolis
Feb 1, 2019 • 49 min
In our inaugural 'Leaders and Legends' podcast, we sit down with former Indianapolis mayor and retired Marine officer Greg Ballard. Shocking the political world when he was elected the 48th mayor of Indianapolis in 2007, the impact of Ballard’s leadership…