"After the first year, it got easier to sell." – Bill Thistlethwaite on creating the Meltdown Ice Festival in Richmond, IN

Bill and Alison talk about why the Meltdown Ice Festival is special, what makes it different, and how the visiting carvers embrace this small Midwestern town in the dead of winter.

"We've got to hold ourselves up- we've got to have each other's back" – Mike Gibbs on being a musician and family businessman in Richmond.

Mike and Alison discuss his career in music, his local business ventures, working with family (they work together so well!) and raising a family in Richmond. Music lovers: Hear Mike’s Billboard 100 song “Sarah’s In Love” at the end of...

February 21, 2019
"Speak the truth in love is not the worst advice…" – Ben Brazil shares stories of travel, writing, politics and the people of Richmond, IN

If you struggle with the current political climate (especially the public discourse), take a listen to Ben’s interview. Learn about his early life, his path to Richmond, religion, and his career/projects. He also talks about the way he navigates current...

Television Role Models

I talk with my mom about her female role models from TV growing up in the ‘60s and ‘70s

November 8, 2018
“This resiliency is a muscle and a practice…” – Ashley on her relationship with herself, her family, and her community.

Ashley talks about growing up as Irish Twins (her sister), learning to be honest with herself and others, and the art of resiliency. Ashley, a self-proclaimed emotional sponge, gives us some life advice (“Forward is forward…”) and talks about how...

November 2, 2018
“If you want something to happen, you just have to go make it happen.” – Jon and Aria-Blair about the way they experience our community

Jon, Aria-Blair, and their toddler daughter join Alison for a conversation about their lives in Richmond, their two businesses (Black Dog Printing and Tarot Tattoo), and how they are helping to create safe spaces for women and creative places for...

November 2, 2018
“This community has given us everything we have.” – Jackie talks about building their company and the way Wayne Co. has embraced them

Jackie and Alison talk about the way the Carberrys built their company with the community at its core. Her strong belief in God and community keeps her focused on gratefulness. “What am I supposed to be doing and how can...

September 17, 2018
“We were all believers in the concept”: Doug Oler talks about his career path and the creation of the Wayne County Foundation

Doug and Alison talk about growing up in Economy, his family life, and how his career path led him to community efforts such as the formation of the Wayne County Foundation, a successful community foundation created in Richmond, IN.

August 28, 2018
“We want to remove any barrier that someone might have to creating art”- Andy and Amy Dudas on creating a space for the community

In this interview, Alison talks with Amy and Andy Dudas, owners of Dudas Law and community builders who are turning a vacant building in downtown Richmond into a place where all are welcome to create art of any form.

June 5, 2018
“We need to celebrate those things that are good and positive” – Shaun on his family’s local history and the role art plays in our community

Shaun Dingwerth, Director of Richmond Art Museum, talks with Alison about the way art has shaped and continues to shape our history and culture in Richmond and Wayne County. His relatives were among the first settlers in the area and...