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Host, Hayes Barnes talks with Indy's people about what they do and why they do it. Indianapolis is mostly known for its sports teams, conventions, and the Indy 500, but what everyone sleeps on are the people. Naptown is home to incredible entrepreneurs, artists, and civic leaders who have a fierce drive for progress. Indy is a different breed, and Hayes wants to find out why.

Host, Hayes Barnes talks with Indy's people about what they do and why they do it. Indianapolis is mostly known for its sports teams, conventions, and the Indy 500, but what everyone sleeps on are the people. Naptown is home to incredible entrepreneurs, artists, and civic leaders who have a fierce drive for progress. Indy is a different breed, and Hayes wants to find out why.

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United States

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Host, Hayes Barnes talks with Indy's people about what they do and why they do it. Indianapolis is mostly known for its sports teams, conventions, and the Indy 500, but what everyone sleeps on are the people. Naptown is home to incredible entrepreneurs, artists, and civic leaders who have a fierce drive for progress. Indy is a different breed, and Hayes wants to find out why.

Language:

English

Contact:

5747804565


Episodes

23| Chef Oya - The Queen of Seafood

5/17/2021
Chef Oya, owner of Chef Oya's The Trap, may be one of my favorite personalities in Indy. She's a steward of the community, a boss, and one helluva chef. Tune in to hear Chef Oya's origin story as a restauranteur, her strong belief in working for the community, and of course her why.

Duration:00:51:11

22| James Jones - The King of Soul Food

5/10/2021
Chef James Jones, owner and head chef at His Place Eatery talked about his passion for not just the food, but more so the service. James tells me fun stories of how he and his wife created their eccentric menu, as well as his idea of how "Good food is universal" and that his restaurant is a place for anyone who wants to celebrate soul food. After you listen, go get you the best soul food in Indy!

Duration:02:25:03

21| Carl Gordon - The Milkshake Man

5/1/2021
My main man and owner of Gordon's Milkshakes, Carl Gordon joins me on the mic for one of the realest conversations to date. We disagree, we laugh, but most importantly we learn from one another. Carl shares his authentic experience as the only black-owned business on Mass Ave, and together we reflect on the positives and negatives of Indianapolis. This conversation catalyzed a friendship and partnership that led to the creation Why, Indy? Podcast's Blueberry Crumble Milkshake. Available for...

Duration:01:07:25

20| Marc Hardy - Every 1 Counts

9/21/2020
We ended this season right with a killer conversation with Indy native, high school administrator, author, and non-profit founder, Marc Hardy. Marc reminded us that every person we reach is progress. Changing one is changing many. Through his action-oriented mindset, Marc has made a lasting impact on his clients and now you!

Duration:01:17:03

19| Ashley Miser - Don't Sleep on Naptown

9/14/2020
We've had tons of conversations off the mic, and we were finally able to record one with the active, energizing, and fierce Ashley Miser. Ashley is the Vice President at IndyHub, a local nonprofit whose mission is to grow, engage and empower a community of 20-and 30-somethings who are meaningfully connected to Indy and invested in its future. We got Ashley's perspective on the culture of our city, young professionals' levels of connection, and the success of IndyVolved 15. In every...

Duration:01:10:34

18| It's On Us

9/7/2020
In our first panel discussion, we had the opportunity to talk to State Senate candidate Belinda Drake, Pastor Jeffrey Johnson II, and entrepreneur/activist Jordan Stewart-Curet about the empowerment and liberation of the Black community. There are no right answers in these types of dialogues, but these guests were truly phenomenal in the thoughtfulness and inclusivity that they put into each word. It's because of people like Belinda, Jeffrey, and Jordan that we are hopeful for the future....

Duration:01:17:20

17| Kristin Kohn - I Love Silver Linings

8/24/2020
Kristin Kohn, the owner of Silver in the City, is one of our favorite people to join us on the show. Her philosophy, humility, and thoughtfulness are a few of the great things that came up in this episode where we talked about the development of Mass Ave, stories of Silver in the City, and finding silver linings. Hope you enjoy!

Duration:01:48:51

16| Kelli Jones - Ideas Are Gold

8/17/2020
Kelli Jones talked to us today about the value and beauty of our ideas. And we listened as she is now executing 2 incredible ideas of her own. 68 Capital, the first Indiana-based Venture Capital firm dedicated to investing in Black, Brown, Women, LGBTQ+, and disabled founders; and Be Nimble, a 501(c)(3) social enterprise with the goal of advancing diversity initiatives to create fully inclusive tech ecosystems. She's got plenty more where that came from. Excited to see where she goes!

Duration:01:50:44

15| Just Us - Lessons and Learnings

8/10/2020
Sometimes you need to stop before moving forward. We're taking a step back this week to reflect on our last 14 conversations. We talk about the many lessons we've learned from our guests, the direction we'd like to take the show, and what we would like to see change in our community. We also are introducing a video component, so you can see us at work and peep our new apartment that will also function as a recording studio! Check it out on our IG!

Duration:01:35:29

14| TJ Wright - Building with Synergy

8/3/2020
Servant leader, strategist, and founder of many organizations, TJ Wright kept it real with us this week. TJ is a proud believer in building your organization with the interest of others in mind. He made us firm believers, as well!

Duration:01:34:48

13| Adrianne Slash - Making Common Sense Common

7/27/2020
"The beauty of right now is that everyone is uncomfortable, but we are getting more comfortable in this discomfort. And while we're here, we can't have surface level conversations anymore." We were blessed to hear these words directly from community leader and Forefront Columnist at IBJ, Adrianne Slash as she shared her perspective on prioritizing goals, navigating friendships, having difficult conversations, and connecting people to resources.

Duration:01:26:55

12| Antonio Carter - It's a Journey

7/20/2020
Antonio Carter shared his unique and inspiring story of starting and growing his own business, Freshlocs, just one year out of being incarcerated. Antonio is a local Indy loctician but is highly regarded across the nation for what he can do with hair. Truly amazing! We also talked about the loc journey and it's symbolism for how we choose to navigate life.

Duration:01:36:16

11| Gavin Thomas - Inside Look on Bottleworks

7/13/2020
The Bottleworks District is a $300 million, 12-acre urban mixed-use development, Bottleworks will reimagine the iconic Coca-Cola building in downtown Indianapolis. The largest private development of its kind in Indiana, Bottleworks will serve as a culinary, arts and entertainment hub, featuring the city’s first food hall, a hotel and unique residential options, as well as 180,000 square feet of creative office space and 175,000 square feet of prime retail space. We were lucky enough to talk...

Duration:01:29:50

10| Bunmi Akintomide - Choose Unity

7/6/2020
We were blessed to spend an hour with a major up-and-comer in Indianapolis, Bunmi Akintomide. Bunmi is climbing the ladder in an organization within the tech industry, while creating several organizations of his own including Indy Black Millenials, Afro United, and Shop Black Indy. We learned so much from Bunmi's go-getter mentality and fierce desire to bring people together.

Duration:01:16:08

09| Aaron Marshall - Naptown is Hungry

6/29/2020
Owner of Naptown Thrift, rapper, Indy native, and dear friend, Aaron Marshall (aka Double A) chopped it up with us on entrepreneurship, responding to adversity, and investing in our communities. While attending Butler University, Aaron started Naptown Thrift in 2015 selling thrifted vintage clothing out of a storage unit to his peers. Using his business to make new connections, Aaron was able to network and grow his rap career within the city. He performed at many of the city’s most notable...

Duration:01:12:35

08| Steven Russell - People Over Profit

6/22/2020
The creative community in Indy is an untapped opportunity that can bolster the identity of Indianapolis, and curator/event producer of Lari Pati, Steven Russell challenges us to think differently in how we include and support this community in Indianapolis.

Duration:01:53:45

07| Rupal Thanawala - Learn How To Dream

6/15/2020
We were fortunate to spend an hour with Business and Digital Strategy Executive, Rupal Thanawala and listen to her story of immigrating to the U.S. from India, making her way to the top of the IT consulting industry, and uplifting underrepresented communities along the way.

Duration:01:27:15

06| Alison Bell - Education for Competency

6/8/2020
We had the opportunity to recognize Chancellor Alison Bell and Western Governors University (WGU) Indiana on it's 10-year anniversary. We learned about their unique education model, discovered their impact on the Indiana community, and had a discussion on the relevance of higher education in our professional lives.

Duration:01:26:48

05| Greg Stowers - Be Safe

6/1/2020
Lifelong Indy resident, Greg Stowers joined us this week for a discussion on his career focus of engagement, exposure and empowerment, opportunities to strengthen our communities post-COVID-19, and the importance of recognizing privilege.

Duration:01:05:44

04| Anthony Murdock II - The Greatest PowerPreneur

5/25/2020
Young PowerPreneur and community leader, Anthony Murdock II joins us for a deep conversation on power, voice, personal branding, relationships, and introspection. Murdock is wise beyond his years and challenges us to continuously question our current frame of mind.

Duration:01:52:08