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What do the 2018 election results mean for 2019 and 2020?

While Democrats had a strong year elsewhere, they continued to largely falter in Indiana, most notably losing a U.S. Senate seat and leaving them without a single statewide office. Host Mason King talks with IBJ reporters Lindsey Erdody and Hayleigh Colombo as well as Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Politics in Fort Wayne, about what the 2018 elections mean for the next two election cycles — city elections in 2019 and the governor's race in 2020. Get the latest scoop on...


Anti-semitism, hate crimes and Indiana, a conversation with Denny & Sandy Sasso

Just a week after a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue left 11 congregants dead, IBJ Podcast host Mason King sat down with Dennis Sasso, the senior rabbi of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis, and his wife, Sandy, the director of the Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary. The couple talk about how they learned about the tragedy, their connection to the Tree of Life Synagogue where it took place, and how they spoke to...


Detailing the Pan Am Plaza hotel and convention project

Indianapolis officials are planning a fifth expansion of the Indiana Convention Center plus two attached, privately-financed hotels at Pan Am Plaza, an effort to maintain and expand the city's valuable convention and tourism business. The city plans to spend about $120 million to build a 50,000-square-foot ballroom and other meeting space, which would be connected by walkway to the convention center. Kite Realty Group Trust is to develop the two hotels — one with 800 rooms and the other...


Breaking down Indiana's Senate race

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly and Republican challenger Mike Braun are locked in one of the nation's most-watched Senate races. The winner could determine control of the U.S. Senate. Already, some $61 million has been spent by the campaigns, political parties and independent organizations trying to sway Hoosier voters, who go to the polls Nov. 6. Polls show the race is a tossup. Host Mason King talks to IBJ political reporter Lindsey Erdody about the race, her experience on the...


Developing a downtown neighborhood from scratch

Just west of the White River and south of the Indianapolis Zoo is the site of the former GM stamping plant — 103 acres of mostly concrete that's been waiting for development for years. Now, Ambrose Property Group is unveiling more details about its plans for the site, including the project's name. Still, the firm's president, Aasif Bade, is mum about whether the site is among those across the country that Amazon is considering for its planned HQ2, a $5 billion second quarters that promises...


Why is a philosopher running a plumbing company?

Jack Hope launched his plumbing company to help him pay for his master's degree in philosophy. But Hope Plumbing was so lucrative that by the time he graduated, Jack was making as much as might as a tenured college professor. So he stuck with plumbing. Today, that small startup has grown into a company with more than 40 employees and revenue projected to top $6 million this year. But that doesn't mean Jack has left philosphy behind. Host Mason King asks him just how philosphy plays into...


IBJ Podcast: How an IU student turned her beekeeping hobby into a star startup

Ellie Symes, a rising star in the Indiana's tech ecosystem, leads The Bee Corp., a data-analytics firm that helps bee keepers and growers optimize the pollination of their orchards and fields. Symes, who started the company while a student at Indiana University, appeared on stage at the Forbes AgTech Summit in Indianapolis and the company was part of the event's startup showcase. She talks with podcast host Mason King about being a young entrepreneur, taking risks and pivoting when you...


IBJ Podcast: Can Indy support its downtown hotel boom?

Indianapolis has about 2,800 new hotel rooms slated to come online downtown in the next five years. Some of those hotels — such as the 316-room Hyatt Place/Hyatt House project across from Bankers Life Fieldhouse — are under construction and nearing completion. Others — such as a long-discussed 800- to 1,000-room convention hotel — are only in the planning stages. If all are completed, those projects will add to the roughly 7,500 rooms already downtown. Can Indy support all that growth?...


IBJ Podcast: The experts behind Indiana's wine resurgence

Just two decades ago, Indiana had no grape and wine industry worth talking about. But today, more than 100 wineries dot Indiana. The annual harvest (and the 2.4 million gallons of wine it makes) generates an economic impact of $600 million, sustains 4,000 full-time jobs, and pays $37 million in state and local taxes and $38 million in federal taxes. The growth is thanks in part to the Purdue Wine Grape Team, a group funded by a 5-cent excise tax on every gallon of wine sold in Indiana....


IBJ Podcast: Five years in the works, The Idle micropark offers grand vista between two interstates

Where tens of thousands of motorists every day saw just another scrubby little hill along an interstate, Tom Battista saw a park. A place for reflection or respectful debate, to the soundtrack of hundreds of wheels on pavement. Maybe more importantly, a place that could connect residents of foundational Indianapolis neighborhoods separated 50 years earlier by interstate construction. Indianapolis residents probably know Battista best as co-founder of Bluebeard in Fletcher Place, one of the...


IBJ Podcast: Conor Daly, Lilly Diabetes and sponsorship controversy

Eli Lilly and Co. pulled its Lilly Diabetes brand name off a race car driven by Conor Daly after his father — Derek Daly — was fired from his job as a WISH-TV Channel 8 racing analyst for a racial slur he uttered 35 years ago. The move raised questions about why the Conor Daly should be punished for something his father said before he was even born. And even WISH-TV's move came under some scrutiny, after Derek Daly said he used the n-word in an interview when he was new to the United...


IBJ Podcast: What will it take to turn the Brickyard 400 around?

NASCAR's Brickyard 400 drew a crowd of 275,000 people when it debuted at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1994. And it came at a great time, as then-Speedway President Tony George created the Indy Racing League, which depressed Indy 500 interest for years. But fast forward 25 years and the Brickyard 400 is facing its own issues. Last year, only about 70,000 people attended the race — although it did turn a profit. Host Mason King interviews IMS President Doug Boles about the track's...


IBJ Podcast: Why business execs say the state needs a hate-crime law

Central Indiana business leaders are pushing lawmakers to pass a hate-crime law, joining 45 states that already have one in place. They say without it, Indiana is an unappealing place for workers, especially younger workers who want their employers involved in social and community issues. Host Mason King talks with Ann Murtlow, CEO of United Way of Central Indiana, and Jeff Smulyan, CEO of Emmis Communications, about why they signed a letter of support for a hate-crime law. And Mason role...


IBJ Podcast: At 57, she's quitting her gig as a top executive to volunteer around the world

Cassie Stockamp, president of the Athenaeum Foundation Inc., will leave the organization later this year to travel around the world and volunteer for charities wherever she goes. Host Mason King talks with Stockamp about why she's choosing to leave the group she has led through a reinvigoration—and why she's doing it now, at 57 years old, when most people are worried more about saving for retirement. Stockamp explains why it helps to be frugal, why she's trying not to plan her trip too...


IBJ Podcast: The local stars of HGTV's "Good Bones" on the show, making a living, and their impact on neighborhoods

Karen Laine and Mina Starsiak, the mother/daughter duo who star on HGTV's "Good Bones," talked to host Mason King about the show's fourth season, why being on TV doesn't make you rich and why Laine is semi-retiring. Plus, learn about the home-decor store they're planning to open and what they think about charges that they're contributing to gentrification in Fountain Square, Bates-Hendricks and other near-downtown neighborhoods. Learn more about the duo's company Two Chicks and a Hammer,...


IBJ Podcast: SupplyKick CEO talks about running one of the fastest-growing firms in central Indiana

SupplyKick, which helps businesses sell their products on Amazon and other online marketplaces, grew 335 percent from 2015 through 2017, earning it a spot near the top of IBJ's Fast 25 list. CEO Josh Owens talks about how the company has managed that growth — and what Owens did right and wrong along the way. He's got great advice for any firm managing growth or hoping to do so.


IBJ Podcast: Will Indy Mayor Joe Hogsett seek re-election?

Democrat Joe Hogsett is in the third year of a four-year term as mayor of Indianapolis and calls it the hardest job he's ever had. Soon, Hogsett must decide whether to seek a second term, and he tells IBJ's Hayleigh Colombo he's undecided. Colombo talks to the mayor about what will play into his decision, and host Mason King talks to Colombo about the chances that he'll run again. Click to read Colombo's story about the mayor's re-election decision.


IBJ Podcast: Tackling sexual harassment issues in the workplace

With accusations against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill dominating the political news (allegations he flatly denies), host Mason King talks to two experts — attorney Michael Blickman and human resources professor Liz Malatestinic — about questions facing employers and employees. What's acceptable and what isn't? How do you talk to employees about the issues? Plus, get Mason's recommendations for further reading on the issue. Credits: Music for this episode from Like Music (cdk Mix)...


IBJ Podcast: St. Elmo co-owner Craig Huse on the condition of Circle Centre, Burger Study and expansion in Fishers

The restaurants operated by Huse Culinary — St. Elmo, Harry & Izzy's and Burger Study — are among the most successful in Indianapolis. That's despite decreased traffic at Circle Centre mall and increasing competition from other steak houses downtown. CEO Craig Huse talks about the changes he'd like to see at the mall, how the restaurants combat competition and the company's expansion plans in Fishers. To read more about Circle Centre's current financial situation, read IBJ's story: Circle...


IBJ Podcast: Author Andrea Neal on chronicling the roundabout rise of Mike Pence

Andrea Neal's soon-to-publish book, "Pence: The Path to Power," examines how Indiana native Mike Pence rose from a skilled debater in high school to the vice president of the United States. Neal, a journalist and teacher, leads host Mason King through the process of interviewing dozens of people from throughout Pence's life and assembling a comprehensive account of the making of a vice president. Music for this episode of the IBJ Podcast from LogansBar by airtone (c) copyright 2010....