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#41 - City Enacts Plan to Replace the Homeless with Gays

It’s a fun week to be gay in Columbus, as Vice President Pence is protested during a serendipitous visit, drama brews over private security changes for the pride festival, and the festival itself finds protestors of the event arrested. If you are homeless however, it’s not your week: as not only is Dublin going after you, but Columbus City has also introduced some rather aggressive anti-panhandling legislation, as well as plans for signage. In other news, the Columbus Police make the news...


#40 - Goodbye Foreign Beer, Hello Foreign Food

Lots of worlds colliding in the Captial of Ohio this week. We have sagara making national news, Com Fest only supplying Columbus local brews, and Canadian tariffs that will hurt the economy of one midwestern state more than the other 49. Which state could it be? Find out, on Columbus This Week!


#39 - Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Is maintaining employment a struggle for you? If so, statistically you don’t live in Columbus. Join us this week as we chat about all the new shops opening, UPS hiring 600 new workers, and Columbus 2020 hitting their city wide jobs goal of +150,000 two years ahead of schedule. In other news, nationawide children’s hospital is now 3D printing organs, drawing on a dog with parmanent marker leads to a happy ending, and a background check CEO tells us why #MeToo means you should contract out...


#38 - Bring your baby to the bar

While Columbus may not have a reputation for tourism, it looks like we may soon the the elusive bar baby demographic, as multiple breweries and bars open their doors to the little folks who can’t open the door themselves. If that’s not enough to draw the tourists in, we also have sharpie dogs, #chipotleHQ2, and a lack of out of school suspensions. If you are a touring bum though, you may look to avoid Dublin, as the city aims to hunt down your kind and shame you with signage.


#37 - Market Gods and Squirrel Jihads

The gubernatorial race is heating up, as the most pressing issue of our time is on the table: Should we A) legalize [...]


#36 - Pills, Petitions, and Platitudes

This week we visit a city council meeting in Worthington to watch the sparks fly as second amendment drama is on the agenda. In one corner we have three overly meta teens, a handful of thirtysomething suburbanite moms, and a guy who swears he knows how guns work. In the other, we have boomers in “AMERICA NEEDS GUNS” shirts, newsletter soldiers, and 1,500 different statistics. In other news, the gubernatorial primaries are over, and we run through the policy background (or lackthereof) of...


#35 - Safely biking through the Scioto River

CORRECTION: I referenced a letter written by a Worthington city council member named Scott Myers. In doing so I incorrectly referred to him as the mayor. I am an idiot, please ignore me. It’s bicycle safety month in the US, so strap on your helmets kids. A new shared bike startup comes to Columbus, with an interesting business model: You can leave your bikes anywhere when you are done with them, no dock needed! I’m sure this can’t have any unintended consequences. In local news,...


#34 - Coastal elites discover Fox in the Snow for the sixth time

Tax season may be over, but the state and city are still looking for money where ever it can be found. ECOT’s money? Ohio’s money now. Extra revnue from John Glenn? Extra revenue for the city you mean. Luckily, with great budgets, come great libraries, free buses to downtown, and presumably less taxes needed next year. In larger news, the moderates are polling well, given that their competition seems very intent on throwing their own primary away. For those of you following the housing...


#33 The old sport is dead; long live the esports

As OSU football fans mourn the loss of Eale Bruce, fans of a different type of sports are cheering the announcments from a different Ohio univerity. Tens of thousands of dollars in scholarship money will go to people good at certain video games. In addition we talk about problems keeping your neighborhood nice in Hilltop, the Cleveland greyhound that got lost on it’s way to NYC and ended up in western Ohio, and much more.


#32 Columbus 2: The homeless strike back

Eric’s sworn enemy, the homeless masses, have had enough with his yuppie kind, and stabbed one. In addition, the Crew move to Austin is on its way to being a giant legal drama, the kind that becomes a low budget cash grab film ten years after the fact. The city also may be getting a shake shack, and legalizing dogs in resturants and bars, although that seems like it’ll happen over Eric’s stabbed and bitten body.


#31 - Buying the crew,and legalization too

This week we get a glimpse at this year’s marajuana legislation, which seeks to treat the drug like alcohol in almost every regard, including liscening and home development. In city related news, Columbu’s own ROOT insurance just recieved one of the largest stage 3 funding amounts ever, the city is dead set on buying the crew, OSU revokes Bill Cosby’s honorary degree, and much more.


#30 - Wendy’s Cooks up a Hiphop album

The title isn’t a joke for once, wendy’s literally put out a rap album. Listen to one of their original songs one minute into the podcast. Also, traffic cams may soon be a thing of the past in Ohio, as regulations may serve to make them a nonviable revenue model. In sports news, more is out about the city’s case with precourt, and Columbus is on it’s way to being a major hockey hub in the midwest, whatever in the world that means. More firearms protests and legal proposals from the city;...


#29 -The fight for 15 weeks

What constitutes life? What constitutes a living wage? What constitutes terrorism? What constitutes a ‘first world way’ to do away with your enemies and hear the lamentations of their women? Join us this week as we talk state abortion laws, proposed OSU and state minimum wage changes, and a Russian global terror plot.


#28 - Steeling from the homeless

Good lord, it seems like Eric can’t go one week without a new story of weird encounters with the homeless. Oh well, I’m sure it’s just random coincedence. Lots of happenings in local politics this week, as Kasich gives the State of the State, the Dem Governor primary debates estblish two clear frontrunners, and we talk about the implications on Trumps tariffs for jobs and income equality.


#27 - Towering Buildings and Rising Dragons

Lots of buildings being thrown up in the first week of March, as local businesses make public their budgets and plans for the year. We’ve also changed up the format a bit now, in order to more closely align our topics with Columbus news, and less often with regional/Ohio news. This week’s feature is all about Xi Jinping, who half of the show’s hosts are convinced is a dictator in all but name. Also, some local ice cream lady vents her feelings on twitter, some Dispatch journalist vents...


#26 Bomb threats are booming

High school activism is at an all time high, both good and bad, in Ohio. On one hand, a record number of threats to shoot up or blow up schools are being reported. On the other, local Upper Arlington students are setting an example nationwide with a civil protest. In other news, Kucinich is intent on throwing away his chances at the governorship before he even starts, Columbus City Schools are jockeying for money in response to a state budget shortfall, and Columbus has literally...


#25 The ‘Talent Thief’ of the midwest

What city is brutally ripping away all that hard earned talent that the coastal cities earned fair and square? You guessed it, Columbus. In addition, a local business owner did the exact thing that you should never ever do on twitter in the wake of two dead Westerville police, the odds of the hyperloop not being vaporware looks to increase slightly, and we chat about yet another mass shooting, with a focus on the National Rifle Association this time around.


#24 Plummeting Apparel Sales and the Fashion Wage Gap

Would you spend $50 on a shirt or $120 on a pair of shoes? If you are the average American, then you just answered no. This week we talk about what is causing the fashion industry to bleed out, race baiting flyers put up around Hilliard, and a software developer who sought to use sexual favors as currency. Columbus This Week on Podbean: Columbus this Week on iTunes:...


#23 Underrepresented Chinese immigrants conquer the world

Eric is back again to detail yet another story of the homeless hating him. Why does one man have so many stories about the homeless wanting to knife him? Are they Chinese sleeper agents trying to execute the anti manadrin propgandist? Does he offer to give them money through wechat? To find these answers, and more, tune in to this episode of Columbus this Week! Columbus This Week on Podbean: Columbus this Week on iTunes:...


#22 Crew News; Doctors urge Ohioans not to kill themselves

This week we are joined by a guest host and friend of the show, Sam, while Eric is on vacation. Lots of updates on ongoing Columbus happenings, as well as a discussion on a potentially controversial physician assisted suicide bill proposed on the Ohio legislature. Columbus This Week on Podbean: Columbus this Week on iTunes: follow us on twitter:...