In The Arena
By GOVERNING Magazine
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Host Cathilea Robinett pursues her guests’ personal backstories to understand what they bring to public service. Their stories – personal and professional – help explain their devotion to serving In The Arena, with all that President Teddy Roosevelt described as the “triumph of high achievement” and when “the doer of deeds could have done them better” in service of “a worthy cause.” She speaks to an array of people, including elected and appointed officials, to glean how their values, passions, lived experiences, choices, and even eccentricities helped them live and work more productively, with a mix of courage, compassion and creativity.
||CleanDoug Burgum, Governor, State of North Dakota||Theodore Roosevelt doesn't have a presidential library. Yet. A nonprofit foundation in North Dakota, with the help of technologists, historians and Gov. Doug Burgum, is working to correct that oversight. When Burgum talks about public service, he...||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNan Whaley, Mayor, City of Dayton, Ohio||It is the way things have always been done in Dayton. Neighbors talk to each other over fences and on porches about what they are really thinking about. Tapping into that dynamic helped Nan Whaley become mayor in 2013. Even after she won, she...||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSteve K. Benjamin, Mayor, City of Columbia, SC||Mayor Steve Benjamin is no stranger to having difficult conversations on a public scale. He got his start in politics as a student activist seeking to bring the Confederate flag down from the South Carolina statehouse. In his new role as president of...||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKristen Cox, Executive Director, OMB, State of Utah||Kristen Cox knows about constraints. After the fiscal crisis, the Executive Director of the Utah Office of Management and Budget applied the same kind of fiscal stress tests the Federal Reserve uses on banks to do a reality check on the State of...||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAcquanetta Warren, Mayor, City of Fontana, CA||Mayor Acquanetta Warren credits her father for her big dreams. "You've been to the moon," he used to say. There was some truth to that. Acquanetta Warren's election in 2010 was historic. She is Fontana, Calif.'s first female and first...||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGreg Fischer, Mayor, City of Louisville, KY||On his Inauguration Day in 2011, Greg Fischer turned heads when he announced an experiment to make Louisville "the nation's first compassionate city." "Nobody disagrees with the concept of compassion. But the question is, how do you operationalize it...||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThemis Klarides, Minority Leader, Connecticut Legislature||Themis Klarides has made a career of defying expectations. Earlier this year, the Connecticut House minority speaker resisted pressure to run for the open governor’s race in her state. Instead, she's making a play to form a Republican majority and...||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles||On the heals of the 86th annual meeting of the US Conference of Mayors in Boston over the weekend, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says mayors have what America wants. Garcetti, 47, has been testing the waters for a potential presidential bid in...||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanClay Jenkinson, Humanities Scholar, Roosevelt Expert||On April 23, 1910, Theodore Roosevelt gave what would become one of the most widely quoted speeches of his career. In it, the nation's 26th president used his hyperbolic oratory to bear on the themes of leadership and loneliness. "It is not the critic..||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPREVIEW: ON BEING IN THE ARENA||In a new podcast from Governing magazine, Cathiea Robinett interviews public officials who serve In The Arena today about courage, compassion and creativity in public leadership. The debut season features conversations with: Clay Jenkinson,...||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Lively and Interesting Discussions
I really enjoy this podcast because the interviews feel very natural and have a good flow. Cathilea interviews in such a way that it opens the floor up for some interesting dialogue. I am excited to find out who is the next one 'in the arena'.
Interesting and Inspiring!
In these political times I find this podcast refreshing, interesting and restoring my hope that there are good people out there in the trenches of public service that really do care about their citizens and making changes that benefit the people. Thank you for sharing these stories and I look forward to hearing more episodes!