Archives: jon beard

Zoo Levy Failed to Win Over Voters

The people have spoken…about the animals. Franklin County voters have voted against a property tax increase to fund expansions and improvements to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. This hour we’ll talk about what happened at the polls, and what this means for residents of the county and of the zoo.

Public Financing of Sports Arenas

If you build it, they will come? Not so fast. Sports arenas like the Staples Center in LA can be enormously lucrative, but there are plenty that lose millions of dollars every year. This hour we’ll talk about the financial prospects for Columbus’ Nationwide Arena and if sports complexes have the right to play ball with public money.

The Future of Films Past

If it’s movie night, and you’re in the mood for a little Truffaut, or Bergman, the Criterion Collection has you covered. The video distribution company specializes in “important classic and contemporary films,” and their work includes digitization and restoration. This hour we’ll talk about the work of packaging classics for a modern audience.

It’s My Party: Urban Political Dominance

In the recent electoral past, the US has seen traditionally red states go blue, and vice versa, but when it comes to local politics, cities have a hard time shaking one-party dominance. Ohio’s capital city is a prime example. This hour we’ll examine the benefits of a true two-party system, and discuss whether it’s possible on a local level.