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New VPM podcast will highlight RVA’s biggest issues, solicit listener feedback

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What’s being done to keep housing affordable? How do we combat gun violence? Will longer school years resolve decades-long education gaps? A new podcast from VPM is exploring some of Richmond area residents’ most burning questions at the heart of how local government works.

RVA’s Got Issues (RGI) delves into the politics and big issues defining life in and around Richmond and puts the past, present and future impact of these issues into perspective.

“At a time when so many news outlets have shrunk or disappeared entirely, RVA's Got Issues helps fill the void left by the disappearance of so much local news coverage,” said executive producer Meg Lindholm. “We hope listeners will come away feeling better informed about the most significant issues in the news and inspired by people doing amazing work in their communities.”

Listeners will gain insight on how to become more politically and civically engaged in their communities. The result is a podcast that helps listeners understand not only what’s happening around them, but also what they can do about it.

Additionally, the show will feature members of the local community who are pushing for positive change. RGI will tell the stories of people making a difference despite the challenges they face along the way.

RGI is hosted by Rich Meagher [pronounced MARR], a Professor of Political Science and the Director of Social Entrepreneurship at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. With expertise in local and state politics, particularly in Richmond, Virginia, he is a sought-after commentator featured in various media outlets including WRIC 8 News, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

The first episode of RGI will premiere on Wednesday, May 22, with new episodes dropping biweekly on Wednesdays.

Listen to the first episode and learn more about the podcast here.

You can also fill out the contact form on the right with questions for the podcast.

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