Skylines, the CityMetric podcast
About This Show
Skylines is the podcast from the New Statesman's urbanism site. Every two weeks, Jonn Elledge, Stephanie Boland & guests discuss the politics & workings of cities and test their contention that maps are a great topic for radio. (A Roifield Brown Production.)
Most Recent Episode
47. The Middle Bit
You know, on this podcast, we’ve talked a lot about the American Midwest considering it’s a place Jonn’s been twice, for a few days each time.
So, we figured it was about time we got one of the locals on to tell us about the region, to argue with our diagnosis of its ills – and, most importantly, to explain what its obsession with weird public art is.
Dayton native Sarah Manavis wrote an excellent piece for us with the memorable headline “Here are the six freak statues of Ohio”. She tells us the parable of Touchdown Jesus; explains how Arnold Schwarzenegger came to be in Columbus; and discusses how her home state came to vote for Trump. Oh, and also – why is somewhere very clearly in the eastern half of the United States known as the MidWest?
After that, Patrick Maguire, the not-quite-Scouse wunderkind of the New Statesman politics desk joins us for this week’s audience participation bit, in which we ask: what’s everyone’s favourite weird tourist attraction?
Alas, it’s Patrick’s last week at the New Statesman. So as a very special treat we let him talk about his home town, Southport, and its lawnmower museum.
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Skylines is the podcast from the New Statesman's cities site, CityMetric. It's hosted by Jonn Elledge.