26 Square Miles - An Arlington Podcast presents interviews with local newsmakers in Arlington, Virginia.
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Jul 20, 2018

Matt de Ferranti, the Democratic nominee challenging John Vihstadt for a spot on the County Board this fall, discusses his vision for Arlington's economy, his view on the potential fallout from Amazon's arrival, the politics behind the 2018 race and more.

Jul 6, 2018

Political strategist Ben Tribbett joined us on this week's podcast to talk about local, state and national politics -- and a bit of sports betting.

Jun 22, 2018

Arlington's economic outlook is "so bright you need to wear shades," says Terry Clower, an expert on the D.C. region over at George Mason University.

May 25, 2018

Anna Merod's time as a spring intern at ARLnow is almost up, but before she leaves, she stopped by for a podcast conversation with reporter Alex Koma. Topics included some of Anna's favorite stories, like an analysis of racial disparities in suspensions in Arlington Public Schools and in-depth look at why millenials struggle to buy homes in Arlington, and what she's learned in her time growing up in and covering the county.

May 11, 2018

Plenty of big changes are on the way for Ballston, and Business Improvement District CEO Tina Leone has a front seat to all the latest developments. Join Leone and ARLnow's Alex Koma for a conversation about the future of the Ballston Quarter development, the shifting landscape of the neighborhood's transportation needs and much more.


Mar 30, 2018

Join ARLnow assistant managing editor Bridget Reed Morawski and Arlington's own Virginia teacher of the year, Michelle Cottrell-Williams, as the two talk about world language reductions, the one-to-one technology program, and guns in schools.



Mar 16, 2018

Frank O'Leary served as Treasurer of Arlington County for more than three decades and has seen it all. During his time in office, O'Leary brought the tax delinquency rate down from 9 percent to less than 1 percent, but somehow managed to win friends in the process. O'Leary, 74, is retired but still avidly follows and offers predictions about about Arlington elections. We talked to him about his time in office, whether names like Jefferson Davis Highway and Washington-Lee High School need to change, his predictions for the upcoming November elections, and why restaurants are among the hardest businesses from which to collect taxes, among other topics.

Feb 23, 2018

Bridget Reed Morawski joined ARLnow as our new assistant managing editor earlier this month. Morawski and ARLnow editor-in-chief Scott Brodbeck had a free-wheeling discussion about Arlington, the website and what's next for both.

Jan 26, 2018

On this week's 26 Square Miles podcast, Arlington Economic Development director Victor Hoskins discussed the county's amazon bid, the office vacancy rate and more.

Jan 11, 2018

Rosslyn BID CEO Mary-Claire Burick on the neighborhood's growth, development including Central Place and other construction projects, as well as the move of Nestle's corporate headquarters. Burick also discussed the future of Rosslyn and the work of the BID to make it a vibrant, fun place to be.

Dec 29, 2017

Local Dels. Rip Sullivan and Alfonso Lopez (D) were at the forefront of last November’s wave of Democratic victories, from the governor’s race to the Virginia House of Delegates, where the party is near parity with the Republicans. The pair reflected on a momentous 2017 for Virginia Democrats, and looked ahead to 2018 and the new legislative session.

Dec 21, 2017

We talked with outgoing County Board chair Jay Fisette about his 20 years in office, his achievements and regrets, and his advice to his remaining colleagues.

Dec 8, 2017

Arts organizations in Arlington need additional support from Arlington residents, says Janet Kopenhaver, founder and chair of Embracing Arlington Arts.

Nov 17, 2017

We spoke with County Board member John Vihstadt about last week's elections in Virginia, his reelection bid next year and various issues facing Arlington County, including budget pressures and development. We also asked about the possibility of Arlington landing Amazon's second corporate headquarters.

Nov 16, 2017

Joel McHale is coming to Arlington. The actor and comedian, best known for hosting The Soup on E! and for his starring role on Community, is performing four stand-up comedy shows at the Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) this coming Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18, 2017. McHale, who also recently starred on CBS's The Great Indoors and Fox's The X-Files reboot, spoke with for our 26 Square Miles podcast on Wednesday. He talked about hosting the 2014 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, told us what we can expect at his upcoming stand-up shows, and gave a candid answer about why The Soup was cancelled and whether it is in line for a revival.

Nov 10, 2017

As part of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce's Secrets to Success live podcast series, we interviewed Alex Villanueva, the founder and CEO of Arlington-based free ride service Sprynt. We asked Alex about his startup and its business model, and how he got his start. This podcast was recorded live at 1776 in Crystal City.

Oct 13, 2017

At this debate, hosted by the Arlington Committee of 100, the six candidates for County Board and School Board in the 2017 general election clashed on a range of issues, from how to engage more millennials in county government to closing the achievement gap in Arlington Public Schools.

Sep 22, 2017

Scott Parker is part of a group of partners who together have built something of a nightlife empire in Arlington. A-Town Bar and Grill, Don Tito and Barley Mac have all been hits along the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. And now Scott and his partners are getting ready to open the G.O.A.T., a new sports bar right across from the Clarendon Metro station in the former Hard Times Cafe space. Scott has helped to build this empire based on Sunday Fundays and happy hour drink specials all while having a somewhat unique personal background for a bar impresario: he does not drink. We sat down with Scott to discuss all of that and the Arlington bar and restaurant scene in general on this week's 26 Square Miles podcast.

Aug 31, 2017

Okay so the Arlington connection is tenuous, but this week on the podcast we shot the breeze with a fellow independent online publisher from D.C.: PoPville owner Dan Silverman. A local blogging legend, Dan has been tirelessly chronicling community news, happenings and minutia for more than a decade. We asked him about how he started the site, his approach to PoPville's coverage and about the parallels (and partnership) between PoP and ARLnow.

Aug 16, 2017

Indivisible Arlington describes itself as part of a "grassroots movement... to resist the Trump agenda." We talked with two of its members, Gayle Fleming and Clara Bridges, about the organization, the events in Charlottesville this past weekend, the words and actions of President Trump, and about where the movement goes from here.

Jul 27, 2017

We sat down with two of our summer interns, Brooke and Kalina, to talk about why the heck they're pursuing a career in journalism, what they think of media coverage of the Millennial generation, and what it's like to grow up and go to school in Arlington.

Jul 18, 2017

On Monday, July 17, we sat down with Pinkie Dent Mayfield of Rosslyn-based Graham Holdings to talk about her path to success in the business world.

The event was held at 1776 in Crystal City and organized by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, as part of a new "Secrets to Success" live podcast series with ARLnow.

Jun 28, 2017

Former Mad Rose Tavern general manager Giovanni Quintana talks about the fundraiser he's holding in Clarendon to help pay for experimental surgery that will allow his daughter Arianna to hear.

Jun 16, 2017

Christian Dorsey joined the County Board in 2016 and now also represents Arlington on the WMATA Board. We talked to Dorsey about whether SafeTrack and new train cars are improving Metro. We also talked about schools, parks, land use, issues with the Arlington Way, development, the Shirlington Dog park controversy, gentrification, affordable housing, and a proposed pedestrian walk from Crystal City to Reagan Nat'l Airport.

May 26, 2017

Monique O'Grady describes herself as just a "regular Arlington resident." But this regular resident just beat out several candidates, including incumbent James Lander, in the Democratic school board endorsement caucus. O'Grady, a mother of one current Arlington Public Schools student and two APS graduates (one of whom happens to be a well-known actress), says she wants to make a difference on the school board and help APS navigate its current period of rapid student enrollment growth. We asked O'Grady about herself, her family and the various issues facing APS in this week's 26 Square Miles podcast.

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