Dr. Michael Bitzer of Catawba College talks politics on The Good News Is

“Hey, let’s do a show about politics” is a topic that sends producers into minor panic mode. It’s not that the subject is uninteresting — it’s fascinating to me in a nerdy, college-kid way — but if you’re going to do a show about politics, you’d better make sure that you know what you’re talking about. No one will rake you over the coals quicker than politics-junkies. I know this because I used to be one.

That’s why we reached out to Dr. Michael Bitzer of Catawba College. He’s one of the most knowledgeable and respected voices in North Carolina politics today. He gives us a fantastic overview of where Charlotte stands on a local, state and national scale.

We constructed this week’s episode to give our listeners an overview of where things stand and where they are going. We also have a brief conversation about “House of Cards” (no spoilers, we promise). On top of that, we discuss the new public beach that is set to open in May, the restaurant replacing The Penguin — Comida — and why you should hop on the Hornets Bandwagon.

Special shout-out this week to Co-Host Corey Inscoe who called into the show from Hawaii to participate in the conversation. I tried my best to fill in the host duties, but I think Corey has earned the microphone back next week.

The Good News Is — presented by The Charlotte Observer and powered by OrthoCarolina — is a weekly podcast with a similar mission to what we do here at C5: To get you CharlotteSmart, fast with fun, interesting and useful news about the city. It’s hosted by Corey Inscoe and Sarah Crosland.

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