Inside the Box is brought to you by the Appen Podcast Network and the members of the Black Box investigations team. It is focused on the stories and people important to Georgia and the north metro Atlanta area. Headquartered in Alpharetta, just north of Atlanta, this podcast focuses on local stories that are often times a microcosm of a larger, sometimes national, conversation. Designed to encourage the listener to consider a new perspective or to think deeper, Inside the Box is a must have podcast for anyone who likes story telling, good journalism, and thoughtful conversations.

Inside the Box Episode Guide

On this episode Hans sits down with Jason Howard and Cathy Murphy of the Summit Conceling Center to discuss an upcoming townall host by the center and the City of Milton at its city hall. The event is designed to raise awareness of the growing epidemic of suicides in the country and Georgia…

Joining Hans on the show this week is Brian Patton, a commercial real estate expert in the north Metro Atlanta area who gives his take on trends in the industry, why Alpharetta continues to buck the trend, his thoughts on a potential bubble and much more.

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On the show this week, Mary Robichaux, the Democratic candidate for House District 48 joins the show to discuss her platform, how she as a healthcare professional looks to make an impact on Georgia politics, and the state of the governor's race.

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Black Box reporter Pat Fox jumps on the phone to discuss his most recent article detailing two North Fulton mayors, Alpharetta's Jim Gilvin and Johns Creek's Mike Bodker, issues with the composition of the governing authority for metro Atlanta's newest transit authority - the ATL.

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Krish Bralley joins the show this week to talk about his campaign platform and his challenge to the incumbent Republican representative from Alpharetta. He talks about his desire to bring the electric car tax credit back, Medicaid expansion, early childhood education and more.

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Ellyn Jeager, the Democratic nominee for Georgia State Senate District 56 race, joins Hans on the show to discuss the issues and why she decided to make the jump into the political arena. They discuss anything from guns in school to why mental health is such an important part of her platform.

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Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood joins Hans on the podcast to talk about the city’s inception, highlights along the way, and what’s next. They discuss what sparked the Mayor’s interest in politics and some of the more surprising (and funny) stories about being a rookie politician leading a brand n…

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On this week’s episode incumbent Senator John Albers joins the show to cover a wide range of topics, including what has changed for him since he was first elected in 2009, how we win the ware against opioid addiction and sex trafficking, and what efforts he is personally leading to keep Geo…

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Angelika Kausche is the Democratic candidate for House District 50 in Georgia, which represents Johns Creek in the state legislature. On the show, Hans asks her about where she stands on the issues, her background as a female immigrant running in an era where we are seeing a record number o…

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Former Congressman John Barrow and the Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, John Barrow, joins Hans on the show this week to discuss the Barrow history in Georgia, gerrymandering, and the importance of the Secretary of State’s role in a state’s politics.

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On this episode of Inside the Box, Hans introduces listeners to Carson Cook, Appen Media Group and Black Box investigations newest reporter. Carson is focused on news for the City of Johns Creek and Fulton County government in addition to her role on the Black Box team. They talk about life…

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Joining Hans on the show this week is the Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia, and the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, Stacey Abrams. They cover a wide range of topics, including Medicaid expansion, Georgia’s growing diversity, and November’s general…

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Michael Van Osch of Georgia Ensemble Theatre joins Hans on the show to talk about why theater and the arts are so important to a local community. Over the course of the last 25 years, the Georgia Ensemble Theatre has welcomed hundreds of thousands of people through its doors to experience a…

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Joining Hans on the show this week is New York Knicks starting center Enes Kanter, a Turkish citizen who has had a lot to say about Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan. Recently, the Turkish government issued an arrest warrant for Kanter and revoked his passport after Kanter made parallels of …

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In the second installment of the Black Box series Marijuana’s Hazy Boundaries, reporter Joe Parker spoke to Johns Creek City Councilman Chris Coughlin about his initiative to decriminalize marijuana within Johns Creek city limits. We had him on the podcast to tell us more about why this is …

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The election cycle kicked off in Georgia after the May 22nd primaries and maybe no one was busier than Eamon Keegan, political consultant and Principal of New Prospect Strategies. After managing the successful campaigns of Alpharetta Mayor Jim Gilvin, Councilwoman Karen Richard, Councilman …

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On Wednesday May 16th at Alpharetta City Hall, Alpharetta-Roswell Herald hosted the final candidate forum for Alpharetta Mayor and Council Posts 3 and 4. Moderated by Herald reporter Pat Fox and Black Box Publisher Hans Appen, the candidates cover a wide variety of topics important to the A…

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The US Department of Commerce recently announced tariffs on imported newsprint coming into the United States. Printers, publishers and paper suppliers employ more than 600,000 people in the United States. Those jobs support millions of additional, primarily good paying jobs in small busines…

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Black Box reporter joins the show to talk about the launch of his latest project 'Marijuana's hazy boundaries', which will take a deep dive into the legislation, challenges presented to local law enforcement agencies and the drug’s use at the national and state level, as well as its impact …

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Alpharetta Councilman Jason Binder sat down with us to talk about why he is looking to make changes to Alpharetta's code of ethics and his process for deciding what needs to be included in those changes. We also discuss his entry into local politics and the issue that he says helped him fin…

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Kathleen Sturgeon returns to the podcast to tell us about her latest contribution to Black Box, detailing the growing trend of elected officials blocking constituents from viewing their social media pages. We discuss its constitutionality and what exactly current law says an official should…

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Former Alpharetta City Councilman and current candidate for Mayor, Chris Owens, sits down with us to talk about his experiences on Council as the last elected official to serve with both Mayor Arthur Letchas and David Belle Isle, what campaigning is like in a special election and what he en…

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Dozens of parcels in Alpharetta slipped past tax assessments last year, leaving the city, the county and Fulton Schools with no way to collect tens – possibly hundreds – of thousands of dollars owed in taxes. The properties, both commercial and residential, are primarily associated with rec…

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On March 13, 2018 Cambridge High School sophomores Leah Capamaccio and Lily Parzych were silenced while expressing their views on gun violence at an organized rally of students just weeks after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Administrators said the event was intended to memoriali…

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Alpharetta's newest member of its city council, Ben Burnett, covers a wide range of topics from transparency in government, citizen activism, and his active role on Twitter. We learn about what compels someone to become interested in running for office, the hurdles along the way, and the su…

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On March 14th 2018, thousands of students across America walked out of their schools for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. on the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The 17 minutes honor the 17 lives taken that day. Some students held hand…

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In this show we interviewed our company's founder, Ray Appen, to find out exactly how Appen Media got its start. He details his introduction into the industry with the Miami Herald in the early 1980's to his eventual landing spot in the then sleepy town of Alpharetta in 1990.