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17. Doing the Harder Thing: Building a City for a New Generation, with Shannon Hardin
Episode 1713th April 2020 • Gravity • Brett Kaufman
00:00:00 01:04:50

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We are currently living through one of the largest community experiences that will ever take place in our lifetime. Columbus has done an incredible job of reacting to the demands of the community as we deal with the coronavirus pandemic — and that is in no small part due to the leadership of the city government, and the leadership of the private sector. So, today, we’re going to get to know one of the people leading this city right now, City Council President Shannon Hardin, and explore how he’s helping shape the community of Columbus.

What Brett asks:

  • [07:37] What was your early life like?
  • [12:57] What was it like to have such different lives between your parents? Where di you find your own self?
  • [21:01] What was it like to be African American in the city government and at what point do you come to terms with your sexuality?
  • [30:15] How did you learn to navigate taking criticism and noise?
  • [35:37] At what point did you start to come out with those closest to you and what was it like?
  • [45:48] Can you talk about your decision to step into City Council President?
  • [54:04] What is it like for you right now during these hard times?

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