Straight out of Eau Claire, Wisconsin comes a fun (if not funny!), informal, and upbeat monthly audio and video podcast featuring key local topics, engaging and insightful guests, and the diverse voices of local writers, talkers, and pontificators.

Podcast Episodes

Clip: Ep. 9 – The Butlers That Could've Been

Long ago, before he hit it big as a best-selling author, Nickolas Butler was a meat packer, coffee roaster, liquor store clerk, Burger King maintenance guy, and worked with colorful characters and settings that influence his writing to this day.

Ep. 9: A Burger Lover’s Paradise. Guest: Nickolas Butler

Folks, fire up the grill because we’re back with an extra beefy Season Finale of the Volume One Podcast! This time, we’re joined by panelists Sheng Elizabeth Lor and Jordan Duroe to discuss the latest slew of burger joints coming to the Chippewa Valley (as if there weren’t enough already?). Then we dive in on new murals, dinosaur sculptures, and the big renovations planned for the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. Later on in the show, we got a real get in the form of best-selling author, novice turkey hunter, and former meat packer Nickolas Butler, whose latest book, Godspeed, is out in July.

Clip: Ep. 7 – A Little Taste of Flavortown

Benny Anderson took the first few moments of his tenure as Interim Executive Director of Visit Eau Claire to highlight some local restaurants, all dressed as Food Network legend Guy Fieri (flame shirt and all!). He even used permanent bleach in his hair to fully commit to the impression – for better or worse ...

Clip: Ep. 7 – Here Comes The Pitch

In this game from the latest Volume One Podcast, our panelists Hannah Kabelitz and Cullen Ryan pitch “C.E.O.” Benny Anderson on some new slogans for businesses in the Chippewa Valley.

Ep. 7: Who You Gonna Call? Ghost Kitchens. Guest: Benny Anderson

We’re already winded thinking about Eau Claire’s new rooftop bar, there’s a new local Tesla ride share service (for that undeniable feeling of superiority), and we look at the culinary trend of ghost kitchens popping up around town.

Clip: Ep. 6 – How Badly Do We Need a Chick-Fil-A?

Voters in our annual Best Of poll emphatically decided that we need more greasy fried chicken in the Valley. Can’t argue with that … Chick-fil-A was voted the #1 Kind of Eatery/Bar We Need Most and #3 Biggest Thing We Should Make Happen Soon. But is it even that good?

CLIP: Ep. 5 – Using Pain As Propane

When Dennis Beale first arrived in Eau Claire, one of his earliest experiences was being pulled over – in the dead of winter – for simply having an air freshener on his rear-view mirror.

CLIP: Ep. 2 – Houdini Descendent in Menomonie

A descendant of the famous magician/escape artist Houdini is a main attraction at Menomonie's Twisted Tales of Horror this fall. But he looks like a regular guy you'd see at the bar....

The Volume One Podcast Trailer

Host Eric Christenson gives a rundown of what to expect out of the new Volume One Podcast, and marvels at the originality of even just the name! It all starts September 18, 2020.

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