The 315

The 315 is a new WAER Original podcast hosted by Joe Lee and  Kevin Kloss. Over the last few years, Syracuse has witnessed an effort to change the public discourse and, therefore, image of Syracuse as a cold, snowy, dreary place to live.  The 315 proposes to ride the wave of this movement to foster a more positive view of the region. 

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There's been a trend growing if you pay attention to lifestyle and culture around the Syracuse area. Vegan items in restaurants and the availability of vegan products in grocery store has been steadily on the rise. To gain a better understanding of the movement that goes far beyond simply a diet, Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss sat down with Jim Thompson and Theresa Stowell of Vegan CNY.

They discuss what Vegan CNY hopes to offer the Syracuse community, what inspired them to pursue this lifestyle and then they taste some authenic vegan food items. 


In the Syracuse area most of us could probably name a place or two to grab a good cup of coffee or a quick bite to eat. But what about locating a good shop for tattoos and body art?

On this episdoe of The 315, Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss are joined by three local tattoo artists, Nik Moore from Scarab Body Arts, Jamie Santos of Three of Swords Tattoo, and  Jemola Addley from Resurrected Tattoo. They chat about what's unique about their shops, how socially acceptable are tattoos becoming and how does one get started in the business. That and more on this special 'ink' edition of The 315.


Tuesdays on social media are filled with posts of individuals getting their fill of mexican food with the hashtag 'Taco Tuesday.' With many quality local Mexican food options, The 315  saw no reason to be left out of the Taco Tuesday celebration. 

Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss made two stops on this taco themed epsiode of The 315. First they swing by Alto Cinco on Westcott Street to chat with one of their managers and sample a taco. And then they make a quick trip to XO Taco on East Fayette Street to get a different perspective on the taste and atmosphere of a second taco shop. 

If you've ever felt the burden of needing to decide what you want to eat before heading out to dinner, you're not alone. But, if things continue to progress the way they seem, that won't be a problem for Syracuse residents next year.

The Salt City Market is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020, offering a food hall with culinary options as diverse as the city itself. On this episode of The 315, Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss chat with Market Manager, Adam Sudmann and two potential venders about how the food hall could impact the Syracuse area. 


It's a challenge to get a dozen people in the same room to all agree on anything. But, in an effort to create a beer that embodies the essence of Syracuse, 15 craft brewers from the area came together to create the beer 'Autonomous Collective'.

This week on the 315 Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss sit down with one of brewers who had a hand in the collboration, Isaac Rubenstein of Middle Age Brewing. The three discuss, the flavor profile of the beer, how the collaboration all came together, and local reaction to the beer. 


Some of us have spent enough time around Central New York that we can practically go about our everyday routines in our sleep. But what is life like in Syracuse for someone who is brand new to the area?

This week on The 315,  Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss try to answer some of those questions  as they chat with Lydia Knox, Meteorologist at CNY Central. She's been in town for less than six months and offers a true newcomer's perspective. Listen and be reminded about some of wonderful aspects of Syracuse that perhaps we take for granted. 

There's a lot that goes into the makeup of any city. When we stop to think about the city of Syracuse a diverse array of cultures should hopefully come to mind. This week on The 315 Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss chat with Victoria Coit, Founder and Director of Operations and Business Development for Cuse Culture.  

The three chat about how the organization hopes to impact the culture of Syracuse, how they're encouraging local young professionals and about their upcoming festival.


On the heels of a historic box office showing of Avengers: Endgame, Central New York doesn't have to look very far to get it's fill of comic books and popular culture. The 6th annual Salt City Comic-Con plans to bring the best of comics, toys, entertainment, collectables, and more as the convention moves to it's new location at the New York State Fairgrounds.

This week on The 315 Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss tap into their inner geek and chat with the gentlemen running the Salt City Comic-Con, Allen LaVenture and Thomas Yeldon. They discuss what's new at the convention, what talent will be appearing and we talk a little cosplay.


Don't be fooled, it's getting to be that time of year when music venues around Syracuse are going to be filled with touring musical acts. On this episode of The 315 Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss are joined by singer and songwriter Kevin Gordon. 

He'll be performing at the Nelson Odeon on Sunday June 23rd but before that, he stoppped by the WAER studio to discuss his latest album 'Tilt and Shine'. They also chat about what sets him apart from his peers, and what environments help shape musicians.


It's true Syracuse tries its best to offer its resident a diverse array of music. But it's also true that Syracuse has a robust Jazz and Country scene thriving throughout the area. So what happens to young aspiring artists trying to do things a little different?

This week on The 315 Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss chat with up and coming hip-hop, pop, & rap artist Furco. He talks about how he first got his feet wet in music, how the hip-hop scene is growing in Syracuse, and he performs a freestyle rap.

DISCLAIMER: This episode contains portions of mature language. 


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