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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Rochester-based vocalist Danielle Ponder has an interesting story to tell.  The soulful singer whose touching lyrics often tell stories of pain and injustice was once a defense attorney who spent five years working as a public defender.  Her criminal justice experience inspires her work and she’ll bring her music and message to Syracuse on November 20th when she will perform a virtual concert for the Community Folk Art Center.


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Whether it's a Presidential debate, from the lips of a local reporter, or the national news, conversations about the future of our planet are constantly taking place. And no matter where you land on the politics surrounding climate change, there is no denying the need for education on the matter.

This week on The 315, Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss sit down with Meg Lowe, Sustainability Coordinator in the Energy Systems and Sustainability Management Department at Syracuse University.  The three of them chat about sustainability at Syracuse University, opportunities for education, and some upcoming events.


Since the emergence of COVID-19 we've heard a lot about "essential workers". You might picture these workers as nurses, grocery store associates, and delivery drivers. And you'd be correct, but what about zoo workers providing care to living, breathing animals?

On this episode of The 315, Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss chat with Jeff Taylor, owner of The Wild Animal Park in Chittenango. They discuss the history of the park, impact of COVID-19, and the Netflix documentary Tiger King.


Not to be confused with the adorable characters from Willy Wonka , Oompa Loompyas is an emerging spot for authenic Filipino food. Garlic fried rice, pancit, or loompya, Oompa Loompyas offers authentic Filipino dishes with a twist of other ethnic cuisines.

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This holiday season as you go through your holiday tradiitons, chances are you'll catch a showing of It's A Wonderful Life on television. Central New York residents can add to the experience this year by catching the new documentary, The Real Bedford Falls: It’s a Wonderful Life”, which highlights connections between Bedford Falls and Seneca Falls.

This week on The 315 Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss are joined by the narrator for the film, Bob Dotson, professor at the Newhouse School and WAER alumnus. They dive into Bob's initial interest in Bedford Falls, the documentary, and some of stories he's collected through his 40 years as a reporter.

The Central New York community has a lot offer it's residents, but what about the night life? There's a new late night spot in Syracuse and they're hoping to add a little spice to downtown in a unique atmosphere. 

This week on The 315 Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss chat with Scott Friedberg, Managing Partner of Gilded Club about what his modern style speakeasy can offer residents looking for something new when heading downtown.


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. 


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