Leaders and Legends

Conversations with Indiana's most influential men and women presented by Veteran Strategies, Inc.

About the show


Leaders and Legends features some of Indiana’s most fascinating men and women whose impact has shaped our state, our communities, and us. Join us as we discuss their imprint on our history. The program is hosted by Robert Vane, principal of Veteran Strategies.

Leaders and Legends is brought to you by Veteran Strategies, Inc. your local veteran business enterprise specializing in public relations, media relations, public outreach, crisis communications, and digital photography. Learn more at www.veteranstrategies.com

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • 78: Remembering Former Governor Joe Kernan

    Episode  |  August 3rd, 2020  |  1 hr 21 mins

    Joe Kernan was Irish before he was a naval officer, a prisoner of war before he was mayor, humble before he was governor, and beloved eternally by those who knew him. We lost the governor last week and extend our condolences to his wife Maggie and all who knew and loved him. On this week’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast, we talk with Tina Noel, Kip Tew, and Jim Shella about Governor Kernan’s career, character, and why many of us seemingly had our first meeting with him in a bar.  Very few people personify the word ‘hero' like Joe Kernan did and we hope you enjoy this tribute to his life of service.

  • 77: Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic on the USS Indianapolis Disaster

    Episode  |  July 27th, 2020  |  1 hr 31 mins

    On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was sunk in what remains the biggest sea disaster in U.S. naval history. The “Leaders and Legends” podcast this week features an interview with Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic; they are the authors of “Indianapolis” which is the definitive account of our namesake ship and the men who sailed on her. While both the ship’s mission and her fate was made famous by the movie “Jaws”, Lynn and Sara let us know there is much more to the legend.

  • 76: Mark Boyle, Radio Voice of the Indiana Pacers

    Episode  |  July 20th, 2020  |  1 hr 29 mins

    Mark Boyle is the brilliant and beloved radio voice of our Indiana Pacers. He joins us on the “Leaders and Legends” podcast to talk about his career, his chess exploits, his love of Indianapolis, and some of his most memorable Pacers moments.

  • 75: Ted Boehm, Former Justice on the Indiana Supreme Court

    Episode  |  July 13th, 2020  |  1 hr 19 mins

    When it comes to having a varied and impactful career, there are few people in Ted Boehm’s league. He clerked for Chief Justice Earl Warren, helped develop Penrod into a premier arts festival, was chairman of the 1987 Pan Am Games, and served on the Indiana Supreme Court. He is also a member of the IPS Hall of Fame. When I started the “Leaders and Legends” podcast, Ted’s name was one of the first guest recommendations I received. Ted is what being a Hoosier is all about.

  • 74: Brooks Simpson, Historian and Author of Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity

    Episode  |  July 5th, 2020  |  1 hr 55 mins

    Brooks Simpson is one of the world’s leading authorities on the life, times, and career of Ulysses S. Grant. Professor Simpson was kind enough to come on the “Leaders and Legends” podcast to discuss a man whom I consider the most compelling figure of the American Civil War—yes, even more than Abraham Lincoln. We also discuss the recent History.com series on Grant and why the general’s memoirs are considered a masterpiece of American literature.

  • 73: Jake Query of the IMS Radio Network

    Episode  |  June 29th, 2020  |  1 hr 24 mins

    Jake Query is our guest on this week’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast. He’s been a fixture on the Indianapolis media and sports scene for years, and he may just be the Hoosier King of Twitter (follow him @jakequery). Jake is also an Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network announcer. We also talk with Jake about his opportunity to be a pallbearer for Mickey Rooney’s funeral and what it’s like to exchange letters with Charles Manson.

  • 72: Seth Morales, President of the Morales Group

    Episode  |  June 22nd, 2020  |  1 hr 8 mins

    Our “Leaders and Legends” podcast this week features Seth Morales—who probably knows more people than anyone I’ve ever met. He played in the Rose Bowl while at Purdue, earned his MBA from Notre Dame, and is President of the Morales Group. Seth discusses his work in our community, the realities of being a CEO/dad, and what it’s like to catch passes from Drew Brees.

  • 71: Mike Lopresti, Hall of Fame Sports Journalist

    Episode  |  June 15th, 2020  |  1 hr 20 mins

    Journalist and Hall of Famer Mike Lopresti is one of the most-honored sportswriters in the United States. Mike’s career has had him cover 32 World Series, 31 Super Bowls, 34 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Fours, as well as 16 Olympics. Mike appears on the “Leaders and Legends” podcast to discuss his most memorable columns and how being a Hoosier has helped shape his life and writings.

  • 70: Tony Mason, President and CEO of the Indianapolis Urban League

    Episode  |  June 10th, 2020  |  1 hr 5 mins

    Tony Mason is the president and CEO of the Indianapolis Urban League. Tony’s resume includes stints at the Super Bowl Committee, the Circle City Classic, and the NCAA. He joins the “Leaders and Legends” podcast to discuss his career and how the Urban League is both leading and participating in the critical conversations we are having today. My co-host for this podcast is Brian Payne, president and CEO of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

  • 69: Ray Tolbert, A Captain on IU Basketball's 1981 National Championship Team

    Episode  |  June 1st, 2020  |  1 hr 21 mins

    Ray Tolbert was a captain on IU’s 1981 national championship team. He was also Indiana Mr. Basketball in 1977, a gold medal winner in the 1979 Pan-Am games, and a first-round draft choice in the NBA. Ray joins us on the “Leaders and Legends” podcast to talk about his career, playing for Coach Knight, and what he is doing now to help his fellow Hoosiers.

  • 68: Donald Davidson, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian

    Episode  |  May 25th, 2020  |  1 hr 15 mins

    We all are missing the Indianapolis 500 this weekend, but the ‘Leaders and Legends’ podcast is bringing you the next best thing—a conversation with beloved IMS historian Donald Davidson. He talks with us about coming over here from England in 1964, his astounding memory, his favorite races, and why he believes ‘Hoosier Hospitality’ is more than just a slogan.

  • 67: Fahad Nazer, Spokesperson for the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

    Episode  |  May 21st, 2020  |  44 mins 5 secs

    When you get a chance to chat with the spokesperson for the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington, D.C., you take it. Fahad Nazer joined the ‘Leaders and Legends’ podcast to talk about his background, the importance of the Saudi-American relationship, and the significant reforms underway in this pivotal Middle East country. This podcast is a bit shorter than usual, but if you can stand to listen to two political science majors talk about modernization and culture, please do.

  • 66: Dr. David Edmonds, author of Bobby Fischer Goes to War

    Episode  |  May 18th, 2020  |  57 mins 41 secs

    Okay, so this podcast is really just for me and other chess nerds—but I hope you like it. In 1972, Bobby Fischer wrested the world chess championship from the Commie Soviet Union. On this week’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast, we talk with Dr. David Edmonds, author of "Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How A Lone American Star Defeated the Soviet Chess Machine" (co-authored by John Eidinow), a book on this watershed match, and discuss how a not-so-simple game fit into the larger context of the Cold War.

  • 65: Dave Lindquist, Entertainment Reporter for the Indianapolis Star

    Episode  |  May 11th, 2020  |  1 hr 13 mins

    One of the two men in our photo is David Lindquist. A veteran journalist, Dave has written about music and pop culture for The Indianapolis Star since 1998. He joins the “Leaders and Legends” podcast to discuss his career, interviewing famous people, and gives us his answers to the Five Questions.

  • 64: Indiana's Senior United States Senator Todd Young

    Episode  |  May 4th, 2020  |  1 hr 11 mins

    Todd Young is the senior United States Senator from Indiana. He’s also a graduate of the Naval Academy, a former Marine officer, and as down-to-earth elected official as you will ever meet. Senator Young spent an hour on the “Leaders and Legends” podcast discussing his career, his historic win over Evan Bayh in 2016, and how the military has shaped his life.”

  • 63: Marc Allan on ’The Tapes Archive’

    Episode  |  April 27th, 2020  |  1 hr 19 mins

    Marc Allan is the man behind ’The Tapes Archive’ which features never-before-heard interviews with people such as Kurt Vonnegut, John Mellencamp, and Joan Rivers. On this week’s ‘Leaders and Legends’ podcast, we talk with Marc about what it is like to interview famous people and why he decided to post these interviews in 2020. This is Marc’s second appearance on the podcast & we are very grateful to our good friend for coming back on.