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‘Did you feel that?’ Earthquakes in the Silver State

Is Nevada ready for a large earthquake? What does regenerative ranching in rural Nevada look like? And what’s the latest news on COVID-19, omicron, testing shortages?

This week, host Joey Lovato talks with State Geologist Jim Faulds and State Hazard Mitigation Officer Janell Woodward about earthquakes after a rather shaky 2021. After that, reporter Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez and photographer David Calvert talk about their story on an Elko family engaged in regenerative ranching in rural Nevada. At the end of the episode, reporter Tabitha Mueller and Joey interview Dr. Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Lab, about the omicron variant, testing shortages and more.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - https://twitter.com/Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - https://twitter.com/jacobsolisnv

0:55 - Earthquakes

Jim Faulds - No Twitter

Janell Woodward - No Twitter

12:00 - Regenerative Ranching

Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez - https://twitter.com/jazmin1orozco

David Calvert - https://twitter.com/calvertphoto

21:35 - COVID Interview

Dr. Mark Pandori - No Twitter

Tabitha Mueller - https://twitter.com/tabitha_mueller

New year, new laws, same housing headaches

New laws coming into effect this year, trying to buy a house in Nevada as costs continue to rise and a look forward to Congress’ 2022 agenda.

This week, Assistant Editors Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels come on the podcast to talk about some of the big new laws taking effect in 2022. After that, reporter Tabitha Mueller and host Joey Lovato have a story on the rising cost of homes and how difficult it can be for some buyers as the market continues to rise. At the end of the show, reporter Humberto Sanchez goes over the future of the Build Back Better Act, the anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection and Republican and Democratic policy plans for 2022.

Hosts and Twitter handles

Joey Lovato - https://twitter.com/Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - https://twitter.com/jacobsolisnv

0:50 - New laws

Riley Snyder - https://twitter.com/RileySnyder

Michelle Rindels - https://twitter.com/MichelleRindels

9:30 - Rising home prices

Tabitha Mueller - https://twitter.com/tabitha_mueller

Gary MacDonald - No Twitter

Samantha Christy - No Twitter

21:00 - D.C. Debrief

Humberto Sanchez - https://twitter.com/hsanchez128

The legacy of former Sen. Harry Reid

Former Sen. Harry Reid’s death and legacy, an analysis of Latino voters in Nevada and reporter Megan Messerly departs from The Indy.

This week, D.C. reporter Humberto Sanchez talks with host Joey Lovato about former Sen. Harry Reid’s death and the legacy he left behind. Then, we have an interview with Carlos Odio and Stephanie Valencia with Equis Research, a polling firm that focuses on understanding Latino voters. At the end of the show, The Indy says goodbye to longtime reporter Megan Messerly as she reflects on covering elections, coronavirus and more.

Hosts and Twitter handles

Joey Lovato - https://twitter.com/Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - https://twitter.com/jacobsolisnv

0:50 - Reid’s legacy

Humberto Sanchez - https://twitter.com/hsanchez128

9:40 - Latino voters

Michelle Rindels - https://twitter.com/MichelleRindels

Luz Gray - https://twitter.com/LuzGrayNV

Carlos Odio - https://twitter.com/carlosodio

Stephanie Valencia - https://twitter.com/stephanievalenc

19:20 - Megan’s departure

Megan Messerly - https://twitter.com/meganmesserly

Best of IndyMatters: Classrooms, Basque culture and job retraining

The COVID effect in classrooms, what it means to be a Nevadan, jeb retraining and even more movies with CEO Jon Ralston

For our third and final rerun show of 2021, we have a story from reporter Jannelle Calderón on students returning to the classroom and some of the struggles they’re now facing. We’re also sharing a rerun of an interview from our 200th episode on what it means to be a Nevadan, a rerun of a story on job retraining and one more discussion about movies with CEO Jon Ralston.

Hosts and Twitter handles

Joey Lovato - https://twitter.com/Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - https://twitter.com/jacobsolisnv

1:00 - Learning Loss

Jannelle Calderón - https://twitter.com/NewsyJan

9:30 - What it means to be a Nevadan

J.B. Lekumberry - No Twitter

14:15 - Job Retraining

Tim Lenard - https://twitter.com/tim_lenard

Michelle Rindels - https://twitter.com/MichelleRindels

21:55 - Movies with JonJon Ralston - https://twitter.com/RalstonReports

Best of IndyMatters: Moving vans, Burning Man and movies

Why people are leaving Nevada, Burning Man in spite of COVID and more movies with Jon Ralston.

Last week and for the next two weeks we’ll be rerunning some of our favorite podcast pieces from 2021. This week we have reporter Jackie Valley talking about her story exploring why people are leaving Nevada host Joey Lovato talking to artists about a “renegade” Burning Man event that happened despite COVID, and another chat about movies with CEO Jon Raston.

Hosts and Twitter handles

Joey Lovato - https://twitter.com/Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - https://twitter.com/jacobsolisnv

1:00 - People leaving Nevada

Jackie Valley - https://twitter.com/JackieValley

8:20 - “Renegade” Burning Man

Jerry Snyder - No Twitter

Eric Brooks - No Twitter

21:50 - Movies with JonJon Ralston - https://twitter.com/RalstonReports

Best of IndyMatters: Ghosts, vaccines and movies

Ghost Stories, vaccine rates and feelings of invincibility and movies with Jon Ralston

For the next three weeks we’ll be rerunning some of our favorite podcast pieces from 2021. This week we have author Janice Oberding telling ghost stories, UNR researcher James Leonhardt discussing how the feeling of invincibility factors into vaccine rates and a chat about movies with CEO Jon Ralston.

Hosts and Twitter handles

Joey Lovato - https://twitter.com/Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - https://twitter.com/jacobsolisnv

0:55 - Ghost stories

Janice Oberding - https://twitter.com/JaniceOberding

9:55 - Vaccines and invincibility

James Leonhardt - No Twitter

21:55 - Movies with Jon

Jon Ralston - https://twitter.com/RalstonReports

The growing trend of businesses on wheels

Mobile businesses hit the streets, restaurants serve up more vegan options and a housing solution that bonds the young and old

This week, host Joey Lovato talked with two mobile business owners and officials from the City of Reno about the rise of vehicle-based businesses. The discussion examines the benefits, challenges and regulatory hurdles that come with the unconventional business model. After that, reporter Jackie Valley joins to talk about veganism and how its growth is affecting the Nevada restaurant scene. At the end of the show, freelance reporter Colleen Connolly talks about housing that mixes the young and the old, two demographics who can often struggle to find affordable living situations.

Hosts and Twitter handles

Joey Lovato - https://twitter.com/Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - https://twitter.com/jacobsolisnv

0:55 - Mobile businesses

Alex McClelland - https://twitter.com/goldenowlbooks

Emily MacPherson - No Twitter

Lance Ferrato - No Twitter

10:25 - Veganism in Nevada

Jackie Valley - https://twitter.com/JackieValley

Sebastian Mueller - No Twitter

19:50 - Intergenerational housing

Colleen Connolly - https://twitter.com/ColleenMConn

All things higher education with Chancellor Melody Rose

An interview with Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Melody Rose and a look at vaccine rules for state employees

This week, reporter Jacob Solis and CEO Jon Ralston sit down with the Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Melody Rose to talk about her job and the problems facing the state’s higher education institutions. After that, Assistant Editor Riley Snyder joins the show to talk about a new requirement for state employees to either get vaccinated or pay a monthly fee to offset the cost of potentially getting COVID.

Host: Joey Lovato - https://twitter.com/Joey_Lovato_

0:45 - Melody Rose on higher ed

Melody Rose - https://twitter.com/DrMelodyrose

Jacob Solis - https://twitter.com/jacobsolisnv

Jon Ralston - https://twitter.com/RalstonReports

21:00 - Public employee vaccine mandate

Riley Snyder - https://twitter.com/RileySnyder

Bonus Episode: Movie Talks with Jon Ralston

We are off this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, but we wanted to share a discussion on movies between host Joey Lovato and CEO Jon Ralston. The two talked about movies and the importance of donating to support local journalism for our holiday fundraising push. We hope you can enjoy some time with your families this week and if you’d like to donate to The Indy, you can do so here: https://checkout.fundjournalism.org/memberform?org_id=nevadaindependent&campaign=7013i000000ca2IAAQ

Joey Lovato - https://twitter.com/Joey_Lovato_
Jon Ralston - https://twitter.com/RalstonReports

What students lost away from the classroom

How learning loss affected students returning to school, redistricting updates and the federal infrastructure bill finally passes

This week, reporter Jannelle Calderón talks with two members of a committee studying how students returning to the classroom could be suffering from learning loss. After that, hear a recap of a live discussion on Twitter Spaces about redistricting hosted by Joey Lovato, with appearances by Assistant Editors Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels and reporters Tabitha Mueller, Sean Golonka and Jannelle Calderón. At the end of the show, reporter Humberto Sanchez comes on to talk about the infrastructure bill finally passing Congress and what it means for Nevada.

Hosts and Twitter handles

Joey Lovato - https://twitter.com/Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - https://twitter.com/jacobsolisnv

0:55 - Learning loss

Jannelle Calderón - https://twitter.com/NewsyJan

Sondra Cosgrove - https://twitter.com/SondraCosgrove

Wendell Blaylock - No Twitter

9:30 - Redistricting discussion

Riley Snyder - https://twitter.com/RileySnyder

Michelle Rindels - https://twitter.com/MichelleRindels

Tabitha Mueller - https://twitter.com/tabitha_mueller

Sean Golonka - https://twitter.com/s_golonka

Jannelle Calderón - https://twitter.com/NewsyJan

19:40 - Infrastructure bill

Humberto Sanchez - https://twitter.com/hsanchez128

South Lake Tahoe casinos rebound after fire season

This episode examines how South Lake Tahoe casinos are faring after the Caldor Fire shut them down for six days; UNR research about invincibility and vaccine hesitancy; and the need for bilingual reporting.

0:55 - Caldor Fire’s effect on South Lake Tahoe

10:50 - Individualistic cultures and COVID

22:30 - Bilingual reporting

How COVID changed what we wear

An interview with a UNLV fashion historian, how Republicans are campaigning on voter fraud, and voices from the Nevada Day Parade.

0:55 - COVID fashion

12:30 - Republicans on election reform

23:20 - The Nevada Day Parade

Origins of Nevada Day, why redistricting matters and a D.C. political update

This week, reporter Jackie Valley and host Joey Lovato sit down with Shery Hayes-Zorn from the Nevada Historical Society to talk about the origins of Nevada Day. After that, reporter Tabitha Mueller interviews UNR Assistant Professor Casey Lynch about redistricting and what it means for underserved populations. At the end of the show, Joey is joined by reporter Humberto Sanchez in D.C. to talk about infrastructure, reconciliation, filibuster, the debt ceiling and more.

1:00 - Nevada Day origins

10:40 - Redistricting

20:30 - D.C. Debrief

New jobs, old ghosts and state crime trends

This week, video producer/reporter Tim Lenard has a story on job retraining. After the initial pandemic-related shutdowns sidelined thousands of workers across the state, some have decided to change careers. After that, reporter Sean Golonka sits down with host Joey Lovato to talk about crime statistics in the state. Are violent crimes actually going up? What does this mean for candidates running for office? At the end of the show, writer Janice Oberding and her husband Bill come back on the show to share a few more haunted stories and talk about ghost hunting in Nevada.

0:50 - Job retraining

9:40 - Crime Numbers

19:20 - Ghost stories pt. 2

Governor’s races break down, moving out of the state and some haunted places to visit in October

This week, assistant editors Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels break down a recent Nevada Independent poll that looks at the 2022 governor primary. Then reporter Jackie Valley comes on the show to talk to host Joey Lovato about why people are leaving the state and what it means for long-term population trends. At the end of the show, Joey sits down with Reno-based Author Janice Oberding and her husband Bill to talk about some haunted places around the state. As we enter the Halloween season, there are plenty of spooky sites to explore across the state.

1:10 - Governors race break down

13:00 - Leaving Nevada

20:10 - Haunted places in Nevada

1 October memorial, Nevada State College president Q&A and union vs. Station Casinos

This week, host Joey Lovato interviews Tennille Pereira and Dr. Robert Fielden, two members of the 1 October Memorial Committee, about plans to build a permanent memorial for victims of the 2017 Route 91 Music Festival shooting. Then, co-host and reporter Jacob Solis sits down with Nevada State College President Dr. DeRionne Pollard for a wide-ranging discussion on higher education, budget issues and vaccine mandates for both students and faculty. At the end of the show, Joey is joined by gaming reporter Howard Stutz for the second part of an interview on the long dispute between the Culinary Union and Station Casinos.

0:55 - 1 October memorial

12:00 - Q&A with Nevada State College president

20:30 - The battle between unions and casinos Part 2

Unofficial Burning Man, inmate firefighters and a battle between unions and casinos

This week, host Joey Lovato reports on the ‘renegade’ Burning Man. The official event was canceled this year because of COVID-19, but that didn’t stop thousands of people from heading out to the playa earlier this month. After that, reporter Zach Bright reports on criticism of the state’s use of inmate firefighters, who have helped fight wildfires plaguing Nevada and California this summer for little pay. At the end of the show, reporter Howard Stutz comes on the podcast to talk about the long and tumultuous history between Stations Casinos and Culinary Workers Local 226 in the first of this two-part history segment.

1:00 - Unofficial Burning Man

14:20 - Inmate firefighters

22:30 - The battle between unions and casinos

Top state officials depart, anti-racism policy in schools, and high gas prices

This week, Lt. Gov. Kate Marshall and Gov. Steve Sisolak’s chief of staff Michelle White come on the podcast to talk about stepping down from their roles —  Marshall to take a job at the White House and White to spend more time with her family. Both women talk about their jobs in the government, what the future holds for their offices and more. Then, host Joey Lovato is joined by reporter Jackie Valley to talk about an anti-racism policy that is being implemented in the Clark County School District and mothers who are pushing for it after racist threats targeting their sons. At the end of the show, Joey is joined by Sergio Avila, a representative with AAA Nevada, to talk about high gas prices in the state.

0:55 - Top state officials depart

17:20 - Anti-racism policy in schools

24:10 - High gas prices

Episode 200 - What it means to be a Nevadan

This week, to celebrate the 200th episode of the IndyMatters podcast, we break from our normal format and share vignettes from people from all over the state who explain what it means to be a Nevadan, how they got here and what makes this state so unique. From attorneys to restaurant owners to casino workers, we sought a wide range of voices who may not represent every Nevadan, but give us a good taste of the great diversity in the Silver State. In the months to come, reporter Jackie Valley will be exploring this topic further as she shifts her focus here at the Indy from education, toward the people who make up the state.

Caldor Fire, NSHE Chancellor, and weddings coming back in Vegas

This week, Reporter Daniel Rothberg and Host Joey Lovato talk about the still raging Caldor Fire, which has forced mass evacuations in South Lake Tahoe. After that, Reporter and Cohost Jacob Solis sits down with Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Chancellor Melody Rose to talk about vaccine mandates for students and possible mandates for staff. At the end of the show, Reporter Sean Golonka reports on the resurgence of the wedding industry in Las Vegas after the pandemic.

0:55 - Caldor Fire

12:40 - NSHE Chancellor Melody Rose

22:55 - Weddings returning to Las Vegas

29:40 - Outro / Credits

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