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IndyMatters Episode 125: The impending caucus and trivia
February 21, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporter Megan Messerly and producer Jacob Solis sit down to talk about the upcoming caucus, which will be held on Feb. 22. Later, host Joey Lovato and reporter Daniel Rothberg talk about how caucus math and delegate allocation works in the rural counties in Nevada. At the end of the show, Joey tests Jacob with presidential candidate trivia.


IndyMatters Episode 124: New Hampshire primary and interview with first lady Kathy Sisolak
February 14, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporters Jacob Solis and Megan Messerly sit down to talk about Megan’s trip to New Hampshire for the Democratic presidential primary. After that, host Joey Lovato and intern Jazmin Orozco-Rodriguez sit down with Kathy Sisolak to talk about her new arts initiative at the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City as well as her time as the first lady. At the end of the episode, host Joey Lovato and reporter Jacob Solis talk about the Oscars this year.


IndyMatters Episode 123: Iowa Caucus debacle, Trump acquitted after impeachment, and the State of the Union
February 7, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporters Jacob Solis and Megan Messerly sit down to talk about Megan’s trip to Iowa for the Democratic presidential caucuses, and the hangups that delayed the release of results for days. After that, host Joey Lovato calls up our Washington D.C. correspondent Humberto Sanchez to get the lowdown on all of the events going on in the nation’s capital, from President Donald Trump’s impeachment acquittal to the State of the Union address. At the end of the episode, Joey and editor Jon Ralston talk movies ahead of the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday. This week’s movie — 1917.


IndyMatters Episode 122: The caucus is coming, and counting the homeless
January 31, 2020

In this week’s episode of IndyMatters, Editors Jon Ralston and Elizabeth Thompson sit down to talk about the presidential race in Nevada — from where candidates stand to what they think will happen. They also give a preview of some upcoming Indy events. After that, reporter Jacob Solis debriefs intern Shannon Miller about the Point-in-Time Count that happened in Las Vegas and Reno. Shannon followed groups of volunteers who counted the number of homeless people in major metro areas as a requirement of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. At the end, host Joey Lovato and Assistant Editor Michelle Rindels talk about “The Report,” a new movie on Amazon Prime.


IndyMatters Episode 121: Schools, voters and movies
January 24, 2020

In this week’s episode of IndyMatters, host Joey Lovato sits down with intern Jazmin Orozco-Rodriguez to talk about her story on the opening of the Stewart Indian School Museum in Carson City. Later Assistant Editor Michelle Rindels talks with Indytern Tabitha Mueller about automatic voter registration in the state. At the end of the show, Joey chats with reporters Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels about the Oscar nominated film Little Women.


IndyMatters Episode 120: Marches, protests and Indyterns oh my!
January 17, 2020

In this week’s episode of IndyMatters, Reno Women’s March organizer Jackie Shelton is interviewed by Tabitha Mueller and photographer David Calvert to talk about the march and its goals after three years. Later, Michelle Rindels sits down with Tabitha and fellow intern Jazmin Orozco-Rodriguez to talk about last week’s ‘No War with Iran’ protest in Reno. At the end of the episode, producer Joey Lovato and Megan Messerly chat about the movie Cats!


IndyMatters Episode 119: End of the year with Booker
December 20, 2019

In this week’s episode of IndyMatters, we have Democratic candidate for president and Senator Cory Booker on the podcast. Lead 2020 reporter Megan Messerly sits down with him to talk about diversity in the race, how the Democratic party chooses who qualifies for a debate, sex work in the state, national healthcare, and more. After that host Joey Lovato and reporter Michelle Rindels sit down with intern Mark Hernandez to talk about his upcoming story on the state’s ethics commission. At the end of the episode, Joey gives us a rundown of the Indy staff’s favorite Christmas movies.


IndyMatters Episode 118: Nevada shield laws and rural education
December 13, 2019

In this week’s episode of IndyMatters, we have some responses from the governor from a wide-ranging interview we did with him this week. Then reporter Daniel Rothberg sits down with UNR Assistant Professor of Media Law Patrick File to talk about a Nevada Supreme Court case concerning shield laws for journalists. Later, host Joey Lovato and reporter Jackie Valley talk about their trip through rural Nevada in October, where they reported on a variety of things going on in rural education. At the end of the show, we hear from editor Jon Ralston, who lets us know what he thought of two new Netflix Movies, Marriage Story and The Irishman.


IndyMatters Episode 117: Climate change executive order and HIV community health
December 6, 2019

On this week’s episode of IndyMatters, reporter Riley Snyder sits down with the director of the Governor’s Office of Energy David Bobzien and the director of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Brad Crowell to discuss an executive order that was signed by Governor Steve Sisolak that will build off of an executive order earlier this year aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This new order looks to coordinate state agencies in an attempt to further the state’s fight against climate change. Later, we have a story from KUNR’s community health reporter Anh Gray on HIV. She talks to Ivy Spadone, the Chief Operating Officer of Northern Nevada HOPES, a nonprofit community health center in downtown Reno, about starting the clinic over twenty years ago. At the end of the episode, we have a fun trivia segment with reporters Michelle Rindels and Riley Snyder on sports in the state.


IndyMatters Episode 116: Kamala Harris and our marijuana series
November 19, 2019

On this week’s episode of IndyMatters, reporter Megan Messerly sits down with 2020 presidential hopeful Kamala Harris to talk about her campaign so far, health care and issues particular to Nevada. Later on, host Joey Lovato sits down with reporter Michelle Rindels to first talk about her new series, The Cannabis Files, which focuses on, you guessed it, cannabis! Later still, the two chat about some new books that Michelle read recently on our IndyReads segment.


IndyMatters Episode 115: Homelessness in Las Vegas and a lead up to 2020
November 13, 2019

On this week’s episode of IndyMatters, reporter Jacob Solis sits down with intern Shannon Miller to talk about their reporting on a vote last week at the Las Vegas City Council which made sleeping on the street a misdemeanor offense. Later on, we have an interview from KUNR reporter Paul Boger who sat down with Truckee Meadows Community College political science professor Fred Lokken to talk about the upcoming 2020 election and the associated trends. At the end of the episode, Jacob Solis returns to chat with host Joey Lovato about all the new indie movies that have just hit theaters: Jojo Rabbit, The Lighthouse and Parasite! Don’t worry, no spoilers.


IndyMatters Bonus Episode: IndyTalks Reno, the state of WCSD
November 8, 2019

We have a special edition of IndyMatters this week on top of our normal episode with presidential hopeful Tom Steyer and two stories from our partners at KUNR on Nevada STD rates. This special episode is audio from an event we had in Reno with Washoe County School District where editor Jon Ralston sat down and talked with School Board of Trustees President Katy Simon Holland and interim Superintendent Kristen McNeil on issues the WCSD is facing, from the termination of former Superintendent Traci Davis to class sizes and the district’s performance overall.


IndyMatters Episode 114: Tom Steyer
November 6, 2019

On this week’s episode of IndyMatters lead 2020 reporter Megan Messerly sits down with presidential hopeful Tom Steyer to talk about his approach to the campaign trail, his plan for healthcare reform, his time in rural Nevada and more. Later on, we have a story from our partners at KUNR including one by Anh Gray on STDs, how prevalent they are in the state, and a new dating app that is specifically for people with STDs. At the end of the show, host Joey Lovato talks with reporter Riley Snyder about a book he just read in a segment we are calling IndyReads.


IndyMatters Episode 113: The Yang Gang
November 1, 2019

On IndyMatters this week, reporter Jacob Solis talks with 2020 presidential hopeful Andrew Yang about his positions on nuclear waste, new forms of energy, automation and of course his idea for a “freedom dividend” as well as a host of other topics. Later Joey sits down with author Dr. Karen Gedney about her book “30 Years Behind Bars” on her time being a doctor in the Nevada prison system and what she learned during her time there. At the end of the episode, Joey quizzes our lead 2020 reporter Megan Messerly on some fun facts about candidates for president.


IndyMatters Episode 112: Boot Edge Edge
October 25, 2019

On IndyMatters this week, reporter Megan Messerly sits down with 2020 presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg to chat about his campaign so far in Nevada, his stance on what he calls, “Medicare for all who want it”, and what kind of voters he has been attracting. Later on, host Joey Lovato talks with intern Mark Hernandez about his story on a special veteran’s court in Reno after its first year, and still later editor Jon Ralston tells Joey about two new movies he saw last week.


IndyMatters Special Episode: Climate change in the 2020 election
October 22, 2019

On this special episode of IndyMatters, editor Jon Ralston sits down with Gene Karpinski, head of the League of Conservation Voters, and Andy Maggi, head of the Nevada Conservation League, to chat about climate change and how the 2020 candidates are approaching the subject. They also talk about what the issue means to Nevada and which 2020 candidates are focusing on it the most.


IndyMatters Episode 111: Endorsement tracker and automation
October 18, 2019

On IndyMatters this week, editor Jon Ralston sits down with reporter Megan Messerly to talk about The Indy’s new endorsement tracker and how the 2020 candidates are doing in the Silver State. After that host, Joey Lovato sits down with reporter Jacob Solis to talk about his story on automation and what it means for the future job landscape of Nevada. Later in the show, all four sit down to talk about Megan’s new favorite video game and Jon tells us about his early gaming days.


IndyMatters Episode 110: State Superintendent and Turning Point USA at UNR
October 11, 2019

On IndyMatters this week, reporter Jackie Valley sits down with state superintendent Jhone Ebert to discuss her listening tour through various schools to learn about the students there. Jackie also asks her how her first six months on the job are going and what challenges she has faced. Then Joey sits down with Indy intern Mark Hernandez and KUNR reporter Paul Boger for a debrief on an event at UNR where Charlie Kirk – the founder of Turning Point USA, a conservative student group – spoke, and where members of the community protested against the university for allowing him to speak on campus.


IndyMatters Episode 109: UNR voting and the Anaconda Mine
October 4, 2019

On IndyMatters this week, reporter Riley Snyder talks with Sandra Rodriguez and Amy Koeckes from UNR’s Center for Student Engagement to discuss an increase in student voter participation at the university. Later Joey sits down with reporter Daniel Rothberg to talk about his big story on the Anaconda Copper Mine outside of Yerington, including how it’s been leaking uranium and arsenic into the water supply there. Finally, we have a little poll for listeners at the end of this week’s episode.


IndyMatters Episode 108: Flights to Ely
September 27, 2019

On IndyMatters this week, intern Shannon Miller chats with Ely Times reporter Shadrach Michaels about a situation involving the city council that has the whole town abuzz. Later on in the episode, reporter Michelle Rindels sits down with reporter Riley Snyder to discuss his story on the state’s fleet of private planes. Later Joey and reporter Daniel Rothberg talk about a new movie Daniel saw.


IndyMatters Episode 107: Prisons, aliens and interns
September 20, 2019

On this week’s IndyMatters podcast, reporter Michelle Rindels sits down with Elena Vanko of the Vera Institute of Justice to talk about solitary confinement in Nevada prisons, the effects it has on prisoners and the frequency and length of solitary confinement. Later on the podcast host/editor Joey Lovato chats with KUNR reporter Paul Boger about the Area 51 event that has taken the internet by storm. How many people are there, what has Paul heard and how is it affecting small towns around Area 51? For a fun end to this week’s podcast, Joey sits down with intern Mark Hernandez to ask him how his first few weeks at The Indy are going and what he thinks about the Oxford comma.


IndyMatters Episode 106: Transportation in Vegas and transporting kids out of Vegas
September 13, 2019

On this episode of IndyMatters, Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson sits down with the outgoing CEO of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Tina Quigley. Elizabeth asks Tina about tech-driven projects at the RTC, what her biggest disappointments were along the way, what criticisms of the RTC she thinks are unfair — and gets a hint at what Tina’s next endeavor in life might be. Later in the episode Elizabeth chats with reporter Megan Messerly about the state sending children in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems to other states for treatment. And make sure to listen all the way to the end of this week’s episode for a fun new segment.


IndyMatters Episode 105: 2020 candidates and education funding
September 6, 2019

On this week’s episode of IndyMatters, Editor Jon Ralston sits down with reporter Megan Messerly to talk about the Democratic presidential candidates visiting the state, what she has observed in terms of campaign staffing and organizing, and which candidates are sticking out by doing something different. In a later segment, Jon and Jackie talk about the complex issue of school funding — and how one tax that may help increase funding ended up being voted on at a recent Clark County Commission meeting.


IndyMatters Episode 104: A strike averted, and the fight for the Senate
August 30, 2019

On this week’s episode of IndyMatters, Joey sits down with education reporter Jackie Valley to talk about all of the commotion during the first few weeks of the school year in Clark County including threats of a strike over teacher pay. Later, our man in Washington D.C., Humberto Sanchez, tells us about what’s going on with Senators Jacky Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto.


IndyMatters Episode 103: Evictions, opioids and a new theme song
August 22, 2019

On this week’s IndyMatters episode reporters Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels sit down with Bailey Bortolin from Washoe Legal Services and later with Keith Lynam, the president of the Nevada Association of REALTORS® to talk about tenants rights and eviction legislation that just went into effect. After that, Michelle talks a bit about an opioid addiction forum in Las Vegas last week.


IndyMatters Episode 102: Sex, drugs and cash bail
August 16, 2019

In this week’s episode, you’ll hear a rundown of a few of the big stories we published on the site this week from multimedia editor Joey Lovato. Then reporter Michelle Rindels sits down with the Executive Director of the Nevada Board of Massage Therapy, Sandy Anderson, to talk about sex trafficking in the industry. Later on, Michelle and reporter Riley Snyder sit down to discuss Riley’s story about a big lawsuit challenging cash bail.


IndyMatters Episode 101: AFSCME forum and gun control
August 9, 2019

We are back from break! On this week’s episode of IndyMatters Editor Jon Ralston sits down with reporter Megan Messerly to chat about the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Democratic candidate forum that Jon co-moderated with Huffington Post Washington Bureau Chief Amanda Terkel. They chat about the different candidates and how they responded to a broad swath of questions. Later in the episode Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson sits down with Jon to talk about gun control in the wake of several mass shootings that took place in the last few weeks.


IndyMatters: Summer Edition Vol. 3
August 2, 2019

Editor Jon Ralston and reporters Megan Messerly and Jacob Solis sat down with Congressman Steven Horsford this week to talk about a variety of topics including possible impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, Medicare-for-all and fixing the health care system.


IndyMatters: Summer Edition Vol. 2
July 20, 2019

The podcast is on its summer break, but we still wanted to talk about some of the stories The Nevada Independent published this past week. In this episode, Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson and intern Michaela Chesin parse through her recent reporting on a civil lawsuit brought by 11 marijuana companies who say the state unfairly doled out dispensary licenses last December. They also talk about some of Michaela’s other recent stories including teenage charity founder Kyler Nipper.


IndyMatters: Summer Edition Vol. 1
July 12, 2019

The podcast is taking a summer sabbatical but we still wanted to talk about some of our stories so Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson and Reporter Megan Messerly sat down for a half hour to do just that. Topics include Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo’s post-Oct. 1 report on improvements the department needs to make, the City of Las Vegas vowing not to pay hacker ransoms and the 2020 elections including the call-in rather than caucus option for Democrats.


IndyMatters Episode 100: 100!
June 18, 2019

On this week’s episode of IndyMatters, we hear from the team in the north (Riley, Michelle, Daniel and Joey) and most of the Las Vegas team (Jon, Jackie and Jacob) as they strive to answer your questions. This is a special edition of the IndyMatters Podcast celebrating our 100th episode. It is a bit longer and a bit of a departure from our usual format. We hope you enjoy it. If you did not a question submitted for this episode and have burning queries for us, don’t worry — there will be an episode 200.


IndyMatters Episode 99: How to teach reading and how to find campaign donors
June 14, 2019

On the 99th episode of IndyMatters, education reporter Jackie Valley sits down with Nevada System of Higher Education board of regents member Trevor Hayes to talk not about higher education but about reporting she has done on primary school students struggling with dyslexia. Hayes’s daughter struggles with dyslexia, and Jackie has been following her journey as she learns to read. Later on in the episode, we shift gears; our new reporter Jacob Solis comes into the studio to chat with Jackie about his extensive reporting on Gov. Steve Sisolak’s campaign finances (who donated to him, how much and where in the country they were from).


IndyMatters Episode 98: All legislative sessions must come to an end
June 7, 2019

With the 80th session of the Legislature behind us, The Indy’s Multimedia Editor Joey Lovato sits down with reporters Megan Messerly, Michelle Rindels and Riley Snyder to recap what happened. They talk about the big bills that passed (and died), the last-minute drama between the Democrats and Republicans, bills that will have effects you may have missed and more. There is also a surprise guest at the end of the episode so listen for that. Also, be sure to send your probing questions to [email protected] for the special 100th IndyMatters episode that will air in two weeks!


IndyMatters Episode 97: DNC Chair on Nevada’s caucus — and past chaos
May 24, 2019

This week on IndyMatters, reporter Megan Messerly talks with the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez, about how the party sees Nevada as the 2020 election draws ever nearer. Perez talks debates, the Democratic party’s focus and goals both in the state and nationally.


IndyMatters Episode 96: Education & economics
May 17, 2019

On this week’s episode of IndyMatters, reporter Michelle Rindels sits down with Amanda Morgan, Michelle Booth and Michaela Tonking of Educate Nevada Now, an advocacy group powered by the Rogers Foundation that aims to reform Nevada’s school funding formula and also increase funding for education. They talk about the formula, how it relates to education and how the group thinks the state should spread out funding to districts and schools.


IndyMatters Episode 95: IndyForum Reno – Development, growth and quality of life
May 10, 2019

On this week’s episode of IndyMatters, we play the audio from a forum we had in Reno, hosted by Indy editor Jon Ralston with panelists Jeffrey Berns from Blockchains, Reno Land CEO Chip Bowlby and Center for Regional Studies project manager Brian Bonnenfant. The forum covered development in northern Nevada as well as the impact large private companies will have on the region and what they need in order to succeed.


IndyMatters Episode 94: More money more problems
May 3, 2019

This week Michelle Rindels and Megan Messerly sit down to talk about the Economic Forum, a panel of five business professionals and economists that helps predict revenue for the state budget. They also talk about the impact the forum’s projections are likely going to have on spending on everything from education to health care to a railroad museum as the Legislature moves into its last month.


IndyMatters Episode 93: What’s up, Watts
April 26, 2019

Just past the halfway mark and the week of first house passage where hundreds of bills were voted on, Riley sits down with Democratic Assemblyman Howard Watts to talk about the bills he has going through the Legislature. Which ones are moving on and which ones died after first house passage. They also talk about the minimum wage bill, the ICE holding bill that Watts co-sponsored and if he sees a divide in the Democratic caucus this session.


IndyMatters Episode 92: Reporters of the Round Table
April 19, 2019

On this week’s episode of IndyMatters, reporters Michelle Rindels, Riley Snyder and Megan Messerly sit down for a round table discussion in Carson City. They talk about what bills will be going to the first house passage next week and what bills have died, as well as the reason some legislators introduce bills they know won’t make it to a vote.


IndyMatters Special Episode: Indy Townhall – A conversation on public education
April 16, 2019

A panel discussion moderated by Indy Editor Jon Ralston and reporter Jackie Valley on the state of education in Nevada with the people directly involved: teachers, students, parents and administrators.


IndyMatters Episode 91: The future of incarceration in Nevada
April 12, 2019

On this week’s episode of IndyMatters, Michelle and Riley talk about the “mass liberation” and no cash bail movements, as well as the death penalty and reform efforts to reduce Nevada’s growing prison population. Michelle also talks with members of the no cash bail movement to hear their stories of incarceration along with their goals lobbying lawmakers in Carson City.


IndyMatters Episode 90: Daniel’s new newsletter and behind the scenes reporting notes
April 5, 2019

This week on IndyMatters the producer, Joey Lovato, steps out from behind the soundboard to chat with reporter Daniel Rothberg about his new weekly newsletter, Indy Environment. Daniel talks about what subscribers can expect, as well as what bills he has been watching in Carson City. Later in the podcast, Joey pulls back the curtain and asks Daniel about his reporting process — and what he likes about reporting on the environment, plus what challenges he faces. If you would like to subscribe to Indy Environment you can do so here.

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IndyMatters Episode 89: Housing, homelessness and heart
March 29, 2019

The issues of affordable housing and homelessness are a growing problem in Nevada, and the Legislature is working on a few bills addressing the issues. This week reporters Michelle Rindels and Riley Snyder sit down to talk about some of the pending proposals, and Riley shares what he saw and heard during a committee hearing on affordable housing. Michelle also interviews J.D. Klippenstein and Catana Barnes with Acting in Community Together in Organizing Northern Nevada (ACTIONN) re: their reaction to the measures, the receptiveness of the legislators they have talked to, and what they think most needs to be done to address the issues.


IndyMatters Episode 88: Daniel waits 30 minutes to ask about hydrology with DRI’s Dr. Kristen Averyt
March 21, 2019

On this week’s episode of IndyMatters, we leave Carson City for a quick trip up to the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Reno to talk with the Dr. Kristen Averyt. Reporter Daniel Rothberg asks about the institution’s relationship with NSHE and how they get their funding. They also talk about climate change, how science can influence lawmakers and Daniel’s favorite topic: hydrology! Dr. Averyt also tells listeners about some exciting new changes at DRI.


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