IndyMatters Episode 54: The most powerful woman in Nevada health care

Editor Jon Ralston and reporter Megan Messerly talk to Heather Korbulic, who runs the Nevada health care exchange. She talks about premiums rising, marketing Obamacare and much more.

Ep 54: The most powerful woman in Nevada health care
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IndyMatters Episode 53: There she was, out on the border

Editor Jon Ralston and reporter Michelle Rindels chat with Laura Barrera, an immigration attorney who went down to the southern border to counsel a refugee caravan last month. She talks about what she saw there, the ins and outs of the asylum-seeking process, the TPS program and immigrants in Las Vegas.

Ep 53: There she was, out on the border
0:00 / 33:53

IndyMatters Episode 52: The speaker speaks

Democratic Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson reveals where he’s headed with education in the upcoming session, including his plans for marijuana and hotel tax money, in a conversation with reporter Michelle Rindels and Editor Jon Ralston.

Ep 52: The speaker speaks
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IndyMatters Episode 51: Two men and a poll

Editor Jon Ralston talks with pollster Mark Mellman about a recent statewide survey that has a lot of interesting information about Nevada races and issues. This is from our IndyTalks at The Smith Center on Tuesday evening, April 24.

Ep 51: Two men and a poll
0:00 / 1:04:38

IndyMatters Episode 50: Cat on a Hof tin roof

Editor Jon Ralston chats with a woman who works in a brothel while doing research for doctorate in sociology at UNLV.   Christina Parreira has worked at Dennis Hof’s Alien Cathouse and talks about her views on a proposal to ban brothels in two counties and gives an inside look at what life is like for sex workers.

Ep 50: Cat on a Hof tin roof
0:00 / 36:51

IndyMatters Episode 49: The one about outlawing brothels

Lawyer Jason Guinasso joins Editor Jon Ralston to discuss his efforts to ban brothels in Lyon County, why he thinks prostitution is tied to sex trafficking and how he believes it is bad for Nevada.

Ep 49: The one about outlawing brothels
0:00 / 37:38

IndyMatters Episode 48: Chancellor Thom Reilly

Editor Jon Ralston and Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson talk with the head of the higher education system about UNLV President Len Jessup’s departure, the future of medical school Dean Barbara Atkinson (it appears short there) and the future of the system. Lots of newsy, provocative stuff.

Ep 48: Chancellor Thom Reilly
0:00 / 50:12

IndyMatters Episode 47: State of Pot

On this special edition of IndyMatters, we bring you one of our panels from our recent IndyForums on marijuana in Nevada. This one, called “Rules, Regulations, Compliance and Law Enforcement,” featured former U.S. Attorney Rick Pocker, ex-Justice Department official Will Moschella and attorney Melissa Kuipers, who helped start pot legalization in Colorado.

Ep 47: State of Pot
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IndyMatters Episode 46: Former NSHE Regent James Dean Leavitt on the UNLV-Jessup dustup

Mr. James Dean Leavitt, former Chairman of the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents — and member of the team that fought to establish the UNLV School of Medicine — joins us to talk about recent controversy around UNLV President Len Jessup’s performance and his possible departure. Afterward, the editors of The Indy hash through that and other headlines from the week.

 

 

Ep 46: Former NSHE Regent James Dean Leavitt on the UNLV-Jessup dustup
0:00 / 53:11

IndyMatters Episode 45: Maggie McLetchie throws a little shade during Sunshine Week

Editor Jon Ralston talks to attorney Maggie McLetchie, a fierce defender of the 1st Amendment and public access to records. on this week’s podcast. She talks about litigation she has been involved in and what the media should do to try to pry documents from recalcitrant governments.  She is the only person who can talk more than the editor.

Ep 45: Maggie McLetchie throws a little shade during Sunshine Week
0:00 / 37:04

IndyMatters Episode 44: Making America Informed Again

In this special edition of IndyMatters, we recorded Editor Jon Ralston appearing with two Brookings Institution scholars at a public policy forum at UNLV. The wide-ranging discussion included how to trust news sources, how to consume news and how to survive in an ever-chaotic world with so many inputs.

Ep 44: Making America Informed Again
0:00 / 1:30:22

IndyMatters Episode 43: Special IndyTalks edition! Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve

On Wednesday, Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve joined Editor Jon Ralston for an hour-long discussion about The Biggest Little City, her ambitions and more.

Ep 43: Special IndyTalks edition! Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve
0:00 / 1:11:24

IndyMatters Episode 42: Two Clark County principals talk about school safety in the wake of Parkland

Editor Jon Ralston and reporter Jackie Valley interview two high school principals about what they are thinking in the wake of the Florida shootings. We talk about what the students are saying, the idea of arming teachers and more. Also, headlines of the week, and Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson and Jon talk about guns and public discourse.

Ep 42: Two Clark County principals talk about school safety in the wake of Parkland
0:00 / 53:05

IndyMatters Episode 41: In which the NV Energy CEO’s lunch tab is mentioned

Editor Jon Ralston and reporter Riley Snyder interview Jon Wellinghoff, a former chairman of an important federal energy panel and a consultant to the Energy Choice Initiative. He talks about the ballot question and reacts to criticism from the utility. Also, Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson joins Jon to talk about more Wynn fallout and our blockbuster interview of Switch CEO Rob Roy.

Ep 41: In which the NV Energy CEO’s lunch tab is mentioned
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IndyMatters Episode 40: Our chat with Tom Steyer about energy and immigration

Our special guest on the podcast was Tom Steyer, the billionaire activist who is passionate about many topics, including his desire to see President Trump impeached. Reporter Michelle Rindels and Editor Jon Ralston talked to Steyer about a new energy initiative he is funding in Nevada and his feelings about DACA and what Democrats should do to ensure it continues.

Ep 40: Our chat with Tom Steyer about energy and immigration
0:00 / 29:32

IndyMatters Episode 39: How the WSJ reported the Wynn story

Editor Jon Ralston and reporter Megan Messerly chat with Alexandra Berzon, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was part of the team that did the reporting on Steve Wynn’s conduct toward women. She reveals how the story got started, how they are working on more and how difficult such pieces are to do. Also, Jon and Elizabeth Thompson talk at length about the story, and Elizabeth unloads.

Ep 39: How the WSJ reported the Wynn story
0:00 / 43:06

IndyMatters Episode 38: In which there are stirring tales of RPS and ECI

Editor Jon Ralston and reporter Riley Snyder chat with Assemblyman Chris Brooks about energy issues, how he voted on a ballot question in 2016 and who he is supporting for governor. Also: Pithy headlines and the editor and Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson talk about ex-Councilman Barlow and Adam Laxalt’s definition of “premature.”

Ep 38: In which there are stirring tales of RPS and ECI
0:00 / 47:31

IndyMatters Episode 37: In which the editor is told how wrong he is

Editor Jon Ralston interviews longtime adman and political guru Billy Vassiliadis about Campaign ’18 and marketing Vegas in the wake of 1 October. Come for the insight, stay for when Billy tells Jon he could not be more wrong about the U.S. Senate primary. Also, Jon and Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson banter about Michael Roberson’s “lesser humans” joke, campaign reports and more. She does not call Jon an idiot. At least not today.

Ep 37: In which the editor is told how wrong he is
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IndyMatters Episode 36: Transportation czar Tina Quigley; the editors discuss NLV, DACA and GCB

Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada chief Tina Quigley fields questions from Editor Jon Ralston and reporter Michelle Rindels. Quigley talks about the hit to the RTC from Uber/Lyft, a new Smart Cities panel and more. And Managing Editor Elizabeth and Jon talk about DACA, the North Las Vegas implosion and the first female gaming control chair.

Ep 36: Transportation czar Tina Quigley; the editors discuss NLV, DACA and GCB
0:00 / 55:35

IndyMatters Episode 35: An economic forecast for Nevada and a drug-filled colloquy

Editor Jon Ralston interviews wealth-management firm partner Mike PeQueen about what to look for in the Nevada economy this year. They talk jobs, wages and housing. Then Jon and Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson dive into those stories about the AG cracking down on pot and docs upset about opioid law rules. There are headlines, too, and the editor is quite pithy. (Yes, he wrote this.)

Ep 35: An economic forecast for Nevada and a drug-filled colloquy
0:00 / 38:21

IndyMatters Episode 34: Mulling sexual harassment

The week’s headlines, an interview w/ victim advocate Kimberly Mull, and the editors discuss the use of anonymous sources in sexual harassment stories.

Ep 34: Mulling sexual harassment
0:00 / 44:37

IndyMatters Episode 33: IndyTalks with Gov. Sandoval

A special podcast this week as we have Editor Jon Ralston’s entire, wide-ranging chat with Gov. Brian Sandoval at The Smith Center on Tuesday evening. His successes, his regrets, why he opted into ACA, his conversations with the president, whether he will endorse Adam Laxalt to be his successor and much, much more. Also: A few headlines and Jon and Elizabeth Thompson analyze what the governor said.

Ep 33: IndyTalks with Gov. Sandoval
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IndyMatters Episode 32: The week in news, an interview with Steve Hill, and Indy Perspectives

In the first episode of a brand new IndyMatters format, Editor Jon Ralston highlights the week’s top headlines, interviews economic development guru Steve Hill along with Indy reporter Michelle Rindels, and talks about three controversial topics — sexual harassment, annual legislative sessions, and expanded background checks for gun sales — with Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson.

Ep 32: The week in news, an interview with Steve Hill, and Indy Perspectives
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IndyMatters Episode 31: The one about the stadium celebration and the recalls saga

Editor Jon Ralston and reporters Riley Snyder and Jackie Valley talk about the stadium celebration party, the latest on the recalls and more. Riley expresses surprise at the editor’s analogy that involves Vladimir Putin and Mark Davis.

Ep 31: The one about the stadium celebration and the recalls saga
0:00 / 32:08

IndyMatters Episode 30: The one where Riley isn’t funny

Editor Jon Ralston and reporters Riley Snyder and Megan Messerly talk about the recalls, energy, a new congressional candidate from TV who hates the liberal media and more. The editor is tempted to bring up “Game of Thrones” analogues in Nevada politics but demurs. Riley misses many straight lines.

Ep 30: The one where Riley isn’t funny
0:00 / 32:16

IndyMatters Episode 29: Laxalt announces, sanctuary cities, Indy Spanish page stories

Editor Jon Ralston talks with reporter Michelle Rindels and Spanish language editor Luz Gray about Adam Laxalt’s run for governor, the issue of sanctuary cities, and The Indy‘s Spanish page content.

Ep 29: Laxalt announces, sanctuary cities, Indy Spanish page stories
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IndyMatters Episode 28: Stories about energy, pharma and more, and a discussion of sexual harassment in Carson

Editor Jon Ralston talks to reporters Megan Messerly and Riley Snyder about energy and the governor’s race, the pharma lawsuit and “Sprinklecare” goes national. We also spend some time talking about sexual politics in Carson City in light of the national headlines.

Ep 28: Stories about energy, pharma and more, and a discussion of sexual harassment in Carson
0:00 / 54:37

IndyMatters Episode 27: The one with Riley and Jackie

Editor Jon Ralston talks to reporters Riley Snyder and Jackie Valley about a gubernatorial announcement, a federal lawsuit on those recalls, NV Energy’s contractual dilemma and much more. Two of the podcast participants have pleasant voices, so listen.

Ep 27: The one with Riley and Jackie
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IndyMatters Episode 26: The tragedy’s aftermath, Laxalt vs. Sandoval, health care developments and more

Editor Jon Ralston sits down with reporters Megan Messerly and Michelle Rindels to talk about the shifting shooting timeline, charitable donations in the aftermath, the AG vs. the governor on the Commerce Tax, Obamacare gutting developments and a retiring assemblyman and what his departure says about life in the Legislature.

Ep 26: The tragedy’s aftermath, Laxalt vs. Sandoval, health care developments and more
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IndyMatters Episode 25: The worst week

Editor Jon Ralston talks with reporters Jackie Valley and Riley Snyder about covering the worst week in Las Vegas history. We talk about how we made the decision to cover the tragedy and how we covered it.

Ep 25: The worst week
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IndyMatters Episode 24: Heller’s health-care woes, energy rate fights and a furlough request

Reporters Megan Messerly, Riley Snyder and Jackie Valley dissect the week’s top stories, including Sen. Dean Heller’s defense of the Graham-Cassidy health bill, Switch’s involvement in a nonprofit that’s taking aim at NV Energy and a surprise move by school district trustees to pursue furloughs in lieu of job cuts. They also preview some likely candidate announcements coming Monday.

Ep 24: Heller’s health-care woes, energy rate fights and a furlough request
0:00 / 40:36

IndyMatters Episode 23: Health bill hangups and top Assembly Republican resigns

Reporters Michelle Rindels, Megan Messerly and Riley Snyder discuss local and national setbacks for an Obamacare repeal bill pushed by Sen. Dean Heller. Also, moderate Republican Paul Anderson leaves his leadership role for a state job and there’s a last-minute push to get students to renew DACA.

Ep 23: Health bill hangups and top Assembly Republican resigns
0:00 / 35:08

IndyMatters Episode 22: The candidate announcements cometh, school district budget cuts, more

Editor Jon Ralston chats with reporters Jackie Valley and Michelle Rindels about announcements made by state Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford and ex-Treasurer Kate Marshall and one coming from Assemblyman Nelson Araujo. Also, the Clark County School District makes decisions on major budget cuts.

Ep 22: The candidate announcements cometh, school district budget cuts, more
0:00 / 39:43

IndyMatters Episode 21: Skorkowsky’s out, Big PhRMA sues and more

Editor Jon Ralston talks to reporters Megan Messerly and Jackie Valley about the surprising retirement of Clark County Schools chief Pat Skorkowsky, the unsurprising lawsuit by the pharmaceutical industry to block a new transparency law, that neverending Badlands golf course issue and Treasurer Dan Schwartz jumping in the governor’s race. Jackie and Megan are podcast-smooth. Jon? Not so much.

Ep 21: Skorkowsky’s out, Big PhRMA sues and more
0:00 / 43:53

IndyMatters Episode 20: Special Labor Day Episode

Producer Joey Lovato hosts a special Labor Day edition of IndyMatters, with reporters Michelle Rindels and Riley Snyder. Michelle talks about going to the Basque Fry and gubernatorial contender Steve Sisolak corralling some national talent. Riley talked about his favorite subject, energy, and Joey recapped a legislative event he attended up North. Joey also sounds podcast-smoother than the usual host.

Ep 20: Special Labor Day Episode
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IndyMatters Episode 19: Health care reform, our chat with the Gov., and a $75M bill

Managing editor E. Thompson is joined by reporters Megan Messerly and Riley Snyder to talk about Sen. Heller’s latest efforts on national health care reform, the doctor shortage in Nevada, Riley’s chat with Gov. Sandoval about sanctuary cities and other issues, NVE’s surprise play re: net metering and other energy rates, a $75 million bill from the Dept. of Justice that is in contention in Clark County, and more.

Ep 19: Health care reform, our chat with the Gov., and a $75M bill
0:00 / 31:55

IndyMatters Episode 18: Recalls, Raiders, fact-checks and more

Editor Jon Ralston sits down with reporters Megan Messerly and Jackie Valley. As usual, Jon sounds the most podcast-smooth, but Megan and Jackie do their best to sound good. They talk about those state Senate recalls and the counter-campaign, the Raiders stadium, Senate campaign fact-checks, a new school board trustee and more.

Ep 18: Recalls, Raiders, fact-checks and more
0:00 / 30:22

IndyMatters Episode 17: Recallmania, Tark is in and much more

Editor Jon Ralston chats with reporters Michelle Rindels and Riley Snyder about the recalls against two state senators, Danny Tarkanian’s announcement of his U.S. Senate candidacy, developments on energy and pot and a preview of coming attractions. Also, Riley says he is underpaid.

Ep 17: Recallmania, Tark is in and much more
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IndyMatters Episode 16: Health care, sanctuary cities, candidate announcements and more

Editor Jon Ralston chats with reporters Megan Messerly and Jackie Valley about a raft of Indy content from the week. There is much substance, with intermittent frivolity.

Ep 16: Health care, sanctuary cities, candidate announcements and more
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IndyMatters Episode 15: Heller of a health care fight; officials on the move

Editor Jon Ralston talks with reporters Michelle Rindels and Riley Snyder about the big healthcare fight in DC and our own Sen. Dean Heller’s pivotal role. We also talk about public officials on the move and other Indy stories. Riley is intermittently funny.

Ep 15: Heller of a health care fight; officials on the move
0:00 / 42:53

IndyMatters Episode 14: Heller of a week for health care and more

Editor Jon Ralston talks with reporters Riley Snyder and Megan Messerly about the week in news: The latest on health care and Sen. Dean Heller’s pickle; Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani and Treasurer Dan Schwartz edge closer to getting in the governor’s race; Megan and Riley talk about their weekend stories. There is great information and a little mirth on the side.

Ep 14: Heller of a week for health care and more
0:00 / 37:21

IndyMatters Episode 13: Sessions visits Vegas, health care fight, monuments fight, vote centers
Ep 13: Sessions visits Vegas, health care fight, monuments fight, vote centers
0:00 / 36:51

IndyMatters Episode 12: First week of pot sales

Editor Jon Ralston chats with Michelle Rindels and Riley Snyder about Jacky Rosen’s Senate candidacy, pot sales, a constable who shouldn’t be a constable and Yucca Mountain. The editor tries to be funny; Riley succeeds in being funny.

Ep 12: First week of pot sales
0:00 / 28:07

IndyMatters Episode 11: Campaign ’18 begins in ’17

Editor Jon Ralston chats with reporters Jackie Valley and Megan Messerly about the national news of Sen. Dean Heller saying he will vote against the Senate health care bill, Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak’s announcement for governor, Rep. Jacky Rosen’s challenge to Heller, state Sen. Scott Hammond’s congressional gambit, and two local stories: Short-term rentals and sanctuary cities/counties.

Ep 11: Campaign ’18 begins in ’17
0:00 / 29:15

IndyMatters Episode 10: Will we have legal marijuana in July?

Reporters Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels discuss continuing fallout from the 2017 legislative session, including major bills signed and vetoed by Governor Brian Sandoval. They also discuss an ongoing lawsuit that could threaten the state’s planned July 1st start date for recreational marijuana sales to begin.

Ep 10: Will we have legal marijuana in July?
0:00 / 34:44

IndyMatters Episode 9: It’s finally over – what happened?

Megan Messerly and Riley Snyder join Editor Jon Ralston in an undisclosed Reno location to recap the flurry of legislative drama that happened over the past week. They also talk about sneaky last minute bills, updates on a vetoed and revived pharmaceutical transparency measure and take a look back at the highlights of the 2017 session.

Ep 9: It’s finally over – what happened?
0:00 / 44:31

IndyMatters Episode 8: The endgame cometh

Nevada Independent reporters Riley Snyder, Megan Messerly and Michelle Rindels chat with Editor Jon Ralston about what happened the second-to-last-week of the Legislature and what’s left to resolve.

Ep 8: The endgame cometh
0:00 / 51:54

IndyMatters Episode 7: The Laxalt Tapes, legislative happenings and This Week in Michael Roberson

Riley Snyder, Megan Messerly and Michelle Rindels chat with Indy Editor Jon Ralston about the big hearing on the secret taping of the attorney general by the state’s premier gaming regulator. They also chat about major developments on key legislation and talk about the week that the Senate minority leader had.

Ep 7: The Laxalt Tapes, legislative happenings and This Week in Michael Roberson
0:00 / 55:38

IndyMatters Episode 6: Two potential scandals chew up Carson City scenery

Editor Jon Ralston and reporters Megan Messerly, Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels discuss two stories that have been the talk of the capital: the investigation of state Sen. Mark Manendo on allegations he mistreated women and the Legislature’s acquisition of records related to Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett’s secret taping of Attorney General Adam Laxalt, whom Burnett surmised was acting on behalf of Sheldon Adelson.  We also talked about energy, pot and more. Packed podcast.

Ep 6: Two potential scandals chew up Carson City scenery
0:00 / 51:27

IndyMatters Episode 5: Cash found in the couch cushions, Obamacare rollback and the pot regs ahead

Megan, Michelle and Riley discuss $140 million in unexpected cash that the Legislature now has to work with (and fight over) after the Economic Forum updated its revenue forecast. Also, an update on how Nevada’s congressional delegation voted on a Republican bill that rolls back Obamacare provisions and a preview of a marijuana regulation vote and a major energy commission meeting happening in the week ahead.

Ep 5: Cash found in the couch cushions, Obamacare rollback and the pot regs ahead
0:00 / 46:44

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