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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

Immigration law struck down, a Native-owned coffee shop and infrastructure developments

This week, Reporter and Assistant Editor Michelle Rindels talks with UCLA History Professor Kelly Lytle Hernandez about an immigration law that a Nevada-based federal judge has declared unconstitutional, citing its racist origins. Then, Reporter Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez heads out to the Walker River Indian Reservation to talk with business owner Andrea Martinez about why she opened a vegetarian coffee shop in rural Nevada. At the end of the show, Host Joey Lovato sits down with D.C. Reporter Humberto Sanchez for the D.C. Debrief to talk about the infrastructure bill, the budget and more congressional developments through a Nevada lens.

1:10 - Immigration law struck down

7:20 - Native-owned coffee shop

14:00 - D.C. Debrief

27:30 - Outro / Credits

Soccer in Vegas, elevating Native art, and debating vaccine mandates

This week, Host Joey Lovato is joined by Washington Post Soccer Reporter Steven Goff and Indy Reporter Howard Stutz to talk about Major League Soccer considering Las Vegas for their next expansion team. Then, Reporter Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez talks with Indigenous artist Melissa Melero-Moose about finding her voice in her art and her goal to get more Indigenous art recognized. At the end of the show, we have a discussion on vaccine mandates between two of our opinion page contributors — author and marketing researcher Rex Briggs and Reno attorney Jason Guinasso.

1:00 - Soccer in Nevada

13:15 - Indigenous Artist

22:00 - Vaccine Mandate Discussion

32:00 - Outro / Credits

Infrastructure bill passes, housing prices soar, and a radio station connects rural Nevada

This week, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg comes on the pod to talk to Reporter Chanel Pulido about the infrastructure bill that recently passed the Senate, which will provide more than a trillion dollars to states. D.C. Reporter Humberto Sanchez also talks infrastructure in Nevada. After that, Reporter Tabitha Mueller talks with Host Joey Lovato about the housing market in Nevada as more and more homes are being purchased with cash. At the end of the show, Joey has a story on a small radio station in rural Nevada that helps bring information and entertainment to a region with limited cell service and internet.

1:00 - Infrastructure bill passes Senate

12:55 - Cash buyers in the housing market

21:20 - Radio Goldfield

30:00 - Outro / Credits

Diversifying curriculum, vaccine drama at colleges and a new eviction moratorium

This week, Reporter Chanel Pulido has a big feature piece on a bill that passed the Legislature that promotes the teaching of diverse perspectives in Nevada public schools. After that, Reporters Humberto Sanchez, Tabitha Mueller and Jannelle Calderón have a story on an eviction moratorium that lapsed but is now back in many areas. At the end of the show, Host Joey Lovato and Reporter Jacob Solis talk about a controversy over whether Nevada colleges should require vaccines.

1:00 - Diversity in curriculum

11:25 - Eviction moratorium renewed

21:25 - Higher ed mask mandates and vaccine efforts

29:35 - Outro / Credits

Wildfire smoke linked to COVID, a canceled solar project, and new child tax credits

This week, Intern Chanel Pulido talks with Daniel Kiser of the Desert Research Institute and Professor Luke Montrose about the interplay of wildfire smoke and COVID-19. Then, Reporter Daniel Rothberg sits down with Host Joey Lovato to talk about why the largest solar energy project in Nevada was canceled. At the end of the show, Intern Jannelle Calderón and Francine Lipman of UNLV’s Boyd School of Law talk about new child tax credits that many Nevada families have already seen clear their bank account.

0:00 - Intro

0:55 - Smoke and COVID

8:50 - Canceled solar project

18:05 - New child tax credit

26:35 - Outro / Credits

Fires in Northern Nevada, a UNR acquisition and an update from D.C.

This week, host Joey Lovato talks with Paul Petersen, the state fire management officer, and Tim Brown, the director of the Western Regional Climate Center, who come on the show to talk about wildfires. Then, reporter and producer Jacob Solis goes over UNR potentially acquiring the campus of Sierra Nevada University. At the end of the show, Reporter Humberto Sanches comes on to talk about what is going on in D.C. this week, from Cuban protests to new federal funding bills and more.

0:00 - Intro

0:50 - Wildfires

17:50 - UNR-Sierra Nevada acquisition

25:00 - D.C. Debrief

30:30 - Outro/Credits

What the Delta variant means for Nevada and a look at ongoing climate challenges facing the West

This week on IndyMatters, Reporter Megan Messerly discusses the Delta variant of COVID-19 and also talks with several Nevada experts on the subject. After that, Reporter Daniel Rothberg talks about how the drought is affecting the Colorado River and what that means for water supply in Nevada. At the end of the show, Intern Zach Bright comes on the show to talk about Reno’s new plan to track carbon emissions in real time.

0:00 - Intro

0:50 - Delta variant

15:12 - Drought in Southern Nevada

23:20 - Reno carbon emission tracking

28:55 - Outro/Credits

Flashback: The History of Gaming Part 3. Decriminalizing traffic tickets. Assembly Speaker speaks.

This week on IndyMatters, Reporter Howard Stutz and Host Joey Lovato are back with the final installment of our three-part series “Flashback,” which explores the history of the gaming industry in Nevada. Then, Assistant Editor Michelle Rindels reports on the implications of decriminalizing traffic tickets and speaks with Leisa Moseley of the Fines and Fees Justice Center and attorney Martha Menendez. At the end of the show, Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson joins Michelle and Reporter Riley Snyder to talk about how the legislative session went on the topics of mining taxes, police reform, election changes and more.

0:00 - Intro

0:50 - Flashback Part 3

15:00 - Decriminalizing Traffic Tickets

23:50 - Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson

29:20 - Outro/Credits

Flashback: The History of Gaming Part 2; and the teen behind a ‘period poverty’ bill

This week on IndyMatters, Reporter Howard Stutz and Host Joey Lovato are back with the second installment of our three-part series “Flashback,” which explores the history of the gaming industry in Nevada. Then, Joey and Reporter Tabitha Mueller interview Samantha Glover, a 16-year-old from Reno who helped write and pass a bill that would provide free menstrual products in school bathrooms in Nevada for students who struggle to afford them. At the end of the show, Reporter Humberto Sanchez discusses efforts in Congress to pass an infrastructure bill and more in the D.C. Debrief.

0:00 - Intro

0:50 - Flashback Part 2

14:00 - Period Poverty

23:30 - D.C. Debrief

31:30 - Outro/Credits

Flashback part 1, the editor on the Legislature and vaccinations in Nevada

This week on IndyMatters, Reporter Howard Stutz and Host Joey Lovato present, Flashback,  part one of three on the history of the gaming industry in Nevada. Then Editor Jon Ralston continues his breakdown on the 2021 legislative session from last week, talking about the freshman class, one legislative leader who will be retiring and more. At the end of the show, Reporter Megan Messerly talks about vaccines as the state reopens, the 70 percent vaccinated goal set by the Biden administration and vaccination rates in the rurals.

0:00 - Intro

0:50 - Flashback Part 1

13:30 - Ralston on the Legislature pt.2

23:00 - Vaccine Rollout as the state reopens

30:00 - Outro/Credits

Meet the National Teacher of the Year, and a legislative recap

This week on IndyMatters, Reporter Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez sits down with the 2021 National Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey, who teaches special education in Clark County. After that, Reporter/Producer Jacob Solis talks with Legislative Reporter Riley Snyder and Assistant Editor Michelle Rindels about the end of the 2021 legislative session, mining taxes, changes to how elections will be run, possible special sessions and more. At the end of the show, Host Joey Lovato talks with Editor Jon Ralston about the biggest things to come out of the session and how this one was different from the many others Ralston has covered.

0:00 - Intro

1:00 - 2021 National Teacher of the Year

10:45 - Legislative recap with Riley and Michelle

21:50 - Legislative recap with Jon Ralston

34:30 - Outro/Credits

Tribes celebrate pine nut blessing, and a study abroad shakeup

This week on IndyMatters, Reporter Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez talks with tribal members who were finally able to gather and bless the pine nut harvest for the first time since the pandemic started. After that, Host Joey Lovato talks with Alyssa Nota, the CEO and president of the University Studies Abroad Consortium, and a student, Tyler Moye, who was studying abroad in China when the pandemic hit last March. Then, Assistant Editor Michelle Rindels and Reporter Riley Snyder talk about the state budget as we approach the final days of the 120-day legislative session. At the end of the episode, we have a short clip from Third House! The comedy show put on by the press corps at the end of every legislative session.

0:00 - Intro

1:15 - Pine nut blessing ceremony

8:25 - Studying abroad during a pandemic

14:10 - Legislative update

25:30 - Third House

27:50 - Outro/Credits

Rental assistance, wildfires, and the last two weeks of the Legislature

This week on IndyMatters, Assistant Editor Michelle Rindels talks with State Treasurer Zach Conine about fine-tuning a backlogged rental assistance program. Then, Environmental Reporter Daniel Rothberg talks about what’s ahead for wildfire season with Host Joey Lovato. After that, Producer Jacob Solis talks with Legislative Reporter Riley Snyder and Assistant Editor Michelle Rindels about what’s in store in the waning days of the legislative session. At the end of the show, Reporter Riley Snyder and Intern Sean Golonka discuss the NBA playoffs.

0:00 - Intro

1:25 - Rental Assistance

8:05 - Wildfires

14:35 - Legislative update

28:35 - Basketball with Riley and Sean

33:00 - Outro/Credits

Understanding microplastics, and the latest on school funding

This week, Environmental Reporter Daniel Rothberg talks with the Desert Research Institute’s Dr. Monica Arienzo about the effects that disintegrated plastics have on the environment. Then, Host Joey Lovato talks with Education Reporter Jackie Valley and Assistant Editor Michelle Rindels about the state of play for school funding in Nevada, which hasn’t been changed in over 50 years. At the end of the show we hear from D.C. Reporter Humberto Sanchez with the latest on an infusion of federal COVID relief dollars and Nevada representatives pursuing key committee seats.

0:00 - Intro

1:11 - Microplastics

12:10 - Education funding formula

21:50 - D.C. update

27:15 - Outro/Credits

A ‘right to return’ for laid-off casino workers, and prison visitation resumes

This week, Intern Jannelle Calderón speaks with laid-off hospitality workers who are pushing for a controversial bill that would guarantee them the right to return to their old jobs as the state reopens. Then, Intern Sean Golonka talks with Host Joey Lovato about how inmate families are reacting as prisons reopen to family visits for the first time in more than a year. At the end of the show, Reporter and Producer Jacob Solis talks with Assistant Editor Michelle Rindels and Reporter Riley Snyder about what’s going on as we come into the final stretch of the legislative session.

0:00 - Intro

1:15 - Right to return

8:25 - Prisons reopen for visitation

20:25 - Legislative update

27:50 - Outro/Credits

A conversation with UNLV’s president, and returning to work in Nevada

This week, Producer and Reporter Jacob Solis talks with UNLV President Keith Whitfield about his first academic year on the job, and how he plans on handling everything from COVID to the budget to increasing diversity among faculty After that, Host Joey Lovato talks with Reporter Jackie Valley and Assistant Editor Michelle Rindels about people coming back to work, DETR’s reinstated policy that unemployment claimants must be looking for work and how some businesses are struggling to find employees. At the end of the show, D.C. Reporter Humberto Sanchez tells us about the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan, which would expand anti-poverty measures and help middle-class families with things like childcare and more, Humberto also talks about some protests from TPS and DACA recipients happening in D.C.

0:00 - Intro

1:00 - Interview with UNLV President Keith Whitfield 

12:25 - Looking for workers and a job search requirement for unemployment claimants

23:00 - D.C. Update

30:00 - Outro/Credits

Policing reform and the Derek Chauvin verdict, plus updates from Carson and D.C.

This week, host Joey Lovato talks with UNLV Professor Tyler D. Parry about the Derek Chauvin verdict and policing reform in Nevada. After that, Reporter Riley Snyder and Assistant Editor Michelle Rindels talk about what bills lived and died at the Legislature this week after deadline day. At the end of the show, reporter Humberto Sanchez discusses the bid for D.C. statehood, a Republican counteroffer to Biden’s infrastructure bill and more.

0:00 - Intro

0:58 - Policing Reform with Professor Tyler D. Parry

10:50 - Legislative update

20:45 - D.C. Update

29:30 - Outro/Credits

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