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IndyMatters Episode 154: Trump visits Nevada, court setback for immigrants with TPS status
September 18, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporter Megan Messerly has another COVID-19 update for the listeners before she gives a rundown on how the race for the presidency is shaping up in Nevada, especially after visits last week from both President Donald Trump and Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee Kamala Harris. After that reporter Michelle Rindels talked with director of the UNLV Immigration Law Clinic Michael Kagan about a court decision on temporary protected status for immigrants in the US. At the end of the show Michelle and host Joey Lovato give listeners a short preview of what to expect from IndyFest, the upcoming virtual conference we are putting on!


IndyMatters Episode 153: Higher education ballot question and improving rural public defense
September 11, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporter Megan Messerly has a COVID-19 update for the listeners, and then reporter and producer Jacob Solis has a breakdown of ballot question 1, which tackles the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents and their place in the Constitution. After that, reporter Michelle Rindels talks with former federal public defender Franny Forsman about a shortage of attorneys in rural Nevada for people who can’t afford a lawyer. At the end of the show we have part of a discussion between The Indy’s DC correspondent Humberto Sanchez and host Joey Lovato from our new Facebook live series, which is something we’ll be doing regularly on a variety of topics.


IndyMatters Episode 152: Library under fire for diversity statement and new chief of Nevada higher ed
September 4, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, intern Tabitha Mueller has a feature story about what is happening in Douglas County with the library and Black Lives Matter protests. After that, reporter and producer Jacob Solis interviews the new Nevada System of Higher Education chancellor Melody Rose about how higher education is dealing with the pandemic and what her plans are moving forward. At the end of the show Tabitha joins us again to talk with Black Rabbit Meadery about how they are weathering the storm during the pandemic as the governor's orders for bars to remain closed continues. 

Timestamps

Intro and COVID-19 update- 0:00

What’s happening in Douglas County - 2:40

Melody Rose, new NSHE chancellor - 9:40

Black Rabbit Mead - 27:10

Outro - 37:30


IndyMatters Episode 151: Post office dust-up as election nears, and the end of the eviction moratorium
August 28, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporter Megan Messerly has another coronavirus update. After that, host Joey Lovato and reporter Riley Snyder dig into mail-in voting in Nevada, including what's changed ahead of the November election and why it's become a partisan fight. After that, reporter Michelle Rindels and associate editor Luz Gray talk with Filipe Silva, a Housing Justice Organizer with Make the Road Nevada about the end of the eviction moratorium come September 1.


IndyMatters Episode 150: Unemployment strike force and teachers back at school in Northern Nevada
August 21, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporter Megan Messerly has another coronavirus update. After that, assistant editor and reporter Michelle Rindels has a story on the state's new unemployment task force. She talked this week with the new head of that task force, former Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley, and Will Cannon, a personal trainer who has been out of work and waiting for unemployment for over 20 weeks. After that, host Joey Lovato and reporter Jackie Valley talk with Will Harper, a teacher at Spanish Springs High school, and Jeni Martinez, a fifth- grade teacher at Donner Springs Elementary, as they go back to school this week. At the end of the show, intern Tabitha Mueller talks with Kyle Howell of Reno-based Recycled Records about business during the pandemic.

Timestamps

Intro - 0:00

COVID-19 update - 0:56

Governor’s unemployment task force - 9:33

Washoe County back to school - 16:40

Recycled records - 34:38

Outro - 40:30


IndyMatters Episode 149: The push to overhaul Title IX and discarded immigration documents
August 14, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporters Megan Messerly and Jacob Solis have an update on the coronavirus. Then Jacob has a story on the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents meeting that took a dramatic turn when discussing Title IX. After that host Joey Lovato talks with reporter Jazmin Orozco-Rodriguez about her story on immigrants whose documents went missing and what happened to them. At the end of the episode Joey talks with editors Jon Ralston and Elizabeth Thompson who have an exciting announcement!


IndyMatters Episode 148: Second special session wraps up and a chat with Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno
August 7, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporters Megan Messerly and Jacob Solis have an update on the coronavirus. Then reporter Michelle Rindels talks with Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno about the special session and her time as a former corrections officer. After that reporter Riley Synder and host Joey Lovato talk about the second special session and how it ended.


IndyMatters Episode 147: Cannabis regulatory board and utilities in the time of COVID
July 31, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporter Michelle Rindels and I talk with Tyler Klimas, the Executive Director of the Cannabis Compliance Board, about the board’s role in the industry in Nevada. After that reporter and producer Jacob Solis talks with Indytern Kristyn Leonard about utilities in the state in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, how companies are responding and how consumers are protected. At the end of the show, host Joey Lovato and editor Jon Ralston talk about a few shows they’ve been watching while in quarantine.


IndyMatters Episode 146: Special session recap and the trouble with back to school
July 24, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporter and producer Jacob Solis and reporter Megan Messerly give us an update on the coronavirus in Nevada. Then, reporters Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels talk about what came out of the special session and break down the budget cuts that happened. Then host Joey Lovato and reporter Jackie Valley talk education as students, teachers, parents, and faculty look to how students will go back to school come August. At the end of the show Joey talks with Indytern Tabitha Mueller about a few good books to read in our IndyReads segment.


IndyMatters Episode 145: State of the special session and a word from the state treasurer
July 17, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporter and producer Jacob Solis gets an update on the coronavirus from The Indy’s healthcare reporter Megan Messerly. Then host Joey Lovato talks with reporter Riley Snyder and editor Jon Ralston about what’s been going on at the special session in Carson City. At the end of the show reporter Michelle Rindels and Joey talk with Nevada’s treasurer Zach Conine about a new grant program to help residents and businesses with rent as the eviction moratorium comes to an end.


IndyMatters Episode 144: Anaconda mine clean up, Susie Lee on PPP loans and a covid update
July 10, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, host Joey Lovato talks with reporter Daniel Rothberg about his groundbreaking story on the Anaconda copper mine, how the clean up efforts moved from federal EPA jurisdiction to state jurisdiction and what that means for the cleanup. After that producer and reporter Jacob Solis and editor Jon Ralston talk with Rep. Susie Lee about PPP loans and how her husband’s company benefited from them. At the end of the show Joey gets a COVID data update from reporter Megan Messerly.


IndyMatters Episode 143: Impending special session and mortgage forbearance
June 26, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporter Riley Snyder and editor Jon Ralston talk with producer Jacob Solis about the expected upcoming special session of the Legislature — from how the legislative building is being prepared for a socially-distance session, as well as what to expect from the session itself. After that, reporter Michelle Rindels talks with Phyllis Gurgevich, the President and CEO of the Nevada Bankers Association, about mortgage forbearance during the coronavirus-triggered recession. At the end of the show, host Joey Lovato sits down with reporter Jackie Valley to talk about her experience as a young reporter at her college newspaper in Ohio.


IndyMatters Episode 142: Legal observers arrested; Supreme Court protects DACA
June 19, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporters Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels interview John Piro, a Clark County public defender who was arrested while working as a legal observer at a Black Lives Matter protest in Las Vegas. After that, reporter Jazmin Orozco-Rodriguez speaks with UNLV Immigration Clinic Director Michael Kagan and DACA recipient Nayelli Rico Lopez about the recent Supreme Court decision blocking the Trump administration's efforts to end the DACA program. At the end of the show, producers Joey Lovato and reporter Jacob Solis reminisce about their days at their college newspaper.


IndyMatters Episode 141: Primary election recap and the voters who braved the lines
June 12, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, editors Jon Ralston and Elizabeth Thomspon break down election night and some of the big races that have been called. As the state continues to count votes we will have more coverage for you. After that producer Jacob Solis talks with interns Savanna Strott and Tabitha Mueller about voters they talked to at the polls. At the end of the show, host Joey Lovato talks with Jon and Elizabeth about the new movie Bad Education.


IndyMatters Episode 140: Assemblyman Tom Roberts and Professor Frank Rudy Cooper on police reform
June 5, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporter Michelle Rindels and host Joey Lovato talk with Republican Assemblyman Tom Roberts about police reform after he issued a call on Twitter for a special session on the matter. After that, Michelle and Joey talk with Boyd School of Law Professor Frank Rudy Cooper about his recent op-ed on how Supreme Court precedent makes it difficult to prosecute police misconduct.


IndyMatters Episode 139: Attorney General on evictions and The Indy’s judicial tracker and election page
May 29, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporters Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels talk with Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford about housing and evictions in the state amid the coronavirus pandemic. After that editors Jon Ralston and Elizabeth Thompson talk about The Indy’s new judicial tracker and elections page as well as what to expect in the coming election, and Jon gives a little advice to voters. At the end of the show host Joey Lovato talks with our new Indytern Savanna Strott.


IndyMatters Episode 138: Food insecurity and Rep. Titus on business relief amid coronavirus
May 22, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporter Humberto Sanchez talks with congresswoman Dina Titus about what she’s doing in DC to help businesses back here in Nevada during the coronavirus pandemic. Later host Joey Lovato talks with intern Kristyn Leonard about her reporting on food insecurity in the state. At the end of the show, Joey and reporter Riley Snyder talk a food tip that Riley has learned.


IndyMatters Episode 137: Mass layoffs, reopening the state and the great emoji debate
May 15, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporters Riley Snyder and Jackie Valley discuss their story on businesses reopening across the state last weekend. After that, reporter and producer Jacob Solis talks with reporter Daniel Rothberg about his story on dozens of WARN Act filings — and what that means for the state. At the end of the show, reporter Megan Messerly and editor Jon Ralston face off in the great emoji debate! To use or not to use, that is the question...


IndyMatters Episode 136: Susie Lee on small business bailout and debrief on the new DETR director
May 8, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporter Humberto Sanchez talks with congresswoman Susie Lee about DC’s efforts to curb the economic impact that coronavirus is having on the nation. Later in the show reporter and producer Jacob Solis talks with reporter Michelle Rindels about how the state is handling the massive unemployment claim numbers. At the end of the episode, Jacob and editor Jon Ralston finish talking about Oscar nominees from the past.


IndyMatters Episode 135: Sisolak’s reopening plan and Amodei on landing loans for gaming
May 1, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, host Joey Lovato debriefs reporter Michelle Rindels on the governor’s press conference Thursday night on how he plans to reopen the state. After that reporter Humberto Sanchez talks to another member of the congressional delegation, Mark Amodei, about his successful efforts to help reverse a Small Business Administration rule and direct small business relief to small gaming operators in the state. At the end of the episode, reporter and producer Jacob Solis and editor Jon Ralston talk about Oscar nominees from the past.


IndyMatters Episode 134: Horsford and Testing
April 24, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporter Humberto Sanchez talks with Representative Steven Horsford about how Nevada has fared in the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic. Later reporter and producer Jacob Solis debriefs reporter Megan Messerly and host Joey Lovato on where the state is at with testing for coronavirus. At the end of the show editors Jon Ralston and Elizabeth Thompson debate the best picture of 2019, Parasite.


IndyMatters Episode 133: Catherine Cortez Masto and small business loans
April 17, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporter Humberto Sanchez talks with Senator Catherine Cortez Masto about how the federal government has responded to the coronavirus as it relates to Nevada, like small business loans and paycheck protection loans. Later reporter and producer Jacob Solis talks with intern Kristyn Miller about the federal small business loans on a smaller scale and zooms in on the state and how they’re impacting businesses. At the end of the show host Joey Lovato and Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson do a segment of IndyReads for all of our listeners stuck at home looking for a good book.


IndyMatters Episode 132: Pandemic prep, libraries and something to pass the time
April 10, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporter Daniel Rothberg talks with Caleb Cage the former Chief of the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Advisor who is now serving as incident commander during the coronavirus outbreak. He talked about how prepared the state is for a pandemic and how data could inform decisions going forward. Later Joey talks with Tod Colegrove the director of the Carson City library about the interesting things librarians are doing while people can’t go to them, including helping the state public health lab with the production of COVID-19 collection kits. At the end of the show, Joey and Jacob talk about a few streamable hidden gems if you’ve run out of movies and shows to watch while social distancing at home.


IndyMatters Episode 131: Evictions, prisons and tigers
April 3, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, host Joey Lovato and reporter Michelle Rindels talk about how COVID-19 is affecting the state from prisons to evictions to the sewers. They go over the broad impacts that have happened since the state shut down and talk about what the governor announced yesterday during a press conference where he extended the shutdown on nonessential businesses until the end of the month. After that Joey calls up Dr. Mark Pandori, the director of the Nevada State Health Lab, to talk about how the health lab is developing new collection kits for testing COVID-19. At the end of the episode editor Jon Ralston, producer and reporter Jacob Solis, guest and fellow podcaster Fil Corbitt and Joey all talk about their new favorite show, Tiger King!


IndyMatters Episode 130: Stress and Stress Management
March 27, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, intern Tabitha Mueller talks with Rhea Gertken the directing attorney of the Reno office of Nevada Legal Service about how evictions and eviction proceedings will happen in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic. After that intern, Jazmin Orozco-Rodriguez and host Joey Lovato talk to Dr. Frank Lemus a therapist in Nevada about how people are dealing with COVID-19 and the stress surrounding it as well as being socially isolated. At the end of the episode host, Joey and reporter/producer Jacob Solis go over some free things to do online to get you through quarantine.


IndyMatters Episode 129: Coronavirus update and trucking in the state
March 20, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, host Joey Lovato goes to the University of Nevada, Reno to interview Mark Pandori, the director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory, one of the labs in charge of running the tests for COVID-19 in the state. Later Joey and reporter Michelle Rindels talk to Paul Enos the CEO of the Nevada Trucking Association to learn about all the logistics and efforts they’re making to keep the supply chain moving during the pandemic. At the end of the show Joey and Indytern Krisyn Leonard talk about a resource guide that we have made to help people in need during the pandemic.


IndyMatters Episode 128: DC's reaction to coronavirus and tackling the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women
March 13, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, host Joey Lovato chats with our Washington D.C. reporter Humberto Sanchez about the federal response to the novel coronavirus. They talk about the bills and measures that are being introduced, the measures that are being taken and the overall tone in the capital. 

After that, reporter and producer Jacob Solis talks with reporter Shannon Miller about how a bill working its way through Congress could change how we understand the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women. 

And at the end of the episode, Joey talks with reporters Riley Snyder, Megan Messerly and Michelle Rindels about The Bachelor finale.


IndyMatters Episode 127: Books and Newspapers
March 6, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporter Jackie Valley talks with Drew Cohen, the co-owner of Writers Block, an independent bookstore in Las Vegas. They chat about literary trends and what people are reading at the start of 2020. After that intern, Shannon Miller talks with Ramon Savoy the former publisher/editor and reporter of the Las Vegas Sentinel-Voice, a newspaper serving the black communities in Las Vegas from 1982 to 2014. At the end of the show, editor Jon Ralston and host Joey Lovato chat about one of Jon’s favorite caucus memories.


IndyMatters Episode 126: Caucus postmortem and Intermountain Healthcare
February 28, 2020

This week on IndyMatters, reporter and producer Jacob Solis and Editor Jon Ralston give us a postmortem on the Nevada caucus. What went right, what went wrong and the future of the caucus here in the silver state. After that Jon sits down with Dr. Marc Harrison, the president and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare, a nonprofit healthcare system that serves the western United States. At the end of the episode, Jon answers some trivia questions that Jacob struggled with last week.


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.


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