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IndyTalks with Gov. Joe Lombardo

Gov. Joe Lombardo sits down with NV Indy CEO Jon Ralston for an evening of questions and answers.

This week, The Indy’s CEO, Jon Ralston, sits down with Gov. Joe Lombardo on stage in Las Vegas to talk about everything Nevada – from the governor's first weeks in office to his plans for the future. Jon and the governor discuss the policies Lombardo’s implemented and the budget he’s proposed. The full 90-minute interview is available on our YouTube channel, but here on the podcast, we’ve got the highlights for you.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

0:40 - Gov. Lombardo interview

Jon Ralston - @RalstonReports

Joe Lombardo - @JoeLombardoNV

State of the State and state of the snow-covered roads

Gov. Joe Lombardo gives his 2023 State of the State address, and snowplow drivers help keep roads clear in Northern Nevada.

This week, The Indy’s legislative team stays up late to report on Gov. Lombardo’s State of the State address in Carson City. They break down the important talking points and get reactions. After that, we have a piece on snowplow drivers on Mt. Rose and what it’s like to work on the mountain during the winter.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

0:45 - State of the State

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

Sean Golonka - @s_golonka

Tabitha Mueller - @tabitha_mueller

16:30 - Snowplow drivers

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Tim Lenard - @tim_lenard

Old administration, new administration, red administration, blue administration

The transition of power from former Gov. Steve Sisolak to Gov. Joe Lombardo, a food pantry in Southern Nevada trying something new and the Jewish community in Nevada facing adversity.

This week, The Indy’s legislative team goes over the transition of power from the Sisolak administration to the Lombardo administration. After that, we have a story on a food pantry in Southern Nevada changing how they approach their services. At the end of the show, reporter Tabitha Mueller has a piece on antisemitism in Washoe County schools and what’s being done (or not done) about it.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

0:45 - Transition of power

Sean Golonka - @s_golonka

Tabitha Mueller - @tabitha_mueller

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

10:15 - Food pantry of the future

Rocío Hernández - @rociohzz

18:25 - Adversity in the Jewish community

Tabitha Mueller - @tabitha_mueller

How Nevada weathers winter weather

Snow in Northern Nevada, new laws taking effect and plants in the Downtown Reno Library.

This week, host Joey Lovato sits down with Chris Smallcomb, the meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service in Reno, to talk about the big snowstorm that hit Northern Nevada on New Year’s Eve, what it means for the drought, and a whole lot more. After that, reporter Sean Golonka lets listeners know what new laws are going into effect in 2023. At the end of the show, reporter Lucia Starbuck, with our partners over at KUNR Reno Public Radio, chats with Joey about her story on one library that’s bringing nature indoors.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

1:00 - Snow in the Sierras

Chris Smallcomb - @downslopewind

15:40 - New laws

Sean Golonka - @s_golonka

21:45 - Library plants

Lucia Starbuck - @luciastarbuck

Rewind episode: Queer art and a scientist

This week we are rewinding to share some of our favorite podcast stories from the past year. We start with a piece about queer artists in Nevada as they find their voice and their community through their art. After that, host Joey Lovato interviews nuclear scientist Taylor Wilson, who, at 14, achieved nuclear fusion with a reactor built in his parent’s garage in Reno. Joey and Taylor talk about science education, what makes Nevada such a rich state for the field and more.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

0:50 - Queer art

Brandon Copley - Instagram

Jenny Snaza - Instagram

Lynn Comella - @LynnComella

13:40 - Nuclear energy and Nevada

Taylor Wilson - @Taylor_Wilson

Rewind episode: Authors and showgirls

This week we are rewinding to share some of our favorite podcast stories from the past year. We start with an interview with Nevada author Robin McLean, whose recent book has received high praise from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She talks about what it means to live out West and more. After that, we have a story from reporter Savanna Strott on showgirls in Las Vegas as she follows them around for a day.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

0:50 - Robin McLean

Robin McLean - website

16:00 - Showgirls

Savanna Strott - @SavannaStrott

Rewind episode: Symbols, caves and monsters

This week we are rewinding to share some of our favorite podcast stories from the past year. We start with a piece on state symbols in Nevada, one of host Joey Lovato’s favorite topics. After that, we explore some caves — literally — and talk about the uniqueness of the cavernous systems in rural Nevada. At the end of the show, we have a few monster stories from our Halloween episode of IndyMatters.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

0:40 - State symbols

Sheryln Hayes-Zorn - nvhistoricalsociety.org

11:40 - Caves in the desert

Gretchen Baker - gretchenbaker.com

Kelsie Jackson - nps.gov/grba

21:40 - Monsters in the desert

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

2022: A year in review

To wrap up the year, some reporters on Team Indy go over their favorite stories from 2022 and what they will be following in 2023.

This week, host Joey Lovato talks with a few of the reporters from Team Indy about what they liked reporting on this year and what issues they will be following in their reporting next year. We also say goodbye to Assistant Editor Jackie Valley, who is departing after six years on staff, and have an update on Nevada’s status in the order of states voting in the Democratic primary elections in 2024.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

Jackie Valley - @JackieValley

Daniel Rothberg - @danielrothberg

Tim Lenard - @tim_lenard

Howard Stutz - @howardstutz

Rocío Hernández - @rociohzz

Sean Golonka - @s_golonka

Jannelle Calderón - @NewsyJan

Carly Sauvageau - @csauvageau_1998

Naoka Foreman - @naokadforeman

Gabby Birenbaum - @birenbomb

Poetry in the West

Nevada’s poet laureate, continuing crisis on the Colorado River and our new D.C. reporter.

This week host Joey Lovato sits down with Gailmarie Pahmeier, the first Nevada poet laureate in more than 50 years. They talk about poetry, Pahmeier’s role and a statewide project she’s working on with the Nevada Arts Council. After that, environmental reporter Daniel Rothberg talks about the ongoing water crisis facing Nevada as negotiations for water conservation continue for states in the Colorado River Basin. At the end of the show, The Indy’s new D.C. reporter, Gabby Birenbaum, introduces herself and talks about the upcoming year as power shifts on Capitol Hill.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

0:40 - Poet Laureate

Gailmarie Pahmeier - nvartscouncil.org

14:40 - Colorado River negotiations

Daniel Rothberg - @danielrothberg

23:35 - New D.C. reporter

Gabby Birenbaum - @birenbomb

Showgirls and nuclear science

The life of a working showgirl, Nevada’s nuclear future, and National Guard recruitment.

This week freelance reporter Savanna Strott has a story about showgirls in Las Vegas. Once regarded as an art form, today’s showgirls say their hustle is a sales job — and they want more respect for their business. After that, host Joey Lovato interviews Taylor Wilson, a nuclear scientist based in Reno who, at age 14, built a nuclear reactor in his parents’ garage. At the end of the show, KUNR and Mountain West News Bureau reporter Kaleb Roedel has a short story about National Guard recruitment in Nevada. 

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

0:30 - Showgirls

Savanna Strott - @SavannaStrott

13:20 - Nuclear energy and Nevada

Taylor Wilson - @Taylor_Wilson

26:50 - National Guard

Kaleb Roedel - @kaleb_roedel

Rewind episode: Composting and gambling

This week we are rewinding to share some of our favorite podcast stories from the past. We start with a story about a company that helps people compost in Reno. Down to Earth Composting picks up food scrap and turns it into compost for their customers. To learn more, we followed one of their workers who traverse the city by electric bike to pick up the compostable materials. After that, gaming reporter Howard Stutz goes over the history of gambling in Nevada. From the Old West to the mob days to the modern Las Vegas Strip and beyond, Howard goes over it all.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

0:40 - Composting

Oz Kupoglu - downtoearth

Mike Harrison - No Twitter

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Tim Lenard - @tim_lenard

14:40 - History of gambling

Howard Stutz - @howardstutz

The 2022 Election Dissected

A post-Election Day overview with Jon Ralston, Jacob Solis and Joey Lovato.

This week Nevada Independent CEO Jon Ralston joins hosts Joey Lovato and Jacob Solis to go over the results from the election and opine on wins and losses. They break down who won, analyze why they won, examine voter turnout and talk about what the future holds for Nevadans. Between it all, you’ll hear from voters themselves, giving insight into how they made decisions at the ballot box.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

Guest

Jon Ralston - @RalstonReports

A political palate cleanser

A pre-Election Day download with Jon Ralston, author Robin McLean’s take on Nevada life and fun tales from the Nevada Historical Society.

This week Nevada Independent CEO Jon Ralston plays political pundit as he goes over early voting before the 2022 midterm elections and opines on some possible election outcomes. After that, we have some decidedly lighter content, perfect to kill time while waiting in line to vote or as a distraction from all things political: Author Robin McLean discusses her new book, moving to rural Nevada and what brings people together. At the end of the show, Sheryln Hayes-Zorn with the Nevada Historical Society has a few fun Nevada tales to share with listeners.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

1:05 - Election news

Jon Ralston - @RalstonReports

7:50 - Robin McLean

Robin McLean - website

21:40 - The Nevada Historical Society

Sheryln Hayes-Zorn - website

Who is Robert Beadles?

How a far-right activist’s large donations are reshaping Republican politics in Northern Nevada, a look at the Senate race and a romp around the Nevada Day parade.

This week reporter Tabitha Mueller has a story on Robert Beadles, a far-right activist and donor to many Republican candidates in Nevada. After that, host Joey Lovato chats with assistant editor Riley Synder about the race for the Senate between incumbent Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto and Republican Adam Laxalt. At the end of the show, Joey takes us to one of the last big political hoorahs before the election, the Nevada Day Parade.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

0:35 - Republican donor

Bert Johnson - No Twitter

Tabitha Mueller - @tabitha_mueller

12:25 - Race for the Senate

Riley Snyder - @RileySnyder

19:50 - The Nevada Day Parade

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

David Calvert - @calvertphoto

Tim Lenard - @tim_lenard

Kristyn Leonard - @KLeonardNV

Composting, e-bikes and living sustainably

A Reno company’s wheeled approach to composting, an overview of the Secretary of State’s race and a few Nevada monster stories for Halloween.

This week host Joey Lovato and video producer Tim Lenard have a story about Down to Earth Composting, a Reno company that’s using e-bikes in its quest to help residents live more sustainably. After that, cohost Jacob Solis and Joey chat about Nevada’s secretary of state race, which is receiving national attention. At the end, Joey and Jacob read two accounts of monster sightings in Nevada from over 100 years ago.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

0:30 - Composting

Oz Kupoglu - downtoearth

Mike Harrison - No Twitter

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Tim Lenard - @tim_lenard

14:30 - Secretary of State’s race

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

22:20 - Monsters in the desert

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

A maturing cannabis industry

Growing the cannabis industry workforce, a dive into congressional district races and a look at the G2E gaming conference.

This week host Joey Lovato has a story on the cannabis industry’s effort to boost its Nevada workforce. After that, reporters Jannelle Calderon and Sean Golonka talk about the state’s congressional races ahead of the November election. At the end of the show, reporter Howard Stutz talks about G2E (Global Gaming Expo), the largest gaming conference in the U.S., and the future of gambling. 

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

0:45 - Cannabis education

Ryan Dickinson - No Twitter

Max Simon - @greenflwrmedia 

Will Adler - @Will_H_Adler

13:30 - Congressional districts

Jannelle Calderón - @NewsyJan

Sean Golonka - @s_golonka

22:15 - G2E

Howard Stutz - @howardstutz

Changing landscaping for a changing climate

What removing grass means for Nevada, why you should care about campaign finance and more from IndyFest 2022.

This week host Jacob Solis talks with scientists at the Desert Research Institute about how changing landscaping and moving away from grass will save Southern Nevada water, but what else will it do? After that, host Joey Lovato joins Jacob, reporter Sean Golonka and The Nevada Independent’s CEO, Jon Ralston, to talk about campaign finance. Wait! Don’t turn off the episode just yet. We want to convince you that money matters — and something you should pay attention to during elections. At the end of the show, we have more snippets from panel discussions at IndyFest 2022.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

0:10 - Grass in Nevada

Rubab Saher - @DRIScience

13:50 - Campaign finance

Jon Ralston - @RalstonReports

Sean Golonka - @s_golonka

20:00 - IndyFest 2022 Pt.2

Ben Nguyen - @ben_nguyenever 

Major Garrett - @MajorCBS

David Becker - @beckerdavidj

Sisolak and Lombardo face off in debate

A recap of our favorite IndyFest moments and highlights from the gubernatorial debate.

This week hosts Joey Lovato and Jacob Solis are joined by their colleague Jackie Valley to talk about their favorite things from IndyFest 2022. The annual conference hosted by The Nevada Independent covers everything from education and cannabis to water and elections. After that, we have highlights from the gubernatorial debate between Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak and Republican Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

0:10 - IndyFest highlights

Jackie Valley - @JackieValley

Daniel Rothberg - @danielrothberg

Elizabeth Thompson - @elizthompsn

Howard Stutz - @howardstutz

Sandra Douglass Morgan - @SDMraiders1

A'Esha Goins - @1coachcanna

Elizabeth Koebele - unr.edu

John Entsminger - snwa.com

13:50 - Governor Debate

Jon Ralston - @RalstonReports

Steve Sisolak - @GovSisolak

Joe Lombardo - @JoeLombardoNV

Safety concerns at Nevada Gold Mines

Nevada Gold Mines, the race for Attorney General and a D.C. perspective on Nevada.

This week we read you a story from Indy reporter Daniel Rothberg and High Country News reporter Nick Bowlin about Nevada Gold Mines and some employees’ safety concerns. After that, reporter Sean Golonka talks about the race for attorney general between Democratic incumbent Aaron Ford and Republican challenger Sigal Chattah. At the end of the episode, we say goodbye to our reporter in D.C., Humberto Sanchez, and he reflects back on reporting about Nevada from the nation’s capital.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

1:05 - Nevada Gold Mines

Daniel Rothberg - @danielrothberg

Nick Bowlin - @npbowlin

10:40 - Race for Attorney General

Sean Golonka - @s_golonka

19:45 - Nevada from D.C.

Humberto Sanchez - @hsanchez128

Rewind episode: Trees and grapes

Threats to old trees and new opportunities for Nevada’s wine industry

This week we are rewinding to share some of our favorite podcast stories from the past, starting with a piece on Bristlecone pines, some of the oldest living things on the planet. Host Joey Lovato talks with experts about threats to the tree and what makes them so special. Afterward, we re-air a piece on grape growing and winemaking in the Nevada desert. What does the industry look like, and does it have a future in one of the most arid states?

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

9:50 - The Bristlecone pine

James Woolsey - @GreatBasinNPS

Gretchen Baker - gretchenbaker.com

Daniel Rothberg - @danielrothberg

21:20 - Grape growing and winemaking

Stuart Michelle - NGGW.org

Kathleen Russell - palominovines.com

Grant Cramer - youtube.com/user/grantcramer

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