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All things higher education with Chancellor Melody Rose

An interview with Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Melody Rose and a look at vaccine rules for state employees

This week, reporter Jacob Solis and CEO Jon Ralston sit down with the Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Melody Rose to talk about her job and the problems facing the state’s higher education institutions. After that, Assistant Editor Riley Snyder joins the show to talk about a new requirement for state employees to either get vaccinated or pay a monthly fee to offset the cost of potentially getting COVID.

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0:45 - Melody Rose on higher ed

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21:00 - Public employee vaccine mandate

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Bonus Episode: Movie Talks with Jon Ralston

We are off this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, but we wanted to share a discussion on movies between host Joey Lovato and CEO Jon Ralston. The two talked about movies and the importance of donating to support local journalism for our holiday fundraising push. We hope you can enjoy some time with your families this week and if you’d like to donate to The Indy, you can do so here:

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What students lost away from the classroom

How learning loss affected students returning to school, redistricting updates and the federal infrastructure bill finally passes

This week, reporter Jannelle Calderón talks with two members of a committee studying how students returning to the classroom could be suffering from learning loss. After that, hear a recap of a live discussion on Twitter Spaces about redistricting hosted by Joey Lovato, with appearances by Assistant Editors Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels and reporters Tabitha Mueller, Sean Golonka and Jannelle Calderón. At the end of the show, reporter Humberto Sanchez comes on to talk about the infrastructure bill finally passing Congress and what it means for Nevada.

Hosts and Twitter handles

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Jacob Solis -

0:55 - Learning loss

Jannelle Calderón -

Sondra Cosgrove -

Wendell Blaylock - No Twitter

9:30 - Redistricting discussion

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Sean Golonka -

Jannelle Calderón -

19:40 - Infrastructure bill

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South Lake Tahoe casinos rebound after fire season

This episode examines how South Lake Tahoe casinos are faring after the Caldor Fire shut them down for six days; UNR research about invincibility and vaccine hesitancy; and the need for bilingual reporting.

0:55 - Caldor Fire’s effect on South Lake Tahoe

10:50 - Individualistic cultures and COVID

22:30 - Bilingual reporting

How COVID changed what we wear

An interview with a UNLV fashion historian, how Republicans are campaigning on voter fraud, and voices from the Nevada Day Parade.

0:55 - COVID fashion

12:30 - Republicans on election reform

23:20 - The Nevada Day Parade

Origins of Nevada Day, why redistricting matters and a D.C. political update

This week, reporter Jackie Valley and host Joey Lovato sit down with Shery Hayes-Zorn from the Nevada Historical Society to talk about the origins of Nevada Day. After that, reporter Tabitha Mueller interviews UNR Assistant Professor Casey Lynch about redistricting and what it means for underserved populations. At the end of the show, Joey is joined by reporter Humberto Sanchez in D.C. to talk about infrastructure, reconciliation, filibuster, the debt ceiling and more.

1:00 - Nevada Day origins

10:40 - Redistricting

20:30 - D.C. Debrief

New jobs, old ghosts and state crime trends

This week, video producer/reporter Tim Lenard has a story on job retraining. After the initial pandemic-related shutdowns sidelined thousands of workers across the state, some have decided to change careers. After that, reporter Sean Golonka sits down with host Joey Lovato to talk about crime statistics in the state. Are violent crimes actually going up? What does this mean for candidates running for office? At the end of the show, writer Janice Oberding and her husband Bill come back on the show to share a few more haunted stories and talk about ghost hunting in Nevada.

0:50 - Job retraining

9:40 - Crime Numbers

19:20 - Ghost stories pt. 2

Governor’s races break down, moving out of the state and some haunted places to visit in October

This week, assistant editors Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels break down a recent Nevada Independent poll that looks at the 2022 governor primary. Then reporter Jackie Valley comes on the show to talk to host Joey Lovato about why people are leaving the state and what it means for long-term population trends. At the end of the show, Joey sits down with Reno-based Author Janice Oberding and her husband Bill to talk about some haunted places around the state. As we enter the Halloween season, there are plenty of spooky sites to explore across the state.

1:10 - Governors race break down

13:00 - Leaving Nevada

20:10 - Haunted places in Nevada

1 October memorial, Nevada State College president Q&A and union vs. Station Casinos

This week, host Joey Lovato interviews Tennille Pereira and Dr. Robert Fielden, two members of the 1 October Memorial Committee, about plans to build a permanent memorial for victims of the 2017 Route 91 Music Festival shooting. Then, co-host and reporter Jacob Solis sits down with Nevada State College President Dr. DeRionne Pollard for a wide-ranging discussion on higher education, budget issues and vaccine mandates for both students and faculty. At the end of the show, Joey is joined by gaming reporter Howard Stutz for the second part of an interview on the long dispute between the Culinary Union and Station Casinos.

0:55 - 1 October memorial

12:00 - Q&A with Nevada State College president

20:30 - The battle between unions and casinos Part 2

Unofficial Burning Man, inmate firefighters and a battle between unions and casinos

This week, host Joey Lovato reports on the ‘renegade’ Burning Man. The official event was canceled this year because of COVID-19, but that didn’t stop thousands of people from heading out to the playa earlier this month. After that, reporter Zach Bright reports on criticism of the state’s use of inmate firefighters, who have helped fight wildfires plaguing Nevada and California this summer for little pay. At the end of the show, reporter Howard Stutz comes on the podcast to talk about the long and tumultuous history between Stations Casinos and Culinary Workers Local 226 in the first of this two-part history segment.

1:00 - Unofficial Burning Man

14:20 - Inmate firefighters

22:30 - The battle between unions and casinos

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

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