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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

Monsoons, wind and excessive heat: A summer weather retrospective

Meteorologists analyze summer weather patterns, a dive into ballot questions and a history of oppression in Native communities.

This week host Joey Lovato chats with meteorologists in Reno and Las Vegas about weather trends this summer and what may be on the horizon. After that, assistant editor Jackie Valley joins Joey and Jacob to review ballot questions that voters will see this November. At the end, KUNR Reporter Gustavo Sagrero comes on the show to talk about Nevada’s Native communities and how they are handling a past of oppression and discrimination.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

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0:50 - Weather

Chris Smallcomb - @NWSReno

John Adair - @NWSVegas

10:40 - Ballot Questions

Jackie Valley - @JackieValley

20:10 - Native Communities

Gustavo Sagrero - @goose_chavo

Nevada’s child care conundrum

Solving the child care crisis in Nevada, a Congressional District 3 election preview and a needle-exchange program in Elko.

This week host Joey Lovato sits down with reporter Naoka Foreman to discuss the issues facing Nevada families regarding child care in the state. With a shortage of workers and COVID-19 emergency funding sunsetting in 2024, how will Nevada address the growing concerns around child care? After that, reporter Sean Golonka breaks down everything you need to know about Congressional District 3 as the race between incumbent Susie Lee (D) and April Beker (R) heats up. At the end of the show, Kaiser Health News correspondent  Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez joins us to talk about a needle-exchange program in Elko.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

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0:55 - Childcare

Naoka Foreman - @naokadforeman

9:50 - Congressional District 3

Sean Golonka - @s_golonka

20:15 - Needle Exchange

Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez - @jazmin1orozco

Mapping mysteries below the surface

Cave discoveries, a Reno City Hall race preview and a quirky option on Nevada ballots.

This week host Joey Lovato has a story about the 100-year anniversary of Lehman Caves in Great Basin National Park and an effort to map more caves across the state. After that, reporter Carly Sauvageau breaks down the races for Reno mayor and two city council seats. At the end, Mark Wlaschin, the deputy secretary of state for elections, explains why Nevadans have the option to vote for “none of these candidates.” 

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

1:00 - Caves in the desert

Gretchen Baker - gretchenbaker.com

Kelsie Jackson - nps.gov/grba

11:00 - Reno elections break down

Carly Sauvageau - @csauvageau_1998

19:05 - None of these candidates

Mark Wlaschin - @NVSOS

Less water, less boating, less tourism

Water and tourism woes at Lake Mead, a breakdown of the Inflation Reduction Act and a scientific discovery at UNLV.

This week host Joey Lovato, reporter Sean Golonka and reporter Carmen Landinger talk about water cuts at Lake Mead and how the situation is affecting recreation and tourism. After that, reporter Humberto Sanchez breaks down everything you need to know about the Inflation Reduction Act that President Biden recently signed into law. At the end of the show, co-host Jacob Solis chats with a UNLV scientist about a lab discovery that, in the future, could help make our energy consumption and power grid more efficient.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

1:00 - Less water in Lake Mead

Carmen Landinger - @carmenlandinger

Sean Golonka - @s_golonka

12:35 - Inflation Reduction Act

Humberto Sanchez - @hsanchez128

21:35 - New discoveries out of UNLV

Ashkan Salamat - unlv.edu

Hand-counting paper ballots

Rural counties’ quest to hand count ballots, strip clubs seek slot machines and a standoff between Clark County and a developer who wants to build homes near Red Rock.

This week host Joey Lovato and reporter Sean Golonka dive into the efforts in rural Nevada to move to paper ballots only — and all counted by hand. They also talk to the activist group All Voting is Local. After that, reporter Howard Stutz explains a Nevada gaming law that prohibits most adult entertainment from offering gambling in the same venue. At the end of the show, reporter Daniel Rother talks with our friends over at City Cast Las Vegas about Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and a developer’s decades-long effort to build homes near the canyon.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

1:05 - Hand counting ballots

Kerry Durmick - @KerryDurmick

Sean Golonka - @s_golonka

11:50 - Gambling in strip clubs

Howard Stutz - @howardstutz

19:50 - Homes near Red Rock

Sonja Swanson - @sonjachoswanson

Daniel Rothberg - @danielrothberg

New threats to old trees

The past, present and future of the Bristlecone Pine, a preview of the new school year and tribes get a seat at the table with federal agencies.

This week host Joey Lovato dives into the world of the Bristlecone Pine, one of the oldest living trees on the planet. He talks to experts about what makes the trees unique, what we can learn from them and what threats they face. After that, education reporter Rocío Hernández discusses what students, parents and teachers can expect from the upcoming school year. At the end of the show, our partners over at KUNR have a story about regional tribes getting a seat at the table with the Department of the Interior and other federal agencies.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

1:00 - Bristlecone Pines

James Woolsey - @GreatBasinNPS

Gretchen Baker - gretchenbaker.com

Daniel Rothberg - @danielrothberg

14:00 - Back to school

Rocío Hernández - @rociohzz

22:00 - Tribal Nations get a seat at the table

Amber Torres - gov.nv.gov

Gustavo Sagrero - @goose_chavo

More planes, more airports

Airport growth in Nevada, the fight for better air quality in East Las Vegas and a Nevada professor’s dream fulfilled at Comic-Con.

This week host Joey Lovato has a story about how an increase in air traffic could mean a second airport in Las Vegas as well as major upgrades coming to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. After that, reporter Carmen Landing explores why East Las Vegas is disproportionately affected by poor air quality and what’s being done to combat that problem. At the end of the show, reporter and co-host Jacob Solis talks with a Nevada State College professor about her animated short she showed at Comic-Con, and a dream of hers realized.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

1:05 - Airports

Chris Jones - twitter.com/LASairport

Stacey Sunday - twitter.com/RenoAirport

10:35 - Air Quality in East Las Vegas

Carmen Landinger - @carmenlandinger

19:20 - Animation at Comic-Con

Jo Meuris - vimeo.com/539923712/e6ef571ea6

How queer artists are finding a voice in Nevada

Queer artists talk about identity and expression, what you need to know about the new COVID variant and the impending demise of several Nevada casinos.

This week host Joey Lovato has a story about how queer artists are using their creative work to examine issues related to expression and identity. After that, reporter Tabitha Mueller goes over the new COVID BA.5 variant and what it means for Nevadans. At the end of the show, reporter Howard Stutz talks about demolishing casinos and a few other interesting and weird facts about gaming in Nevada.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

1:10 - Queer art

Brandon Copley - Instagram

Jenny Snaza - Instagram

Lynn Comella - @LynnComella

Sierra Arts exhibit

14:00 - COVID variants

Tabitha Mueller - @tabitha_mueller

23:10 - Demolishing casinos

Howard Stutz - @howardstutz

Staying safe in Nevada’s vast wilderness

Safety when recreating in the Nevada wilderness, the new mental health hotline and talking about citizen legislators.

This week host Joey Lovato chats with Lacey Hankin, a volunteer with the Washoe County Search and Rescue Hasty Team, about safety when enjoying Nevada’s diverse landscape. After that, reporter Carly Sauvageau explains the new 988 suicide prevention hotline. At the end of the episode, we feature a segment from our friends over at City Cast Las Vegas about citizen legislatures and a lawsuit threatening some lawmakers’ jobs.

Hosts

Joey Lovato - @Joey_Lovato_

Jacob Solis - @jacobsolisnv

0:55 - Desert Safety

Lacey Hankin - washoesar.org

12:05 - 988

Carly Sauvageau - @csauvageau_1998

Misty Vaughan Allen - nvsuicideprevention.org

19:05 - Citizen Legislators

Dayvid Figler - @OyVegas

Sonja Swanson - @sonjachoswanson

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