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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.


IndyMatters Episode 113: The Yang Gang
November 1, 2019

On IndyMatters this week, reporter Jacob Solis talks with 2020 presidential hopeful Andrew Yang about his positions on nuclear waste, new forms of energy, automation and of course his idea for a “freedom dividend” as well as a host of other topics. Later Joey sits down with author Dr. Karen Gedney about her book “30 Years Behind Bars” on her time being a doctor in the Nevada prison system and what she learned during her time there. At the end of the episode, Joey quizzes our lead 2020 reporter Megan Messerly on some fun facts about candidates for president.


IndyMatters Episode 112: Boot Edge Edge
October 25, 2019

On IndyMatters this week, reporter Megan Messerly sits down with 2020 presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg to chat about his campaign so far in Nevada, his stance on what he calls, “Medicare for all who want it”, and what kind of voters he has been attracting. Later on, host Joey Lovato talks with intern Mark Hernandez about his story on a special veteran’s court in Reno after its first year, and still later editor Jon Ralston tells Joey about two new movies he saw last week.


IndyMatters Special Episode: Climate change in the 2020 election
October 22, 2019

On this special episode of IndyMatters, editor Jon Ralston sits down with Gene Karpinski, head of the League of Conservation Voters, and Andy Maggi, head of the Nevada Conservation League, to chat about climate change and how the 2020 candidates are approaching the subject. They also talk about what the issue means to Nevada and which 2020 candidates are focusing on it the most.


IndyMatters Episode 111: Endorsement tracker and automation
October 18, 2019

On IndyMatters this week, editor Jon Ralston sits down with reporter Megan Messerly to talk about The Indy’s new endorsement tracker and how the 2020 candidates are doing in the Silver State. After that host, Joey Lovato sits down with reporter Jacob Solis to talk about his story on automation and what it means for the future job landscape of Nevada. Later in the show, all four sit down to talk about Megan’s new favorite video game and Jon tells us about his early gaming days.


IndyMatters Episode 110: State Superintendent and Turning Point USA at UNR
October 11, 2019

On IndyMatters this week, reporter Jackie Valley sits down with state superintendent Jhone Ebert to discuss her listening tour through various schools to learn about the students there. Jackie also asks her how her first six months on the job are going and what challenges she has faced. Then Joey sits down with Indy intern Mark Hernandez and KUNR reporter Paul Boger for a debrief on an event at UNR where Charlie Kirk – the founder of Turning Point USA, a conservative student group – spoke, and where members of the community protested against the university for allowing him to speak on campus.


IndyMatters Episode 109: UNR voting and the Anaconda Mine
October 4, 2019

On IndyMatters this week, reporter Riley Snyder talks with Sandra Rodriguez and Amy Koeckes from UNR’s Center for Student Engagement to discuss an increase in student voter participation at the university. Later Joey sits down with reporter Daniel Rothberg to talk about his big story on the Anaconda Copper Mine outside of Yerington, including how it’s been leaking uranium and arsenic into the water supply there. Finally, we have a little poll for listeners at the end of this week’s episode.


IndyMatters Episode 108: Flights to Ely
September 27, 2019

On IndyMatters this week, intern Shannon Miller chats with Ely Times reporter Shadrach Michaels about a situation involving the city council that has the whole town abuzz. Later on in the episode, reporter Michelle Rindels sits down with reporter Riley Snyder to discuss his story on the state’s fleet of private planes. Later Joey and reporter Daniel Rothberg talk about a new movie Daniel saw.


IndyMatters Episode 107: Prisons, aliens and interns
September 20, 2019

On this week’s IndyMatters podcast, reporter Michelle Rindels sits down with Elena Vanko of the Vera Institute of Justice to talk about solitary confinement in Nevada prisons, the effects it has on prisoners and the frequency and length of solitary confinement. Later on the podcast host/editor Joey Lovato chats with KUNR reporter Paul Boger about the Area 51 event that has taken the internet by storm. How many people are there, what has Paul heard and how is it affecting small towns around Area 51? For a fun end to this week’s podcast, Joey sits down with intern Mark Hernandez to ask him how his first few weeks at The Indy are going and what he thinks about the Oxford comma.


IndyMatters Episode 106: Transportation in Vegas and transporting kids out of Vegas
September 13, 2019

On this episode of IndyMatters, Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson sits down with the outgoing CEO of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Tina Quigley. Elizabeth asks Tina about tech-driven projects at the RTC, what her biggest disappointments were along the way, what criticisms of the RTC she thinks are unfair — and gets a hint at what Tina’s next endeavor in life might be. Later in the episode Elizabeth chats with reporter Megan Messerly about the state sending children in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems to other states for treatment. And make sure to listen all the way to the end of this week’s episode for a fun new segment.


IndyMatters Episode 105: 2020 candidates and education funding
September 6, 2019

On this week’s episode of IndyMatters, Editor Jon Ralston sits down with reporter Megan Messerly to talk about the Democratic presidential candidates visiting the state, what she has observed in terms of campaign staffing and organizing, and which candidates are sticking out by doing something different. In a later segment, Jon and Jackie talk about the complex issue of school funding — and how one tax that may help increase funding ended up being voted on at a recent Clark County Commission meeting.


IndyMatters Episode 104: A strike averted, and the fight for the Senate
August 30, 2019

On this week’s episode of IndyMatters, Joey sits down with education reporter Jackie Valley to talk about all of the commotion during the first few weeks of the school year in Clark County including threats of a strike over teacher pay. Later, our man in Washington D.C., Humberto Sanchez, tells us about what’s going on with Senators Jacky Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto.


IndyMatters Episode 103: Evictions, opioids and a new theme song
August 22, 2019

On this week’s IndyMatters episode reporters Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels sit down with Bailey Bortolin from Washoe Legal Services and later with Keith Lynam, the president of the Nevada Association of REALTORS® to talk about tenants rights and eviction legislation that just went into effect. After that, Michelle talks a bit about an opioid addiction forum in Las Vegas last week.


IndyMatters Episode 102: Sex, drugs and cash bail
August 16, 2019

In this week’s episode, you’ll hear a rundown of a few of the big stories we published on the site this week from multimedia editor Joey Lovato. Then reporter Michelle Rindels sits down with the Executive Director of the Nevada Board of Massage Therapy, Sandy Anderson, to talk about sex trafficking in the industry. Later on, Michelle and reporter Riley Snyder sit down to discuss Riley’s story about a big lawsuit challenging cash bail.


IndyMatters Episode 101: AFSCME forum and gun control
August 9, 2019

We are back from break! On this week’s episode of IndyMatters Editor Jon Ralston sits down with reporter Megan Messerly to chat about the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Democratic candidate forum that Jon co-moderated with Huffington Post Washington Bureau Chief Amanda Terkel. They chat about the different candidates and how they responded to a broad swath of questions. Later in the episode Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson sits down with Jon to talk about gun control in the wake of several mass shootings that took place in the last few weeks.


IndyMatters: Summer Edition Vol. 3
August 2, 2019

Editor Jon Ralston and reporters Megan Messerly and Jacob Solis sat down with Congressman Steven Horsford this week to talk about a variety of topics including possible impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, Medicare-for-all and fixing the health care system.


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