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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

Flashback: The History of Gaming Part 3. Decriminalizing traffic tickets. Assembly Speaker speaks.

This week on IndyMatters, Reporter Howard Stutz and Host Joey Lovato are back with the final installment of our three-part series “Flashback,” which explores the history of the gaming industry in Nevada. Then, Assistant Editor Michelle Rindels reports on the implications of decriminalizing traffic tickets and speaks with Leisa Moseley of the Fines and Fees Justice Center and attorney Martha Menendez. At the end of the show, Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson joins Michelle and Reporter Riley Snyder to talk about how the legislative session went on the topics of mining taxes, police reform, election changes and more.

0:00 - Intro

0:50 - Flashback Part 3

15:00 - Decriminalizing Traffic Tickets

23:50 - Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson

29:20 - Outro/Credits

Flashback: The History of Gaming Part 2; and the teen behind a ‘period poverty’ bill

This week on IndyMatters, Reporter Howard Stutz and Host Joey Lovato are back with the second installment of our three-part series “Flashback,” which explores the history of the gaming industry in Nevada. Then, Joey and Reporter Tabitha Mueller interview Samantha Glover, a 16-year-old from Reno who helped write and pass a bill that would provide free menstrual products in school bathrooms in Nevada for students who struggle to afford them. At the end of the show, Reporter Humberto Sanchez discusses efforts in Congress to pass an infrastructure bill and more in the D.C. Debrief.

0:00 - Intro

0:50 - Flashback Part 2

14:00 - Period Poverty

23:30 - D.C. Debrief

31:30 - Outro/Credits

Flashback part 1, the editor on the Legislature and vaccinations in Nevada

This week on IndyMatters, Reporter Howard Stutz and Host Joey Lovato present, Flashback,  part one of three on the history of the gaming industry in Nevada. Then Editor Jon Ralston continues his breakdown on the 2021 legislative session from last week, talking about the freshman class, one legislative leader who will be retiring and more. At the end of the show, Reporter Megan Messerly talks about vaccines as the state reopens, the 70 percent vaccinated goal set by the Biden administration and vaccination rates in the rurals.

0:00 - Intro

0:50 - Flashback Part 1

13:30 - Ralston on the Legislature pt.2

23:00 - Vaccine Rollout as the state reopens

30:00 - Outro/Credits

Meet the National Teacher of the Year, and a legislative recap

This week on IndyMatters, Reporter Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez sits down with the 2021 National Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey, who teaches special education in Clark County. After that, Reporter/Producer Jacob Solis talks with Legislative Reporter Riley Snyder and Assistant Editor Michelle Rindels about the end of the 2021 legislative session, mining taxes, changes to how elections will be run, possible special sessions and more. At the end of the show, Host Joey Lovato talks with Editor Jon Ralston about the biggest things to come out of the session and how this one was different from the many others Ralston has covered.

0:00 - Intro

1:00 - 2021 National Teacher of the Year

10:45 - Legislative recap with Riley and Michelle

21:50 - Legislative recap with Jon Ralston

34:30 - Outro/Credits

Tribes celebrate pine nut blessing, and a study abroad shakeup

This week on IndyMatters, Reporter Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez talks with tribal members who were finally able to gather and bless the pine nut harvest for the first time since the pandemic started. After that, Host Joey Lovato talks with Alyssa Nota, the CEO and president of the University Studies Abroad Consortium, and a student, Tyler Moye, who was studying abroad in China when the pandemic hit last March. Then, Assistant Editor Michelle Rindels and Reporter Riley Snyder talk about the state budget as we approach the final days of the 120-day legislative session. At the end of the episode, we have a short clip from Third House! The comedy show put on by the press corps at the end of every legislative session.

0:00 - Intro

1:15 - Pine nut blessing ceremony

8:25 - Studying abroad during a pandemic

14:10 - Legislative update

25:30 - Third House

27:50 - Outro/Credits

Rental assistance, wildfires, and the last two weeks of the Legislature

This week on IndyMatters, Assistant Editor Michelle Rindels talks with State Treasurer Zach Conine about fine-tuning a backlogged rental assistance program. Then, Environmental Reporter Daniel Rothberg talks about what’s ahead for wildfire season with Host Joey Lovato. After that, Producer Jacob Solis talks with Legislative Reporter Riley Snyder and Assistant Editor Michelle Rindels about what’s in store in the waning days of the legislative session. At the end of the show, Reporter Riley Snyder and Intern Sean Golonka discuss the NBA playoffs.

0:00 - Intro

1:25 - Rental Assistance

8:05 - Wildfires

14:35 - Legislative update

28:35 - Basketball with Riley and Sean

33:00 - Outro/Credits

Understanding microplastics, and the latest on school funding

This week, Environmental Reporter Daniel Rothberg talks with the Desert Research Institute’s Dr. Monica Arienzo about the effects that disintegrated plastics have on the environment. Then, Host Joey Lovato talks with Education Reporter Jackie Valley and Assistant Editor Michelle Rindels about the state of play for school funding in Nevada, which hasn’t been changed in over 50 years. At the end of the show we hear from D.C. Reporter Humberto Sanchez with the latest on an infusion of federal COVID relief dollars and Nevada representatives pursuing key committee seats.

0:00 - Intro

1:11 - Microplastics

12:10 - Education funding formula

21:50 - D.C. update

27:15 - Outro/Credits

A ‘right to return’ for laid-off casino workers, and prison visitation resumes

This week, Intern Jannelle Calderón speaks with laid-off hospitality workers who are pushing for a controversial bill that would guarantee them the right to return to their old jobs as the state reopens. Then, Intern Sean Golonka talks with Host Joey Lovato about how inmate families are reacting as prisons reopen to family visits for the first time in more than a year. At the end of the show, Reporter and Producer Jacob Solis talks with Assistant Editor Michelle Rindels and Reporter Riley Snyder about what’s going on as we come into the final stretch of the legislative session.

0:00 - Intro

1:15 - Right to return

8:25 - Prisons reopen for visitation

20:25 - Legislative update

27:50 - Outro/Credits

A conversation with UNLV’s president, and returning to work in Nevada

This week, Producer and Reporter Jacob Solis talks with UNLV President Keith Whitfield about his first academic year on the job, and how he plans on handling everything from COVID to the budget to increasing diversity among faculty After that, Host Joey Lovato talks with Reporter Jackie Valley and Assistant Editor Michelle Rindels about people coming back to work, DETR’s reinstated policy that unemployment claimants must be looking for work and how some businesses are struggling to find employees. At the end of the show, D.C. Reporter Humberto Sanchez tells us about the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan, which would expand anti-poverty measures and help middle-class families with things like childcare and more, Humberto also talks about some protests from TPS and DACA recipients happening in D.C.

0:00 - Intro

1:00 - Interview with UNLV President Keith Whitfield 

12:25 - Looking for workers and a job search requirement for unemployment claimants

23:00 - D.C. Update

30:00 - Outro/Credits

Policing reform and the Derek Chauvin verdict, plus updates from Carson and D.C.

This week, host Joey Lovato talks with UNLV Professor Tyler D. Parry about the Derek Chauvin verdict and policing reform in Nevada. After that, Reporter Riley Snyder and Assistant Editor Michelle Rindels talk about what bills lived and died at the Legislature this week after deadline day. At the end of the show, reporter Humberto Sanchez discusses the bid for D.C. statehood, a Republican counteroffer to Biden’s infrastructure bill and more.

0:00 - Intro

0:58 - Policing Reform with Professor Tyler D. Parry

10:50 - Legislative update

20:45 - D.C. Update

29:30 - Outro/Credits

The Callback: Retaking the stage, and Oscars with the editor

Our thee-part arts series “The Callback” wraps up this week. Joey and Sean talk to Tsvetelina Stefanova, Shoshana Zeldner and Angelique Janowski about film festivals, music festivals, live events, time to reflect on art during the pandemic, coming back to work, unemployment for artists and the creative process amid major challenges. Later in the show, host Joey Lovato and Editor Jon Ralston talk about Best Picture nominations in Jon’s favorite segment — predicting Academy Awards! At the end of the show, health care reporter Megan Messerly talks with producer Jacob Solis about COVID-19 and where we are as vaccines continue to roll out.

0:00 - Intro

0:50 - The Callback Part 3

15:00 - Best picture Nominations

24:40 - Covid Update

34:10 - Outro/Credits

The Callback: Stages go dark, and an interview with Brian Sandoval

Performing arts venues have been shuttered for over a year and reopening is not as simple as just lifting capacity limits. In our second installment of “The Callback,” host Joey Lovato and intern Sean Golonka talk with Myron Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Center in Las Vegas, and Dennyse Sewell, managing director at the Pioneer Center in Reno, about being closed for over a year now. After that, reporter Jacob Solis talks with UNR president and former governor and Brian Sandoval about the university’s plans moving forward. At the end of the show, reporter Riley Snyder and assistant editor Michelle Rindels give an update on the Legislature during deadline week.

0:00 - Intro

0:50 - The Callback Part 2

13:45 - Interview with Brian Sandoval

23:35 - Legislative Update

31:35 - Outro/Credits

The Callback: Arts make a comeback, and a social media censorship bill

This week on IndyMatters, we have the first of our three-part arts series “The Callback,” where intern Sean Golonka and host Joey Lovato explore how the pandemic has affected the creative community and how they are coming out of it. After that, we hear from Republican Assemblyman Greg Hafen and Indy columnist David Colborne on a bill to restrict social media platforms from banning users. At the end of the show, our man in D.C. Humberto Sanchez gives an update on everything going on in the nation’s capital, including a newly unveiled infrastructure plan.

0:00 - Intro

0:55 - The Callback Part 1

12:05 - Social Media Bill

20:30 - DC Debrief

28:30 - Outro/Credits

D.C. and Carson updates, and Blockchains CEO talks Innovation Zones

This week on IndyMatters, we have a segment on Blockchains LLC, the tech company looking to build a smart city if the proposed “Innovation Zone” legislation passes. After that, we hear from assistant editor Michelle Rindels and legislative reporter Riley Snyder on the goings-on in Carson City including updates on major bills and what new bills were recently introduced. At the end of the show, DC reporter Humberto Sanchez gives us an update from the nation's capital on a gun violence bill, the filibuster fight and more.

0:00 - Intro

0:50 - Blockchains LLC

16:15 - Legislative Update

23:55 - DC Debrief

30:00 - Outro/Credits

Assembly Speaker Frierson on men’s health, and a debate on mining taxes in Nevada

This week on IndyMatters, Reporter Riley Snyder and Assistant Editor Michelle Rindels talk with Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson about his prostate cancer diagnosis and his quest to raise awareness about the important men’s health issue. Later, we have highlights from our IndyTalks panel on mining taxes, featuring former Legislative Counsel Bureau Director Lorne Malkiewich, longtime mining lobbyist Jim Wadhams and Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada Executive Director Laura Martin. At the end of the show, beltway correspondent Humberto Sanchez gives us an update on what’s going on in D.C. this week, particularly with immigration bills.

0:00 - Intro

0:50 - Interview with Jason Frierson

14:00 - IndyTalks highlights

32:10 - DC Debrief

37:55 - Outro/Credits

New stimulus bill and legislative update

This week on IndyMatters, reporter Riley Snyder gives an update on what’s going on in Carson City as the Legislature wraps up its sixth week and is about a third of the way through the 81st session. Later we hear from our man in DC, Humberto Sanchez, who tells us about the massive spending bill that will be sending Nevada around $4 billion in relief. At the end of the show Megan Messerly has an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and status of vaccines.

0:00 - Intro

0:55 - Legislative Update

11:00 - DC Update

21:45 - Covid Update

32:28 - Outro/Credits

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