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It's the last episode of Season 4 of Renoites! Thank you so much for listening, I've been thrilled with the guests we've been able to feature and really appreciate all the support from listeners and the community. Renoites will be back with new episodes in January, but in the mean time we'll still be doing bonus live tapings at Black Rabbit Mead so…
 
This episode was recorded live at Black Rabbit Mead on Wednesday October 26. There were so many great performances during Spoken Views Poetry Collective's spooky themed poetry slam that we decided to post a recording of the entire slam here for you. If you enjoyed the highlights from our October 28 episode (which also featured a great interview wit…
 
This bonus LIVE episode of Renoites was recorded at Black Rabbit Meads as part of the 4th Street Art Project. Each month, we are doing a live taping of the show, and this time we were grateful to partner with Spoken Views Poetry Collective to be a part of their Halloween themed poetry slam. On this episode, Conor spoke with Spoken Views founder Iai…
 
Abortion rights and abortion access have been issues at the forefront of the political world for decades, and especially so this year with the overturning of Roe v. Wade. One of the ways that abortion rights advocates work to maintain access is to help fund abortion services for people in need of assistance. These abortion funds have appeared and g…
 
October 22 is the first day of early voting here in Nevada, and today we have a special BONUS episode of Renoites with one of the candidates for Secretary of State, Cisco Aguilar. On this episode, Conor and Cisco talk about the major responsibilities of the office of Secretary of State, the role the office plays in regulating our elections (which a…
 
This week on Renoites, we are joined by Kristoffer Polaha, an actor originally from Reno who has appeared in recurring roles on many TV shows including Mad Men, Castle, Get Shorty, Backstrom, as well as starring in a number of movies for the Hallmark channel and appearing in major films like Wonder Woman 1984. We talked about growing up in Reno and…
 
Renoites host Conor grew up here in Reno, and has a lot of memories of the Shoppers Square Mall (and it’s gradual decline), as well as of the vacant lot where Park Lane Mall once stood. But things have changed in recent years and the southern end of Midtown is seeing a lot of new development, first with the Reno Experience District on the Park Lane…
 
It’s no secret that schools in Northern Nevada are facing a lot of challenges. Washoe County is one of the most underfunded school districts in the country in terms of per-pupil spending, teachers are leaving the profession for more lucrative jobs, resulting in major staff shortages, and funding strategies like cannabis taxes have not been the cure…
 
What does it mean to be radical? Is it being an activist? Is it being a space for banned books, feminism, anti-racism and LGBT empowerment? This week, Co-Producer Lynn Lazaro met with Rosie Zuckerman, one of the owners of The Radical Cat. They talk about the store’s book selection, cat lounge, and how it functions as a community space. Rosie also t…
 
When you think of busy nights out at local bars, there are a few obvious events. New Years Eve? Saint Patrick's Day? But here in Reno we have some additional nights throughout the year where everyone gets dressed up and all the bars are busy and full of energy. Themed bar crawls organized by Crawl Reno create the "epic night out" throughout the yea…
 
Shortly after starting this podcast, in the middle of the COVID pandemic, I met my friend Elizabeth for coffee because she had some great suggestions for Renoites guests. The first person she told me about was Dr Bayo Curry-Winchell, Medical Director for St. Mary's Urgent Care and Carbon Health. She told me that Dr. BCW (as she is often called) wou…
 
This weekend (September 8-11) marks the first year of a brand new annual art event in Reno, and the first of its kind on the west coast. The Reno Tahoe International Art Show will take place from September 8-11 at the Reno Sparks Convention Center, plus feature additional events at the Nevada Museum of Art and Cargo Concert Hall at Whitney Peak. Th…
 
Welcome to season 4 of Renoites! This week on the first episode of the new season, we welcome Mike Pilcher, President of the Northern Nevada Central Labor Council. Labor Day is coming up soon and Reno is holding a LaborFest event at Idlewild Park on September 5 (which of course is Labor Day) from 11-4. In this episode, Mike and Conor discuss the go…
 
The Reno City Council has a vacancy in ward 5 following the resignation of Council Member Neoma Jardon. Ward 5 encompasses much of Downtown Reno, UNR, and stretches far into the west and northwest of the city. The current city council will be appointing a new city council person from ward 5, and has narrowed the field of applicants to a final three…
 
The Reno City Council has a vacancy in ward 5 following the resignation of Council Member Neoma Jardon. Ward 5 encompasses much of Downtown Reno, UNR, and stretches far into the west and northwest of the city. The current city council will be appointing a new city council person from ward 5, and has narrowed the field of applicants to a final three…
 
The Reno City Council has a vacancy in ward 5 following the resignation of Council Member Neoma Jardon. Ward 5 encompasses much of Downtown Reno, UNR, and stretches far into the west and northwest of the city. The current city council will be appointing a new city council person from ward 5, and has narrowed the field of applicants to a final three…
 
Recorded live at Black Rabbit Mead Company in Downtown Reno, this bonus episode is the third of a series in collaboration with the 4th Street Art Project. The fourth Wednesday of each month, several venues on East 4th Street will feature art related events, including live tapings of Renoites at Black Rabbit Mead. Please come join us for the next on…
 
I hope you've enjoyed these shorter episodes with mini interviews! This is the final of the 5 bonus episodes recorded at Northern Nevada Pride on 7/23/22 in Reno, Nevada. At the festival, I set up a mobile recording studio with big comfy chairs and invited friends, former guests, folks from various nonprofits, and even a couple passersby to sit dow…
 
As regular listeners know, the format of the Renoites podcast is generally long form interviews lasting about an hour. I really like this format because it lets me get into more substantive discussions and learn a lot. This episode is a little different, and is the fourth of 5 bonus episodes recorded at Northern Nevada Pride on 7/23/22 in Reno, Nev…
 
As regular listeners know, the format of the Renoites podcast is generally long form interviews lasting about an hour. I really like this format because it lets me get into more substantive discussions and learn a lot. This episode is a little different, and is the third of 5 bonus episodes recorded at Northern Nevada Pride on 7/23/22 in Reno, Neva…
 
As regular listeners know, the format of the Renoites podcast is generally long form interviews lasting about an hour. I really like this format because it lets me get into more substantive discussions and learn a lot. This episode is a little different, and is the second of 5 bonus episodes recorded at Northern Nevada Pride on 7/23/22 in Reno, Nev…
 
Recorded live at Black Rabbit Mead Company in Downtown Reno, this bonus episode is the second of a series in collaboration with the 4th Street Art Project. The last Wednesday of each month, several venues on East 4th Street will feature art related events, including live tapings of Renoites at Black Rabbit Mead. Please come join us for the next one…
 
As regular listeners know, the format of the Renoites podcast is generally long form interviews lasting about an hour. I really like this format because it lets me get into more substantive discussions and learn a lot. This episode is a little different, and is the first of 5 bonus episodes recorded at Northern Nevada Pride on 7/23/22 in Reno, Neva…
 
Live from Black Rabbit Mead Company in Downtown Reno, this bonus episode is the first of a series in collaboration with the 4th Street Art Project. On this week's episode, recorded live June 29, Conor welcomes Nick Rogers, the co-founder of the Bass Camp Music Festival, an electronic music festival held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Lake Tah…
 
It is July and the West Coast Fire Season is nigh. Everyone in the Reno area is well aware of the worsening fires in the Sierras and the effects they have on the region. Destroyed and endangered homes, loss of precious forests, and smoke that severely impacts our daily lives and health across the region. Fire Chief Ryan Sommers of the North Lake Ta…
 
In recent years, Reno has been making efforts to brand itself as an arts city. We are close to Burning Man, we've seen an explosion of public art and murals, a growing music and theater scene, but what about film? Emily Skyle-Golden is the co-founder and executive director of the Cordillera International Film Festival and is working to bring both f…
 
One of the most important challenges cities face right now is the growing cost of housing. The cost of a home is at record highs in the Reno area, apartment rents continue to increase well beyond the point of affordability for many working people, and barriers to building new residential units lead to a constrained supply that continues to put upwa…
 
The Truckee River is the lifeblood of the Reno/Sparks Area. It provides 85% of our drinking water, is a vital recreational feature throughout the city and our parks, and it takes a lot of work and energy to keep clean and usable for today and for future generations. Thankfully, there is an organization that is working to bring all the important par…
 
Psychedelic compounds have had a fascinating history in the United States (and worldwide). From the 1960's and the hippie era with common recreational use, while also being studied in legitimate clinical trials, through the decades of the drug war and propaganda efforts, all the way to a recent resurgence in medical studies and usage for conditions…
 
As Reno continues to grow, is it getting better for families? Emily Lee thinks so. She is the creator and Editor-in-Chief of Growing Up Reno-Tahoe, a new free quarterly magazine geared towards parents and kids in the Reno area. On this week's episode of Renoites, Emily joins Conor to discuss the ways Reno has changed over the years in terms of oppo…
 
Who better to talk to about the city of Reno than the mayor of Reno? This week's guest on Renoites is Mayor Hillary Schieve. Mayor Schieve joined the city council in 2012, has served as mayor since 2014, and is currently running for re-election to a third term. The top two candidates from the nonpartisan primary in June will go on to the general el…
 
This week's guest on Renoites is Zach Cage, one of the owners of The Brewer's Cabinet, a local craft brewery with a whole family of bars and restaurants here in Reno. Their properties include the Brewer's Cabinet Brewpub and Taproom on California and Arlington, their production facility just off West 4th Street, and the local bars Sierra Tap House,…
 
One of the most essential elements of our infrastructure in the United States, for moving freight across the country, for getting travelers and commuters to their destinations, and for addressing the challenges of a changes climate is railroads. There are about 140,000 miles of railroad track in the United States, much of it being severely under-ut…
 
Kasey Crispin is an owner and operator of both Prema Farms, a local hand-scale farm located just outside of Reno, and the Riverside Farmer's Market, a year-round farmers market at the McKinley Arts Center on the Truckee River just outside of Downtown Reno. On this episode of Renoites, the first in Season 3, Conor and Kasey talk about what it was li…
 
Connie Wray has been a fixture of the local media community in Reno for over 20 years. The long time cohost of Bill and Connie in the Morning on Alice 96.5, Connie was always along for our drive time commute in the Reno area, as well as a regular figure at community events of all types, and is now hosting her own projects The Next Stage with Connie…
 
What do many of the most iconic Burning Man sculptures have in common? There's a pretty decent chance that they were constructed right here in the Reno area at The Generator, an arts space in Sparks that has been a hub for local and international artists leading up to Burning Man, as well as arts events and education throughout the year. This week …
 
The sport of running has experienced several booms in popularity over the decades, from charity 5k fun runs to extremely challenging long distances races through incredibly inhospitable environments. For the most dedicated runners, one of the pinnacles of achievement is the ultra-marathon. Anything over 26.2 miles counts as an ultra, but many of th…
 
Alzheimer's disease affects more than 6 million Americans, with an estimated 44,000 diagnosed cases here in Nevada (and likely many more undiagnosed cases as well). This week on Renoites, Conor welcomes Niki Rubarth and Denise Hund from the Alzheimer's Association of Northern California and Nevada. We talk about the symptoms of Alzheimer's, the dif…
 
If you have been paying attention to any of the big news stories in Reno for the last few years, you’ve probably heard a lot from the local activist community. From the protests following the police killing of George Floyd in 2020, to the Stop the Sweeps protests and rallies which picked up steam last year, all the way up to the recent community me…
 
This week on Renoites, it's time to talk all about cats and cat rescue! Our guest this week is Rachel Story, a feline rescue advocate who runs the local cat rescue Feral at Heart and works with the Enchanted Cat Cafe. Rachel's focus is on Trap/Neuter/Return, a strategy that allows anyone to help reduce the feral cat population in their neighborhood…
 
One of the frequent criticisms of the criminal justice system in the United States is that people who violate the law often cycle in and out of the system, and a focus on punishment often doesn't serve to solve the actual problem at hand. Today's guest on the podcast is Judge Christopher Hazlett-Stevens, who presides over the Reno Municipal Court s…
 
This week's guest on Renoites is the Community Director for Yelp Reno, Michael Tragash. Through his position with Yelp, Michael helps local businesses connect with their customers through events and sharing their stories and make the most of the customer feedback they receive. Conor and Michael discuss Yelp and how it works, how trust and reliabili…
 
This week on the podcast, Conor welcomes Reno’s city council member from Ward 1, Jenny Brekhus. Jenny has served on the Reno city council since 2012 and is running for Mayor of Reno this year. Conor and Jenny discuss current issues facing Reno, including the controversial Jacobs Entertainment Neon Line District and accompanying development agreemen…
 
Renoites is back for the new year with more great guests and episodes every Tuesday! This week on the podcast, Conor welcomes local stand up comedian David Gamble Jr. to talk about the world of stand up comedy both nationally and here in the Biggest Little City. David has been performing stand-up in the Reno area for 7 years, including creating and…
 
One of the greatest frustrations for people who are large, chunky, plus-size, fluffy, husky, or (to skip all the euphemisms) just fat is that we live in a society that has labeled fat as a "bad word" and assigned various judgments and criticisms to people who have big bodies. From having diets recommended that they didn't ask for, being assumed to …
 
Black Wall Street was the name of a thriving black-owned business district and surrounding residential area in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1921, just over 100 years ago, it was destroyed in a racial massacre that left many residents and business owners dead or injured, and their businesses burned to the ground. It is among the worst cases of racial violenc…
 
This week's guest on Renoites is Manuel Mederos, Language Access Specialist at the Northern Nevada International Center. NNIC provides multiple services with the goal of improved global diplomacy, including exchange programs, refugee resettlement, and Manuel's specialty: translation and interpretation services. Learn more about the Northern Nevada …
 
But what about Sparks? The "Reno Area" is of course inclusive of more than just the city of Reno. We also have the city of Sparks immediately adjacent to us as a major part of our shared economy and community, and Sparks shares many of the same concerns Reno does around growth, development, homelessness, and more. This week on the show we welcome t…
 
After reading in school about a double decker bus in London being converted into a mobile book shop, 11-year-old Broden McClelland loved the idea and suggested to his parents that they do something similar here in Reno. The Golden Owl Bookshop was born, and has become a staple at the Riverside and Sparks United Methodist farmers markets, Sprouts Fa…
 
2021 marks the 40th Anniversary of one of Reno's biggest community events, the Great Reno Balloon Race. It's held at Rancho San Rafael park (September 10-12 this year) and is the largest free ballooning event in the world. This week on the Renoites, Conor is joined by the executive director of the Great Reno Balloon Race, Pete Copeland. Pete and Co…
 
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