9 episodes

A biweekly dive into the stories and people that make up Omaha‘s most pressing issues.

Produced by Chris Bowling.

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A biweekly dive into the stories and people that make up Omaha‘s most pressing issues.

Produced by Chris Bowling.

    Building ”The Good Life” For All Nebraskans, Not Just Some

    Building ”The Good Life” For All Nebraskans, Not Just Some

    Cammy Watkins and Maggie Wood believe honest conversations about equity and inclusion in Nebraska's schools and businesses — and in everyday life — can help create The Good Life for all Nebraskans, not just some. They are the co-executive directors of Inclusive Communities, a nonprofit organization providing advocacy and education around diversity and equity in Nebraska. Maggie and Cammy joined reporter Bridget Fogarty at The Reader's newsroom on a cold February night to talk about Inclusive Communities and its latest role leading national conversations on equity with the National Federation for Just Communities.

     

     

    This podcast was produced by Bridget Fogarty.

    Music by Jon Rix (https://p0hk.bandcamp.com)

    Learn more about Inclusive Communities by visiting the nonprofit's website or follow them on Facebook.

    • 41 min
    Bike Lane Blues, and the Governments We Choose

    Bike Lane Blues, and the Governments We Choose

    Sarah Johnson had been part of the 10-year fight to bring a protected bike to Omaha when one finally came to Harney Street. Then she found out the two-mile stretch of road, which are common in most U.S. cities, wasn't permanent and it's future wasn't in the city's budget. To her, the whole fight—which includes firings, vetoes and city council members calling the police on their own public works department—says less about biking, and more about how decisions are made in Omaha.


     


    This podcast was produced by Chris Bowling.


    Music by Jon Rix (https://p0hk.bandcamp.com/)


    Read Mode Shift Omaha's history of the fight to get a bike lane in Omaha.


    Read Sarah Johnson's op-ed in NOISE.

    • 43 min
    Homeless in Omaha and the Search for Stability

    Homeless in Omaha and the Search for Stability

    Dana Swope is one of many residents forced to leave an apartment complex in midtown deemed unlivable by the City of Omaha in late January 2022. Chris Bowling sat down with her in her former home on the third floor of the Flora apartments at 2557 Jones Street on January 25 to learn about how she ended up paying $700 a month in a cramped studio apartment with mold, no heat and mice. Unfortunately her story may not be that uncommon as many in Omaha pay too much for poor, substandard living arrangements as the city is short 80,000 affordable housing units.


     


    See pictures of Dana and her apartment.


     


    If you want to donate to organization serving those facing housing stability, we recommend:


    Heartland Family Services


    https://www.heartlandfamilyservice.org/donate-now/


    Together


    https://togetheromaha.org/get-involved/donate.html


    Metro Area Continuum Care for the Homeless


    https://shareomaha.org/donate/metro-area-continuum-care-homeless


     


    This podcast was produced by Chris Bowling. Music by Jon Rix (https://p0hk.bandcamp.com).


     

    • 33 min
    OUR FIRST MEMBERSHIP DRIVE!! Heaston‘s History of The Reader

    OUR FIRST MEMBERSHIP DRIVE!! Heaston‘s History of The Reader

    Nearly 30 years ago a motley crew of alt-y Omahans put together the first Reader. All these decades later our paper still follows the same mission: find the unheard stories and uplift communities boxed out by other media.


    But to get to all that we need to talk about classic 80s movies and music, saving one of Omaha's most historic venues, jam bands, early internet and the man at the center of it all — John Heaston. Our publisher and editor co-founded The Reader and has been a part of it ever since its inception and sat down with news editor Chris Bowling to talk about it. The story that follows is as much a story about journalism as it is Omaha history.


    If you enjoy our work, please consider becoming a member during our first-ever membership drive. 


    https://thereader.com/membership-plans


     


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    Production by Chris Bowling


    Music by Jon Rix aka p0h_k (https://p0hk.bandcamp.com/)


     

    • 1 hr 10 min
    1st Sky x The Reader — Omaha‘s tiff with TIF

    1st Sky x The Reader — Omaha‘s tiff with TIF

    Omaha Reader reporter Chris Bowling joins Paul Allen IV and Buddi3 Da Gawd on 1st Sky in the morning on Nov. 8 to talk about his cover story in this month's issue of The Reader, "The Tiff with TIF." Tax increment financing is the city's greatest tool to incentivize private development, but some wonder how fair the system is.


    This show was produced by Paul Allen IV, Buddi3 Da Gawd and Richard Lewis III at Webberized studios north of downtown Omaha.

    • 47 min
    Taking Omaha for a ride: is our transit system working for everyone?

    Taking Omaha for a ride: is our transit system working for everyone?

    If you don't own a car in Omaha, getting to work, buying groceries and navigating the city becomes a lot harder. Over the summer of 2021, The Reader tasked reporter Addie Costello to ride every route in the city. From Florence to Bellevue, Westroads to Downtown, she talked with riders to hear their stories and ask a central question: is Omaha's transit system working for the people who need it most?


    The results are mixed. The buses are clean, but they're also usually empty. They get most people where they need to go, but people still need to use rideshare apps to fill in the gaps. And while Omaha's transit system is underfunded compared to nearby cities, it's attracting new "choice" riders which can help strengthen the service.


    But everyone, from riders to administrators, agrees on this: there's work that needs to be done.


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    This podcast was produced and edited by Addie Costello.


    The theme music is by Jon Rix and Chris Bowling.


     

    • 31 min

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