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Podcast from Reno featuring news, talk, events, politics and more. The host is Bob Conrad, This Is Reno's publisher and editor.

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Podcast from Reno featuring news, talk, events, politics and more. The host is Bob Conrad, This Is Reno's publisher and editor.

    Local experts answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines

    Local experts answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines

    We recently spoke with the leading experts in the Washoe County community about the COVID-19 vaccines. This discussion dispels some of the myths about the vaccines as well as covers some information that is not yet known. Our panelists were: 
    Heidi Parker, executive director of Immunize Nevada where she leads and engages a diverse coalition of staff, volunteers, member organizations and funders so they are passionate about vaccines and access to preventive health care across Nevada’s rural, urban and frontier communities.Jennifer Wheeler, chief pharmacy officer for Community Health Alliance, has been practicing pharmacy since 2002, starting as a technician and eventually graduating pharmacy school. Dr. Trudy Larson, dean at the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Larsen is on the Governor’s COVID-19 Medical Advisory Team.Heather Kerwin, epidemiology program manager for the Washoe County Health District. Much of her work is focused on deep diving into complex data and distilling it into understandable information. Dr. Marie McCormack is a family medicine physician at Northern Nevada Medical Group. She has 28-plus years of experience in family medicine and has served in various leadership roles both in market and in rural communities in Nevada.The Mask On, Move On campaign paid to advertise this event.
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    University of Nevada President Brian Sandoval: his vision and legislation affecting Nevada higher education

    University of Nevada President Brian Sandoval: his vision and legislation affecting Nevada higher education

    Former Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval took over as president of the University of Nevada last year and quickly made the decision to shut down much of the in-person instruction due to COVID-19. In this podcast, Jeri Davis and Bob Conrad ask Sandoval about what he’s been doing in the past six months as president, as well as his vision for the university’s future. He answers questions about some of the legislation affecting Nevada higher education, including a new version of a bill he vetoed as governor in 2017.



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    Dr. Alicia Barber talks development and the Powning District

    Dr. Alicia Barber talks development and the Powning District

    Reno historian, Dr. Alicia Barber, discusses with us some of the big development issues facing Reno, including what changes are planned for the Powning District. She writes The Barber Brief on Substack.
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    Cathy Woods to get $3 million settlement from City of Reno after wrongful conviction

    Cathy Woods to get $3 million settlement from City of Reno after wrongful conviction

    Cathy Woods spent more than 35 years in prison for a murder in Reno she did not commit. Michelle Mitchell, a University of Nevada student, was murdered just across from the UNR campus in 1976.
    Local prosecutors went after a woman named Cathy Woods as the main suspect. Three years after Mitchell’s murder, Woods confessed to the crime. However, she suffers from schizophrenia, and DNA evidence ultimately exonerated her. She was released from prison in 2015. 
    Evidence shows the real killer is -- likely -- Rodney Halbower, who is already serving time in prison. 

    For this episode, we speak with former Reno Police Lieutenant J. Andre Boles, who is now a true crime writer. Boles has two books about true crime in Reno, Nevada. His latest is Monster on Gypsy Hill, about the Gypsy Hill murders committed by Halbower.
    Since this interview was conducted, Woods is set to receive $3 million in a settlement with the City of Reno. Settlements have already been made with Washoe County, the State of Nevada and Shreveport, Louisiana. Total settlements will top $10 million dollars.
    Her attorney issued the following statement: 
    "Although there is no amount of money that could possibly compensate Cathy Woods for what she suffered as a result of being wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for over 35 years for a crime that she did not commit, the compensation will help her recover from this terrible ordeal."






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    Reno Reflects on Black Lives Matter

    Reno Reflects on Black Lives Matter

    Black Lives Matter is an international movement that has emerged in the Biggest Little City. BLM demonstrations have been held in the past few years, often in the wake of national incidences of violence against Black people at the hands of law enforcement. 

    On May 30, a peaceful BLM demonstration was followed by rioting and vandalizing by a much smaller group that split off from the main protest. 

    What happened in the weeks to come was the creation of art meant to depict, visually, the struggles many in the Biggest Little City face because of their skin color. 

    For this episode, Jeri Davis and Bob Conrad interview muralist Joe C. Rock about the art now covering up vandalized portions of Reno City Hall. We also hear from David Gamble Sr. as he reads from his son's essay about growing up Black in Reno.
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    Reno responds to George Floyd's death

    Reno responds to George Floyd's death

    George Floyd was killed at the hands of Minneapolis Police on May 25th. Four police officers have been charged for his death. Those charges include murder and manslaughter. 
    Floyd’s death triggered reactions around the world, including here in Reno. 

    Don Dike Anukam attended the rally reporting for This Is Reno. We hear from one of the rally organizers and go to the the Reno Police station where rioting began. Don also takes us into City Hall the morning after it faced hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages from vandals.

    Lucia Starbuck also contributed to this report.



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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Nayahchan ,

Good, informative, original content

Good listening overall. Thanks This is Reno for putting this type on content out there.

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Great podcast!

Detailed podcast, unique content

mrjerz ,

Decent, but really specific

After the first episode, the host kind of lost it. Maybe it was the second guy that carried the show. Probably, actually. They should have that guy on more often. Also, if you’re not from Reno, you should probably not listen. It’s COMPLETELY about Reno.

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