November 22, 2021
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.
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Production by Chris Bowling
Music by Jon Rix aka p0h_k (https://p0hk.bandcamp.com/)
November 9, 2021
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.
October 25, 2021
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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October 11, 2021
This week, we pick up on our conversation with Ryan Sallans and Megan Smith-Sallans to talk about why more information doesn't always mean more understanding when it comes to our gender and sexuality.
Should I say my pronouns when I'm meeting new people? How do I define myself to others? To myself? Does gender and sexuality ever get easier to understand? The answers are complicated, but Ryan and Megan offer perspective informed by a deep background of lived experience in Nebraska LGBTQ+ community.
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Host: Emma Schartz
Producer: Chris Bowling
Music: Jon Rix
Theme music: Chris Bowling and Jon Rix
September 20, 2021
In the first of our two-part talk with Ryan Sallans and Megan Smith-Sallans we dive deep into their experiences as members of Nebraska's LGBTQ+ community. The conversation spans growing up in small-town Nebraska and the journey toward coming out as a trans man, to working with families with queer children.
Learn more about Ryan Sallans and Megan Smith Sallans.
Hosted by Emma Schartz
Produced by Chris Bowling
Music by Jon Rix and Chris Bowling.
September 20, 2021
Welcome to Reader Radio. A new podcast from The Omaha Reader, Omaha's oldest alternative newspaper. With this biweekly podcast will be talking about the stories that cover news, entertainment, food and so much more.
Produced by Chris Bowling.