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Our Town Reno

Reynolds Media Lab

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With audio postcards from the streets, and inspiring interviews with community activists and heroes of Reno, we address issues of homelessness, the disappearance of public space, gentrification and the value of helping each other out from our base in Reno, Nevada. We do live reporting, micro storytelling and spoken word. As we face an affordable housing crisis, what happens to our most vulnerable? We also feature #keeprenorad musicians and artists. #Helpeachother is our motto.
 
Lakewood, N.J. was once a small, quaint resort town nestled away on the tip of Ocean County. Over the years it’s unprecedented growth resulted in it evolving into the largest hub of Torah Jewry as we know it today. Join Meir for fascinating conversations with the selfless community leaders whom with great efforts transformed Lakewood from just a small town.. into Our Town!
 
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Sound of Our Town

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Sound of Our Town is a travel podcast about the music in the next town you visit: Where to go to hear and experience the best music and why; what sounds shaped that city or town’s culture and what new sounds continue to define it. Produced in the single-voice narrative style, mixed with select interviews, the show will emphasize original music to drive the stories. This isn't a music show. It’s a show about travel. About wanders. Free spirits. Whether you are quickly dropping in and jumping ...
 
What lies in the heart of Sacramento? Do you really know what goes on in this thriving city? Have you ever wondered what it‘s like living here? Welcome to Our Town, where we connect you closer to Sacramento! This podcast is proudly presented by The Chris Kennedy Team at Reliant Lending (Instagram & Facebook @thechriskennedyteam). We will be covering everything from what attracted leaders to Sacramento, what kept locals here in this growing town, business insider talks, real estate & mortgage ...
 
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Slovenly Records and Sticker Guy are teaming up with Spitting Image and Austin Pratt to release their first Reno punk album. Our episode includes songs from Full Sun and discussions about the local punk scene, punk influences, gentrification, the lack of venues and the value of hard work.Di Nico Colombant
 
Lynette Eddy, the founder of the Eddy House, to help street young adults in Reno, Nevada, recently published a new book called The Fight Inside, Winning the Battle Between Your Ego and True Spirit. She shares how her own life, full of turbulence and tragedy, has guided her own path doing good for society, and how the Eddy House has grown since it w…
 
Anwar, 24, a 2021 transfer, is the only Afghan student pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. When Anwar first came to the United States in 2019, he still had plans to go back to his country and help explore the mineral wealth there. However, when the Taliban took over in 2021, his dreams of g…
 
Chris Reynolds has owned and operated numerous Cold Stones in Reno since February 2003, but the one in the former Shoppers Square, now the Reno Public Market, has been his most successful. He hopes the new space will bring in new customers without losing the regulars. After a lengthy construction process and tough adjustments during the pandemic, h…
 
Jessica and Joseph Daylover, a polyamorous couple, are influencers in Reno who promote and practice polyamory while raising a family. With reporter Kingkini Sengupta, they discuss their path into polyamory, their challenges, their rewards and people’s reactions, including from their own families.Di Nico Colombant
 
“We’re looking for businesses with heart,” Donna Walden says of her drive to make our area greener, by looking for partnerships with local businesses to lessen their environmental damage. “They care about sustainability, they want to know what more they can do to help keep Nevada beautiful for future generations.” On this episode, Gaia Osborne talk…
 
“I had grandparents or grandmothers that were in their nineties and even 103 and it just seemed like, it's nice to be able to help folks that don't have the ability physically, maybe financially to live comfortably and safely. And so it seemed like a good, a good fit,” says Katie Pace of becoming executive director of an organization which has its …
 
Many mental health issues that people face as adults result from traumas they faced as a child. Christopher Conway, 56, a therapist, decided to address this problem by creating a foundation based out of Reno that helps people facing such traumas to open up about their experiences and receive resources to be able to manage them. Conway started the N…
 
As part of a series on local entrepreneurs, Jacob Kostuchowski interviews Kyle Jennings and Bradley Linde, the owners and operators of local coffee shop, Buzzed Coffee. Jennings and Linde talk about the community and culture they want to foster, marketing strategies and more on this week's episode of the Our Town Reno Podcast.…
 
As a special treat, we're honored to introduce and share our space with kindred spirits from the podcast VANISHING POSTCARDS. It's an award-winning show created and hosted by actor, singer, and travel guide Evan Stern, who left NYC to return to his native Texas during the pandemic in order to—as he says—"shine a light on a few of the spaces and tra…
 
We're excited to announce that SOUND OF OUR TOWN will be back for Season 2! Stay tuned for details of where we're headed next. In the meantime, as you heard in the Season 1 finale, we've been hitting the road to talk to some of our favorite creators and musicians about their favorite cities and musical moments. This week, we talk to EVAN STERN of t…
 
Reno’s Victoria Scott, a scientist-turned-writer, is capturing some of Reno’s skyline and signage in her photography. After a career as a software engineer working at NASA, Scott came out as a transgender woman during the pandemic. Scott found going back in person to the Houston office and explaining this unappealing. With a few years moonlighting …
 
Starting with an extension card hooked up to a mini-fridge in their front yard, Claire Holden didn’t let the daunting size of Reno’s vulnerable population stop them from helping feed the community the best way they could. The Biggest Little Free Pantry program is a mutual aid network that acts as a tool for the community to take care of itself. Lis…
 
Sue Smith, a former Ward 4 City Council member in Reno from 1987 to 1991, enjoys the UNR campus where she used to be a student, the beautiful fall weather we’ve been having in October, the local arts and theatre community, and so many aspects of the Biggest Little City, but there is one current negative amid all these positives: she believes our lo…
 
Kendra Bertschy, a local criminal public defense attorney running for Reno Justice Court, Department 2, remembers the decisive moment that propelled her into compassionate commitments, including helping foster kids and troubled youths, both as a volunteer and in her work. She pauses though, before answering, during our outdoor interview, with the T…
 
In the Season One finale, host Will Dailey interviews his pals Rhett Miller, Busy Philips, and Oompa on their favorite places, concerts, and music towns, while reflecting on Season One's journey through American music, the cultural ties that bind us together, and our pursuit of that elusive vibe, SWB. (Plus: bloopers!) To hear the artists mentioned…
 
A city of history and mystery, Philly draws music from its soul and soul from its musical heritage. Its roots — and its Roots — spring from a lineage that embraces jazz, rock, hip-hop, funk, R&B, and punk. In this episode, host Will Dailey rides the lightning on a behind-the-scenes tour of the musicians, venues, and stories that make the Illadelph …
 
Where there is generational tragedy, there are also heroes and a community building harmony and repairing fractures through music. In this episode, host Will Dailey guides you on a trip from a town engulfed in terror to a city repairing itself one song at a time, either with the Shakespeare of songwriting or a community invested in the power of mus…
 
The Northern Nevada Literacy Council is a non-profit organization aiming to help raise literacy rates in Nevada, which also offers free access to a program that helps adults get their high-school equivalency, regardless of how much education they already have. “I say it's never too late,” Adrienne Santiago, Executive Director of the NNLC, said. “I …
 
From Lightnin' Hopkins to Destiny's Child, Houston has long been a bottomless well of American music and memory. Host Will Dailey introduces you to the big sounds and bigger stories that bring Houston to life, from Steve Earle's run-in with Townes Van Zandt to a murder mystery it took a guitar master to solve. Go behind the scenes and take a stroll…
 
The Access for Community and Cultural Education Programs & Trainings (ACCEPT) is a non-profit organization in Northern Nevada specializing in health education and services for clients with HIV, and now also helping other marginalized communities. Founded after the tragic death of two men due to AIDS, the group has been serving the Northern Nevada a…
 
NOTE: If you haven’t listened to Part 1—start there, or this could get awkward.) On Part Two of a special two-part episode of SOOT, host Will Dailey explores another side of Los Angeles—a city of contradictions and contrasts, some incidental, others man-made. Some folks come to California to find gold, literal and otherwise. But some of the gold is…
 
Reno City Council selected Kathleen Taylor, but there was another candidate much more representative of current issues of concern, such as protecting abortion rights and speaking for the working class amid an affordable housing crisis. Kingkini Sengupta interviews Jakki Duron, who was unhoused herself as a teenager, and was willing to represent tho…
 
Loving LA is just as much about being here as it is about missing home. Even if you’re from here, this is a city about longing, nostalgia, and a certain kind of sadness only entertainment cities really know. Los Angeles itself is practically a song, its stories told on repeat, the sun-powered myth illuminating the myths behind studio sessions from …
 
Painter Zoe Bray explains her pursuits in fostering eco-art and reaching back to her Basque heritage in Reno. “You don't need all this artificial stuff, but you have the most amazing nature around you and get yourself familiarized with that, and learn to care about your environment in the process. And so I think that's empowering to both children a…
 
Music, like water, is the lifeblood of civilization. In this episode, host Will Dailey guides you on a trip through space and time, taking you behind the scenes of the city’s most vibrant venues — all while tracing the stories of iconic rockers like Meat Puppets and Jimmy Eat World back through desert wanderers like Waylon Jennings and Lee Hazelwoo…
 
Remi Jourdan has been busy all summer preparing the musical portion of the Sept 8-11 Reno Tahoe International Art Show, in its first edition, with stages at the Reno Sparks Convention Center, a special night at Cargo and a gala at the Nevada Museum of Art. He's also behind Tunetrax a global platform for musicians and their fans. In this episode, he…
 
Hippies to Hip Hop, we are all connected man. One thing is for sure, the South has something to say. On this episode, host Will Dailey heads south to explore a city that’s been dubbed the Capitol of Hip Hop. While Atlanta’s musicians and song makers top the billboard charts, it’s the deep and rich soil of the cities history and culture that has all…
 
In a city often overshadowed by its headliners and biggest stages—from Aerosmith and Donna Summer to the Garden and Fenway Park—you can find its heartbeat on the unlikely paths and byways cleared by the its poets and troubadors, from Jonathan Richman to Morphine’s Mark Sandman. On this episode, host Will Dailey returns to his hometown for an inside…
 
From jazz, gangsters, and bootlegging to the birth of house music, Chicago is that most American of cities—maintaining an uneasy but thrilling equilibrium between the visible and the underground. Host Will Dailey gives you an insider’s look at the stories behind the places that define Chicago’s musical legacy. To hear the artists mentioned in this …
 
Band members found a book called “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius. In the book there was a sentence that said “the kiss of charity”. They changed the name to Charity Kiss.While the band has been able to form a good following here in Reno, the band’s ultimate goal is to relocate to Los Angeles.“We’ve established a lot here in Reno and we love it her…
 
Host Will Dailey takes you on a musical tour of Asbury Park, New Jersey: the working-class, seaside city Springsteen made famous. But there was an Asbury before Bruce—the Asbury that made Bruce—and its history isn't all sun and sand. It's also a story of racism, injustice, and deadly tides. But also an American story of survival, revival, and redem…
 
J Gip has had many brushes with depression and death, but he's lived to tell his tales with hip hop. He wanted to share his ordeals with our music reporter Jaden Urban to show hope is possible even in the bleakest of moments. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours in English, Spanish. Call 800-273-8255 for any urgent situati…
 
In our series premiere, host Will Dailey takes you on a musical tour of Portland, Maine—the city Elvis was preparing to play on the night his reign came to an ignominious end. Some musicians couldn’t find it on a map. But the allure and beauty of Portland is that it doesn’t need you to know where it is. It already has everything it needs, whether y…
 
Welcome to Sound of Our Town, a new kind of travel and music podcast experience. Each episode explores a different city through its unique music culture—from the best venues and tales of local heroes, to the neighborhoods and communities where new styles thrive. Your guide is host Will Dailey, a veteran indie troubadour who invites you to experienc…
 
Louis Bubala, a local Reno lawyer specializing in bankruptcies, remembers how he started volunteering with Friends of Nevada Wilderness in 2004, a moment which would set his path for countless more hours of helping preserve the region’s ecosystem. Listen to podcast interview with Our Town Reno reporter Kingkini Sengupta to find out more about his e…
 
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