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Emily Treischel on Fat Acceptance and Curve NV Plus-Size Clothing Swap

Emily Treischel on Fat Acceptance and Curve NV Plus-Size Clothing Swap

October 12, 2021

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 be unhealthy based on nothing more than their appearance, being discriminated against by medical providers, or struggling to find major retailers who carry fashionable clothes that fit, there are many unique struggles for plus-size people.

On this week's episode of Renoites, Conor welcomes Emily Treischel, founder of the plus-size clothing swap Curve NV and an advocate for fat acceptance and body positivity. Conor and Emily have an informative and wide ranging conversation about the many aspects of what plus-size people experience in our society, and what we could all be doing to foster a more size-inclusive world.

Some of the topics discussed on this episode include the appropriate language to use when discussing our and other's bodies, the gender and racial elements of the body positivity movement, the role of social media in destigmatizing fat bodies, body positive events and communities, navigating the dating world as a fat person, the pluses and minuses of increased representation in mass media, weight loss surgery, and so much more.

Thank you to Emily for providing such a great overview and explanation of these important issues. Check out her plus-size clothing exchange community Curve NV on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/curve_nv/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigbeautifulbroke/

Thank you for listening!

Donald Griffin and RoMar Tolliver on Black Wall Street Reno

Donald Griffin and RoMar Tolliver on Black Wall Street Reno

October 5, 2021

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 violence ever recorded in the United States.

This week on the podcast, we welcome Donald Griffin and RoMar Tolliver. Together, they have founded Black Wall Street Reno, a nonprofit named after the original Tulsa district and guided by a mission to build up the black community in the Reno/Sparks area.

Conor, Don, and RoMar talk in this episode about the origins of Black Wall Street Reno, services they provide to the community, developing their organization based on local needs, the different approaches and effectiveness of political and direct aid organizations, sobriety and recovery from addiction, the challenges of raising funds and recruiting volunteers as a new nonprofit, Reno's racial history, spoken word poetry, creating generational wealth for black communities, teaching accurate history in schools, and a whole lot more.

Please be sure to check out Black Wall Street Reno at http://www.blackwallstreetreno.org and follow them on social media!

Thank you for listening!

Manuel Mederos on the Northern Nevada International Center and Podcasting

Manuel Mederos on the Northern Nevada International Center and Podcasting

September 28, 2021

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 International Center at nnic.org

NNIC has also recently launched a monthly podcast called DiploChatz which Manuel co-hosts and can be found on most major podcast platforms or at diplochatz.org

Conor and Manuel talk about the importance of interpretation services especially in the medical and legal realms, the difference between translation and interpretation, what makes a good interpreter, multi-lingual information for emergency preparedness, the role of interpreters in refugee resettlement, the goals of the DiploChatz podcast, Manuel's background in radio, the benefits and drawbacks of different podcast formats, and a whole lot more!

Thanks for listening!

Mayor Ed Lawson on Sparks

Mayor Ed Lawson on Sparks

September 21, 2021

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 the best person to talk about the city of Sparks- Mayor Ed Lawson!

Ed and Conor talk about what type of city Sparks is and wants to be, how the city plans to grow vertically in key areas, a lands bill 6 years in the making which may create new capacity for tens of thousands of homes, building a new road to connect Spanish Springs and the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, addressing homelessness through the use of Sparks Police Department's HOPE team and regional projects like the NV Cares Campus, Ed's role on the Community Homelessness Advisory board (CHAB), the influence (or lack thereof) of partisanship and national issues on local elections, the smells of nature while riding Harley Davidson motorcycles in the Sierras, and a whole lot more.

Thank you for listening!

Alex and Broden McClelland on Golden Owl Bookshop and Reading

Alex and Broden McClelland on Golden Owl Bookshop and Reading

September 14, 2021

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 Farmers Market in Sparks, and various other locations around town.

On this episode of Renoites, Broden and his mom Alex join Conor to talk about the creation of their mobile bookstore, but as often happens on this show, the conversation didn't stop there. Topics on this episode include the mental health and attention span benefits of readings, why we are drawn to particular genres, what goes into curating the selection for a small book store, home schooling during covid, the effects of social media on young people, alternatives to Amazon/Audible/Goodreads for buying and listening to books or tracking our reading lists, and so much more.

Huge thanks to Alex and Broden for coming on the show and for bringing a super cool mobile bookshop to Reno! You can find their schedule posted weekly on their website at http://www.goldenowlbookshop.com 

Thank you for listening!

Pete Copeland on the Great Reno Balloon Race

Pete Copeland on the Great Reno Balloon Race

September 7, 2021

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 Conor talk about the balloon event industry, how the Reno Balloon Race got started as an opening at for the Air Races, the different challenges of piloting in different parts of the country, advancements in balloon-manufacturing, the history of all the fun weird-shaped balloons, the GRBR pilot incubator program to train new pilots, partnerships with local organizations like The Children's Cabinet, and so much more!

You can learn more and prepare for the event at http://www.renoballoon.com

Thank you for listening!

Eric Henry Andersen on Local Music

Eric Henry Andersen on Local Music

August 31, 2021

Eric Henry Andersen is one of the most active, hardworking musicians in Reno. You may know him from the popular local band The Novelists, last year's Artown music video "Heartbeat to Heartbeat, Eye to Eye (From Reno with Love)" or from his work as a solo artist playing shows both on tour and here in town. He's also a recent appointee to the Reno Arts and Culture Commission. 

On this week's episode, Eric and Conor talk about what led Eric to a career as a musician, finding the balance between improving instrument skills and writing new music, working collaboratively with a band vs. working more independently, creating the Heartbeat to Heartbeat music video during a pandemic, monetizing creative work through Patreon or other patron-supported models, Burning Man's influence on Reno's arts culture,  Reno music venues and what's missing from that landscape, and so much more!

You can find Eric's music and upcoming appearances on his website at http://erichenryandersen.com and check him out on music streaming services. 

Thanks for listening!

Alex Stettinski on the Downtown Reno Partnership

Alex Stettinski on the Downtown Reno Partnership

August 24, 2021

You've probably seen the Reno Ambassadors rolling around on their Segways downtown, giving directions and checking on businesses and generally tasked with keeping the streets of Downtown Reno clean and safe. They're a part of the Downtown Reno Partnership, a Business Improvement District (BID) tasked with improving Downtown Reno. But what is a BID and how does it work?

On this week's episode of Renoites, we welcome Alex Stettinski, the executive director of the Downtown Reno Partnership. Alex moved to Reno to lead the organization when it began 3 years ago. He relocated from the Los Angeles area, where he's long worked on BIDs and neighborhood organizations which have had a large impact in improving various LA-area communities.

Conor and Alex talk about the purpose of Business Improvement Districts and how they work, who is paying for the services they provide, the tangible benefits of property assessments vs taxes, the impact of the Downtown Partnership on the number of police calls, why the Ambassadors are well suited to build relationships with and provide resources to unhoused people, changing the public perception of downtown, the important of place-making projects like the recently completed Locomotion Plaza, and much more!

You can learn more about the Downtown Reno Partnership and subscribe to their newsletter at downtownreno.org

Thank you for listening! Go spend some time and money downtown!

Yvette Cantu Schneider on “Pray Away” and the Ex-Gay Movement

Yvette Cantu Schneider on “Pray Away” and the Ex-Gay Movement

August 17, 2021

Netflix recently released the documentary "Pray Away," the story of the religious belief that it's possible or desirable to "convert" LGBTQ people to heterosexuality. The story is told by the former leaders of that movement, who have since spoken out against ex-gay ministry and churches that still fail to affirm the gender and sexual orientation of their members.

One of those former leaders featured in the film is Yvette Cantu Schneider, who rose to lead women's ministry at Exodus International, the large umbrella organization of the ex-gay movement in the United States. Since leaving Exodus over a decade ago, before it was shuttered in 2013, Yvette has worked with GLAAD and other organizations to push for more affirming churches.

Conor and Yvette discuss her path from being out and proud and not religious into being a leader of the Christian ex-gay movement, tactics her organization and others used to control people, the physical toll of anxiety and PTSD from leading an inauthentic life,  the media that gave endless airtime to ex-gay groups, why it's actually the churches that need to change, and so much more.

Please watch Pray Away, now streaming on Netflix.

Thank you for listening!

 

 

Additional Resources - Please have a look, especially if you or anybody you know attends a church that tells you it's wrong to be yourself:

https://www.prayawayfilm.com/resources 

Jolene Cook on Reno Local Food Week and GrowingNV.com

Jolene Cook on Reno Local Food Week and GrowingNV.com

August 10, 2021

On this week's episode, Conor welcomes Jolene Cook! Formerly a manager of the Great Basin Community Co-op, current board member of Reno Food Systems, and creator of Reno Local Food Week and GrowingNV.com. Jolene is passionate about local food and building community here in Reno.

Conor and Jolene begin the episode with Jolene's story of how she realized the importance of healthy food in her own life and information about local food and the 3rd annual Reno Local Food Week (which begins August 15), but soon expand into a wide-ranging conversation to discuss so much more.

Topics include creating community through the use of social media technology but without the algorithms and ads, the power of farmers markets to demystify and normalize shopping local, the trap of being a perfectionist and the benefits of embracing failures as lessons, the numbers behind creating sustainable local food systems, the role restaurants can play in promoting local food, the importance of having pride in the place you live, and much more!

Thank you so much for listening!

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