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Riverside Chats is a series of conversations hosted by Tom Knoblauch and Maria Corpuz exploring culture of all kinds, broadcast from the Heartland. Topics include politics, film, business, history, music, and much, more more. Support this podcast:… read more

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141. Matt Wynn on the State of Journalism in the Social Media Age and Using the News to Build Community

March 24th, 2023


In 2023, journalism exists in this precarious space, driven by clicks and corporate ownership and punditry–none of which are new, but, in the social media age, what constitutes news at all has become a source of …

140. Michael Griffin on '27 Club' and Merging the Hard Questions with Comedy

March 19th, 2023


Many episodes of this show grapple with the question of how to get people to care about issues and to inform themselves? Or really how do you get them to want to when they can instead find limitless entertainment all …

139. The Past, Present, and Future of Public Transportation with Metro Transit's Lauren Cencic and Nicole Ebat

March 13th, 2023


It’s been two-and-a-half years since Metro Transit began operating the ORBT bus system on Dodge Street. Now, the service is approaching a milestone: its one-millionth rider. The occasion comes at an interesting time for …

138. The Magic of Live Music with the Omaha Symphony's Maestro Ankush Kumar Bahl and VP of Artistic Administration Dani Meier

March 3rd, 2023


Music is everywhere. It’s hard to imagine that there was a point where you couldn’t constantly listen to music, a time before recordings of music …

137. Sean Doolittle on the Cultural Fascination with Billionaires, the Urge to Disconnect, and His New Novel 'Device Free Weekend'

February 26th, 2023


Billionaires are all over our media right now, such as HBO's The White Lotus or recent hit films like Knives Out and Glass Onion, which combine the …

136. Meridith Dillon on the Impacts of Housing Injustice and the Possibility of Safe Housing for All

February 12th, 2023


Meridith Dillon is the executive director of Front Porch Investments, which was founded in 2021 to work toward affordable housing solutions in Omaha. …

135. Wes Dodge Gives an Overview of the Current Debates and Proposals at the Nebraska State Legislature

February 5th, 2023


The Nebraska State Legislature is back in session. This is often a chaotic moment where it can be difficult have a good sense of what the agendas at …

134. Jon Lauck on the Overlooked Cultural Story and Influence of the Midwest

January 27th, 2023


This show is ostensibly about the Midwest. The culture we create. The culture we consume. The way culture leads to art, to politics, and to history. …

133. Keith Rodger on the History and Promise of the Omaha Music Scene

January 21st, 2023


Keith Rodger is a musician, producer and audio engineer who performs as Kethro. Rodger has made a name for himself in the music industry while based in his hometown of Omaha. In 2014, he started touring as an engineer …

132. Mixed Media Artist Jeff Sedrel on Art's Efficacy and the Eternal Appeal of Flowers

January 13th, 2023


Mixed media artist Jeff Sedrel has a series of floral paintings in an exhibition at the Garden of the Zodiac Gallery through January 29. He was a …

131. Ja Keen Fox Proposes a Philosophy of Romantic Activism to Overcome Political Stasis

January 6th, 2023


If you’ve been listening to Riverside Chats for a while, you’ve heard conversations with a lot of people running for office. Some of them got elected. A lot didn’t. The kind of people who want this platform, to have an …

130. Jody Keisner on Channeling Anxiety, Ritual, and Identity into Memoir in ‘Under My Bed’

December 16th, 2022


Jody Keisner’s new memoir Under My Bed is an exploration of anxiety, control, fear, and ritual. Keisner teaches at the University of Nebraska at …

129. Tim Guthrie on Craft, Boredom, and Art as a Gateway to Critical Thinking

December 11th, 2022


Tim Guthrie is a visual artist, art professor at Creighton, and an award winning filmmaker. His work has been included in collections at the Boise …

128. Charles Kay Jr. on the American Dream, Identity, and His Exhibition 'Unseen: Emerging from the Currents of Assimilation'

December 3rd, 2022


Charles Kay Jr. is a first-generation Thai-American visual artist whose work explores assimilation, identity and the American Dream. Kay’s parents immigrated from Thailand in the 1960s and anglicized their names to fit …

127. Edible Landscaper Aaron Urbanski on Embracing Nature Starting with Your Yard

November 27th, 2022


We talk about the climate crisis a lot on this show and a common theme that comes up is not just that we need to hope for miracle cures but that we need to rethink our relationship with the natural world. But what does …

126. Matthew Wurstner on the Likely Legal Outcomes of Student Loan Forgiveness

November 18th, 2022


A lot of waves have been made in the past decade regarding student loans and the sometimes predatory nature of higher education. It has become a common refrain among Democrats to support varying degrees of student loan …

125. Kurt Andersen on America's Inherent Pull toward Fantasyland, the Evil Geniuses Who Weaponize It, and a Future Diverged from the Status Quo

November 12th, 2022


Many episodes of this show grapple with the perhaps unanswerable question: why is America the way it is? Is there something inherent in American …

124. A Guide to Ballot Initiatives 433 with Terrell McKinney and 432 with Heather Engdahl

October 30th, 2022


Ballot initiatives can be a pain to read and to put in context, so today's show is an in-depth look at two of the initiatives on this year's ballot, 433 and 432: their scope, the reasons why they made the ballot, and …

123. Deborah Neary Explains What the Nebraska State Board of Education Does, What It Doesn't Do, and What She Hopes for in a Second Term

October 20th, 2022


Last year, a petition circulated which would replace the Nebraska State Board of Education, Education Commissioner, and Nebraska Department of …

122. Matthew Wurstner Explains Ballot Initiatives, the History Behind Them, and How They're Weaponized

October 9th, 2022


If you’ve ever voted before, you probably were really excited or scared about a couple of candidates at the top of the ballot. We talk all the time on this show about how a healthy democracy requires some investment in …

121. Chip Davis on ‘Convoy,’ Mannheim Steamroller, and Creating Space for Art

October 2nd, 2022


Chip Davis has been making music for over five decades, scoring his first chart-topper in 1976 with "Convoy," the song he co-wrote with Bill Fries. He was named Country Music Writer of the Year in 1976 and of course …

120. Rachel Gibson and Sarah Smolen on Navigating the Culture War over Public Education

September 23rd, 2022


The culture war these days is heavily focused on schools, with many prominent elected officials in Nebraska calling for defunding public education in …

119. Wes Dodge on the Benefits of Ranked Choice Voting and the Dangers of Dark Money

September 17th, 2022


Wes Dodge is on the boards for Rank the Vote Nebraska, Common Cause Nebraska, Represent Us Omaha, and Non-Partisan Nebraska. He sees the possibility …

118. Lisa Knopp on Redemption, Capital Punishment, and Her New Book ‘From Your Friend, Carey Dean: Letters from Nebraska’s Death Row'

September 8th, 2022


Dr. Lisa Knopp teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and has written several books, including Bread, What the River Carries, and Field of Vision. Her latest book is From Your Friend, Carey …

117. Nebraska State Legislature Candidate Cindy Maxwell-Ostdiek on the Benefits of Nonpartisan Governing

August 27th, 2022


Cindy Maxwell-Ostdiek is an independent candidate running to represent District 4 on Nebraska's State Legislature. She is the president of Rank the Vote Nebraska and serves on the advisory board for Nonpartisan Nebraska

116. Graham Christensen on Using Regeneration to Combat Climate Change

August 20th, 2022


A common concern expressed on this show is about not just the climate crisis but the seeming inability that we have to talk about existential risks like global warming because so much of our bandwidth is taken up by the …

115. Nebraska State Legislature Candidate Sarah Slattery Pitches a Vision of Government by and for the Average Citizen

August 14th, 2022


Sarah Slattery is running to represent district 2 in the Nebraska State Legislature, a seat currently held by Senator Robert Clements. She tells her story to Tom Knoblauch along with her vision for a legislature that …

114. Alex Jochim and Zach Schmieder on 10 Years of BFF and What to Expect at Petfest

August 6th, 2022


You may or may not know that this show began as a series of live conversations in Benson, before transitioning into a podcast that was recorded at Petshop for almost a year. Petshop is the headquarters for BFF, also …

113. Matthew Wurstner on Nebraska's Tax Climate and Why You Should Care

July 30th, 2022


Matthew Wurstner returns to discuss everyone’s favorite subject: taxes. Earlier this year, the Nebraska State Legislature passed what Governor Ricketts called the biggest tax relief measures in Nebraska history. Taxes …

112. OPS School Board Candidate Bri Full on Ensuring a Stable, Successful Future for Omaha Education

July 23rd, 2022


Bri Full is a candidate for the Omaha Public School Board to represent Subdistrict 2. Full is an active community organizer and policy advisor at the …

111. Joe Pera Talks with Tom

July 15th, 2022


Joe Pera is an comedian, actor, and the creator of the beloved Adult Swim show Joe Pera Talks with You, which just aired its third and final season …

110. Filmmaker Dan Mirvish on ‘18 ½’ and the Legacy of Watergate

July 9th, 2022


Dan Mirvish is an award winning filmmaker and co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival. His films include Omaha The Movie, Open House, Between Us, and Bernard and Huey. His new film is 18 ½, a Watergate thriller and …

109. Eileen Wirth on 'The Women Who Built Omaha' and the Stability of Progress

June 26th, 2022


Eileen Wirth is professor emeritus of journalism at Creighton University and the author of several books including From Society to Front Page: Nebraska Women in Journalism and A History Lover’s Guide to Omaha. Her …

108. Erik Larson on Processing the Present Through History and His New Ghost Story 'No One Goes Alone'

June 17th, 2022


Erik Larson is the author of bestselling historical nonfiction like The Devil in the White City, The Splendid and the Vile, and In the Garden of Beasts. Today he talks with Tom Knoblauch about how he uses history to …

107. Actor/Writer Katie Otten on Her Series 'Inner Worlds' and the Appeal of Personas

June 10th, 2022


Katie Otten is an actor and writer who has worked with just about every local filmmaker and has just launched her first web series called Inner …

105. Randy Nogg on 'Reefer Madness 2' and Bringing Hollywood to the Heartland

May 19th, 2022


Randy Nogg currently runs the talent agency Actors Etc. Limited and its entertainment division Theater-To-Go. He previously lived in LA where he produced the film Reefer Madness 2, which is now available on Amazon …

104. Matthew Wurstner on the Origin of Nebraska's Unicameral System

May 13th, 2022


Matthew Wurstner returns to the show for a history of Nebraska's unique system of governance: the unicameral. The unicameral has only one legislative house, an idea that was proposed and fought for by U.S. Sen. George …

103. Congressional Candidate Alisha Shelton on Bringing a New Perspective to the House of Representatives

April 15th, 2022


Alisha Shelton is running to represent Nebraska’s Second Congressional District in the House of Representatives–a seat currently held by incumbent Don Bacon. Today she talks with Tom Knoblauch about what motivated her …

102. OPPD Board of Directors Candidate Craig Moody Envisions a Climate Friendly Omaha

April 10th, 2022


Craig Moody was elected to the Omaha Public Power District in 2016, served as board chair in 2020, and currently serves as the chair of the board’s governance committee. Today he talks with Tom Knoblauch about his story …

101. Congressional Candidate Jazari Kual Zakaria on a Truly Representative Legislative Body

April 1st, 2022


Jazari Kual Zakaria is in the middle of a congressional campaign to represent Nebraska’s First Congressional District in the House of Representatives, a seat held by Republican Jeff Fortenberry for nearly two decades …

100. Congressional Candidate Patty Pansing Brooks Pitches a Vision of Compassionate Government

March 25th, 2022


Nebraska State Senator Patty Pansing Brooks talks with Tom Knoblauch about her upbringing, the formation of her worldview, what working in the Nebraska Legislature has taught her about the process of governing, and how …

99. Dawaune Lamont Hayes on Omaha's Downtown Library and an Alternate Vision for the Space

March 20th, 2022


Earlier this year, Mayor Jean Stothert announced intentions to give the land where Omaha's downtown library sits to Mutual of Omaha so they can build a new headquarters roughly 20 streets away from their current …

98. Yanqi Xu on How Alvo's Huge Tire Pile Led to a Crisis of Democracy

March 13th, 2022


Alvo is a small town of about 115 between Omaha and Lincoln. The kind of place you probably haven’t ever thought about unless you live near it. The …

97. OPPD Director Eric Williams on Nebraska's Climate Action Plan and Path to a Carbon Neutral Future

March 6th, 2022


Vice Chair of the OPPD Board of Directors Eric Williams is in conversation with Tom Knoblauch about Nebraska's coordinated plan to address the climate crisis by transitioning to primary reliance on renewable energy and …

96. Women's Fund of Omaha Executive Director Jo Giles on Envisioning and Implementing Equity

February 26th, 2022


Jo Giles is the executive director of the Women’s Fund of Omaha, which addresses gender-based inequities in our community through collaboration that …

95. Terri Sanders on the Legacy and Future of the Omaha Star

February 4th, 2022


Terry Sanders, publisher of the Omaha Star, is in conversation with Tom Knoblauch on today's show exploring the legacy of the institution as a good news-based model of journalism. The Omaha Star was founded in 1938 by …

94. Joel Damon and Josh Powell on Curation, Art Culture, and Project Project

January 29th, 2022


Joel Damon and Josh Powell founded and curate Project Project: an independent contemporary arts space in South Omaha. Project Project hosts new visual art exhibitions on the second Friday of every month as well as …

93. Douglas County Attorney Candidate Dave Pantos on the Root Causes of Crime and Impartiality in the Courts

January 23rd, 2022


Dave Pantos served as Executive Director of the Legal Aid program in Nebraska, ran several congressional campaigns, and teaches law and policy at the …

92. Adam Nayman on 'David Fincher: Mind Games'

January 16th, 2022


Adam Nayman is a critic at The Ringer and Cinema Scope and he is also the author of The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Room Together and

91. Dr. Lydia Kang on 'Patient Zero: A Curious History of the World's Worst Diseases'

January 8th, 2022


Lydia Kang practices internal medicine at Nebraska Medicine and has written several novels including Opium and Absynthe, The Impossible Girl, The …

90. Paul B. Allen IV on 1st Sky Omaha, Benson Theatre, and the Difference Between Passion and Ambition

December 18th, 2021


Paul B. Allen IV runs the Allen Showcase Media Group building teams for media operations like Mind and Soul 101.3 or 1st Sky Omaha. Allen comes from …

88. Paul Hammel on the Indictment of Representative Jeff Fortenberry / Critic Jared Charles on the Holiday Season's Notable Films

December 4th, 2021


Omaha World Herald reporter Paul Hammel explains the recent federal indictment against Representative Jeff Fortenberry. Forteberry has represented …

87. Congressional Candidate Tony Vargas on Teaching, Effective Communication, and a Vision for America

November 27th, 2021


Nebraska State Senator Tony Vargas, who is currently running to represent Nebraska’s Second Congressional District in the House of Representatives, talks with Tom Knoblauch about his upbringing, how teaching influenced …

86. Matthew Wurstner on the History of Legal Challenges to School Curriculum

November 21st, 2021


Matthew Wurstner, our resident historian, returns to the show to talk with Tom Knoblauch about the history of legal challenges to school curriculum …

85. Flatwater Free Press Executive Editor Matthew Hansen on the Impacts of Independent Local Journalism

November 13th, 2021


Matthew Hansen chats with Tom Knoblauch about his journey in journalism, from interviewing Dick Cavett to his column at the Omaha World Herald to now …

84. Laurel Heer Dale and Michael Milone on the Eviction Crisis and the Tenant Assistance Project

November 6th, 2021


Laurel Heer Dale and Michael Milone chat with Tom Knoblauch about the current eviction crisis and how they're addressing it through the Tenant Assistance Project--also known as TAP. The program offers free legal …

83. Senator Megan Hunt on Progress in the Unicameral

October 31st, 2021


Nebraska State Senator Megan Hunt represents the 8th legislative district in Omaha, consisting of Dundee, Benson, and Keystone. Tom last spoke with Senator Hunt after she had wrapped up her first year in the legislature …

82. James Han Mattson on Fear as Entertainment and His New Novel 'Reprieve'

October 24th, 2021


Author James Han Mattson talks with Tom Knoblauch about his new novel Reprieve: a literary novel of social horror centered around a brutal killing …

81. Gus von Roenn on Omaha Permaculture and Rethinking Sustainable Lifestyles

October 15th, 2021


Gus von Roenn, founder of Omaha Permaculture, talks with Tom Knoblauch about his journey and vision of cities teeming with permaculture gardens where …

80. Aarron Schurevich on Debate and the Possibility of Persuasion

October 7th, 2021


Aarron Schurevich tells his story about how he got wrapped into the world of competitive debate, coached debate for nearly a decade, and why he can't let it go. He and Tom Knoblauch reflect on how debate permeates our …

78. Jeffrey Koterba on Political Cartoons and the Importance of Satire

September 26th, 2021


Jeffrey Koterba, political cartoonist and author, is in conversation with Tom Knoblauch about the current state of journalism and the importance of …

77. Matthew Wurstner on the History of the Presidential Pardon

September 20th, 2021


Matthew Wurstner talks with Tom Knoblauch about the history of the presidential pardon and how its evolution leaves big questions for our country …

76. Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar on 'You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism'

September 8th, 2021


Both Omaha natives, you probably know Amber Ruffin as the host of The Amber Ruffin Show. Her sister Lacey Lamar still lives in Omaha where she has worked in the healthcare and human services field for more than …

75. Senator John Cavanaugh on Meaningful Conversations and Progress in the Nebraska State Legislature

August 30th, 2021


Nebraska State Senator John Cavanaugh is in conversation with Tom Knoblauch about growing up with a dad who served in the House of Representatives, how he shaped his worldview, and the tricky business of trying to bring …

74. Adam Fletcher Sasse on North Omaha History

August 20th, 2021


Adam Fletcher-Sasse talks with Tom Knoblauch about compiling North Omaha History through articles, a podcast, and several books which are available …

73. Film Streams Executive Director Deirdre Haj

August 13th, 2021


Film Streams Executive Director Deirdre Haj talks with Tom Knoblauch about her relationship to the film industry and her vision for Film Streams as a …

72. Author Timothy Schaffert on 'The Perfume Thief'

August 9th, 2021


Timothy Schaffert is in conversation with Tom Knoblauch about his journey as an author and his new novel The Perfume Thief. A Gentleman in Moscow

71. Dakota Smith AKA Bobo Jiggs on Identity, Photography, and 'Still-Lives'

July 31st, 2021


Dakota Smith AKA Bobo Jiggs talks with Tom Knoblauch about his new photography installation "Still-Lives," a study of relationships between pairs of seemingly unrelated photographs, which can be seen at the next Benson …

70. Maha Festival Executive Director Lauren Martin

July 23rd, 2021


Lauren Martin, executive director of the Maha Festival talks with Tom Knoblauch about her story and the evolution of Maha. This year’s festival is on …

69. Maria Corpuz on Local Activism, Journalism, and 'Nite Caps'

July 16th, 2021


Maria Corpuz talks with Tom Knoblauch about local activism, journalism, and hosting the live late night show Nite Caps at OutrSpaces through significant personal and societal shifts over the past few years. 

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68. Author Tyler J. Kelley on 'Holding Back the River: The Struggle Against Nature on America's Waterways'

July 11th, 2021


Author and Documentarian Tyler J. Kelley talks about his new book Holding Back the River: The Struggle Against Nature on America's Waterways, a …

67. Maggie Wood and Cammy Watkins on Inclusive Communities and Becoming Antiracist

July 2nd, 2021


Inclusive Communities executive director Maggie Wood and deputy director Cammy Watkins talk about discrimination in Omaha--its causes, its effects, and ways organizations like theirs work to address it going forward. 

66. Activist Ja Keen Fox on Political Persuasion and a Vision for Omaha

June 23rd, 2021


Racial equity consultant Ja Keen Fox tells his story and theory of persuasion as he works to bring a progressive vision to Omaha.

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65. Journalist Leah Cates on 'Queer Nebraska: A Timeline'

June 17th, 2021


Leah Cates writes for The Reader and compiled Queer Nebraska: A Timeline, which commemorates milestones in LGBTQ Nebraska history as part of The Reader’s Pride feature and seeks to broadcast voices from Nebraska’s …

64. Matthew Wurstner on Policing as an Institution

May 17th, 2021


Attorney Matthew Wurstner returns to the show to discuss the constitutional obligations of the police and its formation as an institution--as well as …

63. Filmmakers Brent Scott Maze and Derek Maze on 'La Flamme Rouge'

April 12th, 2021


Filmmakers Brent Scott Maze and Derek Maze discuss their new film, La Flamme Rouge, which was filmed in Fremont and recently played at the Omaha Film Festival.

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62. Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert

April 5th, 2021


Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert tells her story and vision for a third term.

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61. Omaha City Council Candidate Sarah Johnson

March 22nd, 2021


Sarah Johnson tells her vision for Omaha and why she felt compelled to run to represent District 1 on Omaha's City Council to switch up the status quo.

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60. Omaha City Council Candidate Jen Bauer

March 15th, 2021


Jen Bauer tells her life story, from childhood dreams of joining the Supreme Court to her current campaign to represent District 3 on Omaha's City Council.

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59. Omaha City Council Candidate Sarah Smolen

February 15th, 2021


Sarah Smolen tells her story as an Omaha educator running to represent District 4 on Omaha's City Council.

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58. Omaha Mayoral Candidate RJ Neary

February 8th, 2021


RJ Neary discusses his vision for the city, including thinking bigger and addressing the interconnected nature of issues holding Omaha back from …

57. Author Ross Benes on 'Rural Rebellion: How Nebraska Became a Republican Stronghold'

February 1st, 2021


Author Ross Benes discusses his new book, Rural Rebellion: How Nebraska Became a Republican Stronghold--including the past 30 years moving Nebraska …

56. Omaha Mayoral Candidate Jasmine Harris

January 25th, 2021


Jasmine Harris tells her vision of shifting Omaha from stagnation to progress by addressing the interconnected nature of the city's problems from transportation to communication to health and more.

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55. Omaha Mayoral Candidate and Educator Mark Gudgel

January 18th, 2021


Omaha educator and mayoral candidate Mark Gudgel discusses his vision for the city and the future of politics in America.

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54. Omaha Mayoral Candidate and NOISE Founder Dawaune Lamont Hayes

January 11th, 2021


NOISE founder Dawaune Lamont Hayes discusses his vision for changing Omaha to meet his ambitions, now including a run for mayor.

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53. Matthew Wurstner on the Stolen Election of 1876

December 21st, 2020


Matthew Wurstner tells the history of America's stolen election, rife with fraud, corruption, and questionable implications for the American …

52. Precious McKesson on the Electoral College and Making History

December 14th, 2020


Precious McKesson tells her story as the first woman and the first woman of color in Nebraska to cast an Electoral College ballot for a Democrat, as …

51. Author Adam Nayman on 'Paul Thomas Anderson: Masterworks' and the Future of Cinema

December 7th, 2020


Critic Adam Nayman discusses his new book, Paul Thomas Anderson: Masterworks, as well as the state of the auteur today and the future of cinema after …

50. Omaha City Council Candidate Naomi Hattaway

November 30th, 2020


Naomi Hattaway discusses her campaign to represent District 6 on Omaha's City Council, including the logistics of a digital campaign, the formation of her worldview, and her vision for the city.

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49. Brent Crampton on Circular Food Systems and Hillside Solutions

November 23rd, 2020


Brent Crampton discusses how we can shift to a circular food system and become more conscious of waste, re-use, and regeneration, which he is helping …

48. Author Theodore Wheeler on 'In Our Other Lives'

November 16th, 2020


Author Theodore Wheeler discusses his new novel, In Our Other Lives, which follows a series of characters trying to make sense of the post-Patriot …

47. Astronaut Clayton Anderson on 'Letters from Space'

November 9th, 2020


Astronaut Clayton Anderson discusses his upbringing and dedication to following his dream of joining NASA and going to space, as well as his ability …

46. Screenwriter Patrick Stibbs on 'The Call'

October 28th, 2020


Screenwriter Patrick Stibbs tells the story of his first screenplay, The Call, which took 20 years to make it to the screen and is now in theaters across the country, starring horror icons Tobin Bell and Lynn Shaye.

45. Omaha City Council Candidate Cammy Watkins

October 21st, 2020


Cammy Watkins discusses her decision to run for Omaha's City Council after years of waiting for political willpower to manifest in order to fix the …

44. Attorney Matthew Wurstner on the Supreme Court and the 2020 Ballot

October 12th, 2020


Omaha attorney Matthew Wurstner gives an overview of legal issues from the national to the local, including the recent developments at the Supreme Court and what made it to the ballot this year in Nebraska.

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43. Congressional Candidate Kara Eastman (September 2020)

September 28th, 2020


Kara Eastman comes back onto the show to discuss her run to represent Nebraska's Second Congressional District as she challenges incumbent Republican Don Bacon over healthcare, presidential loyalty, and the influence of …

42. Nebraska State Senate Candidate Terrell McKinney

September 14th, 2020


Nebraska State Senate Candidate Terrell McKinney is running to represent District 11, which is currently represented by Ernie Chambers. McKinney speaks about the legacy of Ernie Chambers as he grew up in North Omaha as …

41. Musician/Author Pascal Bokar on How West African Standards of Aesthetics Shaped Midwestern Music

September 7th, 2020


Musician, author, and professor Pascal Bokar discusses the way traditional sounds like the banjo originated in West Africa and became mainstays of Midwestern music, as well as how the center of any country represents …

40. US Senate Candidate Alisha Shelton

August 24th, 2020


US Senate Candidate Alisha Shelton discusses her life as a practical problem solver and how she's had to forge her own path in every venture, …

39. Musician Andrew Bailie on 'Wasteland'

August 17th, 2020


Musician Andrew Bailie discusses his album Wasteland and how he's processing the world around him through his music and neighborhood concerts. 

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Screenwriter Christine Burright McGuigan on 'The Headliner' (Radio Edit)

August 3rd, 2020


Screenwriter Christine Burright McGuigan discusses her life leading up to the writing of The Headliner, the award-winning short that played in the Omaha Film Festival, the Film Stream Local Filmmaker Showcase, and won …

Playwright Beaufield Berry on 'Red Summer' (Radio Edit)

July 25th, 2020


Beaufield Berry discusses her evolution as a playwright leading up to Red Summer, which dramatized the life of William Brown in commemoration of the …

38. Filmmaker Georg Joutras on 'Ocean of Grass: Life on a Nebraska Sandhills Ranch'

July 20th, 2020


Documentarian Georg Joutras discusses his hit documentary, Ocean of Grass, filmed in the Nebraska Sandhills. Edited from the 2019 podcast conversation. 

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37. Filmmakers Dorothy Booraem and Chad Haufschild on the Shifting Landscape of Independent Cinema

July 13th, 2020


Filmmakers Dorothy Booraem and Chad Haufschild talk about their journey in filmmaking, from making a streaming deal with Netflix to navigating the shifting landscape of media over the past twenty years. Check out their …

36. Fatima Flores-Lagunas on DACA, the Path to Citizenship, and Representing DACA Youth at the Supreme Court

July 3rd, 2020


Fatima Flores-Lagunas discusses life as a DACA recipient in Nebraska as well as her activism toward a path to citizenship for undocumented children, which has included representing DACA youth at the Supreme Court.

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35. Director Tony Bonacci on 'The Headliner' (Featuring Hector Anchondo)

June 29th, 2020


Director Tony Bonacci discusses his evolution in filmmaking leading up to the award-winning The Headliner, which he is now developing into a feature …

34. Author David Philip Mullins on 'The Brightest Place in the World'

June 22nd, 2020


Author David Philip Mullins discusses his new novel The Brightest Place in the World, which traces the lives of four characters haunted by an …

33. Congressional Candidate Kate Bolz

June 15th, 2020


Kate Bolz discusses her role as a congressional candidate and current Nebraska state senator who is the Democratic challenger to sitting …

32. Jesse Snider and Jaz Schoeneck on Filmmaking in Nebraska

June 1st, 2020


Filmmakers Jesse Snider and Jaz Shoeneck discuss their new Nebraskan production company, Gnarly Pioneers, their projects The Hero and The Feed, which premiered at the Prairie Lights Film Festival, and their upcoming …

31. Writer Sally J. Walker on the Necessity of Pragmatism in Life as a Writer

May 25th, 2020


Author, playwright, and screenwriting instructor Sally J. Walker discusses the necessity of pragmatism in a life as a writer and what techniques she has learned from decades of craft that can be found in her new book …

30. Author Amy Bonnaffons on Writing During COVID-19 and Her New Novel 'The Regrets'

May 18th, 2020


Author Amy Bonnaffons discusses her new novel, The Regrets, as well as her life as a writer in isolation during the COVID 19 pandemic.

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29. Actor Darrick Silkman on 'The Headliner'

May 11th, 2020


Acclaimed actor Darrick Silkman discusses his evolution from stage performances such as Angels in America and Nebraska Shakespeare to becoming a …

28. US Senate Candidate Angie Philips

May 4th, 2020


On today's episode, Riverside Chats concludes its series leading up to the Nebraska primary on May 12th in a conversation with US Senate candidate Angie Philips, who is running against sitting senator Ben Sasse.

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27. US Senate Candidate Chris Janicek

April 27th, 2020


Riverside Chats continues its look into the congressional candidates who want to represent you in the federal government leading up to Nebraska’s primary on May 12. This week, Tom speaks with US Senate candidate Chris …

26. Congressional Candidate Kara Eastman (April 2020)

April 20th, 2020


Riverside Chats continues its look into the congressional candidates who want to represent you in the federal government leading up to Nebraska’s primary on May 12. This week, Tom has a conversation with congressional …

25. Congressional Candidate Ann Ashford

April 13th, 2020


On today’s show, we continue our look into the congressional candidates who want to represent you in the federal government leading up to Nebraska’s primary on May 12. Last week, Tom spoke with Representative Don Bacon. …

24. Congressman Don Bacon

April 6th, 2020


Representative Don Bacon talks about his life, his journey in politics, and the inability of our current political moment to agree on a definition of …

22. Writer Christine Burright McGuigan on The Headliner (Extended Podcast Edition)

October 15th, 2019


Christine Burright McGuigan has had a busy couple of years. She's best known for writing the hit short The Headliner, which is currently being turned into a feature film from director Tony Bonacci. On today's show, she …

21. Actor Raydell Cordell III on Red Summer and Finding Himself Through Acting

October 9th, 2019


Raydell Cordell III fell in love with acting as a kid in A Midsummer Night's Dream. He has done Midsummer five different times and uses it as a way to get to know himself better and gauge how he's changed as an actor …

20. Playwright Beaufield Berry on Red Summer (Extended Podcast Edition)

September 24th, 2019


Beaufield Berry doesn't know how to be bored. She does know how to jump headfirst into her passions and create all sorts of projects that both entertain and explore the human condition. Her latest project is Red Summer, …

19. Congressional Candidate Morgann Freeman

September 11th, 2019


Morgann Freeman is running for congress on a simple mission: she wants to serve constituents by placing their interests above her own. She sees congress losing its ostensible purpose as public servants, and she wants to …

23. Connor Brandt and Jordan Gaul of The Real Zebos (Extended Podcast Edition)

September 3rd, 2019


Connor Brandt and Jordan Gaul talk about the founding of their band, The Real Zebos, and the story of their new album, Strictly Platonic.


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18. Senator Megan Hunt on Running for Office and Legislative Goals

August 1st, 2019


Senator Megan Hunt has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. From getting kids in her third grade class to submit creative writing to a website she'd …

17. Performance Artist Caitlin Little on Performance Art and Adjacency

July 25th, 2019


Caitlin Little is always processing the world through her art, but that doesn't mean she wants the commentary to be obvious. On today's show, she explains her philosophy of adjacency and her experiences with performance …

16. Documentarians Cathy Lohmeier and Sharonda Harris Marshall on Remember the Drumstick

July 18th, 2019


In 1978, Tim Lohmeier turned his family’s fried chicken restaurant, The Drumstick, in Lincoln, Nebraska into a rock n’ roll club that would go on to …

15. Jessica Mizaur on Making Sustainability Easy

July 11th, 2019


Jessica Mizaur just wants to save the world. She is one of the first graduates of Creighton University's Sustainability Studies degree and has …

14. Philosopher Justin Schacht on The Middle Way

July 4th, 2019


Justin Schacht is happy, and he wants to help you get there too. He tells the story of being a child questioning his own existence to a troubled …

13. Writer/Actor Mary Oliver on SOS, Action Choreography, and Narrative Podcasting

June 27th, 2019


Mary Oliver is doing it all: she acts, writes, does martial arts, plays viola, and is working on a narrative podcast. She tells the story of how she …

12. Producer Ehren Parks on Aksarben: Nebraska's Racetrack and La Flamme Rouge

June 20th, 2019


Ehren Parks went from small-town Nebraska kid to film industry professional in Los Angeles as a producer and writer before making it back to Fremont to produce the new film, La Flamme Rouge. He tells the story of …

11. Dr. Diana Martinez on Hollywood in Color

June 12th, 2019


Diana Martinez discusses her path in getting a PhD in film, teaching film, and creating a podcast exploring the less publicized history of people of …

10. Matthew Wedlock on Addiction, Serving Time, and Comedy

May 23rd, 2019


Comedian Matt Wedlock talks comedy, improv, the military, addiction, and how his time in federal prison helped shape the kind of comedy he hopes to share with the world.

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9. Michael Burns Jr. on Acting in Theater, Film, and Podcasts

May 2nd, 2019


Michael Burns Jr. tells the story of how he went from ambitions in wrestling to screenwriting and becoming a successful actor on the brink of …

8. Fisheye Kombucha Brewers Jason Miller and Sara Hinrichs

April 25th, 2019


Fisheye Kombucha Brewers Jason Miller and Sara Hinrichs tell the story of founding Nebraska's first kombucha company, including explaining to the state what kombucha even is in order to get licensed.

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7. Filmmakers Danny Machado and Aly Larimore on Independent Filmmaking in Nebraska

April 22nd, 2019


Danny Machado, writer/director of CHIT and assistant director Aly Larimore discuss their path in filmmaking.

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6. Playwright Abigail C. K. Lill on Rumors in the Kitchen

April 3rd, 2019


Abigail C. K. Lill discusses her new play, Rumors in the Kitchen, as well as how she came to work in the entertainment industry and her initiative to create the Grandin Test--an inclusion test for writing characters …

5. Congressional Candidate Kara Eastman on Her Journey into Politics and Vision for America

March 28th, 2019


Congressional candidate Kara Eastman discusses her journey in politics and her view of the current state of our political system. Recorded live in …

4. Film Streams Founder Rachel Jacobson on Building a Film Culture in the Midwest

March 7th, 2019


Rachel Jacobson, Founder and Executive Director of Film Streams, joins Riverside Chats to discuss the story of Film Streams and making an unlikely dream come true in a city previously lacking an art film market.

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3. Documentarian Brigitte Timmerman on The Omaha Speaking

March 1st, 2019


Documentary Filmmaker Brigitte Timmerman discusses her new film, The Omaha Speaking, about the remaining speakers of the Omaha language within the Omaha Tribe.

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2. Eddy Quintero and Brent Lubbert on Big Muddy Urban Farm and Reducing Omaha's Wasted Space

February 27th, 2019


Eddy Quintero and Brent Lubbert of Big Muddy Urban Farm join us to discuss urban farming and how to reduce Omaha's wasted space. This conversation was recorded in front of a live audience at Benson Theater. 

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1. Cameron Logsdon on Comedy and Finding Creativity in Omaha

January 17th, 2019


Cameron Logsdon joins host Tom Knoblauch to discuss comedy, creativity, and culture in Omaha. This conversation was held at the Benson Theater in …

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