Reader Radio Dives Deep into the History of Omaha Alt News

News Editor and Reader Radio Producer Chris Bowling sits down with Editor and Publisher John Heaston, who co-founded The Reader in 1994.



Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown

Happy Go for a Ride Day

Today’s news invites all to set their spirits free on whatever mode of transportation suits them best: Nebraska’s unemployment rate hits an all-time low for the country, comedian Amber Ruffin, who’s from Omaha, reflects on the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict, and there’s a petition drive to get rid of the Nebraska State Board of Education, education commissioner and Nebraska Department of Education, replacing them with an Office of Education that answers to the governor.


Harper’s Index Facts of the Day

Minimum percentage by which carbon emissions of the average
single man exceed those of the average single woman: 16

Source: Annika Carlsson Kanyama, Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm)


For nationwide COVID-19 case and vaccination trends, click here.


Around Omaha

Around Nebraska

  • Types of corn believed to be extinct are once again harvested in the heartland. Learn what that means to the Pawnee people.  
  • Nebraska’s unemployment rate is the lowest in recorded U.S. history.
  • There’s a petition drive to get rid of the Nebraska State Board of Education, education commissioner and Nebraska Department of Education, replacing them with an Office of Education that answers to the governor. Education experts have concerns about the initiative, which follows Gov. Pete Ricketts’ resistance to proposed health education standards.
  • Here’s what the federal infrastructure bill might mean for Nebraska.
  • The state’s three representatives vote against Biden’s Build Back Better plan, which passes in the House of Representatives.

In Your Local Government:
City Council to Discuss Action Plans for Affordable Housing and Climate Change, and Legislative Package

Presented by Reader government reporter Anton Johnson.

  • Affordable Housing and Climate Action Plans: City leaders from Omaha and Lincoln held a joint meeting last week to discuss common issues, including affordable housing and climate change. On Tuesday, the Omaha City Council will vote on two resolutions to develop action plans for both issues by January 1, 2023.
  • Legislative package: The City Council will vote on several resolutions to submit proposals to the Nebraska Legislature ahead of its session in January. The Omaha Police Department made multiple requests, including a bill to allow mental health professionals to place individuals in emergency protective custody, and Council President Pete Festersen requested support for LB 453, which would amend the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act to require that landlords comply with any rental registration ordinances. Other requests can be found on the City Council agenda, items 76-88.
  • County board: The Douglas County Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday to hold a public hearing on proposed revisions to general assistance guidelines and vote on more than $3.6 million from ARPA for a new HVAC system and other upgrades for the sheriff’s building.

Every week, The Reader‘s Anton Johnson picks noteworthy agenda items from the Omaha City Council and Douglas County Board of Commissioners. See the full City Council and Board of Commissioners agendas for Tuesday, Nov. 23, and tune in here to the Douglas County Board at 9 a.m. Tuesday.


Reed Moore’s Thing To Do: 
Upcoming Blues Shows

Reed Moore presents events from Reader Hoodoo Blues
columnist B.J. Huchtemann’s latest roundup, “Grooving & Giving.”

  • Wednesday, Nov. 24, 6-9 p.m., at The Jewell is a Kris Lager Band CD-release show for Lager’s latest recording, Blues Lover.
  • Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal take Lincoln’s historic Zoo Bar on Saturday, Nov. 27, 5 p.m.
Photo credit: @ZooBarBlues Facebook

As the delta vs the delta variant spreads through the community, remember to get fully vaccinated and mask up — even if you’re fully vaxxed — before checking out shows.
Find more music content here, and check out local guides here.


The Daily Funny

Comic by Koterba. To see more daily funnies, click the image.


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