Speaking of Nebraska

Latest Episode: Economic Recovery & Development

2021 Broadcast Schedule

Starting Thursday, January 14. All times Central. 


  • Thursdays at 7pm on NET 
    • Exception: Feb. 8 at 8pm 
  • Thursdays at 10pm on NET World
  • Fridays at 7:30pm on NET
  • Sundays at Noon on NET


  • Fridays at 6:30pm 
    • Exception: Feb. 25 at 6 pm

Speaking of Nebraska is a weekly conversation about the issues facing our state. NET News talks with local and state leaders and experts about the challenges and opportunities we face and how we can solve them.

In addition to an update on the pandemic and the state legislature, the fifth episode of Speaking of Nebraska explores the state of Nebraska's economy, path to recovery from the pandemic and future development of Cornhusker State's businesses, both big and small. We talk with the state economic development director and the president of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce. 

The eight-episode series includes discussions about the pandemic's impact on the economy and education, and a look at the gambling initiatives approved by voters in the recent election. Other topics will include racial equality and minority experiences in Nebraska, as well as food security and food deserts.

Speaking of Nebraska addresses the issues and concerns of those who live and work across our state. We want to hear from you, with things you would like us to talk about during upcoming shows, ideas for future interviews or stories.

E-mail your thoughts to: news@netNebraska.org.


Spring 2021 Season

January 14: COVID-19 in Nebraska

Airs 7 p.m. CT on NET: Airs Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. CT on NET Radio

  • Leslie Marsh | CEO, Lexington Regional Health Center
  • Dr. James Lawler | Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, UNMC
  • Dr. Bob Rauner | President, Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln


January 21: Food Deserts & Food Insecurity

Airs 7 p.m. CT on NET; Airs Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. CT on NET Radio

  • Greg Fripp | Founder & CEO, Whispering Roots
  • Megan McGuffey | Executive Director, Community Crops


January 28: Teaching in a Pandemic

Airs 7 p.m. CT on NET; Airs Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. CT on NET Radio

  • Matt Blomstedt | Nebraska Commissioner of Education
  • Jane Hansmeyer | Teacher, Norris High School


February 4: Casino Gambling

Airs 8 p.m. CT on NET; Airs Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. CT on NET Radio

    • Lance Morgan | President & CEO, Ho-Chunk, Inc. 
    • Chris Kotulak | CEO, Fonner Park
    • Lynne McNally | Executive Vice President, Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Agency


    February 11: Economic Recovery & Development

    Airs 7 p.m. CT on NET; Airs Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. CT on NET Radio

        • Tony Goins | Director, Nebraska Department of Economic Development
        • Cindy Johnson | President, Grand Island Chamber of Commerce


        February 25: The Black Experience in Nebraska

        Airs 7 p.m. CT on NET; Airs Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. CT on NET Radio

              • Thomas Warren | President & CEO, Urban League of Nebraska
              • Rev. Portia Cavitt | Clair Memorial United Methodist Church
              • Kiara Williams | Lead Organizer, Change Now LNK


              March 18: The Latino Experience in Nebraska

              Airs 7 p.m. CT on NET; Airs March 19 at 6 p.m. CT on NET Radio

              • Dr. Athena Ramos | Assistant Professor, Center For Health Disparities at UNMC
              • Dr. Lazaro Arturo Spindola | Executive Director, Latino American Commission 


              March 25: Graduating in a Pandemic

              Airs 7 p.m. CT on NET; Airs March 26 at 6:30 p.m. CT on NET Radio

              • Ellie Higgins | Senior, Nebraska City High School

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