Speaking of Nebraska

Latest Episode: 2020 Election

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.

The fall season includes a live town hall about COVID-19 with Gov. Pete Ricketts, a conversation with University of Nebraska President Ted Carter, and an analysis of the 2020 election results.

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.


 

Fall 2020 Season

October 1: A COVID-19 Town Hall with Gov. Pete Ricketts

  • Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-Nebraska)
  • Matt Blomstedt, Nebraska Education Commissioner
  • Dr. Jeffrey Gold, Chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center

English and Spanish closed captions available

 

October 8: University of Nebraska President Ted Carter

Airs 8 p.m. Central on NET; Airs Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Central on NET Radio

  • Ted Carter, University of Nebraska President

 

October 29: Racial Inequality

This episode has been postponed until the next season of Speaking of Nebraska in early 2021.

 

November 5: 2020 Election

Airs 8 p.m. Central on NET; Airs Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Central on NET Radio

  • Kevin Smith, Prof. of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Joe Blankenau, Prof. of Political Science at Wayne State College


 

Spring 2020 Season

February 13: Rural Transportation

  • Bill Bivin: Statewide Mobility Manager
  • Gina Cotton: Executive Director, 4 Lanes 4 Mobility

February 20: Sustainable Agriculture

  • Chuck Francis: Researcher & Prof. of Agronomy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Dave Welsch: Certified Organic Farmer since 1993

February 27: 2020 Census

  • Blanca E Ramierez Salazar: Partnership Coordinator, U.S. Census Bureau Dallas Regional Office
  • David Drozd: Research Coordinator, Nebraska State Data Center 

March 19: Nebraska Floods One Year Later

  • Community panel discussion in three areas: Peru, Dannebrog, and Winslow

March 26: A COVID-19 Town Hall with Gov. Ricketts

  • Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-Nebraska)
  • Dr. Gary Anthone, Nebraska Chief Medical Officer & Director of Public Health
  • Matt Blomstedt, Nebraska Commissioner of Education

April 2: A COVID-19 Town Hall with Gov. Ricketts

  • Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-Nebraska)
  • Dr. Ali Khan, Dean of the College of Public Health at UNMC
  • John Albin, Nebraska Commissioner of Labor

April 9: A COVID-19 Town Hall with Gov. Ricketts

  • Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-Nebraska)
  • Anthony Goins, Nebraska Director of Economic Development
  • Dr. James Lawler, Associate Prof. of Internal Medicine, UNMC 

April 16: A COVID-19 Town Hall with Gov. Ricketts

  • Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-Nebraska)
  • Shelly Schwedhelm, Executive Director of Emergency Management and Bioprepardness at Nebraska Medicine
  • Dr. Ali Khan, Dean of the College of Public Health at UNMC

April 23: A COVID-19 Town Hall with Gov. Ricketts

  • Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-Nebraska)
  • Dannette Smith, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services CEO
  • Dr. James Linder, Nebraska Medicine CEO

April 30: A COVID-19 Town Hall with Gov. Ricketts

  • Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-Nebraska) 
  • Dr. Jasmine Marcelin, infectious disease specialist, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Steve Wellman, Director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture

May 7: A COVID-19 Town Hall with Gov. Ricketts

  • Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-Nebraska)
  • Josie Rodriguez, Administrator of the Nebraska Office of Health Disparities and Health Equity
  • Dr. Mark Rupp, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, UNMC

May 14: A COVID-19 Town Hall with Gov. Ricketts

  • Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-Nebraska)
  • Dr. M. Salman Ashraf, Medical Director of the Nebraska Infection Control Assessment and Promotion Program
  • Jay Bellar, Nebraska School Activities Association Executive Director

May 21: A COVID-19 Town Hall with Gov. Ricketts

  • Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-Nebraska)
  • Dr. Angela Hewlett, Medical Director of the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit
  • Felicia Quintana-Zinn, Deputy Director within Nebraska DHHS

May 28: A COVID-19 Town Hall with Gov. Ricketts

  • Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-Nebraska)
  • Dr. Andre Kalil, Director of Transplant Infectious Diseases at Nebraska Medicine
  • Matt Blomstedt, Nebraska Commissioner of Education

June 4: Protests & Pandemic

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