NPR Boot Camp

Jose Olivares

Abortion. It’s a topic few like to talk about, but one everyone has an opinion about. And when people do talk about it, merely sharing opinions can lead to heated debates.

There is only one clinic in Northern Nevada, and this clinic has persistent protesters holding large, graphic signs out front whenever it’s open. Planned Parenthood in Reno does not provide abortions, so anyone looking for this service is required to go to the clinic.

A Life's Calling Of Working With The Dead

Jul 13, 2016

Pat Elder was in her early fifties when she decided to start a new career.  

“I worked for a utility company in Michigan and when I turned 50, 25 years in, and in my mind I guess I always thought I would make a good funeral director,” said Elder.

Tim Lenard

The Witt family has been farming in Northern Nevada since 1870. For over a hundred years they ran the Milky Way Dairy farm in Minden, Nevada. Spurred by rising corn prices in the 1980s Craig Witt started looking into methods of growing his own feed. His biggest obstacle was the sandy Nevada soil. So Craig enrolled at the University of Nevada, Reno, got a degree in agriculture and started making his own compost.

The Falconer

Jul 12, 2016
Natalie Van Hoozer

 

Marie Gaspari-Crawford stands in the doorway of her outdoor office, the breeze rustling her hair as she looks out at her ranch.  There are rows of leashes hanging from one wall and a freezer full of frozen animal food, but none of this equipment or food is for her dogs. It’s all for her nearly ten falcons and hawks.

Program Helps Tiny Rock Climbers Reach New Heights

Jul 11, 2016
Gabriella De Leon

Imagine your two-year-old scaling a six-foot wall. It might not be as impossible as you would think. Rebecca Holwick of Peanut Butter and Jellyfish teaches young children in Reno to rock climb. Holwick can teach children as young as 18 months.

A Sound Healer's Journey

Jul 10, 2016
Kenny DeSoto

 

This story comes to us from the NPR Next Generation Radio Boot Camp held in Reno this summer. You can view the full project and other stories here.

Sound healer Cheryl Lynn Bowers prepared for a healing ceremony in the Ashtanga Yoga Studio in Reno, Nevada’s Midtown District. It was dusk, and the air in the studio was warm as Bowers unloaded a small beige suitcase full of percussion instruments, tuning forks, rain sticks and artifacts to place on an altar for an offering.

Six select students of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, recently spent an intensive week honing their public radio skills. NPR's Next Generation "Boot Camp" provides the students with an opportunity to work one-on-one with professionals from NPR and public radio stations around the country to develop multimedia content.  Students were selected through an application process.