Adam Fletcher Sasse – Learning from North Omaha’s History

I have a great historical episode for you all. We get into all things North Omaha history and take a look at some of the lessons that can be learned from its past. There is so much great info in this episode that I think you will find valuable. At a minimum, you will have a bunch of cool historical facts you will be able to share with your friends.

After talking with Adam, I think Omaha needs to think harder about how we can preserve our city’s past. There are so many valuable stories and important events that are at risk of being lost to time. Political and community leaders rightfully focus on the future and where we are headed as a city. However, I think past events, especially locally, can help improve and inform our decision making as we move into the future.

Adam and other local historians are doing some great work keeping that history alive.

If you want to learn more about Omaha’s history, check out Adam’s books, North Omaha History Volumes 1, 2 & 3, on Amazon. Also, check out northomahahistory.com and his North Omaha History Podcast.

If you have any questions, comments, or podcast guest recommendations, you can reach-out at insideomahapodcast@gmail.com. Thanks for listening.

Tyler Wilson – A Deep Dive Into the Controversial Juvenile Justice Center

Tyler Wilson and I talk through everything that went down with the Juvenile Justice Center. Tyler is running for Douglas County Commissioner and is a concerned citizen. 

 

I’m excited to share today’s episode of Inside Omaha. This episode is centered around the controversy and drama surrounding the Juvenile Justice Center. Even though the Justice Center is (mostly) a done deal, I think this whole saga shows both the mindset of Omaha’s top politicians and also how citizens can get involved in the political process.

I believe long-form interview podcasts provide a specifically unique opportunity to fully understand local issues like the Juvenile Justice Center. There only so much info you can get from a video clip on KETV or an Omaha World-Herald article. Being able to talk through a topic with no time cap allows for a depth of information you just can’t get with other media mediums.

As I mentioned multiple times of the podcast, I think both sides of this issue have good arguments and are well-intentioned. As you’ll find, I think the biggest questions marks around this project is who exactly was involved in the planning and why was the public not involved in the process. This construction project raises questions about the role of local government and it’s citizens.

I found this conversation really interesting and think there’s a lot in here even if you haven’t been following the project. It was great talking with Tyler and to hear his thoughts and opinions about the project.

As always, you can reach out to me at insideomahapodcast@gmail.com. I’d love to hear your feedback or recommendations for future guests. Enjoy!

Jason Payne – Starting Up and Running a Brewery and Distillery in Omaha. The Craft Beer Industry.

Jason Payne is the co-founder and president of Lucky Buckey Brewery and Cut Spike Distillery

On this episode, I caught up with Jason Payne. Jason is the co-founder and president of both Lucky Bucket Brewery and Cut Spike Distillery. It was great having the opportunity to pick his brain about the realities of running both these businesses.

Even if you’re not into beer or alcohol, there’s something for you to take away. Jason is a seasoned entrepreneur and has a lot of great insights on starting and running a business here in Omaha. There’s something to be learned from his story and experiences.

It was also great getting an inside look into the craft beer and spirit industry. There’s definitely been a boom over the last 10 years and Lucky Bucket has been there every step of the way. A lot of things are in flux in the industry and it’ll be interesting to see what the future looks like for craft brewers.

If you have any questions, comments, or recommendation for future guests, feel free to reach out at insideomahapodcast@gmail.com.

Cameron Logsdon – Omaha Comedy. The Comedy Come-up. Council Bluffs.

Cameron Logsdon is a comedy writer and a stand-up comedian.

On this episode of Inside Omaha, I caught up with Cameron Logsdon. Cameron is a local comedian based here in Omaha. It was great picking his brain about Omaha’s comedy scene. Comedy here in Omaha was something completely new to me so it was great to hear his perspectives. He has a great story and a lot of interesting insights.

As I mentioned in the intro to the podcast, I think it’s important to remember that there are many talented people here in Omaha that are trying to pursue careers in things you normally wouldn’t associate with Omaha. From the outside, Omaha isn’t considered a hub for music, stand-up, technology… etc. However, there are people in all those disciplines who are trying to make it. So try and show some support where you can.

You can check out Cameron’s Youtube Channel or see his monthly late night show at The Backline on the third Saturday of every month. You can also find him opening at the Funny Bone or on Omaha Live!


Eric Williams – Renewables in Nebraska. OPPD. Public Power.

Eric Williams serves on the OPPD Board of Directors representing Subdivision 6 and he is a Natural Resources Planner for Papio-Missouri River NRD.

On this episode of Inside Omaha, I talked with Eric Williams.

If you’re interested in clean energy or have ever wondered how the energy system works here in Nebraska, then this is the episode for you. Eric has a treasure trove of knowledge about all things energy. I feel like I could’ve asked him questions for another 2 hours and he would’ve had no problem answering.

It was really cool hearing about all the things happening over at OPPD. It seems like things are heading in the right direction. I came out of this conversation optimistic about Nebraska’s clean energy future.

This conversation also points to the importance of local elections and their impact on our daily lives. A big reason OPPD is moving towards renewables as quickly as they are is because over the last 2-3 elections the people of this region made a conscious decision to vote for clean energy candidates. This is how real change happens. It doesn’t happen by waiting 4 years for the next presidential election. *Steps down from soapbox*

For more info on the transformation of the OPPD Board, check out this article from the April edition of The Reader. To stay up to date with the OPPD board meetings, check out their YouTube Channel.

Kaleb Michaud – Spielbound. Board games. Ameritrash vs Euro.

Kaleb Michaud is a professor and researcher at UNMC and the co-founder of Spielbound Board Game Cafe.

On this episode of Inside Omaha, I talked with Kaleb Michaud. If you don’t know Kaleb, he is the board game master of Omaha (unofficially, I just made that up).

Kaleb is the co-founder of one of the most unique places in Omaha. Spielbound is a hidden gem and I’m glad it exists. Here’s why… The whole purpose of Spielbound is to bring people together. In our current day and age, there just aren’t a lot of places where that actually happens.

I also love Spielbound because I think board games are a lot of fun and more people need to play them.

If you’re new to board games, there’s something in this episode for both experienced board-gamer and total newbie. During our conversation, we get into how to start playing if you’ve never played before. So listen up for that.

Here’s the plan. Listen to this episode, grab some friends and go play board games at Spielbound.

Billy Martin & Sebastian Hunt – Spacesuits. Neo-Amish. A Future with AI & Automation.

Billy Martin and Sebastian Hunt return!

Show notes:

Nick Bostrom
Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies – Nick Bostrom

Notorious B.I.G quote from the song Hypnotize:

“Gonna blast, squeeze first, ask questions last
That’s how most of these so-called gangsters pass”

Grievance Studies affair
Andrew Yang
Value added tax (VAT)
Amish