Welcome to Reported, the Santa Fe Reporter’s podcast digging into the stories and investigations the newspaper knows you’ve read but wants you to hear. This show is all about independent, in-depth journalism in the alt-weekly style.
info_outline The Hot Dog Guy 01/16/2021
The Hot Dog Guy There have been so many heartbreaking stories of small businesses failing or barely making it during the pandemic. Driving through Santa Fe, you really can’t miss the darkened windows or curbside only signs accenting downtown stores and Southside markets. Even harder to see are the ones that have completely closed, some with tables and chairs or office equipment still scattered around in the rush to leave and forgo rent or a mortgage that could no longer be paid. But there’s a small silver hot dog cart called Roque’s in the parking lot of Big Jo True Value Hardware on Siler Road. Armando Pacheco, hot dog chef extraordinaire, has made this small business sing in the face of all the closings with a unique slate of offerings, a couple of which he described at the top of this episode. Armando took over running the cart from Roque Garcia this winter. Roque has sold hot dogs on the Plaza for nearly three decades and will hopefully be able to return in 2021. But Armando is planning on opening his own cart in Albuquerque this year, called Chicano Dogs. For now, keeping Roque’s going means a lot to Armando—it’s his retirement plan and what he normally does during the summer when he’s not working in the solemn halls of the Capitol during the legislative sessions, copying bills and getting them on the right legislators’ desks. The pandemic pushed him to work the cart even this winter, and it’s turned out to be a boon for him—and for anyone lucky enough to try one of his delicious hotdogs.
info_outline What Can Data Do? 12/18/2020
What Can Data Do? To read more about the missing and murdered indigenous women and relatives task force and movement in New Mexico, go to sfreporter.com for my previous coverage. Thank you for listening to the fourth season of Reported, the Santa Fe Reporter’s podcast. Have some thoughts about this week’s episode? Tweet us @SantaFeReporter or email email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you.
info_outline Military Gear Swap 12/09/2020
Military Gear Swap Back in July, Police Chief Andrew Padillapromised the city council and outraged residents that the department would quote “demilitarize” by getting rid of used military vehicles from the federal government. Turns out the chief wasn’t especially keen on the idea, but a little poking around and some public records requests revealed that he did keep his word. but we found that they didn’t end up going very far. And by that I mean they went less than an hour down the road. There's a lot more to this sto
info_outline Targeted Pollution 12/02/2020
Targeted Pollution Santa Fe's Southside has the most young families and middle to low-income households, including immigrants and nonwhite people. It’s also home to the city’s sewage treatment plant and other polluting industries. But one company, Associated Asphalt, has sparked a fight that started in late 2019. Over a year later and the permit is still in limbo except now the Southside has two lawyers, Maslyn Locke and Eric Jantz from the New Mexico Environmental Law Center and an air quality expert on their side.
info_outline Obelisk Down 11/18/2020
Obelisk Down The Soldiers Monument, a 150-year-old anchor of the Santa Fe Plaza, is mostly gone. On Indigenous Peoples Day, dozens of people pulled on a tow strap tied around the monument and pulled it down. All that’s left is the base, which is now boarded up and awaiting whatever comes next. The journalists at SFR take you through what exactly happened, how Santa Feans feel & what is (maybe?) coming next.
info_outline Pandemic Playhouse 05/22/2020
Pandemic Playhouse Like all businesses during COVID-19, the Santa Fe Playhouse has had to switch up its plans for 2020 and perhaps even 2021. Robyn Rikoon, the artistic director for the Santa Fe Playhouse, speaks with host and producer Katherine Lewin on Fiesta Melodrama and more.
info_outline A Dose of Magic 05/07/2020
A Dose of Magic The way we shop, the way we spend time with each other and the way we do business is different now. But there are some things that never change: lots of little kids really like people dressed up as princesses and superheroes and even villains. And sometimes those little kids grow into adults who never lose their love of fairy tales. Like Aisha Loeks. She turned her love of sewing and princesses into a business. Then the coronavirus came and Aisha took her princess business online.
info_outline COVID-19 Measures Increasing Domestic Violence in New Mexico 04/10/2020
COVID-19 Measures Increasing Domestic Violence in New Mexico SFR talks with Gwyn Kaitis, policy coordinator for the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence, about how unemployment and stay-at-home orders are exacerbating domestic violence across the state.
info_outline What Journalism Means and Does During COVID-19 03/25/2020
What Journalism Means and Does During COVID-19 Right when the world needs journalism the most, it’s the most in danger of disappearing. The COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping across the world, including right here at home in New Mexico. All of us at the Santa Fe Reporter have been working hard to bring the latest news about what’s happening around the state. In this episode, I speak with Julia Goldberg, senior staff writer at the Reporter, to talk about her breaking news coverage of this pandemic since its beginning in the United States.
info_outline COVID-19 Cases, Restrictions Update 03/19/2020
COVID-19 Cases, Restrictions Update Normally, Reported, a podcast of the Santa Fe Reporter, is only published once a week. But considering the rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 cases in New Mexico, we have decided to make more frequent special episodes as things evolve. Today at noon, Wednesday March 18, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham took the podium in the state House chambers in front of a small handful of journalists and staffers to go over new orders that affect the entire state.
info_outline Santa Fe Public Schools Classroom Equity 03/08/2020
Santa Fe Public Schools Classroom Equity What schools in Santa Fe need the most help? Can the district reach equity versus constantly striving for equality? Why have school consolidations worked (and not worked) in the past? Leah Cantor, staff writer at the Reporter, answers these questions and more after her latest in-depth look at the Santa Fe Public School system.
info_outline We're Suing the City 02/08/2020
We're Suing the City The city of Santa Fe claims that discipline records for city employees and police officers is a matter of opinion. Myself and my colleagues at the Santa Fe Reporter have been asking for disciplinary records for years, in particular to see how police officers have been disciplined. The city has denied us each time. So, last year, we sued them under IPRA. Last month, a judge said we had every right to do so.
info_outline 'This Is What I Am, I'm Native' 01/11/2020
'This Is What I Am, I'm Native' New Mexico, the birthplace of Native American hoop dancing, has produced some of the best dancers in the world. Tribal leaders and members are continuing and growing the ancient healing tradition right here in Northern New Mexico.
info_outline Interview with Lyla June Johnston 01/01/2020
Interview with Lyla June Johnston Reported host Katherine Lewin sits down with Lyla June Johnston, an indigenous activist, scholar, writer and musician — and now a candidate in the June 2020 Democratic primary for the New Mexico State House of Representatives District 47 seat. We talk about missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW), her childhood in Taos and former drug addiction, and why she's chosen to run for District 47, despite not being from the area originally.
info_outline The Alebrijes of Nina Otero 12/18/2019
The Alebrijes of Nina Otero Just inside Nina Otero Community School, a group of students works on a paper mural, spread across the wall and held up by tape. They discuss next steps, loudly, as they bring to life their own versions of alebrijes, fantastical creatures first created in Mexico.
info_outline These Hats Are Made for Working 12/11/2019
These Hats Are Made for Working It all started when the The Santa Fe New Mexican published a glowing page 1 story about Mayor Alan Webber’s very expensive collection of custom hats. One of his hats alone cost our mayor $1800. Anyway, this puff piece on A1 got me thinking — what do regular people wear on their heads? Why do they wear hats? How much do they cost? If they had $1800 just lying around, what would they spend it on? I figured probably not a custom hat.