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Sparks of Interest is a new upcoming podcast discussing local issues in and around Sparks, Nevada. This also includes Reno and Washoe County but even if you aren't a local, that's ok too! The topics discussed may apply to your hometown as well. Hosted by former Mayor Candidate, Jeff Bonano; with co-hosts Dennis Bagley II and Peggy Rew to help keep our conversations comparable to 3 friends just talking over a cup of coffee.

Sparks of Interest is a new upcoming podcast discussing local issues in and around Sparks, Nevada. This also includes Reno and Washoe County but even if you aren't a local, that's ok too! The topics discussed may apply to your hometown as well. Hosted by former Mayor Candidate, Jeff Bonano; with co-hosts Dennis Bagley II and Peggy Rew to help keep our conversations comparable to 3 friends just talking over a cup of coffee.

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Sparks of Interest is a new upcoming podcast discussing local issues in and around Sparks, Nevada. This also includes Reno and Washoe County but even if you aren't a local, that's ok too! The topics discussed may apply to your hometown as well. Hosted by former Mayor Candidate, Jeff Bonano; with co-hosts Dennis Bagley II and Peggy Rew to help keep our conversations comparable to 3 friends just talking over a cup of coffee.

Language:

English


Episodes

Nevada Day & Halloween - 057

10/18/2020
In this action-packed episode, David and Dennis cover Nevada Day with special guest Lily. Learn about some of the history of the state of Nevada and the annual NV Day Treasure hunt! Do you think some laws are silly? Here are a few of the silliest laws in Nevada to make you scratch your head. And we talk a little about Halloween in 2020.

Duration:01:03:14

Protests - 056

10/4/2020
It’s all about the act of protesting and assembly in this episode of Sparks of Interest. Dave and Dennis cover the legal right to assemble as well as some of statutes of Sparks. A case from the 1800’s has long reaching consequences that even affected us until recently. A look into how boycotting is a form of peaceful protest. And we cover the riots that have occurred in 2020.

Duration:01:06:09

Growing up in Sparks - 055

9/20/2020
In this episode, things take a more lighthearted tone as Dennis and Dave share stories of growing up in Sparks. Hear about some of the changes in the area since they were kids and get to know our hosts a little better. As a real treat, Dennis and Dave share their time in ROTC in high school.

Duration:01:00:10

September 11th - 054

9/5/2020
It’s an emotional episode as Dave and Dennis discuss the September 11th attacks in 2001. We cover the timeline of events just before the attacks as well as our personal experiences in the following days. As conspiracy theories fly, Dennis gets a little heated talking about them. The world changed and we share how it has affected travel and security, along with an amusing story from when Dennis worked for an armored car company. Lastly, the memorial for the victims in New York was going to be...

Duration:01:04:16

Spirituality - 053

8/23/2020
During these trying times, we often overlook our spiritual needs. Whether you believe in a deity or not, whether you meditate or pray, your spirit is important and needs to be nurtured. David and Dennis speak with Pastor Louie Locke on faith in the Reno/Sparks area and what lessons have helped them in all aspects of life.

Duration:01:01:12

Reopening Schools - 052

8/8/2020
It’s that time of year again, the start of school! Dennis and Dave tackle the reopening of schools here in Washoe County amid the pandemic and the trials that await our community. We cover the plan laid out for in-person and distance learning.

Duration:01:06:23

Sports in Nevada - 051

7/25/2020
It’s all about sports in Nevada in this episode of Sparks of Interest with special guest Nathan Shoup of The Reno Slant. Dave and Dennis dive into the effects the recent pandemic has on college sports, discuss the stadium for the Raiders built in the tiny town of Las Vegas and chat about Nevada’s own professional hockey team. To round things out, Dave, Dennis, and Nathan share their experiences during the infamous “Miracle at Mackay” Wolfpack game!

Duration:01:10:14

Milestones and Change - 050

7/11/2020
Jeff, Dennis, and Dave have successfully taken the Sparks of Interest to episode 50! So to celebrate, we wanted to share some of our experiences and also reveal some news about change!

Duration:01:08:38

Gaming In Nevada - 049

6/27/2020
In this episode, Jeff, Dennis, and David discuss a favorite pastime of theirs: gaming! Nevada is known for its gambling, but did you know there are a variety of non-gambling options available around the Reno and Sparks area? Join as they cover the many local, and not quite as local, gaming venues for your enjoyment.

Duration:01:06:35

Local Brewers - 048

6/13/2020
Jeff and Dennis welcome a new member to the Sparks of Interest team. And what better way to celebrate than to pour a round of beers and talk about local brewers. Planning on visiting Sparks and Reno? Maybe these are some places you should visit when you get here!

Duration:01:00:44

Unlocking the Lock-down - 047

5/30/2020
During the time of deciding if we should be lifting parts of the world wide lockdown, Jeff and Dennis decided it was time for a friendly debate on if we should or not. In this episode, you’ll learn where each one stands and why.

Duration:01:03:49

Digital Learning - 046

5/16/2020
A lot has happened and been affected by COVID, but one thing that we cannot forget about is how it’s affected education during these times. Jeff and Dennis dive into what their school district is doing and get as far as talking about other online education and what colleges are doing to solve this problem.

Duration:01:00:21

COVID-19 vs Entertainment - 045

5/2/2020
Dennis and Jeff are still stuck indoors at this point but that’s ok. But that also means Dennis has been spending a lot of time thinking about the entertainment industry and he gets Jeff involved in a conversation about how the COVID virus has been battling the Entertainment industry.

Duration:01:06:36

Outtakes - 044

4/19/2020
Jeff, Dennis, and Peggy have worked hard to bring you a seamless conversation, but behind the scenes, there’s nothing but mayhem. This episode covers some of the outtakes from past episodes and seasons. Listen to our bloopers and then enjoy a special never before released episode with a very special guest.

Duration:00:42:42

Staying at Home - 043

4/4/2020
We are stuck at home because of the CoVid-19 virus, and many of you have been too. So we wanted to just talk about our experience since it’s certainly a topic that sparked our interest!

Duration:01:03:55

Dennis Said So - Preparedness - 042

3/7/2020
Are you prepared? In this episode Dennis wants you to just take in mind this quick short list of things you need to make sure you have. At the same time, this is for anything that could happen in the world. There are scarier things out there than the Coronavirus right now.

Duration:00:15:27

Police - 041 Police - 041

2/22/2020
Every town or city, every state, even every country has some form of law enforcement. It’s a tough job and the fact that while people are running away from the situation, these fine men and women are running towards it.

Duration:01:00:27

Sparks of Interest Unplugged - Bonus

1/25/2020
In this special episode, Jeff opens up the flood gates and let’s the team go unplugged and censor free. In the last two years, the team has had a lot to say and a lot of it can’t be aired… or at least shouldn’t. So in this bonus episode, we let our hair down and share our thoughts. There is a lot of swearing and you learn just how un-classy we can be. Listener Discretion is advised as this episode’s content is not suitable for all listeners.

Duration:00:53:01

Announcement from Sparks of Interest

1/11/2020
We're taking a short break with the end of the 2019 now passing us by. Please stay tuned because we will have a special unplugged episode out this January. Listener Discretion will be advised though since it will contain swearing and strong opinionated facts.

Duration:00:01:50

Decade in Reflection - 040

12/28/2019
Season 2 has come to a close. Of course so has the 2019 year and the entire decade! So with so much ending the team at Sparks of Interest decided to do a reflection on a lot of things that have happened. There is also a little bit of foreshadowing on what to expect in the coming season 3!

Duration:01:01:45