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There’s nothing quite like the Olympics for bringing the world together—at least in the world of sports. It’s been almost six decades since the Games came to Tahoe, and historian Alicia Barber describes how Reno embraced the moment in this episode of Time & Place.

Squaw Valley beat out a number of other locations to host the 1960 Winter Olympics. One of them was Reno, which had sent in a last-minute bid to the Olympic committee in late 1954, but lost out to the little resort 45 miles up the mountain.

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Air travel is so common these days that it’s easy to focus on the negative, from high fares and luggage fees to cramped seating and annoying delays. Historian Alicia Barber recaptures some of the wonder that accompanied early flight in this segment of Time & Place.

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Anyone who frequently drives along Interstate 80 across the Sierra has probably experienced travel delays due to heavy traffic or snow. Historian Alicia Barber looks back at early efforts to make the journey smoother in this segment of Time & Place.

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For Veterans Day, we honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces.  In this segment of Time and Place, historian Alicia Barber tells the story of one group of veterans whose military service went largely unrecognized for decades.

There were just over a thousand of them total—a highly-trained fleet of female aviators known as the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs.  Hired by the U.S. Army Air Forces at the height of World War Two, the WASPs took on stateside flight duties for the military in order to free up male pilots for combat.

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The American West has long been a crossroads for immigrants from across the globe. Historian Alicia Barber highlights one of these cultures in this segment of Time and Place.

Washoe County

The Truckee Meadows is known today for its two major cities of Reno and Sparks. But the valley was once home to a number of small, though vibrant, population centers with their own stories and a few visible reminders. Historian Alicia Barber describes one of them in this segment of Time and Place.

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Title IX is in the national spotlight right now  because of a proposal by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to roll back policy enforcement related to how sexual assault and harassment are investigated.

Outside of those complex issues, Title IX also impacts the amount of resources provided to women's athletics because it prohibits sex discrimination in education.

Mella Harmon

Today, the stand-alone wedding chapel is an iconic feature of the Nevada landscape. But the state was easing the path to matrimony long before you could hire Elvis to serenade you through your wedding vows. We join professional historian Alicia Barber for this segment of Time & Place.

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The Carson Valley has been the site of some of Northern Nevada’s largest ranches since the 1850's, and soon after that, members of the Washoe tribe who had long lived in the area began to work on some of them as ranch hands and domestic workers. Professional Historian Alicia Barber explores what life was like for American Indians in this segment of Time and Place.

 

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Some cities have nicknames that everyone instantly recognizes, like The Big Apple, the Windy City, and, of course, the Biggest Little City in the World. But how did Reno’s slogan get so famous? And what does it even mean? Let's turn to professional historian Alicia Barber for our regular segment Time and Place to learn more. 

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