Time & Place with Alicia Barber We are shaped in large part by when and where we live, and every combination of locale and era sets the stage for a new story. In this regular segment, professional historian Alicia Barber presents an engaging array of narratives and voices from the past, focusing on the rich and diverse heritage of Northern Nevada and the Eastern Sierra. In the process, she brings historical perspective to our own time and place, shedding light on who we are as a community, how we got here, and where we might be headed.
Time & Place with Alicia Barber

Time & Place with Alicia Barber

From KUNR Public Radio

We are shaped in large part by when and where we live, and every combination of locale and era sets the stage for a new story. In this regular segment, professional historian Alicia Barber presents an engaging array of narratives and voices from the past, focusing on the rich and diverse heritage of Northern Nevada and the Eastern Sierra. In the process, she brings historical perspective to our own time and place, shedding light on who we are as a community, how we got here, and where we might be headed.

Most Recent Episodes

Early Rodeo Traditions Turned Reno Into The Wild West

The Reno Rodeo celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding this year, and as you might imagine, the event has inspired a wide range of traditions over the course of a century. Historian Alicia Barber highlights one of them in this installment of Time & Place .


Anti-Chinese Sentiment In The Sierra Nevada

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, a massive undertaking that employed thousands of Chinese immigrants. In this installment of "Time & Place," historian Alicia Barber explains some of the challenges faced by the Chinese residents of the Sierra Nevada after the railroad was finished. As a warning, this segment contains historical accounts of physical violence fueled by racism and may not be suitable for children.

The History Of Dude Ranches Around Reno

It's well known that the landscape around Reno was once filled with working farms and ranches. And as the tourism industry developed, some ranch owners noticed a growing interest among visitors in playing cowboy—or at least in meeting one. Historian Alicia Barber explains in this installment of Time & Place .

How Virginia City Became An Old West Tourist Draw

Today, Virginia City, Nevada attracts more than two million visitors each year. But that wasn't always the case. In this segment of "Time & Place," Alicia Barber explains how early promoters helped turn the historic mining town into a national tourist destination.

Reno's Red Light District: The Colorful History Of Brothels In Washoe County

The fact that prostitution is legal in some parts of Nevada remains a source of controversy both inside and outside the state. Although it's not allowed in Washoe County today, the city of Reno has been more permissive in the past.

Reno's Red Light District: The Colorful History Of Brothels In Washoe County

The Evolution Of The Famous Reno Arch

This month, KUNR is featuring stories about Reno's iconic neon in a series called Sparked: Northern Nevada's Neon . In this installment of Time & Place , historian Alicia Barber explains how the shifting popularity of neon has been reflected locally in the evolution of Reno's most celebrated landmark.

Bracero Program Bolstered Nevada Workforce During WWII

As neighboring countries, the United States and Mexico have a long history of bilateral agreements. In this installment of "Time & Place," historian Alicia Barber looks at one cooperative program introduced during World War II to benefit residents on both sides of the border.

Jack Johnson and the 'Fight Of The Century'

Perhaps the most famous event in the history of Reno, Nevada took place on July 4, 1910. As we close out Black History Month, that momentous day is the focus of this segment of Time & Place from historian Alicia Barber.

How FDR's Federal Relief Program Helped Rebuild Nevada

In the 1930's, the effects of the Great Depression reached nearly every community in the United States. In this segment of Time & Place , Historian Alicia Barber describes one federal relief program that helped rebuild Nevada while putting thousands of Americans back on their feet.

How Frank Sinatra Lost His Nevada Gaming License

Nevada's casino industry is one of the most tightly regulated in the world, but it takes a lot of legislation and enforcement to keep it that way. In this segment of Time & Place , historian Alicia Barber describes one of the earliest challenges to the state's strict gaming laws.

Back To Top