LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts has turned part-time talk show host with a new podcast called “The Nebraska Way.”

The first episode, launched Wednesday, features a 40-minute conversation with Deb Fischer, Nebraska’s senior senator in Washington, D.C., and a leading state Republican.

The two cover ground including Fischer’s childhood memories of the Nebraska Capitol and the proposed new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. They also discuss abortion politics within the two major parties, ethanol policy and support for the National Guard.

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Ricketts said future episodes will include a variety of guests, such as craft brewers, lawmakers and sports coaches.

“‘The Nebraska Way’ podcast will give listeners the opportunity to hear from people who are moving our state forward about the issues that matter most to Nebraskans,” he said. “I invite Nebraskans to tune in so that they stay in-the-know about what is happening in the Good Life and new opportunities that are on the horizon.”

The podcast adds to the many ways used by the Governor’s Office to reach constituents. The outreach includes more traditional methods, such as town halls, weekly newspaper columns and a monthly radio call-in show. They also include newer methods such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Martha Stoddard keeps legislators honest from The World-Herald's Lincoln bureau, where she covers news from the State Capitol. Follow her on Twitter @StoddardOWH. Phone: 402-473-9583.

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