Category: Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson, along with UNLV Political Science professor and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Damore and political commentator Elizabeth Thompson, discuss the statewide elections now only three weeks away and take an in depth look at the finalists for the UNLV Presidents position.

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October 31st marks the 150th anniversary of Nevada joining the union. Our Metropolis has been honoring the sesquicentennial all year by sharing some of the unique history of the Silver State. In this segment host Gary Larson sits down with Nevada historians Eugene Moehring and Mike Green. The trio will share some stories about their favorite moments in State history and give some insight into a few prominent Nevadans who helped write the story of the state we call home.

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Links:
Eugene Moehring’s Faculty Page
Mike Green’s Faculty Page

This week, host Gary Larson, along with UNLV Political Science professor and Brookings Institution scholar David Damore and political commentator Elizabeth Thomposon, break down the speech former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made at Monday’s UNLV Foundation fundraiser and debate a possible presidential run. The panel also discuss the heated debate between Nevada Attorney General candidates Ross Miller and Adam Laxalt, the funding inequities between state higher education institutions, and the implications of same sex marriage in Nevada. It’s an extended roundtable discussion on this week’s edition of Our Metropolis.

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This week, host Gary Larson along with UNLV Political Science professor and Brookings Institution Scholar David Damore and political commentator Elizabeth Thompson, discuss the Secretary of State debate held last week between candidates Barbara Cegavske and Kate Marshall. The panel also discuss the turmoil at The Downtown Project and what the layoffs mean to the area’s revitalization.

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With the weather starting to cool down, public radio stations all across the country are gearing up for their fall membership campaigns. KUNV 91.5 The Source is a community supported station and is mid-way through its fall pledge drive. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with KUNV General Manager Frank Muller. They’ll talk about the state of public radio and why listener support is now more vital than ever.

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Links:
Make a Donation to KUNV 91.5 The Source

This week, host Gary Larson, along with UNLV Political Science professor and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Damore and Las Vegas Review Journal columnist Jane Ann Morrison, take an in depth look at what it will take to bring a Medical School to Las Vegas.

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From musicians to filmmakers to architects, UNLV’s Fine Arts College hosts an impressive array of talent. In this segment of Our Metropolis, host Gary Larson sits down with Fine Arts Dean Jeff Koep to talk about the exciting things happening in the College, as well as some of the things we can look forward to this year from the Performing Arts Center and the talented Fine Arts students and faculty.

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UNLV Fine Arts College
UNLV Performing Arts Center

This week, host Gary Larson, along with UNLV Political Science professor and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Damore and Las Vegas Review Journal columnist Jane Ann Morrison, put Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s rant at last week’s Town Hall meeting in context. They also continue their discussion from last week on Clark County Zoom Schools and note the highlights from last weekend’s Attorney General debate between Democrat Ross Miller and Republican Adam Laxalt.

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The resort corridor of Las Vegas Boulevard has been an iconic part of our local culture for decades. Most people consider The Strip Las Vegas’ crown jewel. In his new book, Reno, Las Vegas and The Strip, A Tale of Three Cities, UNLV historian Eugene Moehring says we should really think of The Strip as its own city. In this segment, host Gary Larson will spend some time talking with Eugene Moehring about just what he means.

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Links:
Purchase the book on Amazon
Eugene Moehring’s UNLV page

This week, host Gary Larson, along with UNLV Political Science professor and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Damore and Las Vegas Review Journal columnist Jane Ann Morrison, break down the Tesla deal recently signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval. The panel also discuss the status of UNLV’s medical school, what’s happening with the stadiums proposed for downtown and UNLV, and what the lower educational star ratings mean for the highly touted Clark County Zoom Schools. It’s an extended roundtable discussion on this week’s edition of Our Metropolis.

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Links:
Jane Ann Morrison’s column

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson debate the economic pros and cons over the proposed $5 billion Tesla battery “gigafactory” to be built in Northern Nevada.

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Las Vegas and Hollywood have had a close relationship since the 1940s when Bugsy Siegal brought several of his film industry pals to town celebrate the opening of his Fabulous Flamingo Hotel. In honor of this relationship, and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of iconic film Viva Las Vegas, UNLV libraries is hosting a special exhibit highlighting the movies that made Las Vegas. Tonight, host Gary Larson sits down with Peter Michel, Head of Exhibits for UNLV Libraries. He’s the curator responsible for this exciting film exhibit in the special collections.

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Exhibit: The Movies that Made Las Vegas, Las Vegas Makes Movies

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the proposed property tax increase in Henderson to cover infrastructure needs*. The panel also direct their attention towards the push by the national arm of the Culinary Union to fix elements of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). They conclude with a lively discussion of the regulations surrounding hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in Nevada.

*Note, as of air time, the Henderson City Council decided to delay talks about a tax increase until after the state Legislature meets in 2015.

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In this segment of Our Metropolis host Gary Larson concludes his interview with Nevada historian Mike Greene. Mike shares some insight into just what it took to make Nevada the Nation’s 31st state.

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This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the controversial report recently released by UNLV’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) with findings about potential revenues that could be generated by the proposed Education Initiative/Margins Tax. The panel also debate the impact that could be felt on our community by the layoff of over 200 employees at University Medial Center.

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2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Nevada joining the union. Our Metropolis is honoring the sesquicentennial all year by sharing some of the unique history of the Silver State. In this segment of Our Metropolis host Gary Larson sits down with Nevada historian Mike Greene for part one of a two-part interview. Mike shares some stories about a few prominent Nevada journalists who helped write the story of the State we call home.
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Links:
Silver State Journalists

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the unspoken, yet large, role that profit has played in the urban revival of Downtown Las Vegas. The panel also discusses the abandoned Public-Private funding model for the I-15 widening plan, Project Neon, and the initiative recently proposed for stricter background checks for gun sales.

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Downtown Las Vegas has seen a resurgence in recent years due in part to projects like The Container Park, venues like The Smith Center, and a little company called Zappos. This urban revival has a lot of people excited and looking forward to just how Downtown will blossom next. One person watching all the action is Joe Schoenmann – he writes the Joe Downtown column for the Las Vegas Sun. In this two part interview host Gary Larson sits down with Joe to discuss Downtown Las Vegas and its associated good … and bad.

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The Joe Downtown Column