Category: Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Elizabeth Thompson, and Conor Shine discuss the strange route that Uber and other ride-sharing companies had to take in order to become legalized in Nevada. The panel also debates what we can reasonably expect to pass (and die) in the frenzied last days of this year’s legislative session.

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For years, students with intellectual and developmental disabilities have had limited options after completing high school. A new program at UNLV aims to increase the opportunities available to these students by offering them the chance to pursue higher education. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with Joshua Baker. Josh is the director of UNLV’s FOUCS project which aims to increase inclusive, accessible, and productive career and educational options for college-aged students with intellectual disabilities.

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UNLV Project FOCUS

This week, producer Dave Nourse and regular contributors David Damore and Conor Shine discuss the State budget compromise recently revealed by Gov. Brian Sandoval. The panel also touch on the inter-party animosity that has been rampant in this year’s legislative session. They conclude with a discussion of Clark County’s fuel indexing program and what future improvements we can expect from the Regional Transportation Commission.

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With the groundwork for a new medical school at UNLV well underway, plans are currently being made for the first class of incoming medical students. A campaign to raise $60 million dollars to fund full scholarships for these future doctors has thus far been a resounding success. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with UNLV School of Medicine planning dean Barbara Atkinson to talk about all that has been accomplished and what we have to look forward to.

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UNLV School of Medicine

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Conor Shine discuss the partisan tensions and legislative maneuvering that have surrounded the passage of a bill allowing Ride sharing companies like Uber to operate legally in the State. The panel also discuss the tax and revenue implications that come with bringing large music festivals like Rock in Rio to Southern Nevada.

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UNLV anthropologist Brian Villmoare is co-director of an international research team that drew worldwide media attention earlier this month for their discovery of a fossilized jawbone, representing the earliest known member of the genus homo. In this segment of Our Metropolis, host Gary Larson sits down with Dr. Villmoare and talks about what his discovery means not only for those in our metropolis, but for humans around the world.

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Article in the journal Science

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Conor Shine discuss last week’s Economic Forum in Carson City where State budget talks were in full swing. The panel also discuss the recent fact finding visit to Colorado by State Legislators who were examining the implementation of recreational marijuana on the State’s economy and infrastructure.

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For nearly 60 years UNLV has been a mainstay in the Las Vegas community. From its iconic Hey Reb mascot to this very radio station, UNLV has come to embody all that is Southern Nevada. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with one of the individuals responsible for solidifying this university’s place in our metropolis – area attorney and former Student Body President, Dirk Ravenholt.

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This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Elizabeth Thompson, and Conor Shine, discuss the proposal to break up the Clark County School District and the possible benefits and ramifications of this decision. The panel also debate the end of year testing fiasco that led CCSD to pull the plug on the entire assessment system.

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Thanks to the Rebel Recycling Program, UNLV has been active for over a decade in reducing its waste. For the past several years, food scraps from the dining hall have even gone to composting and new containers in the Student Union encourage everyone to help out with the composting effort. In this segment of Our Metropolis, Rebel Recycling manager, Tara Pike, sits down with Gary Larson to talk about the recent efforts made by UNLV to “Reduce, Reuse & Recycle” and what we can expect in the future.
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UNLV Rebel Recycling

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson, discuss the last minute wrangling in the legislature to pass bills before the first house passage deadline as well as the brewing controversy over a gender-based school restroom bill. The group also note the possibility of a big budget shortfall this fiscal year and how revenue talks and immediate implementation may become urgent priorities.

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The fine arts department at UNLV is embarking on a high tech performance involving actors from two countries spanning 5000 miles connected by cutting edge internet technology. The culmination of their efforts will be presented to the public this Thursday here in Greenspun Hall in a performance titled Timelapse. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with UNLV theater director Michael Lugering to talk about this performance and what it has taken to make it happen.

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Timelapse information and reservation links

This week, producer Dave Nourse and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson, discuss what it took for Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman to win her reelection bid. The panel also discuss the viability of the Nevada Drought Forum to adequately address the State’s ongoing drought crisis. Finally, the panel debate the issues surrounding the school choice bill that Gov. Brian Sandoval recently signed into law.

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With the weather starting to warm up, public radio stations all across the country are gearing up for their spring membership campaigns. KUNV 91.5 The Source is a community supported station and is mid-way through its spring 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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Make a Donation to KUNV 91.5 The Source

This week, host Gary Larson, and regular contributors David Damore, Elizabeth Thompson, and Conor Shine, discuss the local municipal elections taking place today. They also recap recent bills making waves in the legislature and the first phase of construction of the new Interstate 11 connecting Las Vegas to Phoenix.

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We all know that the Red Cross is one of the first organizations to show up in times of emergency, but not many of us have complete understanding of all that the Red Cross provides and does. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with Vicky Kallman and Lloyd Ziel from the Red Cross to learn a little more about this service driven organization. They touch on the various missions of the Red Cross and discuss the newly created female philanthropic organization, The Clara Barton Women’s Society. To get involved with the Clara Barton Women’s Society, call (702) 531-0241.

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American Red Cross, Southern Nevada Chapter

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Conor Shine discuss last week’s announcement by state republican legislators to raise the minimum raise while eliminating time-and-a-half for overtime. They also debate how the Las Vegas mayoral race is shaping up in light of recent revelations that the cost of the proposed stadium in Symphony Park cost the city over $3.1 million. They conclude by debating US Representative Cresent Hardy’s recent Review Journal editorial about storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain.

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For nearly 60 years UNLV has been a mainstay in the Las Vegas community. From its iconic Hey Reb mascot to this very radio station, UNLV has come to embody all that is Southern Nevada. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with one of the individuals responsible for solidifying this university’s place in our metropolis – area attorney and former Student Body President, Dirk Ravenholt.

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This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss governor Brian Sandoval’s proposal to fund education through a revamped business license fee structure. The panel also touch on the proposal to fund active shooter training for DMV safety personnel and the likelihood that we’ll see medical marijuana and gun background checks showing up as future ballot initiatives.

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UNLV anthropologist Brian Villmoare is co-director of an international research team that drew worldwide media attention earlier this month for their discovery of a fossilized jawbone, representing the earliest known member of the genus homo. In this segment of Our Metropolis, host Gary Larson sits down with Dr. Villmoare and talks about what his discovery means not only for those in our metropolis, but for humans around the world.

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Links:
Article in the journal Science