Category: Our Metropolis

Jan. 27, 2015: Sex and the (Sin) City

This week, host Gary Larson, along with UNLV Political Science professor and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Damore, political commentator Elizabeth Thompson, and Las Vegas Sun Reporter Conor Shine, discuss the possible recall of republican legislators who have not publically pledged to contest the Governor’s planned tax increases. They also discuss Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers’ attempt to block the building of a stadium downtown with public funds. They conclude with a debate about the likelihood that concealed handguns will be permitted on Nevada college campuses.

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Sin City, Nevada. Las Vegas has little trouble living up to its nickname. Sex, gambling, and other vices are often glorified out here in the Mojave. In this segment, UNLV gender and sexuality studies professor, Lynn Comella, sits down with host Gary Larson to share some of the area’s sordid history with sex and prostitution. It’s an interesting lesson in history that you’ll want to pay attention to.

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My Nevada 5: Prostitution in Las Vegas

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This week, host Gary Larson, along with UNLV Political Science professor and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Damore, political commentator Elizabeth Thompson, and Las Vegas Sun Reporter Conor Shine, discuss last week’s State of the State address by Governor Brian Sandoval. The panel also debate the impact of Stavros Anthony running against Mayor Carolyn Goodman in the Las Vegas municipal election this spring as well as the impact of medical marijuana in Nevada. It’s an extended roundtable edition on this week’s Our Metropolis.

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Watch the 2014 Nevada State of the State Address

This week, host Gary Larson, along with UNLV Political Science professor and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Damore, political commentator Elizabeth Thompson, and Las Vegas Sun Reporter Conor Shine, discuss Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s State of the City address as well as the 2015 legislative priorities for the southern Nevada caucus.

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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

Jan. 06, 2015: Wrapping up the Sesquicentennial

This week, host Gary Larson, along with UNLV Political Science professor and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Damore and political commentator Elizabeth Thompson, discuss some of the more interesting bills up for consideration during the 2015 state legislative session.

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2014 was Nevada’s sesquicentennial. All last year we celebrated the Battle Born state and heard stories about what it took for her to join the Union. In this segment, host Gary Larson wraps up Our Metropolis’ coverage of the State’s 150th birthday with an interview with Nevada State Museum Director, Dennis McBride. Dennis shares some of his favorite moments in State history and offers some insight into a few prominent Nevadans who helped write the story of the state we call home.

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Nevada State Museum

Dec. 16, 2014: Year in Review & Looking Forward

This week, host Gary Larson, along with UNLV Political Science professor and Brookings Institution scholar David Damore and political commentator Elizabeth Thomposon, recap the highlights of 2014 and project the big stories of 2015. It’s the Our Metropolis roundtable year in review.

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Dec. 09, 2014: Sex & the (Sin) City

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 State’s budget woes and a possible bipartisan collation currently in the works between state democratic and republican legislators.

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Sin City, Nevada. Las Vegas has little trouble living up to its nickname. Sex, gambling, and other vices are often glorified out here in the Mojave. In this segment, UNLV gender and sexuality studies professor, Lynn Comella, sits down with host Gary Larson to share some of the area’s sordid history with sex and prostitution. It’s an interesting lesson in history that you’ll want to pay attention to.

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My Nevada 5: Prostitution in Las Vegas

Dec. 02, 2014: All the World’s A Stage

This week, host Gary Larson, along with UNLV Political Science professor and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Damore, discuss the likelihood of the State taking a more hands-on approach with Nevada’s consistently failing public schools. The pair also debate the possibility of abortion being an issue in the 2015 legislative session. They conclude with a discussion of the proposed gun background check ballot initiative.

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All the world’s a stage is undoubtedly one of William Shakespeare’s most famous phrases. It comes from his classic comedy, As You Like It, which begins its run at UNLV’s black box theater this Friday night. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with Christopher Edwards, the director of As You Like It and the artistic director for the Nevada Conservatory Theater. He’s joined by Amber Bonasso and Stephon Pettway, the actors portraying Rosalind and Duke Senior. We think you’ll agree, it’s a segment worthy of the bard himself!

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As You Like It ticket information
Nevada Conservatory Theater

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 comments made by State Assembly speaker designate, Ira Hansen, and his withdraw from the position. The group also debate State republican priorities now that they have taken over both houses of the Nevada legislature.

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The name Uber might conjure up images of the German Fatherland, but in Las Vegas it has a completely different meaning. Uber is a national ridesharing service operated primarily through mobile phone apps and it has recently started service here in Nevada. Uber has gained notoriety recently as its gone head to head with the Nevada taxi cab authority. In this segment host Gary Larson sits down with Las Vegas Review Journal columnist Rick Velotta to learn about Uber and its fight for survival.

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Rick Velotta’s Road Warrior column

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 appointment of Dr. Len Jessup as the 10th president of UNLV. The panel also debate the report recently released by the Brookings Institution encouraging state policymakers to boost the number of Nevadans who possess at least some postsecondary training in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or math — the so-called “STEM” disciplines.

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Area 51 has been a popular part of southern Nevada lore for decades. From UFOs to little green men, speculation has run rampant about what actually occurs on the secret military instillation north of Las Vegas. In this segment host Gary Larson talks about Area 51 with former director of the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame, TD Barnes. TD fills us in on some of the declassified aspects of the base and sets the story straight about Area 51.

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The Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame

Nov. 04, 2014: Election Night Coverage

This week, host Gary Larson, along with UNLV Political Science professor and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Damore and political commentator Elizabeth Thompson, offer predictions and implications for the 2014 elections.

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In the second segment of this week’s program we simulcast UNLV-TV’s student produced election coverage, providing insight and commentary on local and statewide initiatives.

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UNLV-TV’s Studio-G page
UNLV-TV