Our Metropolis

Our Metropolis is a weekly half-hour issues and affairs program hosted by UNLV journalism professor, Gary Larson, devoted to bringing the issues, personalities, and places of Las Vegas and beyond to our listeners. We present the Southern Nevadan experience through sound, story, discussion, and commentary. Let us know your thoughts by emailing ourmetro (at) kunv.org.

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June 30, 2015: The Future of UNLV with President Len Jessup

Dave Nourse : July 1, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Elizabeth Thompson, and Conor Shine discuss the recent Review Journal article alleging that Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) officials quashed an internal report criticizing the system and its centralized bureaucracy. The panel also discuss the ability of Southern Nevada to handle flooding now that monsoon season had arrived, and why 13 years after being legalized, medical marijuana dispensaries have still not opened in Clark County.

UNLV came out a clear winner during this year’s State legislative session. The man responsible for much of this success, though, has only been on the job for six months. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with UNLV President Len Jessup. They’ll discuss his experience this session, what went well, and what he wishes he could have accomplished.

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June 23, 2015: A Candid Converstation about Water with Pat Mulroy

Dave Nourse : June 24, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Elizabeth Thompson, and Conor Shine discuss the recent National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEAO) convention in Las Vegas along with the priorities of this group and the presidential candidates who came to share their vision with attendees. The panel also discuss the recent woes of North Las Vegas mayor, John Lee. They end with a tribute to former Review Journal reporter Laura Myers.

Despite the fact that nearly seventy percent of the earth’s surface is covered in water, it’s still our planet’s most valuable resource. Out here in the Mojave we understand that all too well. With the rapid growth of the Southwest and the mega-drought becoming ever increasing issues, water is on the mind of every resident. Tonight host Gary Larson talks water with former Southern Nevada Water Authority manager, Pat Mulroy. She’s recently taken a job at the Brookings Institution with the goal of making this precious resource everyone’s priority.

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June 16, 2015: Life for female inmates in the age of Orange is the New Black

Dave Nourse : June 17, 2015 8:03 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Elizabeth Thompson, and Conor Shine discuss if the water situation in Southern Nevada is as dire as the media has recently been making it seem. The pannel also debate the legislation recently signed breaking up the Clark County School District and how this task may be accomplished.
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The popular television program Orange is the New Black has helped raise awareness of the many issues female inmates often face while in prison. UNLV criminal justice professor Emily Salisbury is an expert in women’s corrections. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with Emily to discuss the reality of life behind bars for female inmates.

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June 09, 2015: A Conversation with Chancellor Dan Klaich

Dave Nourse : June 10, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Elizabeth Thompson, and Conor Shine discuss Gov. Brian Sandoval’s announcement that he will not seek Harry Reid’s US Senate seat after he steps down in 2016. The panel also debates the possible unintended consequences stemming from laws recently enacted as part of the 78th legislative session. Finally, the group discusses the likelihood that the Public Utilities Commission will allow Switch to sever ties with NV Energy, and the possible ramifications from such a decision.
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Nevada’s 78th legislative session just wrapped up and education came out a clear winner. Among the many projects funded by the legislature over the biennium are a new medical school and a new home for UNLV’s hotel college. In this segment, host Gary Larson talks with Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Chancellor Dan Klaich about why this was a historic session and how the hard work has only just begun.

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June 02, 2015: Robots and Drones

Dave Nourse : June 3, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Elizabeth Thompson, and Conor Shine discuss the last days of the 78th legislative session and the strong bipartisan support for education in Nevada.

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This April UNLV opened the Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab which serves as the University’s hub for robotics and unmanned aerial systems research. The facility is led by Paul Oh who later this month will lead a team of students to a robotics contest sponsored by the Department of Defense. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with Paul to talk about this year’s competition and UNLV’s high-tech entrant, The Metal Rebel.

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