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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Sept. 23, 2014: Reno, Las Vegas & The Strip: A Tale of 3 Cities

Dave Nourse : September 24, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

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

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Sept. 16, 2014: Breaking Down the Tesla Deal

Dave Nourse : September 17, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

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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Jane Ann Morrison’s column

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Sept. 09, 2014: The Films that Made Las Vegas

Dave Nourse : September 10, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

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

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Sept. 02, 2014: Celebrating 150 years of Nevada (Part II)

Dave Nourse : September 3, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

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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August 26, 2014: Celebrating 150 years of Nevada

Dave Nourse : August 27, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

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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Silver State Journalists

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