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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Our Metropolis (August 22, 2017): Mission High School

Bruce Gil : August 22, 2017 8:00 pm : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the political motives behind recent recall efforts targeting three Democratic state senators. They also discuss Lt. Governor Mark Hutchinson’s announcement that he will not run for re-election. And they also go over an infrastructure report card relaeased by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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The nation’s first public recovery school opened last week in Las Vegas. In this segment host Gary Larson sits down with Mission High school founders Donn Jersey, Heather Engle, and Jeff Horn to discuss how they are helping students struggling with sobriety.

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Mission High School

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Our Metropolis (August,15 2017): How UNLV is Helping Clark County’s Most Disadvantaged Youth Rerun

Bruce Gil : August 15, 2017 8:00 pm : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson break the news that Centene will step in to cover 14 rural Nevada counties in the state’s health care exchange next year. The panel also discusses the recent petitions to recall state Senators Joyce Woodhouse and Patricia Farley. They also touch on this past weekend’s violence in Charlottesville.

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UNLV alumna Judy Tudor turned her own foster care experience into a career helping some of our area’s most needy children. Now as a training specialist for UNLV’s School of Social Work she works with local agencies to train new child welfare employees. In this segment host Gary Larson sits down with Judy to learn a little about her background and how she’s helping kids in Our Metropolis through some particularly challenging situations.

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The UNLV School of Social Work

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Our Metropolis (August 8, 2017): UNLV School of Medicine

Bruce Gil : August 8, 2017 8:00 pm : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson sits with regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson to discuss Danny Tarkanian’s recently announced bid against Sen. Dean Heller in the upcoming 2018 Republican primary. They also discuss news that the health insurer Anthem is leaving Nevada’s healthcare exchange.
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The UNLV School of Medicine began classes July 17, 2017. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with the school’s Chief of Staff Maureen Schafer for an update on Founding Dean Barbara Atkinson’s condition and a look into what coming up at the medical school.
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UNLV School of Medicine

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Our Metropolis (August 1, 2017): Mental Health in Nevada Rerun

Bruce Gil : August 1, 2017 8:00 pm : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson sits with regular panelist Elizabeth Thompson and The Nevada Independent’s Jon Ralston to discuss why the state is refusing to release a report on recently resigned state Sen. Mark Manendo. They also discuss the upcoming permanent regulations for recreational marijuana as well as U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s visit over the weekend.
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Nevada ranks last in the nation for “access to care” in regards to mental health. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with UNLV professor Chris Wood to discuss his recent policy paper and how Nevada’s shortage of counselors affects educational outcomes.
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UNLV News Center: Why Nevada Needs More Mental Health and School Counselors
Policy Paper: Mining for a Nevada ‘Counselor Lode’: Mental Health, Schools, and the need for Responsive Legislation

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Our Metropolis (July 18, 2017): Climate Change and Water Policy Rerun

Bruce Gil : July 18, 2017 8:00 pm : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson sits with regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson to discuss a threatening note left after a break-in at the office of Sen. Dean Heller and the latest on the GOP’s efforts to repeal Obamacare. They also discuss the hole left behind by electronic car company Faraday Future in North Las Vegas’s Apex Industrial Park.
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While droughts in California have made the headlines in the last few years, the potential for water shortages across the United States will increase with climate change. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with UNLV’s Boyd School of Law Senior Fellow and former Director of the Southern Nevada Water Authority Pat Mulroy to discuss her new book “The Water Problem: Climate Change and Water Policy in the United States.”
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The Water Problem

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