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 16, 2016): Building the Las Vegas Brand Across the Pacific

Dave Nourse : August 17, 2016 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the most recent unemployment numbers for Southern Nevada and why it’s so hard to find full-time work in Our Metropolis. The panel also debate the most recent proposal to build a master planned community on Blue Diamond Hill near Red Rock Canyon.
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Fresh back from a trip representing Nevada in Asia and Australia, UNLV Professor Bo Bernhard is full of optimism for the future of our state. In this segment host Gary Larson talks with Bo about the trip and what challenges and opportunities he sees as Nevada continues to diversify its economy while playing an ever increasing role in the global gaming industry.
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UNLV’s International Gaming Institute

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Our Metropolis (August 9, 2016): Police & The Public – Can Personal Body Cameras Change Policing?

Dave Nourse : August 10, 2016 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the resistance to the breakup of the Clark County School District by the system’s elected leaders. They also discuss the decision by the State Supreme Court to not allow a question about limiting energy rates for solar customers to be included on the November ballot. They conclude with comments about the lack of presidential polling data in Nevada going into this year’s election.
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Police officers often find themselves in situations where a split section decision can have long-lasting ramifications. In an effort to shed more light on those decisions, and the events leading up to them, police departments across the country are requiring the use of personal body cameras. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with UNLV criminal justice professor William Sousa to discuss the impact of those cameras and the public’s perception of them.
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Survey: Police Body Cameras Aren’t a Fix-All
Conduct on Camera

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Our Metropolis (August 2, 2016): Improving Public Health For the Las Vegas Valley

Dave Nourse : August 3, 2016 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the push by anti-stadium advocates to deny public funding for a new stadium in Las Vegas. The panel also discuss the opposition by Nevada sheriffs the gun background check initiative. They conclude with a discussion of the suit over Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) heard last week by the State Supreme Court.
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Public health is a concern for communities across the country. As UNLV gears up for the opening of the School of Medicine next fall, they’ll have an expert in public health on hand as they train the next generation of practitioners. In this segment host Gary Larson talks with the Medical School’s Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, Dr. Tracey Green about what efforts are already underway to improve the health of members of our community.
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UNLV School of Medicine

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Our Metropolis (July 19, 2016): The Spike of Murders in Las Vegas

Dave Nourse : July 20, 2016 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the recent controversy surrounding the Public Utilities Commission and the lawsuit claiming the PUC failed to treat data company Switch fairly when it denied their application to cut ties with NV Energy. The panel also discuss the two new energy initiatives that will be on the Nevada ballot in November. They conclude with a discussion on the proposed Clark County gas tax and if the funds generated will cover county transportation expenses.
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In the first six months of the year the Las Vegas Valley has seen a 60 percent increase in homicide rates compared to 2015. With the increase in violent crime comes concern from citizens and public safety officials alike. In this segment host Gary Larson sits down with Las Vegas Sun reporter Ricardo Torres to discuss the rising rate of murders across our metropolis and how we can combat the spike.
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Our Metropolis (July 12, 2016): What will make Nevada’s universities great?

Dave Nourse : July 13, 2016 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the report that only 10 percent of high school graduates in Nevada are prepared for college-level work and debate what the implications are for the State’s workforce. They also discuss the ongoing funding controversy to get more cops on the street.
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Recently Forbes magazine hailed the University of Nevada, Reno as the best university in the state of Nevada. What exactly does that mean for UNLV, and should anybody even care? Tonight host Gary Larson sits down with Robert Lang, director of Brookings Mountain west. They’ll chat about what goes into college rankings and how there’s a whole lot more that could be considered when judging a university.

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