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

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

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

Dave Nourse : December 10, 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 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

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

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

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

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Nov. 25, 2014: The Future of Uber & Ridesharing in Nevada

Dave Nourse : November 26, 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 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

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Nov. 18, 2014: Setting the story straight about Area 51

Dave Nourse : November 19, 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 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

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