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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07-28-2015: Collecting thoughts on Police Body Cameras

Dave Nourse : July 29, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

Host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson debate the reasons behind NV Energy’s lengthy delays in getting rooftop produced solar power onto the electrical grid. The panel also discuss the piece in the Review-Journal highlighting the work Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo has completed in his first six months on the job.
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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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Links:
Body Worn Cameras on Police: Results from a National Survey of Public Attitudes

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07-21-2015: Broadcasters in the Community

Dave Nourse : July 22, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

Host Gary Larson and regular contributors Elizabeth Thompson and Conor Shine debate the recent Review-Journal article describing Las Vegas as a “sanctuary city.” The panel also discuss the reasons behind the area’s rapid decline in marriages, and a possible electric car factory coming to North Las Vegas.
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The Nevada Broadcasters Association works diligently to educate the public on the important role that broadcasters play in their communities. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with two leaders from the Association to fill us in on all that Nevada Broadcasters is doing and just how it impacts us.

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Links:
Nevadans Broadcasters Association
Nevadans Broadcasters Association Gala

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July 14, 2015: Catching up with Nevadans for the Common Good

Dave Nourse : July 15, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

Host Gary Larson and regular contributors Elizabeth Thompson and Conor Shine debate Hugh Jackson’s recent column in the Review Journal questioning if education alone can solve Nevada’s economic ails. The panel also discuss the controversy surrounding the creation of the Basin and Range National Monument.
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Three years ago members of several faith-based organizations from across the valley gathered at UNLV and launched a group called Nevadans for the Common Good. That group has lobbied to strengthen our laws on sex trafficking, elder-care, and education. Now with the State legislative session in our rear-view mirror, host Gary Larson sits down with Robert Hoo and Pastor Dennis Hutson from the organization to discuss what they’ve accomplished and what they have left to tackle.

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Links:
Nevadans for the Common Good

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July 7, 2015: The Future of the Clark County School District

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

The Clark County School District has been the focus of lots of attention recently. News of a possible break up along with another year without a raise for teachers has been dominating the headlines the past couple week. Despite this, CCSD scored a number of wins during this year’s state legislative session. In this segment, host Gary Larson gets caught up on all the happenings with CCSD with school district Chief Financial Officer, Jim McIntosh.

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 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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