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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April 08, 2014: TEDxUNLV

Dave Nourse : April 9, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

Our Metropolis producer Dave Nourse along with regular contributors David Damore and Matt Hufman as well as fellow Our Metropolis producer Jean Reid Norman discuss the controversy over the Bureau of Land Management’s roundup of rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle in the area northeast of Las Vegas. The panel also discusses the recent editorial in the Las Vegas Sun about what it will take to improve Nevada’s lackluster education system.
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Maybe you’ve seen a TED talk on YouTube or heard one on Public Radio – it’s a series that spreads ideas worth talking about. UNLV will be hosting its first TEDx event on Friday April 11th. It will feature both academics and regular folks with something big to say. Our Metropolis Producer Jean Reid Norman sits down with TEDxUNLV organizers Karissa Dold and Kimberly San Agustin to talk about the inaugural event.
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TEDxUNLV

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April 01, 2014: What’s Next for UNLV?

Dave Nourse : April 2, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

Host Gary Larson and regular contributors Elizabeth Thompson, Matt Hufman and David Damore discuss the courting of Sands Corporation Chairman and CEO, Sheldon Adelson, by possible 2016 republican presidential candidates. The panel also examines the latest state demographic data recently released by the Census office and what it may mean for the future of state politics.
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Former president Neal Smatresk surprised the UNLV community last fall when he announced he was leaving for the University of North Texas. The Board of Regents brought in Don Snyder, former dean of UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration for a year as an interim. Host Gary Larson sits down with the new president to discuss his plans and goals for the upcoming year as the search for a permanent president takes place.
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UNLV

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March 25, 2014: Affordable Care Act Deadline

Dave Nourse : March 26, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

Host Gary Larson and regular contributors Elizabeth Thompson, Matt Hufman and David Damore debate the proposed margins tax and the likelihood that it will be ratified by Nevada voters. The panel also discuss the recent the Interstate 11 photo op with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, and the impact, if any, on the eventual construction of the highway.
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Nevada residents who don’t have health insurance have less than one week to sign up for the Affordable Care Act through the Silver State Health Exchange, but the exchange has been having some problems getting that coverage to the people who need it. Host Gary Larson sits down with Silver State Health Exchange Public Information Officer, Christopher (CJ) Bawden, to talk about the health insurance law and how those in Nevada can sign up.
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Links:
Nevada Health Link
Silver State Health Insurance Exchange

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March 18, 2014: The Ukrainian Crisis

Dave Nourse : March 19, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

Host Gary Larson and regular contributors Elizabeth Thompson, Matt Hufman, and David Damore discuss the woes plaguing the Silver State Health Exchange / Nevada Health Link and the possible repercussions that the State and its contractors may face as a result of the flawed rollout. The panel also debates the rollout of the insurance provisions of the Affordable Care Act on the national level and what, if anything, could of been done differently.
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Ukrainians across the world are watching with fear as Russia makes its presence known in Crimea. Among them is Olesya Venger a media scholar who will be joining UNLV’s faculty in the fall. Host Gary Larson sits down with Olesya to talk about recent events in her native Ukraine as well as her research into online advertising and human trafficking.
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Links:
StopFake.org website

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March 11, 2014: Funding for Education in Nevada

Dave Nourse : March 12, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

Host Gary Larson and regular contributors Elizabeth Thompson and David Damore discuss issues surrounding the governance, funding and administration of Nevada’s community colleges and why institutions like the College of Southern Nevada may be missing out on millions of dollars in federal grants due to the current governance structure.
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The Nevada Board of Regents is considering a plan to raise tuition costs for university students by 17 percent over four years. Meanwhile policymakers are debating whether Nevada’s funding for education is fair or if Southern Nevada gets a short end of the deal. Host Gary Larson speaks with Las Vegas Sun Education Reporter, Paul Takahashi, about these issues and continues the conversation about Community College governance that was initially addressed in the Round Table.
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Paul Takahashi’s Staff Page at The Las Vegas Sun

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