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 (Dec. 06, 2016): 2016 Sun Youth Forum

Dave Nourse : December 6, 2016 8:00 pm : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the petition to classify UNLV as a sanctuary campus. The petition, which contains over 1,000 signatures from students and faculty, was given to University President Len Jessup in the hopes of making UNLV a safe-haven for students who are in the country illegally. The panel also recaps the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents meeting where UNLV was blasted for exceeding the Presidential Debate budget by nearly $3 million dollars. The conversation concludes with a discussion of the latest controversy surrounding the establishment of Education Savings Accounts.
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In 2016, Southern Nevada marked the sixtieth year of the Sun Youth Forum created by Hank Greenspun. The program invites students from Clark County schools to come together and share their opinions about the world around them. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with participants of this year’s Sun Youth Forum, Niko Christian, Alejandro Banuelos, and Madison Hotze, for part one of their discussion.
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Sun Youth Forum @ The Las Vegas Sun

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Our Metropolis (Nov. 29, 2016): Tis the Season…to Help Your Community

Dave Nourse : November 29, 2016 8:00 pm : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular contributor David Damore recap some of the recent controversies surrounding the establishment of Education Savings Accounts. The pair also discuss the various issues with accurate polling in Nevada and why this matters now more than ever after the 2016 election.
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HELP of Southern Nevada is hosting an annual Toy Drive that provides those who are less fortunate with gifts. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with Abby Quinn from HELP of Southern Nevada to discuss what you can do to help your southern Nevada community during the holiday season.
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Opportunity Village sponsors a variety of holiday traditions such as the Magical Forest and the Las Vegas Great Santa Run. In this segment, host Gary Larson talks with Veronica Atkins about some of the details of these events.
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Links:
Help of Southern Nevada
Opportunity Village

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Our Metropolis (Nov. 22, 2016): Helping Feed the Hungry in Southern Nevada

Dave Nourse : November 22, 2016 8:00 pm : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the likelihood that Yucca Mountain will once again be identified as a prime site for storing the Nation’s nuclear waste now that Harry Reid is retiring from the US Senate. The panel also discuss the viability of transitioning some of CCSD’s lowest performing schools to a new achievement school district managed by charter operators.
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While the holidays are often thought of as a joyful time for all, many of our citizens view the most wonderful time of a year as a major challenge. Food insecurity is always top of mind for Rob Santwer from Three Square Food Bank. In this segment host Gary Larson sits down with Rob and discuss what Three Square is doing to make this Thanksgiving and holiday season a little brighter for our community’s neediest citizens.
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Three Square Food Bank

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Our Metropolis (Nov. 15, 2016): Are Our Kindergarteners Healthy?

Dave Nourse : November 15, 2016 8:00 pm : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the establishment of The Nevada Independent. With Jon Ralston at the helm, this news site will emphasize politics, government, business, and education in the Silver State. The panel also recap the results of the 2016 Presidential Election and Nevada’s down-ticket races. They conclude with a discussion of the recently announced plans to expand the Las Vegas Monorail.

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In this segment host Gary Larson sits down with Amanda Haboush-Deloye from the Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy at UNLV. They discuss the results of an annual health survey of Nevada’s kindergartners indicating that 94 percent have health insurance. Despite this, Nevada ranks 47th in the nation in providing insurance for children.
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Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy
2015-2016 Health Status of Children Entering Kindergarten Report

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Our Metropolis (Nov. 1, 2016): Preliminary Accreditation for UNLV’s School of Medicine

Dave Nourse : November 1, 2016 2:38 pm : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the presidential and down-ballot congressional races and the implications these races may have on Southern Nevada. The panel also discuss the issues surrounding the botched drugs kits and the number individuals who many be wrongly incarcerated.

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Last month the UNLV School of Medicine received its preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. The school may start accepting students as early as fall 2017 for its charter class. In this segment host Gary Larson sits down with Dr. Barbara Atkinson, Dean of the UNLV School of Medicine to discuss what this means for Southern Nevada.
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The UNLV School of Medicine

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