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 (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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Our Metropolis (July 5, 2016): Keeping Las Vegas Safe in the Wake of Another Mass Shooting

Dave Nourse : July 6, 2016 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the loss of a large federal grant at the College of Southern Nevada and what this means for the State’s largest higher ed institution. The group also debates some of the pitfalls that education leaders may face as they try to break up the Clark County School District by the start of the 2017-18 school year.
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Last week at a nightclub in Orlando Florida 50 individuals were murdered in the deadliest mass shooting in American History. Incidents of mass shootings have been growing in recent years, and law enforcement and social service agencies have been struggling to come up with ways to combat them. Here in Las Vegas, with our highly visible profile, law enforcement is on high alert ensuring the safety of citizens and tourists alike. In this segment UNLV Marriage and Family Therapy professor Carissa D’Aniello joins Gary Larson to discuss the spate of mass shootings happening across the country and what Las Vegans can do to keep our city safe.
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Our Metropolis (June 28, 2016): Can Las Vegas Support Another Arena?

Dave Nourse : June 29, 2016 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the controversy surrounding adding the Level I designation to area hospitals for Trauma Center recognition. The group also discuss the lawsuit over the school-choice bill that will be presented in front of the State Supreme Court next month.
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Plans were recently announced for a new seventeen thousand seat entertainment venue to be built on land adjacent to the Venetian and Palazzo casinos. This new venture comes right on the heels of the T-Mobile arena opening. Can Las Vegas support another large performance center like this? Tonight host Gary Larson sits down with Las Vegas Sun columnist John Katsilometes to discuss the viability of such a complex and if its construction will cannibalize existing entertainment venues.
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Our Metropolis (June 21, 2016): Keeping Las Vegas Safe in the Wake of Another Mass Shooting

Dave Nourse : June 23, 2016 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week producer Dave Nourse and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the outcomes from last week’s State primary. They also debate pros and cons of speeding up the break up of the Clark County School District. They conclude by disusing the possibility of a special legislative session to approve the use of some public funds to build a new stadium near the Las Vegas Strip.
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Last week at a nightclub in Orlando Florida 50 individuals were murdered in the deadliest mass shooting in American History. Incidents of mass shootings have been growing in recent years, and law enforcement and social service agencies have been struggling to come up with ways to combat them. Here in Las Vegas, with our highly visible profile, law enforcement is on high alert ensuring the safety of citizens and tourists alike. In this segment UNLV Marriage and Family Therapy professor Carissa D’Aniello joins Gary Larson to discuss the spate of mass shootings happening across the country and what Las Vegans can do to keep our city safe.
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