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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August 05, 2014: What’s it like giving a TED talk in Las Vegas?

Dave Nourse : August 6, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the ramifications of Nevada’s US House Reps. Joe Heck and Mark Amodei breaking with their party on recent immigration votes in the US Congress. The panel also looks at the “power” that Representative Amodei holds due to his seat on the House appropriations committee. Finally the panel discusses why this year’s iteration of the party house ordinance was again dismissed the by the Las Vegas City Council.

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TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. What started as a four-day conference in California over 25 years ago has grown into a global platform for identifying and promoting world-changing ideas. Las Vegas held its very first TED conference this past spring and individuals from around our community joined together to share their vision for a brighter future. In this segment host Gary Larson sits down with UNLV professor Bo Bernhard for the second part of their conversation. They’ll discuss his experience as a TED speaker, as well as some of the things he’s currently working on at UNLV.

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Links:
Bo Bernhard’s TED Talk
Bo Bernhard’s Bio

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July 29, 2014: Las Vegas … A Smart City

Dave Nourse : July 30, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, producer Dave Nourse and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss Steve Sebelius’ recent column in the Review Journal where he bashes critics of the proposed Education Initiative/Margin Tax. The panel also examines Zoom Schools and the difference they could make with Nevada’s most vulnerable children. They conclude with a discussion of Sen. Harry Reid’s influence over the Latin Chamber of Commerce’s Lt. Governor endorsement.

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Las Vegas is often associated with sophisticated dining, premier entertainment and flashy nightlife. One characteristic not typically associated with Las Vegas, though, is intellect. Unfortunately, it’s not that hard to find people who have plenty of disparaging things to say about our city and its residents. One person not on this bandwagon, though, is UNLV professor Bo J. Bernhard. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down for part one of a two-part interview with Bo about why Las Vegas defies expectations and is, in fact, a smart city.

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Links:
Steve Sebelius’ Review Journal Column

Bo Bernhard’s TED Talk
Bo Bernhard’s Bio

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July 23, 2014: Extended Round Table Edition

Dave Nourse : July 23, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, regular panelists David Damore, Matt Hufman, and Elizabeth Thompson, meet host Gary Larson for an extended round table edition to discuss the alcohol issue on Freemont Street, the controversial raise for Las Vegas City Manager Elizabeth Fretwell, and the severe lack of funding for CCSD capital projects.
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July 15, 2014: Introducing the new Dean of UNLV’s Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

Dave Nourse : July 16, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss Governor Brian Sandoval’s scathing letter to Congress citing their failure to adequately fund the Nation’s transportation trust fund and the impact that this lack of funding may have on the construction of Interstate 11 from Las Vegas to Phoenix. The panel also debates the recent report listing Nevada as 50th out of 50 states in job recovery after the great recession. They conclude by discussing the most recent woes of Las Vegas Constable John Bonaventura.
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UNLV’s Greenspun College of Urban Affairs has a mission of improving the quality of urban life through the preparation of its student for careers in fields like criminal justice, social work and journalism. UNLV recently appointed a new Dean to oversee this college and lead the university’s outreach into the community. In this segment host Gary Larson sits down with Robert Ulmer, the head of the Greenspun College, to discuss his new position and what goals he has to help UNLV meet the needs of our urban community.
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Links:
UNLV’s Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

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July 08, 2014: A Sovereign Nation in our Backyard

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

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the recent New York Times article proclaiming Reno, NV as America’s next tech industry hub. The panel debates the merits of the article and transitions into a conversation about what it will take for Nevada to see the growth of industries outside of gaming and mining.
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Most residents of southern Nevada would be surprised to learn that when they drive through downtown Las Vegas they might actually be driving through a sovereign nation. The Las Vegas Paiute Indian tribe was given a ten acre tract of land in downtown Las Vegas over 100 years ago, and since they’ve been reestablishing strong ties to an area that had been their ancestral home. Host Gary Larson sits down with tribal chairman Benny Tso to talk about the Las Vegas Paiute tribe and what the local colony can tell us about the area we call home.
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Links:
New York Times Article
Las Vegas Paiute Tribe

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