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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Sept. 02, 2014: Celebrating 150 years of Nevada (Part II)

Dave Nourse : September 3, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the proposed property tax increase in Henderson to cover infrastructure needs*. The panel also direct their attention towards the push by the national arm of the Culinary Union to fix elements of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). They conclude with a lively discussion of the regulations surrounding hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in Nevada.

*Note, as of air time, the Henderson City Council decided to delay talks about a tax increase until after the state Legislature meets in 2015.

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In this segment of Our Metropolis host Gary Larson concludes his interview with Nevada historian Mike Greene. Mike shares some insight into just what it took to make Nevada the Nation’s 31st state.

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August 26, 2014: Celebrating 150 years of Nevada

Dave Nourse : August 27, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the controversial report recently released by UNLV’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) with findings about potential revenues that could be generated by the proposed Education Initiative/Margins Tax. The panel also debate the impact that could be felt on our community by the layoff of over 200 employees at University Medial Center.

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2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Nevada joining the union. Our Metropolis is honoring the sesquicentennial all year by sharing some of the unique history of the Silver State. In this segment of Our Metropolis host Gary Larson sits down with Nevada historian Mike Greene for part one of a two-part interview. Mike shares some stories about a few prominent Nevada journalists who helped write the story of the State we call home.
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Links:
Silver State Journalists

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August 19, 2014: The Deal with Downtown (Parts 1 & 2)

Dave Nourse : August 20, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the unspoken, yet large, role that profit has played in the urban revival of Downtown Las Vegas. The panel also discusses the abandoned Public-Private funding model for the I-15 widening plan, Project Neon, and the initiative recently proposed for stricter background checks for gun sales.

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Downtown Las Vegas has seen a resurgence in recent years due in part to projects like The Container Park, venues like The Smith Center, and a little company called Zappos. This urban revival has a lot of people excited and looking forward to just how Downtown will blossom next. One person watching all the action is Joe Schoenmann – he writes the Joe Downtown column for the Las Vegas Sun. In this two part interview host Gary Larson sits down with Joe to discuss Downtown Las Vegas and its associated good … and bad.

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Links:
The Joe Downtown Column

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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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