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 (April 05, 2016): TEDxUNLV

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

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the events at last weekend’s Clark County democratic convention and how it eats away at the rationale for a state caucus. The group also remarks on how the worldwide “Panama Papers” scandal has a significant connection to Nevada. They conclude with thoughts on Steve Sebelius’ recent column, ‘Pick the Right Religion.’
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The idea behind the TED Talk began in 1984 with a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged. Today most of us know TED Talks simply as ideas worth spreading. In the spirit of spreading good ideas throughout Southern Nevada, UNLV is organizing a local TED event featuring great ideas that can improve our community. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with Gael Hancock who has been tasked with helping organize this event happening April 8th.
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Links:
TEDxUNLV
Steve Sebelius’ column: Pick the Right Religion

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Our Metropolis (March 29, 2016): What will make Nevada’s universities great?

Dave Nourse : March 30, 2016 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the implications of a state ethics commission not pursuing complaints against North Las Vegas mayor John Lee. The panel also discuss issues surrounding the polling of public sentiment on a new football stadium near UNLV and the report that the University of Nevada, Reno is the best university in the state.
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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 (March 22, 2016): Race Relations in Nevada

Alexis Germany : March 24, 2016 10:55 am : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson sits down with Julius Davis and Dr. Sandra Owens for an extended discussion about race relations in Nevada and the rest of the country. The group also discusses recent sightings of the Ku Klux Klan at a Nevada Republican Caucus site.

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Our Metropolis (March 15, 2016): Police Body Cameras and the Public

Alexis Germany : March 21, 2016 11:04 am : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss Las Vegas’ reputation for being an “anything goes” city and how that conflicts with the city’s attempts at becoming a more family friendly travel destination.

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Police officers often find themselves in situations where a split section decision can have long-lasting ramifications. In an effort to shed more light on those decisions, and the events leading up to them, police departments across the country are requiring the use of personal body cameras. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with UNLV criminal justice professor William Sousa to discuss the impact of those cameras and the public’s perception of them.
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Our Metropolis (March 8, 2016): Cultural Diversity Foundation

Alexis Germany : March 8, 2016 11:18 pm : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson debate the potential consolidation of the state’s higher education system. The group also talks about the presence of police body cameras increasing in Las Vegas.

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The mission of the Cultural Diversity Foundation is to create opportunities to learn by promoting, encouraging and enhancing the educational, professional and personal growth of individuals through the development of programs that support upward mobility for underserved Clark County residents. In this segment host Gary Larson sits down with executive director, Joni Flowers, to discuss the foundation and The 21st annual Educational Taste of Excellence: Wine Tasting, Spirits & Jazz.

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