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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June 10, 2014: Extended Round Table

Dave Nourse : June 11, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

On this week’s extended roundtable edition of Our Metropolis, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Matt Hufman, and Elizabeth Thompson discuss Tuesday’s primary elections and the implications of low voter turnout across the State. The panel also takes on the lack of transparency surrounding the Clark County Commissioner’s vote on medical marijuana dispensary locations. They end by examining what it will take to prevent more tragedies like the recent Las Vegas Metro Police shooting.

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May 27, 2014: Improving Public Health in Southern Nevada

Dave Nourse : May 28, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Matt Hufman, and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the circumstances surrounding the withdraw of Las Vegas’ bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. The panel also discuss the merits of the lawsuit recently filed against the State alleging that employers, aided by the state’s labor commissioner, have systematically evaded a requirement of a 2006 constitutional amendment to provide low-income workers with health care.
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Nevada frequently finds itself at the bottom of many lists tracking American’s quality of life. Public health, however, is one list where we’ve been seeing some marked improvements. In this segment of Our Metropolis, host Gary Larson speaks with Shawn Gerstenberger, Dean of UNLV’s School of Community Health Sciences, about some of the ways we’ve been tackling our region’s health challenges.
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May 20, 2014: A Chat with NLV Mayor John Lee

Dave Nourse : May 21, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky’s pledge to allow a group of area business leaders to scrutinize the district’s $2.1 billion budget to ensure taxpayer resources are being spent appropriately. The panel also discuss the recent spate of stadium and arena proposals and just what effect they might have on the community.
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The great recession took an enormous toll on all of Nevada, but one of the State’s hardest hit areas was the City of North Las Vegas. Six years after the start of the recession, though, things are starting to look up for the city. This week, host Gary Larson talks with North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee about how the State’s fourth largest city is doing and just what we can expect from NLV in the future.
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The City of North Las Vegas

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May 13, 2014: Community College Governance

Dave Nourse : May 14, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Matt Hufman, and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the upcoming republican primary and the contest between former state Sen. Sue Lowden and state Sen. Mark Hutchison for the lieutenant governor nomination. The panel also discuss the reasons that this seemingly innocuous state office is receiving so much attention this election cycle.
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Last week the Lincy Institute at UNLV hosted a forum on how the structure of Nevada’s two-year colleges could be adjusted to better serve their local communities. Host Gary Larson sit with the Lincy Institute’s Director of Education Program, Dr. Magdalena Martinez, and Our Metropolis’ own regular contributor David Damore to discuss the policy recommendations offered.
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The Lincy Institute
The Lincy Institute Report

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May 06, 2014: The State of Sports

Dave Nourse : May 7, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson take on medical marijuana and discuss the recent flurry of activity surrounding licences for dispensaries and the impact it may have upon Southern Nevada if recreational marijuana is legalized in the State in 2016. The panel also discuss the report by the Lincy Institute noting that over the past 10 years Nevada has averaged 50th out of all 50 States in receiving competitive federal grants and the negative impact that this has had on our community.
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Over the past year Dr. Robert Bellamy has been a visiting professor at UNLV’s Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies, lecturing on sports and the business of sports. With the academic year winding down, host Gary Larson sits down with Bellamy to reflect upon his experience in Southern Nevada and make some predictions about what the local sports landscape will look like in the future.
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