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 16, 2015: Life for female inmates in the age of Orange is the New Black

Dave Nourse : June 17, 2015 8:03 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Elizabeth Thompson, and Conor Shine discuss if the water situation in Southern Nevada is as dire as the media has recently been making it seem. The pannel also debate the legislation recently signed breaking up the Clark County School District and how this task may be accomplished.
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The popular television program Orange is the New Black has helped raise awareness of the many issues female inmates often face while in prison. UNLV criminal justice professor Emily Salisbury is an expert in women’s corrections. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with Emily to discuss the reality of life behind bars for female inmates.

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June 09, 2015: A Conversation with Chancellor Dan Klaich

Dave Nourse : June 10, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Elizabeth Thompson, and Conor Shine discuss Gov. Brian Sandoval’s announcement that he will not seek Harry Reid’s US Senate seat after he steps down in 2016. The panel also debates the possible unintended consequences stemming from laws recently enacted as part of the 78th legislative session. Finally, the group discusses the likelihood that the Public Utilities Commission will allow Switch to sever ties with NV Energy, and the possible ramifications from such a decision.
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Nevada’s 78th legislative session just wrapped up and education came out a clear winner. Among the many projects funded by the legislature over the biennium are a new medical school and a new home for UNLV’s hotel college. In this segment, host Gary Larson talks with Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Chancellor Dan Klaich about why this was a historic session and how the hard work has only just begun.

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June 02, 2015: Robots and Drones

Dave Nourse : June 3, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Elizabeth Thompson, and Conor Shine discuss the last days of the 78th legislative session and the strong bipartisan support for education in Nevada.

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This April UNLV opened the Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab which serves as the University’s hub for robotics and unmanned aerial systems research. The facility is led by Paul Oh who later this month will lead a team of students to a robotics contest sponsored by the Department of Defense. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with Paul to talk about this year’s competition and UNLV’s high-tech entrant, The Metal Rebel.

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UNLV’s Metal Rebel

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May 26, 2015: UNLV’s Project FOCUS

Dave Nourse : May 27, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Elizabeth Thompson, and Conor Shine discuss the strange route that Uber and other ride-sharing companies had to take in order to become legalized in Nevada. The panel also debates what we can reasonably expect to pass (and die) in the frenzied last days of this year’s legislative session.

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For years, students with intellectual and developmental disabilities have had limited options after completing high school. A new program at UNLV aims to increase the opportunities available to these students by offering them the chance to pursue higher education. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with Joshua Baker. Josh is the director of UNLV’s FOUCS project which aims to increase inclusive, accessible, and productive career and educational options for college-aged students with intellectual disabilities.

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UNLV Project FOCUS

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May 19, 2015: The UNLV School of Medicine

Dave Nourse : May 20, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, producer Dave Nourse and regular contributors David Damore and Conor Shine discuss the State budget compromise recently revealed by Gov. Brian Sandoval. The panel also touch on the inter-party animosity that has been rampant in this year’s legislative session. They conclude with a discussion of Clark County’s fuel indexing program and what future improvements we can expect from the Regional Transportation Commission.

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With the groundwork for a new medical school at UNLV well underway, plans are currently being made for the first class of incoming medical students. A campaign to raise $60 million dollars to fund full scholarships for these future doctors has thus far been a resounding success. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with UNLV School of Medicine planning dean Barbara Atkinson to talk about all that has been accomplished and what we have to look forward to.

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UNLV School of Medicine

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