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 27, 2016): Catching up with School of Medicine Dean Barbara Atkinson

Dave Nourse : April 27, 2016 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the continuing fallout over news that Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) officials intentionally misled lawmakers in 2012 when trying to change the State’s college and university funding formula. The panel also discuss how recent ownership and editorial changes at the Las Vegas Review-Journal is adversely effecting the day-to-day work of the paper’s reporters and columnists.
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While UNLV’s School of Medicine hasn’t started teaching tomorrow’s doctors quite yet, the staff has been hard at work developing curriculum for 21st century practitioners. The school was recently awarded a $3 million dollar grant to create a new integrated training program that will prepare doctors for medical challenges they’ll face in Southern Nevada. In this segment host Gary Larson sits down with UNLV School of Medicine Founding Dean Barbara Atkinson to talk about the award, how preparations are coming, and what remains to be done.
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Our Metropolis (April 19, 2016): Race Relations in Nevada (Part II)

Dave Nourse : April 20, 2016 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the recent revelations by Bethany Barnes of the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) officials intentionally misled legislators in an effort to maintain the state’s confusing college funding formula.
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In this segment host Gary Larson sits down with Julius Davis and Dr. Sandra Owens from UNLV’s Lincy Institute for the second part 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 Presidential Caucus site.

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Our Metropolis (April 12, 2016): Race Relations in Nevada (Part I)

Dave Nourse : April 13, 2016 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the issues surrounding the caucus process and how Nevada republicans may not be taking full advantage of the opportunities the process provides. The panel also discus the ballot initiatives introduced this week and debate the likelihood that recreational marijuana will be legalized. They conclude with a short discussion of the impact Project Neon will have on Nevada’s busiest roadways.
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In this segment host Gary Larson sits down with Julius Davis and Dr. Sandra Owens from UNLV’s Lincy Institute for a 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 Presidential Caucus site.

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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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TEDxUNLV
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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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