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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April 14, 2015: The State of Public Radio

Dave Nourse : April 15, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, producer Dave Nourse and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson, discuss what it took for Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman to win her reelection bid. The panel also discuss the viability of the Nevada Drought Forum to adequately address the State’s ongoing drought crisis. Finally, the panel debate the issues surrounding the school choice bill that Gov. Brian Sandoval recently signed into law.

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With the weather starting to warm up, public radio stations all across the country are gearing up for their spring membership campaigns. KUNV 91.5 The Source is a community supported station and is mid-way through its spring pledge drive. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with KUNV General Manager Frank Muller. They’ll talk about the state of public radio and why listener support is now more vital than ever.

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Make a Donation to KUNV 91.5 The Source

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April 7, 2015: The Clara Barton Womens Society

Dave Nourse : April 8, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson, and regular contributors David Damore, Elizabeth Thompson, and Conor Shine, discuss the local municipal elections taking place today. They also recap recent bills making waves in the legislature and the first phase of construction of the new Interstate 11 connecting Las Vegas to Phoenix.

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We all know that the Red Cross is one of the first organizations to show up in times of emergency, but not many of us have complete understanding of all that the Red Cross provides and does. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with Vicky Kallman and Lloyd Ziel from the Red Cross to learn a little more about this service driven organization. They touch on the various missions of the Red Cross and discuss the newly created female philanthropic organization, The Clara Barton Women’s Society. To get involved with the Clara Barton Women’s Society, call (702) 531-0241.

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Links:
American Red Cross, Southern Nevada Chapter

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March 25, 2015: The birth of KUNV Radio & Hey Reb and the growth of UNLV

Dave Nourse : March 25, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Conor Shine discuss last week’s announcement by state republican legislators to raise the minimum raise while eliminating time-and-a-half for overtime. They also debate how the Las Vegas mayoral race is shaping up in light of recent revelations that the cost of the proposed stadium in Symphony Park cost the city over $3.1 million. They conclude by debating US Representative Cresent Hardy’s recent Review Journal editorial about storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain.

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For nearly 60 years UNLV has been a mainstay in the Las Vegas community. From its iconic Hey Reb mascot to this very radio station, UNLV has come to embody all that is Southern Nevada. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with one of the individuals responsible for solidifying this university’s place in our metropolis – area attorney and former Student Body President, Dirk Ravenholt.

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March 17, 2015: A Major discovery by UNLV Anthropologist Brian Villmoare

Dave Nourse : March 18, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss governor Brian Sandoval’s proposal to fund education through a revamped business license fee structure. The panel also touch on the proposal to fund active shooter training for DMV safety personnel and the likelihood that we’ll see medical marijuana and gun background checks showing up as future ballot initiatives.

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UNLV anthropologist Brian Villmoare is co-director of an international research team that drew worldwide media attention earlier this month for their discovery of a fossilized jawbone, representing the earliest known member of the genus homo. In this segment of Our Metropolis, host Gary Larson sits down with Dr. Villmoare and talks about what his discovery means not only for those in our metropolis, but for humans around the world.

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Article in the journal Science

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March 10, 2015: A Fly on the Wall at the Nevada Legislature

Dave Nourse : March 11, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Elizabeth Thompson, and Conor Shine discuss the recent questions surrounding the financing of PERS, the Nevada state employee pension plan. The panel also discuss the impact of the bill recently signed into law by Governor Sandoval exempting school districts from paying school construction contractors a prevailing wage.

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The Nevada legislature has been in session for just over a month and so far there’s been a lot of action coming out of Carson City. While lots of important work gets completed each biennium, most of us have no idea just how it happens. A couple weeks ago, Our Metropolis regular contributor David Damore spent some time at the legislature as a fly on the wall. In this segment Dave sits down with host Gary Larson to share of some his thoughts on the legislative process and some of the reasons Nevada is one of the most interesting states in the union.

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