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 (Sept. 16, 2015): UNLV’s Project FOCUS

Dave Nourse : September 16, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

In light of the controversy over 400 acres of land near the classified Area 51 military installation, host Gary Larson and regular contributor David Damore discuss the practice of eminent domain and the government’s right to seize privately owned land. The pair also debate the recent Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial calling for the Clark County Park Police force to be absorbed by Metro. They conclude with a discussion of some of the regulatory proposals for solar energy recently presented to Gov. Brian Sandoval.

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

Review-Journal editorial on the Clark Co. Park Police Dept.

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Our Metropolis (Sept. 01 2015): What’s the public’s perception on Police Body Cameras?

Dave Nourse : September 2, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Elizabeth Thompson, and Conor Shine discuss the binding arbitration decision that eliminates longevity pay for all new members of the Service Employees International Union. They also debate the lawsuit claiming recent legislation authorizing school choice programs in Nevada is illegal. They conclude with a lighthearted discussion on the future of the zoo, Roos-n-More, in Moapa.

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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Body Worn Cameras on Police: Results from a National Survey of Public Attitudes

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August 25, 2015: What’s happening in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs?

Dave Nourse : August 26, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors Elizabeth Thompson and Conor Shine discuss some of the highlights of the 2015 Clean Energy Summit. The panel also debate the recent ruling prompting changes in the implementation of the State’s minimum wage law. They conclude with a discussion of the pains it took to open Clark County’s first (legal) medical marijuana dispensary.

The end of August marks the start of school for thousands of youngsters and college students across the valley. When students return to UNLV’s Greenspun College of Urban Affairs this fall they’ll be taught and guided by some of the most well respected faculty in the nation. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with the Dean of the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, Rob Ulmer. Rob will share with us some of the exciting things happening in the college and what we can look forward to this year.

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Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

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August 18, 2015: UNLV Creates Speaker Brendan O’Toole

Dave Nourse : August 19, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Elizabeth Thompson, and Conor Shine discuss the resignation of Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins. The panel also discuss the special legislative session that may be called to debate possible tax abatements for the electric car company Faraday which is considering a plant in North Las Vegas.
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The annual back to school ceremony, UNLV Creates, highlights creativity, inspiration, and discovery. The event includes an academic convocation where the university community welcomes incoming students with music and speeches. One this year’s scheduled speakers is UNLV Engineering professor Brendan O’Toole. Brendan’s innovative work with 3Dprinting has led to several developments including a prosthetic hand for a local girl. Host Gary Larson sits down with Brendan to discuss the many exciting projects coming out of the Mendenhall Innovation Program at UNLV’s Howard Hughes College of Engineering.

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UNLV Creates

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August 04, 2015: UNLV Creates Speaker Emily Salisbury

Dave Nourse : August 5, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

Host Gary Larson and regular contributors Elizabeth Thompson and Conor Shine discuss the factors forcing the delay of the opening of Clark County’s first medical marijuana dispensary. The panel also touch on the various woes the Southern Nevada Housing Authority faces and what could become of its chief, John Hill.
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The annual back to school ceremony, UNLV Creates, highlights creativity, inspiration, and discovery. The event includes an academic convocation where the University community welcomes incoming students with music and speeches. One this year’s scheduled speakers is UNLV criminal justice professor Emily Salisbury. With the popularity of the hit television program Orange is the New Black, her work studying female inmates in the correctional system is bound to ignite interest with our newest rebels. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with Emily.

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UNLV Creates
The Reality of Women’s Prisons

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