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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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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Links:
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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March 3, 2015: Scholarships for Deserving Students

Dave Nourse : March 4, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Elizabeth Thompson, and Conor Shine discuss the water rake hike recently approved by Clark County Commissioners to fund a $650 million pumping station at Lake Mead. The panel also delve into Governor Brian Sandoval’s non-profit organization, Nevada Can Do Better, which promotes his tax agenda. Lastly, the group debates what might be holding up state funding for a medical school at UNLV.

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For over 20 years, the Cultural Diversity Foundation has provided scholarships to deserving young Southern Nevadans. This weekend the CDF is holding one of the events that helps fund those scholarships. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with Cultural Diversity Foundation executive director Joni Flowers to tell us about the scholarship recipients and how the educational taste of excellence has grown over the past two decades.

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Links:
Cultural Diversity Foundation
20th Annual Educational Taste of Excellence Gala

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Feb. 24, 2015: A Candid Conversation about Water with Pat Mulroy

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

This week, host Gary Larson, along with UNLV Political Science professor and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Damore and political commentator Elizabeth Thompson, discuss the contentious debate between Mayor Carolyn Goodman and City Councilman Stavros Anthony. The panel also discuss the major role guns are shaping out to play in the 2015 legislative session. The group concludes with a discussion on the shifting media landscape in Nevada, and a special announcement by our own Elizabeth Thompson.

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Despite the fact that nearly seventy percent of the earth’s surface is covered in water, it’s still our planet’s most valuable resource. Out here in the Mojave we understand that all too well. With the rapid growth of the Southwest and the mega-drought becoming ever increasing issues, water is on the mind of every resident. Tonight host Gary Larson talks water with former Southern Nevada Water Authority manager, Pat Mulroy. She’s recently taken a job at the Brookings Institution with the goal of making this precious resource everyone’s priority.

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Brookings Mountain West

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