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 (June 28, 2016): Can Las Vegas Support Another Arena?

Dave Nourse : June 29, 2016 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the controversy surrounding adding the Level I designation to area hospitals for Trauma Center recognition. The group also discuss the lawsuit over the school-choice bill that will be presented in front of the State Supreme Court next month.
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Plans were recently announced for a new seventeen thousand seat entertainment venue to be built on land adjacent to the Venetian and Palazzo casinos. This new venture comes right on the heels of the T-Mobile arena opening. Can Las Vegas support another large performance center like this? Tonight host Gary Larson sits down with Las Vegas Sun columnist John Katsilometes to discuss the viability of such a complex and if its construction will cannibalize existing entertainment venues.
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Festivals have been a game-changer in Las Vegas, but how much is enough?

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Our Metropolis (June 21, 2016): Keeping Las Vegas Safe in the Wake of Another Mass Shooting

Dave Nourse : June 23, 2016 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week producer Dave Nourse and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the outcomes from last week’s State primary. They also debate pros and cons of speeding up the break up of the Clark County School District. They conclude by disusing the possibility of a special legislative session to approve the use of some public funds to build a new stadium near the Las Vegas Strip.
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Last week at a nightclub in Orlando Florida 50 individuals were murdered in the deadliest mass shooting in American History. Incidents of mass shootings have been growing in recent years, and law enforcement and social service agencies have been struggling to come up with ways to combat them. Here in Las Vegas, with our highly visible profile, law enforcement is on high alert ensuring the safety of citizens and tourists alike. In this segment UNLV Marriage and Family Therapy professor Carissa D’Aniello joins Gary Larson to discuss the spate of mass shootings happening across the country and what Las Vegans can do to keep our city safe.
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Our Metropolis (June 14, 2016): Can Las Vegas Support Another Arena?

Dave Nourse : June 15, 2016 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the possible outcomes from today’s State primary. They also debate the likelihood that we’ll see more movement on the proposed I-11 corridor linking Las Vegas to Phoenix. They conclude with analysis of the news that the National Hockey League has recommended Las Vegas to be the next city to host a franchise.
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Plans were recently announced for a new seventeen thousand seat entertainment venue to be built on land adjacent to the Venetian and Palazzo casinos. This new venture comes right on the heels of the T-Mobile arena opening. Can Las Vegas support another large performance center like this? Tonight host Gary Larson sits down with Las Vegas Sun columnist John Katsilometes to discuss the viability of such a complex and if its construction will cannibalize existing entertainment venues.
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Festivals have been a game-changer in Las Vegas, but how much is enough?

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Our Metropolis (May 3, 2016): Meeting UNLV’s Provost Diane Chase

Dave Nourse : May 4, 2016 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelist David Damore discuss the likelihood of the Oakland Raiders moving to Las Vegas. The duo also debate why the County Commissioners are proposing an elevated expressway down Tropicana Ave instead expanding the monorail or building a light-rail system.
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A university provost is tasked with overseeing all academic programs within an institution. This week UNLV installed Diane Chase as the university’s newest provost. In this segment host Gary Larson sits down with Diane to learn about some her goals as well as what challenges she expects to face as UNLV’s chief academic officer.
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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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