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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May 20, 2014: A Chat with NLV Mayor John Lee

Dave Nourse : May 21, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky’s pledge to allow a group of area business leaders to scrutinize the district’s $2.1 billion budget to ensure taxpayer resources are being spent appropriately. The panel also discuss the recent spate of stadium and arena proposals and just what effect they might have on the community.
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The great recession took an enormous toll on all of Nevada, but one of the State’s hardest hit areas was the City of North Las Vegas. Six years after the start of the recession, though, things are starting to look up for the city. This week, host Gary Larson talks with North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee about how the State’s fourth largest city is doing and just what we can expect from NLV in the future.
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Links:
The City of North Las Vegas

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May 13, 2014: Community College Governance

Dave Nourse : May 14, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Matt Hufman, and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the upcoming republican primary and the contest between former state Sen. Sue Lowden and state Sen. Mark Hutchison for the lieutenant governor nomination. The panel also discuss the reasons that this seemingly innocuous state office is receiving so much attention this election cycle.
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Last week the Lincy Institute at UNLV hosted a forum on how the structure of Nevada’s two-year colleges could be adjusted to better serve their local communities. Host Gary Larson sit with the Lincy Institute’s Director of Education Program, Dr. Magdalena Martinez, and Our Metropolis’ own regular contributor David Damore to discuss the policy recommendations offered.
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Links:
The Lincy Institute
The Lincy Institute Report

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May 06, 2014: The State of Sports

Dave Nourse : May 7, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson take on medical marijuana and discuss the recent flurry of activity surrounding licences for dispensaries and the impact it may have upon Southern Nevada if recreational marijuana is legalized in the State in 2016. The panel also discuss the report by the Lincy Institute noting that over the past 10 years Nevada has averaged 50th out of all 50 States in receiving competitive federal grants and the negative impact that this has had on our community.
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Over the past year Dr. Robert Bellamy has been a visiting professor at UNLV’s Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies, lecturing on sports and the business of sports. With the academic year winding down, host Gary Larson sits down with Bellamy to reflect upon his experience in Southern Nevada and make some predictions about what the local sports landscape will look like in the future.
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April 29, 2014: Nevadans for the Common Good

Dave Nourse : April 30, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

Host Gary Larson and regular contributors Matt Hufman and David Damore discuss the continuing saga in Bunkerville surrounding Cliven Bundy and the lack of media coverage dedicated to the militia which has been rallied to Bundy’s cause. The pannel also reflects on the recent report which listed Nevada as 50th out of 50 states for high school graduates and what Nevada needs to do to improve graduation K12 outcomes.
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Two years ago, members of several faith based organizations from across the Las Vegas Valley gathered at UNLV and launched a group called Nevadans for the Common Good. That group lobbied to strengthen laws on child sex trafficking, and last year’s legislature passed those laws. On May 13th the group is gathering again to set more priorities. Host Gary Larson sits down with group organizers Robert Hoo and Pastor Dennis Hutson to talk about what’s next.
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Links:
Nevadans for the Common Good

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April 22, 2014: Extended Round Table Edition

Dave Nourse : April 23, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

Host Gary Larson along with regular contributor David Damore, Our Metropolis producer Jean Reid Norman, and Las Vegas Review Journal political commentator Steve Sebelius discuss the ongoing saga in Bunkerville surrounding rancher Cliven Bundy and the efforts the Bureau of Land Management have made to move his cattle off federal land.
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In the second segment of this week’s program we continue our round table discussion with special guest Steve Sebelius, political commentator from the Las Vegas Review Journal. The panel explores the issue of judicial elections in Nevada and if it really is the best system to ensure quality judges for our community.
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Links:
Steve Sebelius’ columns at the Las Vegas Review Journal

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