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 (Nov. 17, 2015): A conversation with the Founding Dean of the UNLV School of Medicine

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

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss Fuel Indexing and what it means for the transportation infrastructure in Southern Nevada.

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Dr. Barbara Atkinson was just named the Founding Dean of the UNLV School of Medicine. In this segment she joins host Gary Larson to discuss how preparations for the new school are coming and what big things Southern Nevada can look forward to with the addition of a new allopathic medical school..

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The UNLV School of Medicine

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Our Metropolis (Nov. 10, 2015): Serving Clark County’s Neediest Residents

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

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelists David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the report recently released by the Center for Public Integrity giving Nevada’s lawmakers a “failing” grade. The panel also debate the likelihood of the legislature authorizing special tax abatements built to entice electric car maker Faraday to build a plant in Southern Nevada.
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Southern Nevada’s social workers are often tasked with improving the quality of life for individuals and families in our local neighborhoods. Ramona Denby-Brinson studies social workers and the impact they have on tough issues like teen pregnancy and foster care. In this segment host Gary Larson sits down with Ramona to discuss some of the projects she’s been working on to improve the lives for many of the neediest individuals living in our metropolis.

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Our Metropolis (Oct. 28, 2015): Water – Our Most Precious Resource

Dave Nourse : October 27, 2015 8:00 pm : Our Metropolis

Living in the desert we all know that water is our most precious commodity. The agency tasked with managing Southern Nevada’s water resources is the Southern Nevada Water Authority. In addition to keeping tabs on Las Vegan’s water usage, they also plan for future needs and consumption. With the expected growth of the Las Vegas Valley, the SNWA may be one local government’s most important agencies. In this episode host Gary Larson sits down for an in depth conversation about water with SNWA Public Information Officer, Bronson Mack.

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Our Metropolis (Oct. 20, 2015): Black Mountain Institute

Dave Nourse : October 20, 2015 8:00 pm : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and regular panelist David Damore share their thoughts on last week’s democratic debate and what it means that Las Vegas is hosting two additional presidential debates this election cycle. The pair also discuss how the medical marijuana industry is taking shape in Nevada. They conclude with a discussion on CCSD graduation rates and the progress turnaround schools are making.

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The Beverly Rogers – Carol C Harter Black Mountain Institute is an international literary center dedicated to promoting discourse on today’s most pressing issues. Joshua Wolf Shenk is a noted author and consultant for public radio, and was recently tasked with leading this creative organization housed at UNLV. In this segment host Gary Larson sits down with Josh to discuss his initial impressions of Las Vegas and what he envisions for the future of the BMI.

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The Black Mountain Institute at UNLV

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Our Metropolis (Oct. 13, 2015): Vegas Valley Book Festival

Dave Nourse : October 14, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and David Damore predict possible topics of discussion for the democratic debate being held at the Wynn Las Vegas, as well as what holding the debate in Las Vegas says about the future of democratic party. The pair also talk about the proposal to re-organize CCSD and what implications a reorganization might have on funding and curriculum. They conclude with a discussion on the “vision” for downtown.

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Bibliophiles across Southern Nevada are eagerly looking forward to the return of the Vegas Valley Book Festival. This weekend will feature more than 120 authors and 50 events at the Historic Fifth Street School and at the Clark County Library. In this segment host Gary Larson sits down with Geoff Schumacher. Geoff is one of the folks at the helm of this year’s festival and he’s got plenty of insight into this 14 year literary tradition.

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Vegas Valley Book Festival

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