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 18, 2014: The Ukrainian Crisis

Dave Nourse : March 19, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

Host Gary Larson and regular contributors Elizabeth Thompson, Matt Hufman, and David Damore discuss the woes plaguing the Silver State Health Exchange / Nevada Health Link and the possible repercussions that the State and its contractors may face as a result of the flawed rollout. The panel also debates the rollout of the insurance provisions of the Affordable Care Act on the national level and what, if anything, could of been done differently.
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Ukrainians across the world are watching with fear as Russia makes its presence known in Crimea. Among them is Olesya Venger a media scholar who will be joining UNLV’s faculty in the fall. Host Gary Larson sits down with Olesya to talk about recent events in her native Ukraine as well as her research into online advertising and human trafficking.
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Links:
StopFake.org website

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March 11, 2014: Funding for Education in Nevada

Dave Nourse : March 12, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

Host Gary Larson and regular contributors Elizabeth Thompson and David Damore discuss issues surrounding the governance, funding and administration of Nevada’s community colleges and why institutions like the College of Southern Nevada may be missing out on millions of dollars in federal grants due to the current governance structure.
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The Nevada Board of Regents is considering a plan to raise tuition costs for university students by 17 percent over four years. Meanwhile policymakers are debating whether Nevada’s funding for education is fair or if Southern Nevada gets a short end of the deal. Host Gary Larson speaks with Las Vegas Sun Education Reporter, Paul Takahashi, about these issues and continues the conversation about Community College governance that was initially addressed in the Round Table.
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Links:
Paul Takahashi’s Staff Page at The Las Vegas Sun

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March 04, 2014: Cultural Diversity Foundation

Dave Nourse : March 5, 2014 8:12 am : Our Metropolis

Host Gary Larson and regular contributors Elizabeth Thompson, Matt Hufman, and David Damore discuss the announcement by Nevada assemblywoman Lucy Flores that she will seek the democratic nomination for Lt. Governor, and the ramifications that this has for Gov. Brian Sandoval as he eyes a possible run against Harry Reid for the US Senate. The panel also discusses how Las Vegas will fare in its bid to host 2016 Republican National Convention.
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The Cultural Diversity Foundation provides scholarships to deserving young southern Nevadans. This week the group is holding one of the events that helps fund those scholarships. Host Gary Larson sits down with Cultural Diversity Foundation executive director Joni Flowers to talk about the recipients of the scholarship as well how the Educational Taste of Excellence has grown over the past 19 years.
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Links:
The Cultural Diversity Foundation

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Feb. 25, 2014: The Short End Of State Resources

Dave Nourse : February 26, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

Our Metropolis producer Dave Nourse, along with regular contributors Elizabeth Thompson, Matt Hufman and David Damore, discuss the controversial decision by Las Vegas Metro Police to stop responding to non-fatal traffic accidents and how that decision may be part of Sheriff Doug Gillespie’s overall strategy to hire more police officers. The panel also discusses the framework recently established between Nevada and Delaware that will allow interstate online gambling and the possible implications of the pact.
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Southern Nevada provides more than 80% of the State’s revenue and makes up more than 3/4 of the State’s population, but the Las Vegas area also has a long history of getting the short end of State resources. UNLV political science professor, Brooking Institution scholar and regular Our Metropolis contributor, David Damore, has published a report examining how Southern Nevada did in the last legislative session. He sits down to discuss his findings with Our Metropolis producer Jean Reid Norman.
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Links:
Advancing Southern Nevada’s Regional Priorities: Overview of the 77th Session of the Nevada Legislature
Brookings Mountain West

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Feb. 18, 2014: Paola Armeni – Las Vegas Business Academy

Dave Nourse : February 19, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

Host Gary Larson and regular contributors Elizabeth Thompson, Matt Hufman, and David Damore discuss the calls for changes to the formula responsible for funding Nevada public schools as well as the fallout from recent efforts to pass bond packages aimed at providing capital improvements for local school buildings. The panel also discusses the lack of transparency and accountability for state campaign dollars.
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The Las Vegas Business Academy is a non-profit group of business owners and supporters who want to help promising graduate students become tomorrow’s leaders. Host Gary Larson sits down with Las Vegas Business Academy board member, Paola Armeni, and discusses how the Academy plans on making the area stronger by helping these promising UNLV students succeed.
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Links:
Las Vegas Business Academy

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