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 (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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Our Metropolis (Oct. 6, 2015): NCT’s Much Ado About Nothing

Dave Nourse : October 7, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week host Gary Larson and David Damore discuss the trouble Nevada is facing for failing to provide timely treatment to mentally ill inmates. The pair also talk about the ongoing dispute between Clark County and ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft. They conclude with a discussion on the rift in the Nevada GOP caused by the passage of Governor Sandoval’s $1.4 billion tax package.

‘Some cupids kill with arrows, and some with traps’ is a verse from William Shakespeare’s classic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. The Nevada Conservatory Theater’s production of the play opened this past weekend to widespread acclaim. It continues its run this weekend in UNLV’s Judy Bailey Theater. In this segment host Gary Larson sits down with Much Ado’s director Michael Lugering. They’ll talk the about the production as well as all that’s on tap this season at the NCT.

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Nevada Conservatory Theater

Tickets to Much Ado About Nothing

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Our Metropolis (Sept. 29, 2015): UNLV’s School of Medicine

Dave Nourse : September 30, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

In this segment host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss how UNLV was able to secure the bid for the final presidential debate of the 2016 presidential season and what this means for Las Vegas and the West. The panel also debates the implications of water-banking and how cities and states in the southwest might be affected by recently enacted rules.

The addition of an allopathic medical school to the Las Vegas community means the health care needs of Southern Nevada’s citizens will continue to be met in the decades to come. Barbara Atkinson is the person at the center of all the planning for this new school at UNLV. In this segment she joins host Gary Larson to discuss how the preparations are coming and what remains to be done.

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UNLV School of Medicine

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Our Metropolis (Sept. 16, 2015): UNLV’s Project FOCUS

Dave Nourse : September 16, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

In light of the controversy over 400 acres of land near the classified Area 51 military installation, host Gary Larson and regular contributor David Damore discuss the practice of eminent domain and the government’s right to seize privately owned land. The pair also debate the recent Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial calling for the Clark County Park Police force to be absorbed by Metro. They conclude with a discussion of some of the regulatory proposals for solar energy recently presented to Gov. Brian Sandoval.

For years, students with intellectual and developmental disabilities have had limited options after completing high school. A new program at UNLV aims to increase the opportunities available to these students by offering them the chance to pursue higher education. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with Joshua Baker. Josh is the director of UNLV’s FOUCS project which aims to increase inclusive, accessible, and productive career and educational options for college-aged students with intellectual disabilities.

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UNLV Project FOCUS

Review-Journal editorial on the Clark Co. Park Police Dept.

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Our Metropolis (Sept. 01 2015): What’s the public’s perception on Police Body Cameras?

Dave Nourse : September 2, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Elizabeth Thompson, and Conor Shine discuss the binding arbitration decision that eliminates longevity pay for all new members of the Service Employees International Union. They also debate the lawsuit claiming recent legislation authorizing school choice programs in Nevada is illegal. They conclude with a lighthearted discussion on the future of the zoo, Roos-n-More, in Moapa.

Police officers often find themselves in situations where a split section decision can have long-lasting ramifications. In an effort to shed more light on those decisions, and the events leading up to them, police departments across the country are requiring the use of personal body cameras. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with UNLV criminal justice professor William Sousa to discuss the impact of those cameras and the public’s perception of them.

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Body Worn Cameras on Police: Results from a National Survey of Public Attitudes

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