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 3, 2015: Scholarships for Deserving Students

Dave Nourse : March 4, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Elizabeth Thompson, and Conor Shine discuss the water rake hike recently approved by Clark County Commissioners to fund a $650 million pumping station at Lake Mead. The panel also delve into Governor Brian Sandoval’s non-profit organization, Nevada Can Do Better, which promotes his tax agenda. Lastly, the group debates what might be holding up state funding for a medical school at UNLV.

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For over 20 years, the Cultural Diversity Foundation has provided scholarships to deserving young Southern Nevadans. This weekend the CDF is holding one of the events that helps fund those scholarships. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with Cultural Diversity Foundation executive director Joni Flowers to tell us about the scholarship recipients and how the educational taste of excellence has grown over the past two decades.

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Links:
Cultural Diversity Foundation
20th Annual Educational Taste of Excellence Gala

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Feb. 24, 2015: A Candid Conversation about Water with Pat Mulroy

Dave Nourse : February 25, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson, along with UNLV Political Science professor and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Damore and political commentator Elizabeth Thompson, discuss the contentious debate between Mayor Carolyn Goodman and City Councilman Stavros Anthony. The panel also discuss the major role guns are shaping out to play in the 2015 legislative session. The group concludes with a discussion on the shifting media landscape in Nevada, and a special announcement by our own Elizabeth Thompson.

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Despite the fact that nearly seventy percent of the earth’s surface is covered in water, it’s still our planet’s most valuable resource. Out here in the Mojave we understand that all too well. With the rapid growth of the Southwest and the mega-drought becoming ever increasing issues, water is on the mind of every resident. Tonight host Gary Larson talks water with former Southern Nevada Water Authority manager, Pat Mulory. She’s recently taken a job at the Brookings Institution with the goal of making this precious resource everyone’s priority.

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Links:
Brookings Mountain West

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Feb. 17, 2015: A Chat with UNLV President Len Jessup

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

This week, host Gary Larson, along with UNLV Political Science professor and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Damore and Las Vegas Sun Reporter Conor Shine, discuss the announcement that the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau may purchase the Riviera Hotel & Casino for $185 million. The panel also touch on last week’s announcement that Major League Soccer will not award Las Vegas a franchise team and what this means for plans for a stadium at Symphony Park as well as for Mayor Goodman’s future.

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UNLV recently welcomed Dr. Len Jessup as its 10th president since the school’s founding in 1957. He comes to the University at a time when a new medical school and a Tier One research initiative are high priorities. In this segment of Our Metropolis, host Gary Larson sits down with President Jessup to get a glimpse of the man at helm of the University at this critical time.

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Links:
UNLV Tier One Initiative
Dr. Len Jessup’s Biography

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Feb. 10, 2015: The Red Cross & The Clara Barton Women’s Society

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

This week, host Gary Larson, along with UNLV Political Science professor and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Damore, political commentator Elizabeth Thompson, and Las Vegas Sun Reporter Conor Shine, discuss the latest developments in the battle to fund a Major League Soccer stadium in downtown Las Vegas. The panel also debate the policy of some local governments prohibiting city employees from speaking with the media.

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We all know that the Red Cross is one of the first organizations to show up in times of emergency, but not many of us have complete understanding of all that the Red Cross provides and does. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with Vicky Kallman and Lloyd Ziel from the Red Cross to learn a little more about this service driven organization. They touch on the various missions of the Red Cross and discuss the newly created female philanthropic organization, The Clara Barton Women’s Society. To get involved with the Clara Barton Women’s Society, call (702) 531-0241.

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Links:
American Red Cross, Southern Nevada Chapter

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Feb. 03, 2015: Setting the story straight about Area 51

Dave Nourse : February 4, 2015 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson, along with UNLV Political Science professor and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Damore and Las Vegas Sun reporter Conor Shine, discuss the initial hours of the 2015 Nevada legislative session, as well as the controversy surrounding assemblyman Chris Edwards’ vote for Assembly Speaker. The panel also discusses recent efforts to thwart the building of a stadium downtown and the designation the College of Southern Nevada recently received making it a Hispanic Serving Institution.

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Area 51 has been a popular part of southern Nevada lore for decades. From UFOs to little green men, speculation has run rampant about what actually occurs on the secret military instillation north of Las Vegas. In this segment host Gary Larson talks about Area 51 with former director of the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame, TD Barnes. TD fills us in on some of the declassified aspects of the base and sets the story straight about Area 51.

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Links:
The Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame

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