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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Sept. 09, 2014: The Films that Made Las Vegas

Dave Nourse : September 10, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson debate the economic pros and cons over the proposed $5 billion Tesla battery “gigafactory” to be built in Northern Nevada.

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Las Vegas and Hollywood have had a close relationship since the 1940s when Bugsy Siegal brought several of his film industry pals to town celebrate the opening of his Fabulous Flamingo Hotel. In honor of this relationship, and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of iconic film Viva Las Vegas, UNLV libraries is hosting a special exhibit highlighting the movies that made Las Vegas. Tonight, host Gary Larson sits down with Peter Michel, Head of Exhibits for UNLV Libraries. He’s the curator responsible for this exciting film exhibit in the special collections.

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Links:
Exhibit: The Movies that Made Las Vegas, Las Vegas Makes Movies

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Sept. 02, 2014: Celebrating 150 years of Nevada (Part II)

Dave Nourse : September 3, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the proposed property tax increase in Henderson to cover infrastructure needs*. The panel also direct their attention towards the push by the national arm of the Culinary Union to fix elements of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). They conclude with a lively discussion of the regulations surrounding hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in Nevada.

*Note, as of air time, the Henderson City Council decided to delay talks about a tax increase until after the state Legislature meets in 2015.

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In this segment of Our Metropolis host Gary Larson concludes his interview with Nevada historian Mike Greene. Mike shares some insight into just what it took to make Nevada the Nation’s 31st state.

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August 26, 2014: Celebrating 150 years of Nevada

Dave Nourse : August 27, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the controversial report recently released by UNLV’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) with findings about potential revenues that could be generated by the proposed Education Initiative/Margins Tax. The panel also debate the impact that could be felt on our community by the layoff of over 200 employees at University Medial Center.

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2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Nevada joining the union. Our Metropolis is honoring the sesquicentennial all year by sharing some of the unique history of the Silver State. In this segment of Our Metropolis host Gary Larson sits down with Nevada historian Mike Greene for part one of a two-part interview. Mike shares some stories about a few prominent Nevada journalists who helped write the story of the State we call home.
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Links:
Silver State Journalists

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August 19, 2014: The Deal with Downtown (Parts 1 & 2)

Dave Nourse : August 20, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the unspoken, yet large, role that profit has played in the urban revival of Downtown Las Vegas. The panel also discusses the abandoned Public-Private funding model for the I-15 widening plan, Project Neon, and the initiative recently proposed for stricter background checks for gun sales.

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Downtown Las Vegas has seen a resurgence in recent years due in part to projects like The Container Park, venues like The Smith Center, and a little company called Zappos. This urban revival has a lot of people excited and looking forward to just how Downtown will blossom next. One person watching all the action is Joe Schoenmann – he writes the Joe Downtown column for the Las Vegas Sun. In this two part interview host Gary Larson sits down with Joe to discuss Downtown Las Vegas and its associated good … and bad.

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Links:
The Joe Downtown Column

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August 05, 2014: What’s it like giving a TED talk in Las Vegas?

Dave Nourse : August 6, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the ramifications of Nevada’s US House Reps. Joe Heck and Mark Amodei breaking with their party on recent immigration votes in the US Congress. The panel also looks at the “power” that Representative Amodei holds due to his seat on the House appropriations committee. Finally the panel discusses why this year’s iteration of the party house ordinance was again dismissed the by the Las Vegas City Council.

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TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. What started as a four-day conference in California over 25 years ago has grown into a global platform for identifying and promoting world-changing ideas. Las Vegas held its very first TED conference this past spring and individuals from around our community joined together to share their vision for a brighter future. In this segment host Gary Larson sits down with UNLV professor Bo Bernhard for the second part of their conversation. They’ll discuss his experience as a TED speaker, as well as some of the things he’s currently working on at UNLV.

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Links:
Bo Bernhard’s TED Talk
Bo Bernhard’s Bio

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