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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Oct. 7, 2014: The State of Public Radio

Dave Nourse : October 8, 2014 8:00 am : Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson along with UNLV Political Science professor and Brookings Institution Scholar David Damore and political commentator Elizabeth Thompson, discuss the Secretary of State debate held last week between candidates Barbara Cegavske and Kate Marshall. The panel also discuss the turmoil at The Downtown Project and what the layoffs mean to the area’s revitalization.

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With the weather starting to cool down, public radio stations all across the country are gearing up for their fall membership campaigns. KUNV 91.5 The Source is a community supported station and is mid-way through its fall pledge drive. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down with KUNV General Manager Frank Muller. They’ll talk about the state of public radio and why listener support is now more vital than ever.

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Make a Donation to KUNV 91.5 The Source

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Sept. 30 2014: The Fine Arts at UNLV

Dave Nourse : October 1, 2014 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 Review Journal columnist Jane Ann Morrison, take an in depth look at what it will take to bring a Medical School to Las Vegas.

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From musicians to filmmakers to architects, UNLV’s Fine Arts College hosts an impressive array of talent. In this segment of Our Metropolis, host Gary Larson sits down with Fine Arts Dean Jeff Koep to talk about the exciting things happening in the College, as well as some of the things we can look forward to this year from the Performing Arts Center and the talented Fine Arts students and faculty.

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Links:
UNLV Fine Arts College
UNLV Performing Arts Center

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Sept. 23, 2014: Reno, Las Vegas & The Strip: A Tale of 3 Cities

Dave Nourse : September 24, 2014 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 Review Journal columnist Jane Ann Morrison, put Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s rant at last week’s Town Hall meeting in context. They also continue their discussion from last week on Clark County Zoom Schools and note the highlights from last weekend’s Attorney General debate between Democrat Ross Miller and Republican Adam Laxalt.

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The resort corridor of Las Vegas Boulevard has been an iconic part of our local culture for decades. Most people consider The Strip Las Vegas’ crown jewel. In his new book, Reno, Las Vegas and The Strip, A Tale of Three Cities, UNLV historian Eugene Moehring says we should really think of The Strip as its own city. In this segment, host Gary Larson will spend some time talking with Eugene Moehring about just what he means.

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Links:
Purchase the book on Amazon
Eugene Moehring’s UNLV page

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Sept. 16, 2014: Breaking Down the Tesla Deal

Dave Nourse : September 17, 2014 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 Review Journal columnist Jane Ann Morrison, break down the Tesla deal recently signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval. The panel also discuss the status of UNLV’s medical school, what’s happening with the stadiums proposed for downtown and UNLV, and what the lower educational star ratings mean for the highly touted Clark County Zoom Schools. It’s an extended roundtable discussion on this week’s edition of Our Metropolis.

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Jane Ann Morrison’s column

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

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