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KNPR presents thoughtful and informed discussions on everything from politics to dining. Senators, student journalists, consumer advocates, religious leaders, and gang members: our panels make for riveting radio. Refreshes weekdays. 5-35 minutes.

KNPR presents thoughtful and informed discussions on everything from politics to dining. Senators, student journalists, consumer advocates, religious leaders, and gang members: our panels make for riveting radio. Refreshes weekdays. 5-35 minutes.




KNPR presents thoughtful and informed discussions on everything from politics to dining. Senators, student journalists, consumer advocates, religious leaders, and gang members: our panels make for riveting radio. Refreshes weekdays. 5-35 minutes.






Does A New Sex Revolution Beckon As The Pandemic Wanes?

Thirteen months of social distancing and masks, and it’s no wonder people are having less sex. But with protocols loosening, infections stabilizing and vaccinations on the rise, many are ready for some sexual healing.


What Does College Look Like In Fall 2021?

It’s that time of year when high school seniors start finalizing their plans for college. But this year’s class is facing some of the same uncertainties as they did in 2020. Will their college offer in-person classes? Can they live in a dorm? Is it worth it yet to even go to college this year?


John L. Smith On New Grants To Address Nevada's Affordable Housing Crisis

Funding to address Southern Nevada's affordable housing crisis will get a big boost from President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.With thousands of Nevadans caught up in the perennial challenge to find suitable housing at an affordable cost, the relief can't come too soon.The grant is $37 million dollars and it comes on the heels of a $6 million grant announced a few weeks ago, which was targeted at rehabilitating and maintaining affordable housing in Nevada.


Lee Leaves, Cegavske Is Censured - Do Political Parties Matter In Nevada?

A week ago, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee announced he was switching parties. He is now a Republican, not a Democrat. Is that a setup for a run for governor? And this week, the Nevada Republican Party voted to censure Secretary of State, and fellow Republican, Barbara Cegavske. The party said Cegavske and her office didn't fully investigate allegations of fraud from the November elections. And the Nevada Assembly voted to ban the death penalty in the state, putting Gov. Steve Sisolak and at...


Las Vegas' Entertainment Industry Begins To Re-emerge In Earnest

With COVID-19 infections rates below 5 percent, the most restricted of the local industries is beginning to re-emerge. We’re talking entertainment.Production shows are reopening. Residencies are being announced. Venues are preparing for concerts. Even Electric Daisy Carnival is gunning for its return next month.


Clark County's Budget Shows Signs Of Recovery

When tourists stopped coming to Nevada due to the pandemic, budgets started drying up. Clark County estimates $149 million were lost from sales tax and gaming license fees. That has left many county operations, like child welfare services and the detention center, working from a deficit. Despite the losses, there could be a ray of hope for the county. Two weeks ago, the county projected an 18 percent budget increase, a possible sign that things could be getting better.


Las Vegas City Council Endorses Charleston Boulevard Mass Transit

Las Vegas City Council voted last week to explore the idea of a multibillion-dollar, 19-mile mass-transit system that a private company wants to develop for Charleston Boulevard.During its Wednesday meeting, the council entered the city into an exclusive negotiating agreement with Axios Nevada, a company that represents investors interested in constructing and operating the system.


John L. Smith On The Newest Effort To Address Nevada's Affordable Housing Problem

Nevada is about to get more than twice what it usually gets in federal housing trust fund grants. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto D-NV., made the announcement last week.It is good news in a state that faces a steep affordable housing deficit, but how far will $6.7 million go as families scramble for an affordable place to live?Depending on who you ask, State of Nevada contributor John L. Smith said, there is a shortage of between 71,000 and 80,000 affordable housing units.


Innovations Are Coming To The Clark County Library District

The new person in charge of the $77 million Clark County Library District is Kelvin Watson.He comes most recently from Florida, and he’s the first person of color to be executive director of the library district, which has 25 branches and 700 employees. In 2019, he won librarian of the year. In 2020, one of his branches won library of the year, and recently he won the Margaret E. Monroe Award for Innovative Leadership.


Are Vaccinations Keeping COVID-19 Infection Numbers Down In Nevada?

As COVID-19 cases surge across the northern and eastern part of the country, Nevada’s numbers look good in comparison. Even after months of declining case numbers have turned into a slight uptick this week, Nevada’s positivity numbers are still below 5 percent. And the percentage in Clark County is actually lower than that of the less-populated Washoe and Humbolt counties.Meanwhile, vaccination numbers continue to rise, especially now that anyone over the age of 16 is now eligible.


The Ethics Behind Vaccinating Children For COVID-19

Pfizer announced last week that its COVID-19 vaccine is 100 percent effective in kids ages 12 through 15.As the company awaits approval from the FDA, there’s a good possibility kids ages 12 through 15 could be eligible for the shot before the new school year.That leaves many wondering if a vaccine for COVID-19 should be mandated by the school district. Dr. Johan Bester is the director of bioethics at UNLV's School of Medicine.He said there is a history of requiring vaccines for children to...


As Other States Restrict Voting, Nevada Legislators Seek To Widen Access

Across the country, Republican lawmakers are enacting laws that create stronger requirements for people to vote. From President Biden on down, those laws are being criticized as restricting access to vote. But here in Nevada, where Democrats are in control of the statehouse, many new proposals would create more opportunities for people to vote.


Several Social, Criminal Justice Reform Bills Eyed In Nevada Legislature

Many expected the state’s economy, battered by COVID-19, to be the focus of this year’s legislative session. And it will be.But lawmakers have their eyes on other areas as well -- especially social and criminal justice.


As We Emerge From COVID-19, What Developments Will Work Here?

If vaccinations stay ahead of infections, it looks like Las Vegas will emerge soon from the pandemic-borne recession.Already some good signs: the statewide unemployment rate is down to about 8 percent from around 30 percent last year. The $2 billion dollar Resorts World will open soon. An Amtrak link between Los Angeles to Las Vegas could be part of President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan.DISCUSSION HIGHLIGHTS: The Huntridge Theater:


CCSD Kids Are Back To In-Person Classes. How Is It Going So Far?

Kids spent the past year at home doing distance learning during the pandemic. Last month, Clark County School District opened the doors to the youngest elementary school kids. Now, with just 38 school days left this year, the district is ready to bring the rest of the kids back.


Climate, Conservation Bills Target Big Changes

Could the mining industry be facing taxes and regulation changes?Will people driving old clunkers have to say goodbye to the classic car status that exempts them from smog checks?And could gas utilities have to change their plans for future development in Nevada?These are just a few of the questions raised by climate and conservation bills working their way through the Legislature. Groups on both sides of each issue are watching them closely.DISCUSSION HIGHLIGHTS:


Native Americans Advocate For Educational Reform, Protection Of Sacred Sites In Legislature

While lawmakers are meeting in Carson City, they have to debate issues that could affect every corner of the state – including Native Americans living on and off reservations.Native voters and organizers are making themselves heard, too. There’s a long list of bills that specifically apply to tribal communities and plenty of others that could impact tribal communities in Nevada.One of the issues lawmakers are considering is whether to protect the Swamp Cedars, which is a Western Shoshone...


John L Smith On Dan Rodimer's Congressional Run In Texas

Republican congressional candidate Dan Rodimer lost a fairly close Congressional race last year to Susie Lee.Now the former professional wrestler has turned up as a candidate for Congress in Texas.Making matters more intriguing is his recent campaign advertisement. He rides a bull to demonstrate how tough he is.It only gets stranger from there, and if it’s something that odd - we know it’s time to bring in State of Nevada contributor John L. Smith.


Guns In Nevada: A Closer Look At New Legislation

Two mass shootings in the United States and the deaths of 18 victims has put the spotlight on gun control. In Nevada, two reforms are being considered: one to ban untraceable polymer/plastic-based guns. Another would allow businesses to keep out customers who openly carry guns.


John L. Smith On Nevada's Latest Gun Control Efforts

A gun control bill being discussed now in the Nevada Legislature could impact businesses statewide.Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui introduced Assembly Bill 286, which would establish a criminal penalty for bringing a gun onto private property with a gun ban. It also addresses the growing trend of "ghost guns," which are guns that have been assembled at home and don't have a serial number that can be traced.Jauregui is a survivor of the October 1 mass shooting on the Strip. In a gun-friendly...