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March 03, 2015

Aint Necessarily So
Dayvid Figler shares his unique perspective on pop culture on KNPR. Selected commentaries can also be heard on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.

Dayvid's books, Merry Christmas, Jewboy and Grope may be found at Last Gasp.


Apr 23, 2010 | Show a Little Respect
As strange as the battle for Harry Reid's Senate seat has become in recent days, commentator Dayvid Figler thinks we could stand to show a bit more civility and respect.

Feb 10, 2010 | Obama's Words
President Obama puts "Las Vegas" next to "irresponsible spending" again and everyone in town gets mad. Everyone, that is, but Dayvid Figler.

Dec 24, 2009 | City Center - So What
The opening of City Center has drawn news coverage from around the world. But closer to home, Dayvid Figler isn't in the mood to follow the crowd.

Mar 6, 2008 | Blow Hard
Gusty winds are an annual part of winter in Las Vegas, and for Dayvid Figler that's fine...

Feb 25, 2008 | The Growth of Cheating
Human growth hormone has been a topic of heated discussion in the sports world. But HGH has some merit well beyond sports. Here's Dayvid Figler.

Feb 14, 2008 | Show Me Some Love
It's no fun being jilted, especially when political caususes have finished and the jilters have moved on to the next primary state. On Valentine's Day, commentator Dayvid Figler laments the lost love.

Oct 26, 2006 | Homeless
Don't feed the homeless. Help the homeless. Dayvid Figler hopes everyone involved in the issue can come together.

Oct 5, 2006 | Stories
Dayvid Figler ponders the stories missed during a creative break.

Jun 15, 2006 | Stress
Don't even start with ''your'' stressful life. Dayvid Figler will beat you everytime.

Jun 1, 2006 | Comps
Dayvid Figler has some thoughts on boxing tickets, ethics and comps.

Feb 16, 2006 | Puppie Love
Dayvid Figler discovers he's turned into the kind of person he used to sneer at.

Feb 2, 2006 | Eavesdropping
National Security experts may want to listen to your telephone conversations. Dayvid Figler says Las Vegas has plenty to offer.

Jan 19, 2006 | Coffee?
Dayvid Figler muses on his quest for coffee in a perfect coffeehouse.

Dec 29, 2005 | Changes
As the centennial comes to a close, Dayvid Figler reflects on changes in his native Las Vegas.

Dec 1, 2005 | Poker Face
The new-found excitement over poker has driven Dayvid Figler straight back to the poker table.

Nov 17, 2005 | Final Answer
Dayvid Figler has been holding out on telling the story of his experience on a TV game show. Now we know his 'final answer'.

Sep 29, 2005 | Saving Energy
Determined to do his part in the face of rising energy costs, Dayvid Figler comes to a startling conclusion.

Sep 15, 2005 | The Heart Grows Fonder
Dayvid Figler finds you've got to get away to appreciate what you have at home.

Sep 1, 2005 | Free Music?
Dayvid Figler says goodbye to unwanted music, but looks forward to adopting a new music-free lifestyle.

Aug 18, 2005 | Las Vegas Heritage
Dayvid Figler is an old fashioned guy at heart and wonders if we've forgotten what was best about old-fashioned parts of our town.

Jul 28, 2005 | Wit Missed
Dayvid Figler reflects on Las Vegas' reluctance to laugh at itself.

Jul 14, 2005 | Thirty-Eight
Dayvid Figler approaches a birthday that is not a milestone to anyone but monumentally different for him.

Jun 23, 2005 | Summer Camp
Dayvid Figler reflects on the beginning of summer camp season.

Jun 9, 2005 | Quarter for Your Thoughts
Dayvid Figler wonders whether we made the right choice on a 25-cent advertisement that'll end up in everyone's pocket?

May 26, 2005 | Centennial Headliners
With all the entertainers who made their careers in Las Vegas, how did one particular rock group get to represent the Centennial? Dayvid Figler offers these thoughts.

May 5, 2005 | Las Vegas Extras
Dayvid Figler joins the throngs of hopefuls on the set of a new movie.

Mar 24, 2005 | Odd Years
Dayvid Figler finds some of the workings of the Nevada Legislature to be a bit...odd.

Mar 10, 2005 | Why the Fuss?
Having been a 4th grader in Las Vegas, Dayvid Figler feels qualified to offer these thoughts on what Las Vegas kids know these days.

Feb 24, 2005 | CO Alarm
Dayvid Figler takes on the mantle of home safety champion this week when he hears chirps.

Feb 3, 2005 | Super Winner
It's a big football weekend. So big that even commentator Dayvid Figler can't ignore it.

Jan 20, 2005 | Marrying Judge
With Valentines Day just around the corner, Dayvid Figler is feeling the love...of other people wanting to get married.

Dec 23, 2004 | Merry Xmas
Dayvid Filger finds his comfort zone for the holidays.

Dec 2, 2004 | Big Trucker Hat
The old saying goes, get ahead - get a hat. Just not one of these, according to Dayvid Figler.

Nov 18, 2004 | Poet Lawyerate
Dayvid Figler finds that feelings are running strong on the campaign trail for state poet.

Nov 4, 2004 | Surviving the Election
The presidential election seems like another kind of contest to Dayvid Figler.

Oct 28, 2004 | Early Voter Moron
Dayvid Figler takes on political print heavyweight Jon Ralston on the subject of early voting.

Sep 23, 2004 | Searching for Culture
Dayvid Figler has some advice as newcomers search for culture in Las Vegas.

Sep 9, 2004 | Four More Years
Dayvid Figler elects to ponder longetivity as a commentator.

Aug 26, 2004 | Judge Elect
Dayvid Figler offers some thoughts on voting for judges.

Aug 19, 2004 | Puppies
Dayvid Figler was going to write about terror warnings this week, but he's settled on puppies instead.

Jul 22, 2004 | Misdemeanor
Davyid Figler shows us how you could be breaking the law and not even know it.

Jul 8, 2004 | Reunion part 2
Dayvid Figler recently attended his high school reunion. First he agonized over attending, but it wasn't that bad...until...

Jul 1, 2004 | Reunion
Dayvid Figler steps back in time at his high school reunion.

Jun 10, 2004 | Everything is Normal
Dayvid Figler can't resist adding his thoughts about the recent New York Times series on Las Vegas.

May 27, 2004 | Poker Face
Dayvid Figler reveals his cards at the World Series of Poker.

May 13, 2004 | Mayoral Ethics
Dayvid Figler offers his thoughts on the ethics troubles of Mayor Oscar Goodman.

May 6, 2004 | Judge This
If ''tossing the gavel'' ever becomes an Olympic sport, commentator Dayvid Figler is ready.

Apr 22, 2004 | Watch Out
Dayvid Figler gets out on the streets to protect his neighborhood.

Apr 15, 2004 | Politics
Dayvid Figler updates us on his budding political career.

Apr 8, 2004 | Passover
David Figler details the changes to his family's passover celebrations.

Mar 4, 2004 | Paris Hilton
He swears it's only because she says Las Vegas is the 'funnest' town in America, but Dayvid Figler wants to talk about Paris Hilton.

Feb 26, 2004 | Secret Grand Jury?
Do we already know too much just from reading the morning paper? Dayvid Figler has these thoughts.

Feb 19, 2004 | Captain Figler
Dayvid finds himself the captain of a team that won't follow his lead.

Feb 12, 2004 | Juvenile Offenders
Dayvid Figler ponders the question of whether juveniles who commit serious crimes should be tried as adults.

Feb 5, 2004 | NFL vs. LV
The Superbowl brings out the best (or worst) in both the NFL and Las Vegas.

Jan 15, 2004 | Binion's Horseshoe
A fabled casino goes dark and Dayvid Figlers wonders whether to join the mourners.

Jan 8, 2004 | Oscar
Dayvid Figler salutes a local hero.

Jan 1, 2004 | Real Terror
Dayvid Figler ponders snow, terror warnings, Paris Hilton and the media frenzy that closed 2003.

Dec 11, 2003 | Problem Gamblers
Dayvid Figler has some thoughts on implementing a proposal to assist problem gamblers.

Dec 4, 2003 | Shocked!
So we're 'shocked!' at the corruption revealed by recent indictments. Commentator Dayvid Figler says hold the selective memory please.

Nov 20, 2003 | Sick Leave
Thinking of calling in sick? Commentator Dayvid Figler wants to know what you mean by 'sick'.

Nov 13, 2003 | Siegfried and Roy
Dayvid Figler shares his experience growing up with Siegfried and Roy as hometown heroes.

Nov 6, 2003 | Legialized Prostitution
While many people around the nation believe prostitution is legal in Las Vegas (which it is not!)...a recent remark by the Mayor has commentator Dayvid Figler wondering, would the City actually consider legalizing the worlds oldest profession?

Oct 16, 2003 | Spiders
Homeowner Dayvid Figler is trapped by a black widow spider.

Oct 9, 2003 | Official Scandal
Dayvid Figler asks 'Do we get what we deserve from our elected officials?'

Sep 25, 2003 | Point Oh-Eight
There's a new law in town. Point-oh-eight. Commentator Dayvid Figler gives us his take.

Sep 18, 2003 | Fremont Free Speech
Dayvid Figler has some thoughts on the First Amendment in Las Vegas.

Sep 11, 2003 | Mothman
Dayvid Figler returns with his own 'Mothman' prophecy.

Aug 28, 2003 | This is Clearly the END
Are the recent rains going to wash away our Sin City image?

Aug 21, 2003 | Corruption and Snitches
Shocked by the news of political corruption involving strip clubs, Dayvid wonders where the investigation and snitches will lead.

Aug 7, 2003 | Meanest City
A national survey recently labelled Las Vegas the 'meanest city' in the US. Dayvid Figler asks, what do you mean by 'mean'?

Jul 24, 2003 | Might is Right
Dayvid Figler weighs the inconsistencies of criticising the President.

Jul 18, 2003 | The Greatest Show on Earth
Dayvid Figler says if you thought the Binion murder trial was wild the first time around, you aint seen nothing yet.

Jul 10, 2003 | Moms to the Rescue
The Legislature is due back in Carson City to hammer out a tax plan. Dayvid Figler has suggestions to help them reach a compromise.

Jul 3, 2003 | Job Hunting
With only a few days left on the bench, Judge Dayvid Figler seeks counsel for future employment.

Jun 26, 2003 | Problem Solved
Dayvid Figler has found the solution to the shortage of funds for public education...fewer kids.

May 29, 2003 | Moths
Dayvid Figler has his own 'Mothman' prophecy.

May 15, 2003 | Truth or Dare?
Dayvid Figler ponders the relative beauty of Red Rock.

May 1, 2003 | Getting it Right
Dayvid Figler says the real Vegas can be found in one place...

Mar 6, 2003 | Mental Health
Who is crazy and why should we care?

Feb 20, 2003 | Surprise!?
Dayvid Figler challenges Las Vegas radio to surprise us...

Feb 6, 2003 | Look Closely
A bad eye has helped Dayvid get a fresh look at current events.

Jan 30, 2003 | Cure for Medical Malpractice
Dayvid Figler proposes that in medical malpractice cases, punitive damage awards should be used to support good doctors.

Jan 23, 2003 | Quality...eventually
Dayvid Figler may not always make the right choice first, but he gets there.

Jan 9, 2003 | Tax Solutions
If you can't get to grips with the gross receipts tax, listen to Dayvid Figler's recipe for tax revenue.

Jan 2, 2003 | Xmas for Everyone
Christmas is for everyone... even Jews who celebrate at the Bagel Ball.

Dec 26, 2002 | Lott of Trouble
David says we may be missing the point in the political tussle over Trent Lott's statement.

Dec 19, 2002 | Liquored Up
Finding a few extra brain cells he didn't need, Dayvid decides to tie one on...

Dec 12, 2002 | Estate Sales
It seemed a little creepy at first, but then Dayvid was swept up in the estate sale frenzy.

Dec 5, 2002 | Taxes
Now that the election is over, everyone's talking about taxes. Dayvid agrees we should pay our fair share...but not to see Harry Potter.

Nov 28, 2002 | Thanksgiving with the Folks
Dayvid takes the BIG step and invites his parents to his house for Thanksgiving.

Nov 21, 2002 | Veteran's Day
After comparing Veteran's Day 2001 with 2002, Dayvid wonders about being 'American.'

Nov 14, 2002 | Arguing the Death Penalty
Defending someone who has been sentenced to death has not made Dayvid a popular matter who he 'name drops.'

Nov 7, 2002 | Post-Election Fever
Now that the election is over, what will Dayvid Figler talk about? The election, of course!

Oct 24, 2002 | Negative Campaigns
Dayvid Figler has a negative attitude about negative campaigns.

Oct 17, 2002 | A Noble Profession
With at least one Las Vegas race for judge turning into a negative campaign, Dayvid Figler has mixed feelings about defending his own profession.

Oct 10, 2002 | Really, Really Funny
Dayvid is funny - really...even though the folks at the Late Show with David Letterman don't think so.

Oct 3, 2002 | Dayvid's Place
Dayvid finds that though he doesn't drink that much alcohol, being a frequent party host leaves his house looking more like a bar.

Sep 26, 2002 | Goldfield or Bust
Dayvid Figler takes a journey through rural Nevada and learns something about himself.

Sep 19, 2002 | Love Don't Cost A Thing
Ever wondered why our local gaming index keeps going up when the Nasdaq goes down? Dayvid Figler doesn't know either, but he's got some suggestions on how we could best illustrate our economic health.

Sep 12, 2002 | Why Ask Why?
Following last week's controversy concerning the 'protection of marriage' amendment to the Nevada Constitution, Dayvid Figler asks whether the U.S. should attack Iraq, and why it's important to ask such questions.

Sep 5, 2002 | Make No Mistake...
Dayvid Figler wants to get two things straight - say NO to question #2 on the November ballot, and say NO to judges who have been found guilty of ethical lapses.

Aug 29, 2002 | Say it with a Bumper Sticker
Nuclear bomb license plate too controversial? Maybe it sends the 'wrong' message? Say it with a bumper sticker.

Aug 22, 2002 | Gettin' High in Las Vegas
The proposal to decriminalize possession of marijuana has Dayvid Figler wondering about what it would do for Las Vegas.

Aug 15, 2002 | Preserve Red Rock
Dayvid Figler say what we don't need now is more planned communities...especially on the edge of Red Rock.

Aug 8, 2002 | Legalize Prostitution
The more things change, the more things stay the same. Dayvid Figler digs up an old term paper to send to the County Commissioners.

Aug 1, 2002 | Adventures in Home Ownership
A chance to host a backyard filming for Andre Agassi leads to the invasion of the Frenchman.

Jul 25, 2002 | The Yellow Pages
Dayvid Figler's been checking out the Yellow Pages and finds that no matter what you call 'escorts', Las Vegas isn't quite sure how to handle the issue.

Jul 18, 2002 | Political Consultant
Dayvid Figler is ready to become a political consultant for hire. All you have to do is show him the Monet.

Jul 11, 2002 | Yucca - Punishment for our Sins?
Dayvid Figler wonders if we deserve the "Screw Nevada" attitude shown by the rest of country.

Jul 4, 2002 | Fireworks are Freedom?
Dayvid Figler says the 4th of July is the perfect time to reflect on our freedom to do whatever we want.

Jun 27, 2002 | Call it a Movement?
Last week Dayvid Figler proposed a July 4th demonstration for those opposed to Yucca Mountain. In at least a small way, the idea seems to have caught on.

Jun 20, 2002 | 4th Freedom from Yucca
Dayvid Figler suggests we stop playing politics and make a real statement about opposition to Yucca Mountain.

Jun 13, 2002 | God Will Getcha
Dayvid Figler comments on the Las Vegas City Council member who invoked the wrath of God on her detractors.

Jun 6, 2002 | Letter to the Editor
A newspaper article about 'senseless murders' leads public defender Dayvid Figler to write this response...

May 30, 2002 | Jazz
Dayvid Figler's friends get to hang out at fine dining establishments that he can't afford - but he doesn't care because it saves him from having to listen to jazz.

May 23, 2002 | Sin City
If 'sin' is in, then Las Vegas should take advantage of its reputation and sell anti-bacterial soap.

May 16, 2002 | Rock Stars Step Aside
The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, and the Who are still on the road, commanding huge ticket prices. Who is the next big ticket rock and roll star? Dayvid Figler has a candidate...

May 9, 2002 | The Hangin' Judge
Mayor Oscar Goodman has appointed Dayvid Figler to some kind of downtown development thing. With the success of Neonopolis, Dayvid figures soon he'll be appointed judge.

May 2, 2002 | Mayor Beefeater
With our mayor beginning a new career as spokesmodel, Dayvid Figler poses the question, "Got Gin"?

Apr 25, 2002 | Protect the Children
Dayvid Figler says the lack of sex education may contribute to the victimization of children.

Apr 18, 2002 | Spring Cleaning
Enjoy Spring while you can...or as Dayvid refers to this time of year, "curious flashes of friendly weather when it's not so summery."

Apr 11, 2002 | Adventures in Home Ownership
A chance to host a backyard filming for Andre Agassi leads to the invasion of the Frenchman.

Apr 4, 2002 | Volunteer to Beat Yucca
Dayvid Figler questions why we're planning to spend $10 million in an effort to convince the rest of the country that the transportation of nuclear waste is dangerous? Why not convince other states that nuclear waste storage is a "good" thing?

Mar 28, 2002 | Solving the Doctor Problem
Dayvid Figler proposes that in medical malpractice cases, punitive damage awards should be used to support good doctors.

Mar 21, 2002 | Dayvid's Writing a Book
On today's Ain't Necessarily So, Dayvid Figler gives us a sneak peek at his upcoming book...

Mar 14, 2002 | Better Late?
Dayvid Figler works very hard at being late...and pays the price.

Mar 7, 2002 | Critique of the Critics
Why should you trust any of the so-called experts? Dayvid wonders, now that he's one of the "experts."

Feb 28, 2002 | Enron Shmenron
Dayvid Figler explains why most of us have no idea what's going on...

Feb 21, 2002 | Stop Yucca?
Dayvid Figler has some alternative ideas for how to stop the dumping of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain.

Feb 14, 2002 | Elvis
David Figler says "love me tender" with some thoughts on Elvis for this Valentines Day.

Feb 7, 2002 | Star Trek Vision for Humanity
Dayvid Figler hopes to join other high school outcasts in long visits to the Holodeck.

Jan 31, 2002 | Speaking of Mike Tyson
Dayvid Figler finds the beauty behind the beast.

Jan 24, 2002 | Here Comes the Judge
Dayvid Figler - Judge - Smart, Sassy, Fair. Who are we kidding?

Jan 17, 2002 | Judging the Judges
Public defender Dayvid Figler gives us the inside scoop on the all-powerful judges.

Jan 10, 2002 | Quality...eventually
Dayvid Figler may not always make the right choice first, but he gets there.

Jan 3, 2002 | Las Vegas Lexicon - part 2
Dayvid Figler reminds us - it's 'gaming' not 'gambling'... and other important terms to be familiar with when you live in Las Vegas.

Dec 27, 2001 | Las Vegas Lexicon
Dayvid Figler with what you really need to know to live in Las Vegas.

Dec 20, 2001 | Social Responsibility of Casinos
Dayvid Figler contemplates the finer points of living in a gambling-based society.

Dec 13, 2001 | The Complete Story of Hannukah best as Dayvid Figler can remember.

Dec 6, 2001 | The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Dayvid Figler loses the love of his life in a debate over Zionism.

Nov 29, 2001 | The Palms
Nevermind that Dayvid Figler did not attend the grand opening, he thinks the Palms is great.

Nov 22, 2001 | Thanksgiving
Dayvid Figler's parents join him for thanksgiving.

Nov 15, 2001 | Got Gin?
With our mayor beginning a new career as spokesmodel, Dayvid Figler poses the question, "Got Gin"?

Nov 8, 2001 | Checks and Balances
Neighbors face down the Stratosphere Tower's giant roller coaster.

Nov 1, 2001 | Desert Inn
Dayvid Figler laments the loss of the Desert Inn.

Oct 25, 2001 | Mr. Halloween
Dayvid Figler LOVES Halloween.

Oct 18, 2001 | Not a Sporty Fellow
Dayvid Figler says sports are just plain silly.

Oct 11, 2001 | A Call for Unity
Dayvid Figler is suprised to find a Republican amongst his friends.

Oct 4, 2001 | What is Appropriate?
Even 3 weeks after the national tragedy, what's considered funny is still an issue. On today's Ain't Necessarily so, Dayvid Figler attempts to walk that fine line...

Sep 6, 2001 | Dayvid's Writing a Book

Aug 30, 2001 | On Heritage and Roller Coasters

Aug 23, 2001 | God and Lawyers

Aug 16, 2001 | A Quarter for the Homeless?

Aug 9, 2001 | Figler on the Roof

Aug 2, 2001 | Seattle Slam Poetry

Jul 26, 2001 | Poetry and Radio Don't Mix

Jul 19, 2001 | Laughlin

Jul 12, 2001 | McSatire

Jul 5, 2001 | My Hero

Jun 28, 2001 | Can't Get Rid of My Cellphone

Jun 21, 2001 | Problem Gambling

Jun 14, 2001 | Politics Anyone?

Jun 7, 2001 | You Probably Think This Commentary is About You

May 31, 2001 | Not a Sporty Fellow

May 24, 2001 | Free Speech vs Smut

May 17, 2001 | Loudmouth Lawyer

May 10, 2001 | Motherhood

May 3, 2001 | The Yellow Pages

Apr 26, 2001 | Jazz

Apr 19, 2001 | Brush with Fame

Apr 12, 2001 | Bona Fide Citizen

Apr 5, 2001 | Nature Boy

Mar 29, 2001 | Hazards of Outdoor Smoking

Mar 22, 2001 | Lets Party!

Mar 15, 2001 | St. Patrick's Day

Mar 8, 2001 | Better Late?

Mar 1, 2001 | Vegas Lexicon - Lesson Two

Feb 22, 2001 | Vegas Lexicon

Feb 15, 2001 | Napster

Feb 8, 2001 | Smoke and Mirrors

Feb 1, 2001 | Survivor Las Vegas

Jan 25, 2001 | Not a Sporty Fellow

Jan 18, 2001 | Above the Law

Jan 11, 2001 | 18th and I Like It

Jan 4, 2001 | Screw Nevada Two?

Dec 28, 2000 | Ban ALL Betting

Dec 21, 2000 | It's A Wonderful Life

Dec 14, 2000 | A Caring Las Vegas

Dec 7, 2000 | Gore vs Bush - in the ring

Nov 30, 2000 | Las Vegas - Documented

Nov 23, 2000 | Freaks

Nov 16, 2000 | Showgirls!

Nov 9, 2000 | Make Love Not Laws

Nov 2, 2000 | Election!

Oct 26, 2000 | Disco

Oct 12, 2000 | The Outdoorsman

Oct 5, 2000 | Anti-Bacterial Soap

Sep 28, 2000 | Elvis

Sep 21, 2000 | Marriage

Sep 14, 2000 | The Olympics

Sep 7, 2000 | Our Jury System

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