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October 31, 2014
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Belonging Las Vegas


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The series takes us into the lives of people making Southern Nevada home in their own ways. It's an exploration of the central and fascinating themes of connection and disconnection in Las Vegas.

       Adam Burke, an independent radio producer and reporter, produced these stories. He received the Bronze World Medal for this series at the 2009 New York Festivals Radio Programming & Promotion Awards.

       The "mission" was to report on people creating their own sense of community, finding people making connections in a region where it's well documented that people feel isolated and dis-connected. Hence the title, Be-Longing Las Vegas, finding a sense of place, a sense of belonging.

       The stories aired during the first hour of KNPR's State of Nevada and were complemented with in-studio guests and discussion about:

  • How people strive to create a home in Las Vegas
  • How our built environment and culture impacts those efforts
  • Some possible solutions to building a sense of community in Southern Nevada.

        Currently, Burke is working on reports that reflect the human cost of the foreclosure crisis in Southern Nevada; they will be broadcast on Nevada Public Radio, News 88.9 KNPR FM in August and September.



Be-longing Las Vegas: The Secret Life of Clowns


Mr. Happiness, aka Larry Johnson, 53, at home in his costume room.
Mr. Happiness, aka Larry Johnson, 53, at home in his costume room. Photo by Adam Burke.

Featured Segments

Sage Kuleski, 10, works on a replica of Blue Diamond's first adobe house
Sage Kuleski, 10, works on a replica of Blue Diamond's first adobe house. Photo by Adam Burke.

5/12/08: Working Together to Keep the Past Alive
We look at the small, tight-knit community of Blue Diamond, which is fighting the sort of development that has swallowed the Las Vegas Valley by preserving its past.
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Larry Johnson spreads joy at the corner of Fort Apache and Sahara
Mr. Happiness spreads joy at the corner of Fort Apache and Sahara. Photo
by Adam Burke.


5/13/08: Making Neighbors out of Strangers
The self-proclaimed Mr. Happiness is symbolic of the fearlessness it takes for many in this region to reach out to strangers. Meantime residents of a Downtown Las Vegas neighborhood meet at "The Flamingo Club" in an effort to get to know their neighbors.
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Heidi and Scott Swank in their Downtown Mid-Century Modern ranch
Heidi and Scott Swank in their Downtown Mid-Century Modern ranch.

5/14/08: Interior Spaces and Liveability
We'll look at the architectural designs of the Las Vegas homes of the 1950s. Their airy, glass-punctuated structures are popular with Southern Nevadans seeking an alternative to the stucco homes that dominate the region's residential landscape. So who's living the Mid-Mod life, and why did stucco become the dominant design of the valley landscape?
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Some homeless residents seek shelter in Las Vegas' labyrinthine system of underground storm drains
Some homeless residents seek shelter in Las Vegas' labyrinthine system of underground storm drains.

5/15/08: Homeless Challenges to Reaching Out
According to the one recent survey 14,417 people are homeless in Southern Nevada. How do these Las Vegans fit into our discussion of community? Have they created a community of their own? Or are they the most alienated group of all? We'll discuss the challenges of overcoming homelessness with Las Vegans who have spent time living on the streets... and some underground.
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Student
According to a recent study, NV graduates the lowest percentage of students who began the ninth grade.

6/19/08: What is being done to combat the dropout problem?
Across the nation there are some 1700 high schools where less than 60% of incoming freshmen graduate. Fifteen of these so-called "dropout factories" are right here in Clark County. We try to find out why and hear what's being done to reverse those figures. Adam Burke reports on the latest efforts to keep students on track to graduate at Western High School.
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Clown John
The Secret Life of Clowns

7/11/08: They're laughing on the outside but crying on
the inside.

Clowns working at high end spectacle shows on the strip are doing the same stuff every week for years on end but have trouble finding any real creative community in Las Vegas. We take a look at the creative crisis of some clown performers, and ask what it means for the performing arts community in Las Vegas.
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