Listen to the "Cultures of Las Vegas: The Thais"
Patranya Bhoolsuwan, a former KLAS TV reporter, spends 30 minutes in this segment of Cultures of Las Vegas
talking with special guests from Las Vegas' Thai community about the history and growth of the local Thai community, Thai cultural influence on the younger generation and Thai food, “then and now.” Joining Bhoolsuwan for the show are John Zeigler, president of the Las Vegas Children Foundation, Nevada Assemblywoman Cecilia Gonzales, Attorney Ranee Samerthai, Onpreeya Long and Claudia Nipakorn Long of the Pong Lang Las Vegas Dance Group, Dr. Christian Giovanni of the Thai Culture Foundation, Asian-Thai News Presenter Santhana Foster, Suntharee Balthazor of Sun’s Beef Jerky, Pitch Pukdee of Sun’s Thai Food and Mark Padoongpat, author and director of Asian and Asian American Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Bhoolsuwan is currently the owner and founder of Patranya Media LLC.
Listen to "The Legacy, The History: Celebrating Black History Month"
"The Legacy, The History: Celebrating Black History Month" is a 32-minute show, moderated by Clark County Commissioner William McCurdy II and features Claytee White, director of the UNLV Oral History Research Center; Ramon Savoy, a former host on urban contemporary radio station KCEP Power 88 and former publisher of Nevada’s only African-American newspaper, the Las Vegas Sentinel-Voice, whose publication ceased in 2014; Brenda Williams, a one-time Las Vegas city councilwoman who inspired a book about her experience as a student at the Historic Westside School, which was built in 1923 and closed in 1967 with the end of desegregation; and Jackie Brantley, who has served on multiple boards, was born in Las Vegas and grew up blocks from the once-bustling Jackson Street, a former business and community hub for historic West Las Vegas.
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Listen to "Cultures of Las Vegas: Mexico"
"Cultures of Las Vegas: Mexico" is moderated by Fox 5’s Maria Silva who is joined by Irma Varela, who has been recognized by the government of Mexico as a “Distinguished Mexican” for her local contributions as the founder of the Life in Death: Day of the Dead Festival and cultural program supervisor of the Winchester Dondero Cultural Center; Nathalie Martinez, UNLV undergraduate research assistant involved with the UNLV Latinx Voices project (www.library.unlv.edu/latinx
); author, educator and activist Tom Rodriguez (www.TomRodriguezLV.com
); Maria Guadalupe Gil, owner of Casa Don Juan restaurant (www.casadonjuanlv.com
), and her daughter, Denisse Gil. Silva’s brothers, Manny and Bobby Silva, also participated. This show, part of a continuing series focusing on Las Vegas cultures, was produced by the Clark County Office of Public Communications & Clark County Television to coincide with Mexico’s Independence Day, which is Sept. 16th.
Listen to "Cultures of Las Vegas: The Irish"
"Cultures of Las Vegas: The Irish," is a discussion of culture, traditions and history of Irish people in the Las Vegas Valley. Guest moderated by 8 News Now Investigative Reporter George Knapp, this 27-minute segment features Terry Murphy, former Honorary Consul of Ireland for Nevada; Diana Kenney Toogood, Southern Nevada Sons & Daughters of Erin; Brian McMullan, owner of McMullan's Irish Pub; and Dr. Cian McMahon, an author who holds joint appointments in the departments of History and Honors College at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This show, part of a continuing series focusing on Las Vegas cultures, was produced by the Clark County Office of Public Communications and Clark County Television to coincide with St. Patrick's Day and Irish Heritage Month.
Listen to "Cultures of Las Vegas: The Chinese"
"Cultures of Las Vegas: The Chinese," features Jan-ie Low, organizer of Chinese New Year in the Desert, the largest celebration of lunar new year in Las Vegas, Asian Community Development Council President Vida Chan Lin and Eric Jeng, director of civic engagement; and Peter Lung, a master of feng shui. The show was produced by the Clark County Office of Public Communications and Clark County Television to coincide with the Lunar New Year, or "Chinese New Year," which occurs in 2020 on Jan. 25 and ushers in the Year of the Rat.
Listen to "Cultures of Las Vegas: The Poles"
"Cultures of Las Vegas: The Poles," is a discussion of the culture, traditions and history of the Polish people in the Las Vegas Valley and beyond. Guest moderated by Jerry Brown of KSNV Channel 3, "Cultures of Las Vegas: The Poles" is a 48-minute discussion featuring Father Gerry Grupczynski, pastor of Our Lady of Las Vegas church; Iwona Podrorski of The Polish American Social Club of Las Vegas; Elzbieta Youngman, president of St. John Paul II Polish School and member of the Piast Polish Dance Group, and UNLV Polish-American student Nicholas Beker. Singers Grazyna Mierzwinski and Antoni Cembrzynski performed. And delicacies from The Polish Deli at 5900 W Charleston Blvd. were displayed. This show was produced by the Clark County Office of Public Communications & CCTV to coincide with Poland's Independence Day, which was Nov. 11. It will air on Clark County Television (CCTV) through Dec. 15.
Listen to "Celebrating Latino Contributions"
"Celebrating Latino Contributions," a discussion of the culture, traditions and history of Latinos in the Las Vegas Valley and beyond moderated by Todd Quinones of KTNV Channel 13, is a 50-minute discussion that features Peter Guzman, president and CEO of the Latin Chamber of Commerce NV, Irma Varela, program supervisor of the Winchester Dondero Cultural Center, world-renowned Harpist Mariano Gonzalez and Chef Beni Velazquez of ChinaLatina restaurant.
Listen to "Black History: Shaping the Arts & Education"
"Black History: Shaping the Arts & Education" is a panel discussion featuring artist Vicki Richardson, owner of Left of Center art gallery, The Smith Center education program manager Kim Russell, Broadway in the Hood theatrical production company founder Torrey Russell and China Hudson, Las Vegas arts educator. Commissioner Lawrence Weekly hosts this 50-minute discussion about African Americans and how arts and culture through education have shaped Black History in the valley and abroad.
Listen to "Influences of Asia and the Pacific"
"Influences of Asia and the Pacific" is a discussion of the culture, traditions and history of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the Las Vegas Valley and beyond. It is moderated by Fox 5 KVVU Television's Tiana Bohner. This 50-minute discussion features Dorinda Burnet and Rozita Lee of the Las Vegas Hawaiian Club, Mark Padoongpatt, an author and professor of Asian American Studies at UNLV and Wayne Tanaka, long-time educator who has an elementary school in his namesake. There are more than a quarter-million Asians and Pacific Islanders inhabiting Clark County today, and their influence upon Las Vegas is widespread and profound.
Listen to "Cultures of Las Vegas: The Italians"
"Cultures of Las Vegas: The Italians," is a discussion moderated by KTNV TV anchor Dayna Roselli. She is joined by Dominic Gentile, the original publisher of La Voce magazine and emeritus Honorary Council for the Republic of Italy; Claudia Contantino-Griffiths of Casa Italiana di Las Vegas; and Frankie Scinta, a Las Vegas singer, musician and performer. Italian Americans have had an indelible effect upon the history of Las Vegas, and this 35-minute conversation captures the color of their contributions.
Listen to "Cultures of Las Vegas: The Germans"
"Cultures of Las Vegas: The German," is a discussion moderated by Channel 3 traffic reporter Tom Hawley. Guests for this conversation include Ernst Martens, a 25-year resident of Las VEags and former member of the now defunct Deutsche American Society Nevada; Sebastian Bechtold, owner of Cafe Berlin; Uli Geissendorfer, pianist, composer and instructor at UNLV and the Nevada School of the Arts; Sylvia Brunn, host of the "Las Vegas German Show," on KSHP AM radio; and Denise Grillo Reed, longtime Las Vegas resident formerly withy Lufthansa VIP Services. October is German-American Heritage Month and German and German Americans make up 11.7 percent of the 2.3 million people living in Clark County. We hope this segment gives you a glimpse into their heritage and contributions to our community.
Listen to "Cultures of Las Vegas: The Native Americans"
"Cultures of Las Vegas: The Native Americans," focuses on the history of Native Americans in Southern Nevada. The discussion is moderated by KSNV Channel 3 personality Max Darrow. Guests include Rulon Pete, executive director of the Las Vegas Indian Center; Barbara Hartzell, chairwoman of the Las Vegas Indian Center Board of Directors; Dr. Crystal Lee, United Natives founder and a UNLV alumnus; Tammi Tiger, founding member of the UNLV Native American Alumni Club and lead over the Indian Center's civic engagement program; and UNLV student Annika Roseen, who was recently crowned Ms. Native UNLV 2020-2021 on the first celebration of Indigenous People's Day in Clark County.