Spectacle: Las Vegas

Spectacle: Las Vegas

It's a city that has defined popular culture. An oasis in the desert, a mirage — a playground for adults replete with casinos, showgirls, and all-you-can-eat buffets. But how did Vegas become “Sin City”? From the genesis of shotgun weddings, to film portrayals of the mob-era, to the social engineering behind mega-casinos…season 2 of Spectacle explores the fabulous, the incorrigible, Las Vegas.

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Meet the Host

Brent Holmes is an artist, activist, and writer whose work investigates contemporary social structures through a historical lens. His artwork has shown at galleries and museums across the country, including the Nevada Museum of Art and the Marjorie Barrick Museum at UNLV. Las Vegans might know his floral mural near the old Moulin Rouge. He’s also a journalist, contributing to The Believer and Nevada Public Radio. Brent grew up in Las Vegas, the son of performer Clint Holmes.   

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Spectacle: An Unscripted History of Reality TV

Reality TV is dismissed as guilty pleasure, low brow... even trash. But whether you want to admit it or not, you probably have heard of Snooki, Lisa Vanderpump or Kim Kardashian. Over the past 30 years, reality TV has become a place to see the social and political moment play out in real time -- from racial tensions on The Real World New York to gender dynamics on The Bachelor. On this season, join host Mariah Smith as she dissects the history of the genre one show at a time, revealing how it's shaped our culture and how our culture shaped it.

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