Energy and Environment
4:22 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Tahoe bugs are "canaries in the coal mine"

Tahoe Stonefly

You are probably familiar with the "Keep Tahoe Blue" stickers, which have brought public awareness to the decline in clarity of Lake Tahoe's signature blue waters. 

But here's a bumper sticker you haven't seen, yet: 'Save Tahoe's Smallest Critters.' Those invertebrates, some only native to Tahoe, are undergoing a massive extinction at the lake's bottom. A group of divers recently completed a first-of-its-kind tour of the entire lake in order to asses the ecological changes there. 

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Medical Research
1:48 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Health Watch: Medical Research

Dr. Iain Buxton, professor of pharmacology and chair of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

In this installment of Health Watch from Beyond the Headlines, a discussion about medical research with Iain Buxton, Doctor of Pharmacy, Regents professor and Foundation professor of pharmacology and chair of the pharmacology department at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He talks with Richelle O'Driscoll from the University of Nevada School of Medicine and Division of Health Sciences.

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Reynolds School Media Watch/Beyond the Headlines
4:15 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Football contracts highly prized for TV networks

Al Stavitsky, Dean of the Reynolds School of Journalism.
Credit UNR

College football’s national championship game dominated television viewing with huge ratings. The recent college playoff bowl games set records. The NFL playoffs have taken over millions of viewers’ weekends with more than 110 million viewers expected to watch the Feb. 1 Super Bowl. 

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Beyond the Headlines
3:34 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

University of Nevada hosts TEDx event Jan. 23

TEDx University of Nevada, Reno is an independently organized TED event. (Shown is Tim Grunert, presenter at a prior University TEDx session.)
Credit UNR


Are you familiar with TED Talks? The online videos of global thought leaders sharing their insights about our world? They're also heard on NPR's TED Radio Hour each Sunday at 2 p.m. on KUNR.

TED stands for Technology, Education and Design. Since 1984 when the TED Talks began, they've expanded to many cities across north America, including the TEDx presentation on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. TEDx is an independently organized TED event.   

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Politics and Policy
9:59 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Sandoval proposes big tax increases for funding education

Credit Governor Brian Sandoval

Governor Brian Sandoval is calling for more than a billion dollars in revenue to fund Nevada's education system. That was among the many ambitious proposals the governor laid out in his State of the State address last night. Reno Public Radio's Will Stone has more.

From the very first minutes, Governor  Brian Sandoval wasn't just speaking to today's Nevada, but to a future one, where education and the economy no longer hold the state back.

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Business + Economy
8:44 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Concern growing over possible bus service cuts in Washoe

Mark Tadder has relied on bus service more and more over the past few years as his vision has failed.

People in Washoe County who struggle to get around town could have an even harder time if bus routes are cut, which could happen if the transportation commission can't find more money. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Mark Tadder lives just a quick walk from a bus stop in northwest Reno, and that’s no accident.

“I started riding the bus in earnest about a year ago when my vision failed and I wasn’t really able to walk so much and get around that way.”

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Forensic Psychiatry
10:04 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Health Watch: Forensic Psychiatry

Melissa Piasecki, M.D., professor of psychiatry and senior associate dean of academic affairs at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Today on Health Watch from Beyond the Headlines, we talk about forensic psychiatry with Melissa Piasecki, M.D., professor of psychiatry and senior associate dean of academic affairs at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. She is board certified both in psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. Dr. Piasecki talks with Susan Hill, Director of Marketing and Communications for the University of Nevada School of Medicine and Division of Health Sciences.

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Mormons and Gays
10:07 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Mormon Church: "Love and Accept" LGBT Members, Community

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Temple, Reno, NV.

Same-sex marriage is now legal in 35 states, including Nevada, Utah and Idaho. All are strongholds of the Mormon Church – long an opponent of gay rights. But, Mormons are now attempting to show more acceptance of gay people both in - and out - of the Church.

In 2012, the Mormon Church launched a new website called  It outlines the Church’s new perspective on same-sex attraction and features several video testimonies from members.

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Local Stories
3:32 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Is medical marijuana a public safety threat?

A district attorney in Northern Nevada says medical marijuana poses a new threat to public safety. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports it’s at the top of the list for Washoe County at an upcoming summit hosted by the state’s attorney general.

Sheriffs, chiefs and district attorneys from across the state will come together at the event in early February to collaborate on ways to make their communities safer.

Washoe County District Attorney Christopher Hicks will share what he’s learned from other states about the public safety issues caused by marijuana.

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tobacco prevention NV
11:21 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Nevada 42nd in Tobacco Prevention Funding

Nevada ranks 42nd in the nation for tobacco-prevention funding. That's according to a new report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

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