Beyond the Headlines

Friday 2pm-3pm

KUNR's weekly hour-long, local news & information magazine, Beyond the Headlines takes an in depth look at stories involving the people and communities of Reno and the surrounding areas.

Hosted by Danna O'Connor and Esther Ciammachilli with news segments from Will Stone and Michelle Bliss, Beyond the Headlines features local profiles, University of Nevada news, health information, arts interviews and regional features.

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Sports injuries
12:17 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Health Watch: Concussions and sports injuries

Dr. Carol Scott, head team physician for athletics at the University of Nevada, Reno.

In this installment of the health watch from Beyond the Headlines, Richelle O'Driscoll, Director of Public Affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine, talks to Dr. Carol Scott, associate professor and director of sports medicine fellowships at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, about concussions and sports injuries.

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Alzheimer's Awareness Month
11:25 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Alzheimer's Disease and the 'culture change movement'

Dr. Peter Reed, director of the University of Nevada's Sanford Center for Aging at UNR.

November is Alzheimer's Awareness month.  In this segment of the health watch from Beyond the Headlines, Richelle O'Driscoll, Director of Public Affairs for the Division of Health Sciences at the School of Medicine, talks to Dr. Peter Reed, director of the University of Nevada's Sanford Center for Aging, about Alzheimer's Disease and the culture change movement.

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Combat Paper
5:35 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Combat Paper Nevada: Healing through art

This is an excerpt from Noel Lipana's letter to David written on Combat Paper.
Credit Rachel Hopkin / Nevada Humanities

And now - Nevada's Hidden Stories - an occasional series that sheds light on the unique people, places, and communities which make Nevada the place we call home.  It’s produced by Rachel Hopkin and Nevada Humanities. 

In this week’s feature, in honor of Veterans Day, Rachel learns about an unusual art project based in Reno


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Virginia City
3:15 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Virginia City: Before Nevada became a state

Before Nevada was a state, Virginia City was a successful mining town. Today, it's a Silver State tourist destination where people can see the territory the way it was in the mid-nineteenth century. Featured here is The Way it Was Museum, one of several museums in Virginia City.

On October 31, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed the order making Nevada the 36th state.  But long before that, the territory was an integral part of the gold and silver rush.  Famous for its bountiful mineral deposits, Virginia City was a booming mining town and was the place to be in the mid-nineteenth century.  It’s a city shrouded in legend and folklore.  It attracted, presidents, famous entertainers and it even spawned a television show.  This is a special sesquicentennial report on the town that put Nevada on the map, Virginia City.

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Beyond the Headlines
1:31 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

A Steampunk Celebration of Nevada's 150th Birthday

Join Danna O'Connor for a conversation with Amanda Horn-Communications Director of the Nevada Museum of Art about “The 36th Star” an exhibition celebrating Nevada’s 150th birthday which  features the  original Emancipation Proclamation on display this Thursday through Sunday and a steampunk celebration on Saturday Nov 1st.

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Student Outreach Clinics
11:28 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Health Watch: UNR Med students offer free clinics to uninsured

In this health watch from Beyond the Headlines, Richelle O'Driscoll talks about the Student Outreach Clinics that are available to the community provided by medical students at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

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Arts and Culture
2:56 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Author Pinckney Benedict Comes to UNR

Nevadans Explore "Why we Serve."

Student Veteran leaders from UNR, TMCC and WNC bring an exciting panel to Reno to explore how we serve our community, whether a member of the military or not.  Authors Pinckney Benedict and Caleb Cage and strategist Cyndy Ortiz Gustafson will offer ideas on how to creatively engage in community service and leadership. 

Danna O'Connor chats with Caleb Cage, Nevada Director of Military and Veteran Affairs, about the first Independent heritage Festival.

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Academic Progress Rate
10:36 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Academic Progress Rate: How Nevada's "student-athletes" fare scholastically


The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) holds all Division I schools accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through the Academic Progress Rate (APR), a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete per term.  Every semester, each athlete receives one point for remaining eligible to play, and one point for returning to school, for a total of two points per athlete, per team.  The APR has been in place for ten years now and since its launch, the NCAA is reporting more than 13,000 student-athletes have returned to

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Medical School expansion
9:59 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Health Watch: School of Medicine dean discusses medical education expansion in Nevada

In this segment of the health watch from Beyond the Headlines, Susan Hill talks about expanding medical education in Nevada with Dr. Thomas Schwenk, Dean of the School of Medicine and vice-president of the Division of Heath Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Arts and Culture
2:52 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Argenta Concert Series and the Art of the Flute

The Argenta Concert Series presents "The Art of the Flute" with Tara Helen O'Connor and Daniel Phillips, Friday, October 17th at 7:30pm at Nightingale Concert Hall at UNR. Details at

Danna O'Connor chats with artistic director of the series, Dmitri Atapine.

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