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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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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Arts and Culture
5:29 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Mary Sojourner Comes to Sundance Books and Music

Author and NPR Commentator Mary Sojourner will be at Sundance Books this Thursday and Friday, October 16th and 17th.   She is reading from her new novel "29" at 6:30 on Thursday. On Friday at 6:00pm, she is the featured guest for Nevada Humanities October Salon.  Events are free.  Sundance is at 121 California Avenue.  Details at 

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Ebola Update
10:43 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Health Watch: An Ebola Update from Dr. James Wilson

Credit Photo by Anh Gray

Today on the health watch from Beyond the Headlines, Susan Hill gets an update on Ebola and discusses preparations for viral illnesses in Nevada with Dr. James Wilson, director of the Nevada Center for Infectious Disease Forecasting at the University of Nevada School of Medicine at UNR.

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Women Who Code
10:04 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Local Group Wants to Get More Females Involved in Technology

Credit Women Who Code Meetup

Recently, there’s been a big push nationwide to get more females involved in technology and STEM career paths; STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  Studies have shown that women who work in STEM fields earn an average of 33% more than women in non-STEM fields.  But females are still underrepresented in these jobs especially in the state of Nevada.  This is an interview with Khara Muniz, co-founder of the Reno/Tahoe Chapter of Women Who Code, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers.  

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Arts and Culture
8:55 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Reno Philharmonic Celebrates Nevada's 150th

Danna O'Connor chats with conductors Laura Jackson and David Bugli.  They are celebrating Nevada's 150th birthday with a concert on Tuesday the 14th at 7:30pm at the Pioneer Center.


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Gardens Express
12:25 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Great Full Gardens Restaurant to Open at UNR

Gino Scala, also known as "Gino the Soup Man," is co-owner of Great Full Gardens in the Midtown District, and soon to be the Joe Crowley Student Union at UNR.

This is a new segment from Beyond the Headlines called “Reno Eats” where we explore the diverse restaurants in the community and the people who bring that food to the table.  To kick off this new segment,  Gino Scala, one of the owners of Great Full Gardens in the Midtown District was here to talk about the new Great Full Gardens Express opening this month (October) in the Joe Crowley Student Union at University of Nevada, Reno.

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Suicide prevention services
12:09 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Health Watch: Suicide Prevention Sevices in Northern Nevada

Dr. Erin Grinshteyn

In this installment of the health watch, Richelle O'Driscoll talks with Dr. Erin Grinshteyn, assistant professor of health administration and policy at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Community Health Sciences, about suicide prevention efforts in northern Nevada communities.

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