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.

Bike Like A Girl

May 14, 2015

Two Reno athletes are cycling across the country.  Michelle Faurot and Bridget Webster join an eight member team of cyclists for the 2015 Race Across America.  It's a 3,000 mile relay from California to the East Coast.  The team is cycling to raise money and awareness for women's cycling.

Danna O'Connor chats with Michelle and Bridget about the race and their passion for getting girls on bikes!

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The Reno Sculpture Festival brings the art of the playa to downtown Reno for the next three days.  There's art, music, food and beer trucks and after hours events.  Details at

Danna O'Connor has a preview from Aric Shapiro, Executive Director of Reno Art Works.

AVA Ballet Theater and the Reno Philharmonic perform "Sleeping Beauty" at the Pioneer Center, Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm.  Tickets at  Danna chats with Alexander Van Alstyne, Artistic Director of AVA Ballet.

UNR's Spring Dance Concert kicks off tomorrow through Sunday at the Redfield Proscenium Theatre at UNR.  Danna O'Connor chats with Rosie Trump, Assistant Professor of Dance at UNR and Andrea Miller, founder and choreographer of Gallim Dance Company.

Esther Ciammachilli

In this installment of the UNR health watch, we talk about childhood immunizations and public health policy with John Packham, Ph.D., director of health policy research at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Leading this discussion is Susan Hill, director of marketing and communications at School of Medicine and Division of Health Sciences.

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin performs with the Reno Collective Thursday the 23rd at 7:30pm at Nightingale Concert Hall.  On Friday at 7:30pm Vertical Voices and the SF Jazz Collective perform at Lawlor Events Center.  Danna O'Connor chats with Peter Epstein, Director of Jazz Studies at UNR.

Obesity rates in the United States have doubled in children and nearly quadrupled in adolescents since the 1980s. That's according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. And as Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli reports, Nevada ranks high among states with the worst rates. 

Nevada has the 16th highest childhood obesity rate in the nation, with more than 33 percent of children ages 2-19 dealing with this condition.  

The Reno Philharmonic performs Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony this weekend, featuring Soprano Jessica Rivera and Mezzo-Soprano Kelley O'Connor, and the Reno Philharmonic Chorus.  Danna O'Connor chats with conductor Laura Jackson about the season finale, Saturday the 18th at 7:30pm and Sunday at 4:00pm at the Pioneer Center.

The Reno Chamber Orchestra and solo pianist Robert Levin perform all five of Beethoven's Piano Concertos at 7:30pm tonight and 2:00pm Sunday at Nightingale Concert Hall.  Tickets at  Danna O'Connor chats with Scott Faulkner, Executive Director of the RCO.

UNR Health Watch: Aphasia

Mar 30, 2015

Today on the UNR Health Watch, a discussion about diagnosis and treatment of the communication disorder known as aphasia with Dr. Tami Brancamp. She’s a speech pathologist and associate professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Leading this discussion is Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the School of Medicine and Division of Health Sciences.