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.

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. 

The Nevada Chamber Opera performs scenes from three of Mozart's most often performed operas this Friday, March 27th,  Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th at Nightingale Concert Hall.  "Mozart Mania" features the University Symphony Orchestra.  Danna O'Connor chats with Dr. Albert Lee, Director of the Nevada Chamber Opera.  Details and tickets at


NBA superstar LeBron James recently made a public statement asking colleges and universities to stop trying to recruit his 10-year-old son. He says his son, LeBron Jr., has been receiving phone calls and even scholarship offers. University of Nevada, Reno Athletic Director Doug Knuth sat down with Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli to answer some questions regarding the NCAA's policy  on recruitment.

Nevada students compete for cash and scholarships at the 10th Annual Poetry Out Loud Program.  It's Saturday, the 14th from noon to 3pm at the Siena Hotel.  Danna O'Connor chats with Larry DeVincenzi about the Nevada Arts Council program.

Reno Chamber Orchestra This Weekend

Mar 13, 2015

Guest Conductor Tomasz Golka joins the RCO for Haydn's Symphony No. 39, "Venetian Games" by Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, Schubert's Symphony No. 4 and Tchaikovsky's "Rococo Variations" featuring cellist Xiaolai Zhou.  Concerts are Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm at Nightingale Concert Hall.  Details at 

Danna O'Connor chats with Golka and Scott Faulkner, with the RCO.

Today on the UNR health watch, we talk about the role of a hospitalist and what you should know if you need to be admitted in a hospital for treatment. Our guest is Dr. Kirk Bronander, an associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He also serves as a hospitalist at Renown Hospital and serves as the Medical Director of Simulation for the School of Medicine. Joining him and leading this discussion is Richelle O'Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine.