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KUNR has long been at the center of the arts and culture of northern Nevada and the region. Reno Public Radio is committed to giving voice and visibility to leaders and organizations in the arts and culture community with these timely interviews.

KUNR has long been at the center of the arts and culture of northern Nevada and the region. Reno Public Radio is committed to giving voice and visibility to leaders and organizations in the arts and culture community with these timely interviews.
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KUNR has long been at the center of the arts and culture of northern Nevada and the region. Reno Public Radio is committed to giving voice and visibility to leaders and organizations in the arts and culture community with these timely interviews.




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Audio Postcard: Thirty-three And Homeless In Reno

We hear a lot about the problem of homelessness in downtown Reno, but we don’t always hear from the actual people who are living on the streets. Today, we join Derek Rivera to learn what a typical day is like for him. Rivera is 33, and he was homeless in a handful of other cities before landing in Reno. Newly Homeless Again Derek Rivera says he’s newly homeless again after dealing with family problems back on the East Coast with his older brother and mother, who both siblings depend on. He...


Photo Essay: Therapy Dogs Provide Support At Airport

Paws 4 Passengers is a non-profit organization that uses nationally registered therapy dogs to comfort the traveling public and employees at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Reno. They will be volunteering often during the busy holiday season as the airport will be packed with busy and anxious visitors. "This program is important because it has a calming effect on people. The children are happy. They're not calm. They are excited when they see our dogs, but it has a calming effect...


The Cognitive Lives Of Bees

Women make up about 24 percent of workers in careers that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or STEM. In 2017, the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship selected five postdoctoral researchers to support their work. One of the recipients is a researcher based at the University of Nevada, Reno. Our reporter Anh Gray visits Felicity Muth at her lab, where she’s studying how bumblebees learn. Muth studies animal behavior and cognition. She says bumblebees, in particular,...


The Future Of Tech In The High Sierra

Since the Great Recession, Nevada has made significant investments in diversifying its economy into a new frontier: technology. Apple, Tesla and Switch have all set up here. So, what does the future look like for this growing industry in northern Nevada?


Reno's Homeless Shelters Are Full As Winter Approaches

The homeless shelters in Reno are full, with lines out the door, and temperatures are dropping. Our contributor Bob Conrad has been covering this issue for a ThisisReno podcast called Solutions . In the latest episode, he spoke with Reno Councilwoman Neoma Jardon about her efforts to build a tiny home village to help some of the city's chronically homeless residents. This is an excerpt of their conversation. “Somebody needed to be their voice," Jardon said. "Somebody needed to say, ‘Hey,...


What Does A Tech Job Look Like In Northern Nevada?

The tech industry continues to grow at a rapid pace in northern Nevada, with more companies continuing to move to the region. But what do these jobs actually look like? And what kind of wages can workers expect?


Is Reno Really The Next Silicon Valley?

Northern Nevada has garnered national attention as a major technology hub, particularly since Tesla began building its Gigafactory. But is that characterization accurate?


A la gente de Nevada le preocupa el futuro de DACA

La Casa Blanca ha manifestado que el martes el Presidente Trump anunciará su decisión sobre el futuro del programa de la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA, sus siglas en inglés) y la gente de Nevada está reaccionando. Natalie Van Hoozer, reportera de KUNR, informa. Aquellas personas que recibieron DACA vivieron en los EE.UU. ilegalmente cuando eran niños, y el programa los protege para que no sean deportados. María Toca llegó a los EE.UU. con una visa, pero expiró...


Time & Place: Remembering The Attack On Pearl Harbor

The 76th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is this week. The events of that shocking day, when 2,400 Americans were killed, and more than a thousand were wounded, can seem pretty distant. Historian Alicia Barber brings it home with the story of a Nevada native who witnessed it first hand in this episode of "Time and Place." On December 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan launched a surprise air attack on the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor, on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Already...


Without Federal Funding, Community Health Centers Stuck In Limbo

Back in September, Congress let the funding for the nation's Federally Qualifed Health Centers, or FQHCs. These centers serve as a health safety net for low-income families. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray sits down with the head of a Reno-based agency to learn what contingencies are planned if funding isn’t renewed. Chuck Duarte heads up Community Health Alliance. The agency has six facilities spread across the Reno-Sparks area. Without federal funding, Duarte says fewer people will have...


Internet Pet Scams Hit Reno Airport

The Reno-Tahoe International Airport has received about a dozen reports over the past year of a pet adoption scam that’s claiming to operate in conjunction with the airport. Reno Public Radio's Bree Zender reports.


Reno Business Owners Could Face Jail Time If They Don't Use Waste Management

Some Reno business owners, like Mark McKinnon, are getting letters telling them that they are in violation of city ordinances because they are not using the company Waste Management to haul their trash and recycling. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has been reporting on this situation and gave the latest update to our News Director Michelle Billman. The actions mark an effort to solidify Waste Management’s exclusivity as the area’s waste hauler. It’s a move supported by an outside...


Short Films Highlight Youth Homelessness In Reno

Homeless teens in Reno don’t have access to an overnight shelter specifically for them, and many don’t feel safe at an adult shelter. On Wednesday , two short documentaries exploring local youth homelessness will be screening in Reno. Our reporter Paul Boger spoke to the organizer to learn more. According to a U-S Housing and Urban Development survey from 2014, nearly one and three homeless individuals were under the age of 24. Nico Colombant is with the street reporting outfit from Our...


Six Things To Know About Getting A Visa

The heated national debate on immigration often brings up the question of why undocumented immigrants didn’t enter the U.S. legally. Our reporter Natalie Van Hoozer has been researching this topic, and she’s finding that it’s not that simple. She sat down with our News Director Michelle Billman to break down the visa process. Here are six things to know. 1) There are many different categories of visas, and some of the main ones are family-based immigration visas, employment-based visas,...


Two Democratic NV Lawmakers Bow Out Of 2018 Race

Reno assemblywoman Amber Joiner , a Democrat, is choosing not to run for reelection in 2018. Joiner was appointed to her seat in Assembly District 24 in 2014, and since then has served for two regular sessions and two special sessions. But in an email to The Nevada Independent , Joiner says the financial burden of campaigning and serving is unsustainable. "For me, it has been impossible to find full-time employment that isn't either a conflict of interest or a conflict of schedule with...


Follow Through

The ability of parents to follow through is critically important and extremely difficult.


Stop Helping

Helping children succeed is considered part of effective parenting. But many parents help too much and children suffer as a result.


Wanting A Partner

Not everyone is the same. Personalities differ in terms of how much intimacy one enjoys and how much alone time suits them.



Gratitude is a choice.


Nevada Awaits Funding For Children's Health Insurance Program

Updated on November 30, 2017: Governor Brian Sandoval’s office issued a press release announcing that the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services will be receiving about $5.6 million from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS. The money will help to keep the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, afloat for a short time while Congress considers passing a bill to reauthorize funding for the program. Without it, Nevada’s CHIP program would have run out of...