After a whirlwind first month of the new Congress — lawmakers took a recess this week, and many are facing the music back home. Constituents have gotten vocal, and are demanding face time. Jessie Knadler was in southwest Virginia for what was originally scheduled to be a town hall meeting with Congressman Bob Goodlatte. 

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To recap this final week of Virginia’s Legislative session, we turn to Virginia Public Radio’s Michael Pope and Luke Church.

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In 2004, religious congregations in Charlottesville formed a coalition to prevent homeless people from freezing overnight in the winter. Today, that group shelters more than 200 people, 150 nights out of the year. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this report.

Nichelle Nichols

Feb 23, 2017
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On this episode of Our Island Universe: How actress Nichelle Nichols inspired a generation of scientists as Lt. Uhura  on Star Trek and continued to inspire as a recruiter for NASA.

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Nearly 200 people showed up Tuesday evening to learn about zoning and housing regulations in Charlottesville. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this report.

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A recent Brookings Institution report named Harrisonburg as one of the top ten communities in the United States in terms of the proportion of immigrants from the seven countries on President Trump’s temporary travel ban.  WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz spoke with several people in Harrisonburg whose lives and work are being affected by the recent turmoil in immigration and refugee policy.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente talked to activists at two opposing rallies in Charlottesville, one calling for Planned Parenthood to be defunded, the other supporting abortion rights.... Jessie Knadler surveys some of the grassroots groups growing like mushrooms in the Valley to oppose what they see as the Trump agenda.... and Jessie also got the take on the new administration from Trump voters.

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With one week left in Virginia’s Legislative session, it’s time to check in on this past week’s events in Virginia’s State Capital.  From our partner station WCVE in Richmond, Craig Carper speaks with Richmond Times-Dispatch Political Columnist Jeff Shapiro.

We are one month into the Trump administration and ample attention has been paid to the growing activism and protests against it.  But what about those who support President Trump? WMRA's Jessie Knadler caught up with a handful of Trump voters in Rockbridge County to find out how they think the new President is doing. 

Benjamin Banneker

Feb 16, 2017
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On this episode of Our Island Universe: We learn a little about Benjamin Banneker, an African-American man who helped survey the Nation's Capital.

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WMRA Members get two tickets for the price of one for the 2pm screening of The Salesman this Sunday!

Tuesday, March 14th at 7pm at Pale Fire Brewing Co.

Author Ben Montgomery discusses the inspiring story of Emma Gatewood, and her historic thru hike of the Appalachian Trail.

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