Since it opened in 1936, Shenandoah National Park has welcomed an average of well over a million and a half visitors each year. Many of them may not know of the park’s painful past. One avid hiker who researched and wrote about that past calls her book a “broken-hearted love song to the park,” as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Bob Leweke

Former Harrisonburg Mayor and Councilmember Kai Degner sat down with Bob Leweke to talk about his campaign to unseat 6th District Republican Bob Goodlatte in this year's election.

Jessie Knadler

On Saturday, Natural Bridge became the 37th Virginia State Park.  The ceremony followed a journey involving a tourist attraction under disrepair, troubled finances, and a place deep in Virginia's history.  WMRA's Jessie Knadler was at the ceremony and has this report.

Fully annotated transcript of the first Presidential debate, created by NPR's politics team.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini talks to French emigres, working here in Virginia, for their views of the American work ethic and our approach to vacation time.... Also, we revisit some compelling stories from our Refugees in Virginia Series, from high school, the doctor's office and on the road by bicycle!

WMRA's Martha Woodroof and college football "spotter" Tony Britt (bonus: also CBS Sports/ESPN legend Brent Musburger) discuss Tony's special "cheat sheets" he developed for ESPN reporters and other sports media pros. 

What is Europa Hiding?

Sep 23, 2016
NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute

On this episode of Our Island Universe: Europa's hidden ocean.

Marguerite Gallorini

During this American election year, NPR has been exploring how people in other countries view the United States.  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini gets the reaction of French immigrants to the U.S., in particular how they feel about a distinctly different approach the two countries take to work life and vacation time.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini explains some pretty complex science, and how researchers at the University of Virginia have recently discovered a link between the immune system (which fights off disease), and social behavior (especially disorders such as autism).... Also, we learned this week that more and more schools in Virginia are serving more and more breakfasts to students, so we revisit Jordy Yager's reporting on Food Insecurity in Virginia.

On this episode of The Spark: Hillary 'Bill" Clemmer continues her conversation about a day’s work on a  New Zealand sheep station.


October 4th at Pale Fire Brewing Co.

Come see Rebecca Kauffman discuss her debut novel, "Another Place You've Never Been."

WMRA is co-sponsoring an October 3rd showing of "Trail Magic: The True Story of Emma 'Grandma' Gatewood", to benefit AT Harrisonburg.

An Evening with David Sedaris

Join us as the comedian and bestselling author speaks in Charlottesville on October 18th.