On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini surveys the various proposals to limit weapons at future public demonstrations in Charlottesville and elsewhere, and she explores Virginia's severe teacher shortage, and she reports on the interest that Invisibilia's Lulu Miller has in Virginia's history of forced sterilizations.  And, Mike Dolzer tours the tiny museum in Harrisonburg that commemorates the super-sized legacy of Harriet Tubman.

Have We Found Earth 2.0?

Dec 7, 2017

On this episode of Our Island Universe: The promise of exoplanet Ross 128 b.

Bob Leweke

On an out-of-the-way street corner in Harrisonburg, a tiny building commemorates a legend of American history, and represents the struggle to heal the nation’s racial divide.  WMRA’s Mike Dolzer reports.

Lulu Miller, former Radiolab producer and co-founder and co-host of Invisibilia on NPR, is currently a fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to write her book: Why Fish Don’t Exist, looking at how we categorize the world.  Virginia performed the second-highest number of forced sterilizations in the country, and a chapter in her book focuses on the not-so-old practice of eugenics. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

Some experts say the teacher shortage in Virginia is now a crisis. And not only is there a downward trend in enrollment in teaching curriculums overall, but the lack of African-Americans in that field is even more alarming at a time when diversity in classrooms is becoming increasingly necessary. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this overview.

Former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy delivered his report on the August 12th events in Charlottesville to City Council last night.  WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

Marguerite Gallorini

The aftermath of August 12 in Charlottesville prompted many responses, including a report that was released on Friday [Dec. 1] citing multiple problems with the police response to the white supremacists that rallied over the summer.  But there have also been calls for more regulation of weapons and private militias in the city. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this overview of those proposals.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz explores the debate over what to do about the feral cat population, and about pet cats whose owners let them run around outside.  Christopher also has a look at how some localities including Harrisonburg are moving to regulate Airbnb hosting.  Also, texting to your smartphone as the next step in political campaigning, a broader look at Virginia politics, and Our Island Universe!

Oumaumau Gives Us an Interstellar Fly-By

Nov 30, 2017
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On this episode of Our Island Universe: What we already know about our recent interstellar visitor, Oumaumau.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

While cat advocates promote controlling feral cat populations through Trap-Neuter-Release, or TNR, one local expert is calling for regulation of this practice — and voicing his concerns about the harm to wildlife caused by outdoor pets and feral cats. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

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