On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler gauges the health of federal and state funding to help farmers make our rivers cleaner (hint: that funding may dry up altogether).... Sefe Emokpae kicks off our summer news series, 'Women of Interest', with a profile of Viktoria Parvin, the new pastor at St. Mark Lutheran in Charlottesville....

Magnificent Desolation

Jul 20, 2017
NASA

On this episode of Our Island Universe: While our reasons for going to the moon the first time may have been political, our achievement led to much more than bragging rights.

Sefe Emokpae

Over the next few months we’ll profile some women in our region doing things... a little differently.  These are women with unique perspectives, in new roles, or simply approaching life along the road less-traveled.  Like many other women, they are changing the lives of people around them in positive ways.  This is the first in the WMRA series 'Women of Interest'.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

The American Civil Liberties Union predicts that by 2030, the number of state and federal prisoners who are 55 and older will be more than 400,000, or one-third of prisoners. In Harrisonburg this weekend, the public is invited to attend the premiere event of a new chapter of an organization called Release Aging People in Prison.  WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Jessie Knadler

The majority of streams in the Chesapeake Bay watershed – that includes most rivers that flow through the Shenandoah Valley – are in some state of pollution. The first and best stop for clean-up is on agricultural land.  But government assistance is woefully inadequate—and if President Trump’s proposed budget goes through could become even worse. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler looks at the future of water quality in Virginia.

Marguerite Gallorini

Of the 15 residents speaking at last night’s city council meeting in Charlottesville, 13 complained about the militarization of the Charlottesville police at the KKK counter-protests on July 8th.  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

Courtesy of the "Justice for Pherbia 'Faye' Tinsley" Facebook page

Exactly five years after her murder, the family of Pherbia Tinsley is still searching for answers. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae has more on their message from Charlottesville.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jordy Yager and Emily Richardson-Lorente team up to cover the recent Ku Klux Klan rally, and much larger counter-protest, in Charlottesville.... Jessie Knadler explores why Virginia tends to look the other way as farms pollute the Shenandoah and its tributaries.... Faith Pinho meets the composer using solar power to blend nature sounds with his music.... and, Virginia Public Radio reports on the problematic drugs now used by the state to execute prisoners.

Music and Sounds, Powered by the Sun

Jul 13, 2017
Faith Pinho

What do you get when you combine a classical pianist, a controversial presidential election and the sun? Solar-powered nature music. WMRA’s Faith Pinho has the story of Jonathan Cook, a musician in Lexington who is taking inspiration from the sound – and energy – of nature.

Out of Africa

Jul 13, 2017

On this episode of Our Island Universe: The roots of our need to explore and discover started with our migration out of Africa and our search for new resources.

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