Nineteen people are reported injured, and one dead, after a car plowed through a crowd of people marching peacefully against white nationalists and Nazis in Charlottesville.  Mayor Mike Signer tweeted:  "I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will--go home."  Here is reporting from NPR.

Jordy Yager

On Saturday (Aug. 12), hundreds of alt-right activists are expected to gather in Charlottesville for a rally to save the city’s Robert E. Lee statue. The city is still reeling from a KKK rally one month ago, and struggling to find a balance between public safety and safeguarding civil liberties. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

On Monday (Aug. 7) at James Madison University, several hundred people attended the first of five public hearings across the state to be held by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, or DEQ, about the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Dominion Energy says the pipeline, set to cross Virginia, will create lots of jobs, provide much-needed domestic and “clean burning” natural gas, and more.

Les Kipp

In the mood for some classical?  The Staunton Music Festival, where musicians from around the world descend on the town for a week long “rethink” of classical music, is back for the middle of August. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler spoke to its founders about why this festival in little ol’ Staunton has become a can’t-miss event for music lovers from all over.

On this week's Second Look, Christopher Clymer Kurtz has the next installment of our Women of Interest series with a profile of Harrisonburg Mayor Deanna Reed.... Marguerite Gallorini talks with local health care professionals about the opioid problem, and a new report led by a UVa professor.... and, Virginia Public Radio's Sandy Hausman explores issues surrounding the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

In July, a committee of scientists and legal experts chaired by UVa law professor Richard Bonnie, made several recommendations to address the opioid problem. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini talked to him and some Charlottesville-area health care professionals about the report, and about possible solutions.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Deanna Reed’s four-year term on Harrisonburg's City Council began this year. She says she never planned to run for office -- but now she's the mayor.  In the second installment of WMRA's Women of Interest series, Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Since 1988, an organization called  Church World Service has resettled about 3,500 refugees from around the world to the Shenandoah Valley. This month the Harrisonburg office is hosting a photography exhibit featuring 29 portraits of these refugees. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

On this week's Second Look, we appreciate previous award-winning stories by Kara Lofton ('The Pause') and Jordy Yager ('Food Insecurity'), and we analyze the past week in Virginia politics.

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Jul 27, 2017

On this episode of Our Island Universe: The promise and potential of space exploration and how it's driving our species forward.

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