Marguerite Gallorini

Patients waiting for hours, doctors delayed, missing patient files ... These are common health care scenarios that could be improved with a better communication system. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini talked to three business students at UVa about their new app, Tandem Medical, designed to solve these problems.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente dives deep into the HPV vaccine and why only 1 in 3 kids in Virginia are getting it, even though it prevents not only HPV but also some cancers.... Jessie Knadler lets us in on the tall tales told at the 7th Annual Liars Contest in Staunton.... and, we've got analysis of the week in Virginia politics.

Record Setting Astronaut Peggy Whitson

Apr 27, 2017
NASA

On this episode of Our Island Universe: We celebrate NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who now holds the record for time spent in space by an American astronaut. 

Emily Richardson-Lorente

We’ve known for a long time that the Human Papilloma Virus can cause cervical cancer in women. But increasingly, HPV is causing cancers further up the body, in the throats of people infected with the virus. And the largest group of patients? Middle aged men. Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story of one Virginia man dealing with the consequences.

Emily Richardson-Lorente

HPV infections are leading to an increasing number of cancers in both men and women. There’s a vaccine that can address that, but most people in Virginia aren’t getting it. In fact, compliance rates for HPV vaccination are so low here and throughout the U.S., that the National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers call it “a serious public health threat.” WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story.

Jessie Knadler

A Church in Staunton was the site of the 7th Annual Virginia Liars Contest‑--yes, a liars’ contest at a church – over the weekend, where weavers of whoppers had eight minutes to spin fantastical fibs for a crowd. The best whopper won $100, a golden shovel and a bag of manure. WMRA's Jessie Knadler was there to take in the tall tales and learn more about the fine art of storytelling.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini gets us up to date on the latest with the fight over the statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville.... Jessie Knadler chases down an arepa truck in Rockbridge County, run by two brothers from Venezuela.... and Jordy Yager brings us two stories from last August detailing the effort by the stewards of Shenandoah National Park to go green(er), and of the Park's visiting sound artist.  Plus, Our Island Universe!

Jessie Knadler

Two brothers from Venezuela bring a staple food item from their native country, arepas, to rural Virginians from the window of their beat-up food truck. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler caught up with the brothers to find out what it’s like being immigrants hustling for the American dream in the age of Trump.

Why Science Literacy Matters

Apr 19, 2017

On this episode of Our Island Universe: The state of science literacy today and why it matters to our society as a whole.

Charlottesville City Council voted 3-2 on Monday to sell to the highest bidder the Robert E. Lee statue that has been the subject of so much controversy.  In February, Council had voted by the same margin to remove the monument from Lee Park – a controversial vote that spurred a lawsuit against the City Council, limiting its action for now.  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

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