Christopher Clymer Kurtz

In January, after WMRA aired a report about panhandlers, many listeners wanted to know more about the services available to them, and about the best way to respond or help. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz took those questions to some of the people working on the front lines.

Peter Jump

The CVille Biohub, a Charlottesville group organized to promote biotechnology companies, has counted more than 50 life sciences startups with more than 1800 employees in the city and surrounding counties. WMRA’s Peter Jump looks at some of the ingredients helping propel startups in Charlottesville to national prominence.

On this week's Second Look... WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz was curious how Mandy McCarthy spent the $100 she got from a "Secret Santa" Harrisonburg cop around Christmastime, so he did a follow-up interview with her.  He also tracks the American kestrel.  Marguerite Gallorini attends the second Charlottesville meeting exploring the possibilities of Charlottesville government, and Calvin Pynn reports on a discussion of DACA, Dreamers and Democracy at JMU with Isabel Castillo.  And, Virginia politics!

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On Saturday, March 3, 'Liberation and Freedom Day,' organized by the University of Virginia and the City of Charlottesville, marks 153 years since Union troops liberated the area. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this preview.

Calvin Pynn

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was at the center of this month’s “Democracy in Peril” session Tuesday, Feb. 27 at James Madison University.  WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

In the week before Christmas, the Harrisonburg Police Department sent out officers with cash, to play Secret Santa and spread holiday cheer one one-hundred dollar bill at a time. One recipient said that earlier in the day she had prayed for money – and we wanted to know how getting it has impacted her. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area

What form of government might Charlottesville choose, if citizens could start from scratch?  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports on the second of two public sessions, held Sunday (Feb. 25) and sponsored by the League of Women Voters and Charlottesville Tomorrow.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jordy Yager has a report on the first affordable housing summit in Charlottesville... Marguerite Gallorini talks with one of the co-authors of a big new nationwide study into the effects of winter de-icing for freshwater life, and even our drinking water.  She also browsed the exhibits at the "Memories Matter" fair, a gathering of personal African-American artifacts in Charlottesville.  And, we step back for a look at Virginia politics!


A recent study focused on a water pollutant that we all know very well: salt. In particular, de-icing salts used during the winter. Over the years, the pH level of many streams across Virginia – and the nation – have become more and more basic, endangering aquatic life. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

Marguerite Gallorini

In an effort to preserve local African-American history, Monticello and the Jefferson School’s African American Heritage Center, and more than a dozen other partners, organized the second annual community history fair in Charlottesville called “Memories Matter.”  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has the story.


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Journalist, storyteller, former LA Times reporter, and author Sam Quinones will be discussing his most recent book, Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic at Pale Fire Brewing Co at 6p.

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