Christopher Clymer Kurtz

A recent report by The Sentencing Project says that nearly one in every seven people in prison is serving what effectively amounts to a life sentence. Twenty years ago, a book of photos and interviews of nearly 60 lifers in Pennsylvania prisons, where a life sentence really means a life sentence, gave rare insight into their lives and thoughts.

Marguerite Gallorini

The local chapter of 100 Black Women will launch this fall. It has been in the making for the past year, with many local professional women pitching in. One of them is Shantron Franklin-Sims, who has taken a leadership role in the fledgling organization. And she is the subject of the next installment of our Women of Interest series.  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has her profile.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz takes a look at the battle over who will provide animal shelter services in Harrisonburg.... Charlottesville residents got to blow off some steam at a so-called Healing Town Hall, as the mayor is forced to apologize for a Facebook post that looked a lot like scapegoating others for the violent white supremacist rally and much-criticized police response.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Earlier this year, the Harrisonburg City Council received an unsolicited proposal from Anicira Veterinary Center to take over animal sheltering services for the city, which the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA has provided for both the city and Rockingham County for decades. In July, the city opened a bidding period for the contract, and that period ended yesterday [August 31, 2017]. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Marguerite Gallorini

Charlottesville City Council members met behind closed doors on Wednesday afternoon, and afterward Mayor Mike Signer apologized.  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has more.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jordy Yager reports on the raucous city council meeting in Charlottesville, the first since the violent white supremacist rally there on August 12th.... Marguerite Gallorini reports on the role of school discipline racial disparities in the school to prison pipeline, and she has the story of a UVa researcher who questions the efficacy of 'ban the box' laws meant to help ex-felons get jobs.... and, Calvin Pynn takes us back to the '70s and '80s, the Golden Age of analog synthesizers!

Marguerite Gallorini

The Vietnam War is the focus of a new PBS documentary produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.  Marc Selverstone, associate professor in presidential studies at the Miller Center and specialist of the Cold War and the Vietnam War, discussed his role as a consultant for the film at the Miller Center yesterday.  WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini reports.

Courtesy Jennifer Doleac

Do Ban the Box laws do more harm than good?  That policy, which removes the box on a job application form that asks about a job seeker’s criminal history, aims to give ex-felons a better chance to re-enter the workforce. Some praise the policy’s impact, but research suggests it might have unfortunate unintended consequences, and may even harm young black applicants. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

Jordy Yager

Local Charlottesville activists came out in large numbers last night, momentarily shutting down the first City Council meeting since the August 12th white supremacist rally that made international headlines. As calls for resignations and greater accountability gave way on Monday, Councilors moved forward on several key issues. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

Calvin Pynn

The return to analog sound in this digital age isn’t limited to the resurgence in popularity of turntables and vinyl LP records.  Many keyboard musicians and sound artists are returning to the analog synthesizers whose sound they grew up with, favoring them over the newer digital varieties.  WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.


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