We are one month into the Trump administration and ample attention has been paid to the growing activism and protests against it.  But what about those who support President Trump? WMRA's Jessie Knadler caught up with a handful of Trump voters in Rockbridge County to find out how they think the new President is doing. 

Benjamin Banneker

Feb 16, 2017
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On this episode of Our Island Universe: We learn a little about Benjamin Banneker, an African-American man who helped survey the Nation's Capital.

The pink pussy cat hats of the Women’s March may have been taken off, but a spirit of rebellion on the local level has swept up and down the Shenandoah Valley. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has this survey of activist groups that have mushroomed in the wake of the election, dedicated to resisting the new Administration.

Jessica Wilson

When was the last time you looked up at night and were awed by the stars? Or how about going for a walk and really feeling the ground beneath your feet? Paul Bogard has been thinking about these very universal experiences and how we’ve eliminated them from our day to day existence.

Emily Richardson-Lorente

This weekend, anti-abortion advocates protested at Planned Parenthood clinics around the country. And pro-choice advocates rallied in response — in Staunton and Charlottesville. WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente spoke with a few advocates on both sides of the issue at the Charlottesville rallies.

On this week's Second Look, the local "Indivisible" group rallies at Republican Congressman Tom Garrett's office in Charlottesville, and WMRA's Jordy Yager and NPR's Sarah McCammon were there.... Christopher Clymer Kurtz goes on an excursion to trap and band (and save) American kestrels in the Shenandoah Valley, and takes a look at long-term conservation.... and, we review the week at the General Assembly.

Courtesy of Diane Lepkowski

Yesterday we brought you an account of trapping and banding a kestrel in the Shenandoah Valley Raptor Study Area. Today, WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz explores the current balancing act between human development and wildlife -- and asks about the long view.

Dr. Mae Jemison

Feb 9, 2017
NASA

On this episode of Our Island Universe: We celebrate Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space.

Courtesy Jill Morrow

The American kestrel is North America’s smallest falcon, and across Virginia and other states, efforts are underway to study and save this raptor. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz accompanied one couple whose kestrel nesting boxes dot the countryside of northern Rockingham County.

Jordy Yager

Protests against President Trump’s agenda continued in Charlottesville this week. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has the story.

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