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In March, two Central Virginia United Methodist Church clergy were suspended for marrying same-sex couples. WMRA’s Kara Lofton talks to the pastors involved and takes a look at where they stand now that the suspension is over.

Jessie Knadler

For a lot of people, pets are members of the family. And it can be heartbreaking to see a beloved dog or cat suffer from injury, or from hip dysplasia, degenerative joints, or arthritis. In years past, pet owners had to rely on medication, surgery or even in some cases, euthanasia to mitigate an animal’s suffering. Now, stem cell therapy is poised to revolutionize the veterinary field even as the hard science behind it has a way to go.  WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has the story.

Shawnna Miller

On this edition of The Spark: JMU Graphic design Professor Trudy Cole’s special relationship with special needs horses.

Venus is Hot!

Aug 21, 2015
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On this episode of Our Island Universe: The hotspot of our solar system - Venus.

Kara Lofton

According to a Pew Research Center survey earlier this year, the proportion of Americans who self-identify as having no religious affiliation (called “nones”) has increased from 16% of the total population in 2007, to almost 25% now. Meanwhile, mainstream Christian affiliation is declining, particularly among millennials, the generation born from around 1980 to around 2000.  WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports on what the trend might mean and how it is being experienced here in Virginia.

Kara Lofton

In America, death is not something we often talk about unless we are forced to by circumstance or tragedy. But at hospitals, death is an everyday occurrence and medical workers must quickly learn to deal with it. But how do they cope? WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports on one initiative, called "The Pause," that started at the University of Virginia Medical Center two years ago and is now slowly being adopted by hospitals all over the country.

Sefe Emokpae

The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville is celebrating 20 years of serving the community. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae tells us more about the MRC, its mission and how it’s worked toward that goal through the past two decades.

Life Recycled

Aug 14, 2015

On this edition of The Spark: A conversation with Eric Walter, who’s mid-life reinvention took him from running his own IT business in Chicago, to running his own recycling business in Crimora.

Dog Days of Summer

Aug 14, 2015
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On this episode of Our Island Universe: Find out where we got the phrase The Dog Days of Summer

On this episode of The Spark: Ann-Janine Morey is an English and Religious Studies professor at James Madison University, as well as Associate Vice Provost for Cross Disciplinary Studies. A.J. began collecting old pictures of people and their dogs while undergoing chemotherapy. And low and behold, the collection grew into her latest book, Picturing Dogs, Seeing Ourselves: Vintage American Photographs.

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