Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Maybe you’ve seen one around--it wouldn’t be surprising. It’s the season in Virginia for nuisance bear activity, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

On this week's Second Look, we revisit WMRA's Jessie Knadler's discovery that the sunscreen you've got in your beach bag may be helping to kill the world's coral reefs.... We also boat along part of the so-called "Looper" trail, on the Rappahannock.... Brit Moorer, in her last story for WMRA, takes a tour down the Rivanna.... We try to figure out what's taking Congress so long to pass Zika legislation.... And, a round-up of some Virginia news from the past week.

On this edition of The Spark, Martha Woodroof sits down for a chat with Lulu Miller.  Lulu lives half her life in Charlottesville, half in DC, and spends all her time making NPR’s wildly popular new show Invisibilia.

Ancient Planets

Jun 23, 2016

On this episode of Our Island Universe: The discovery that planets much older than earth may be commonplace in our galaxy.

WMRA's Martha Woodroof meets Waynesboro blues singer Lorie Strother, who grew up living on the streets of Boston. Now, even though she’s got five children, a master’s degree and a good job, she still sings the blues with conviction. 

The Average Planet

Jun 16, 2016
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On this episode of Our Island Universe: When it comes to planets, does the Universe have a typical size?

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Virginia’s wind resources are largely untapped, but a two-day symposium next week at James Madison University aims to stimulate dialogue about and facilitate development of this energy source. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Invisibilia - Season 2

Jun 14, 2016

Back for another summer of riveting stories and hidden truths, Invisibilia debuts on WMRA Sunday, June  19th at 10pm and repeats Thursday, June 23rd at 3pm. This is a 7 episode season and will run each Sunday night at 10pm and Thursday afternoon at 3pm.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler gets a hat trick, with three stories this week... on, first, the search for a new home for quirky Rockbridge attraction Foamhenge... second, the planting of "seeds of resistance" to the proposed Dominion pipeline... and third, a new state campaign that aims to wean kids off sugary drinks (soda pop!  energy drinks!) and onto healthy alternatives....

On this episode of The Spark: Cory Lay tells us how he stumbled upon an opportunity to become a Duck Pin Bowling technician at Harrisonburg's new Ruby's Arcade.

Jessie Knadler

Nearly 30% of Virginia teenagers are either obese or overweight, and many of those calories come from sugary beverages. A statewide campaign is underway to encourage Virginia teens to forego the sodas and energy drinks for water. WMRA's Jessie Knadler heads to the high school in Buena Vista to find out if the campaign is effective and whether teens would ever consider ditching soda pop and energy drinks for a healthier alternative.

Our Accelerating Universe

Jun 10, 2016

On this episode of Our Island Universe: You may already know that the universe is expanding, but did you know that it is accelerating?

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

For refugees trying to establish themselves in a strange land, just like for the rest of us, reliable transportation can be the key to landing a job, or simply being independent. One Harrisonburg bicycling enthusiast is not only teaching refugees how to ride bikes; she is also providing them with their own bicycles. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz attended the most recent class and has this report.

Jessie Knadler

Activists who helped bring an end to the Keystone XL pipeline from crossing Nebraska have come to Virginia to help local landowners do the same with Dominion’s Atlantic Coast pipeline. The alliance is staging six protests across Virginia and West Virginia, planting sacred corn along the route of the proposed pipeline. WMRA's Jessie Knadler attended one event in Stuarts Draft to learn more about these “seeds of resistance.”

Jessie Knadler

With the Natural Bridge in Rockbridge County slated to become a state park this year, local artist Mark Cline has been asked to move his plastic foam replica of England’s famous Stonehenge, dubbed Foamhenge, because it sits on property that will become part of the new park. Jessie Knadler talks to the artist about his quirky foam attraction, what it means to Rockbridge County and where he plans to move it.

On this week's Second Look, Jordy Yager wraps up our exploration of mental health care in Virginia, with a look at the push for a new crisis stabilization unit in Staunton.... Sefe Emokpae and Faith Pinho explore two long-neglected cemeteries....

Peter Van Acker

On this episode of The Spark: Martha continues her conversation with Peter Van Acker about his merry Cuban adventures... and they talk a lot about the amazing cars he came across.

Faith E. Pinho

The legacy of segregated cemeteries is seemingly everywhere in Virginia, including in Lexington.  Every year, hundreds of tourists flock to Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery to pay respects to the old Confederate general. Few visitors are aware of the graveyard on the other side of town – or its storied legacy. WMRA’s Faith Pinho has this report.

Celestial Navigation

Jun 3, 2016

On this episode of Our Island Universe: The lost art of celestial navigation and why it might be making a come back.

Sefe Emokpae

A historic, but neglected, cemetery in Charlottesville is forgotten no more. As WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae reports, an effort to restore the Daughters of Zion Cemetery is finally gaining momentum.