Marguerite Gallorini

If you build it, they will come. That’s the bet Shenandoah National Park is making with a new, fuel-efficient, addition to its ranks.  WMRA’s Jordy Yager takes a look at the Park’s more climate friendly future.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler gets us caught up on the damning report citing mismanagement and possible criminal malfeasance at Rockbridge Social Services, and a resulting special grand jury investigation.... In celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, we hear again some of the sounds that sound artist Dianne Ballon is collecting at Shenandoah National Park, near Skyline Drive.... and, a chocolatey episode of The Spark!

On this episode of The Spark: Harrisonburg’s Brad Burrow’s business adventures in the world of fair trade chocolate.

The Moon - Our Constant Companion

Aug 26, 2016
Wikipedia Creative Commmons

In this episode of Our Island Universe, we look at the origins of the Moon.

Jessie Knadler

A report this summer revealed deep problems at the Rockbridge Department of Social Services – problems so deep they may have contributed to the death of at least one child, and allegations of mismanagement and improper document shredding go back years.  WMRA’s Jessie Knadler reports.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini brings us a few voices from her tiny hometown of Saint-Loup, France, a microcosm of the global refugee crisis.... Jordy Yager brings us the sounds of sound-reporting, with sound artist-in-residence at Shenandoah National Park Dianne Ballon (it's kind of "meta," isn't it?).  Plus, this week's installments of The Spark and Our Island Universe!

An Operatic Life

Aug 19, 2016
Jeff Busby

On this episode of The Spark: Australian-born Miriam Gordon-Stewart, who sang all over the world before moving to Charlottesville to co-found Victory Hall Opera.

Jordy Yager

When most of us think of an artist in residence, we think of painters, potters, or maybe even poets. But what about an artist whose medium is sound? Well, that perked the ears of WMRA’s Jordy Yager, who has this report.

7 Days

Aug 19, 2016

In this episode of Our Island Universe, why are there 7 days in the week?

Marguerite Gallorini

Most of us learn about the global refugee crisis through news coverage rather than personal experience.  WMRA has been telling the stories of many refugees who have settled in Virginia. But what is the refugee experience in quieter parts of the world, far from the global media's attention? WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini takes us to her rural hometown in the east of France, called Saint-Loup.

Jordy Yager

Participants at the Black Male Town Hall Tuesday night, August 16, signed up to focus on key areas aimed at promoting change in Charlottesville’s African-American community. WMRA’s Jordy Yager reports.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente sits in a class at the Darden School of Business that instructors hope will push students out of their comfort zones, just like real life does.... WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz explores the future of greenways for walkers and cyclists in Harrisonburg.... and, Christopher also leads us through the recent active shooter drill with emergency personnel in Harrisonburg, paired with a report from 2015, as Andrew Jenner attends last year's Citizens Police Academy.... and we've got Our Island Universe, too!

Dog Days of Summer

Aug 12, 2016
Till Credner via Wikimedia Commons

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

Courtesy of Ashley Twiggs

Earning an MBA may give you the credentials you need to run a business, but does it really prepare you for the uncertainty you’ll face in that role?  Professors at UVa’s Darden School of Business thought they could do more to help students prepare for a life of executive decision making.  WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

According to the FBI, from 2000 until 2013 in the United States, 486 people were killed in 160 active shooter situations, defined as when a shooting is in progress and “law enforcement personnel and citizens have the potential to affect the outcome of the event based upon their responses.” Last week in Harrisonburg, various local law enforcement and emergency agencies practiced responding to such a situation. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz attended, and filed this report. A note of caution: While the scenario you are about to hear is staged, it also can be frightening.

On this week's Second Look, we go hunting for Pokemon in Harrisonburg with admitted non-gamer, WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz.... We'll also go deep underground into an old train tunnel under Afton Mountain, soon to be a new trail for cyclists and walkers, with Jordy Yager.... Marguerite Gallorini will have a review of the recent Chihamba arts and culture festival in Charlottesville.... and, Emily Richardson-Lorente has a preview of the giant mural near the UVa grounds that combines paint with the poetry of UVa's poet, Rita Dove, due to be finished this week.

Venus is Hot!

Aug 5, 2016
Wikipedia Commons

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

Emily Richardson-Lorente

If you’ve driven through the UVa campus recently, you may have noticed a mural going up on the side of the Graduate Hotel. It’s a collaboration with the Charlottesville Mural Project, a Philadelphia artist and a prize-winning poet.  WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story.

Marguerite Gallorini

Chihamba's 27th African-American cultural arts festival just ended in Charlottesville last week. If you missed it, that's okay: WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini was there and has this report on the annual gathering that mixes social activism with good fun.

Jordy Yager

Tucked deep within Afton Mountain is a 19th century train tunnel engineered by Cladius Crozet that’s sat dormant for the last 70 years. WMRA’s Jordy Yager went inside both the tunnel and local efforts to bring it back to life.