The Case of the Disappering Star

Jun 22, 2017
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On this episode of Our Island Universe: Scientist may have observed the first evidence of a failed supernova.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

A fledgling music organization is just taking shape in Harrisonburg, called the Rocktown Music Collective. But as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports, it’s not all new.

Jordy Yager

Charlottesville City officials on Tuesday sought to reassure community members that they will be kept safe during the Ku Klux Klan’s planned rally in a little more than two weeks. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

Jordy Yager

After years of careful planning, James Madison’s Montpelier has finally opened its extensive new permanent exhibit on enslaved families and slavery, which, in many ways, completely breaks the mold. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this report.

The First Woman in Space

Jun 15, 2017
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On this episode of Our Island Universe: We celebrate Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space.  In 1963, on June 16th, over the span of three days, she orbited the earth 48 times.

A national voice in race dialogue is presenting a workshop open to the public in Harrisonburg this weekend. It’s called the White Ally Toolkit. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Emily Richardson-Lorente

With school out for summer, two Albemarle County elementary schools are beginning renovations to convert regular classrooms to multi-age classrooms. That's a classroom where kids of different ages and grades work together. It's part of a nationwide trend, but how well does it actually work? Emily Richardson-Lorente visited a multi-age class to find out.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Testifies about the Russia Investigation, Annotation and Archived Video

Christpher Clymer Kurtz

More than a year and a half ago, a crowd of about 150 gathered outside the Pale Fire Brewing Company in downtown Harrisonburg to sign a giant "Postcard to Paris" in support of the then upcoming world climate talks in Paris. This past Saturday, at least half that many braved the summer sunshine to say that even though President Trump has withdrawn the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, they believe the agreement was a good thing. WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Primary voting in Virginia is this Tuesday, June 13th and our series of conversations with candidates for Virginia’s next Governor concludes with State Senator Frank Wagner.

The Cumberland Gap

Jun 8, 2017
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On this episode of Our Island Universe: How we can thank a meteor for our pathway to the west.

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Primary voting in Virginia is this Tuesday, June 13th and our series of conversations with candidates for Virginia’s next Governor continues today with Republican candidate Corey Stewart. Stewart is the Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, the second largest county in Virginia.

Former FBI Director James Comey, testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, speaking publicly for the first time since he was fired by President Trump nearly a month ago. NPR journalists covering national security and politics have annotated Comey's previous public remarks and we have archived video of the testimony.

Jessie Knadler

A group of Staunton teenagers is traveling to Honduras for eight days this month to help rebuild a church. It’s the focus of a Christian mission trip organized by Trinity Episcopal Church in Staunton. But there’s at least one teen joining this mission who some might assume wouldn’t want to take part in the spread of Christian doctrine. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler explores the power and the risk of stepping outside of one’s faith to help others, while raising consciousness back home.