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Jordy Yager

William Faulkner famously wrote that ‘The past is never dead. It's not even past.’  And nowhere is that more evident than in Lexington, Virginia.  A tale of two cities played out there this past weekend, as rival groups took to the streets to celebrate two very different holidays: Lee-Jackson Day, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has the story.

Miranda Bennett

At this time of great political change and uncertainty, some Charlottesville residents are looking to history for direction. Their guide is the writer James Baldwin, as WMRA’s Miranda Bennett reports.

On this week's Second Look, Jordy Yager explores the reasons behind the huge housing divide in Charlottesville.... Emily Richardson-Lorente introduces us to two enterprising young women who have found a market in helping seniors navigate modern computer technology.... and, we have a report and analysis of last week's convening of the 2017 General Assembly.  Plus, Our Island Universe!

Death by Black Hole

Jan 12, 2017
NASA/CXC/M.Weiss

On this episode of Our Island Universe: What really happens when a Black Hole eats a star?

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If you’ve ever grown frustrated trying to explain some super simple technology — like texting —  to an older person, OR if you’re a senior citizen frustrated by the condescending way your grand-kid told you that texting is “super simple,” this story by WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente is for you.

The Housing Divide

Jan 11, 2017
Jordy Yager

The cost of living has steadily risen in Charlottesville, as has the average income.  But what happens when the city’s lowest wage earners can no longer afford to live there?  WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this report on the state of affordable housing in Charlottesville.

The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating a news conference with President-elect Donald Trump, expected at 11 am Eastern Time on Wednesday. We will be fact-checking and providing background to his remarks in real-time. We will be paying special attention to any comments about conflicts of interest, health care and national security.

The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating President Obama's farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday night, scheduled to begin at 9 pm Eastern Time. The team will be adding fact-checks and background to Obama's comments as he gives them. We'll be watching in particular for remarks on his legacy, national security, health care and foreign policy, among other topics.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz takes us along for a quiet drive in an electric car.... and as Republicans move to repeal the Affordable Care Act, he talks with demonstrators in Harrisonburg defending it.... and, he educates us on the role of service dogs in Virginia.... Kara Lofton explores the promise of, and barriers to, the use of telemedicine to bring health care to remote places.... and, Jordy Yager reports on Buckingham County's decision to approve construction of a key component of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline there.

Galileo and His Telescope

Jan 6, 2017
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On this episode of Our Island Universe: We celebrate Galileo Galilei and his telescope.

Jordy Yager

The Buckingham County Board of Supervisors voted late Thursday night to approve a compressor station as part of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  WMRA’s Jordy Yager reports.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

High-end electric vehicles such as Tesla’s Models S and X are fast, powerful, glamorous -- and also expensive. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz wanted to know more about the view from inside a more subtle -- and affordable -- electric car.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Yesterday Republicans began the legislative process to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In Harrisonburg, citizens gathered to call for Congress to fix, not nix Obamacare, as it’s widely known. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Courtesy of Lindsey Kennedy

Rural Virginia still struggles with not having enough doctors – particularly specialists. But one University of Virginia program is working on trying to bridge that gap by providing a variety of telemedicine services. WMRA's Kara Lofton reports.

Speeding Around the Sun

Dec 30, 2016

On this episode of Our Island Universe: Why are we in the winter season while the Earth is traveling closest to the sun?

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Service dogs, you may be surprised to learn, are not necessarily professionally trained -- and they can assist people with a wide variety of disabilities, including post traumatic stress disorder. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Happy Birthday Isaac Newton

Dec 22, 2016

On this episode of Our Island Universe: We celebrate the birth and life of one of our most influential scientists.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Kara Lofton has a look at the plan approved this year to start restoring the mercury-laced soil from the old DuPont plant in Waynesboro, and downstream.... Jessie Knadler visits an expo promoting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Jordy Yager is at a local meeting with a lot of pipeline protesters, and Andrew Jenner takes an airborne look (from 2014) with the Pipeline Air Force.... And, we take a look at statewide news from the week.

Orion Has Real Star Power

Dec 16, 2016
Wikipedia Creative Commmons / ESO/H. Drass et al

On this episode of Our Island Universe: The amazing stellar nursery located just below Orion's belt.

Kara Lofton

The South River and South Fork of the Shenandoah River have struggled with a legacy of industrial mercury pollution since the late 1920s. This year, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has approved a plan to begin remediating and restoring contaminated riverbanks.  WMRA's Kara Lofton reports.  This story has been updated.*

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