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Our Island Universe
8:30 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Happy 25th Hubble

The Hubble Space Telescope
Credit NASA

In this episode of Our Island Universe, we look back at 25 years of discovery thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Rocktown Beer and Music Festival
12:00 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Five Years of Beer and Music Festival in Harrisonburg

(l-r) Festival organizers Jeremiah Jenkins, Tim Brady and Aaron Ludwig
Brandy Somers

The Rocktown Beer and Music Festival in Harrisonburg pairs a variety of local, regional and national craft beers with musical talent that ranges in genre from Americana to funk and rock.

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Homelessness in Virginia: Part 7
12:00 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Can We Solve the Problem of Homelessness?

Credit Kara Lofton

In the last installment of our series on homelessness, WMRA’s Kara Lofton talks to local experts about how solving the housing crisis could be the answer to eliminating homelessness in Virginia.

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Massanutten Regional Governor’s School
12:00 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Reaching Higher in High School

Early every weekday morning, 76 11th and 12th grade students from ten high schools in Harrisonburg, and Page, Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties, head to Mt. Jackson for a different kind of education.  WMRA’s Margee Greenfield went along for the ride to check it out.

It’s still dark.  It’s chilly.  A small group of students are waiting at Turner Ashby High School at 6:45am, for the bus they take every morning to Massanutten Regional Governor’s School, in Mt. Jackson.

[Bus arriving sound]

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A Story About Trying to Get a Story
12:00 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Secret Gardens, and the Culture That Hides Them

Natalya Slascheva, left, and her granddaughter Lyubov Slascheva. Their family came to the Shenandoah Valley from Kazakhstan in the late '90s. Lyubov is now studying to become a dentist; Natalya lives at the VMRC in Harrisonburg.
Andrew Jenner

As a reporter, it's best if you have a pretty clear idea in mind what your story's going to end up being about.

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Our Island Universe
8:30 am
Fri April 17, 2015

What is a Planet?

The twelve "candidate planets" that were possibilities for inclusion under the originally proposed definition. Note that all but the last three are trans-Neptunian objects. The smallest three (Vesta, Pallas, Hygeia) are in the asteroid belt.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

In this episode of Our Island Universe, we take a look at how we define a planet... and how that definition is up for debate as we learn more about our universe.

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What is a planet? We live on one, so you’d think someone would have come up a definition that works by now. Earth is a big ball of mostly rock but so is the Moon and it’s not a planet. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are planets but they’re not big balls of mostly rock? Any why isn’t little old Pluto a planet any longer?!

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Epigenetics Initiative
1:17 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Genetic Research Studies the "On / Off" Switches for Cancer

Ray Enke (on the right, with students) is assistant professor of biology at James Madison University.
David Doremus

An initiative toward more individualized and effective treatments for cancer is gaining traction at universities in Virginia.

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Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
12:59 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

"Music Feeds Us" Returns to Benefit Local Food Bank

Elizabeth Fayette, Eric Wong, Fitz Gary and Dmitry Volkov perform in the Music Feeds Us concert tour in 2014.
Music Feeds Us

You don’t often talk about classical music and canned food in the same sentence.

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WMRA News
4:45 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Warp Speed Feedback

Thank you for your support of WMRA's Warp Speed Fundraising campaign.  Please take a minute to complete this survey to help us in our future fund drive efforts.

Thanks,

Al Bartholet

Homelessness in Virginia: Part 6
11:31 am
Wed April 15, 2015

A Life Upended by Alcohol

Richard Rose's next step is to find a job and become "a proactive part of society and pay my own way."
Credit Kara Lofton

Alcoholism does not define Richard Rose, but his life has certainly been shaped by the addiction.

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