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Up On the Roof

Jul 22, 2016

On this episode of The Spark: Twenty-one year old Richy Rohrer took his first roofing job for a paycheck. He’s still at it  because: a) he likes the challenge of the job; and b) he wants to be as good a roofer as he possibly can be.

Finding Earth

Jul 21, 2016
Wikipedia Commons

On this episode of Our Island Universe: how our quest for the moon led to a deeper understanding of home.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

The global craze over the new augmented reality game Pokémon GO, which was released in the U.S. early this month, has also caught on in the Valley. On a recent hot afternoon, players were out and about in Harrisonburg, smartphones in hand, willingly sharing their personal information in exchange for fun. WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Over the years the push for biking and walking paths connecting neighborhoods and schools in Harrisonburg has grown; they’ve come to be expected in the city’s planning. But progress has a lot of moving parts including cost, engineering concerns, and reluctant landowners, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

On this week's Second Look, our special correspondent Kara Lofton has the sounds of some of the lesser-known bands that you may have missed at the Redwing Roots Music Festival.... We also tour two mostly-forgotten, historically black cemeteries in Lexington and Charlottesville with WMRA's Faith Pinho and Sefe Emokpae.... We survey the battlefields in Congress over the displaying of the Confederate battle flag, and in the courts over Gov. Terry McAuliffe's order restoring rights to felons.... and, we've got space for Our Island Universe, too!

Amanda McRaven was born and raised in Free Union. She’s a country girl, who fell in love with theater at an early age, and now she runs her own company Fugitive Kind in Los Angeles. She’s in Staunton this summer with two of her theater buddies to run Make Trouble Theater, an intensive theater experience for college students.

Courtesy Woody McKenzie

So you missed the Red Wing Roots Music Festival. Or you went, but couldn’t get to see everyone you wanted to see. Well don’t worry, our special correspondent Kara Lofton was there and she introduces us to a couple of the artists to watch for in the coming year.

Everyday Space Technologies

Jul 14, 2016

On this episode of Our Island Universe: We look at the many technological discoveries and uses that have come from our pursuit of space exploration.

Courtesy Doah Fest 2015

We are well into music festival season this summer, but there’s one you may not have heard about. It’s Doah Fest, near Luray. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

On this week's Second Look, we hear from Jordy Yager about the young men and their mentors who make up the award-winning Central Virginia chapter of 100 Black Men of America.... Christopher Clymer Kurtz has a preview of Doah Fest, a musical festival near Luray.... the possible reform of laws that allow police to seize and keep property without a conviction.... some surprising federal data about the demographics of parts of Virginia including Lexington.... an interview with Meg Gruber, president of Virginia's Education Association.... and Our Island Universe, too!

On this episode of The Spark: Connie Doebele retired to Staunton after 25 years on C-SPAN as a host and producer. She talks about how she went from her childhood on a Kansas farm, through radio news to politics, and from there on to C-SPAN.

The Birth of GPS

Jul 7, 2016
Wikipedia Commons

On this episode of Our Island Universe: We look back at the moment that gave us our modern GPS capabilities.

Jordy Yager

Last month, a Charlottesville organization to mentor young men of color beat out more than one hundred other groups across the country to get the 100 Black Men of America’s chapter of the year award for mentoring.  WMRA’s Jordy Yager talked with some of the young men who have excelled in the program, and their mentors.

2015 WMRA Award-Winners

Jul 2, 2016

On this week's special edition of Second Look, we celebrate the story-telling that won first place awards from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters for 2015:  Kara Lofton's story about the Charlottesville trauma workers who began the trend of taking a "pause" after the death of a patient (First Place, Outstanding Feature Reporting).... and Jordy Yager's series on Food Insecurity in Virginia (First Place, Outstanding News Series).  Congratulations to both!

On this episode of The Spark: Connie Doebele retired to Staunton after 25 years on C-SPAN as a host and producer. In the next two installments of The Spark, she talks about how she went from her childhood on a Kansas farm, through radio news to politics, and from there on to C-SPAN.

A special concert in Charlottesville is paying homage to late, great recording artist Prince, while also raising funds for a special cause. WMRA's Sefe Emokpae explains.

Katherine Johnson: Computer

Jun 30, 2016
NASA

On this episode of Our Island Universe: Meet Katherine Johnson, NASA's first super computer.

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.

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