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The Power of Pulsing Light

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On this episode of Our Island Universe: How Henrietta Swan Leavitt used her observations of the light intensity of stars to solve the riddle of distance in our universe.

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The NPR Politics team was able to live blog during the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. This blog features highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

The 23rd annual Virginia Festival of the Book kicks off Wednesday, March 22 in Charlottesville with some pre-festival events planned for as early as Tuesday evening. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae spoke with organizers and several authors for this preview of what attendees can expect.

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NPR will provide live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee’s public hearing on the investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. This live blog will include streaming video of the proceedings, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler examines the not-so-hidden world of art theft.... Emily Richardson-Lorente attends a celebration of women in Charlottesville on International Women's Day.... Faith Pinho explores the legacy of cemetery segregation in Lexington (a story from June up for an award from the Society of Professional Journalists in the radio news category).... and, we review the week in Virginia politics.

Something's Missing...

Mar 16, 2017
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On this episode of Our Island Universe: How Vera Rubin discovered Dark Matter.

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Where does the art you enjoy in any given exhibit come from?  The Department of Art and Art History at Washington and Lee in Lexington collaborated with the University’s Roger Mudd Center for Ethics to host a conference in early March that looks at the ethics of acquiring cultural heritage objects around the globe. It’s an open secret in the art world that many objects are stolen. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler filed this report.

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Last Wednesday was International Women’s Day. To celebrate, local organizers held a march in Harrisonburg from the Rockingham County Administration Building to a rally at Court Square on Saturday. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz filed this report.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Little Green Men

Mar 9, 2017
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On this episode of Our Island Universe: We celebrate Jocelyn Bell Burnell and her discovery of Pulsars.

Emily Richardson-Lorente

Yesterday, in honor of International Women’s Day, some women stayed home from work, others wore red and hit the streets to protest, and still others got together to celebrate.  WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente went to one such celebration in Charlottesville.

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Last night, a crowd gathered at the Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville. Not to celebrate faith, but to explore failure. The event was the latest installment of a popular speaker series focused on Charlottesville artists and sponsored by the New City Arts Initiative and the Garage. Emily Richardson-Lorente was in attendance.

Sefe Emokpae

Traditional Irish music filled the air across the country Sunday night for a national effort to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae reports from Charlottesville, where one of these “Sanctuary Sessions” took place.

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Home and business owners thinking about going solar can learn more about a cost-cutting and helpful option at several meetings in the Valley this week. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

The Virginia Slave Who Mailed Himself to Freedom

Mar 3, 2017
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Henry “Box” Brown was a born into slavery in Louisa County. At 15, he was sent to Richmond. 

Today, a group of musicians has chosen to honor Brown's story with a song about his escape. They performed recently during a Black History Celebration on Virginia’s Northern Neck. 

This weekend, area protesters will again assemble in Harrisonburg and Staunton. But the protests will be less about resisting President Trump than they will be about something closer to home... or rather about bringing Congressman Bob Goodlatte closer to home for a visit. WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Cecilia Payne and the Stuff of Stars

Mar 2, 2017
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On this episode of Our Island Universe: How Cecilia Payne's work forever changed our understanding of the inner workings of stars.

President Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening at the Capitol, around 9:00 PM Eastern Time. The address comes a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs. Following tradition, House Speaker Paul Ryan invited the president to make the speech to lay out his agenda in the early days of his new administration.

UVA Memorial

Feb 27, 2017
Jordy Yager

A team of designers are set to unveil their latest proposals for a memorial to the enslaved men and women who built and operated the University of Virginia for much of the 19th century. WMRA's Jordy Yager has more. 

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz meets one Congolese family still split between a refugee camp in Burundi and their new home in Harrisonburg; uncertainty abounds over changing refugee and immigration policy.... Jordy Yager spends a night in a homeless shelter, part of a network of nighttime winter sanctuaries in Charlottesville.... We compare Republican and Democratic majority rule in the General Assembly (turns out the minority will complain no matter what).... and we look back at the week in politics in Virginia.

After a whirlwind first month of the new Congress — lawmakers took a recess this week, and many are facing the music back home. Constituents have gotten vocal, and are demanding face time. Jessie Knadler was in southwest Virginia for what was originally scheduled to be a town hall meeting with Congressman Bob Goodlatte. 

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