Evidence for a Big Bang

Nov 13, 2015

On this episode of Our Island Universe: How do we know that the Universe is expanding and started with a Big Bang?

Even though we’re heading into winter, it’s a good time to think about sunscreen. A new study finds that the sunscreen most of us slather on contains an ingredient that is killing coral reefs around the world. The lead author of the study lives in Amherst County, and WMRA’s Jessie Knadler spoke to him to get the lowdown on the shady side of sunscreen.

Emily Richardson-Lorente

Earlier this year, a Charlottesville woman opened her home for students interested in learning roots music — bluegrass, folk, acoustic blues. And interest in that little program far exceeded her expectations. Now, to her family’s relief, the lessons have moved out of their home and into a bona fide music school. It’s called The Front Porch, and WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente recently spent an afternoon there.

Mule Smarts

Nov 6, 2015

On this episode of The Spark: A listener appended a note to her contribution requesting more stories about mules... so this week, Diane Sypes, who lives way off the grid in Hardy County, West Virginia, tells about her four mules.

The Accelerating Universe

Nov 6, 2015

On this episode of Our Island Universe: You may already know that the universe is expanding, but did you know that it is accelerating?

Kara Lofton

Have you ever walked into a gas station or convenience store and seen the newspaper with row after row of mug shots?  In central and western Virginia that paper is called Crime Times U.S.A., but there are variations on the theme all across the country. WMRA’s Kara Lofton talked with Crime Times owner Brad McMurray, and with one of the men who have appeared in the paper, to discuss its controversial business model.

Republicans retain control of Virginia's General Assembly.  No seats for the State Senate will change hands in the next session -- the GOP retains a 21-19 majority.  In the House of Delegates, Republicans will hold a nearly two-thirds majority.

Courtesy Virginia Film Festival

In a world.... where film festivals are a dime a dozen and everyone with a GoPro is a filmmaker … one small-town film festival breaks the mold. Emily Richardson-Lorente has a preview of this year’s Virginia Film Festival, which begins Thursday, Nov. 5th.

Polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd.  On the ballot are candidates for the state Senate and House of Delegates, and for numerous local City and County offices.  To find out where to vote, and who's on the ballot, click here.

Find a full list of candidates for statewide offices here.

On this episode of The SparkRob Arthur is a Ph.D. cancer researcher at the University of Chicago. He also writes about baseball from a Sabermetric point of view for ESPN’s online arm, FiveThirtyEight.