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On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Sefe Emokpae has the details of this year's IMPACT Charlottesville meeting.... Brit Moorer brings us the scene and the sounds of the Music Resource Center musicians taking their music outside to drivers stuck in traffic, sessions that are appropriately called "Traffic Jams".... and Virginia Public Radio's Sandy Hausman takes a deep look at parole in Virginia, and how it might be reformed.

On this episode of The Spark: Scott Price discusses his time in the Army. Scott, as a VMI graduate and Army Captain, wanted nothing more than to be a good soldier.

Le Gentil, the Unlucky Astronomer

May 6, 2016

On this episode of Our Island Universe: We tell the tale of a French scientist who may be one of history’s unluckiest astronomers.

Brit Moorer

The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville is bringing the music outside… to the streets.  Students play for drivers stuck in traffic right in front of their building, hoping to get people interested in what’s going on inside.  It’s part of an all new concert series called ‘Traffic Jam.’  WMRA’S Brit Moorer reports.

More than 1000 people from 27 congregations came together Tuesday for the 10th annual Nehemiah Action Assembly hosted by IMPACT. Each year the group chooses a social issue affecting the greater Charlottesville community and devises an action plan to tackle the problem. As WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae reports, this year’s focus was on drug and alcohol abuse recovery in women and care for the elderly.

5/6 - 2:10pm Thursday Update: Virginia State Police have reported that the child was safely recovered this afternoon. 

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5/5 - Early Wednesday evening, State Police issued an AMBER ALERT for a missing Spotsylvania child.

Our May 2016 Books & Brews featured journalist and visiting senior research scholar at the University of Richmond, Stephen Nash. Nash is also the author of Virginia Climate Fever: How Global Warming Will Transform our Cities, Shorelines and Forests, a very readable book that brings the timely subject of global warming home to our own Virginia backyards. He explored both the science and the economics of climate change in our state, as well as introducing us to the people actively involved in formulating the discussion about it. 

On this episode of The Spark: Martha speaks with climate journalist and research scholar Stephen Nash. He discusses his passion for telling the stories that illustrate climate change in our state and the challenges of covering those stories. 

Mercury in Transit

Apr 29, 2016
NASA

On this episode of Our Island Universe: Learn how we managed to accurately measure the distance between the Earth and the Sun.

Scholars from all over the world convened at James Madison University in Harrisonburg this week to discuss how we as a species can continue to survive in an increasingly troubled world. And it all boils down to our core beliefs. WMRA's Jessie Knadler headed to JMU to find out more about the science behind values and beliefs and how they dictate the sort of world we live in.

Poor for a Day

Apr 27, 2016

This past Saturday, a few Charlottesville residents had an opportunity to experience the struggles their poorer neighbors go through on a daily basis. WMRA's Jordy Yager met them at the Charlottesville High School to capture the experience of going through Piedmont CASA's Poverty Simulation and has this report.

Living in a Bubble

Apr 21, 2016
NASA; modified from original version by User:Geni

On this episode of Our Island Universe: Did you know that we all live in an interstellar bubble?

There are 80 million feral cats in the United States, according to some estimates, and the question of how best to curb over population on the local level has been a real issue in Rockbridge County. Cat advocates are alarmed by the high rate of euthanasia at the County shelter, arguing for a more humane approach. WMRA reporter Jessie Knadler heads to Buena Vista, ground zero of the cat controversy, to find out more about this new approach and whether it actually works. 

NPS Photo: A.William

The Rocky Mount Fire began burning in the Shenandoah National Park on Saturday, and in the past 5 days, it has grown larger each day. On Wednesday, the fire was officially classified as a type 1 disaster and multiple local, state and federal agencies are now coordinating their efforts to fight the blaze.

UPDATE 4/22/16 12:12pm - As of Friday morning, officials are reporting 7,935 acres consumed by the fire.

More than 1 out of every 4 residents in Harrisonburg and Charlottesville live in poverty. Saturday, May 23, a non-profit is offering those who don't live in poverty, a chance to experience the struggles their poorer neighbors go through on a daily basis.

Sefe Emokpae

It was standing room only at a recent city council meeting in Charlottesville where the debate over whether or not to remove the Robert E. Lees statue in Lee Park continued. WMRA's Sefe Emokpae went to the meeting and spoke to leaders on both sides of the controversial issue. 

On this episode of Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler examines the effect of Virginia's topsy-turvy spring weather on local vineyards, and whether climate change might be a factor.... Jordy Yager has a follow-up to our Refugees in Virginia series, with a look at one Burmese family literally making a new home for themselves in Charlottesville, with some help from Habitat for Humanity....  plus Christopher Clymer Kurtz's report on why Saturday, April 23 is going to be mediation pioneer Larry Hoover’s Day in Harrisonburg.... We've also got the week's statewide news... and Our Island Universe!

Jordy Yager

For the hundreds of refugees who resettle in Virginia, home is a place they’ve left behind. For an update on our series on refugees, WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this story about what it takes to build a new home, here in America.

This year in Harrisonburg, April 23 will have a new name: Larry Hoover Day. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Undersea Supernova

Apr 15, 2016
ESO

On this episode of Our Island Universe: We explore the possible connection between the ocean floor and a supernova that exploded about 2.5 million years ago.

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