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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?

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