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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Wide Open Ocean... Tiny Living Space

Jack Greer writing in the log book

This is part two of Martha's conversation with writer Jack Greer.  They talk about the four years he mostly spent sailing the Caribbean on a 40 ft sailboat with his wife Bobbi. Oh yes, and about changing from writing mostly non-fiction to fiction.

In part one of Martha's conversation with writer Jack Greer, she asks him why he is as drawn to water as a sugar ant is to chocolate cake. Their conversation also centers on his involvement with the efforts to reclaim the Chesapeake Bay.

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Izzeldin Abuelaish
4:30 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

He Lost Three Daughters. He Wants Peace.

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is a Palestinian physician and the author of I Shall Not Hate, a book about his commitment to peace activism in the aftermath of the deaths of three of his daughters, killed by Israeli tank fire in 2009.
Sarah Gingrich, EMU

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish has suffered, in the most intimate way, from the violence of the decades-old conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Digital Humanities

Are you a techie, or are you artsy?  Do you like the latest digital gadgets, or is a good novel more your thing?

Maybe you don't have to choose.

What if we could use the power of digital technology to open up new worlds in the arts, in literature, and in history?

It turns out we can.

Digital humanities people use the latest technology to map time as well as space, and to experience and explore creative works in unexpected ways. Some of them you can try for yourself.

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Election Results
6:31 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Warner Claims Victory; Brat, Goodlatte Win

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Warner claimed victory over Republican challenger Ed Gillespie.

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2014 Virginia Film Festival
4:30 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Virginia Film Festival -- Stronger Than Ever?

Under the leadership of Jody Kielbasa, the Virginia Film Festival has set attendance records in each of the past five years. This year, Kielbasa expects a new record attendance approaching 30,000 for the four-day festival in Charlottesville.

One hundred films in four days.  For 27 years, the Virginia Film Festival has provided an annual showcase of movies.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

The Brain on Friends

If you remember brain researcher Jim Coan, it may be for his landmark study showing how people under threat do better when someone is, quite literally, holding their hand.

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Valley Arts, Part Two
4:30 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Whence It Came: The Rise of Art, Music, and More in Harrisonburg

Eddie Bumbaugh is executive director of Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.

So, how did Harrisonburg develop its arts and music scene?

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

On "Becoming American"

(l-r) Nkhai Nang Bu Tang Bau (from Myanmar), Juan Alvarez (Cuba), Aziz Aziz (Iraq)
Credit Andrew Jenner

If you heard any part of the WMRA News Department’s recent series of stories on new American citizens, you probably found yourself moved with emotion as you listened.

Here there were tales of hardship, of hard work, of dreams, of determination, and of joy.

You may also have found yourself thinking, "I never knew how much people like this went through to become part of our society."

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Part 6 of 6
4:30 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

From Ukraine to the Valley: This Is Home

Walter Marchuk, 45, became a naturalized citizen in 2000. He owns VA Auto Sales, a used car dealership in Harrisonburg.
Andrew Jenner

Imagine deciding to leave all you know, to settle in a new country, and to learn a new language.

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News Leader's Calvin Trice
4:30 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Natural Gas Pipeline Fight Heats Up in Augusta

Calvin Trice, Government Reporter for the News Leader in Staunton.

Earlier this year Dominion Power Company proposed plans for the construction of a new natural gas pipeline.

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