Margee Greenfield

Early every weekday morning, 76 11th and 12th grade students from ten high schools in Harrisonburg, and Page, Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties, head to Mt. Jackson for a different kind of education.  WMRA’s Margee Greenfield went along for the ride to check it out.

It’s still dark.  It’s chilly.  A small group of students are waiting at Turner Ashby High School at 6:45am, for the bus they take every morning to Massanutten Regional Governor’s School, in Mt. Jackson.

[Bus arriving sound]

Andrew Jenner

As a reporter, it's best if you have a pretty clear idea in mind what your story's going to end up being about.

What is a Planet?

Apr 17, 2015
Wikipedia Commons

In this episode of Our Island Universe, we take a look at how we define a planet... and how that definition is up for debate as we learn more about our universe.


What is a planet? We live on one, so you’d think someone would have come up a definition that works by now. Earth is a big ball of mostly rock but so is the Moon and it’s not a planet. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are planets but they’re not big balls of mostly rock? Any why isn’t little old Pluto a planet any longer?!

David Doremus

An initiative toward more individualized and effective treatments for cancer is gaining traction at universities in Virginia.

Music Feeds Us

You don’t often talk about classical music and canned food in the same sentence.

Warp Speed Feedback

Apr 15, 2015

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Al Bartholet

Kara Lofton

Alcoholism does not define Richard Rose, but his life has certainly been shaped by the addiction.

Kara Lofton

In a scientific utopia, communication is open, data are accurate and results are reproducible.

Evelyn Jackson

Music, art, innovation and food. The Tom Tom Founders Festival is this week.  WMRA’s Kara Lofton has the story.

On this edition of The Spark: Martha speaks with Perry Shank. Mr. Shank teaches music to the lucky students of Smithland Elementary School in Harrisonburg. And yes, that involves singing and playing the recorder. But it also means finger tutting and creating their own electronic music. 

Sounds created by Smithland Elementary Students:
DJ Maestro
Smithland Compositons