Dog Days of Summer

Aug 14, 2015
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On this episode of Our Island Universe: Find out where we got the phrase The Dog Days of Summer

On this episode of The Spark: Ann-Janine Morey is an English and Religious Studies professor at James Madison University, as well as Associate Vice Provost for Cross Disciplinary Studies. A.J. began collecting old pictures of people and their dogs while undergoing chemotherapy. And low and behold, the collection grew into her latest book, Picturing Dogs, Seeing Ourselves: Vintage American Photographs.


On this episode of Our Island Universe: We celebrate the accomplishments of NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory, which turns 16 on August 13, 2015.

On The SparkDennis Lynch first came to the Valley fresh out of college to work at the Wayside Theater. But he stayed to run the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival.

Rebooting Our Future in Space

Jul 31, 2015

On this episode of Our Island Universe: The next chapter of space exploration and renewed efforts to pursue our celestial destiny.

Jon Styer, Eastern Mennonite University

In the final installment of our occasional series “Clean Virginia,” WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports on the current solar trend, what it means for Virginia and how solar may change how we use energy.

Sefe Emokpae

The wine industry is a growing and essential part of Central Virginia’s culture and economy. But with the presence of so many vineyards, it can sometimes be hard to stand out. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae takes us through a winery that’s different in more ways than one.

On This Episode of The Spark: These days 83-year-old Bob Brennan busies himself with Percheron Horses and a recalcitrant donkey on his Orange County farm. But he started his farming career raising chickens... at about the same time he started going to school.

Kara Lofton

Less than a week after the shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe announced plans to remove the Confederate flag emblem from Virginia vanity license plates. The announcement was met with an outcry from some, and applause from other Virginians. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports on differing views of the flag.

We Stopped Going

Jul 24, 2015

On this episode of Our Island Universe: We made it to the moon... then we stopped going.