3:41 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Bloody Knuckles and Poked Eyes: These Two Play Rough

Classical piano duo (Greg) Anderson & (Elizabeth) Roe
Credit Courtesy the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

Some of their music videos have more than 1 million views on YouTube.  Not bad for a classical music piano duo.

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Arts in Charlottesville: Part 2
12:46 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Music: "A Crucial Pulse" in Charlottesville -- But How Diverse?

Ty Cooper is an entertainment manager in the Charlottesville area.
Credit Sefe Emokpae

Since the Dave Matthews Band and before, music is part of the beating heart of Charlottesville.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Comic Books For Life

Sophia Weideman
Credit Kenan Rubenstein

Martha speaks with Sophia Weideman, who has been drawing cartoons her whole life, but it took a while for her to find her own superheroes.

Sophia Draws

ETSY - Sophia Makes Things

Sophia Weidemen's Tumblr feed

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Fine Arts Academy
10:47 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Harrisonburg Makes Fine Arts Education a Priority

Fine Arts Director J.R. Snow conducts a performance at Harrisonburg High School

Beginning in elementary school, arts education is often a hit-or-miss opportunity, available to some students, some of the time.

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Innovation Hubs
1:43 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Making Spaces for Innovation

Tinkersmiths, a makerspace in Charlottesville
Kara Lofton

What if there was a place that existed just to provide space to create?

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Jubilant Skier

Seth Whitten on the slopes

On this episode of The Spark, Martha Woodroof spends some time with Seth Whitten, who lost his leg in an accident when he was 14, and later went on to become a jubilant skier.

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Don't Judge... Unless You Know What You're Doing
1:28 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Teen 4-H Livestock Judges Win U.S., Head to Scotland

The team after the win in Denver. From left to right: Hannah Craun, Cayley Ellington, Bailey Carpenter and MaKayla Nesselrodt.
Western National Roundup photo

We all kind of know what physical characteristics makes people look fit and healthy.

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Play for Literacy
6:15 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Literacy Group Aims for "Triple Word Score" with Scrabble Funder

Executive Director of Skyline Literacy, Elizabeth Girvan
Credit Kara Lofton

On Sunday, March 1*, teams of three from all over the Shenandoah Valley will bring their wits, cunning, and friendly competitive edge to Skyline Middle School to compete in—a Scrabble Tournament.  WMRA's Kara Lofton reports.

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First in a series: The Arts in Staunton
11:42 am
Wed February 18, 2015

In Staunton, a Visual Feast of Art

Steve Kiser (second from right) and his three partners at the Dwell Collective
Luanne Austin

From tiny, out-of-the-way workshops to the better known art galleries, the visual arts play a big role in Staunton’s cultural life, and in the tourist experience.

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Part 2 of 2
11:59 am
Thu February 12, 2015

How (Cyber) Secure Are You? The Bigger Picture

Jack Davidson is a professor of Computer Science at the University of Virginia, and president of Zephyr Software.

Today we revisit the question “How secure are you?” in the second half of our two-part series on cyber security.

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