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Sputnik

Jul 3, 2015
Wikipedia Commons

On this episode of Our Island Universe: The satellite that launched the space race... Sputnik!

Kara Lofton

In 1979, researchers at the University of Virginia launched the Shenandoah Watershed Study. Among other things, the study tracked the impact of the Clean Air Act on watersheds -- and wildlife such as trout -- across much of western and central Virginia. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Virginia Truffles

Jun 30, 2015
Amy Loeffler

For thousands of years Black Perigord truffles have been the purview of European cuisine, specifically of France and Spain. But a perfect storm of enthusiasm, demand, and production could soon make Virginia a source for truffle production.  WMRA’s Amy Loeffler has the story.

Chainsaw Glenn

Jun 26, 2015

On this episode of The spark: Meet Glenn Richardson... he has been making art for decades. Now in his fifties, Glenn has settled into sculpting phantasmagoria out of firewood using a chainsaw.

The Gate inspired by the Japanese Torii gate

Glenn Richardson's Website

Courtesy of Dave Fritz, executive editor of the News Leader

On Wednesday evening, June 24, the News Leader in Staunton fostered a community conversation at Staunton’s city hall.  The gathering was called “Roadmap to Re-entry,” and was a follow-up to the paper’s reporting in March on the struggles that many incarcerated women face when they’re released from prison.  Bob Leweke spoke with the News Leader’s Patricia Borns, and with Nancy Insco, CEO of the Institute for Reform and Solutions in Staunton, an agency that works with these women.  I asked Insco about her takeaway from this first session.

New Horizons Arrives!

Jun 26, 2015
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

In this episode of Our Island Universe, we anticipate the arrival of the New Horizons mission to Pluto and new discoveries at the edge of our solar system.

Learn more about NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto, arriving in orbit July 14, 2015.

Shanil Virani, Director of the John C. Wells Planetarium in Harrisonburg, VA.

Kara Lofton

When Sweet Briar, a small women’s college in central Virginia, abruptly announced it was closing in March, students and alumnae fought back against the decision. Last week, the alumnae association formed to save the school (aptly called “Save Sweet Briar”) won the battle to keep the school open, at least temporarily, and now they'll have an assist from a former Bridgewater College president. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Kara Lofton

A fish consumption advisory has been in effect for more than three decades on the South River and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River from Waynesboro to Front Royal.  In the next installment of WMRA’s series called “Clean Virginia,” Kara Lofton takes a look at why the advisory is still in place and what is being done to remedy the long-standing contamination.

Great American Campout

Jun 24, 2015

On Saturday, Virginia State Parks, in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation, will host the Great American Campout, which includes special events, workshops and activities for the whole family. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Kara Lofton

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this week on whether people in nearly three-dozen states, including Virginia, who rely on the federal health insurance marketplace, can continue to receive subsidies from the federal government.  The case, known as King versus Burwell, is one of the most serious challenges to the Affordable Care Act.  WMRA’s Kara Lofton takes a look at what might happen in Virginia if the justices rule that the subsidies are illegal.

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