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Blues Bash
9:00 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Blues Valley Benefit Concert: Stacy Mitchhart Band

Stacy Mitchhart

Friday night, November 14, we celebrated another great year of Blues Valley, with The Professah and The Stacy Mitchhart Band.  About 100 fans came out to the show at Clementine Café.

Thank you all for supporting Blues Valley and WMRA. We hope to do it again next year!

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Nashville Dreams

John Samson in Nashville

Harrisonburg’s John Samson loves, plays, and writes music that leans toward country.

John, who installs dropped ceilings for a living, recently went to Nashville with his family.

He got there as a tourist and left with a recording contract.

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SuperGr8 Film Festival
4:30 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Behind the Scenes: The Making of Super Gr8

First-time Jossi Diaz-Castro, hanging out at the Artful Dodger.
Luanne Austin

Three minutes and twenty seconds long… no editing after the filming, and film-makers don’t see the final product until everyone else does.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

An Hour with Emmett

As one of the longest serving legislators in Virginia state government, he has become something of a bridge between political factions that might otherwise never communicate.

Behind the scenes his views are frequently sought out by public officials and journalists.

He has been with us before.  But it has often been for just a few minutes at a time, as part of a panel of guests.

On this edition, we will be going for a much deeper understanding of the perspectives of state Senator Emmett Hanger.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

A Fireman's Tale

You saved lives as a medic in Vietnam... explored the deepest seas as a Navy salvage diver... and even spent time as a theater director in New York. 

But your favorite job? 

Your years as a Virginia firefighter.

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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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