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Banjo on the Brain

Nov 20, 2015

On this episode of The Spark: Two-time state banjo champion Seth Swingle. He was ten when he fell in love with the sound of the banjo at MerleFest. Now at twenty-five,  he not only plays his instrument of choice, he also knows a lot about its history.  

Making an Apple Pie From Scratch

Nov 20, 2015
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On this episode of Our Island Universe: How an astrophysicist would go about making an apple pie for Thanksgiving.

Emily Richardson-Lorente

Despite the fact that jobs in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields pay better than average (33%) and have lower unemployment rates, women are significantly underrepresented in those fields. There’s a variety of theories about how to solve this disparity, but one Charlottesville teacher thinks that getting girls interested in “STEM” subjects early on can be a big help. WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story.

Brit Moorer

Research at the University of Virginia has evolved into much more than just numbers and data.  The MadiDrop, a new disinfecting water tablet, has the potential to help millions of people in developing countries.  WMRA’S Brit Moorer explains how it came about and how researchers plan to use just one small tablet to change the world’s water crisis.

Kara Lofton

In the second of two reports, WMRA’s Kara Lofton takes a detailed look at the current Guatemalan healthcare crisis and the attempt of one UVA physician to provide some relief.

Kara Lofton

For medical professionals in the U.S. today, Spanish-language proficiency and cultural sensitivity are invaluable. WMRA’s Kara Lofton looks at one University of Virginia program that’s attempting to teach these skills through a partnership program in Guatemala.

Jordy Yager

Eric Cantor was in Charlottesville on Friday, speaking to students at UVA’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. The former House Majority Leader weighed in on the current presidential landscape, the importance of tolerance in America, and the state of the House of Representatives. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this report.

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.

Evidence for a Big Bang

Nov 13, 2015

On this episode of Our Island Universe: How do we know that the Universe is expanding and started with a Big Bang?

Even though we’re heading into winter, it’s a good time to think about sunscreen. A new study finds that the sunscreen most of us slather on contains an ingredient that is killing coral reefs around the world. The lead author of the study lives in Amherst County, and WMRA’s Jessie Knadler spoke to him to get the lowdown on the shady side of sunscreen.

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