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On this episode of The Spark: Patrick Mayerchak is taking retirement in stride and getting the band back together. He and four college buddies started a band back in the sixties, and now that they’ve all had careers and families… it’s time to jam again.

Kara Lofton

For some, the words “roller derby” bring to mind the 2009 movie “Whip It” starring Ellen Page. Those a little more familiar with the sport might think of women in dramatic makeup and crazy clothing crashing into each other on a flat race track. But for the women of Charlottesville’s Derby Dames, the words “roller derby” are much more synonymous with strength, confidence, competition, fun and above all, camaraderie. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Powering Up the LHC

Jun 5, 2015

On this episode of Our Island Universe: The Large Hadron Collider and the promise of new discoveries in the near future.

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

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The embattled Natural Bridge Zoo, which was shut down by the State Game Commission back in March, is once again open for business. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has the story.

It’s been a long three months for Karl and Debbie Mogensen, owners of the Natural Bridge Zoo. In March, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries suspended the zoo’s license to exhibit wild animals. The state agency used a USDA inspection report from January to conclude that, “many of the animals are confined under unsanitary and inhumane conditions.”

Saturday is the 27th annual Clean the Bay day sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Climate Change Films

Jun 2, 2015

For the first two Tuesdays in June, the Climate Action Alliance of the Valley is partnering with other local organizations to screen two environmental films: Merchants of Doubt and Wisdom to Survive. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

During the month of June, this WMRA series will explore the state of Virginia's unique environment, specifically its water, air and soil.  How does agriculture affect our drinkable water, and the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed?  How well are we doing cleaning up industrial pollutants such as mercury?  Are decades-old problems, such as acid rain and runoff from coal-fueled power plants, getting solved?  How clean is the air we breathe?

Kara Lofton

Agriculture is one of the leading causes of pollution in Virginia’s waterways.  WMRA’s Kara Lofton has the first in this occasional series on “Clean Virginia,” which will focus on pollution in our water, air and soil, and efforts over decades to clean it up.

[Sound of walking through grass]

On Bobby Whitescarver’s farm in Swoope, cattle graze contentedly on lush pastures beside lazy streams. The whole atmosphere is almost poetic. But it didn’t used to be that way.

Daniel Stein

On this episode of The Spark: Martha Woodroof learns more about astrophotography from rising college senior Daniel Stein.  Daniel loves nothing better than spending entire nights photographing the night sky.

Daniel Stein's website

Our Constant Companion - The Moon

May 29, 2015
Wikipedia Creative Commmons

In this episode of Our Island Universe, we look at the origins of the Moon.

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

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