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Civic Soapbox
6:04 pm
Fri August 7, 2009

Thoughts on Health Care Reform

Afton, VA – Larry Stopper is a self-employed business owner living in Afton.

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Civic Soapbox
4:37 pm
Fri July 31, 2009

Unconstitutional Religious Tests for Political Office

Harrisonburg, VA – Brian Kaylor is a former pastor who now teaches political communication at James Madison Univerisity.

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WMRA News
8:23 am
Fri July 31, 2009

An Insurance Protestor's Arrest Story

Charlottesville, VA – Joe Szakos has been a community organizer for more than 30 years. For almost half that time he's headed up the state wide group called the Virginia Organizing Project. In all his years working on a wide variety of highly charged issues, he had never before been arrested.

That changed last week, when Szakos staged a protest against his own health insurance company.

WMRA's Tom Graham sat down with Joe Szakos for some perspective on the highly publicized arrest.

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WMRA News
4:48 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

Special Session Controversy

Richmond, VA – Governor Tim Kaine has called for a special session of the Virginia General Assembly.

The Governor has notified members of the State Senate and House of Delegates that the emergency session will begin on the 19th of August.

The purpose of the session -- to respond to a recent U-S Supreme Court decision about the type of testimony that must be allowed in criminal prosecutions.

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Civic Soapbox
3:13 pm
Fri July 17, 2009

Local Art

Faber, VA – Mary Coy is an actor living in Faber.

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Civic Soapbox
11:53 am
Fri July 10, 2009

One Summer's Soul-mate

Singer's Glen, VA – Martha Woodroof is editor of the WMRA Civic Soapbox. She lives in Singer's Glen.

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One Person's Voice
6:07 pm
Wed July 8, 2009

Jawan Shir

Harrisonburg, VA – Twenty-four-year old Jawan Shir is a citizen of Afghanistan.

He has lived through the Soviet occupation of his country and has been jailed by the Taliban.

Jawan is now in this country on a Fulbright scholarship, studying at James Madison University and WMRA's Martha Woodroof recently sat down with him to hear his story.

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Civic Soapbox
2:51 pm
Fri July 3, 2009

Uncles and Omaha Beach

Newport News, VA – Sam Heatwole was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley. He's now a teacher and voice specialist, living in Newport News. Two of his uncles landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day.

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WMRA News
7:25 pm
Wed July 1, 2009

The Ulysses Conundrum

Harrisonburg, VA – Virginians diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder now have a legal right to help direct their future care. In order to fashion this new law, legislators had to wrestle with something that came to be known as the "Ulysses Conundrum," in reference to the Homeric hero's encounter with the Sirens.

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Civic Soapbox
8:58 am
Fri June 26, 2009

Profession and Identity

Staunton, VA – Essayist Marta Szuba is unemployed and lives in Staunton.

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