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11:55 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Virginia Craftsmen Roy Swartz

Hinton’s Roy Swartz is still making furniture under the Virginia Craftsmen brand... mostly by himself in an old church he’s converted into a workshop.

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The Spark
12:00 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Bicycle Repairman Ben Wyse

Ben Wyse is one of (as far as we know) the only two mobile bike repairmen in the country.  Apparently a "bicycle powered bike shop" is a rarity.  Martha's talk with him includes some audio from glam-rockers Queen ("I want to ride my bicycle!") and Monty Python

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The Spark
1:15 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Keith Shank on Living with Parkinson's

Keith and granddaughter Caylin

When you know that you (not to put too fine a point on it) don't have much time:  should you rush to get through a "bucket list" of life experiences --or should you actually slow down to really notice your loved ones?  Keith Shank talks about having Parkinson's Disease. 

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The Spark
12:23 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Is This Too Racy For Radio?

Harry Crews (center) "back in the day" (circa 1973?) with David Jeffrey (right).

The story includes a reading of a passage from a book by author/skull-tattooed-guy/rascal/genius Harry Crews --a scene where a 12-year-old boy discovers both nudity and God at the same event.  We talk with David Jeffrey, the self-appointed one-person Society for the Preservation of the Writings of the Late (and Great) Harry Crews.  

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The Spark
12:06 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Kickin' It with Henry Gotay

Maybe someday ten thousand vuvuzelas will drone for him.  Henry Gotay surprised others and himself with keen inate soccer ability.  He's hoping to score a soccer scholarship to college.  He's been practicing his game and his English.

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The Spark
12:03 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Bush Medicine Expert Kathleen Maier

Charlottesville’s Kathleen Maier has been a practicing herbalist for 20 years. She works to restore native species through United Plant Savers and is the co-author of a book on bush medicine.  

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The Spark
11:58 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Alzheimer's Fathers' Day

The Spark
1:15 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Aspiring Ballerina Leah Heller

Gifted young dancer Leah Heller (of Elkton) tells about yearning to join a major dance company.  She already has an arrangement with the Richmond Ballet.

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The Spark (Fri noon)
11:55 am
Fri June 8, 2012

NPR Voice (And Photo-Nut) Alex Chadwick

In Charlottesville to assist with the Look3 Festival of the Photograph,  Alex Chadwick hangs out on a downtown  porch chatting  with WMRA's Martha Woodroof . 

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The Spark
12:39 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

About Theatre and Getting Slapped

Sara Holdren on the set of her 2010 production of "The Tempest" at Four County Players

Sara Holdren, now a MFA candidate in directing at the School of Drama  at Yale, spent what seemed like forever preparing to stage the pre-Soviet Russian play "He Who Gets Slapped" at Live Arts. 

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