Martha Woodroof

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The Spark
2:50 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Hobbit Knowledge

Bill Painter of Harrisonburg explains his 40+ year fascination with The Lord of the Rings and with the Middle Earth backstory.

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The Spark
2:41 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

What Can Roller Derby Teach The Church?

Kelly Figueroa-Ray geared-up for roller derby under her rinkname Bible ThumpHer alongside Erin "Sew Crafty" West

“Five Things the Church Can Learn from Women’s Roller Derby” is a Kelly Figueroa-Ray  essay for the Huffington Post.  HuffPo religion-blogger Kelly Figueroa-Ray has a divinity degree from Wesley and also actually does do roller derby --under the rinkname Bible ThumpHer.

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The Spark
2:45 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Play. It. Loud.

On WMRA's The Spark, we meet noise-rocker Natalie Strickland. What is noise rock?

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The Spark
7:32 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Just Don't Inhale. You'll Die.

Image courtesy: LisaAronzonGlassStudio.com

Hot glass blowpipe rule #1: DON'T INHALE. The 1500+ degree air sears the lungs.  It's dangerous work with beautiful results. Glassblower Lisa Aronzon chats with Martha Woodroof.

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The Spark
2:39 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Supersize My Art

We meet David Currier who sculpts and also works as an art-enlarger: other sculptors ask him to scale-up their art.  He's also the artist behind the comic strip Simon And The Pieman.

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The Spark
2:48 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Classic Jazz Album

Doug Arthur (right, holding guitar) with fellow trio members. Photo credit: TheRhondaSagerTrio.com

Martha chats with Strasburg's Doug Arthur, who put together a jazz album called "Way Back When" as "a tribute to all those great songs from the 20's through the 50's --the Great American Songbook and traditional jazz." 

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The Spark
3:53 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

VRRRRROOOOOOOOMMMM

The drool-worthy (and Concours d’Elegance-exhibited) Ferrari mentioned in the interview. Yes, it really is black with jade green on top. Image credit: Pat Jarrett shot at Kevin Blackburn Photography Studio 108

Prepare to be dazzled by close auditory proximity to  a rare prototype Ferrari. A chat with vintage sports car expert Mike Gassman.

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The Spark
3:00 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Fixed Dylan's Guitar

And many others.  WMRA's Martha Woodroof meets Danny Dolinger, who repairs stringed instruments for a living. When Danny (AKA "Fret Boss") bought his first good guitar (a Stratocaster), he took it apart the same day. 

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The Spark
2:00 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

ESPN "Cheat Sheet" Maker

College football action: Colorado State University versus United States Air Force Academy. (Photo credit: US Air Force photographer John Van Winkle.)

WMRA's Martha Woodroof and college football "spotter" Tony Britt (bonus: also CBS Sports/ESPN legend Brent Musburger) discuss Tony's special "cheat sheets" he developed for ESPN reporters and other sports media pros. 

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The Spark
11:48 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show guitarist "Critter" Fuqua playing at DC's 9:30 Club. Photo credit: Flickr user ChunkyGlasses.com via Wikipedia Commons.

They've played at the Grand Old Opry, A Prairie Home Companion, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and warmed up for Dave Matthews Band. The alt-grass band Old Crow Medicine Show got started in places like  Harrisonburg's Little Grill.  WMRA's Martha Woodroof chats with two of the crows: Ketch Secor and Critter Fuqua. 

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