Martha Woodroof

The Spark Host


One Person's Voice
8:25 am
Thu October 1, 2009

Jessica Penner

Harrisonburg, VA – In this installment of WMRA's One Person's Voice, you'll meet Jessica Penner, a young woman who was born with a disease that causes bony growths on one side of her body.

In 2003, Jessica's doctors discovered that complications had developed with a previously-treated brain tumor.

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One Person's Voice
3:02 pm
Fri September 11, 2009

Soula Pefkaros

Harrisonburg, VA – Ms. Pefkaros grew up in Miami, graduated from Boston College, then stayed on in Boston as part of a community running a soup kitchen. After her work at the soup kitchen, she spent a year working in Latin America.

Ms. Pefkaros will soon graduate from Eastern Mennonite University with a master's degree in conflict transformation.

Soula Pefkaros is a photographer, and her show on eco-farming hangs in the downstairs gallery of Harrisonburg's Clementine Cafe.

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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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One Person's Voice
10:36 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Charles Johnston Churchman, Jr.

Bridgewater – At the suggestion of WMRA listener Lorie Merrow, reporter Martha Woodroof spent time with Charles Johnston Churchman, Jr. who's an active member of the group Veterans for Peace.

Mr. Churchman was born in 1929, raised on the family farm near Staunton, has a masters in English from the University of Virginia, and served in the Korean War.

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One Person's Voice
6:23 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Dorothy Rosen

Augusta County, VA – Dorothy Rosen's family has been farming the Shenandoah Valley since the Valley was the frontier.

Although Ms. Rosen has 2 older brothers, when her mother died in 1970, she left the family's Augusta County house and land to Dorothy.

Since then, Ms. Rosen has run a prize winning cattle operation on her own... along with raising 2 children.

WMRA listener Laura Thurman worked with Dorothy Rosen on land conservation easements, to ensure her farm will remain a farm.

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One Person's Voice
5:28 pm
Tue May 12, 2009

Tommie Branch

Harrsonburg, VA – Tommie Branch grew up in Franklin County, one of seven children who slept in one bed.

An African American, he lived through grinding poverty and blatant racism that he now writes songs about.


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One Person's Voice
3:59 pm
Tue April 28, 2009

Inman Majors

Harrisonburg, VA – Novelist Inman Majors teaches creative writing at JMU.

Major's is a Tennessean by birth. His uncle was legendary University of Tennessee football coach Johnny Mayors, and his father had a forty year career as a lobbyist in Nashville.

Inman Major's grew up in Knoxville, and his third novel, The Millionaires, is steeped in the changing South of his childhood. The book is a sprawling story of family and greed.

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One Person's Voice
2:44 am
Fri April 17, 2009

Bob Jones

Broadway, VA – Two years ago, 78-year old Bob Jones and his wife moved to Broadway, Virginia, to be closer to family.

Mr. Jones joined the Air Force at 17 and was in federal service for the next 36 years.

He then spent twelve years as a regional manager of his church's extensive welfare system before Parkinson's disease forced his retirement.

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One Person's Voice
6:25 am
Wed March 4, 2009

Captain Jennifer Martin

Page, VA – Captain Jennifer Martin was raised on a farm in Page County, Virginia.

She's a 16-year army veteran, three years active duty, the rest in the national guard.

Not too long ago, her Staunton-based national guard company, the Headquarters and Headquarters Company 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Virginia, was activated and sent to Iraq. Her Combat Team was in charge of the Joint Area Support Group in Baghdad.

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One Person's Voice
12:31 am
Wed January 28, 2009

Dr. Margy Hobson

Charlottesville, VA – Dr. Margy Hobson is on staff at Southern Albemarle Family Practice, one of 13 public health clinics operated by Central Virginia Health.

Martha Woodroof recently sat down with Dr. Hobson and produced the following for WMRA's occasional series, "One Person's Voice."

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