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11:21 am
Sun May 5, 2013

Keswick, Homestead Pastry Chef's Solo

Giancarlo is a true "European" pastry chef (born in Lombardy) whose career included  upscale venues like The Homestead and Keswick Hall.  He and wife, Jane, ran Cafe Giancarlo on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall --and now they run  Giancarlo Fine European Pastries in Staunton. He shares some thoughts about life and about luscious treats. 

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Web EXTRA
1:01 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Web EXTRA Jessica Penner Uncut

Image: WMRA News (tw)

Of course, what you hear on the air during is edited-down because of time constraints. 

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The Spark
10:34 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Cow Moses, Butchered Housecat, Winter Tornado-Ride...

Photo: Stuart Jamieson via wikipedia Commons

And a 1903 Mennonite's "Tiger Scar" birthmark --are among the elements in Jessica Penner's novel, Shaken In The Water.  

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The Spark
10:02 am
Fri May 3, 2013

A Sylvia Plath Poem

Samantha Tkac

In honor of National Poetry Month, JMU sophomore Samantha Tkac reads her favorite poem, Daddy, by Sylvia Plath.

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The Spark
11:59 am
Fri April 26, 2013

A Langston Hughes Poem

In honor of National Poetry month, JMU sophomore Taylor Kepley reads the Langston Hughes poem, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers."

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The Spark
11:35 am
Fri April 26, 2013

It's Never Too Late to Try Something New

Psychologist Paul Ackerman, who is seventy-seven and a long-time musician, shares what it's like to embark on a new career involving new computer skills, music, and teaching.

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The Spark
11:34 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Future Animator Corey Garig

Twenty-five-year old Corey Garig works at a deli (where Martha met him) to support himself and his family while he teaches himself computer animation.

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The Spark
12:36 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Twitter? No. I'm Old.

WMRA News (TW)

Occasional Spark essayist Carey Keefe tries to text her mom (LOL). Meanwhile, certain oldpersons who don't want to bother with gadgets (like the hearing-aid battery) can't hear the smoke detector's low-power warning beeps. 

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The Spark
12:11 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Folklorist Douglas Day

(courtesy photo)

Martha interviews folklore expert, Veterans' History Project workshop-giver, oral historian for hire, and musician Douglas Day. 

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The Spark
3:44 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Organizing THIS

Abby Chapple (in background, riding the crowd) at a MACRoCK thing

Amps, speakers, hundreds of rocked-out sweaty students, an annual invasion of the former Turkey Capital of the World.  A chat with two organizers of MACRoCk --the alternative music festival that thrashes through Harrisonburg each year. 

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