Matt Bingay

Assistant General Manager, Programming / All Things Considered Host

Matt Bingay is the local host for All Things Considered, Executive Producer for Virginia Insight, and Assistant General Manager for Programming on WMRA and WEMC.

Matt began working for WMRA as a student at James Madison University in 1992.  And except for a brief year at New Hampshire Public Radio in Concord, Matt has spent the majority of his public radio career at WMRA.

Matt is also an amateur violist and guitarist, has played soccer since grade school (and still plays today), is always reading something (fiction and non-fiction), has a few marathons under his belt and loves living in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Our Island Universe
8:30 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Happy 25th Hubble

The Hubble Space Telescope
Credit NASA

In this episode of Our Island Universe, we look back at 25 years of discovery thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Our Island Universe
8:30 am
Fri April 17, 2015

What is a Planet?

The twelve "candidate planets" that were possibilities for inclusion under the originally proposed definition. Note that all but the last three are trans-Neptunian objects. The smallest three (Vesta, Pallas, Hygeia) are in the asteroid belt.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

In this episode of Our Island Universe, we take a look at how we define a planet... and how that definition is up for debate as we learn more about our universe.

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What is a planet? We live on one, so you’d think someone would have come up a definition that works by now. Earth is a big ball of mostly rock but so is the Moon and it’s not a planet. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are planets but they’re not big balls of mostly rock? Any why isn’t little old Pluto a planet any longer?!

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Our Island Universe
8:30 am
Fri April 10, 2015

The Expanding Universe

artist's concept of the expanding universe showing galaxies moving apart from one another
Credit NASA

In this episode of Our Island Universe, everything is moving.

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Nine years after the “Great Debate” Edwin Hubble discovered that not only are there other galaxies, but they’re also moving away from us! In fact, the further away a galaxy, the faster it is moving away from us! In less than 10 years, we went from the idea that the Milky Way was all there is, too the idea that there are many more galaxies and that they’re speeding away from us! The Expanding Universe was born!

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Art Exhibit
10:51 am
Thu April 9, 2015

WMRA Art Exhibit - An Eclectic View of the World

Shadows and Steps
Greg Versen

Greg Versen, better known as The Professah on WMRA's Blues Valley is also a longtime photographer. Greg's work is currently on exhibit at WMRA.

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Our Island Universe
8:30 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Destination Pluto

Artist’s concept of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft as it passes Pluto and Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, in July 2015.
Credit NASA/JHU APL/SwRI/Steve Gribben

 

In this episode of Our Island Universe, Pluto gets its due.

Learn more about NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto, arriving in orbit July 14, 2015.

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Our Island Universe
8:30 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Hello Ceres!

NASA's Dawn spacecraft took these images of dwarf planet Ceres from about 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers) away on Feb. 25, 2015.
Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

In this episode of Our Island Universe, we ponder the secrets of Ceres and anticipate the information we'll receive from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft.

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WMRA
3:00 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Big Picture Science - Thursdays at 3pm

As Virginia Insight continues it's hiatus, WMRA is debuting a new program Thursdays at 3pm.  Big Picture Science is here until Virginia Insight's return.

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WMRA News
1:08 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Bringing Back Our Starry Nights

Starry Nights is a week-long series of events designed to raise awareness about light pollution and the steps we can take to end it in our community.

WMRA's Matt Bingay spoke with Paul Bogard, one of the event organizers, about our modern day problems with light pollution and the solutions our communities might embrace.

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Giveaways
11:16 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Warp Speed Fundraiser Giveaways

Credit iPad Air 2

WMRA's Warp Speed Fundraising was a great success! We received enough support to eliminate the traditional WMRA spring drive.  And everyone who gave is in the drawing for an iPad Air 2!

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WMRA
9:45 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

Our Island Universe - Debuts on WMRA

Our Island Universe - a 90 second look at new discoveries in our understanding of what lies beyond the horizon and what it means to us here on earth.

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