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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With Good Reason
3:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Viva Voce and Civil War Selfies

George Caleb Bingham

Today when we vote, we enter a private space, secretly make our choice, and go about our day. Don Debats (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellow) explains that early voting wasn’t just public; it was a raucous, drunken community festival. Plus: It’s hard to find a smile in a 19th century photograph—instead, you’ll see stern faces and stiff poses.

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Public Radio Showcase: IQ2
10:00 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

More Clicks, Fewer Bricks: The Lecture Hall Is Obsolete

Thomas James

Is the college of the future online? With the popularity of MOOCs (massive open online courses) and the availability of online degree programs at a fraction of their on-campus price, we are experiencing an exciting experiment in higher education. Does the traditional classroom stand a chance? Will online education be the great equalizer, or is a campus-based college experience still necessary?

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BackStory
4:00 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Responsibility to Protect?

"Save me from my friends!" Uncle Sam shelters Cuba
Puck, 1898.

With President Obama making the case for military action against Syria, BackStory takes on the history of humanitarian intervention. In 1898, President McKinley called for war with Spain to liberate Cuba from the “barbarities, bloodshed, starvation, and horrible miseries now existing there” – offering the kind of humanitarian rhetoric that has come up time and time again in American history, justifying numerous interventions around the world – from Haiti in 1915 to Libya in 2011. But where does the idea of a humanitarian obligation originate?

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Radiolab
4:00 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

The Soul Patch

Taped window
xtopalopaquetl/flickr

This hour, stories of unlikely (and surprisingly simple) answers to seemingly unsolvable problems.

We get to know a man who struggles, and mostly fails, to contain his violent outbursts...until he meets a bird who can keep him in check. Then, Oliver Sacks and Chuck Close, who are both face-blind, share workarounds that help them figure out who they’re talking to. And a senior center stumbles upon an unexpected way to help Alzheimer’s patients -- by building a bus stop.

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This American Life
3:00 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

Tribes

A Native American tribe is doing exactly the opposite of what you'd think they'd do: they're kicking people out of the tribe, huge numbers of them, including people whose ancestors without question were part of the tribe. And the story of a white guy who only wants to date Asian women, who then has to adjust to the reality of a real actual Asian woman in his life. The phrase "finding your tribe" is a total cliche — but one that does apply to certain situations.

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TED Radio Hour
12:00 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

The Money Paradox

iStockphoto

How does money motivate, trick, satisfy and disappoint us? In this hour, TED speakers share insights into our relationship with money.

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Public Radio Showcase: Climate One
10:00 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Mountain Meltdown

Ed Ritger

SNOW SNOW SNOW  --- It’s been a big year for that in our area, but around the world the mountain snowpack is declining which is bad news for ski areas and the water supply for those who depend on the run-off.

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BackStory
4:00 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Wage Hikes: A History of Getting Paid

Strikers from the Ladies Tailors Union, 1910.
LOC

In February, President Obama signed an executive order raising the minimum wage to $10.10 for federal contract workers. With minimum wage increases being debated in 24 states, Obama is also calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage for all workers — even as the CBO estimates that such a move could cost the economy 500,000 jobs. On this episode of BackStory, we’re exploring the history of American thinking about wage work. We’ll hear how the early colonies shifted away from indentured servitude, and toward racially-based slavery.

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Radiolab
4:00 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

KILL EM' ALL

US National Library of Medicine

They buzz. They bite. And they have killed more people than cancer, war, or heart disease. Here’s the question: If you could wipe mosquitoes off the face of the planet, would you? 

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Radiolab
4:00 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Apocalyptical

In this live stage performance, Radiolab turns its gaze to the topic of endings, both blazingly fast and agonizingly slow.

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