Matt Bingay

Assistant General Manager, Programming / All Things Considered Host

Matt Bingay is Assistant General Manager for Programming on WMRA and WEMC and the local host for All Things Considered.

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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$186,000... Thank You!

Mar 23, 2014

The 2014 WMRA Spring Fundraiser raised over $186,000!

Thank you to all who contributed to the Member Matching Fund, and to the many businesses and individuals who issued challenges and contributed giveaways.

If you couldn't find the time to support WMRA during our Spring drive, please give now.

Super Cool

Mar 22, 2014
Jeffer Sandstrom

What do frozen horses and a scorching universe have in common? That's what we wanted to know.

When we started reporting a fantastic, surreal story about one very cold night, more than 70 years ago, in northern Russia, we had no idea we'd end up thinking about cosmology. Or dropping toy horses in test tubes of water. Or talking about bacteria. Or arguing, for a year. Walter Murch (aka, the Godfather of The Godfather), joined by a team of scientists, leads us on what felt like the magical mystery tour of super cool science. Are you ready? We're not sure we've recovered.

Animal Sacrifice

Mar 22, 2014

What animals sacrifice for us, and what we sacrifice for them. Including a story from Susan Orlean about dogs in World War II, and the This American Life staff confronts Ira about his dog, Piney.

Listen and learn more here.

It's the final day of the WMRA Spring Fundraiser, and we're giving away a pair of airline tickets, valued at $500 each, anywhere in the continental United States, courtesy of Covington Travel.

Everyone who contributes today will be entered into the drawing.

Please give now!

Success

Mar 21, 2014
George Doyle/thinkstock.com

In this hour, TED speakers share ideas about what makes us successful.

Listen and learn more here.

We've arrived at the last weekday morning of the WMRA Spring 2014 Fundraiser, and we're giving away another iPad Mini at the end of Morning Edition.

Everyone who contributes between 6am and 9am this morning will be entered into the drawing.

Please give now!

It's the 4th day of the WMRA Spring Fundraiser and at the end of Morning Edition, we're giving away a $1,000 gift certificate to Shenandoah Bicycle Company in Harrisonburg.

Shenandoah Bicycle Company is a full service bicycle shop, located in downtown Harrisonburg since 2000. This $1000 gift certificate can be used for bicycles, accessories or any service work that SBC offers.

Everyone who contributes between 6am and 9am this morning will be entered into the drawing.

Please give now!

We're finishing off this Friday of the Spring Fundraiser on WMRA, by giving you a chance to win a Bose SoundTouch 20 music system.

Support now and you'll be entered into this drawing (between 4p and 7p tonight).

Please give now!

It is the third day of the WMRA Spring 2014 Fundraiser, and this morning we're giving away another iPad Mini at the end of Morning Edition.

Everyone who contributes between 6am and 9am today will be entered into the drawing.

Please give now!

Its the second day of our Spring Fundraiser on WMRA, Support now.

Between 6a and 9a this morning, you have a chance to win a Bose SoundTouch 20 music system.

Please give now!

The WMRA Spring 2014 Fundraiser is almost finished.

Please Give Now!

American Abroad Media

In this episode of America Abroad, we look at whether government intervention helps or harms entrepreneurs. And we examine what the United States can learn from the success and failures of other countries.

Listen and learn more here.

More often than not, a fight is just a fight... Someone wins, someone loses. But this hour, we have a series of face-offs that shine a light on the human condition, the benefit of coming at something from a different side, and the price of being right.

Guests:Jonathan Gottschall, Lulu Miller and Pat Walters

The tribulations of Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, are depicted in the popular film 12 Years a Slave. In a soon to be published book, Calvin Schermerhorn (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellow) documents how the business of slavery gave rise to American capitalism. Also featured: With Good Reason producer Kelley Libby checks in on a log cabin-building workshop on the grounds of Montpelier, the former home of President James Madison.

Dead Men Tell No Tales

Mar 7, 2014

Last May, a weird story made the news: the FBI killed a guy in Florida who was vaguely linked to the Boston Marathon bombings. He was an unarmed man, shot 7 times in his living room by federal agents. What really happened? Why was the FBI even in that room with that guy? A reporter spent 5 months looking into it, and she discovered that the FBI was doing a bunch of things that never made the news.

Listen and learn more here

America Abroad Media

Do We Need Humans?

Mar 7, 2014
Thinkstock

In this episode, TED speakers consider the promises and perils of our relationship with technology.

Listen and learn more here

Good Sport

Mar 5, 2014
M. Smelter

Nobody knows their exact price tag, but the Sochi Olympics were widely hailed as the most expensive Olympic games ever. And the real question: is it worth the cost? Political science professor Patrick Rhamey (Virginia Military Institute) says hosting the games doesn’t actually give countries a political advantage, but winning the medal count can. Plus: The United States is the only country that attaches big-time sports to universities.

Life aboard the USS John C. Stennis, an aircraft carrier that was stationed in the Arabian Sea and supported bombing missions over Afghanistan. Only a few dozen people on board actually fly jets. It takes the rest of the crew — over 5,000 people — to keep them in the air. This American Life producers visited the Stennis in 2002, about six weeks into its deployment. The hour is devoted to this one story.

Listen and learn more here

Extrasensory

Feb 28, 2014
iStockphoto

In this hour, TED speakers question whether we can experience the world more deeply by not only extending our senses — but going beyond them.

Listen and learn more here

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