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.

Ways to Connect

The Money Paradox

Apr 4, 2014

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

Listen and learn more here.

Mountain Meltdown

Mar 30, 2014
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.


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.


Mar 29, 2014
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? 


Mar 29, 2014

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

Listen and learn more here.


Mar 28, 2014
Steve McAlister/Getty Images

In this hour, TED speakers move beyond conventional wisdom and reveal complex realities about what we think we know to be true.

Listen and learn more here.

Bad Baby

Mar 28, 2014
Chris Gethard

They're small. And they're cuddly. But sometimes it feels as though our babies were replaced with demon replicas — controlling, demanding, or just downright awful. This week, stories of infants and children who dominate the adults around them with their baditude, or whom adults have painted with the "bad" brush from early on. We also ask the question: at what age does badness begin?

Listen and learn more here.

Maria DeValpine

There is an extreme shortage of nurses in “bush” Alaska, a stunningly beautiful part of the world only reachable by plane or barge.  Maria DeValpine (James Madison University) has spent the last three years learning why nurses elect to stay in this challenging environment on the edge of the earth.

Thomas James

Disarming Syria. Asylum for Edward Snowden. Arming Iran. Deploying troops to Crimea. Is Vladimir Putin flexing his muscles, while our own president fades into the background of world politics, or is it all a global game of smoke and mirrors? Russia is one of the world’s largest oil producers and has the power of veto on the U.N. Security Council, but it remains an authoritarian state, rife with corruption and economic struggles. Is our toxic relationship something to worry about, or is Putin’s Russia fading in importance?

$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!


Mar 21, 2014
George Doyle/

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!