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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TED Radio Hour
12:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Do We Need Humans?

Can we improve technology and preserve human dignity?
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In this episode, TED speakers consider the promises and perils of our relationship with technology.

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With Good Reason
3:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Good Sport

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.

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This American Life
3:00 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

Somewhere in the Arabian Sea

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.

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The TED Radio Hour
12:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Extrasensory

Could we all perceive reality in a richer way?
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In this hour, TED speakers question whether we can experience the world more deeply by not only extending our senses — but going beyond them.

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With Good Reason Radio
3:00 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Sheer Good Fortune: Celebrating Toni Morrison

Angela Radulescu

Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison was born Chloe Wofford in 1931. She was 39 when she published her first novel about a black girl’s painful coming of age in a white society. The Bluest Eye and many subsequent works have earned Morrison the highest accolades in literature and established her as one of America’s leading fiction writers. Nikki Giovanni (Virginia Tech) and Joanne Gabbin (James Madison University) paid tribute to Morrison with an extravaganza at Virginia Tech that included nationally renowned writers, singers, and poets, including Maya Angelou.

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Public Radio Showcase: Going Black: Mighty Radio
10:00 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Going Black: A Fresh New Radio Documentary

Hosted by legendary Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP) music producer Kenny Gamble, GOING BLACK: THE LEGACY OF PHILLY SOUL RADIO, will examine the legacy of Black radio in Philadelphia with a special focus on the legendary radio station WDAS.

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Radiolab
4:00 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

Rodney Versus Death

Virgil Finlay [Public domain]/Wikimedia Commons)

What do you do in the face of a monstrous disease with a 100% fatality rate? In this short, a Milwaukee doctor tries to knock death incarnate off its throne.

In the fall of 2004, Jeanna Giese checked into the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin with a set of puzzling symptoms ... and her condition was deteriorating fast. By the time Dr. Rodney Willoughby saw her, he only knew one thing for sure: if Jeanna's disturbing breakdown turned out to be rabies, she was doomed to die.

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This American Life
3:00 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

Surrogates

This week we look at people who see themselves in others and try to live out their lives through stand-ins — including the story of what one father saw in the convicted murderer he decided to adopt. And the proxy battle over a woman’s honor that became a presidential obsession.

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The TED Radio Hour
12:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Identities

"Stories move like whirling dervishes ... they connect all humanity, regardless of identity politics." — Elif Shafak, novelist
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In this hour, TED speakers describe their journeys to answer the question: who am I?

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Public Radio Showcase: State of the RE: Union
10:00 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Leadership from the Bottom Up

Usually during Black History Month, we remember civil rights icons and reflect on their legacy. But over the past couple of years, SOTRU has met a new generation of African American leaders, people you may not see on TV specials or making nationally acclaimed speeches. Most of these men and women are on the front lines of their communities, rolling up their sleeves and diving in to what can be very unglamorous work.

Listen and learn more here.

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