Second Look

Sunday 3pm

Second Look compiles the week's stories from the WMRA newsroom into one news magazine.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Bonnie Barrineau explores the history of the private endowment that launched Winchester's public school system -- but given Virginia's history of racially segregated schools... it's complicated.  Jessie Knadler previews the big annual music festivals setting up again this summer.  Bob Leweke gets insight from JMU's Bob Roberts on this week's Virginia primaries.  And, analyst Jeff Shapiro weighs in, too!

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports on a coalition of religious groups in the Valley pushing to reduce various fees, sometimes called "keep fees," that they say are a burden to the families of those in local jails... Jordy Yager went to Ghana with a group from Charlottesville in May, and came back with lessons for our own history of enslaving people... Jessie Knadler surveys the field of candidates vying to replace Bob Goodlatte... And, we review a big week in Virginia politics.

On this week's Second Look, Jessie Knadler checks out the "best little general store in Middlebrook," Christopher Clymer Kurtz explores the role of service dogs, and with Memorial Day approaching, Scott Lowe rides along the highway with Virginia's Safety Service Patrol... and, we dip our toes into Virginia's political week.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jordy Yager rides along with postal workers, fighting hunger in their communities one neighborhood at a time... Emily Richardson-Lorente surveys HPV vaccinations in Virginia, and the consequences of not getting the vaccine... We also survey Virginia politics for the week.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler finds a cruise line that caters to families who have kids with autism, and Jordy Yager takes a look at everyday life for such families who lack resources.  Those are the final two installments of our series on autism.  Also, Christopher Clymer Kurtz digs into the garden with Harrisonburg school kids, and visits a non-profit clinic hoping to do even more for expectant mothers.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jordy Yager adds the next installment of our series on autism, with a look at how first responders -- cops, firefighters, rescue workers -- train to deal with people with the spectrum disorder.  Also, Jessie Knadler tells the story of the Shark Tank -style competition in Lexington for local entrepreneurs....

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler brings us two animal-related stories: the third in our series on autism, with a look at animal therapies... and, goat yoga.  'Nuff said.  Christopher Clymer Kurtz also gets in on the animal act with his deep report on reactions to Harrisonburg's decision to reject Anicira's bid to take over shelter services from SPCA.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz takes a look at how thousands of students with autism are being served in Virginia’s public schools.  It's the second installment in that series.  He also spoke with one of the activists who was among the nine arrested for trespassing at the Cargill plant in Dayton on Wednesday.  On Thursday, CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta spoke to a packed house at the Forbes Center, and Calvin Pynn was there.  And Jordy Yager checks in on a Spring break camp for girls in Charlottesville.  Plus, Virginia politics!

On this week's Second Look, Bob Leweke interviews award-winning author and journalist Sam Quinones about what he learned traveling the country in his investigation of the origins of the opioid crisis... Marguerite Gallorini has profiles of the candidates in the fifth district, where four Democrats are vying for the opportunity to unseat incumbent Republican Tom Garrett.  Meanwhile, one Virginia inmate is suing the state over prison food.  We also have our weekly look at Virginia politics.

On this week's Second Look, we've got team coverage of the March 14 student walkouts protesting gun violence, at Rockbridge and Broadway High Schools, the University of Virginia, and even a private grade school in Harrisonburg – those reports from WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz, Jessie Knadler, and Emily Richardson-Lorente.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz pulls together some guidelines on how you can help when you see a panhandler (besides handing over cash)...  Peter Jump reports on the CVille Biohub, a Charlottesville group organized to promote biotechnology companies, and how UVa is involved.  And, as the regular session of the General Assembly ends, time to look at the unresolved issues they’ve left on the table, with political analyst Jeff Shapiro.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jordy Yager has a report on the first affordable housing summit in Charlottesville... Marguerite Gallorini talks with one of the co-authors of a big new nationwide study into the effects of winter de-icing for freshwater life, and even our drinking water.  She also browsed the exhibits at the "Memories Matter" fair, a gathering of personal African-American artifacts in Charlottesville.  And, we step back for a look at Virginia politics!

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz brings us the story of employees at Cargill who accuse the Dayton plant of punishing them for trying to organize... and Christopher also brought us, frankly, a story we really needed to hear this week – a profile of a World War Two veteran pilot who now, in his 90s, helps save lives by flying medical patients for treatment.

Women of Interest

Feb 11, 2018

On this week's Second Look, we revisit some of the Women of Interest we profiled last summer, including Harrisonburg’s mayor, a pioneering pastor in Charlottesville, a Valley midwife who means business, and an 82-year-old bookkeeper in Verona with more stamina than the Energizer Bunny.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jordy Yager has the latest on the Police Civilian Review Board about to be born in Charlottesville, after months of political wrangling.  He also heard reflections from Pete Souza on photographing President Barack Obama during his two terms in office.  Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports on the work being done by some local churches to provide cheese to local food banks, while helping struggling dairy farmers.  They call it the Cheese Ministry.  We also review the week in the General Assembly.

On this week's Second Look, officials say you may indeed be seeing more panhandlers in your area – a function of homelessness, hunger, social isolation, mental health and civil rights… and cities are limited in restricting their activity.  WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz has the story.  Also, Marguerite Gallorini visited Charlottesville’s sister city and its 17th century citadel in France over the holidays, and we’ll hear what she found.  We also survey a busy week in Virginia politics.

The Best of 2017

Jan 6, 2018

On this week's Second Look, we enjoy the most popular WMRA stories from 2017, with reporters Marguerite Gallorini, Emily Richardson-Lorente and Jessie Knadler.

On this week’s Second Look, WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has a detailed report on a lawsuit alleging inhumane conditions for dozens of unaccompanied immigrant children being detained at a facility near Staunton.  Also, Marguerite Gallorini sat in on an Affordable Housing 101 forum in Charlottesville, and she also explores how police officers there are getting some housing help, so they can actually afford to live in the city.  Also, we review the week in Virginia politics.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini surveys the various proposals to limit weapons at future public demonstrations in Charlottesville and elsewhere, and she explores Virginia's severe teacher shortage, and she reports on the interest that Invisibilia's Lulu Miller has in Virginia's history of forced sterilizations.  And, Mike Dolzer tours the tiny museum in Harrisonburg that commemorates the super-sized legacy of Harriet Tubman.

On this week's Second Look, we turn much of the show over to WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz, who: explores why DEQ has issued a drought watch for much of our region... visits the filming set of a new movie in Winchester... and reports on the continuing debate over what to do about overcrowding at Harrisonburg High, even though the school board already voted unanimously to build a new one.  We also hear from Virginia Public Radio about the youngsters embracing bluegrass music... and, we pay tribute to the late, great Carl Sagan on Our Island Universe.

Just days away from elections in Virginia, this week's Second Look is devoted to Bob Leweke's interviews with the three candidates for governor -- Democrat Ralph Northam, Republican Ed Gillespie, and Libertarian Cliff Hyra.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jordy Yager has the details of a proposed mental health docket in Charlottesville.  Marguerite Gallorini will take us on a tour of a small, private school creating an alternative for disabled students, a group with higher suspension rates in the public schools.  Jessie Knadler has the latest in the struggle by Valley poultry workers to organize, and we’ve even got a couple stories of different people, from different places, and different cultures, coming together through music.

On this week's Second Look... Is the growth of craft brewing sustainable, even with the extra boost from the state?  WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has that story....  Christopher Clymer Kurtz introduces us to two JMU students who, except for a piece of paper, are Americans.  But with Trump’s end of DACA, they’re now in limbo, again....  Christopher also surveys a slice of land in Harrisonburg getting a new lease, so to speak, and some much needed healing....

On this week's Second Look, we profile Charlottesville's Eboni Bugg, as the next installment of our Women of Interest series, and we hear from other African Americans in Charlottesville who find conversations of race and inequality more urgent than ever.

On this week's Second Look, Lexington has been grappling with Confederate monuments since long before violence over them broke out in Charlottesville… Jessie Knadler has that story, plus the latest profile in our Women of Interest series… Marguerite Gallorini reports on what investigative journalists are saying about their profession these days… and, Christopher Clymer Kurtz surveys a week of protests over proposed natural gas pipelines.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jordy Yager reports on the raucous city council meeting in Charlottesville, the first since the violent white supremacist rally there on August 12th.... Marguerite Gallorini reports on the role of school discipline racial disparities in the school to prison pipeline, and she has the story of a UVa researcher who questions the efficacy of 'ban the box' laws meant to help ex-felons get jobs.... and, Calvin Pynn takes us back to the '70s and '80s, the Golden Age of analog synthesizers!

On this week's Second Look, we review the week in WMRA’s coverage of events in Charlottesville, including Marguerite Gallorini's report on Monday's press conference with Police Chief Al Thomas, and criticism of how police handled last Saturday’s violence.... Marguerite also attended a community conversation to find a way forward in Charlottesville... and Faith Pinho talks with Episcopal church leaders who offered solace and solidarity in the face of Saturday's violence, and are reviving Dr. King's vision of a 'Beloved Community'...

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini witnessed events at the Aug. 12 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville, and has a report... Jessie Knadler surveys the history of the Staunton Music Festival, and previews this week in its 20th year.... Christopher Clymer Kurtz gathered a collage of voices from protesters who had gathered for a hearing on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline....

On this week's Second Look, Christopher Clymer Kurtz has the next installment of our Women of Interest series with a profile of Harrisonburg Mayor Deanna Reed.... Marguerite Gallorini talks with local health care professionals about the opioid problem, and a new report led by a UVa professor.... and, Virginia Public Radio's Sandy Hausman explores issues surrounding the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

On this week's Second Look, we appreciate previous award-winning stories by Kara Lofton ('The Pause') and Jordy Yager ('Food Insecurity'), and we analyze the past week in Virginia politics.

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