The Spark

Friday 6:20pm
Martha Woodroof
Martha Woodroof

The Spark is WMRA's own creative look at --well-- creativity. We dig into whatever people are passionate about in the WMRA region: sculpture, model railroading, costume-making, poetry, whatever.

Please note that while we no longer produce The Spark as a full-length program (due to Martha Woodroof's retirement), her interviews continue to appear within our Friday broadcast of All Things Considered.

We want to hear from those who are doing artsy or interesting or wonderful or obsessive things.  We also recognize that lots of creatives are a tad shy and might not ever speak up for themselves. 

You can put something on our radar about yourself or can tell us about someone you know of who might be interesting by sending an e-mail to the show host, Martha Woodroof:
WoodroMH@jmu.edu
(To launch an email to Martha automatically click here. )

Scroll down to hear past segments.

Consider this a community-wide celebration of the many people among us who invest time, energy and discipline into pushing against life's boundaries.

Listen to a typical 2012 version of the show's end credits (including Martha asking to hear from those who know about creative goings-on) : here (60 seconds).

2013 Spark intern Julia Skinner has been tasked with blogging about potentially Spark-worthy peers, and you can find the link to that blog on this page.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

An Eye For Eating

On this edition of The Spark, Martha Woodroof speaks with freelance, commercial photographer Ron Rammelkamp.

Ron is not shy. His response to being laid-off by Rosetta Stone, was to knock on the doors of Charlottesville businesses and ask if anyone needed a photographer. A knock on C-ville Weekly’s door lead to Ron’s deep professional relationship with the city’s food.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

The Magic of Radio

Lulu Miller

On this edition of The Spark, Martha Woodroof sits down for a chat with Lulu Miller.  Lulu lives half her life in Charlottesville, half in DC, and spends all her time making NPR’s wildly popular new show Invisibilia.

Lulu Miller's Website

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

A Novel Relationship

On this edition of The Spark, Martha Woodroof speaks with writer Erika Raskin.  Erika grew up the child of Marcus Raskin (a human rights activist whom Dennis Kucinich called, "the dean of the American Left") and novelist Barbara Raskin. Her own first novel, Close, came out in October.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Moving Forward

John Arnold

On The Spark, Martha Woodroof speaks with John Arnold, who went from grass, to pills, to shooting heroin. And then he went to Shenandoah Valley Teen Challenge; where, at age 24, he's found a path to recovery.

Shenandoah valley Teen Challenge on Facebook

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Comic Books For Life

Sophia Weideman
Credit Kenan Rubenstein

Martha speaks with Sophia Weideman, who has been drawing cartoons her whole life, but it took a while for her to find her own superheroes.

Sophia Draws

ETSY - Sophia Makes Things

Sophia Weidemen's Tumblr feed

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Jubilant Skier

Seth Whitten on the slopes

On this episode of The Spark, Martha Woodroof spends some time with Seth Whitten, who lost his leg in an accident when he was 14, and later went on to become a jubilant skier.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Berkeley House B&B

This will be the dining area and will end up with a cathedral ceiling. We'll add skylights to bring in the natural sunlight
Berkeley House Bed and Breakfast - Facebook Page

Okay, what do you do if you’ve spent your professional life in Australia, and have zero DIY experience? Well, if you're Jeff Ribman, you buy a rambling old house in Staunton, Virginia, that needs a lot of work and start renovating it as a B&B.

Berkeley House Bed and Breakfast - Facebook Page

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Ordering The Urban

Next Time on The Spark: Martha speaks with Thanh Dang, Harrisonburg’s Transportation and Environmental Planning Manager. She loves her job, she says, because she likes to make things work better in her town.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Publishing the Present

Martha speaks with George F. Thompson who has made a career out of publishing lovely books commemorating the place of places in our lives.

George F. Thompson Publishing

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

The Sustainable Urbanist

Dean Weaver

Dean Weaver almost lost a child, and the experience made him aware that what he really wanted to do with his life was build community... literally.

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