The Spark

Aired on WMRA 2011 - 2016

The Spark aired on WMRA from late 2011 to December 2016, with a creative look at --well-- creativity. Our interviews focused on whatever people are passionate about in the WMRA region: sculpture, model railroading, costume-making, poetry, whatever.

Please note, we no longer produce The Spark due to host Martha Woodroof's retirement, but her interviews are still available online.

On this final episode of The Spark:  Martha Woodroof agreed to sit down and discuss her life and career... in essence, to be the final guest on The Spark.

On this episode of The Spark: Rita Dove, former U.S. Poet Laureate and WMRA's December Books & Brews author, discusses her life, poetry and the sound of language.

On this episode of The Spark: “Five Things the Church Can Learn from Women’s Roller Derby” is a Kelly Figueroa-Ray  essay for the Huffington Post.  Religion-blogger Kelly Figueroa-Ray has a divinity degree from Wesley and also actually does do roller derby --under the rinkname Bible ThumpHer.

Telling Every Story

Nov 18, 2016

On this episode of The Spark: Martha talks with biographer Kate Buford about her new adventure into telling the stories of the worthy and the un-famous.

On this episode of The Spark: Essayist and poet Greg Wrenn has been diving since he was a child growing up in Florida. His new nonfiction book will be what he describes as a, "literary time capsule," describing what it's like to dive amidst the astonishing biodiversity of the reefs of Indonesia's Raja Ampat Archipelago. He wants to write the book, Greg says, because he expects the still-pristine reefs to begin to deteriorate in the next twenty years.

On this episode of The Spark: Martha speaks with Mollie Cox Bryan, who has gone from pies to murder... at least in her writing. Mollie Cox Bryan, the author of several Mrs. Rowe's cookbooks, now writes mysteries.

Say What?!?

Oct 28, 2016

On this episode of The Spark: Martha speaks with Books & Brews author, Chuck McCutcheon, who has worked in Washington for 21 years and has turned himself into an expert on decoding political speak.

On this episode of The Spark: Charlotte Matthew’s talks about her third collection of poems, Whistle What Can’t Be Said

Daniel Stein

On this episode of The Spark: Martha Woodroof learns more about astrophotography from college senior Daniel Stein.  Daniel loves nothing better than spending entire nights photographing the night sky.

Daniel Stein's website

Into IT

Oct 7, 2016

On this episode of The Spark: Waynesboro's Ian MacRae was a bit of a computer wunderkind. He began his first computer business  while he was still in high school. Twenty years later EN Computers employs 22 people and has clients all over Virginia.  

Rachel Herr

On this episode of The Spark: Martha speaks with Books & Brews author, Rebecca Kauffman.

WMRA's Martha Woodroof and college football "spotter" Tony Britt (bonus: also CBS Sports/ESPN legend Brent Musburger) discuss Tony's special "cheat sheets" he developed for ESPN reporters and other sports media pros. 

On this episode of The Spark: Hillary 'Bill" Clemmer continues her conversation about a day’s work on a  New Zealand sheep station.

On this episode of The Spark: Hillary 'Bill" Clemmer spent several years working mostly alone on isolated New Zealand sheep stations. This is part one of her adventures.

On this episode of The SparkAlan TaylorPulitzer Prize winning historian, speaks with Martha about his new book, "American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804."

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