The Spark

Friday 6:20pm

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
8:06 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Let X = X. Oh! This is fun!

Math Professor Laura Taalman talks about the joy  (really?)  of higher mathematics and Sudoku.

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The Spark
12:49 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Essay by Carey Keefe

Carey Keefe lives and writes in Staunton. 

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The Spark
12:42 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

The Singers Glen Opera

Sam Showalter

The tiny town of Singers Glen proudly proclaims itself The Birthplace of Sacred Music in the South. It celebrates every five years by putting on The Singers Glen Opera.  Songs are sung in the historic "shaped note" style. 

The Spark
12:30 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Our Community Farm

Ken with basket.

Our Community Farm  offers work and safe haven to those in recovery.

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The Spark
10:09 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Photog Jeff James

Unpeopled unremarkable places exude irony or pathos or deadpan humor when pictured by Harrisonburg photographer Jeff James.  He finds the scenes during weekly long walks. 

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The Spark
9:10 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

"Love's Winning Plays" Author

Inman Majors, who lives in Waynesboro and teaches creative writing at JMU, is a member of the fabled football Majors clan. His latest novel, Love’s Winning Plays is a comic riff on the culture of college football. 

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The Spark
9:06 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Book Sample: Inman Majors

Image: WMRA News (tw)

A sample of Inman's book:
(Reprinted from Love’s Winning Plays by Inman Majors. Copyright © 2012 by Inman Majors. With the permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.)

In the locker room after practice one of the quarterbacks had coined a new song and was performing it to the clapping delight of the others. It went like this:

Coach Love rollin down the street

Got that Mack Daddy grin

Gal so fine, she got to be kin

He stepping high, stepping low

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The Spark
8:25 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Jane Barnes, Fascinated by Mormons

Charlottesville writer Jane Barnes worked on the PBS miniseries THE MORMONS. Jane, who describes herself as a quester, became enamored of the young and bumptious Joseph Smith.  She talks about her near-conversion to the Mormon Church and the writing of her latest book, Falling in Love with Joseph Smith: My Search for the Real Prophet.  

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The Spark
8:24 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Book Sample: Jane Barnes

Image: WMRA News (tw)

A bit of Jane's book:
(Reprinted from FALLING IN LOVE WITH JOSEPH SMITH: My Search for the Real Prophet by Jane Barnes with the permission of Tarcher/Penguin. Copyright Jane Barnes 2012.)

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Joseph Smith Couldn’t Have Written the Book of Mormon

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The Spark
11:49 am
Fri September 7, 2012

A Blooming Musician

Katie Overfield-Zook of The Bloom Trio (photo credit: Carl Socolow).

Professional musicians Kathleen Overfield-Zook, Lisa Wright, and Maria Lorcas are all mothers who had gotten tired of “driving for dollars” –driving long distances in order to play quality gigs. So Kathleen had the bright idea that the three of them should form their own trio. And so (ta-da!) the Bloom Trio was born.  

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