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
12:08 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Eye on Art : A Gender-Bendy Exhibit

Terry Ward appreciates a show of Aaron McIntosh art and is pleasantly surprised to find it in Harrisonburg. 

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The Spark
12:06 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Elisabeth Gumnior

Harrisonburg's Elisabeth Gumnior waxes scholarly about Harry potter. Replacing Wands with Quills: A Harry Potter Symposium.

The Spark
12:05 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Huss and Dalton Guitars

Staunton's Jeff Huss takes on a tour of Huss and Dalton Guitars.

The Spark
12:05 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Physics with Shanil Virani

Shanil Virani holds a joint appointment in Physics and Astronomy at JMU.

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The Spark
12:07 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Baseball... A Slice of Real American Community Pie

Ernie Didot

Essayist Ernie Didot is a video producer based in Charlottesville.

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The Spark
12:07 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Louise Temple

Louise Temple is a microbiologist and science educator , who just happens to have a hundred-year-old pipe organ in her parlor. Martha talks with Louise about the organ.

The Spark
12:06 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Death Camp Escapee Thomas Blatt

Thomas Blatt (vintage photo)

Sixty-eight years ago today, Thomas Blatt (AKA "Toivi") and some 300 otherwise-doomed Jews broke free from the Nazis during a revolt at Sobibor extermination camp which led soon after to the camp's demolition.   Terry Ward speaks with Thomas about the problem-solving involved with the escape --and about the biggest leap of imagination:  the realization that there really could be a way to break out. 

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The Spark
12:05 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Ray Houser

Ray Hauser
Mike Tripp The news Leader

Staunton's Ray Houser worked in broadcasting for 63 years, before heart trouble finally slowed him down.

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The Spark
12:07 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Timmy Smith

Timmy Smith as HOSS

Timmy Smith romances wood around Swoope. See his work at Smitty's Hardwoods.

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The Spark
12:06 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Radell Shrock

Radell Shrock carrying cabbages

Radell Shrock grows vegetables for local consumption in Rockingham County. He calls his business Season's Bounty Farm.

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