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
6:18 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Country Hardball Author

Inspired by three unpublished murder mysteries and his own life along the Louisiana/Arkansas  border, writer Steve Weddle's book Country Hardball is in bookstores. 

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Yoga Pink

Susan Nelson’s story of breast cancer survival and Kundalini yoga. 

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

He's Puzzling

WMRA's Martha Woodroof chats with Staunton's Matt Gaffney, whose puzzles have been published by the New York Times, Newsday, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, GAMES Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and others. 

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Mary Ann Alger

Mary Ann Alger with husband and JMU's 6th President, Jonathan R. Alger. Photo credit: James Madison University

Before Mary Ann Alger, wife of JMU President John Alger,  became a university’s  First Lady, she had a high-flying career in international banking and finance.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Reaching (and Reaching and Reaching) for the Stars

After a stream of rejections, Paul Bogard's book about light pollution, The End of Night, finally got published and got lots of praise. 

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Who Needs Real Birds?

A beautiful and disturbing new children's book set in the year 2031 by visual artist Kate Samworth raises awareness of species extinction. 

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Geek Gods vs Loose Screws?

Mechano Crab by Gakken photographed by Wikipedia Commons user PlusMinus

Western Albemarle High school has a powerhouse robotics club for students who enjoy designing and fabricating machines that can do things. This club has spawned two teams (The Geeks Gods and the Loose Screws) that are set to compete in their third consecutive Virginia state robotics championship. 

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The Spark
4:15 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

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Image credit: WMRA News (tw)

John del Re doesn’t participate in shape note singing just to make music, he participates to engage in community.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Hillside School Starter

Suddenly becoming a mommy prompted Charlottesville's Sarah Gerome to start a school.

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The Spark
6:32 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Rembrandts at JMU

WMRA's Martha Woodroof meets longtime art historian Kay Arthur who helped obtain a trove of Rembrandt art for an exhibit in Harrisonburg until Feb. 28.

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