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Virginia Insight is WMRA's own call-in talk show and represents a key element of our commitment to serve you with dynamic discussions on topics that matter to our community. From politics to culture, technology to religion, entertainment to relationships, Virginia Insight inspires understanding.

Virginia Insight is broadcast every Monday and Thursday at 3 pm, before All Things Considered.  An encore broadcast from the week is featured every Sunday afternoon at 3 pm, following A Prairie Home Companion.

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Virginia Insight
11:27 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Christmas on TV (Mon 3pm)

It has been one of America’s all-time favorite holiday, television specials for half a century.

But did you know “A Charlie Brown Christmas” almost never made it to the airwaves?

Researcher Stephen Lind tells us more about that, as well as exceptional detail from the other Christmas specials he has been studying.

NOTE: This is an encore broadcast which originally aired on Monday, December 1, 2014.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

A Virginia Politics Update

Credit Virginia General Assembly Fickr Stream

Former journalist Bob Gibson heads up the Sorenson Institute for Political leadership.  Anita Kumar reported on Virginia politics for many years before taking her current post as a White House correspondent.  Political scientist Bob Roberts studies and teaches public policy at James Madison University.  

Roberts, Kumar, and Gibson... on hand for both a year end review of political news as well as some consideration of what likely lies ahead.  Your views and predictions welcome too.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Southern Unionists

Sometimes history needs correcting. Or maybe it is more accurate to say that our understanding of some historical facts may need adjustment.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Online Tax - Or Not?

You like paying taxes, right? Okay, maybe not so much. 

But when you avoid sales tax while buying merchandise online, how is that affecting brick and mortar stores where customers DO have to pay sales tax?

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

The Mills Duo

Gene & Gayla Mills

There are different stories about what caused the sparks. But everybody agrees sparks certainly flew the very first time they met... as teenagers.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Rehabilitation... Really?

To some, a justice system approach that includes efforts at rehabilitation may seem reasonable; especially when dealing with first offenders guilty of small crimes.

But why have rehabilitation-strategies become a significant tactic for federal prosecutors who chase after corporate crime of massive scale?

We get details on how this new way of responding to corporate lawbreaking got started.  Plus an assessment of how well it is, or isn’t, working.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Christmas on TV

It has been one of America’s all-time favorite holiday, television specials for half a century.

But did you know “A Charlie Brown Christmas” almost never made it to the airwaves?

Researcher Stephen Lind tells us more about that, as well as exceptional detail from the other Christmas specials he has been studying.

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Special
4:00 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

BackStory: Thanksgiving Special

Thursday at 3pm, WMRA presented a special episode of BackStory... American as Pumpkin Pie: A History of Thanksgiving.

When we sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, we think we know what we’re commemorating. But if an actual Pilgrim were to attend your Thanksgiving, chances are he’d be stunned by what he saw there.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Learning Forever

"Life Long Learning."

Seems an interesting concept.

There are a number of centers across Virginia that specialize in the idea.  Could there be something here for you?

Guests:
Beth Barber
- Executive Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute   of the University of Virginia, with locations in Charlottesville and Staunton.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

A Virginia Politics Update

Credit Virginia General Assembly Fickr Stream

Political scientist Bob Roberts teaches and studies public policy at James Madison University.  Former journalist Bob Gibson heads up the Sorenson Institute for Political leadership.  Anita Kumar spent many years reporting on Virginia politics. Now she is a White House correspondent for a national news service. 

Kumar, Gibson, and Roberts will be sharing their take on the latest political news.  We hope you will too.

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