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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
4:52 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The Brain on Friends (Mon 3pm)

On The Next Virginia Insight: If you remember brain researcher Jim Coan, it may be for his landmark study showing how people under threat do better when someone is, quite literally, holding their hand.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

On "Becoming American"

(l-r) Nkhai Nang Bu Tang Bau (from Myanmar), Juan Alvarez (Cuba), Aziz Aziz (Iraq)
Credit Andrew Jenner

If you heard any part of the WMRA News Department’s recent series of stories on new American citizens, you probably found yourself moved with emotion as you listened.

Here there were tales of hardship, of hard work, of dreams, of determination, and of joy.

You may also have found yourself thinking, "I never knew how much people like this went through to become part of our society."

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

A Drive Through Beauty

Millions of people have been coming to Virginia this month.  They come from all over the United States. Some come from halfway around the globe. They come to take a drive along one of America’s most incredibly scenic national parks at a time of year when the colors along the roadway can be absolutely breathtaking.

Maybe you have made this drive yourself.

If you have, you are cordially invited to share your story of the Blue Ridge Parkway, too.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Zach’s 'Revolution'

As a kid he once thought he would spend his life rebuilding cars. Then, while on a missionary trip to the Philippines, he discovered medicine.   

These days he says he is determined to help people rebuild their health.

His approach includes unusual and even controversial methods, all stemming from his belief that, "our separation from nature has led to huge health problems," and that, "inflammation is the root cause of all human disease."

We pursue further detail from the founder of the Scottsville, Virginia based Revolution Health Center.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

N-E-O-N

Some believe it could become for environmental science what the Super Collider was for physics. 

Its name, N.E.O.N, stands for the National Ecological Observatory Network.  It is a network that will collect massive amounts of scientific data about changes in ecology taking place all across the United States. 

And in this new future of super science, Virginia will play a key role.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

A Virginia Politics Update

Credit David Shankbone

A Supreme Court NON-ruling changes the face of marriage in Virginia, and many other states across the nation. You probably heard about that. 

But did you hear about the ruling in a different federal court case that could change the face of Virginia’s Congressional districts? 

We will get detailed briefs on the importance of these court cases, and much more, when we meet with our Politics Update Team.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

The State of Virginia’s Economy

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It would seem that “conventional wisdom” does not always stay in effect indefinitely.  
 
For example, there was the long-held idea that Virginia would continuously outperform the rest of the country economically because we could depend on the federal government to supply so many jobs.
 
That notion is certainly changing now.  And it is just one of the factors we consider as we take a close up look at the state of the Old Dominion’s economy.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Difficult People

You have met them.  Perhaps even lots of them. Interpersonal skills researcher Brian Charette has long consulted on how to deal with them. 

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Virginia Insight
3:00 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Foundation Examination

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As the theory goes, all of us have hidden foundations to our personalities.  Those foundations start getting built early.  And they most always have cracks in them.  Places where things did not come together as perfectly as we may have liked.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Are You a Professional?

What does it take to make someone a professional?   Our guest says that question was easier to answer in the Middle Ages... when the term first came into usage.

But he also says if we give serious consideration to the historical meaning, many people would begin to see their work differently. 

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