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Virginia Insight has a rich history of archives to peruse. From politics to culture, technology to religion, entertainment to relationships, Virginia Insight inspires understanding.

The State of Virginia’s Economy

Oct 13, 2014

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.

Difficult People

Oct 9, 2014

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

Foundation Examination

Oct 6, 2014

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.

Are You a Professional?

Oct 2, 2014

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. 

Eclectic Conversations: “COMMUNITY”

Sep 29, 2014
Dendroica cerulea (Flickr)

What does “community” mean to you?  What would your ideal community be?  If you really wanted to, how might you go about creating that ideal?


Sep 25, 2014

For more than 30 years she has traveled the globe to research reports of so-called “near death experiences.”  Her findings have filled ten volumes. But now number 11 is out,  and it is her most personal account yet.

Recalling the “War To End All Wars”

Sep 22, 2014
Library of Congress

It got underway one hundred years ago.  (Although the U-S wouldn’t join in until almost 3 years later.)
Our question -- are there lessons from World War One that are relevant in today’s universe?
And if there are, what might those lessons be?  

Autumn Gardening

Sep 18, 2014

Soon it will be time to hang up the gloves, put the hand-spade on hold, and start picking your salad makings out of a bin at the grocery store.

The Madison Center

Sep 11, 2014

Wouldn’t it be nice if local government could find ways to be more efficient and effective without spending tens of thousands of dollars on specialized consultants?  Enter in the new Madison Center for Community Development:  college students and their professors helping out in town halls across the commonwealth.

A Case for Leadership

Sep 8, 2014

First off, he is not the man with the similar name who is now running for re-election.  

Although if you have ever thought about holding public office, he could probably help.  

But he will also tell you that, no matter what your station in life, you already have exceptional opportunities to become a leader.

James Madison University’s longtime “Leadership Guru”  is our guest.

Virginia-Haiti Connections: An Update

Sep 4, 2014
US Govt photo, USAF TSgt Prentice Colter

Haiti.  It was early in 2010 that a massive earthquake devastated much of that island nation.  So how are things today ?  We check in with some of the Virginia-based groups who have been working in Haiti for many years now.

In honor of Labor Day, Virginia Insight presents this special look at how technological advances have put us on the edge of a new industrial revolution.

Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, and Susan Hassler, Editor-In-Chief of IEEE Spectrum Magazine, are joined by engineers, scientists, and futurists from MIT, Carnegie-Mellon, Rice Univ., and the Institute for the Future to give insights into how technology will redefine work in the not too distant future.

Individual Sustainability?

Aug 28, 2014

Sustainability is a word many of us have come to associate with ecology and the environment.  But what do you make of the term "sustainable personality" ?

A Virginia researcher believes that if more of us created such a personality for ourselves, the world would be a far better place.  And he thinks we would likely be much happier too.

The Mental Health Care Gap

Aug 25, 2014

A Virginia economist has developed a new model for gauging how many people are in need of mental health care.  He is now in the process of comparing that need to the level of services available. That economist is one of our guests as we consider who is getting necessary mental health care in the Old Dominion.  And who is not.

Standardized Testing: Benefits and Challenges

Aug 21, 2014

Standardized tests.  They have long been part of public education.  But is an increasing emphasis on these exams having unintended consequences?  The state of testing in Virginia schools is our focus.