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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
4:34 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Not There Yet

After almost 50 years of feminism, how often do working women today have to worry about being judged by the their bodies instead of their minds?

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Virginia Insight
4:35 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

From Ardent Skeptic to Whole-Hearted Believer

Katie Letcher Lyle says that for the first 50 years of her life she thought, "all that stuff was just so much worthless hoo-hah." Then something happened.

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Virginia Insight
2:18 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

What Do We Need to Know About the Civil War?

What would you most like to know about America's civil war?

What do you think you already know?

Willing to be surprised?

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Virginia Insight
4:54 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Turning Right?

Photo: Waldo Jaquith

Expanding gun rights.

Further restricting abortion.

Taking money out of education and health care in order to fund transportation.

Eliminating all state funding of public broadcasting.

Those are some of the Republican proposals that got stopped last year by Democrats in Virginia's state Senate.  But now that Republicans have won control of that Senate -- can we look forward to a hard turn to the right in Virginia's legislative priorities? 

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Virginia Insight
4:26 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Grassroots Food

Do you feel powerful when you put food on your plate?

Tanya Cobb would like you to at least understand the power inherit in knowing where your food came from.

We talk with the author of the new book Reclaiming our Food about her theories on the relationship between food, knowledge, power, and democracy.

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Virginia Insight
4:10 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

What to Imagine of Child Soldiers?

Perhaps you have heard of the tragedy of the boy soldier. A youngster dragged into third-world conflicts at the age of 7 or 8 and forced to fight.

Certainly no one holds him responsible for his actions.

But what about boys... AND girls... who go to war for a cause at the age of 16, 17, or 18?

Should international law consider them as children not responsible for their actions too?

The author of the new book Re-imagining Child Soldiers joins us to argue for changing some key ideas about youthful combatants.

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Virginia Insight
4:26 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

The Day Before Virginia Votes

All of Virginia's state legislature... the "General Assembly"... is up for election on Tuesday, November 8.

All 100 House seats. All 40 seats in the State Senate.

In the Virginia Senate, Republicans need win only two more seats to take control, and thus total effective control of state government.

Two of the most contentious of the State Senate races are in the WMRA region.

We get a preview of Election Day from one Republican, one Democrat, and the Washington Post reporter who has been tracking the hottest races.



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Virginia Insight
6:42 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Where Society & Technology Meet

How did 1940's malaria spawn modern day graffiti?

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Virginia Insight
5:20 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Agnes Umunna

She lived through the horror of two civil wars in her homeland of Liberia.

Then she began promoting reconciliation between war criminals and their victims.

Her worldwide campaign includes a stop soon at Mary Baldwin College.

But before speaking there, she speaks with us.

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Virginia Insight
5:17 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Teaching Sustainability

Can classroom experience teach people to care about the environment... eventually leading to more adults taking environmental issues more seriously?

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