Virginia Insight

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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
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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4:10 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

The SpongeBob Study

This program was re-broadcast Monday, February 13 at 3pm.

Psychologist Angeline Lillard had been examining story lines of different children's TV shows when she began to notice difficulty getting work done after watching some of those programs in particular.

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Virginia Insight
4:06 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Al Jazeera

How fair, unbiased, and accurate is the news we are receiving about world affairs?

How good a job does the U.S. media do covering the U.S.?

How well do Americans understand how the rest of the world sees us?

We speak with an American journalist, who has covered news all over the world for a number of news organizations, and thinks there is much room for improvement.

His most recent post was in Washington, D.C. for Al Jazeera.

Virginia Insight
4:15 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Autumn in the Garden

We've done it in early Spring... late Spring... and even some of the hottest days of Summer.

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Virginia Insight
4:24 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Gaming the Chesapeake

Could an online game someday monitor how your personal decisions affect the environment?

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Virginia Insight
4:25 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Food Banking

So you once helped lead one of the world's most powerful lobbying groups... the trade association for America's insurance industry.

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Virginia Insight
4:32 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

A Virginia Politics Update

With state legislative elections now just a few weeks away, Republicans have a chance to take complete control of Virginia government.

From abortion and guns, to education and transportation... that could mean big changes ahead.

Our politics update team fills us in on the latest developments and examines Virginia political news that could soon be affecting you.

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Virginia Insight
4:51 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Class Warfare?

For some it's not "increasing taxes"... it's "raising revenue."

For others, one speaks not of "rich people"... but "job creators."

And for many, this is not a "debate"... it's "class warfare."

How did talk about tax policy get so convoluted?

We examine modern day debate over taxes, with some historical perspective.

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Virginia Insight
4:12 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

What Brain Science May Be Showing About Religious Belief

Do humans believe in god[s] as a side effect of evolution?

Researcher Andy Thomson says that is indeed the case.

The Virginia psychiatrist embarked on a study of "what causes religious belief" almost ten years ago -- after his son narrowly escaped the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York.

We talk with Dr. Thomson about the findings just published in his new book.