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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
4:00 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Virginia-Haiti Connections: An Update

Crowding around a food aid truck in 2010, collapsed Presidential Palace in the background.
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.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

FutureWork: How Technology Will Redefine The Culture Of Work

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.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Individual Sustainability?

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.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

The Mental Health Care Gap

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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.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Standardized Testing: Benefits and Challenges

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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.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Montpelier

Dolley Madison

Montpelier.  If you think of it as the quaint museum where James and Dolley Madison once lived,  you have not been there in a while.  

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Woodrow Wilson: The Virginia Connections

Trivia: Wilson does appear on US paper money --in fact, he's on the largest denomination ever printed (the 1934 $100,000 Gold Certificate).

He was a Governor of New Jersey who became President.  So why would his library be in Staunton, Virginia?  Just one of the questions we address when we meet up with the curator of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.

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Virginia Insight
4:31 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Woodrow Wilson: The Virginia Connections (Thu 3pm)

Trivia: Wilson does appear on US paper money --in fact, he's on the largest denomination ever printed (the 1934 $100,000 Gold Certificate).

On The Next Virginia Insight:

He was a Governor of New Jersey who became President.  So why would his library be in Staunton, Virginia?  Just one of the questions we address when we meet up with the curator of the Woodrow Wilson Library and Museum.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Pipeline Concerns

Dominion map (detail) shows part of the proposed Virginia Trunk Line

How do you feel about natural gas?   How do you feel about the possibility of an interstate natural gas pipeline running through your part of Virginia?  

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

A Virginia Politics Update

Credit https://flic.kr/p/7udBbM / Rob Shenk (Flickr)

A former family values governor comes up with an unexpected courtroom defense.  

Virginia’s onetime “most powerful Congressman” announces he’s leaving office early.  

Just two of the surprise political headlines of late.  We are certain to discover many more when we meet with our politics update team.

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