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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 July 31, 2014

Alone with Your Thoughts

It sounds pretty easy. Sit in a room, by yourself, with no distractions. Then just pay attention to your thoughts for 10 or 15 minutes. But apparently most of us cannot do it. Or, if we can, chances are good we will heartily dislike doing it. Those are the findings from an unusual new study.  

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Children Who Say They’ve Lived Before

Jim Tucker is a psychiatrist. But a rather unusual one.

He travels the world talking to children.

Specifically to children who claim to remember living a previous life.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Camping with Shakespeare

Remember summer camp when you were a kid?  What if, even though you’re now all grown up, you could not only experience all the fun of summer camp, but also got to walk away with a new perspective on life based on the plays of William Shakespeare ?

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Reading Out of School

"Children who love to read have a step up in life.”  Recent surveys show most of us believe that.  But how do you get kids to love reading --or even willing to pick up a book while school is out? Is it possible that summer vacation might even be the perfect time for youngsters to discover a love for books?

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Hoping for Help for Children with Dravet

Your child has been perfectly healthy up until the time of about 6 months of age.  Then the seizures begin.  They grow progressively worse.  Soon other symptoms appear.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Novel Secrets

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What might it be like to have a famous author take you under his wing and say, “Here, I’ll help you write your novel”? In the new book Writing with the Master, Tony Vanderwarker tells all about such circumstance.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Climate Mapping

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How might you predict changes that could be coming to Earth’s climate in the years ahead?    Well, perhaps you could enter massive mountains of data into some of the world’s most powerful computers. 

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Best in Class

On first airing, the episode was titled “Teaching Children to Make Music.”  The Virginia Association of Broadcasters has just honored it the as 2013’s  best public radio, public affairs program in the commonwealth.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Checking on the Wild

For more than 30 years, the Wildlife Center of Virginia has been treating injured animals and releasing them back into the wild. That work has garnered praise around the world. But now there is international attention on another front -- the Center’s success at cementing public support through use of internet portals.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Teen Confessions

No matter how you feel about prosecuting crime, one thing is certain:  When an innocent person is wrongly convicted, the real criminal walks free.

That is one of the reasons some Virginia researchers are looking at why teenagers seem especially prone to making false confessions.

We examine the research findings, and consider the case for making changes in how police interrogate juveniles.

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