The Spark

The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Pressing On

On This Edition of The Spark: Emily Hancock loves language and words, and also loves old-fashioned methods of printing them.  She revels in using vintage foot-powered or hand-cranked presses, and hand-carved illustration blocks.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

A Finely Tuned Machine

John Schaldach

On this edition of The SparkSkilled piano technician John Schaldach shows there’s more ways than just performance to be involved in making beautiful music. 

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

How I See Me In You

Portrait 1
Jennifer Lockard Connerley

On this episode of The Spark: Martha Woodroof speaks with Jennifer Lockard Connerley, who paints portraits that, she admits, contain something of herself. 

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Advising Alger

James Madison University President Jon Alger

On this edition of The Spark: Martha Woodroof steps aside and lends the interview chair to JMU President Jon Alger.

In this special broadcast, President Alger interviews three James Madison University students about their academic life and their campus experience.

The Students:

Joe Balsamo

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Finding the Form

Mediatation on the Blink of an Eye
Susan Bacik

On this edition of The Spark: Martha woodroof speaks with Charlottesville’s Susan Bacik. Susan has been creating sculpture out of found objects for over a quarter of a century.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Elementary Club Music

Perry Shank with 2 students in the DJ Club

On this edition of The Spark: Martha speaks with Perry Shank. Mr. Shank teaches music to the lucky students of Smithland Elementary School in Harrisonburg. And yes, that involves singing and playing the recorder. But it also means finger tutting and creating their own electronic music. 

Sounds created by Smithland Elementary Students:
DJ Maestro
Smithland Compositons

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Boutique Catering

On this edition of The Spark, Martha speaks with Mike Lund. Mike spent seven years in the kitchen of the famed Inn at Little Washington, working his way up to second-in-command under chef/owner Patrick O’Connell. These days, Mike does his creative, culinary thing at Mike Lund Food in Staunton.

Mike Lund on Facebook

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

An Eye For Eating

On this edition of The Spark, Martha Woodroof speaks with freelance, commercial photographer Ron Rammelkamp.

Ron is not shy. His response to being laid-off by Rosetta Stone, was to knock on the doors of Charlottesville businesses and ask if anyone needed a photographer. A knock on C-ville Weekly’s door lead to Ron’s deep professional relationship with the city’s food.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

The Magic of Radio

Lulu Miller

On this edition of The Spark, Martha Woodroof sits down for a chat with Lulu Miller.  Lulu lives half her life in Charlottesville, half in DC, and spends all her time making NPR’s wildly popular new show Invisibilia.

Lulu Miller's Website

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

A Novel Relationship

On this edition of The Spark, Martha Woodroof speaks with writer Erika Raskin.  Erika grew up the child of Marcus Raskin (a human rights activist whom Dennis Kucinich called, "the dean of the American Left") and novelist Barbara Raskin. Her own first novel, Close, came out in October.

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