On this episode of The Spark: Two-time state banjo champion Seth Swingle. He was ten when he fell in love with the sound of the banjo at MerleFest. Now at twenty-five, he not only plays his instrument of choice, he also knows a lot about its history.
On this episode of The Spark: A listener appended a note to her contribution requesting more stories about mules... so this week, Diane Sypes, who lives way off the grid in Hardy County, West Virginia, tells about her four mules.
On this episode of The Spark: Rob Arthur is a Ph.D. cancer researcher at the University of Chicago. He also writes about baseball from a Sabermetric point of view for ESPN’s online arm, FiveThirtyEight.
On this episode of The Spark: Marli Gordon is a twenty-three years old who calls Charlottesville home and has an ongoing love affair with the Nepali people. She was in Nepal during last April’s earthquake, and her response was to hunker down and help.
On this episode of The Spark: Maya Hawthorn knew she wanted to be a midwife as soon as she learned that midwives exist. Martha and she talk some about the practice of midwifery and some about the advantages of being a shy person in that profession.
On this episode of The Spark: Winchester Composer, and EMU faculty member, Ryan Keebaugh was one of five finalists in this year’s Iron Composer Challenge. To compete, Ryan had five hours to compose a piece for three pretty weird instruments that was somehow suggestive of a board game he'd never heard of.
On this episode of The Spark: Charlottesville literary journal Streetlight Magazine, began life in print, then morphed into an on-line presence. Martha talks with editor Trudy Hale about the challenges presented by this change in format.