The Spark

The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Ordering The Urban

Next Time on The Spark: Martha speaks with Thanh Dang, Harrisonburg’s Transportation and Environmental Planning Manager. She loves her job, she says, because she likes to make things work better in her town.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Publishing the Present

Martha speaks with George F. Thompson who has made a career out of publishing lovely books commemorating the place of places in our lives.

George F. Thompson Publishing

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

The Sustainable Urbanist

Dean Weaver

Dean Weaver almost lost a child, and the experience made him aware that what he really wanted to do with his life was build community... literally.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Miller's Music

Dawn strums at the Richmond Marathon Jam.
Credit AIM Studios of Virginia / Allen Moore

Martha speaks with Dawn Miller, who grew up listening to her parents play music. So, naturally, she started making music as soon as she was old enough to carry a tune.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Funding Creativity

Christina Cain

Next Time on The Spark: Martha talks with Christina Cain Executive Director of the Staunton Creative Community Fund. And she sparkles when she talks about helping her hard-working, creative fellow citizens fund their dreams.

Staunton Creative Community Fund

Local Investing Project

hOUR Economy

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

A Stunting Past

Martha Woodroof speaks with retired stunt man Steve Winegard.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Sculpting the Earth

Martha talks with Winchester’s Catherine Peek, an urban designer and groundworks artist.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

In Solitude... With Bears

Brown Bear Next to Brook River, Katmai, Alaska
Gary Freeburg

Part two of Martha Woodroof's conversation with photographer Gary Freeburg.

Gary's work focuses on photographs of the barren, windswept and unpopulated areas around Alaska's volcanoes.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Alaskan Zen

Lenticular Cloud over Vent Mt. Aniakchak Volcano, Alaska
Gary Freeburg

JMU professor and gallery director Gary Freeburg served two tours in Vietnam. He escaped the noise and confusion of war by visiting Japanese Zen gardens. He now takes photographs of the barren Alaskan wilderness in the hopes of capturing that same kind of calm peace.

Gary Freeburg's Photographs

Information about the Ryoan-ji Japanese Zen Garden

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The Spark
4:20 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Holding Court with Kenny Brooks

In honor of the recent defeat of nationally ranked UCLA, we present Martha Woodroof's conversation with longtime JMU Women's Basketball coach Kenny Brooks. Note - This interview originally aired May 30, 2014 and at that time, the JMU Women's Basketball team had just defeated UVa.

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