Of course, what you hear on the air during is edited-down because of time constraints.
And a 1903 Mennonite's "Tiger Scar" birthmark --are among the elements in Jessica Penner's novel, Shaken In The Water.
In honor of National Poetry Month, JMU sophomore Samantha Tkac reads her favorite poem, Daddy, by Sylvia Plath.
In honor of National Poetry month, JMU sophomore Taylor Kepley reads the Langston Hughes poem, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers."
Psychologist Paul Ackerman, who is seventy-seven and a long-time musician, shares what it's like to embark on a new career involving new computer skills, music, and teaching.
Twenty-five-year old Corey Garig works at a deli (where Martha met him) to support himself and his family while he teaches himself computer animation.
The Spark will return next week, but while it's still on vacation, we're presenting State of the RE:Union - With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.
While The Spark is on holiday this week and next... we're presenting State of the RE:Union Internet Communities – Virtual Reality.
Occasional Spark essayist Carey Keefe tries to text her mom (LOL). Meanwhile, certain oldpersons who don't want to bother with gadgets (like the hearing-aid battery) can't hear the smoke detector's low-power warning beeps.
Martha interviews folklore expert, Veterans' History Project workshop-giver, oral historian for hire, and musician Douglas Day.