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2:25 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Web Extra: More Heifetz

More of Heifetz International Music Institute founder Daniel Heifetz' talk with WMRA's Martha Woodroof


The Spark
11:54 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Salvaging Vintage Lumber

Photo credit: BigWoodLLC.com

Long ago, big trees were felled for building-lumber. Today's lumber is from smaller quickly-grown trees.  Larry Stopper specializes in salvaging and recycling old wood --warehouse beams, barnwood, floorboards. 

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The Spark
6:03 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Composer Rick Sowash

And here's a photo of Bob Satterwhite --on a train.

Bob Satterwhite interviews composer Rick Sowash about the new recording of his piece Four Places on the Appalachian Trail which will have its WMRA premier Monday, December 17th on Bob’s Record Shelf

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The Spark
10:58 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Illustrator Marjorie Nafziger

Marjorie Nafziger was a counselor who loved to draw --and then one day, she found herself reinvented as a professional illustrator.  

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The Spark
9:02 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Blues Musician Barbara Martin

Over a career spanning more than twenty years, Barbara Martin has covered a lot of musical ground, unafraid to explore new territory at each turn.

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The Spark
9:01 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Pat Foreman's Yard-Hens

Pat Foreman with a friend

Lexington's Pat Foreman talks about chickens.

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The Spark
9:00 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Stonemasonry With Dana Nelson

Farmville’s Dana Nelson (who is also a musician) spent the last decade in Ireland working stone.

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The Spark
11:54 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Where Are Ted & Lee?

Ted (left) and (the late) Lee

Ted & Lee: a comedic duo from 1987 until Lee Eshleman killed himself in 2007. Ted Swartz --actor, writer, and now author-- has just published Laughter is Sacred Space: The Not-So-Typical Journey of a Mennonite Actor and premiered a stage show by the same name.  Both are centered on Ted’s long-time theatrical partnership with Lee. 

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The Spark
12:38 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Killing Deer is Killing. And Necessary.

He's holding a hunting knife. What he's doing with it --is on a different page to protect the squeamish.

Jeff Ell says we should kill excess deer, but also we should stop sanitizing our words when talking about it.  It is killing --in all its harsh reality. He dislikes the supermarket meat department shrinkwrap, foam trays, and stainless steel surfaces which hide the reality of cleavers, meathooks, and blood-boots. 

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The Spark
11:58 am
Fri November 23, 2012

PTSD Therapy: Fixing Old Jeeps

Neil Conner of Woodstock with a restored Marines truck

WMRAs Martha Woodroof, a former (?) hippie, admits to being among those who were judgmental about Vietnam vets as they returned home. She meets Marine vet Neil Conner, who shares stories and also talks about a sort of personal PTSD therapy:  restoring all sorts of vintage military vehicles. 

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