Virginia Insight

Virginia Insight
12:12 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

A Virginia Politics Update (Thu 3pm)

Credit Virginia General Assembly Fickr Stream

On The Next Virginia Insight: Former journalist Bob Gibson heads up the Sorenson Institute for Political leadership.  Anita Kumar reported on Virginia politics for many years before taking her current post as a White House correspondent.  Political scientist Bob Roberts studies and teaches public policy at James Madison University.  

Roberts, Kumar, and Gibson... on hand for both a year end review of political news as well as some consideration of what likely lies ahead.  Your views and predictions welcome too.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Southern Unionists

Sometimes history needs correcting. Or maybe it is more accurate to say that our understanding of some historical facts may need adjustment.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Online Tax - Or Not?

You like paying taxes, right? Okay, maybe not so much. 

But when you avoid sales tax while buying merchandise online, how is that affecting brick and mortar stores where customers DO have to pay sales tax?

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

The Mills Duo

Gene & Gayla Mills

There are different stories about what caused the sparks. But everybody agrees sparks certainly flew the very first time they met... as teenagers.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Rehabilitation... Really?

To some, a justice system approach that includes efforts at rehabilitation may seem reasonable; especially when dealing with first offenders guilty of small crimes.

But why have rehabilitation-strategies become a significant tactic for federal prosecutors who chase after corporate crime of massive scale?

We get details on how this new way of responding to corporate lawbreaking got started.  Plus an assessment of how well it is, or isn’t, working.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Christmas on TV

It has been one of America’s all-time favorite holiday, television specials for half a century.

But did you know “A Charlie Brown Christmas” almost never made it to the airwaves?

Researcher Stephen Lind tells us more about that, as well as exceptional detail from the other Christmas specials he has been studying.

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Special
4:00 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

BackStory: Thanksgiving Special

Thursday at 3pm, WMRA presented a special episode of BackStory... American as Pumpkin Pie: A History of Thanksgiving.

When we sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, we think we know what we’re commemorating. But if an actual Pilgrim were to attend your Thanksgiving, chances are he’d be stunned by what he saw there.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Learning Forever

"Life Long Learning."

Seems an interesting concept.

There are a number of centers across Virginia that specialize in the idea.  Could there be something here for you?

Guests:
Beth Barber
- Executive Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute   of the University of Virginia, with locations in Charlottesville and Staunton.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

A Virginia Politics Update

Credit Virginia General Assembly Fickr Stream

Political scientist Bob Roberts teaches and studies public policy at James Madison University.  Former journalist Bob Gibson heads up the Sorenson Institute for Political leadership.  Anita Kumar spent many years reporting on Virginia politics. Now she is a White House correspondent for a national news service. 

Kumar, Gibson, and Roberts will be sharing their take on the latest political news.  We hope you will too.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Eclectic Conversations: ‘Purpose’

Maybe you’ve already got one.

Or maybe you have been looking for one.

But you’ve certainly got an opinion about whether having one is worthwhile.

The idea of a "sense of purpose in life" is the starting point for the next in our occasional series Eclectic Conversations.

It's a time when we gather a panel from widely different disciplines, get them started on a topic, then watch to see what else comes up.  And your help in taking the conversation to fascinating places will be most welcome.

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