Virginia Insight

Virginia Insight is WMRA's own call-in talk show, airing Mondays and Thursdays at 3 p.m., before All Things Considered.  An encore broadcast from the week is featured every Sunday afternoon at 3:00, following A Prairie Home Companion.

Beginning Bias Early

Feb 5, 2015

How young were you when you first began to notice that some people looked different than you?

The Right Moves

Feb 2, 2015

Brian Lambert thinks it may have been back in Kindergarten that you learned behaviors causing you pain today.

The longtime physical therapy specialist says the good news is, if you’re suffering most any kind of back, neck, leg, or other dysfunctional pain as a result, there are simple exercises that can begin to put things right.

Virginia's Sierra

Jan 29, 2015

When someone says "Sierra Club," do you think about environmentalists somewhere out west doing their work near the Sierra mountains?

Caring for the Wild

Jan 26, 2015

Come Spring time, people often find themselves giving more thought to animals in the wild.

At least that’s the word from the founder of the Wildlife Center of Virginia, who also says something as simple as where you place a birdfeeder can affect the lives of a wide variety of different types of critters.

We get more detail on that, and an overall update on life in the wild.

The Planetarium Guy

Jan 22, 2015

If you have ever spoken with Shanil Virani you probably figured out pretty quickly that he can be passionate on any number of subjects.

But, fact is, this astrophysicist (perhaps better known as the planetarium guy) can also be fascinating on any number of topics... especially anything remotely connected to celebrating science.

A Virginia Politics Update

Jan 19, 2015
Virginia General Assembly Fickr Stream

Our elected representatives in both Washington and Richmond are now well into new legislative sessions.

Our first Governor ever to face prison gets a lighter sentence that most anyone seems to have expected.

And some noteworthy presidential politics are cropping up too.

Anything political is open for discussion as we gather our analysis team for another update.

Anita Kumar 
- White House Correspondent, McClatchy Newspapers.

False Confessions

Jan 15, 2015

You would never confess to a crime you did not commit... would you?

Someone Else’s Environment Affecting You

Jan 12, 2015

Severe air pollution in China.  Remarkable temperature rises in the Artic.  Extensive deforestation in the Amazon.

Do such environmental issues affect us here?

Treating Crime with “Restoration”?

Jan 8, 2015

"Restorative Justice."

If you have heard that term before, it may well have been associated with one of those Truth and Reconciliation Commissions that began making news around the world some years back.

Indeed, the most famous such commission started its work in South Africa twenty years ago. 

We meet up with some Virginia activists who say it is now time to try a "Restorative Justice" approach in America’s criminal justice system.

On "Becoming American"

Jan 5, 2015
Andrew Jenner

If you heard any part of the WMRA News Department’s recent series of stories on new American citizens, you probably found yourself moved with emotion as you listened.

Here there were tales of hardship, of hard work, of dreams, of determination, and of joy.

You may also have found yourself thinking, "I never knew how much people like this went through to become part of our society."