Virginia Insight

Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Stretching Beyond the Line

Our lives are filled with lines. Lines on a map. Lines on a ball field. Lines on a calendar. Even lines of ancestry.

Peter Cashwell maintains that we use such points of demarcation to divide up the world in ways often much more imaginary than real.

You might just find your mind stretching far beyond the usual lines as we spend time with this teacher, historian, philosopher, bird-watcher, back-roads traveler, and author of the new book Along Those Lines.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

An Update on the Walrus

Most of us have heard about polar bears, and the problems they are having with melting ice in the Arctic.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Pondering Mars

Credit NASA (Viking 1 Orbiter)

Ever wonder what’s up there on the Red Planet? For almost 40 years, "geomorphologist" Alan Howard has been studying similarities between the Earth and Mars.

And lately that research has been heating up.

NOTE: This is an encore presentation, which originally aired January 16, 2014.

Guest:
Alan D. Howard, Ph.D. - Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

A Virginia Pedaling Update

Image credit: Gerry Lynch

When was the last time you were on a bicycle?  Most agree it is great exercise.  So what is keeping you from riding more?  After years of effort,  cycling advocates have recently won legislative changes designed to make Virginia roads at least somewhat safer for cyclists.  

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Virginia Insight
1:25 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Smart Beginnings

Staff Sgt. Myron Jamerson as Klutz the Clown on a playground with kids. Image credit: US Govt (Army.mil)

A collection of non-profits and businesses across the Commonwealth have joined together in something they are calling the “Smart Beginnings Start with Families” campaign. 

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

A Gardening Update

Image credit: Wikipedia user "Kor!An" (Корзун Андрей)

Every time green thumb advisors Guinevere Higgins and Dave O’Neill stop by, our phone lines get to overflowing. Our gardening guru dynamic duo stops by to help out with the latest gardening challenges.

Guests:

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Keeping Bees

When you see a bee in your yard, do you quickly scurry as far away from it as possible?

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Church & State

1865 fresco Apotheosis of Washington painted inside US Capitol dome. Photo by Wikipedia user Raul654

Ann Massie has long been fascinated by the phrase “the separation of church and state” --both by the history of the concept, and its practice in American law.  Since a recent Supreme Court decision is adding new urgency to the issue,  we have asked the Virginia legal scholar to share her findings.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Food, Fun and Entertainment - Memorial Day Special

Cotton candy girl --photo by Flickr user Alex Yosifov via Wikipedia

For Memorial Day, WMRA presents a special called  Food, Fun, and Relationships from the program series Innovation Hub. All those popsicles and ice cream cones you're gearing up to eat? Hear Dr. Robert Lustig explain why new research shows that we're addicted to sugar. Then, before you head off to Epcot and the Magic Kingdom, we look at what made Walt Disney so innovative.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Re-Imagining Virginia Communities

What kind of community do you want? Do you like yours just the way it is? Can you imagine something different for your city, your town, or your neighborhood? Have some ideas just what would make it better?

We may have many more choices than we realize. At least, that’s what community planners Andy Boenau and Fionnuala Quinn say.

With guest host Peter Norton, they’ll share their ideas and learn from yours.

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