Virginia Insight

Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Reading into Generation-HEX

Detail of the window of "The Elephant House", the Edinburgh cafe where the first Harry Potter was penned. Photo credit: Nize Nicolai Schäfer at Wikipedia Commons

Harry Potter... you've heard of him.  Now some researchers are crediting him with something that could be enriching educational prospects for millions of young adults of college age.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

The Energy Economy

Photo credit: WMRA Terry remix of Wikipedia Commons image by Ulfbastel

Ever notice how our adherence to good intentions goes down as the price of maintaining those intentions goes up?

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Virginia Insight
6:46 am
Fri May 25, 2012

BackStory Special: Monumental Disagreements

Coming up Monday, May 28th, at 3pm.

For Memorial Day, Virginia Insight takes the day off, and the American History Guys take time to consider how and what Americans have memorialized.  They’ve been wondering about the marble statues of presidents and those faces blasted into mountains — what do they really represent?  Turns out, their meanings often say more about their creators than the people they memorialize.  The Washington monument itself was the subject of decades of controversy about what sort of country the founders meant this to be.

Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

The Virginia Politics Roundtable

Living in a swing state makes some people happy.  

For example, millions of  advertising dollars will flow into Virginia television stations between now and November... although you might not be thrilled with the resulting TV commercials flowing into your home.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

BULLY

Meanness and cruelty... what causes kids to use such tactics against each other?

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

God and Politics

Abortion - Gay Marriage - Family Values - Who qualifies as Christian and who doesn’t.

How did religion become such a big deal in presidential politics?

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

School Money

What will the new Virginia budget mean for funding Virginia’s public schools?

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

The Patent Economy

Perhaps you’ve noticed headlines about firms like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft paying hundreds of millions of dollars to buy up other companies’ patents.

Has it occurred to you to wonder why?

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Future Fuel

What will power the engines of the future?  Biodiesel... Hydrogen... Seaweed... Natural gas from hydrofracking?

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Virginia Insight
4:05 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Justifying Human Behavior with Animal Stories

A trio of Bonobos
wildlifedirect.org

Ants practice democracy... Penguins are monogamous... Bonobos honor female sensitivity. If animals do it, does that mean humans should too?

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