Virginia Insight

Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Teen Confessions

No matter how you feel about prosecuting crime, one thing is certain:  When an innocent person is wrongly convicted, the real criminal walks free.

That is one of the reasons some Virginia researchers are looking at why teenagers seem especially prone to making false confessions.

We examine the research findings, and consider the case for making changes in how police interrogate juveniles.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

A Virginia Politics Update

On the day of the primary election surprise, sentiment among these Virginia 7th district polling place sign-bearers is largely against GOP incumbent Eric Cantor --who was soon to be ousted by little-known Tea Party rival Dave Brat.
Credit Ed at VirginiaOpenCarry.org

It is months behind schedule.  But just in the nick of time, Virginia government is getting a new state budget.

Yet in addition to steep cuts, harsh words, and vetoes that may not be constitutional... there is also the Governor’s announcement that he will try to go it alone on expanding Medicaid.

And those are just some of the issues up for discussion on this politics update edition.

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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

Credit "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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