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On this week's Second Look... With the exception of Christopher Clymer Kurtz's preview of the June 22-23 Wind Symposium at JMU, this week's show is a repeat of the June 12 show, which was pre-empted by NPR coverage of the mass shooting in Orlando.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Virginia’s wind resources are largely untapped, but a two-day symposium next week at James Madison University aims to stimulate dialogue about and facilitate development of this energy source. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA is sponsoring the 8th Annual Shenandoah Valley Blues & Brews Festival, and the day's festivities will have a very special emcee, our own Greg Versen a.k.a "The Professah", host of Blues Valley.

This is Greg's final year as the host of Blues Valley on WMRA and his final broadcast will be Saturday, December 31st. As part of our farewell festivities, we are partnering with the 2016 Blues & Brews festival, August 6th in downtown Staunton, to give him a proper send off.

Invisibilia - Season 2

Jun 14, 2016

Back for another summer of riveting stories and hidden truths, Invisibilia debuts on WMRA Sunday, June  19th at 10pm and repeats Thursday, June 23rd at 3pm. This is a 7 episode season and will run each Sunday night at 10pm and Thursday afternoon at 3pm.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler gets a hat trick, with three stories this week... on, first, the search for a new home for quirky Rockbridge attraction Foamhenge... second, the planting of "seeds of resistance" to the proposed Dominion pipeline... and third, a new state campaign that aims to wean kids off sugary drinks (soda pop!  energy drinks!) and onto healthy alternatives....

Jessie Knadler

Nearly 30% of Virginia teenagers are either obese or overweight, and many of those calories come from sugary beverages. A statewide campaign is underway to encourage Virginia teens to forego the sodas and energy drinks for water. WMRA's Jessie Knadler heads to the high school in Buena Vista to find out if the campaign is effective and whether teens would ever consider ditching soda pop and energy drinks for a healthier alternative.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

For refugees trying to establish themselves in a strange land, just like for the rest of us, reliable transportation can be the key to landing a job, or simply being independent. One Harrisonburg bicycling enthusiast is not only teaching refugees how to ride bikes; she is also providing them with their own bicycles. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz attended the most recent class and has this report.

Jessie Knadler

Activists who helped bring an end to the Keystone XL pipeline from crossing Nebraska have come to Virginia to help local landowners do the same with Dominion’s Atlantic Coast pipeline. The alliance is staging six protests across Virginia and West Virginia, planting sacred corn along the route of the proposed pipeline. WMRA's Jessie Knadler attended one event in Stuarts Draft to learn more about these “seeds of resistance.”

Saturday June 25th, WMRA is celebrating Garrison Keillor's final season as host of A Prairie Home Companion with a live videocast at Blue Sprocket Sound, 44 Miller circle in Harrisonburg.

Jessie Knadler

With the Natural Bridge in Rockbridge County slated to become a state park this year, local artist Mark Cline has been asked to move his plastic foam replica of England’s famous Stonehenge, dubbed Foamhenge, because it sits on property that will become part of the new park. Jessie Knadler talks to the artist about his quirky foam attraction, what it means to Rockbridge County and where he plans to move it.

Vacation season is just around the corner, but before you leave town, don’t forget to renew your membership of WMRA.  Return your membership renewal before June 30th  to be in two of three special drawings for Summer of Fun Prize Packages which include WMRA Swag,  A Getaway Gas Card  &  Complete Three Day Passes to the Entire Red Wing Roots Festival. Become a monthly sustainer to be in all three drawings.   

On this week's Second Look, Jordy Yager wraps up our exploration of mental health care in Virginia, with a look at the push for a new crisis stabilization unit in Staunton.... Sefe Emokpae and Faith Pinho explore two long-neglected cemeteries....

Faith E. Pinho

The legacy of segregated cemeteries is seemingly everywhere in Virginia, including in Lexington.  Every year, hundreds of tourists flock to Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery to pay respects to the old Confederate general. Few visitors are aware of the graveyard on the other side of town – or its storied legacy. WMRA’s Faith Pinho has this report.

Sefe Emokpae

A historic, but neglected, cemetery in Charlottesville is forgotten no more. As WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae reports, an effort to restore the Daughters of Zion Cemetery is finally gaining momentum.

A group of mental health service providers in the Staunton area have pooled their resources to push for the creation of a new facility aimed at treating people in crisis.  In our final report in a series on mental health care in Virginia, WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this report.

On this episode of Second Look.... May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so WMRA's Jordy Yager takes a look at the new mental health court dockets in our area, as well as the progress Virginia has made over the last few decades in identifying and treating mental illness....  In a report for Virginia Public Radio, Jessie Knadler reports on new guidelines to help ER staff deal with the growing problem of opiate addiction, and we’ll hear from some Virginia lawmakers who are pushing Congress to have a say in America’s involvement in the Middle East… and Our Island Universe, too!

Jordy Yager

A new approach to handling mentally ill criminals employs a special court docket to keep them out of prison and get them into treatment.  As part of our investigation into the state of mental health care in Virginia, Jordy Yager has this report.

Courtesy Western State Hospital

Mental health services in Virginia progressed leaps and bounds over the last 40 years. But many experts argue that more needs to be done.  May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so WMRA’s Jordy Yager caught up with some veterans of the system to get a sense for how we’re doing, in this first of a series of reports on the state of mental health care in Virginia.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler finds one general store in the tiny town of Middlebrook that is not only surviving, but thriving....  Christopher Clymer Kurtz dives into the government's new definition of "chronic homelessness," and how it's affecting clients and caregivers on the ground.... Brit Moorer takes us on a canoe tour of the Rivanna River in Charlottesville.... and Jordy Yager learns what one local NAACP leader is saying about race, protest and privilege.

Brit Moorer

If you’ve had trouble finding an outfitter to take a trip on the Rivanna River near Charlottesville, one local couple has launched a business to fill that gap, and help explorers take advantage of the physical, and aesthetic, features the river offers. WMRA’s Brit Moorer reports.

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