Step onto (or into) the Front Porch Roots Music School with WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente....  Jessie Knadler has the lowdown on the shady side of sunscreen -- it may be killing the world's coral reefs, according to a study from a Virginia lab.... Virginia Public Radio has the report on waste in the state's Medicaid benefits, and on Dominion's vision for the future of power in Virginia, and how it may rely on more nuclear power.... and we go way out into the universe, and way back in time to the Big Bang, with Our Island Universe.

Even though we’re heading into winter, it’s a good time to think about sunscreen. A new study finds that the sunscreen most of us slather on contains an ingredient that is killing coral reefs around the world. The lead author of the study lives in Amherst County, and WMRA’s Jessie Knadler spoke to him to get the lowdown on the shady side of sunscreen.

Emily Richardson-Lorente

Earlier this year, a Charlottesville woman opened her home for students interested in learning roots music — bluegrass, folk, acoustic blues. And interest in that little program far exceeded her expectations. Now, to her family’s relief, the lessons have moved out of their home and into a bona fide music school. It’s called The Front Porch, and WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente recently spent an afternoon there.

Arrested?  Your mugshot may get published.  Want to get it out of publication?  Pay a hefty fee to the publisher.  And that's perfectly legal, if not entirely ethical, under the First Amendment and the Freedom of Information Act.  Kara Lofton reports on "Crime Times".... We also look at why there was NO change in state senate seats this election season, and how online voting might help raise turnout.  Plus, The Spark (with mule thoughts and mule body language), and Our Island Universe looks at our ever-expanding universe.

Kara Lofton

Have you ever walked into a gas station or convenience store and seen the newspaper with row after row of mug shots?  In central and western Virginia that paper is called Crime Times U.S.A., but there are variations on the theme all across the country. WMRA’s Kara Lofton talked with Crime Times owner Brad McMurray, and with one of the men who have appeared in the paper, to discuss its controversial business model.

Republicans retain control of Virginia's General Assembly.  No seats for the State Senate will change hands in the next session -- the GOP retains a 21-19 majority.  In the House of Delegates, Republicans will hold a nearly two-thirds majority.

Courtesy Virginia Film Festival

In a world.... where film festivals are a dime a dozen and everyone with a GoPro is a filmmaker … one small-town film festival breaks the mold. Emily Richardson-Lorente has a preview of this year’s Virginia Film Festival, which begins Thursday, Nov. 5th.

Polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd.  On the ballot are candidates for the state Senate and House of Delegates, and for numerous local City and County offices.  To find out where to vote, and who's on the ballot, click here.

Find a full list of candidates for statewide offices here.

WMRA's Jordy Yager posted two reports from the Charlottesville area this week, serving up the final installment of our five-part special series on Food Insecurity, and attending a conference aimed at changing the conversation about, and among, young black men.... Jessie Knadler sniffed out the latest research on stink bugs, now an October fixture in Virginia.... and Virginia Public Radio's Sandy Hausman takes a look at the reaction of college professors to the rise in campus shootings.  We've also got this week's Our Island Universe!

Courtesy Kristen Suokko

In the final installment of our 5-part series on food insecurity, WMRA’s Jordy Yager takes a local look at the big picture, and how it is that in the 21st century millions of Americans are still lacking access to adequate food.