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12:24 am
Thu February 7, 2008

Virginia General Assembly Update

Richmond, VA – Crossover Day is coming to Virginia's General Assembly. WMRA's Tom Graham spoke by phone about that day, and some other key issues with the man known as "the dean of state capitol reporters," Jeff Schapiro.

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12:21 am
Sun February 3, 2008

Beowulf

Charlottesville, VA – A thousand-year-old poem has experienced an unlikely cultural revival in the last ten years. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, sought an explanation from a Virginia scholar about the curious popularity of Beowulf.

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2:37 am
Thu January 31, 2008

Non-Partisan Legislative Districts

Charlottesville, VA – A proposal some believe could change the face of Virginia politics got a surprise boost this week. Two Democrats, former Governor Mark Warner and current Governor Tim Kaine, as well as two Republicans, former Governor George Allen and current Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, have thrown their support behind the idea of a non-partisan system for creating legislative districts. WMRA's Tom Graham spoke with the plan's sponsor, Democratic State Senator Creigh Deeds.

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9:45 am
Wed January 30, 2008

Conversations with Jennifer Smith, Part Two

Harrisonburg, VA – Gemeinschaft graduate, 29-year-old Jennifer Smith-of Bluefield, West Virginia, spent 4 and 1/2 years in the state penitentiary at Goochland. In the first part of her conversation with WMRA's Martha Woodroof, Jennifer talked about her life before prison. In this part, she takes up her story from inside prison.


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Here's a virtually-unedited version of Martha Woodroof's initial conversation with Jennifer Smith.

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4:53 am
Tue January 29, 2008

Conversations with Jennifer Smith

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11:06 am
Sun January 27, 2008

Photo Red

Charlottesville, VA – In the very near future, when you run a red light in parts of Virginia, it could turn into a memorable "Kodak moment" and end up costing you a 50-dollar ticket. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, reports on the new "red light camera enforcement program."

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4:52 am
Wed January 23, 2008

A Conversation with Senator Emmett Hanger

Richmond, VA – How do you determine if someone's politics are right wing, left wing, or middle of the road? WMRA's Tom Graham has this report on one Virginia state lawmaker who defines himself as a conservative, but doesn't always find his colleagues in agreement.

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4:47 am
Tue January 22, 2008

A Conversation with Delegate David Toscano

Richmond, VA – One way to gauge the importance of an issue is to count the number of new laws being proposed because of that issue. By that measure, the winner in Virginia's General Assembly now seems clear. WMRA's Tom Graham reports.

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4:35 am
Mon January 21, 2008

A Conversation with Delegate Ben Cline

Richmond, VA – Will Virginia taxes go up? Will abusive driver fees go away? Should Virginia follow the lead of other states in cracking down on illegal immigration? State lawmakers address those questions and more in a series of WMRA interviews. This conversation is with Delegate Ben Cline (R-24), whose district covers Rockbridge County, southern Augusta County, Lexington, Buena Vista and most of Amherst County.

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4:25 am
Sun January 20, 2008

Counterfactuals

Charlottesville, VA – "What if" questions have long intrigued political scientists and historians. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, chatted with a Virginia historian who says a classic "what if" incident has already occurred on the campaign trail for the nation's next president.

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