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Charlottesville, VA – William Faulkner's literary voice looms large in the pantheon of Twentieth Century American authors. Now the University of Virginia is releasing audio tapes of Faulkner when he lectured at UVa fifty years ago. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, has more.

Charlottesville, VA – Thousands of homeless people are living in shelters or in abandoned buildings or out of their cars in the Commonwealth. A Virginia historian - who has spent years interviewing those who live from hand-to-mouth - says the homeless are less visible today but they are still very much with us. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, has more.

Charlottesville, VA – There's a disturbing new trend in popular fiction marketed to teenage girls. A Virginia researcher says some of the hottest books may be selling a lot more than just a good read. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, has more.

Richmond, VA – Virginia's state lawmakers gather in Richmond tomorrow for a one-day annual event of some significance. WMRA's Tom Graham got the senior political writer for the Richmond Times Dispatch on the phone to ask him about it.

Charlottesville, VA – This month, Virginians across the state are picking up "To Kill a Mockingbird" and reading it for the first time or re-reading the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee. It's all part of a national effort called "The Big Read." Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, has more.

Richmond, VA – How safe is that bridge you will drive over later today? WMRA reporter Tom Graham spoke with Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer about the state of Virginia's roads, the transportation budget, and the structural integrity of important links in the system, including Virginia's bridges.

Charlottesville, VA – The Virginia Tech community confronts an emotional anniversary this week. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, examines the power and grace of a 200-year-old hymn.

Charlottesville, VA – The foster care system can trace its roots back to 19th-century America, when thousands of hungry children roamed the streets of big East Coast cities. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, says some of these kids ended up with families in Virginia.

Charlottesville, VA – Torah - construed in its broadest sense - is the wisdom and the way that guides the Jewish people. Yoga is the practice of using breath and movement to enlighten body, mind, heart, and soul. Combine the two and you get Torah Yoga. Reporter Martha Woodroof attended a class in Charlottesville.

Charlottesville, VA – What are your real chances of winning the lottery? Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, has found a physicist who doesn't play the lottery but who can shed some light on the odds of Lady Luck smiling on you.

Charlottesville, VA – Despite all the talk about equality in modern relationships, it should come as no surprise - at least to women - that most husbands are lagging behind in the housework department. But Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, reports that live-in boyfriends are another story.

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Harrisonburg, VA – Woodroof: What made you want to leave Guatemala?

Well, I come from very poor, poor family. And we don't have opportunities for job over there. We don't have a good education. I have a lot of brothers over there and my mom. I give my sacrifice for them, you know. I am working for my family.

Charlottesville, VA – Toward the end of this month, college acceptance letters will start arriving in mailboxes of high school seniors across Virginia. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, reports it is "crunch time" for seniors and, as it turns out, for colleges too.

Richmond, VA – Without a tax increase, yet with additional funding for some popular programs, it looks like Virginia lawmakers may have solved the mystery of how to come up with a new state budget. WMRA's Tom Graham spoke with a capitol-beat newspaperman who's been tracking the latest developments.

Harrisonburg, VA – During the past quarter century he covered the world, reporting for the Miami Herald, The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, then spent many years as Editor of U.S. News and World Report. As of just a few months ago, he began overseeing the news you hear from NPR, and his views about the state of journalism will be the focus of attention at a public forum in Lexington, Va., Friday, March 14. WMRA reporter Tom Graham spoke with NPR's Brian Duffy.

Charlottesville, VA – For nearly four centuries, oyster was "king" of the Chesapeake Bay — supporting industry and a way of life on Virginia's Eastern Shore. But by the 1980s, disease and pollution had nearly wiped out Virginia oysterbeds. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, reports that today there is a glimmer of hope for the beleaguered bi-valve.

Charlottesville, VA – As Virginia's General Assembly races toward its scheduled adjournment this weekend, a monkey wrench appears to have been thrown in the works of one of its most contentious issues. WMRA's Tom Graham spoke with a State Capitol newspaper reporter who's been tracking the latest developments.

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