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As Virginians voted on Election Day, WMRA heard from some of them at polling places around our region.

Jessie Knadler

In Rockbridge County, as in many others in Virginia, there is a divide between those who live in the county and those who live in the city.  Those differences are laid bare during election season, with Trump signs dominating the county and Clinton signs prevailing in the city of Lexington. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler talks to voters about the stark political divide expressed by the signs and how it’s widened during what could be called the ugliest Presidential election in history.

Calvin Pynn

About fifty people gathered in Harrisonburg’s Court Square Saturday afternoon supporting the local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or “NORML” for short.  As WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports, organizers were hoping to take advantage of Tuesday’s election.

Sefe Emokpae

Through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Encyclopedia Virginia offers a thorough history of African American suffrage in the Commonwealth.  With fresh charges by Democrats that Republicans are planning to intimidate minority voters in next week’s election, WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae sat down with some of the people behind the resource to learn more about the journey ‘From Freedom to Disenfranchisement.

Jordy Yager

In the second part of our look at the Rocky Mount fire, WMRA’s Jordy Yager treks into the backcountry with park rangers to see the long-term effects of the second largest blaze to ever hit the Shenandoah National Park.

Jordy Yager

Yesterday evening, the Miller Center at the University of Virginia hosted Gold-Star parent Khizr Khan for a conversation, and WMRA’s Jordy Yager was there.

The latest public opinion survey of likely voters in Virginia, conducted by a South Carolina research initiative led by political scientist Dr. Scott Huffmon, shows Democrat Hillary Clinton with a 5-point lead over Republican Donald Trump.  Winthrop Poll Director Huffmon says, “With several negative ‘October surprises’ coming out and affecting both candidates, we have seen a tightening of the race in national polls. However, while Clinton’s lead in Virginia has shrunk from its highest point, she still leads Donald Trump in the Commonwealth.”  Bob Leweke spoke with Dr. Huffmon about the results, just one week before Election Day.

Jordy Yager

The Shenandoah National Park experienced its second largest forest fire in recorded history just six months ago. In the first of a two-part report, WMRA’s Jordy Yager looks at how fire teams fought the 10,000-acre blaze and what it means for the park’s future.

Courtesy of the Virginia Film Festival

The 29th annual Virginia Film Festival starts this Thursday. More than 120 films will be screened over four days, in seven different locations around Charlottesville. WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente has a preview.

Emily Richardson-Lorente

It’s 6,351 miles — as the crow flies — between Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, and Charlottesville. But last month, a small group of artists made that journey, and they’ve been delighting school children in the area ever since.  WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story.

Beth Breeding

Incumbent Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte, running for a 13th term in Congress, sat down for an interview with Bob Leweke to talk about his campaign. Leweke spoke with Kai Degner, Mr. Goodlatte's Democratic challenger, in September.

Courtesy of Chloe Bertholon

During her summer internship at WMRA Marguerite Gallorini, who is from France, has been exploring the differences, and similarities, between the ways that Americans and the French approach today’s world.  In the last few weeks, that’s included the global refugee crisis, and how we view work and vacation time.  Today, Marguerite has some insight on how the American presidential election campaign is being viewed from the French perspective.

Jessie Knadler

In part two of our series about the changing face of single-sex education, WMRA's Jessie Knadler explores what Mary Baldwin University is doing, in addition to pushing for greater racial and ethnic diversity, to stay relevant and competitive in an increasingly co-ed world.

Courtesy Mary Baldwin University

Mary Baldwin College officially changed its name to Mary Baldwin University at the end of August, an event that also kicked off a yearlong celebration of the traditional women’s college 175th anniversary.  With so much history behind them, combined with the attempted closing in 2015 of fellow women’s school Sweet Briar, the name change reflects a drive to stay competitive in an increasingly co-ed world. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler went to Staunton to find out why this women’s college still matters.

On November 1st, the Tuesday before the election, we welcomed author Chuck McCutcheon to Pale Fire Brewing Company for our Books & Brews series.

Author and political reporter Chuck McCutcheon shared stories and insights into the jargon, slang and bluster of our American politics. 

Courtesy of Marion Kanour

At last month’s planning commission meeting in Buckingham County, so many people signed up to speak about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that a second meeting was created just to continue the public comments. WMRA’s Jordy Yager was there.

Sefe Emokpae

If you haven’t made it out to see it already, William Shakespeare’s First Folio will be on display at the University of Virginia until the end of this month. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae tells us more about why the book is at Thomas Jefferson’s university and what makes it such a big deal.

Sefe Emokpae

Today is the deadline to register to vote in Virginia. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae caught up with the local registrar in the City of Charlottesville and has more on what you need to know.

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

The Mountain Stage broadcast of the Forbes Center performance with the Steel Wheels aired on WMRA Sunday October 16th... listen now.

WMRA continues our series of conversations with candidates for Congress with a focus on the open Fifth District seat.  The Fifth District covers all or part of 21 counties east of the Blue Ridge, and includes the cities of Charlottesville, Bedford and Danville.  It extends from the North Carolina border all the way up to northern Virginia near Manassas.  The seat is currently held by Republican Robert Hurt, who is stepping down after this term.  Jane Dittmar is the Democrat who would like to replace him.

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