Harrisonburg, VA – Four years ago, the StoryCorps folks came up with the idea of encouraging Americans to take an hour on the day after Thanksgiving and record a conversation with a loved one. I talked with the founder of StoryCorps, David Isay, about the National Day of Listening, and what's new about this year's event.
Charlottesville, VA – We recently met one of the organizers of the Occupy Harrisonburg movement. For about three weeks, there's been a similar group of protesters in Lee Park in Charlottesville. I asked Zac Fabian, one of the organizers there, how the Charlottesville protests got started, and how he got involved.
Harrisonburg, VA – The Occupy Wall Street Movement has spread around the country, including to cities in Virginia. I recently talked to Paulette Moore, one of the participants who has helped organize the protests at Court Square in Harrisonburg, and I asked her how it all got started.
Batesville, VA – A good definition of the space between a rock and a hard place might be the economic viability of a traditional Virginia country store. Once the heartbeat of farming communities' commerce and conversation, these old-fashioned emporiums have become endangered by rural Virginians increasing mobility. So, the question facing rural communities is how to keep "the country store" conversation going if "the country store" commerce is going elsewhere.
Harrisonburg, VA – Is a downtown open-air amphitheater in Harrisonburg's future? Businessman David Miller hopes so. He recently proposed an amphitheater and park to be constructed near the Farmer's Market, and the project is open for public comment. Bob Leweke asked him how financing and operating the amphitheater would compare to the city's controversial Heritage Oaks Golf Course, which currently operates at a deficit.
Abingdon, VA – With the dangers of nuclear power playing out in Japan, fighting in Libya pushing oil prices up, and climate scientists pointing an accusing finger at coal, America is desperate for some energy alternatives.
One that seemed promising is natural gas, a relatively clean burning fuel.
But critics now say the process of getting gas from the ground may be risky.
One of these mistakes, concerning the birthplace of Pete Hill, a Baseball Hall of Fame baseball player you've probably never heard of, was corrected recently with the unveiling of a new historical marker by the side of the road in Culpeper.
For Virginia Public Radio, Martha Woodroof reports.