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Jordy Yager

Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley paid a visit to the University of Virginia on Tuesday evening to try and drum up support for his presidential bid.  WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this report.

You probably know comedienne and writer Paula Poundstone best from laughing along with her on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me here on WMRA.  But she’s making a pretty serious argument these days against the mobile devices – the smartphones, tablets and computers – that most of us can’t seem to do without, and she argues these devices are actually damaging our childrens’ brains.  That’s where Bob Leweke's conversation with her started.

Courtesy Artisans Center of Virginia

Harrisonburg and Rockingham County artisans literally are being put on the map with a new guided network for tourists, and curious locals. It’s called the Artisan Trail, and WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz has the story.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Today marks the beginning of a meeting in Paris of world governments to try to strike a global agreement on climate. While heightened security in Paris has led to the cancellation of the Global Climate March planned there, global climate movement organization 350.org says that throughout the world other Global Climate Marches are taking place, including in Harrisonburg.  WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA and WEMC Holiday Specials for 2015

During this Thanksgiving holiday, we take a look at the people who have trouble providing reliable food for themselves and their families, with WMRA's Jordy Yager's extensive look at Food Insecurity in Virginia.

Emily Richardson-Lorente

As you sit down to your Thanksgiving meal this week, you probably won’t want to think about how that golden turkey got to your table, or what kind of life it lived. But there’s a farm here in Virginia raising a breed of turkeys whose lives actually seem pretty idyllic. And for that, they (we?) give thanks. Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story.

Thousands of tourists visit Natural Bridge each year – it’s where Rockbridge County got its name. But the Park is in financial trouble after being purchased by a Roanoke-based healthcare executive last year. WMRA‘s Jessie Knadler heads out to Natural Bridge to learn more about what happens when a man with good intentions throws himself into an industry he knows little about.

We have an extended report by Kara Lofton on the UVa-Guatemala Initiative, an effort by a group of doctors in Charlottesville to provide aid to Guatemala's overcrowded, underfunded health care system.... Jordy Yager gets Eric Cantor's thoughts on politics, tolerance and Congress.... Brit Moorer gets a demonstration of the "MadiDrop," a tablet its inventors hope will help purify water in the world's poorest places.... and Emily Richardson-Lorente introduces us to the teachers who are working to get girls excited about STEM.

Emily Richardson-Lorente

Despite the fact that jobs in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields pay better than average (33%) and have lower unemployment rates, women are significantly underrepresented in those fields. There’s a variety of theories about how to solve this disparity, but one Charlottesville teacher thinks that getting girls interested in “STEM” subjects early on can be a big help. WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story.

Brit Moorer

Research at the University of Virginia has evolved into much more than just numbers and data.  The MadiDrop, a new disinfecting water tablet, has the potential to help millions of people in developing countries.  WMRA’S Brit Moorer explains how it came about and how researchers plan to use just one small tablet to change the world’s water crisis.

Kara Lofton

In the second of two reports, WMRA’s Kara Lofton takes a detailed look at the current Guatemalan healthcare crisis and the attempt of one UVA physician to provide some relief.

Kara Lofton

For medical professionals in the U.S. today, Spanish-language proficiency and cultural sensitivity are invaluable. WMRA’s Kara Lofton looks at one University of Virginia program that’s attempting to teach these skills through a partnership program in Guatemala.

Jordy Yager

Eric Cantor was in Charlottesville on Friday, speaking to students at UVA’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. The former House Majority Leader weighed in on the current presidential landscape, the importance of tolerance in America, and the state of the House of Representatives. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this report.

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.

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