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Virginia Is For Apple Lovers

When it comes to apple production, Virginia ranks sixth in the nation – well behind the leader: Washington State. But it’s worth noting that farmers here offer a huge variety and Virginia's cider industry is growing. Virginia Public Radio's Sandy Hausman stopped at the state’s oldest cidery to learn more about the fruit and its delectable juice.

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With conspiracies and Devil’s advocates dominating the scientific field, many are left to ask what scientific discoveries hold truth. As science increasingly becomes disputed, Dr. James Zimring, professor of pathology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, explores in his new book how much people should trust what they read, learn, and observe in our natural world.

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On April 16, 2007, 32 people were shot and killed at Virginia Tech.  Journalist Thomas Kapsidelis supervised the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s coverage of the tragedy.  In his new book, Kapsidelis examines the decade after the massacre through the experiences of survivors and those who lost loved ones. 

Bridget Manley

Residents in Harrisonburg plan to petition City Council to provide year-round shelter for people without access to housing.  WMRA’s Bridget Manley reports.

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The Shenandoah Valley is home to vast trees, plants, and wildlife that contribute to the growing Virginia environment. Sari Carp is the Executive Director for the non-profit Sustainability Matters, which works to take initiatives for the environment.

UVa Offers Free Tuition To Lower-Income Students

Oct 3, 2019
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This fall, the University of Virginia is offering free tuition to students from families making less than $80,000 a year. It’s one way they’re trying to increase economic diversity at the school.  But for a lot of other universities in Virginia, low to middle-income students often end up paying a lot more. In partnership with the Hechinger Report, Megan Pauly from VPM News reports.

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Nineteen students from around the world gathered at James Madison University in late September for an advanced course in clearing land mines and other weapons from post-conflict areas.  WMRA’s Randi B. Hagi reports.

Mike Tripp

It’s been 11 years since the Rocktown Rollers brought the sport of roller derby to Harrisonburg.  WMRA’s Mike Tripp recently visited with a couple of the team’s players, one a veteran returning from an injury and the other relatively new to the team.

Calvin Pynn

Harrisonburg’s International Festival brought thousands of visitors downtown on Saturday.  For the 22nd year, the festival celebrated dozens of different cultures and languages. WMRA’s Calvin Pynn was there.

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Listening to music on vinyl records has made a huge comeback over the years.  Once thought to be a dead format, vinyl is now responsible for a large portion of music sales throughout the world. 

Calvin Pynn

As climate strikes are taking place across the globe today, protesters turned out in Harrisonburg to join the movement. WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.


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