Got Pain? A Virtual Swim With Dolphins May Help Melt It Away

Virtual reality is not new. But, as people search for alternative ways to manage pain — and reduce reliance on pills — VR is attracting renewed attention. Imagine, for a moment you've been transported to a sunlit lagoon. And, suddenly, it's as if you're immersed in the warm water and swimming. That's what Tom Norris experiences when he straps on his VR headset. "It's fantastic, I really feel like I'm there," says Norris, who is 70 years old, retired from the military, and lives in Los Angeles...

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Mike Tripp

An archaeological dig is currently underway in the gardens at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in Staunton.  It’s a follow-up to another dig at the same place last year.  But the leaders of this summer’s project are a little different from those involved last year – they’re students from James Madison University.  WMRA’s Mike Tripp has the story.

Veteran Charlottesville songwriter, Ellis Paul, was on the road during the Unite the Right rally two years ago which erupted in deadly violence.  Coming back home to a city in mourning prompted him to pen “The Battle of Charlottesville” as a historical document of the incident.  WMRA’s Chris Boros spoke with Ellis Paul who described why this song was something he had to write.

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More and more people are discovering the hard way that what you post on your Facebook or Twitter feed can come back to haunt you at your job.  WMRA’s Jason Barr reports on new research that shows the relationship between your employer and your social media account.

Bridget Manley

Yesterday, we launched the first part of an occasional series on WMRA called My World, with an exploration of the environmental effects of Interstate 81.  In today’s follow-up, WMRA’s Bridget Manley examines what the expansion of Interstate 81 might mean for the environment.

Bridget Manley

For a new WMRA series called My World, earlier this year we asked local science students to submit their questions about the environment.  We received a lot of great questions, and selected one from Olivia Gardner, who just graduated in June.  She asked about the environmental health of Interstate 81. WMRA’s Bridget Manley produced a two-part report.  Here’s Part One.

VA Folklife Showcases Apprenticeship Portraits

Aug 2, 2019
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Portraits from the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program will be on display starting August 2 at 292 North Gallery in Harrisonburg. The fifty-six portraits were made between 2012 and 2018 by VA Folklife Digital Media Specialist Pat Jarrett.

Randi B. Hagi

According to one report, nearly four in 10 Harrisonburg residents above the federal poverty line still have trouble making ends meet.  That leads to difficult choices -- pay the rent, or buy groceries? Fix the car, or pay for prescriptions? As the number of people facing these questions increases, so does the demand for more affordable housing.  In the second part in an occasional WMRA series on living costs, Randi B. Hagi reports.

Calvin Pynn

Immigration advocates hosted an event that brought about 60 people to Asbury United Methodist Church in Harrisonburg on Saturday.  The workshop focused on immigrant rights and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency – or I.C.E. - in the Shenandoah Valley.  WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.

Two professors in James Madison University’s biology department are part of a team studying whether limb regeneration in animals can be duplicated in humans.  WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.

Jason Barr

You might think that with all the superhero blockbusters in theaters these days, comic book stores would be raking in the cash.  But almost the exact opposite is true.  WMRA’s Jason Barr explores the unique challenges these small businesses are facing.

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