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Virginia Insight has a rich history of archives to peruse. From politics to culture, technology to religion, entertainment to relationships, Virginia Insight inspires understanding.

The State of Virginia’s Economy

Oct 13, 2014

It would seem that “conventional wisdom” does not always stay in effect indefinitely.  
For example, there was the long-held idea that Virginia would continuously outperform the rest of the country economically because we could depend on the federal government to supply so many jobs.
That notion is certainly changing now.  And it is just one of the factors we consider as we take a close up look at the state of the Old Dominion’s economy.

Difficult People

Oct 9, 2014

You have met them.  Perhaps even lots of them. Interpersonal skills researcher Brian Charette has long consulted on how to deal with them. 

Foundation Examination

Oct 6, 2014

As the theory goes, all of us have hidden foundations to our personalities.  Those foundations start getting built early.  And they most always have cracks in them.  Places where things did not come together as perfectly as we may have liked.

Are You a Professional?

Oct 2, 2014

What does it take to make someone a professional?   Our guest says that question was easier to answer in the Middle Ages... when the term first came into usage.

But he also says if we give serious consideration to the historical meaning, many people would begin to see their work differently. 

Eclectic Conversations: “COMMUNITY”

Sep 29, 2014
Dendroica cerulea (Flickr)

What does “community” mean to you?  What would your ideal community be?  If you really wanted to, how might you go about creating that ideal?


Sep 25, 2014

For more than 30 years she has traveled the globe to research reports of so-called “near death experiences.”  Her findings have filled ten volumes. But now number 11 is out,  and it is her most personal account yet.

Recalling the “War To End All Wars”

Sep 22, 2014
Library of Congress

It got underway one hundred years ago.  (Although the U-S wouldn’t join in until almost 3 years later.)
Our question -- are there lessons from World War One that are relevant in today’s universe?
And if there are, what might those lessons be?  

Autumn Gardening

Sep 18, 2014

Soon it will be time to hang up the gloves, put the hand-spade on hold, and start picking your salad makings out of a bin at the grocery store.

The Madison Center

Sep 11, 2014

Wouldn’t it be nice if local government could find ways to be more efficient and effective without spending tens of thousands of dollars on specialized consultants?  Enter in the new Madison Center for Community Development:  college students and their professors helping out in town halls across the commonwealth.

A Case for Leadership

Sep 8, 2014

First off, he is not the man with the similar name who is now running for re-election.  

Although if you have ever thought about holding public office, he could probably help.  

But he will also tell you that, no matter what your station in life, you already have exceptional opportunities to become a leader.

James Madison University’s longtime “Leadership Guru”  is our guest.

Virginia-Haiti Connections: An Update

Sep 4, 2014
US Govt photo, USAF TSgt Prentice Colter

Haiti.  It was early in 2010 that a massive earthquake devastated much of that island nation.  So how are things today ?  We check in with some of the Virginia-based groups who have been working in Haiti for many years now.

In honor of Labor Day, Virginia Insight presents this special look at how technological advances have put us on the edge of a new industrial revolution.

Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, and Susan Hassler, Editor-In-Chief of IEEE Spectrum Magazine, are joined by engineers, scientists, and futurists from MIT, Carnegie-Mellon, Rice Univ., and the Institute for the Future to give insights into how technology will redefine work in the not too distant future.

Individual Sustainability?

Aug 28, 2014

Sustainability is a word many of us have come to associate with ecology and the environment.  But what do you make of the term "sustainable personality" ?

A Virginia researcher believes that if more of us created such a personality for ourselves, the world would be a far better place.  And he thinks we would likely be much happier too.

The Mental Health Care Gap

Aug 25, 2014

A Virginia economist has developed a new model for gauging how many people are in need of mental health care.  He is now in the process of comparing that need to the level of services available. That economist is one of our guests as we consider who is getting necessary mental health care in the Old Dominion.  And who is not.

Standardized Testing: Benefits and Challenges

Aug 21, 2014

Standardized tests.  They have long been part of public education.  But is an increasing emphasis on these exams having unintended consequences?  The state of testing in Virginia schools is our focus.


Aug 18, 2014

Montpelier.  If you think of it as the quaint museum where James and Dolley Madison once lived,  you have not been there in a while.  

Woodrow Wilson: The Virginia Connections

Aug 14, 2014

He was a Governor of New Jersey who became President.  So why would his library be in Staunton, Virginia?  Just one of the questions we address when we meet up with the curator of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.

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He was a Governor of New Jersey who became President.  So why would his library be in Staunton, Virginia?  Just one of the questions we address when we meet up with the curator of the Woodrow Wilson Library and Museum.

Pipeline Concerns

Aug 11, 2014

How do you feel about natural gas?   How do you feel about the possibility of an interstate natural gas pipeline running through your part of Virginia?  

A Virginia Politics Update

Aug 7, 2014 / Rob Shenk (Flickr)

A former family values governor comes up with an unexpected courtroom defense.  

Virginia’s onetime “most powerful Congressman” announces he’s leaving office early.  

Just two of the surprise political headlines of late.  We are certain to discover many more when we meet with our politics update team. | U.S. Census Bureau, Public Information Office (PIO) | Kevin Tostado

People who teach:  Might their efforts be helped by what scientists have been discovering about the human brain?  David Daniel thinks that is possible.  But he believes it is at least as important for scientists to consider how they could benefit by listening to teachers.  

Alone with Your Thoughts

Jul 31, 2014

It sounds pretty easy. Sit in a room, by yourself, with no distractions. Then just pay attention to your thoughts for 10 or 15 minutes. But apparently most of us cannot do it. Or, if we can, chances are good we will heartily dislike doing it. Those are the findings from an unusual new study.  

Children Who Say They’ve Lived Before

Jul 28, 2014

Jim Tucker is a psychiatrist. But a rather unusual one.

He travels the world talking to children.

Specifically to children who claim to remember living a previous life.

Camping with Shakespeare

Jul 24, 2014

Remember summer camp when you were a kid?  What if, even though you’re now all grown up, you could not only experience all the fun of summer camp, but also got to walk away with a new perspective on life based on the plays of William Shakespeare ?

Reading Out of School

Jul 21, 2014

"Children who love to read have a step up in life.”  Recent surveys show most of us believe that.  But how do you get kids to love reading --or even willing to pick up a book while school is out? Is it possible that summer vacation might even be the perfect time for youngsters to discover a love for books?

Hoping for Help for Children with Dravet

Jul 17, 2014

Your child has been perfectly healthy up until the time of about 6 months of age.  Then the seizures begin.  They grow progressively worse.  Soon other symptoms appear.

Novel Secrets

Jul 14, 2014
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What might it be like to have a famous author take you under his wing and say, “Here, I’ll help you write your novel”? In the new book Writing with the Master, Tony Vanderwarker tells all about such circumstance.

Climate Mapping

Jul 10, 2014

How might you predict changes that could be coming to Earth’s climate in the years ahead?    Well, perhaps you could enter massive mountains of data into some of the world’s most powerful computers. 

Best in Class

Jul 7, 2014

On first airing, the episode was titled “Teaching Children to Make Music.”  The Virginia Association of Broadcasters has just honored it the as 2013’s  best public radio, public affairs program in the commonwealth.

Checking on the Wild

Jul 3, 2014

For more than 30 years, the Wildlife Center of Virginia has been treating injured animals and releasing them back into the wild. That work has garnered praise around the world. But now there is international attention on another front -- the Center’s success at cementing public support through use of internet portals.