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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.

School Food

Jan 26, 2012

Remember much about cafeteria food from your days in K through 12?

Ethics in Political Journalism

Jan 23, 2012

Heard any good political news lately? Perhaps we should explain... By good we are talking about quality reporting that is in-depth, helpful, and reliable.

Clash of Cultures... Clash of Ideas

Jan 19, 2012

All that turmoil going on in the Arab world, with efforts to put religion in charge of government, just doesn’t seem to make much sense, does it?

2012 General Assembly - Now In Session

Jan 16, 2012

Virginia’s state lawmakers are now back in session. What might they do that will affect you?

A "Fair" Tax?

Jan 12, 2012

Proponents call it the "Fair Tax."

But just how fair would it be to replace all federal taxes with a 23% sales tax?

The Status of the War on Drugs

Jan 9, 2012

This program was rebroadcast Monday, March 5th.

Two friends who are both constitutional scholars told us they are ready to debate each other on the status of the war on drugs.

The Hidden Costs of Unemployment

Jan 5, 2012

Congress recently heard about the work of two Virginia economists looking into the economic, social, and emotional costs of unemployment.

Trout Health and You

Dec 19, 2011

What does the health of a small fish have to do with you?

The Nurse Practitioner

Dec 15, 2011

Try to get in to see a doctor lately... How long did it take?

Can We Unify Your Mind?

Dec 12, 2011

How does your mind work?

To The Editor

Dec 8, 2011

Before Twitter, before Facebook, before Blogging... there was this thing called a newspaper, and a lively public forum titled Letters to the Editor.

Mr. Leader

Dec 5, 2011

When Virginia's House of Delegates begins a new season of lawmaking next month, only 32 members will be calling themselves Democrats... the lowest number in modern times.

Not There Yet

Dec 1, 2011

After almost 50 years of feminism, how often do working women today have to worry about being judged by the their bodies instead of their minds?

From Ardent Skeptic to Whole-Hearted Believer

Nov 28, 2011

Katie Letcher Lyle says that for the first 50 years of her life she thought, "all that stuff was just so much worthless hoo-hah." Then something happened.

What Do We Need to Know About the Civil War?

Nov 21, 2011

What would you most like to know about America's civil war?

What do you think you already know?

Willing to be surprised?

Turning Right?

Nov 17, 2011
Photo: Waldo Jaquith

Expanding gun rights.

Further restricting abortion.

Taking money out of education and health care in order to fund transportation.

Eliminating all state funding of public broadcasting.

Those are some of the Republican proposals that got stopped last year by Democrats in Virginia's state Senate.  But now that Republicans have won control of that Senate -- can we look forward to a hard turn to the right in Virginia's legislative priorities? 

Grassroots Food

Nov 14, 2011

Do you feel powerful when you put food on your plate?

Tanya Cobb would like you to at least understand the power inherit in knowing where your food came from.

We talk with the author of the new book Reclaiming our Food about her theories on the relationship between food, knowledge, power, and democracy.

What to Imagine of Child Soldiers?

Nov 10, 2011

Perhaps you have heard of the tragedy of the boy soldier. A youngster dragged into third-world conflicts at the age of 7 or 8 and forced to fight.

Certainly no one holds him responsible for his actions.

But what about boys... AND girls... who go to war for a cause at the age of 16, 17, or 18?

Should international law consider them as children not responsible for their actions too?

The author of the new book Re-imagining Child Soldiers joins us to argue for changing some key ideas about youthful combatants.

The Day Before Virginia Votes

Nov 7, 2011

All of Virginia's state legislature... the "General Assembly"... is up for election on Tuesday, November 8.

All 100 House seats. All 40 seats in the State Senate.

In the Virginia Senate, Republicans need win only two more seats to take control, and thus total effective control of state government.

Two of the most contentious of the State Senate races are in the WMRA region.

We get a preview of Election Day from one Republican, one Democrat, and the Washington Post reporter who has been tracking the hottest races.



Where Society & Technology Meet

Nov 3, 2011

How did 1940's malaria spawn modern day graffiti?

Agnes Umunna

Oct 31, 2011

She lived through the horror of two civil wars in her homeland of Liberia.

Then she began promoting reconciliation between war criminals and their victims.

Her worldwide campaign includes a stop soon at Mary Baldwin College.

But before speaking there, she speaks with us.

Teaching Sustainability

Oct 27, 2011

Can classroom experience teach people to care about the environment... eventually leading to more adults taking environmental issues more seriously?

The SpongeBob Study

Oct 24, 2011

This program was re-broadcast Monday, February 13 at 3pm.

Psychologist Angeline Lillard had been examining story lines of different children's TV shows when she began to notice difficulty getting work done after watching some of those programs in particular.

Al Jazeera

Oct 20, 2011

How fair, unbiased, and accurate is the news we are receiving about world affairs?

How good a job does the U.S. media do covering the U.S.?

How well do Americans understand how the rest of the world sees us?

We speak with an American journalist, who has covered news all over the world for a number of news organizations, and thinks there is much room for improvement.

His most recent post was in Washington, D.C. for Al Jazeera.

Autumn in the Garden

Oct 17, 2011

We've done it in early Spring... late Spring... and even some of the hottest days of Summer.

Gaming the Chesapeake

Oct 13, 2011

Could an online game someday monitor how your personal decisions affect the environment?

Food Banking

Oct 10, 2011

So you once helped lead one of the world's most powerful lobbying groups... the trade association for America's insurance industry.

A Virginia Politics Update

Oct 6, 2011

With state legislative elections now just a few weeks away, Republicans have a chance to take complete control of Virginia government.

From abortion and guns, to education and transportation... that could mean big changes ahead.

Our politics update team fills us in on the latest developments and examines Virginia political news that could soon be affecting you.

Class Warfare?

Sep 29, 2011

For some it's not "increasing taxes"... it's "raising revenue."

For others, one speaks not of "rich people"... but "job creators."

And for many, this is not a "debate"... it's "class warfare."

How did talk about tax policy get so convoluted?

We examine modern day debate over taxes, with some historical perspective.

Do humans believe in god[s] as a side effect of evolution?

Researcher Andy Thomson says that is indeed the case.

The Virginia psychiatrist embarked on a study of "what causes religious belief" almost ten years ago -- after his son narrowly escaped the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York.

We talk with Dr. Thomson about the findings just published in his new book.