Past Program - Virginia Insight

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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.


Mar 17, 2014

Industrial Hemp... Heard of it?

Pet Loss

Mar 13, 2014

Whether they have four legs, feathers, or slither along on their bellies, pets can be an important part of anyone’s family. So how do you cope when they leave?

Reaching for Starry Nights

Mar 10, 2014

Across the industrialized world, "Light Pollution," has become such a big concern that some countries now ask their citizens to take one day out of the year to focus on the problem.

Hospitals + Poverty = ?

Mar 6, 2014

Are Virginia hospitals in jeopardy?

Getting at Fact through Fiction

Mar 3, 2014

Sometimes the most effective route to the truth is through fiction.

Nearing Session’s End?

Feb 27, 2014

For sixty straight days most of Virginia’s state lawmakers race from sun up to well after sundown, struggling to finish all that needs taking care of in the Commonwealth’s part-time legislature.

An Update on Alzheimer's

Feb 24, 2014

"Am I going to get it?" "What can I do to prevent getting it?" "How can we help someone who has it?"

Alzheimer’s experts says those are among the most frequent questions they get from the general public.

How to Tell the Fluff from the Good Stuff

Feb 20, 2014

Psychologist Dan Willingham’s new book was written primarily for those who are concerned about the best way to educate children.


Feb 17, 2014

How attached are you? To whom are you attached? What caused you to be that way?

Love Connections

Feb 13, 2014

Communication researcher Jennie Rosier was blogging about love, and interacting with her blogs’ readers, for many years before she wrote her first book.

7 Months In

Feb 10, 2014

How are we doing? It's time for a check in on the health and direction of your favorite public radio station.

A Virginia Politics Update

Feb 6, 2014
Virginia General Assembly Fickr Stream

"Power shift in the General Assembly." ... "A new battle over gay marriage." ... "Medicaid." ... "Marijuana." ... "Making-ends-meet." Just some of the breaking news topics bound to come up when we meet with our analysis team.

False Confessions

Feb 3, 2014

You would never confess to a crime you did not commit... would you?

Energy Renewables

Jan 27, 2014

Renewable Energy... What does it mean?

Got Feedback?

Jan 23, 2014

Have anything you’d like to say to some of Virginia’s top lawmakers?

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, WMRA presents State of the Re:Union - Who Is This Man? at 3pm, Monday, January 20th.

Pondering Mars

Jan 16, 2014
NASA (Viking 1 Orbiter)

Ever wonder what’s up there on the Red Planet? For almost 40 years, "geomorphologist" Alan Howard has been studying similarities between the Earth and Mars.

And lately that research has been heating up.

Alan D. Howard, Ph.D. - Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia.

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Is This Normal?

Jan 13, 2014

Below zero near the middle of the week... unseasonably warm by week’s end.  Have you been scratching your head of late and asking yourself, "Is this normal?"

New Laws for Virginia?

Jan 9, 2014

Mental Health and Ethics Reform are at the top of  the General Assembly’s agenda.

Genius Lessons

Jan 6, 2014

Inventor.  Showman.  Mystic.  Eccentric.  Genius.

Dining with Philosophy

Jan 2, 2014

Who said, "good conversation starts with food?" Whoever it was ought to meet Marietta McCarty.

Feel Like a Song?

Dec 19, 2013

It’s okay to admit it... You've been singing along with the radio at least occasionally, of late, haven’t you?

When the 2014 session of the Virginia General Assembly gets underway in January, longtime Republican state Senator Emmett Hanger will play a key role.  So will Democratic House Minority Leader David Toscano.

Checking in on the "Affordable Care Act"

Dec 12, 2013

It may not be quite as pithy as, "Read my lips... No new taxes." Yet the ten word promise, "If you like your health care... you can keep it," may well go down in history as at least as much of a presidential blunder.

Catch-phrase assurances aside, how is so-called, "Obamacare," working now?

The Planetarium Guy

Dec 9, 2013

If you have ever spoken with Shanil Virani you probably figured out pretty quickly that he can be passionate on any number of subjects.

But, fact is, this astrophysicist (perhaps better known as the planetarium guy) can also be fascinating on any number of topics... especially anything remotely connected to celebrating science.

Leading Community

Dec 5, 2013

Their long ago reputation as, "schools for underachievers," was probably always unfair.

Can You "Edit" Your Way to a Better Life?

Dec 2, 2013

Are you self-limiting?

Giving Thanks

Nov 28, 2013
Fedorov Oleksiy

With music and stories for Thanksgiving, it's Giving Thanks.

Cider: An American Evolution

Nov 25, 2013
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Ever since colonial times, apples (and apple cider) have played a key and evolving role in American history. That role may be about to change again.

Thanks by Giving

Nov 21, 2013

Living thankfully is a good thing... we've all heard that. But how about giving thanks by giving to others?