As part of WMRA’s partnership with StoryCorps in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia, we’re sharing a conversation today between Dolly Frazier and her friend Marla. Marla and Dolly attended the same high school but never really knew each other. In 2009, Dolly lost her son Austin, who suffered from bipolar disorder. After reading his obituary, Marla wrote a letter that started a deep and lasting friendship.
Over the next three Saturdays, venues in Staunton, Fishersville, and Waynesboro are hosting 'Vax the Valley' events put on by the Central Shenandoah Health District and Augusta Health. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.
As part of WMRA’s partnership with StoryCorps in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia, we’re sharing a conversation today between René White from the Lumbee Nation and Chris White, who traces his ancestry back to Cherokee, co-founders of the Native American Church of Virginia.
The Little Free Libraries, those book-sharing boxes that have popped up all over the world in the last decade, have inspired another open-access method of sharing media: miniature outdoor art museums, such as the one now on display outside The Fralin Museum of Art in Charlottesville. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.
As part of WMRA’s partnership with StoryCorps in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia, we’re sharing a conversation between Lisa Custalow and Bill Henry about the formation of the Children of Shenandoah.
As part of WMRA’s partnership with StoryCorps in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia, we’re sharing a conversation today between Mark and Cynthia Lorenzoni who own the Ragged Mountain Running and Walking Shop in Charlottesville.
If you live in the Shenandoah Valley and you enjoy fresh veggies, there’s a good chance that the tomatoes, green onions or squash on your plate came through the Shenandoah Valley Produce Auction. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.
As part of WMRA’s partnership with StoryCorps in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia, we’re sharing a conversation today between environmental writer and advocate Chris Bolgiano and her friend, Janet Wright.
July 5, 2021 marks the first anniversary of Duke Energy and Dominion Energy’s decision to cancel the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. In recognition of that event, we’re sharing a WMRA StoryCorps conversation today between Sarah Francisco and Nancy Sorrells.
WMRA is currently partnering with StoryCorps in the Valley and Central Virginia to gather stories from our communities, and on the first day of recording, June 2, 2021, Sabrina Burress spoke with her two sons, Tay Burress and Manny Chapman.
COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available around Virginia. But some vulnerable communities face more hurdles in getting the shots. Local agencies and non-profits are trying to help. WMRA’s Bridget Manley reports.
Francis Fukuyama and UVa’s Larry Sabato are among roughly 100 scholars who signed a 'Statement of Concern' published online this week. It’s a response to Republican-led efforts around the country to restrict voting rights. And they support a bill in Congress called the ‘For the People Act’ that would protect voting rights nationwide. The statement also calls for the end of the filibuster in the Senate. Dr. Tim LaPira, a political science professor at JMU, also signed that statement. WMRA's Bob Leweke asked him to describe the threat as they see it.
Earlier this month a rock slide closed one of the main roads connecting communities east and west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Crews are now working sun up to sun down, but officials say Route 250 over Afton Mountain won’t re-open until mid-June.
Virginia Public Radio’s Sandy Hausman reports on why repairs are taking so long, and why we could be seeing many more slides in the future.
With spring bird migration in full force in the Shenandoah Valley, WMRA’s Chris Boros spoke with Dana Moseley, a JMU professor who studies birds that make the valley their home and the human noise pollution that affects their feathered lives.
A local “Free Mom Hugs” group was one of more than 30 chapters across the country that held a "Pride Ride" on Saturday. The national organization celebrates LGBTQ communities. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.
Decades ago, aficionados of local police and rescue calls had to buy their own scanners to listen in on emergency response. Now, we have social media. And in the central Shenandoah Valley, one man in particular has attracted quite a following. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.
Political newcomer Glenn Youngkin has emerged as Virginia Republicans’ nominee for governor, in a year when the GOP hopes to end a 12-year losing streak in statewide races. Virginia Public Radio's Michael Pope reports.
Over the past forty years, society has gotten increasingly more polarized in regards to differing political and personal ideas. David R. Brubaker, professor at Eastern Mennonite University, offers advice for navigating in our polarized environment. He’s our speaker for WMRA's virtual Books & Brews on May 11, 2021. David recently spoke with WMRA’s Chris Boros who asked him to describe what causes polarization.
Senator Tim Kaine visited the Shenandoah Valley Thursday. He met with aviation business leaders at Blue Ridge Community College and with faculty and staff at James Madison University. He also met with local officials and volunteers in Broadway to learn more about an effort to repurpose an unused railroad corridor as a multi-purpose trail. WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.
Now that all Virginians age 16 and up are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, local health officials and community leaders are trying to overcome the barriers that may be preventing people from getting vaccinated. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.
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