It's the 100th episode of Second Look!  And we celebrate this milestone with a look back at some of WMRA's more compelling stories from 2016.  Emily Richardson-Lorente introduces us to one classroom in Charlottesville using the building game 'Minecraft' as an educational tool.... Jessie Knadler remembers the day last March that Staunton residents gathered to record for posterity their 'Staunton Stories'.... Jordy Yager tours one Habitat for Humanity home in Charlottesville being built in part by its new resident, a refugee from  Burma.... and, Jordy also observed while Charlottesville residents pretended to be 'poor for a day,' in Piedmont CASA's Poverty Simulation last April.

The Power of Pulsing Light

Mar 23, 2017
Wikipedia Commons

On this episode of Our Island Universe: How Henrietta Swan Leavitt used her observations of the light intensity of stars to solve the riddle of distance in our universe.

Public Domain

The NPR Politics team was able to live blog during the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. This blog features highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

The 23rd annual Virginia Festival of the Book kicks off Wednesday, March 22 in Charlottesville with some pre-festival events planned for as early as Tuesday evening. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae spoke with organizers and several authors for this preview of what attendees can expect.

Architect of the Capitol

NPR will provide live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee’s public hearing on the investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. This live blog will include streaming video of the proceedings, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler examines the not-so-hidden world of art theft.... Emily Richardson-Lorente attends a celebration of women in Charlottesville on International Women's Day.... Faith Pinho explores the legacy of cemetery segregation in Lexington (a story from June up for an award from the Society of Professional Journalists in the radio news category).... and, we review the week in Virginia politics.

Something's Missing...

Mar 16, 2017
National Science Foundation

On this episode of Our Island Universe: How Vera Rubin discovered Dark Matter.

Courtesy of Joy Lynn Davis

Where does the art you enjoy in any given exhibit come from?  The Department of Art and Art History at Washington and Lee in Lexington collaborated with the University’s Roger Mudd Center for Ethics to host a conference in early March that looks at the ethics of acquiring cultural heritage objects around the globe. It’s an open secret in the art world that many objects are stolen. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler filed this report.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Last Wednesday was International Women’s Day. To celebrate, local organizers held a march in Harrisonburg from the Rockingham County Administration Building to a rally at Court Square on Saturday. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz filed this report.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Little Green Men

Mar 9, 2017
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On this episode of Our Island Universe: We celebrate Jocelyn Bell Burnell and her discovery of Pulsars.

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