Arts & Culture

Thriving Forests
3:45 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Garlic Mustard Pesto: Recipe For Defeating Invasive Species?

You’ve probably seen it in your garden, along roadways, just about everywhere: Garlic Mustard.  It’s an invasive plant that stealthily out-competes native species, threatening the diversity of forests in many parts of the country. But what if there were a recipe to change that?

They don’t call it garlic mustard for nothing. Rachel Collins is Associate Professor of Biology at Roanoke College. 

“The chemical that it’s making that smells like garlic is one of these herbivore defense chemicals like basil and all the other yummy flavors in bail and mint.”

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Arts & Culture
3:02 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

More to the Tour: Slave History at Virginia's Plantations

In addition to museums, battlegrounds and presidential homes, tourists find history at dozens of plantations that are open to the public. 

Often they learn about the big, elegant homes at the heart of those properties – about the people who lived there, but how do mannerly tour guides introduce the harsh subject of slavery?

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Political Literature
10:49 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Former Journalist Brings Political Reality to New Fictional Novel

When it comes to writing about controversial current events, sometimes fiction can go where journalism cannot.  A novel by a former journalist examines political corruption and the misdeeds of the powerful.  And while it may be a work of fiction, its author says it’s based on real events, people and places. 

“I had to change a lot of names, so I had that liberty to flesh things out, to make them larger than life and, of course, to make them dramatic.”

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Arts & Culture
9:37 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

The Stories We Hold: Roanoke Exhibit Sheds Light on Those Seeking Care in Times of Crisis

Credit Laura Weeks

Speaking with people who spend their days in shelters throughout cities can yield powerful, heartbreaking, and sometimes surprising narratives. One Roanoke photojournalist did just that for a project aimed at depicting those going through a difficult time in a different light. 

"I was never the type to judge a book by its cover. I was always the book that got judged. Everyone is fighting their own battles."

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Arts & Culture
9:21 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Ancient Race Relations Explained through Art

A Greek Head Vase recently acquired by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Credit VMFA

There’s big excitement in Richmond over a surprising find - a work of art that carries an important message from the cradle of Western civilization.  Here’s what the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts bought from a dealer in London. 

In modern times, it’s common to hear conversations about race relations, but less is known about how people who looked different got along in ancient times. 

Now comes a work of art that offers an important clue. Peter Schertz is a curator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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