Arts & Culture

Fiction Speaks for Victims
1:12 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Children of Paradise: A Story of Guyana's Tragedy

Does Fiction have the power to heal the soul?  A new novel about one of the most horrific events of the late twentieth century raises the question. 

“Children of Paradise” is an imagined account of an actual mass suicide at a commune in the jungle of Guyana in 1978.  

A writing professor at Virginia Tech is using the tools of fiction to retell the story in the voices of its victims.  A warning....the events described are disturbing. 

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Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway
4:07 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Jefferson Center Scores Grammy Win

Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway at the Grammy's.

This year’s Grammy awards made for a big win for Roanoke’s Jefferson Center and students of the Music Lab there.  

Lalah Hathaway and the jazz group Snarky Puppy won best R&B Performance, for their song Something--  featured on Snarky Puppy’s new album called Family Dinner Volume One.  It was part of a project that the Jefferson Center recorded, produced and filmed last year on the Shaftman Performance Hall Stage.

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Arts & Culture
11:11 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Gadget Geeks Pursue Passion for Antique Radios

Rebecca Sheir

If you’re tuned in to this station right now, we can probably assume you’re a fan of radio. Listening to radio, that is. But for the 800 or so members of the Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club, or MAARC …when it comes to radios, it’s all about fixing them, cleaning them, restoring them, and collecting them.

Rebecca Sheir is the host of "Metro Connection" on WAMU 88-5 in Washington, D-C.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Printing the Future in 3D

by Beverly Amsler

3-D printers have quickly found a home on many college campuses and businesses in just the past few years.  One such printer in Western Virginia is geared toward educating the public on what the future holds. Star Trek fans are familiar with “replicators”.  You just tell the machine what you want and it immediately appears.  Science might not be that advanced yet but it’s well on its way.

At first glance, the MakerBot Replicator 2, located at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, looks like an ordinary inkjet printer, but. . .

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A Cultural History of American Christmas Songs
2:05 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells & Silent Nights

It is that time of year—when you just might have a Holiday Jingle Ear Worm….maybe you picked it up in a department store, or from a humming co-worker.  Maybe even from this radio station.  'Tis the season for Christmas tunes.

A writer from Appomatox is actually an expert on American Christmas music and with his just-released book, Ronald Lankford attempts to reconcile the sacred and the profane.  He studies music ranging from hymns to warbling chipmunks.

 

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