Arts & Culture

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The term “bird brain” is used to imply stupidity, but a new book by Jennifer Ackerman suggests our feathered friends are anything but. It's called the Genius of Birds. Since childhood, when she had a pet parakeet named Grisgris, Jennifer Ackerman has marveled at the intelligence of birds. Ackerman says, “At breakfast time he would sit on the edge of my cereal bowl and peck at my cereal, and the milk would splash, so I would take to barricades of boxes around my cereal bowl, and this bird...

Last month, Wisconsin Public Radio decided to end production of Whad'Ya Know . For more than a quarter of a century, Michael Feldman's quick wit and timely humor brought the Midwest to Virginia with comedy, conversation, music and current events. Saturday April 16th at noon, we are introducing Ask Me Another to our WVTF listeners to replace Whad'Ya Know on our schedule. Ask Me Another brings the lively spirit and healthy competition of your favorite trivia night right to your ears. With a...

TEDxRVA: Artful 2016 Preview

Apr 6, 2016

The fourth annual TEDxRVA is happening this Friday in downtown Richmond.

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Brian Phelps grew up outside of Richmond in the 1990s , and he says the Confederate flag was a big part of people’s lives in his community. “Being from the Richmond area, we have a strong southern heritage—a lot of people like to call it—and I was like any kid that grew up in my area and kind of always had this ‘it's heritage not hate kind of concept.’” But when Brian was in middle school, something changed. He says it happened when he was alone in his room, listening to a BB King CD he had...

Redemption Alley

Mar 21, 2016

People who struggle with addiction often turn to Alcoholics Anonymous to help them kick the habit, but a Virginia man is touting another cure – bowling. Bob Perry is the subject of a new book that chronicles his trip to the top of the nation’s competitive bowling mountain, his literal fall into the gutter and his remarkable return to the sport. Sandy Hausman spoke with him at the Kegler Lanes in Charlottesville. Bob Perry was a junior bowling champ in New Jersey at the age of 12 – scheduled...

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