Arts & Culture

Virginia's Slave Trade History
4:31 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

To Be Sold

Credit Library of Virginia, 1812

The Library of Virginia is preparing for a groundbreaking exhibition on the U.S. domestic slave trade that existed after the newly formed American nation outlawed the transatlantic slave trade. 

Richmond was a key player in the pipeline to buy and sell human beings, and some historians believe it sent more slaves to the Deep South than were initially transported across the Atlantic Ocean. 

The “To Be Sold” exhibition begins with the paintings of an English artist who was horrified by what he saw during a visit to Richmond.

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Station Promotions Entry
2:35 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Spread the Word Campaign


WVTF and RADIO IQ are asking  all of our listeners to help spread the word about public radio.

When you hear something really interesting, maybe a news feature, a commentary, an entire program…tell a friend, tell a co-worker, and let them know what you heard on your  NPR member station.

Help us spread the word about the importance of public radio WVTF and RADIO IQ in our community.

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Feature Reporting
2:10 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Wild Goose Church

Wild Goose Church, Floyd County

A new church in southwestern Virginia is looking to local culture to inspire its congregation. It celebrates the Appalachian spirit of community and practicality best demonstrated by potluck dinners and conversation, followed by music and dancing. The new church, called “Wild Goose,” opened earlier this year in a remote part of Floyd County. Robbie Harris prepared this report.


Edwin Lacey is part preacher, part musician.  That gave him an idea for this abandoned church in the mountains of Southwest Virginia.  

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Maintaining & Researching Family Plots
9:59 am
Mon March 31, 2014

The Graves of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway, Floyd County

There are about 70 graveyards along the Blue Ridge Parkway from around Roanoke south to the North Carolina border. Back in the 30s the state bought the land and “homeplaces” and then in turn donated it to the federal government for the parkway.

Steven Kidd, an Archeologist for the Blue Ridge Parkway, says they are now wanting to both maintain and research the family plots.

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For Curd Nerds
9:16 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Cheese Whiz

There are now 250 vineyards in Virginia feeding the state’s appreciation for wine, and to go with the grape, there’s a growing cheese trade here.  

It’s Sunday, and 27-year-old Nadjeeb Chouaf is preaching the gospel of good cheese – leading members of the Afton Mountain Vineyard  Club in a wine and cheese tasting event – one of  three scheduled for this afternoon alone.  He offers freshly cut wedges with a word of introduction:

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