Humanities Week Event
1:57 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Emergency Poems

Credit Keicy Tolbert via UVA

In an emergency, some people turn to drink, while others rely on prayer, but for a small and committed group at the University of Virginia, there’s nothing better in a crisis than poetry.  

 It was a warm spring night on the University of Virginia campus, and dozens of students and faculty members had gathered outside to celebrate Humanities Week and the power of poetry to soothe and console in a crisis. 

Professors Lisa Russ Spaar, Michael Levinson , Clare Kinney and Stephen Cushman organized the event and offered personal definitions of the emergency poem.
 

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Canaries in the Coal Mine?
1:40 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Threatened Fish May Be Health Indicator

Credit August Rode/Flickr via Chesapeake Bay Program

Virginia and other Chesapeake Bay States are under orders from the EPA to reduce the amount of phosphorous and nitrogen going into our rivers and streams, but a new report adds urgency to the cause. 

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and other environmental groups have a new ally – a fish. 

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Allison Aubrey is a correspondent for NPR News. Aubrey is a 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards nominee for her broadcast radio coverage of food and nutrition. And, along with her colleagues on The Salt, winner of a 2012 James Beard Award for best food blog. Her stories can be heard on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She's also host of the NPR video series Tiny Desk Kitchen.

Through her reporting Aubrey can focus on her curiosities about food and culture. She has investigated the nutritional, and taste, differences between grass fed and corn feed beef. Aubrey looked into the hype behind the claims of antioxidants in berries and the claim that honey is a cure-all for allergies.

VCU's Little Miracles
5:22 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Twins Survive Historic Separation Surgery

VCU

A progress update of the first- ever phased separation of conjoined twins sharing vital organs indicates both girls are doing just fine. The six-month-olds, A'zhari and A'zhiah Jones, spent their first full day completely separated at Virginia Commonwealth University after doctors performed a complex procedure that now allows them to live apart on the same liver.

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Virginia State University Hazing Charges
5:08 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

2nd Body Pulled from Appomatox River

A massive community search is over, after police found the body of a second Virginia State University student in the Appomattox River.

The two victims – both 19-year-old freshmen – apparently drowned during what police are calling a hazing ritual. 

Four men, ranging in age from 19 to 35, are charged with hazing after seven Virginia State University students attempted to cross the Appomattox River just after midnight Saturday. 

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Andy Carvin (andycarvin.com, @acarvin on Twitter) leads NPR's social media strategy and is NPR's primary voice on Twitter, and Facebook, where NPR became the first news organization to reach one million fans. He also advises NPR staff on how to better engage the NPR audience in editorial activities in order to further the quality and diversity of NPR's journalism.

During his time at NPR, Carvin has been interviewed on numerous NPR programs, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, Tell Me More and The Diane Rehm Show, as an expert on Internet policy and culture and related topics.

Passive House Green Design
10:42 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Malcolm Rosenberg Hillel Center at VT

Virginia Tech

Doors officially opened this week at the new home of Hillel at Virginia Tech.  These centers for Jewish student life are familiar to many college campuses across the country.  

Virginia Tech’s new Malcolm Rosenberg Hillel Center will not only be a gathering place for study and celebration, it will be a legacy for the next generation.
 

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Hansi Lo Wang is a reporter covering race, ethnicity, and culture for NPR's new Code Switch team.

Based in Washington, D.C., he previously served as a production assistant for NPR's Weekend Edition and was awarded the NPR Kroc Fellowship, during which he reported for NPR's National Desk and Seattle public radio station KUOW.

A Philadelphia native, Wang founded a radio reporting program for high school students in Philadelphia's Chinatown in 2008. He has also worked as a refugee housing coordinator.

4th Amendment Protections
5:16 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Public Safety & Constitutional Rights

Credit Charles Krupa/AP via NPR

In the wake of the Boston bombings, many people have praised the work of police, who killed one suspect and arrested a second after conducting a door-to-door search in one part of the city, but here in Virginia a civil liberties watchdog is raising questions. 

The head of the Rutherford Institute says Boston became a police state, and Americans abandoned their constitution.  

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Government & Politics
5:00 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

What is Freedom?

A study by the George Mason University Mercatus  Center ranks Virginia 8th among the 50 states in overall freedom. 

Analysts examined a wide range of public policies and categories to create an index that measures both personal and economic freedoms. 

The authors admit that views vary about what constitutes freedom, so they posted the raw data online to enable other analyses.  Co-author and Assistant Professor of Political Science Jason Sorens is from the University of Buffalo.  He ranks Virginia 6th in economic freedom.

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