Susan Jane Gilman, whose reviews and commentaries can be heard regularly on All Things Considered, is a journalist, fiction writer and bestselling author of three nonfiction books: Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress, Kiss My Tiara: How to Rule the World as a SmartMouth Goddess and, most recently, Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, a memoir about a naive and disastrous trek Gilman made through Communist China in 1986.

Gilman has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Ms., Us, The Village Voice, The New York Observer and Real Simple, among others.

Andrei Codrescu (www.codrescu.com) has been a commentator on All Things Considered since 1983. He is an homme-de-lettres whose novels, essays and poetry have been infiltrating the American psyche since he emigrated from his native Romania to Detroit in 1965. He is the author of forty books of poetry, fiction, and essays, and the founder of Exquisite Corpse.

Virginia Tech's Stadium Woods
12:07 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Safe For Now

Friends of Stadium Woods

A plan for a new indoor football practice space at Virginia Tech will be recommended to the Board of Visitors at its meeting on Monday.  The controversial building proposal has environmentalists concerned that the adjacent old growth forest could be at risk.

Under the plan that will be recommended by the University, a new football practice building will be go in where an outdoor practice field now sits -- between Lane Stadium and an old growth stand of trees known as Stadium Woods.  The much loved, eleven acre forest  was once on the list of potential sites for the new facility.

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Law & Crime
4:41 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Fairness Urged for Death Penalty Cases

Virginia’s laws and processes in administering the death penalty can and should be improved.  That’s according to a report unveiled through a project sponsored by the American Bar Association.

The goal of the Death Penalty Assessment Team’s findings is to reduce the risk of wrongful conviction or execution.

The purpose of the report was not to oppose or support capital punishment, according to Team member and former Attorney General Mark Earley.

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4:20 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

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Government & Politics
11:11 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Immigration Reform Rally Calls on Rep. Cantor

Virginia Organizing Members Meet with Congressman Eric Cantor's legislative director to talk about immigration.
Credit Virginia Organizing

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is being heavily lobbied by two sets of constituents who are at opposite ends of a polarizing debate.

One wants him to push for a vote next month on comprehensive immigration reform, while the other wants him to be steadfast, refuse to capitulate, and push to reinforce U.S. borders.

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U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee
10:47 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Sen. Kaine Speaks Out on Syria

Chairman Menendez presides over a hearing with Secretary Kerry, Secretary Hagel and General Dempsey on the situation in Syria.
Credit U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine has cast a vote supporting President Obama’s request to use military force in Syria.

Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee spent hours this week weighing classified intelligence about the Syrian regime while also discussing ways to tweak a new compromise authorization measure putting limits on the president’s initial request. Kaine says it’s in America’s interest to support the international ban on chemical weapons.

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono
4:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Imagine Peace: Virginia Exhibits

Yoko Ono - Cut Piece 1964 Performed by the artist on March 21, 1965 Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, NY Photo by Minoru Niizuma, Courtesy of Yoko Ono

Many people remember Yoko Ono for her connection to the Beatles.  But a Virginia Tech Professor says she’s always been a major contemporary artist in her own right, whose groundbreaking work is still relevant today. 

Two Exhibitions on Ono’s long career open next week at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke and the Armory Gallery at Virginia Tech. 

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Erin Williams has joined St Louis Public Radio as a Fellowship Producer, where she will be creating stories centered around regional race matters, as well as diversity and culture. Prior to arriving in St. Louis, Erin Worked as an editorial aide and staff writer at The Washington Post, covering arts, culture, and entertainment for the Style section and was a reporter for the site The Root âââ

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