Music
10:11 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Holiday Programming on WVTF

Spend your holidays with us!  WVTF presents special programming into the new year.  Join us for excellent performances near and far.   From the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra to a grand presentation of Handel's Messiah, we have the sounds of the season thanks to your support.  Thank you, listeners.  

Sunday, December 14th and Sunday, December 21st

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Greene Primary School
4:00 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Child Handcuffed and School Policies Questioned

Greene County is buzzing this week over a surprising confrontation at one of its schools.  A four-year-old kid with attention deficit disorder caused a ruckus in the pre-K classroom, and when the principal could not restore calm, the local sheriff handcuffed the child and took him away in a squad car.

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WVTF Book Club Books – 2014:

A classic of Chesapeake Bay literature, Tom Horton's An Island Out of Time chronicles the three years Horton and his family spent on Smith Island, a marshy archipelago in the middle of Maryland's famous estuary. The result is an intimate portrait of a deeply traditional community that lived much as their ancestors did three hundred years before, attuned to the habits of blue crab, oyster, and waterfowl.

Virginia Public Access Project
7:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

VaNews: Rocket Safety, Repurposed Coal Waste

A farmer who lives near the NASA launch site on Virginia's Eastern shore has some safety concerns after a rocket exploded there a few weeks ago...and a new company is cleaning up waste coal in Southwest Virginia and selling it as fuel. 

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link.

    

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Air & Water Quality
3:47 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Public Meeting Over Environmental Concerns at Radford Arsenal

Credit www.epa.gov

The Radford Army Ammunitions Plant opened in the 1940s, making arms and propellants for the military and creating jobs in the region.

When it was built, the Arsenal as it’s known, was miles from population centers, but not anymore.  New communities have sprung up in recent years. And concerns about pollution by the plant have also been growing.

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"They Blamed the Victim"
3:17 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

UVA Students Continue Dialogue on Sexual Assault, PTSD, and Irresponsible Journalism

Credit Photo: Hawes Spencer

In the wake of Rolling Stone renouncing its own story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, some students say that Jackie, the undergraduate at the center of the storm, has been abused-- this time by the magazine.

"We are trying to stop a culture of blaming the victim, but that's exactly what they did: they blamed the victim."

That's Jacob Irby, as he meets up with members of a student singing group along Rugby Road. Another, Frank Song, says the article carved a path of destruction by portraying administrators and students as indifferent to rape.

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Didi Schanche is deputy senior supervising editor on NPR's award-winning International Desk. She also is NPR's Africa and Latin America editor.

A journalist since 1981, Schanche landed her first reporting job as freelance correspondent for The Jerusalem Post in Cairo, Egypt. She returned to the United States and got a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1982. With the ultimate goal of becoming a foreign correspondent, Schanche spent several months banging on doors and was hired by The Associated Press as a reporter based in Montgomery, Ala. After two years, she was transferred to the foreign desk at AP headquarters in New York. Two years later, she was sent to Nairobi, Kenya, to cover East Africa.

Publication Backs Off Story
3:46 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Rolling Stone Says Trust In Source Was "Misplaced"

Credit Rolling Stone Graphic

The editor of Rolling Stone is casting doubt on a University of Virginia student’s account of being gang-raped at a fraternity party.

The account was published in a lengthy article in Rolling Stone last month and has put a spotlight on the issue of sexual assault on college campuses in the U.S.

Here’s the statement by Rolling Stone, saying there now appear to be discrepancies in the account given by the woman identified only as “Jackie.”
 

Rolling Stone | December 5, 2014

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Open Mic
11:21 am
Fri December 5, 2014

The Christmas Present

Sarvay Family & Tree

When I was growing up, my parents never took down our Christmas tree. It was a synthetic tree from the 1960s, its faded green branches plasticine and matted, imbued with the soot, tobacco, and laughter of the dozens of Christmases it had presided over, making no pretense of being an actual tree. It was bejeweled/smothered with a cacophany of lights- indoor and outdoor, colored and clear, blinking, non-blinking, and chasing. It was frenetic and tacky, more Jackson Pollack than Norman Rockwell, but we wouldn't have changed a thing about it. 

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