Birthplace of Robert E. Lee
10:05 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Ancient Whale Skull Found in Virginia

Stratford Hall's Jon Bachman walks the cliffs near the dig.

The recent discovery of a prehistoric whale skeleton along the shore of the Potomac River may help scientists understand life and climate change millions of years ago during the Miocene Epoch. The dig lies 150 feet below ancient cliffs at Virginia's Stratford Hall, the birthplace of General Robert E. Lee.

Wading along this pristine shoreline, over fallen trees and under ancient cliffs Jon Bachman, who works at Stratford Hall was with a group of scientists in June when he found the 15 million-year-old whale skull.

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Diabetes and Vision
4:00 am
Thu August 8, 2013

CavCam Diagnoses Eye Damage

Diabetes is a dangerous disease that can lead to blindness, but some people don’t know they have it, and others refuse to make changes needed to prevent complications.   

Now, an eye doctor at the University of Virginia has come up with a relatively cheap and easy way to diagnose eye damage and to motivate patients.

For more than a decade, Dr. Paul Yates has been searching for a camera that could help him examine the backs of patients’ eyes.  The quest began during his years as a resident at Harvard.

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Anastasia Tsioulcas is an Associate Producer for NPR Music. In this role she is responsible for producing, blogging and occasional reporting on classical and world music.

Tsioulcas is co-host of NPR's classical music blog, Deceptive Cadence, and also produces live concert webcasts, ranging from Member Station co-productions to other live concerts and special events, including Field Recordings and Tiny Desk Concerts, that she's helped curate and produce.

Law & Crime
4:39 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Cracking Down on Computer Crimes

A bill that would have helped crackdown on Internet predators that was shot down during the last General Assembly session is now being restructured so that it has a chance of survival NEXT session. 

The bill's co-sponsor believes the measure would give law enforcement a much-needed tool to pursue and prosecute those who might otherwise get away with the unthinkable.

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Liz Jones is a general assignment reporter with a focus on immigration and diversity issues. Her work has taken her to central Mexico, where she produced an award-winning documentary about immigration and indigenous communities.

Previously, Liz worked as an editor and writer for Oxygen Media in New York.

One of Liz’s greatest challenges is staying put. She’s lived in Spain and Peru and loves to travel. But she finds a good radio story can often satisfy the travel bug – you get to meet new people, make sense out of something unfamiliar and find creative ways to communicate.

Her work has been heard on NPR and other national programs, including The World, Latino USA and Weekend America.

Arts & Culture
4:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Trail of the Lonesome Pine

Jason Barnette

A novel set in southwestern Virginia was enormously popular when it came out – in 1908.  “Trail of the Lonesome Pine” is the story of a young engineer who goes to that mountain region to develop its underground resources.  He finds himself in the middle of a blood feud between two powerful local clans ---and falls deeply in love with one of their daughters.  

The novel, based on true events, has been made into a move three times. The 1936 version starred Henry Fonda and Fred McMurray.  

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The Call for Reform
4:35 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Ethics Issues in the Spotlight

State Republicans are responding to a call by one of their own for a special session on ethics reform in light of the scandals now plaguing both the Governor's office and the gubernatorial campaign. 

Governor McDonnell had already declined the request by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to call a special session. Now House GOP leaders say they also prefer to wait until January’s regular session to take up ethics reform. 

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Mini-Med School at UVA
4:00 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Adventures in Health Care

Credit University of Virginia School of Medicine

In these last weeks of summer, faculties are gearing up for the onslaught of college students, but at the University of Virginia there’s great excitement about another group – community residents with an interest in medicine. 

Each year, UVA organizes a free seven-week program that gives the average person a behind-the-scenes look at what really goes on in medical school.

Before starting Hotcakes, a busy restaurant in Charlottesville, Keith Rosenfeld gave serious consideration to medical study.

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Big Stone Gap
4:00 am
Tue August 6, 2013

End of An Era: Mutual Drug Closing

It’s the end of the line for the last privately owned drug store –slash- cafeteria in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. “Mutual Pharmacy” was immortalized in the novel, “Home to Big Stone Gap” as the beating heart of a fictional mountain community in southwestern Virginia.

People are flocking in to say their goodbyes on the last day before Mutual Pharmacy and Cafeteria closes its doors for good after 60 years in downtown Big Stone Gap.  The CVS drug store chain bought the business but not this building, which for now, will add to the growing number of vacant shops here.

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