On Friday, June 7 from 5-7 PM, join NPR, WVTF and Radio IQ, and New City Arts for "Rhizomatic," a new photo installation by Megan Bent. The display is at the WVTF and Radio IQ Studio Gallery in Charlottesville.

I was born in New York City and raised outside of Detroit.  I graduated from Michigan State University in 2007 with an Honor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism and then took a reporting job in southern Illinois.   I worked there for about five months before taking over as the News and Sports Director at two stations in central Minnesota.  After two-and-a-half years in the frigid cold, I accepted the position at WBAA in June of 2010.  I have really enjoyed my time working in the West Lafayette area.    I love being out in the community covering a wide range of events from school board and city council meetings to elections and football and basketball games.

Belly Up to the Bug Bar
4:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Cicadas on the Menu

Chocolate-Covered Cicadas

As the 17-year cicadas emerge from the ground, millions of birds will be feasting – and a few people plan to join the party.  They're  harvesting, cooking and eating these insects which experts say are high in protein, and low in fat and cholesterol.  Clever cooks have even incorporated cicadas into tacos and pizza, sushi, chili and chocolate chip cookies.

Experts say that due to the prolific use of pesticides it is not recommended to eat any bug without knowing its origins are safe.

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Community Service & Volunteerism
4:45 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

D-Day Memorial in Bedford Plans Memorial Day Tribute

Credit National D-Day Memorial

Many Virginians will enjoy picnics and getting together with friends and family this holiday weekend.  And some will find the time to remember the true meaning behind Memorial Day. 

The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford will begin its Memorial Weekend festivities with a patriotic concert Saturday night.  April Cheek-Messier is Co-president of the memorial.

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From Krueger Pond
1:34 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Building Bridges

If you listen to our programs on a regular basis, you know Gerry Krueger – the Albemarle County resident who has spent much of her life watching and writing about the geese on a pond near her home, including one disabled bird named Charlie. 

She also taught school and tutored children with special needs, like Sean, who lived with his deaf mother and struggled to speak, read and write. 

Today, she’s retired from teaching but has not stopped writing about the birds and about Sean.


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UVA Nursing Student
1:12 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

A Lesson in Nursing: Comforting Care

The most meaningful times in our lives might last only a few minutes, but they are memorable.

Take this story, for example, from UVA nursing student Mary Lacy Grecco.  She was helping to care for patients at a local assisted living facility -- among them, a frail, 94-year-old woman from Fluvanna.

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UVA Nursing Student
12:59 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

A Lesson in Nursing: Facing the End

One of the most challenging things for medical professionals is learning to accept the ultimate defeat-- the inability to keep a patient alive.

As a UVA nursing student, Kim Proesser says one patient taught her how to care for dying patients with joy and respect.

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UVA Nursing Student
12:42 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

A Lesson in Pediatric Nursing

It might be natural to consider the death of a young person as particularly tragic-- the loss of so much life to come. 

But University of Virginia nursing student May Peng learned from one of her pediatric patients that there are things to remember and celebrate, even when death comes early.

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