Arts & Culture

In 1974 the average new home in the U.S. was just shy of 1,700 square feet. By 2014 the average new home size was over 2,600 square feet.  Even with that trend there is an opposing one where homes are shrinking to sizes smaller than the average living room.

Today, we meet Karl and Hari Berzins who, along with their two children, live in a Floyd County home that's only 8 feet by 21 feet in total size.

Virginia Resident is Guardian of the Flame

Jul 20, 2015
http://specialolympicsva.org/who-we-are/news/meet-josh-norris

Josh Norris is among the 140 thousand people in Virginia living with an intellectual disability. Since he was a kid, Josh has been a Special Olympics athlete, starting with basketball and eventually finding his greatest pleasure in track and field. He has an impressive running resume, including three marathons, but his greatest challenge is yet to come. 

Those who say Virginia—and Richmond—are still fighting the Civil War need only look at current state policy changes and debates over the Confederate flag and monuments to back up their claims. 

And now while the home of the Confederacy and former slave-trading hub will soon be home to one of the most watched sporting events in the world, some say that as the country discusses racial diversity and equality, the event's organizers will be promoting and embracing the ugliest chapter in American history.  

It’s been more than 20 years since construction workers at Virginia Commonwealth University unearthed the remains of about fifty people in an old well near the Medical College of Virginia.  Historians believe they were the bones of former slaves, whose bodies were stolen from local cemeteries for dissection by medical students. 

Photo: Janet Moore

For decades now, opera houses have tried to attract new fans to an art form that’s historically drawn a wealthy older crowd.  

 The English National Opera sends whole orchestras into schools – hoping to wow kids.  In Knoxville, the opera hosts cocktail parties where performers mingle with guests and break into song.    The Ash Lawn Opera in Charlottesville has tried several tactics to win the hearts and minds of people under 60.       

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