Arts & Culture

Chincoteague Pony Swim Celebrates 90 Years

Jul 22, 2015

This month marks the 90th year the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company's Saltwater Cowboys run their annual pony swim. The wild ponies, whose Spanish lineage dates back centuries, are moved from Assateague and Chincoteague Islands, to the fire company's carnival grounds where a selection of foals are auctioned off. But unless there's a fire, rounding up cowboys is sometimes more difficult than ponies.

At a booth to the entrance to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, park ranger Naomi Belton collects park fees and gives directions to the best places to see them.

Karl and Hari Berzins, along with their two children, live in a tiny home in Floyd County. Their whole home is smaller in square footage than the average living room. Much of the material is reclaimed: the roof, siding, and interior wood. In part two of our tiny home visit, we learn no space goes unused.


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

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.