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z- Archived Program - The Spark
9 minutes | Dec 9, 2016
Martha Woodroof, The Spark's Final Guest
On this final episode of The Spark : Martha Woodroof agreed to sit down and discuss her life and career... in essence, to be the final guest on The Spark.
9 minutes | Dec 2, 2016
Rita Dove and Her Words
On this episode of The Spark : Rita Dove, former U.S. Poet Laureate and WMRA's December Books & Brews author, discusses her life, poetry and the sound of language.
9 minutes | Nov 25, 2016
Roller Derby and Religion
On this episode of The Spark : “Five Things the Church Can Learn from Women’s Roller Derby” is a Kelly Figueroa-Ray essay for the Huffington Post . Religion-blogger Kelly Figueroa-Ray has a divinity degree from Wesley and also actually does do roller derby --under the rinkname Bible ThumpHer .
9 minutes | Nov 18, 2016
Telling Every Story
On this episode of The Spark : Martha talks with biographer Kate Buford about her new adventure into telling the stories of the worthy and the un-famous.
9 minutes | Nov 11, 2016
The Peace of the Reefs
On this episode of The Spark : Essayist and poet Greg Wrenn has been diving since he was a child growing up in Florida. His new nonfiction book will be what he describes as a, "literary time capsule," describing what it's like to dive amidst the astonishing biodiversity of the reefs of Indonesia's Raja Ampat Archipelago . He wants to write the book, Greg says, because he expects the still-pristine reefs to begin to deteriorate in the next twenty years.
9 minutes | Nov 4, 2016
Cooking Up a Murder Mystery
On this episode of The Spark : Martha speaks with Mollie Cox Bryan, who has gone from pies to murder... at least in her writing. Mollie Cox Bryan , the author of several Mrs. Rowe's cookbooks, now writes mysteries.
9 minutes | Oct 28, 2016
On this episode of The Spark : Martha speaks with Books & Brews author, Chuck McCutcheon, who has worked in Washington for 21 years and has turned himself into an expert on decoding political speak.
9 minutes | Oct 21, 2016
A Poet's Life After Cancer
On this episode of The Spark : Charlotte Matthew’s talks about her third collection of poems, Whistle What Can’t Be Said .
9 minutes | Oct 14, 2016
A Lens to the Heavens
On this episode of The Spark : Martha Woodroof learns more about astrophotography from college senior Daniel Stein. Daniel loves nothing better than spending entire nights photographing the night sky. Daniel Stein's website
9 minutes | Oct 7, 2016
On this episode of The Spark : Waynesboro's Ian MacRae was a bit of a computer wunderkind. He began his first computer business while he was still in high school. Twenty years later EN Computers employs 22 people and has clients all over Virginia.
9 minutes | Sep 30, 2016
Choosing the Writing Life
On this episode of The Spark : Martha speaks with Books & Brews author, Rebecca Kauffman.
10 minutes | Sep 23, 2016
ESPN "Cheat Sheet" Maker
WMRA's Martha Woodroof and college football "spotter" Tony Britt (bonus: also CBS Sports/ESPN legend Brent Musburger) discuss Tony's special "cheat sheets" he developed for ESPN reporters and other sports media pros.
9 minutes | Sep 16, 2016
A Sheepish Way of Life - Part 2
On this episode of The Spark : Hillary 'Bill" Clemmer continues her conversation about a day’s work on a New Zealand sheep station.
9 minutes | Sep 9, 2016
A Sheepish Way of Life - Part 1
On this episode of The Spark : Hillary 'Bill" Clemmer spent several years working mostly alone on isolated New Zealand sheep stations. This is part one of her adventures.
9 minutes | Sep 2, 2016
On this episode of The Spark : Alan Taylor , Pulitzer Prize winning historian, speaks with Martha about his new book, " American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804. "
9 minutes | Aug 26, 2016
From Chocolate to Hope
On this episode of The Spark : Harrisonburg’s Brad Burrow’s business adventures in the world of fair trade chocolate.
9 minutes | Aug 19, 2016
An Operatic Life
On this episode of The Spark : Australian-born Miriam Gordon-Stewart, who sang all over the world before moving to Charlottesville to co-found Victory Hall Opera .
9 minutes | Jul 29, 2016
On this episode of The Spark : Mary Stickley-Godinez, of Countryside Farm and Nursery in Crimora, tells how she and her husband Raul met over plant pruning. And a bit about the art and science of pruning, as well.
9 minutes | Jul 22, 2016
Up On the Roof
On this episode of The Spark : Twenty-one year old Richy Rohrer took his first roofing job for a paycheck. He’s still at it because: a) he likes the challenge of the job; and b) he wants to be as good a roofer as he possibly can be.
9 minutes | Jul 15, 2016
Making Trouble in the Theater
Amanda McRaven was born and raised in Free Union. She’s a country girl, who fell in love with theater at an early age, and now she runs her own company Fugitive Kind in Los Angeles. She’s in Staunton this summer with two of her theater buddies to run Make Trouble Theater , an intensive theater experience for college students.
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