With Good Reason
The Innocence Project07/02/15
Deirdre Enright is perhaps best known to fans of the super-popular podcast Serial as the legal sleuth questioning the guilt of convicted murderer Adnan Syed. As director of the University of Virginia's Innocence Project, Enright has a front row view...
America the Beautiful
From Marian Anderson’s 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial to Marvin Gaye’s singing of the National Anthem at the NBA Finals, the theme of patriotism can be heard throughout African American music. Benjamin Ross offers selections from this rich...
What Would You Do
f you swipe a stranger’s car and nobody sees, what do you do? Do you leave a note? Do you track the owner down? Bill Hawk and Erica Lewis (James Madison University) give coping strategies for deciding what to do when faced with an ethical dilemma....
Marking Stories of Slavery
Plantations in America’s South are physical testaments to the great wealth accrued through slave labor. Yet, Stephen Hanna (University of Mary Washington) has found that plantation museums often gloss over that economic history in favor of more...
Nuts and Bolts Our Brains on Stem
hat if you could change not just how much you know, but your actual intelligence? Psychologist Oliver Hill (Virginia State University) says special cognitive training can rewire the way brains work and help kids succeed in math and science. And:...
When Frances Mayes moved to Tuscany, she left behind her family and roots in Fitzgerald, Georgia. In her new memoir Under Magnolia, the renowned author of Under the Tuscan Sun returns to her hometown to explore her coming of age in the Deep South....
How to Save A City
The first 24 hours after a city declares bankruptcy, there’s a reckoning: what gets to stay and what has to go. Frank Shafroth (George Mason University) walks us through what it’s like when a major city goes bankrupt and gives insight into the future...
Bringing Home the War Dead
Before the Korean War, the bodies of American soldiers killed in conflicts abroad were buried in overseas cemeteries. But the nature of the conflict in Korea changed that. Brad Coleman (Virginia Military Institute) says the Korean War brought about...
Veterans Comedy Bootcamp Feature
A new course is teaching veterans the art of stand-up comedy. “Veterans Comedy Bootcamp” is designed for vets with PTSD and combat-related injuries. Lilia Fuquen reports that the innovative program was launched by students at the College of William...
Imagining Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono is best known for her marriage to John Lennon and was vilified by the press in the 1960s for her perceived role in the breakup of the Beatles. Kevin Concannon (Virginia Tech), an expert on Ono’s work, notes she was an accomplished and...
Mr. Turner and the Industrial Revolution
The critically acclaimed film Mr. Turner examines the life and work of the British Romanticist painter J.M.W. Turner, whose style earned him the informal title “the painter of light.” Historian William Rodner (Tidewater Community College) is the...
Messages from a Forgotten Troopship - Harmon Adams
In the 1960s, it took almost three weeks to cross the sea from America to Vietnam. Three weeks for young men in crowded cabins, with salt water showers and absolutely nothing to do but think: about home, about the war, and about what’s next. For some,...
Kremlin to Kremlin
Joseph Roane, an agronomist trained at Virginia State University, was part of a group of African American expatriates who were encouraged by the Stalinist government in the 1930s to work in the Soviet Union building a society free of class and racism....
The late poet Lucille Clifton was widely acclaimed for her powerful explorations of race, womanhood, and spirituality. She was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and received the Robert Frost Medal for lifetime achievement posthumously, from the Poetry...
Dragons of Inaction
For this Earth Day, we’re taking the planet’s pulse—and our own. Robert Gifford (University of Victoria) explains the dragons of inaction that keep us from changing our behaviors, even if we know they’re bad for the environment. And: Edward Maibach...
Just after finishing college at the University of Virginia, Alexis Ohanian, with his friend Steve Huffman, created Reddit. Designed to be the front page of the Internet, Reddit is now one of the most talked about and influential spots on the web....
Secrecy in the Sunshine Era
In the 1970s, a series of laws ushered in a new “sunshine era” of unprecedented government transparency. In his new book Secrecy in the Sunshine Era, Jason Ross Arnold (Virginia Commonwealth University) investigates how, despite these reforms,...
Call it affordable, sustainable transportation. Call it public health. Ralph Buehler (Virginia Tech), in his book City Cycling, emphasizes that bicycling shouldn’t be limited to those who are trained, fit, and daring enough to battle traffic on busy...
The Monarch Massacre
Some say Monarchs, considered the “king” of the butterflies, are the most beautiful of all butterflies. But the Monarchs could soon end up on the endangered species list. Tatyana Lobova (Old Dominion University) is part of a national effort to provide...
The Madam Next Door
There’s a small town in Idaho where prostitution was practiced openly—in effect, decriminalized. The practice was tolerated, even embraced, until 1991. Heather Branstetter (Virginia Military Institute) has been interviewing local residents,...
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