These are trying times for musicians as large gatherings have been outlawed. Virginia Folklife has created TRAIN: Teachers of Remote Arts Instruction Network in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and …
Poetry that Heals
To some, poetry and medicine seem like opposites. But both science and poetry use language to understand deeper truths about the human condition.
Wearing Down The Appalachian Trail
Not all Americans have been welcomed to enjoy the great outdoors. A discussion on the racist past of America’s national parks, plus the overlooked history of the Appalachian Trail.
Local news and investigative journalism are vital to our democracy. But are they in trouble? Guests weigh in on the future of the newspaper.
Mountains in Harmony
The singing of former Appalachian coal miner and preacher Frank Newsome exemplifies the oldest, English-language religious music passed down orally in America. And there’s a mountain range in Romania where coal mining communities share a lot in common with Appalachia.
Finding Classroom Success
From racial disparity and poverty to shyness, students face a lot of obstacles heading into college. But some professors are finding new ways to support them and forge a path to success.
The Saving Grace of Spring Rolls
By Nora Pehrson Growing up in the 1970s in College Park, Maryland with a Vietnamese-born mother and an American-born father, Virginia Humanities Fellow Kim O’Connell’s experience of identity has always …
Portraits of American Poetry
This past May, the world celebrated the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman. He remains one of the great American poets, a brilliant figure in the American imagination that he came, …
The Case for the First African American at UVA’s School of Law, in Newspapers
In our show “Roses in December,” Jennifer Ritterhouse shares the story of Sarah Patton “Pattie” Boyle and her transformation from segregationist to ardent desegregationist in mid-20th century Virginia. Boyle’s desegregation …
Furious Flower: The Soundtrack
For our show “Furious Flower: A Celebration of the Greats of African American Poetry” Joanne Gabbin, the founder of Furious Flower, joins us in studio along with Lauren Alleyne to …