Collectors have long searched through dusty record bins for an obscure soul album by the group Edge of Daybreak. Newly re-issued, the LP is prized for the quality of music and how it was recorded - inside a Virginia prison. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Earlier this year, Richmond author David Robbins partnered with the Virginia War Memorial on an intensive writing program for veterans and active duty military. The Mighty Pen Project had a big influence on participants and has since expanded. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Learn More: Find out about the Mighty Pen and other Virginia War Memorial programs. For information on future Mighty Pen Project classes, contact Jim Triesler at email@example.com or 804-786-2060.
November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month, a disease that many are calling a “public health crisis.” One of those rallying for change is a Virginia resident who’s living with Alzheimer’s. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
A Virginia Cooperative Extension program is training community members to become ambassadors for a healthy lifestyle. Master Food Volunteers combine their passion for food and health with a commitment to help others. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Learn More: Find out more about the Master Food Volunteer program with Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Fifty years ago, Virginia musician George Jacob started making mallets for percussion instruments. A basement operation grew into the Richmond-based American Drum, which recently partnered with a VCU student to create a signature series of mallets. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Just steps from Old Towne Petersburg, Pocahontas Island was home to one of the earliest free black settlements. Listed as an endangered site by Preservation Virginia, residents are working to document this important history while city planners hope to revitalize an area long-neglected. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
This year’s Richmond Folk Festival is celebrating young artisans and musicians. “Youth Will Be Served” is the theme of the Virginia Folklife area and one of those featured is Richmond-based musician Anhayla. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more.
The UCI World Championships in Richmond have ended, but the event helped bring lasting improvements to the region. Bike lanes are growing and the 50 mile Capital Trail is complete. Another initiative expanded off-road bike trails and created some of the first in the country designed for people with disabilities. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
One of the countries represented at this week’s UCI races is Rwanda. The team’s been steadily developed by former US pro cyclist Jonathan "Jock" Boyer and has become a symbol of hope, change and unity. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
The UCI Road World Championships has sparked an interest in the history of cycling, from the high-wheeled “penny farthing” to high tech racing bikes. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp met with bike historian Jesse McCauley to learn about his passion for these human-powered vehicles and the exhibit he curated at the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design.