Each January, advocates across Virginia conduct the annual homeless census. Part of the population that’s often difficult to count are people who are doubled-up with relatives or living in hotels. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp spent time with one family who experienced this kind of homelessness and brings you their story.
In the last year, Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs have grown substantially. Free and open to anyone with an internet connection, MOOCs provide an opportunity for professional development and personal enrichment.
It’s the New Year and many people are setting goals to accomplish in 2015. For Richmond-area non-profits, their projects may get a little easier with the opening of the city’s Community ToolBank. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.
More than 50 musicians and eight years of work went into The Christmas Project, a new recording from Samson Trinh and the Upper East Side Big Band. Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp has more on the collaborative effort to create new holiday classics.
Listen to the broadcast version of this story on 88.9 WCVE on Thursday, December 25th at 8:44 a.m. and 5:44 p.m.
Across the country, communities are organizing a new way to shop for loved ones during the holidays. Instead of offering material items, alternative gift fairs provide opportunities to help people in need and local charitable causes. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more from Charlottesville.
Students at the University of Richmond are participating in a unique project that’s taken them out of the classroom and into a parking lot. Blending art, archeology, land use and sustainability, the course is provoking dialogue about the built environment and public spaces. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.
More than a decade ago, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation constructed the Merrill Center, one of the world’s most energy efficient buildings. Now the group is setting an even higher standard with its new Brock Environmental Center. From Virginia Beach, Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
The holidays bring family, friends and coworkers together for big meals, parties and annual traditions. But some Virginia residents are finding that year-round hospitality is helping enrich their lives and build community.
Critics describe the work of Richmond-based author Meg Medina as nuanced, empowering, realistic and unflinching. Strong, female characters are at the center of her award-winning books that examine migration, bullying and cultural identity. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.
After a long disappearance, hard cider is making a comeback in the Commonwealth. Often created from organic and heirloom apples, nearly a dozen cideries across the state are creating the fermented libation. Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp takes you to one of them, Richmond’s Blue Bee Cider.