Longtime Richmond resident Emily Kimball has a recipe for a fulfilling life - try new things and be open to failure. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp speaks to Kimball about her outdoor adventures, a new book and hers efforts to combat ageism.
A new book examines the early 20th Century execution of Virginia Christian, a black teen in Hampton Roads who killed her employer. Forsaken is a work of historical fiction and looks at this period of Virginia's past through the lens of a young reporter. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Petersburg has some of the worst health indicators in the state, including high rates of obesity, diabetes and premature deaths. A group of doctors are hoping to treat more people in need through free specialty clinics. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp reports.
Each year during Black History Month, youth from across Greater Richmond take the stage to honor the legacy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A project of the Richmond Peace Education Center, “Generation Dream” showcases young talent and their vision for a more just world. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Learn More: Generation Dream will be performed Sunday, February 21st at 3:00 p.m. at Huguenot High School. More details at the Richmond Peace Education Center's website.
Richmond joins a growing number of cities seeing an increase in backyard chicken keeping. How do residents weave these feathery friends into their urban lives? A new exhibit at the Valentine museum examines the past and present of backyard chickens. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Richmond is one of 20 U.S. cities where young refugees separated from parents or guardians are resettled. They come from 18 different countries, including Somalia, China, Haiti and Honduras. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp brings you the story of one whose journey here was long and dangerous.
Richmond’s police chief shares a vision with local artists and legal advocates. Together, they’re working to reverse high rates of student arrests and provide more opportunities for young people. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more in the second of our two part series.
One of the first stops for the current class of Richmond police recruits was at the non-profit organization Art 180. The collaboration is part a growing movement to change the juvenile justice system. In the first of a two-part series, Catherine Komp reports for Virginia Currents.
The nonprofit group VA SUN is helping Virginians across the state convert to solar power. They’re using a co-op model that brings residents together to bargain for competitive prices and advocate for clean energy. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more.
At the Glen Allen Library, Aaron Sutch welcomes people to a solar co-op info session. The room fills up quickly and Sutch gets things started.
At Richmond's George Wythe High School, students are studying something close to home: public housing. A Title I school, nearly all students are black and many come from low-income families. By examining housing and ongoing segregation, teacher Libby Germer hopes students will gain the knowledge and passion to confront inequality. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.