This year marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I. To coincide with the commemoration, the Library of Virginia put together True Sons of Freedom, to highlight the courage, dignity and service of African American soldiers. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
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One of the oldest structures in Colonial Williamsburg is the Peyton Randolph house. It’s become a critical place to learn about the lives of enslaved people in the 18th Century and their significant contributions during the founding of the United States. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Vegan diets exclude everything from meat and dairy, to sugar refined with bone char, and beer clarified with dried fish organs. Because animal products are so common, people who want plant-based meals often have a difficult time at restaurants. But a new initiative in Richmond challenges chefs and brewers to expand their vegan offerings. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Each year, about 50,000 young people with autism graduate from high school and that number is growing. While services and specialized education help students progress in grades K-12, many lack the social skills necessary for the next stages of life. A pilot program in Richmond is stepping in to provide these supports. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Learning Curve.
A new coffee shop recently opened in Richmond’s Church Hill neighborhood. But it doesn’t just serve steaming beverages and savory quiche. This neighborhood gathering spot opened to provide job experience for youth in the community. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
On this edition of Virginia Currents, we remember a man who spent more than three decades sharing his love of music and people with the community. WCVE’s George Maida passed away unexpectedly in late December. Catherine Komp spoke to listeners and collaborators about his life and legacy.
In Central Virginia, a new partnership is providing increased access to the performing arts for people with vision impairments and blindness. The non-profit Virginia Voice and the Virginia Repertory Theater are now offering performances with Live Audio Description. On this edition of WCVE’s Virginia Currents Radio, Catherine Komp brings you to a recent Mary Poppins show, where guests went on a pre-show tactile tour and enjoyed a live play-by-play of the visual elements of the perfomance.
The Valentine museum's exhibit, Nuestras Historias: Latinos in Richmond, highlights the diverse identities, cultures and contributions of immigrants in the city. The project includes photographs, personal objects and audio recordings of dozens of residents about their journeys, their passions and their experiences in the Richmond. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Across the country, schools are examining high numbers of suspensions and seeking new ways to build a positive school climate. A growing number of districts, including those in Virginia, are training their staff in restorative practices. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Learning Curve.
Virginia public schools issued more than 130,000 suspensions in 2015-2016, including more than 70,000 to children in pre-K to third grade. On this week’s Learning Curve Catherine Komp speaks with Legal Aid Justice Center attorneys about what they're seeing after two consecutive years of analyzing suspension numbers and brings in 88.9 WCVE’s Saraya Wintersmith to talk about Richmond’s most recent statistics.