In Greater Richmond, about one in four older adults lives alone. Along with major life changes like losing a spouse or retiring, this can lead to social isolation and even premature death. But there are growing efforts to create engagement opportunities. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
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Richmond educator Danielle Greene says “teachers have the opportunity to use their talents and gifts to make the world a better place for all of us.” Greene recently spoke at the Fall Convocation for VCU’s School of Education. Before she departed for Stanford University where she’s pursuing a doctorate, 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp caught up with her for this edition of Learning Curve.
The process of aging is a lifelong journey, but stereotypes about “getting old” can have negative impacts on people’s happiness and health. Some experts say recognizing ageism is the first step, and others are creating intergenerational spaces to explore the positive aspects of aging. In the first of a two-part series, Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp has more.
Walk through the birthday card aisle, flip through a magazine, or turn on the TV - and Tracey Gendron says you’ll see ageism.
Across Virginia, more than 700 pedestrians and bicyclists have been killed and more than 20,000 injured in traffic crashes since 2010. Advocates say these deaths and injuries are preventable and are pushing for full implementation of an initiative called “Vision Zero.” WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
In the hours and days following the violence in Charlottesville, people responded to the trauma in different ways. They came together in parks and places of worship; they organized listening sessions and collaborated on self-care tool kits. Some are also seeking ways to do more to counter white supremacy. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Richmond has a new tool to slow gentrification and create permanently affordable housing stock. The Maggie Walker Community Land Trust is nearing completion of its first home and advocates aim to expand the model. 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
In North Church Hill, Freda Green-Bolling opens the door of her mossy green Italianate style home.
Freda Green Bolling: Would you like some lemonade?
The City of Richmond is tackling a long list of challenges facing the school system, including neglected facilities, academic achievement and hiring a superintendent. Leaders are also shaping an “education compact” to bring more stakeholders together. On today’s Learning Curve, 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp gets some outside perspective from author and professor Clarence Stone.
In the heart of Richmond, the James River attracts boaters and fishermen; hikers and cyclists; conservationists and citizen scientists. One resident turned his passion for paddling into a career that connects him and his passengers to the City’s whitewater rapids. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
(Photography, sound and production support by Angela Massino, Marshall Lloyd, Gabrielle Jones and WCVE intern Alexander Austin.)
What is the identity of a city through residents favorite recipes? When you put these different people and dishes, side by side, what do you create? Those questions are being explored by documentary photographer Steven Casanova in a new project called “The Richmond Cookbook.” WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Across the country, people with disabilities face barriers to employment. In Virginia, the Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities program offers training in information technology and modern manufacturing. Part of the initiative includes a robotics academy for young people with disabilities. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Learning Curve.