Three years ago, members of the Richmond community came together in advance of a complicated surgery at Children’s Hospital to separate conjoined twins from the Dominican Republic. The unique collaboration is featured in a new exhibit exploring the intersection of medicine and the arts. Virginia Current’s producer Catherine Komp has more.
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Urbanna, Virginia just welcomed home the Mitchell Map, created more than 250 years ago and depicting a large portion of Eastern North America. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp brings you the story of how this small waterfront town acquired the historic map and the complex process to restore it.
Learn more: Find out about Urbanna's history and the Scottish Factor/Old Tobacco Warehouse where the restored Mitchell Map is now on display.
As the Ebola crisis worsens in West Africa, Liberians in Virginia are growing more concerned about loved ones back home. In response, a group has launched Virginia in Action for Liberia Against Ebola to gather supplies and donations for the stricken country. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
The Green Boys are a Richmond-based band led by two songwriting brothers, Ryan and Sean Green. Influenced by classic country icons like Hank Williams and the Louvin Brothers, they’ve created a unique sound that combines guitar, upright bass, dobro, banjo and mandolin.
Throughout the year, Virginia Cooperative Extension invites the public to Field Days to learn from the state’s agricultural experts. At Virginia State University’s Randolph Farm in Petersburg, gardeners and small farmers alike are discovering new growing and marketing techniques. From Petersburg, Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
From music and dance to sports and academics, dozens of summer camps across the state provide opportunities for enrichment. In Central Virginia, one group offers teens a chance to help improve their community. Catherine Komp has more in this edition of Virginia Currents.
Each year, millions of people develop pressure sores. The condition is painful, costly and leads to thousands of deaths. A start-up company in Richmond seeks to address this widespread problem, aiming to improve quality of life for individuals and potentially saving millions in medical costs. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more.
The decline of pollinators, especially honeybees, has raised concerns across the globe. In Virginia, honey producing hives have decreased by about 64% since the 1970s, to less than 35,000, according to the Virginia Department of Agriculture. As awareness of the problem spreads, more people are taking up backyard beekeeping. Catherine Komp has more in this edition of Virginia Currents.
In Richmond, a popular tourist destination is the large and well-landscaped Hollywood Cemetery located on the banks of the James River. But just a few miles away is another resting place that’s experienced decades of neglect. One gravestone at a time, volunteers are working to reclaim the historic African American cemetery. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.
In April, VCU launched an initiative to identify subjects of a rare collection of police photos documenting Farmville’s civil rights protests in the summer of 1963. Using crowdsourcing and old fashioned detective work, researchers with the Freedom Now Project have identified dozens of people. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp met with siblings captured in the photos and brings you their story.