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Power and Perception: How Napoléon Crafted His Public Image

“Napoleon: Power and Splendor” is a new exhibit at the VMFA that features more than two hundred works of art, including his throne and six foot high candlesticks, as well as regal portraits of the emperor and his court. The pieces reflect the trappings of wealth and reveal how Napoleon attempted to craft his public image. Peter Solomon has this report for Virginia Currents. WCVE’s Peter Solomon has more for Virginia Currents

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Jazz Harpist Charles Overton Performs on WCVE Jazz Program

Charles Overton is a native Richmonder and a former member of the American Youth Harp Ensemble (now the Greenspring American Youth Harp Ensemble). He’s based in Boston, having graduated from Berklee College of Music and he maintains an active career playing jazz, classical, world music and just about anything else that he finds an interest in.

Historians Seek More Answers On Richmond's Interracial Civil War Spy Ring

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Elizabeth Van Lew, the wealthy Richmond heiress who led one of the most successful Union spy rings of the Civil War. Her legacy has been  interpreted  through the works of  journalists, historians and playwrights. Adding to the intrigue, is Mary Bowser, a woman enslaved by the Van Lew family, rumored to have carried out espionage in the Confederate White House. But as WCVE’s Peter Solomon reports for Virginia Currents, the truth of this story is elusive.

NOVA: Holocaust Escape Tunnel Airs Tonight on WCVE PBS

For 500 years, the Jewish community of Vilnius, Lithuania was one of the most important centers of Jewish life in all of Eastern Europe. In fact, it was referred to as "the Jerusalem of Lithuania." That changed  when the Nazis invaded in 1941. In just three years , they virtually eradicated the city's Jewish population. They accomplished this by rounding up the Jews and other so-called undesirables, transporting them to the Ponar forest surrounding Vilnius, and shooting them dead one bullet at a time in mass grave sites. At least 100,000 people were executed in this fashion. 

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