The Spark

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From Chocolate to Hope

On this episode of The Spark: Harrisonburg's Brad Burrow's business adventures in the world of fair trade chocolate.

An Operatic Life

On this episode of The Spark: Australian-born Miriam Gordon-Stewart, who sang all over the world before moving to Charlottesville to co-found Victory Hall Opera.

Pruning Love

On this episode of The Spark: Mary Stickley-Godinez, of Countryside Farm and Nursery in Crimora, tells how she and her husband Raul met over plant pruning. And a bit about the art and science of pruning, as well.

Up On the Roof

On this episode of The Spark: Twenty-one year old Richy Rohrer took his first roofing job for a paycheck. He's still at it because: a) he likes the challenge of the job; and b) he wants to be as good a roofer as he possibly can be.

Making Trouble in the Theater

Amanda McRaven was born and raised in Free Union. She's a country girl, who fell in love with theater at an early age, and now she runs her own company Fugitive Kind in Los Angeles. She's in Staunton this summer with two of her theater buddies to run Make Trouble Theater, an intensive theater experience for college students.

Reflecting on a Career with C-SPAN, Pt. 2

On this episode of The Spark: Connie Doebele retired to Staunton after 25 years on C-SPAN as a host and producer. She talks about how she went from her childhood on a Kansas farm, through radio news to politics, and from there on to C-SPAN.

Reflecting on a Career with C-SPAN, Pt. 1

On this episode of The Spark: Connie Doebele retired to Staunton after 25 years on C-SPAN as a host and producer. In the next two installments of The Spark, she talks about how she went from her childhood on a Kansas farm, through radio news to politics, and from there on to C-SPAN.

The Very Visible Lulu Miller

On this edition of The Spark, Martha Woodroof sits down for a chat with Lulu Miller. Lulu lives half her life in Charlottesville, half in DC, and spends all her time making NPR's wildly popular new show Invisibilia.

The Dreaded BluesLady

WMRA's Martha Woodroof meets Waynesboro blues singer Lorie Strother, who grew up living on the streets of Boston. Now, even though she's got five children, a master's degree and a good job, she still sings the blues with conviction.

Getting Your Duck Pins in a Row

On this episode of The Spark: Cory Lay tells us how he stumbled upon an opportunity to become a Duck Pin Bowling technician at Harrisonburg's new Ruby's Arcade.

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