Finding America: UnMonumental

Finding America

Exploring Richmond's identity.

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Virginia's car-title lending industry has exploded in the six years since the General Assembly crafted regulations legalizing loans that have more than 200 percent interest rates. But Virginia is not alone. States across the country are struggling to deal with payday loans and Internet loans and open-ended credit loans - a set of financial products critics call "predatory lending." 

Seagrass Comeback Bolsters Climate Change Battle

Apr 29, 2016
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There’s good news on the environmental front today.  Aerial surveys show a 21% increase in sea grasses – plants that store carbon and other greenhouse gases while making the Chesapeake Bay a cleaner place.  Sandy Hausman reports that Virginia is becoming a model for other countries hoping to fight climate change.

Virginia Governors Have Long History of Travel Abroad

Apr 28, 2016
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Going out to eat in London? Depending on where you are, you may now be able to order a bottle of wine made here in Virginia. Those are the kinds of export, import deals Virginia’s Governor is making as he travels across the UK, Germany, and Belgium this week. 

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With rain still falling and heavy fog surrounding the Shenandoah National Park, firefighters took a break, announcing that the blaze is largely contained and many of the trees have survived. 

Starting a food business can be tough because of the expense of operating out of a licensed space. A new project in Roanoke is hoping to lower that barrier to entry for early-stage food businesses in the region.

Shenandoah Park Recovers After 10,000-Acre Fire

Apr 28, 2016

Officials say they’ve contained most of a 10-thousand acre fire that swept across the Shenandoah National Park over the past week.  While the blaze destroyed debris on the forest floor, many trees have survived.  Sandy Hausman reports from a staging area near Waynesboro.

Firefighters and support personnel seemed relieved as they stopped for snacks, bottled water, coffee and conversation.  Park Superintendent Jim Northup, who has battled dozens of forest fires in other parks over the last 30 years, says this one was a particular challenge.

A Year with Chickens: Wisdom from the Flock

Apr 28, 2016

It’s been about a year now since a quick stop at the hardware store to pick up some duct tape and grass seed turned us into part-time poultry farmers.

Not that I blame my husband. Those little balls-of-fluff are enough to melt any man into a can’t-say-no-kind-of puddle. 

But I had no idea what I was in for when I let my overjoyed children carry three peeping to-go boxes inside my kitchen.

A new play will explore the connection between this region’s Scots –Irish population and their ancestors in Scotland; their conceptions of personal freedom, responsibility and the meaning of home. 

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Although the line of questioning by jurists in any appeals case does not necessarily indicate how they're leaning, in the appeal of former Governor McDonnell’s corruption convictions, the U.S. Supreme Court justices did not seem comfortable with the broad interpretation of the federal law used to convict him. 

Open Mic: Irresponsibly Grown...

Apr 26, 2016

Recently, as I walked through the produce section of a grocery store, I passed a sign that said, “Responsibly Grown Potatoes.” Naturally, I began to imagine “Irresponsibly Grown Potatoes.” 


Would they be grown by a chain-smoking farmer, one who flicks his carcinogenic ashes on the crop?

Or, maybe they’d be raised by a tipsy fellow who stashes a hip flask in his farmer jeans. Every day, he’d stagger around the fields dousing the nascent plants with a little hooch.


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Verdi's Otello

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"H is for Hawk" by Helen MacDonald

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