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04 Mar 2016

VCU InSight for March 4, 2016

The controversy over Dominion Virginia Power’s plan to drain treated water from coal ash ponds into the James River; you won’t believe how much sugar that Starbucks’s drink may have; local churches band together to send donations to Flint, MI to help with their water crisis; a program in local schools gets parents more involved; hello A-10: VCU Women’s Lacrosse isn’t a club anymore; and the VCU Men’s Baseball team is starting the season after winning the A-10 championship last season.

23 Nov 2015

VCU InSight for Nov. 20, 2015

We check out the new multi-million dollar training facilities for VCU men’s and women’s basketball; the fight for better wages for healthcare, child and other workers comes to Richmond; what you need to know about “skimmers” on ATM machines that can steal your information; some Richmond schools are part of new national program to get parents more involved; an 11-year-old middle school student who started her own business to help people create personalized care package; Blair’s Drugstore closed after serving Mechanicsville for 182 years; and during the week of Veteran’s Day vets were able to adopt pets for free. In-studio interviews with Dr. Peter Kirkpatrick, VCU associate professor in the School of World Studies and co-director of the French Film Festival, on the terrorist attacks in Paris and how they’ll affect next year’s festival; and Dr. Ravi Perry, VCU associate professor of political science and the board president for the National Association of Ethnic Studies, which recently moved to VCU.

06 Nov 2015

VCU InSight for Nov. 6, 2015

What Richmond’s number one ranking for asthma problems means for local schools; a preview of the upcoming VCU men’s basketball season under new head coach Will Wade; a VCU program working to help jail inmates; how a local hip-hop artist is using music to help area teens; emmy-nominated outfits on display from the hit PBS series “Downton Abbey;” local groups voluntarily lock themselves up in “Escape Room RVA;” and what happens when you get shelter dogs into the pool for some exercise (hint: it’s adorable). In-studio interviews with new VCU women’s basketball coach Beth O’Boyle about her arrival and the upcoming season; and VCU MFA student John-Michael Bloomquist and his “Poetry for Trash” program.

23 Oct 2015

VCU InSight for Oct. 23, 2015

Richmond’s Manchester area is seeing revitalization; construction of a traffic circle at an infamous area intersection; possibly moving a statue honoring fallen police officers; VCU police get body cams; monitoring young football players through a high-tech mouth guard; closing the William Byrd Community House; and a NASA scientist returns to her local high school. In-studio interviews with Micah “Bam Bamm” White, a local comedian with a new program to help inmates get business experience; and Will Gilbert, a VCU student (and VCU InSight student executive producer) heading to Qatar as part of an exchange program.

09 Oct 2015

VCU InSight for Oct. 9, 2015

Resident reaction to a local golf course that’s not being kept up; a downtown construction project that will have visitors experience the James River in a whole new way; how residents in one local area can not only call 911, but text; a federal education initiative hits home for area historic sites; school officials consider installing cameras on buses to catch drivers who don’t stop for them; a tour of downtown focused on some of the stranger stories of Richmond’s history; and how a local non-profit advocating cycling is helping charities and offering a cool, new look. In-studio interviews with Nicole Riedel, the Director of Development for Special Olympics RVA; and Brandon Ruffin, a former record-breaking VCU Track and Field athlete.

02 May 2015

VCU InSight for May 1

We talk with VCU Men’s Basketball player Briante Weber about his college career-ending injury and legacy; how VCU students have taken on redesigning the controversial Washington Redskins logo; the upcoming renovations of a Belle Isle entrance for this fall’s UCI Road World Championships; Dinwiddie County is the first in the area to feature 911 texts; the pollen isn’t out of RVA yet, and with pollen comes allergies; and the remake of a local band’s song is a smash…in Taiwan. Also catch in-studio interviews with VCU School of the Arts Dean Joe Seipel about the construction delay with the Institute of Contemporary Art; and Evan Hoffman and Matt Cowen, two of the founders of the upcoming “Good Day RVA” festival.

03 Apr 2015

VCU InSight for April 3

How VCU Medical Center and Richmond 2015 are preparing for this fall’s World Road Cycling Championships; Richmond is launching an all-male charter school next year; Dominion Virginia Power gets resistance about their plan to string high-voltage power lines on huge towers across the James River just south of Jamestown; local reaction to the Presbyterian Church USA redefining marriage to include same-sex couples; a local teen soccer star has a shot for an exclusive national team; a Richmond organization gives kids with physical disabilities bikes just for them; and an innovative coach and author teaches tennis to toddlers.

20 Mar 2015

VCU InSight for March 20

Former jail inmates earn a scholarship to attend VCU; a local area school is shut down because of severe mold problems; one of Richmond’s homeless shelter is expanding; the “juicing” craze comes to RVA; the Va. Museum of Fine Arts and VCU team up for a “shark tank” student competition; and Richmond’s craft brewery movement just added a different, sweet taste: Mead. In-studio interviews with Peter Bailey, a former VCU adjunct professor and civil rights activist who worked with Malcolm X; and Jonathan McNamara from the Va. Red Cross.

28 Feb 2015

VCU InSight for Feb. 27

VCU retires former basketball player Bradford Burgess’ jersey; beagles involved in research studies find homes; new research sends texts to teens to reduce their smoking; a local bike advocacy group is nominated for a national award; a recent VCU art grad uses masking tape to create sculpture pieces; Richmond prepares for another community art fair; and a sad doll is putting smiles on area kids.

13 Feb 2015

VCU InSight for Feb. 13

How VCU Police is using body cameras on their officers; reaction to VCU no longer needing SAT scores for high-achieving applicants; the closing of a beloved theater in Richmond’s West End; how people are getting around the law to drink raw cow milk; a local high school sophomore basketball player who’s topping a national recruitment list; and a local comedy organization who’s using improv to help kids be more sociable.