Feb 282008

Best-selling author David Kirby is an investigative journalist whose book Evidence of Harm tracked how mercury in vaccines may be connected to the autism epidemic. In a detailed article published February 25 on the Huffington Post, Kirby reported that the federal government has conceded a case before the Court of Federal Claims that a mercury-based preservative in a vaccine may have contributed to a child’s autism:

“The child’s claim against the government — that mercury-containing vaccines were the cause of her autism — was supposed to be one of three “test cases” for the thimerosal-autism theory currently under consideration by a three-member panel of Special Masters, the presiding justices in Federal Claims Court.”

Kirby goes on to detail the case in this February 28 installment of WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now.

“This should change the tenor of the debate,” Kirby said. Could mitochondrial disease play a roll? Kirby wants to know more.

Feb 282008

Brian Wheeler is executive director of Charlottesville Tomorrow, a non-partisan organization that covers growth and development issues in our area. This week on the show:

Karin Agness discusses the Network for Enlightened Women

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Feb 262008

Second-year U.Va law student Karin Agness is the founder of the Network for Englightened Women, an organization that claims to be “the nation’s premier club for conservative university women.” Agness talks about the alternative perspective provided by NEW, and offers her perspective on the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Charlottesville–Right Now now has its own blog! You can either subscribe via the RSS feed, or via e-mail.

Feb 252008

On February 24, 2008, Chief Billy “Red Wing” Tayac of the Piscataway Nation gave a talk at the University of Virginia on issues affecting today’s American Indians. His appearance was hosted by the American Indian Student Union and the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice. Representatives from those two organizations introduce themselves. More information about the event can be found here.

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Penn State English Professor speaks “In Defense of Plagiarism”

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Feb 252008

Dr. Nicholas Joukovsky is currently a Professor of English at Penn State University. He received his A.B. from Princeton, then went on to receive his M.A from Berkeley and Doctoral in Philosophy at Oxford University. In 2001, he published the literary collection Letters of Thomas Love Peacock. His literary expertise lies in 19th century Romantic and Victorian literature, particularly Thomas Love Peacock and the Shelly circle. He is also Chair of the Academic Committee for the College of the Liberal Arts, which is appropriate given the title of his speech, “In Defense of Plagiarism.” His speech will attack the fundamentalist, societal notions that ALL plagiarism is wrong, underscoring some of its literary merits with academic communities. He wanted to emphasize that he will not be defending all forms of plagiarism

Dr. Joukovsky answered questions on plagiarism as it stands today, the Honor Code and its effectiveness at watch-guarding plagiarism, basic ethics, and literary tradition.

Feb 242008

The afternoon before the 80th annual Academy Awards, three movie experts visited the WNRN studios for the Wake-Up Call’s annual Oscars show. Ben Nuckols and Tom Dumontier (two films reviewers for WNRN), and Adam Greenbaum (the owner of an independent movie theater) discussed their predictions for winners, and delved into what types of movies tend to get nominated and win. They also talked about how the recent writers’ strike has affected the Academy Awards – will this be a laugh-out-loud night to remember, or a quickly thrown-together mess?

Give your own predictions for the winners, by commenting after the podcast!

You can watch the 80th Annual Academy Awards at 8:30PM tonight on ABC.

Pathogens & Parasites

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Feb 202008

In today’s show, adapted from an article published this month on the Oscar Web site written by Mary Jane Gore, we look at the research of Dr. William Petri, chief of the UVa Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, and his study of a voracious parasite that is said to kill nearly 100, 000 people each year.

If you have ever contemplated working as a biological researcher then you would probably have considered these questions: what happens when a cell’s life ends? And, what are the mechanisms that control decay?

Contemplating just these types questions during a recent study, a UVa-led research team, directed by Dr. William Petri, chief of the UVa Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, made discoveries which are helping to stop one of the world’s most voracious parasites.

For more information about the show or to see the full text, visit the Oscar Show’s blog.

Local NAACP celebrates group’s 99th anniversary

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Feb 202008

On February 17, 2008, The Albemarle-Charlottesville Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People celebrated the national organization’s 99th anniversary at an event held in the auditorium at Jackson P. Burley Middle School in Charlottesville. The theme of the day was “Standing on the Promises.”

We recorded the event, and now bring you the highlights. The master of ceremonies for the event is Mrs. Janette B. Martin, Vice-President of the Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP.
Timeline for podcast:

  • 0:51 – Reading of original poem, God, Give Me the Strength by Miss Bekenwari Idoniboye.
  • 3:38 – Mrs. Janette B. Martin welcomes the audience, and introduces the guests
  • 5:05 – Mrs. Shirley Roundtree, President, Fluvanna NAACP, reviews the history and purpose of the organization
  • 8:05 – Dr. M. Rick Turner, President, Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP, addresses the issue of continuing segregation in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.
  • 4:27- Rev. Michael Turner, President, Staunton NAACP, speaks to the vitalness of the organization’s work.
  • 6:37 – Rev. Mildred Middlebrooks, President, Waynesboro NAACP, remembers those who sacrificed their lives for justice.
  • 22:22 – Mr. Brandon Kelly, President, UVA NAACP College Chapter, reviews current threats to and triumphs of the struggle for equality.
  • 24:28 – Mrs. Martin introduces the youth speakers, Christen Edwards and Shelby Edwards.
  • 25:18 – Dr. Turner introduces the featured speaker, Rev. Dr. J. Rayfield Vines, Jr., Virginia State Conference NAACP President
  • 28:00 – Rev. Dr. Vines speaks on the topic, “Where Are You Standing?”

Local woman compares life in Mumbai with Charlottesville

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Feb 172008

Three years ago, Deepak Singh began producing features on South Asian culture for the Charlottesville Podcasting Network. On one of his recent trips to India,he met with Suzanne Manair, a doctoral candidate from the University of Virginia who is currently living in Mumbai. She was there for a year to accompany her husband who is doing research for his thesis. Suzanne shares some of her experiences in the financial capital of India and compares life in Mumbai with Charlottesville.

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Terry Smith deliveres the inaugural Kluge Lecture in Arts and Humanities

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Feb 172008

On February 13, 2008, the Kluge-Ruhe Collection of Aboriginal Art at the University of Virginia sponsored the first John W. and Maria T. Kluge Distinguished Lecture in Arts and Humanities, featuring professor Terry E. Smith of the University of Pittsburgh. The lecture was introduced by Collection Director Margo Smith, who announced the date’s historical significance.

This Glorious Struggle: George Washington’s Revolutionary War Letters

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Feb 172008

George Washington wrote an astonishing number of letters, both personal and professional. The majority of the over 140,000 known documents are from his years as Commander-in-Chief during the Revolutionary War from 1775 to 1783. Historian Edward Lengel’s new book is called This Glorious Struggle: George Washington’s Revolutionary War Letters. Lengel is the associate editor of the Papers of George Washington at the University of Virginia.