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Hometown Stories

Jul 29, 2022

The James Webb Space Telescope has given us some of the clearest, deepest images of our universe yet.
Webb was many years, many hands and billions of dollars in the making.
And at various points - it struggled.
In 2018, after almost three decades with NASA, Gregory Robinson was tapped see the project through as Webb's...


May 10, 2022

Opera Roanoke is closing out its season with a show that's not technically an opera. It's a requiem - a Catholic Mass for the dead. More specifically, it's Guiseppe Verdi's Requiem. Opera Roanoke Conductor Maestro Steven White says they're using the nearly 150-year-old music to honor those lost to COVID and war. In this...


May 2, 2022

Books and Crannies in Martinsville, Virginia found customers from all over the country during the pandemic. Givens Books in Lynchburg found a loyal customer who returned week after week for another Agatha Christie novel. And while Oracle Books in Wytheville opened shortly before the pandemic, the support it's received...


Apr 18, 2022

God's Pit Crew is a robust group of staff and volunteers dedicated to helping people following a disaster. They've been kept busy by the tornadoes and wildfires that have swept the southeast over the last several months. In this episode of Hometown Stories, one of those immediate responders sets down his chainsaw to...


Apr 14, 2022

In 2007 the Virginia Tech Campus became the focus of international attention when a gunman killed 32 people in one morning. For local journalists first on scene, what they saw and heard that day is forever engrained in their memories. In this episode of Hometown Stories, we sit down with the journalists who were the...