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Hometown Stories

Mar 13, 2023

Three years. That's how long it's been since we first became aware of the threat of COVID-19. 
During her recent teleconference, we asked the head of the Roanoke City Alleghany Health District to reflect on this anniversary that is both somber and celebratory.
Dr. Cynthia Morrow says there is so much we've learned...

Nov 14, 2022

Renowned TV Chef, scientist and dog-dad Alton Brown, best known for Good Eats and Iron Chef, joins us to talk about his upcoming visit to Roanoke City! In this episode of Hometown Eats, we preview his Live show Beyond the Eats: The Holiday Variant. It’s a show that involves cooking, music, comedy game shows and things...

Sep 28, 2022

This is a story about big dreams, small print and making happier endings wherever you can. Jennifer Williams is on a mission to give away 1 million books. In this episode of Hometown Stories, a look at her yearslong journey to bring books to schools, jails and everywhere in between.

Sep 9, 2022

 Virginia Tech librarian who moonlights as an expert on the British monarchy admitted Thursday she wept as news broke that Britain’s longest ruling monarch had died.
Marlene Koenig has devoted her life to studying, understanding and writing about the royal family - drawn in after finding a book in the library on...

Aug 16, 2022

After Roanoke based national bestselling author Beth Macy wrote Dopesick in 2018 - she was convinced she never wanted to write about the opioid crisis again. It was too frustrating, too depressing. But as she traveled the country, she found something that changed her mind: Hope.

Macy is launching her latest book,...