Category Archives: Virginia Water Radio

On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 10-11-21: Some Water Connections to the Flu

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of October 11, 2021, is “The Flu and Water.”  The 5 min./2 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2021/10/episode-598-10-11-21-flu-and-water.html, looks at some connections between water and seasonal influenza. This revised version of an episode from November 2017 is part of a series of episodes in fall 2021 on water connections to the human body and human biology.

Colorized, negative-stained transmission electron microscopic image of influenza virus particles, known as virions.   Public domain photo taken in 1973 by Dr. F. A. Murphy, accessed from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Image Library, online at https://phil.cdc.gov/Details.aspx?pid=10072.

Virginia Water Radio, online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org, is the Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s weekly podcast using sounds and music to focus on issues, events, people, and creatures connected to Virginia’s waters.

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On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 10-4-21: First Frost Not Far Away

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of October 4, 2021, is “Anticipating Frost as Fall Settles In.”  The 4 min./8 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2021/10/episode-597-10-4-21-anticipating-frost.html, focuses on a meteorological event that’s not too far around Virginia’s corner.  This is a revised version of an episode from September 2017. The episode features a performance of “Cold Frosty Morn’” by the southwestern Virginia band New Standard.

Morning frost in Blacksburg, Va., November 29, 2020.

Virginia Water Radio, online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org, is the Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s weekly podcast using sounds and music to focus on issues, events, people, and creatures connected to Virginia’s waters.

On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 9-27-21: Water and the Human Muscular System

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of September 27, 2021, is “Water and Muscles.”  The 4 min./9 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2021/09/episode-596-9-27-21-water-and-muscles.html, focuses on the ways that water is involved in the structure and functioning of the human muscular system. The episode includes music by The Steel Wheels. This is part of a series of episodes in fall 2021 on water connections to the human body and human biology.

Structure of a representative human skeletal muscle.  Illustration from National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, SEER Training Module, “Muscular System/Structure of Skeletal Muscle,” online at https://training.seer.cancer.gov/anatomy/muscular/structure.html.

Virginia Water Radio, online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org, is the Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s weekly podcast using sounds and music to focus on issues, events, people, and creatures connected to Virginia’s waters.

On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 9-20-21: Water’s in the Bones

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of September 20, 2021, is “Water and the Human Skeleton.”  The 4 min./40 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2021/09/episode-595-9-20-21-water-and-human.html, focuses on the functions of the skeleton and water’s role as a constituent of bone and other skeletal materials. The episode features music by John McCutcheon. This revised version of an episode from October 2015 is part of a series of episodes in fall 2021 on water connections to the human body and human biology.

Structure of human long bones (bones that are longer than they are wide).  Illustration from National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, SEER Training Module, “Skeletal System/Classification of Bones,” online at https://training.seer.cancer.gov/anatomy/skeletal/.

Virginia Water Radio, online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org, is the Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s weekly podcast using sounds and music to focus on issues, events, people, and creatures connected to Virginia’s waters.

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On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 9-13-21: A Musical Take on Neurons

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of September 13, 2021, is “Neurons, Ions, and Water.”  The 4 min./18 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2021/09/episode-594-9-13-21-neurons-ions-and.html, features  a song by Fredericksburg, Va., musician Bob Gramann, inspired by a phrase coined by Francis Crick, of DNA-structure discovery fame. This revised version of an episode from December 2018 is part of a series of episodes in fall 2021 on water connections to human biology.

Diagram of a neuron.  Image from the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, “SEER Training Modules: Introduction to the Nervous System—Nerve Tissue,” online at https://training.seer.cancer.gov/anatomy/nervous/; the specific URL for the diagram was https://training.seer.cancer.gov/anatomy/nervous/tissue.html, as of 9-8-21.

Virginia Water Radio, online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org, is the Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s weekly podcast using sounds and music to focus on issues, events, people, and creatures connected to Virginia’s waters.

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On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 9-6-21: Water and the Human Circulatory System

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of September 6, 2021, is “Water’s at the Heart of Blood.”  The 4 min./19 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2021/09/episode-593-9-6-21-waters-at-heart-of.html, focuses on the water-related aspects of human blood and the circulatory system. This revised version of an episode from October 2017 is part of a series of episodes in fall 2021 on water connections to human biology. This week’s episode includes music by The Steel Wheels.

Photomicrograph (1000 times magnification) of a fixed blood smear, showing an aggregation of platelets (arrow), a type of leukocyte (or white blood cell; the large, purple-stained structure), and several red blood cells.  Photo taken in 1972 by Dr. F. Gilbert, made available for public use at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Image Library, online at https://phil.cdc.gov/default.aspx; the specific URL for the photo was https://phil.cdc.gov/Details.aspx?pid=6645, as of 9-6-21.

Virginia Water Radio, online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org, is the Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s weekly podcast using sounds and music to focus on issues, events, people, and creatures connected to Virginia’s waters.

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On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 8-30-21: Water in the Human Body

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of August 30, 2021, is “Exploring the Human Body’s Uses of Water.”  The 3 min./34 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2021/08/episode-592-8-30-21-exploring-human.html, is an introduction to the functions of water in the human body. It’s the first in a series of upcoming episodes on water connections to human biology. This week’s episode includes music by the group No Strings Attached.

Virginia Water Radio, online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org, is the Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s weekly podcast using sounds and music to focus on issues, events, people, and creatures connected to Virginia’s waters.

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On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 8-23-21: Water Symbolism in African American Civil Rights History

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of August 23, 2021, is “Water Symbolism in African American Civil Rights History.”  The 5 min./32 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2021/08/episode-591-8-23-21-water-symbolism-in.html, is the second episode in the series Exploring Water in U.S. Civil Rights History. This episode offers several examples of water metaphors and symbolism in civil rights history. The episode features parts of “Follow the Drinking Gourd” by recording artist Eric Bibb (https://www.ericbibb.com/).

Virginia Water Radio, online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org, is the Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s weekly podcast using sounds and music to focus on issues, events, people, and creatures connected to Virginia’s waters.

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On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 8-9-21: A Musical Journey Around the Commonwealth’s Rivers

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of August 9, 2021, is “A Musical Tour of Rivers and Watersheds.”  The 5 min./22 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2021/08/episode-589-8-9-21-musical-tour-of.html, features music by several musicians about various Virginia rivers or river watersheds. This revised episode from February 2015 is the last in a series of eight episodes this summer related to watersheds and river basins.

Virginia Water Radio, online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org, is the Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s weekly podcast using sounds and music to focus on issues, events, people, and creatures connected to Virginia’s waters.

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On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 7-26-21: On the Bluffs

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of July 26, 2021, is “On the Bluffs of Rivers and Other Waters.”  The 4 min./00 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2021/07/episode-587-7-26-21-on-bluffs-of-rivers.html, explores the prominent riverside and coastal features known as bluffs, cliffs, palisades, and other names. This revised episode from August 2013 is part of a series this summer of episodes related to watersheds and river basins. The episode features music by Timothy Seaman of Williamsburg, Va.

View of a bluff at York River State Park, March 29, 2011.  Photo courtesy of Timothy Seaman.

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is http://www.virginiawaterradio.org.  Have a listen or two!