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John Miller (Longwood University)

The co-editor of Motorsports and American Culture: From Demolition Derbies to NASCAR says NASCAR reflects our culture, our society, and our history.

16 mins

Car Talk

Raymond Resendes (Virginia Tech)

In our lifetimes, we will likely see the car as we know it become obsolete. Prepare yourselves, Resendes says, for fully automated, driverless “timeshare cars.”

12 mins

The Color of Desire

Amy Butler Greenfield

An insect native to Mexico, is the only source of a vibrant red dye called carmine. The author of A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire, discusses this highly sought-after commodity that eluded pirates, scientists, and kings.

8 mins

Fugitive Red

Kristin Wustholz (College of William & Mary), and Shelley Svoboda

A chemist and an art curator team up to trace the molecular “fingerprints” of the pigments in rare paintings.

6 mins

Women in PhysicGail Dodge (Old Dominion University)s

Gail Dodge (Old Dominion University)

Gail Dodge is a nuclear physicist and recipient of the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award. Dodge is growing the number of women in physics–a field still dominated by men.

10 mins

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