Aired: August 1, 2015

Evicted from the Mountains

  • Displaced Families of the Blue Ridge (10 min.)

    With: Margaret Marangione, Blue Ridge Community College

    When Shenandoah National Park was built, hundreds of families were forced off their land. New information has emerged suggesting that some of them were sent to state colonies and sterilized.

  • Veterans of the Revolutionary War (11 min.)

    With: Benjamin Irvin

    At the end of the Revolutionary War, claiming a pension was difficult and threatened the pride of many veterans.

  • Funeral Industry (6 min.)

    With: Rhonda Pleasants, John Tyler Community College

    Aging baby boomers are beginning to influence the funeral industry. We speak with an expert about changes in the funeral industry.

  • Aging Brain (12 min.)

    With: Rosemary Blieszner, Virginia Tech

    As we age, we all experience changes in our brains that make our memories less sharp than they used to be. But some older people actually have a condition called Mild Cognitive Impairment, or MCI, which is different from Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

  • Wisdom of Age (12 min.)

    With: Terry Lee, Christopher Newport University

    Too many young people imagine old age as a time when we become no longer useful or interested in the world around us. We speak with a documentarian who uses his camera to challenge ageist stereotypes.