Tune-in to the Valentine’s radio show Richmond Stories every second and fourth Friday of the month at 11:30 a.m. on WRIR 97.3 FM, Richmond’s Independent Radio. Richmond Stories is also available for download as a podcast on Soundcloud HERE and soon, on all major podcast apps.
Richmond Stories is a show about a city. Presented by the Valentine, the only museum dedicated to sharing Richmond’s challenging history, Richmond Stories uses conversations with change-makers, advocates, leaders and residents to explore the past, present and future of this (very) complicated place we call home.
Richmond Stories Episode 1:
In the inaugural episode of Richmond Stories, Bill Martin and Eric Steigleder sit down with Laura Browder and Patricia Herrera of the University of Richmond and advocate Deidre Johnson to talk about the Valentine’s new exhibition Voices from Richmond’s Hidden Epidemic, Richmond’s ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis, racial disparities and the importance of telling your own story on your own terms. Listen HERE.
Richmond Stories Episode 2:
In this episode, Bill and Eric are joined by Christina Vida, the Valentine’s Curator of General Collections, and Willie Dell, the first black woman to serve on Richmond City Council. While Christina discusses the tumultuous history of voting rights in Richmond and what that reveals about the city today, trailblazer Willie Dell talks about her experiences with the political process in 1970s Richmond, her time on city council and what kind of city she hopes Richmond can be. Listen HERE.
Richmond Stories Episode 3:
Bill and Eric have a conversation the VMFA’s Dr. Sarah G. Powers about their recently-closed Hopper exhibition, Hopper’s visits to Richmond and what his work says about the significance of the American hotel. Then they spoke with Tamera Harris, who does Community Relations with Richmond Region Tourism, about the past, present and future of hotels in Richmond and how this necessity of travel has a fascinating history here in the River City. Listen HERE.