Season 1: Season 1

VPM News Focal Point is a weekly half-hour show framing statewide news through a lens of in-depth reporting on culture, politics, business, health, the environment, race, science and the arts. Hosted by award-winning journalist Angie Miles, we examine the news, using our complex history to contextualize contemporary Virginia.

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VPM News Focal Point

Mental Health | Season 1

Teen Anxiety and Isolation; Suicide in Virginia; and youth mental health first aid

Mental Health | Season 1

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VPM News Focal Point

Virginia Agriculture | Season 1

Modern farming, Migrant farmworkers, expanding access to healthy food in Petersburg.

Virginia Agriculture | Season 1

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VPM News Focal Point

Early Childhood Development | Season 1

Bilingual foster parents are needed; nurturing children; bilingual speech therapy

Early Childhood Development | Season 1

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VPM News Focal Point

After COVID | Season 1

How Covid changed work; hotels as shelters of last resort, Silver linings and new careers

After COVID | Season 1

Video thumbnail: VPM News Focal Point The Vote | Season 1

VPM News Focal Point

The Vote | Season 1

Election workers; voter rights for former felons; “Civic Influencers” getting out the vote

The Vote | Season 1

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VPM News Focal Point

Media Literacy | Season 1

Newsrooms are shrinking, so many groups are helping to combat disinformation.

Media Literacy | Season 1

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VPM News Focal Point

Inflation | Season 1

How Virginians make ends meet, relying on hotels for housing and the free “Hygiene Pantry”

Inflation | Season 1

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VPM News Focal Point

Environmental Stewardship | Season 1

Tribe protects its land; school threatened by landfill; elder activists oppose pipeline.

Environmental Stewardship | Season 1

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VPM News Focal Point

Activism | Season 1

Explore how activists create political and social change.

Activism | Season 1

Video thumbnail: VPM News Focal Point Healing Trauma | Season 1

VPM News Focal Point

Healing Trauma | Season 1

Explores ways people find healing after traumatic events.

Healing Trauma | Season 1

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VPM News Focal Point

Working Artists | Season 1

More art graduates are entering the workforce; what does it take to be a working artist?

Working Artists | Season 1

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VPM News Focal Point

Addiction | Season 1

Explore the different ways Virginians are helping those who struggle with addiction.

Addiction | Season 1

Video thumbnail: VPM News Focal Point Neighbors | Season 1

VPM News Focal Point

Neighbors | Season 1

Explore how Virginians help one another to build stronger communities.

Neighbors | Season 1

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VPM News Focal Point

Housing | Season 1

Learn how Virginia communities and government agencies are making housing more affordable.

Housing | Season 1

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VPM News Focal Point

Education | Season 1

Learn how Virginias are navigating the changing education landscape.

Education | Season 1

Video thumbnail: VPM News Focal Point Justice Reform | Season 1

VPM News Focal Point

Justice Reform | Season 1

Explore how activists work to reform Virginia's criminal justice system.

Justice Reform | Season 1

Video thumbnail: VPM News Focal Point Refugees | Season 1

VPM News Focal Point

Refugees | Season 1

Thousands of Afghan refugees settled in Virginia last year; where are they now?

Refugees | Season 1

Video thumbnail: VPM News Focal Point Land Rights | Premiere

VPM News Focal Point

Land Rights | Premiere

Examine how Native American and Black communities preserve land that's precious to them.

Land Rights | Premiere