VPM News Focal Point
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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.
After the death of Irvo Otieno at Central State Hospital. The sister of man shot and killed by Richmond police while he was experiencing a mental health crisis says the Marcus Alert System isn’t doing enough to protect Virginians struggling with mental health challenges.
Virginia lawmakers passed policing reforms after protests in 2020. Community activists say efforts to change policing are being rolled back, while police argue the changes made some communities less safe.
Soul Food Junkies” explores the joys of Soul Food and its complicated connection to poor health in the Black community in his documentary. Documentarian Byron Hurt takes a deep dive into deep fried food with VPM News Focal Point anchor, Angie Miles.
In America, an increasing number of physicians are treating food as medicine. One pediatrician has adjusted her pediatric practice to take children and their families into the kitchen. The Dr. Yum Project, which is the name of the non-profit, has impacted the health outcomes of thousands, including children in 29 states using the Dr. Yum preschool curriculum
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