Civil War in Hampton Roads, Episode 1: First Episode, 1861
WHRO is producing a series of one-hour historical documentaries about the War Between the States. The first episode illustrates the events at the beginning of the war in 1861. This was the year that Southern Militia soldiers captured Gosport Navy Shipyard and Fort Norfolk, Brigadier General Benjamin F. Butler arrived at Fort Monroe and issued his Contraband of War decision, new technologies changed the way this war would be fought and residents of Hampton burned their city to the ground, shocking the Union command at Fort Monroe. Fort Monroe’s moat-encircled masonry bastion was the only fort in the Upper South not to fall into Confederate hands when the war erupted. Future episodes of this series will focus on the Battle of the Ironclads as well as the Peninsula Campaign. John V. Quarstein, director of the Virginia War Museum, will host this series of programs focusing on the Civil War in Hampton Roads. 
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Civil War in Hampton Roads, Episode 2: Battle of the Ironclads
In the second episode in the series tensions increased as the North and the South simultaneously built Ironclad ships. The side finishing first could win the Civil War. As it turned out, it was a virtual tie. On March 8th 1862 the U.S.S. Monitor was at risk of sinking in a storm on the Atlantic Ocean as it steamed south along the east coast. That very morning the C.S.S. Virginia almost destroyed the Union’s wooden fleet in Hampton Roads Virginia. But on March 9th the U.S.S. Monitor surprised the captain and crew of the Virginia who upon returning to the Roads expected to make short work of the remaining ships in the Union fleet. The stakes were high and the whole world was watching as the two ships pounded each other for four hours at close range. Battle of the Ironclads brings this story to life and illustrates how naval warfare was changed forever. 
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Civil War in Hampton Roads, Episode 3: Peninsula Campaign
Continues the story begun in the previous two episodes of this series and picks up with the events that followed the Battle of the Ironclads. Major General George Brinton McClellan assumed command of the Army of the Potomac following the Union debacle at Bull Run. He arrived on the Virginia Peninsula on April 2, 1862. The Federal commander thought that he could trap Major General John Bankhead Magruder’s Army of the Peninsula at Yorktown like George Washington had cornered Lord Cornwallis during the American Revolution in 1781. The conflicts in Southeast Virginia during the first six months of 1862 comprise the Civil War’s greatest amphibious operation – the Peninsula Campaign. 
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Civil War in Hampton Roads, Episode 4: A New Beginning
A New Beginning is the fourth and final episode in WHRO’s documentary series Civil War in Hampton Roads. In the wake of the Peninsula Campaign, the Union seized control of all of Hampton Roads and the South lost the use of critical shipbuilding transportation, industrial and agricultural area. The Confederates attempted to recapture Suffolk in the spring of 1863. The resulting siege only enabled the Confederacy to obtain food supplies from the surrounding rich agricultural area. Only Smithfield would remain unoccupied by the Union throughout the war. Fort Monroe became a center for the recruitment of U.S. Colored Troops (USCT), as many African-Americans sought to serve in this war to end slavery. 
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Everyone at some point in their lives has code-switched. You may not be all that familiar with the term, but if you’ve every transitioned from an informal speech pattern to a more formal type of speech, you’ve code-switched. The “Code-Switching” documentary looks at how the inability to code-switch can impact where you work and what you earn. The documentary does not point the finger at a particular dialect as incorrect or wrong. Nor does it imply that only Mainstream or Standard English should be spoken at all times – but it does address the pitfalls of only being able to speak informally in a society that expects formal speech in certain environments.


Home Room One
On October 2, 1961, WHRO-TV broadcast its first “tele-lesson” in Hampton Roads. For more than 50 years now, WHRO Public Media has delivered educational services through its television and radio programming and online media. WHRO President & CEO, Bert Schmidt, presents a broad overview of the organization’s offerings in these education services, development, and programming.


Music & Might – An International Military Spectacular
WHRO and the Virginia Arts Festival have teamed up to bring you the 2015 Virginia International Tattoo. This special features over 1,000 performers from 8 nations sharing their unique culture and pride. Highlights include performers from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard and a total of 1,000 cast members from 8 nations. The program features Inspirational patriotic music, majestic massed pipes and drums, show stopping drill team maneuvers and colorful and elegant dancers all accompanied by insightful narration and commentary from the international cast.


The Norfolk 17: Their Story
They were just teenagers who wanted a chance at a better education. But in 1959 Norfolk, that was a problem. African-American students weren’t allowed to go to historically white schools.…Until the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision opened the door for them by striking down the doctrine of “separate but equal.” But it still took years of legal wrangling before any of the Norfolk 17 set foot into an integrated classroom.


The Curate series features the work of Hampton Roads' visual artists, musicians and performance art projects, along with artists from across America. Each episode centers on a unique theme and profiles artists who work in a variety of mediums from painting to sculpture and photography to the spoken word. Watch past episodes.


The Virginian-Pilot Spelling Bee
Broadcast live on WHRO-TV15.1, the Virginian Pilot Spelling Bee is an annual event hosted by WHRO's Raymond Jones, who serves as the Bee’s pronouncer. The finest area middle school spellers come to the WHRO studio to compete for the title. The first, second and third place winners receive trophies from the Virginian-Pilot. The Virginian-Pilot also pays the first place winner’s travel expenses to go to Washington, DC and compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in June. WHRO presents the first place winner with a special prize. If your 6th - 8th grade students would like a chance to compete in our bee, your school may inquire about registering contacting Scripps National Spelling Bee at