Ballot Talks: Local elections preview10/30/14
Guests: Will Bunch, Brigid Harrison It's the final edition of Ballot Talks before the midterm elections. A new poll from Franklin and Marshall College shows incumbent Tom Corbett gaining some ground, but a victory against Democratic challenger, Tom […]
Katha Pollitt on her book "Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights"
Guest: Katha Pollitt Abortion is one of the most furiously-fought issues in our country although it's been legal for over four decades. Twenty-one percent of all pregnancies in the United States end in abortion but few women are […]
Stronger Than the Storm? Superstorm Sandy's Two-Year Anniversary
Guests: Todd Bates and John A. Miller Today marks the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy making landfall on New Jersey's coastline. Two years later, many residents are still left wondering if post-Sandy New Jersey is ready for another […]
The language of food
Guests: Dan Jurafsky and Sybil Yang When most of us look at a restaurant menu, we're just trying to decide what dish to order. But Stanford University linguistic professor DAN JURAFSKY likes to pore over the menu, studying […]
The case against traffic court judge Thomasine Tynes; then an Ebola...
Guests: Angela Couloubis, Scott Burris and Eileen Farnon We begin today's show with ANGELA COULOUMBIS from the Philadelphia Inquirer, who'll tell us about the corruption charges brought against former traffic court judge Thomasine Tynes. Tynes is...
What is GamerGate?
Guests: Christopher Grant, Brianna Wu, and Noah Berlatsky Since August, a group of video game enthusiasts has been waging a kind of cultural war aimed at journalists who review video games. At the same time, women who work […]
Examining the McCaffery suspension
Guests: Gina Passarella, John Micek, Phil Goldsmith Justice Seamus McCaffery was suspended from his position at the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania last Monday amid a growing controversy surrounding his transmission of pornographic emails from...
Richard Blanco's "The Prince of Los Cocuyos"
Guest: Richard Blanco In January of 2013, RICHARD BLANCO made history by not only becoming the youngest inaugural poet ever, but he also became the first openly gay, the first immigrant, and the first Latino to earn the […]
Jayne Thompson's "Letters to My Younger Self"
Guest: Jayne Thompson In February of 2011, JAYNE THOMPSON, a creative writing and English instructor at Widener University, began running a workshop for the Prison Literacy Project at S.C.I. Graterford. The workshop, inspired in part by her...
Ammon Shea's "Bad English"
Guest: Ammon Shea [From the Radio Times archive] Are you a stickler for syntax or pedantic about pronouns? Have you been criticized for poor grammar? Or do you play around with language, inventing words and fiddling with phrases, […]
Ballot Talks: Midterms elsewhere
Guests: Mary Spicuzza, Dave Helling, Andra Gillespie In this edition of Ballot Talks, our weekly hour on all things election-related: We take a look at some of the more interesting midterm elections taking place across the country. First, […]
Azar Nafisi on the importance of reading literature
Guest: Azar Nafisi In her new book, The Republic of Imagination, Azar Nafisi, explores the role of literature in changing people’s lives and perpetuating the values on which America was founded. Nafisi, the author of Reading Lolita in […]
Cuba: the Latest from the Island, US-Cuba Relations, and the Perennial...
Guests: Michael Weissenstein, Ted Henken, and Frank Calzon A recent New York Times editorial calling for the US to lift its embargo against Cuba and Fidel Castro's subsequent point-by-point response has rekindled debate surrounding the US embargo and...
Jonathan Moreno's "Impromptu Man"
Guest: Jonathan Moreno In this hour of Radio Times, JONATHAN MORENO joins Marty in studio to discuss his new book Impromptu Man: J.L. Moreno and the Origins of Psychodrama, Encounter Culture, and the Social Network. His book examines […]
Pennsylvania's gubernatorial hopefuls
Guests: Tom Wolf, Jim Cawley Democratic candidate for Governor, TOM WOLF, joins Marty in the studio to discuss his candidacy and his plans for the state's top office. Then, we’re joined by Lt. Governor JIM CAWLEY to hear […]
Guest: Stanley Clarke Grammy - award winning bass player, producer, composer and Philadelphia native, STANLEY CLARKE, joins Marty in the studio to talk about his four decades-long career in music and about The Stanley Clarke Band's new album, […]
Bill T. Jones' "STORY/TIME: The Life of an Idea"
Guest: Bill T. Jones In a career that has spanned more than 40 years and multiple art forms - dance, spoken word, and choreography - BILL T. JONES has never shied away from controversial topics. His work has […]
A conversation with Norman Lear
As the creator of iconic programs like” All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and “Sanford and Sons,” NORMAN LEAR remade the culture of television. By tackling the most difficult issues of the day -racism, bigotry and civil rights […]
Ballot Talks: New Jersey update, evaluating Obama
Guests: Fred Hiatt, Blake Fleetwood, Patrick Murray In this week's edition of Ballot Talks, our weekly look at all things election-related: why are so many campaigning democrats distancing themselves from President Obama both in Pennsylvania and...
Guests: Patricia DiBartolo, Noa Kageyama, Gordon Flett While we as a culture often romanticize and admire the work ethic of perfectionists like Michael Jackson, Steve Jobs, and Martha Stewart, a recent study in Review of General Psychology suggests […]
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