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An intelligent talk show dealing with issues of the Delaware Valley, as well as issues of national and global concern.

An intelligent talk show dealing with issues of the Delaware Valley, as well as issues of national and global concern.
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Philadelphia, PA

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WHYY

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An intelligent talk show dealing with issues of the Delaware Valley, as well as issues of national and global concern.

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English


Episodes

Veterans roundtable

11/12/2018
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Guests: Mike Felker, Anna Stormer, Patrick Dugan Veterans Day was Sunday so we thought we’d talk with a couple military veterans about their experiences serving and returning to civilian life, and about what they see as the most pressing needs for America’s troops coming home. MIKE FELKER was a U.S. Navy hospital corpsman in the Vietnam War and a member of Veterans For Peace. Felker is outspoken on matters of war, gun control, and shares to his experiences being queer and a veteran. PATRICK...

Duration:00:49:00

Fair Workweek legislation

11/12/2018
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Guests: Helen Gym, Earlene Bly, Mark Price, Melissa Bova Hourly workers in the hotel, retail and fast-food industries cope with unpredictable schedules. They often get little notice about the hours and days they will be working. This makes budgeting, balancing school or a second job, and caring for a family challenging. The Fair Workweek bill before Philadelphia’s City Council would require employers to give workers their schedule two weeks in advance, compensate them for last minute...

Duration:00:48:59

Women & the 2018 midterms

11/9/2018
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Guests: Kelly Ditmar, Dawn Teele, Anthea Butler, Madeleine Deane This week’s midterm elections were record-breaking and historic for female candidates, with at least 100 women elected to the House of Representatives and a wave of victories for women across the country. South Dakota and Maine elected their first female governors, and Tennessee elected its first female Senator. Four women — Madeleine Dean, Mary Gay Scanlon, Chrissy Houlahan, and Susan Wild —were elected to the House in...

Duration:00:49:37

Astronaut Scott Kelly’s view from space; Jeff Sessions’ firing

11/8/2018
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Guests: Mark Mazzetti, Scott Kelly SCOTT KELLY spent 340 days in space, setting the record for the longest space flight by an American. The purpose of the NASA mission was to study what effects of living in space for an extended time had on the human body. An identical twin, Kelly was the perfect subject since any physiological changes could be compared to those of his brother, astronaut Mark, who remained on Earth. Floating in the International Space Station for a year, Kelly had a unique...

Duration:00:49:38

The 2018 midterms

11/7/2018
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Guests: Kevin Robillard, Jill Colvin, Marc Lamont Hill, Chris Potter The high-stakes midterm elections took place yesterday across the country. Democrats won back the House, but the expectations of a so-called “blue wave” were not met. Republicans managed to pick up a few Senate seats, and the high-profile races in Florida, Texas, and Georgia did not produce the upsets that some were expecting. Today, we’re going to discuss the implications of the results, discuss the key races that...

Duration:00:49:01

Television Finales

11/6/2018
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Guests: David Bianculli, Douglas Howard, Robert Thompson There’s so many different reasons a television show comes to an end. They can decrease in popularity, they can lose cast members, they can decide to end while they are still on top, or maybe there was no more story to tell. But how each series chooses to finish their run is so highly anticipated, scrutinized, and analyzed that it can make or break how the show is remembered. Do you sew up all the loose ends like Breaking Bad did? Do...

Duration:00:49:35

The ups and downs of optimism and pessimism

11/5/2018
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Guests: Julie Norem, Emiliana Simon-Thomas It’s hard to be an optimist these days. The synagogue shooting and the pipe bombs, the hate online and divisive politics, all the anxiety that people across the political spectrum feel around the mid-terms. In fact, a recent survey found the 69% of Americans were stressed about the country’s future. Pessimism seems to be overwhelming our nation these days, so we thought we’d take a look at the effect negative thinking has on our lives. Can we,...

Duration:00:48:46

Delaware Valley Election Day primer

11/2/2018
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Guests: Dave Davies, Holly Otterbein, Joe Hernandez Tuesday is Election Day, so we’re going to give our listeners a primer on what to think about before voting next week in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We’ll talk about the hotly contested congressional races in the two states that will play a big role in determining the makeup of the US House next year. We’ll also look at how Pennsylvania’s newly redistricted congressional map has altered this election cycle. The Democrats are trying to...

Duration:00:49:52

A history of witches

10/31/2018
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Guests: Katherine Howe, Mark Binelli People accused of witchcraft in the 17 and 18 century were often on the fringes of society, women (and sometimes men) who had pushed back against rigid and puritanical hierarchy. Novelist and historian KATHERINE HOWE says that accused witches were “being punished for being the wrong kind of person” — not following gender norms, or not respecting people who outrank you. She joins us to explain the stew of circumstances that lead to witch trials in Salem...

Duration:00:49:08

Transgender rights: #WontBeErased

10/31/2018
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Guests: Heath Fogg Davis, Leonore Carpenter, Nadia Dowshen The Trump administration is considering legally defining a person’s sex as either male or female as listed on a person’s birth certificate. This is a policy reversal from the Obama era and could mean that transgender people aren’t protected from discrimination. In addition to eroding trans rights, many worry that this will make it more difficult for people struggling with gender identity to seek help. We’ll talk about the legal,...

Duration:00:49:51

Lynsey Addario: photos of love and war

10/30/2018
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Guest: Lynsey Addario LYNSEY ADDARIO has spent two decades photographing some of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. She’s documented the genocide in Darfur, life in Afghanistan under the Taliban, the US-led invasion in Iraq, and the plight of Syrian refugees. She’s worked in some of the most dangerous places in the world and has been kidnapped twice. Throughout her career, she’s also focused her lens on women living through conflicts. Addario’s photojournalism has been awarded a...

Duration:00:49:49

The Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

10/29/2018
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Guests: Nancy Baron-Baer, Emile Bruneau, Christian Picciolini Eleven people were killed and six injured when a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday. The attacker was reportedly shouting anti-Semitic slurs as he started shooting. It’s the worst attack on Jews in the United States, according to the Anti-Defamation League, and it comes just a day after a suspect was arrested for sending pipe bombs to prominent Democrats around the country. This hour, we...

Duration:00:49:52

The bomb scare: rhetoric and reactions

10/25/2018
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Guests: Indira Lakshmanan, Dick Polman, Will Sommer The news that pipe bombs were sent to prominent Democrats, including former President Obama and Hillary Clinton, as well as CNN headquarters, has many people wondering if the level of vitriol in our politics had reached a breaking point. Have all the insults, hostility, and hyper-partisanship sparked such a violent action? While President Trump first responded to the attack by calling for unity, he quickly reverted to calling out the media...

Duration:00:49:15

Living in Philly without English

10/25/2018
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Guests: Orlando Almonte, Nelson Flores, Alicia Fernandez The United States doesn’t have an official language, but navigating daily life without speaking English is still tough in America. According to a U.S. Census Bureau survey, 10 percent of Philadelphians don’t speak fluent English. We’ll take a look at how the city government and public schools serve this population with ORLANDO ALMONTE, Language Access Program Manager for the Office of Immigrant Affairs, and NELSON FLORES, Associate...

Duration:00:49:13

Ben Bradlee Jr. on the Pa. county that elected Trump

10/24/2018
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Guest: Ben Bradlee Jr. In BEN BRADLEE Jr.’s new book, The Forgotten, the veteran journalist argues that it was Luzerne County, Pennsylvania that delivered President Trump his 2016 electoral victory. Through reporting on the county’s economic conditions and demographic changes, as well as Trump’s campaign rhetoric, Bradlee finds this key county in one of a handful of swing states encapsulates the driving forces behind Trumpism. Bradlee was also the supervisor of the Boston Globe’s Catholic...

Duration:00:49:03

The ACA and the politics of health care

10/23/2018
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Guests: Julie Rovner, Sabrina Corlette There’s some good news around the Affordable Care Act: premium prices are down on average by 1.5% for 2019, and there are more plan choices. In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, rates are dropping even more. With open enrollment starting on November 1 and health care playing a prominent role in midterm elections, we thought we’d check in on the state of Obamacare, including the costs and coverage. We’ll also discuss the continuing threats to the ACA,...

Duration:00:49:15

Textiquette and sharenting

10/22/2018
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Guests: Naomi Baron, Stacey Steinberg Hey! So… When someone texts you a lot of question marks, how does it make you feel??? How about when you get “ok.” as a response? Haha nice. Today we’re going to talk about the emotive grammar unique to text messages – how the use of punctuation, slang, specific words, and emojis are all used to convey the feeling and context to each of our messages. We’ll be joined by American University professor of linguistics NAOMI BARON to pick apart the nuances of...

Duration:00:49:18

Incivility wars

10/19/2018
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Guests: Diana Mutz, Joanne Freeman If you think the rancor in Congress is bad now, back in the days leading up to the Civil War, legislators were throwing punches, overturning chairs, and brandishing weapons in Capitol Hill. The contentious politics of the time – particularly around the issue of slavery – led to more than just verbal barbs being thrown. Yale University historian JOANNE FREEMAN joins us to talk about the Congressional fisticuffs and her book, Field of Blood: Violence in...

Duration:00:49:19

Voting: redistricting and restricting

10/18/2018
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Guests: Carol Kuniholm, Ari Berman How democratic is our democracy? As the 2018 midterms approach, a number of efforts to restrict voting have people wondering how fair and free our elections really are. Georgia, Indiana, Wisconsin, and North Dakota are all imposing, or proposing, measures that would make the act of voting much more onerous on citizens – these include voter I.D. laws, closing poll places, purging voting rolls and limiting voting hours. Today Mother Jones’ ARI BERMAN joins...

Duration:00:49:19

Our Saudi relationship

10/17/2018
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Guests: Anna Viden, David Fahrenthold The likely murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has placed scrutiny on the U.S.’s ties to Saudi Arabia, as well as it’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, also known as MbS. Today on the show, we’ll get a history of the long relationship between the two countries – from Saudi’s founding in the 1930s, to the oil crisis in 1973, to the first Gulf War, to 9/11, and now. ANNA VIDEN, program coordinator for the Middle East Center at The University of...

Duration:00:49:01