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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

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

“The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry”

10/16/2018
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Guest: Imani Perry Lorraine Hansberry was far ahead of her time as a playwright and social justice advocate. At just 29-years-old, she wrote Raisin in the Sun – the first Broadway play written by a black women. She was also an activist on racial and gender issues, so much so that she was under FBI surveillance. Although Hansberry was married to a man, she identified as a lesbian and joined one of the country’s first lesbian organizations. Still, many people don’t know much about Hansberry’s...

Duration:00:35:29

Journalists at risk

10/16/2018
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Guests: Anne Applebaum The disappearance and alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey last week has many journalists and writers thinking about their safety, particularly those who write critically of authoritarian leaders. Today, Washington Post columnist, ANNE APPLEBAUM, will talk about the broader threat of modern international journalism – the disappearances, jailing, and assassinations that have taken place at the hands of dictators around the world.

Duration:00:13:29

Trauma, memory and healing

10/15/2018
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Guests: Marla Gold, Astra Czerny, Jim Hopper Feeling exhausted and upset after the Kavanaugh/Ford testimony? Many people across the political spectrum felt emotionally spent and raw during the hearings and in the days since. But now we’re moved on to the next news story even though there’s still so much to discuss. This hour, we talk about why so many of us were so shaken by the Senate hearing, how to cope with it, and how to heal from trauma. We start off our hour, discussing the science...

Duration:00:48:59

Does religion dictate politics, or visa versa?

10/12/2018
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Guest: Michele Margolis It is conventional wisdom in American politics that Christian voters gravitate to the GOP because of their religious convictions, and that the Democratic Party is home to more secular voters. In other words that religion defines political identity. But our guest, MICHELE MARGOLIS, believes that the inverse is true; it is our political polarization that shapes our religious affiliations. Through research and reporting, Margolis lays out her theory in her new book,...

Duration:00:48:59

Rethinking sex education

10/11/2018
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Guest: Al Vernacchio Sex education curricula vary hugely across the country. 24 states mandate some kind of sex education, but 18 require sex ed teachers say it’s important to only have sex if you’re married. 12 states require that sex ed include some discussion of sexual orientation — but 3 of them require that information be negative. AL VERNACCHIO, author of For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens About Sexuality, Values, and Health, has been a human sexuality educator for...

Duration:00:48:57

Gritty politics

10/10/2018
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Guests: Jim Saksa, Jake Blumgart We end today’s show on a lighter note; what do you think of the Philadelphia Flyers’ new mascot Gritty? He’s become a flashpoint, not only in the sports arena, but in the political arena as well, with Antifa and other leftist organizations staking their claim to Gritty’s likeness. PlanPhilly’s JAKE BLUMGART and JIM SAKSA are kind of obsessed with this story and will join Marty, and our listeners, to opine about Philly’s big orange mess of a mascot.

Duration:00:16:59

The U.N.’s dire climate change study

10/10/2018
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Guest: Ben Strauss The new U.N. climate report that paints an urgent and dire picture of the Earth’s future if extreme measures are not taken to stop and reverse the effects of climate change. BEN STRAUSS, CEO and chief scientist at Climate Central joins us with his thoughts.

Duration:00:18:29

Reforming Pa. statute of limitations

10/10/2018
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Guest: Katie Meyers We’re going to begin with a bill making it’s way through the Pennsylvania legislature that would expand the statute of limitations in sexual assault cases. It comes on the heels of the massive Catholic Church abuse report by the Attorney General released earlier this year, and would allow victims to file retroactive claims against their abusers. WITF’s State Capitol Bureau Chief, KATIE MEYER, joins us with the latest.

Duration:00:13:29

NYT uncovers Trump family tax schemes

10/9/2018
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Guests: Russell Buetner, Jennifer Bird-Pollan Donald Trump has long-bragged about being a self-made billionaire but a recent New York Times investigation into the Trump’s and his father’s business empire dispute that claim. According to the reporting, Trump received today’s equivalent of $400 million from his father, Fred Trump, over his lifetime. The Trump family business also employed dodgy tax practices over the years, avoiding some $550 million in taxes. New York Times investigative...

Duration:00:48:57

Casey Gerald’s “There Will Be No Miracles”

10/8/2018
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Guest: Casey Gerald CASEY GERALD had a tough childhood. He grew up in a low-income suburb of Dallas. His father had substance abuse problems. His mother suffered from mental illness and left when he was 12. Growing up, Gerald struggled with his faith and his homosexuality. Despite all these challenges, he was recruited to play football for Yale and went on to Harvard Business School, to Wall Street, and to become an entrepreneur. His “rags-to-riches” story, however, convinced Gerald of just...

Duration:00:48:58

Women’s rage and political change

10/4/2018
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Guest: Rebecca Traister Brett Kavanaugh’s anger seen next to Christine Blasey Ford’s composure and the public reaction to their testimonies, highlights our culture’s double standard about around women and rage. Would Ford have been seen as a credible witness if she had yelled accusations with fury, as Kavanaugh did? Why are we so uncomfortable with angry women, especially when women have so much to be justifiably angry about? Journalist REBECCA TRAISTER explores women’s relationship with...

Duration:00:48:59

The Battle of Chosin Reservoir

10/3/2018
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Guest: Hampton Sides General Douglas MacArthur was certain that the Chinese would not step into the Korean War in 1950. Unfortunately, he was terribly wrong. As 20,000 U.S. Marines and U.N. Forces moved into the frozen mountains of North Korea, 300,000 Chinese crossed the border and surrounded the soldiers around the Chosin Reservoir. The “Frozen Chosin” battle as it is sometimes called, is one of the most brutal and dramatic of the Korean War. Historian and writer HAMPTON SIDES joins us...

Duration:00:48:58

Pa.’s unequal public defender system

10/2/2018
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Guests: Kevin McCorry, Phyllis Subin, Rich Long Pennsylvania is the only state that does not provide state funding or oversight for its public defense system, leaving the job to its 67 different counties. Today, we’ll explore the effects that this has when it comes to citizens getting adequate representation in court as required by The Constitution. Also, we’ll explore how this funding method affects the politics of the state. Guest host Tracey Matisak’s speaks with KEVIN McCORRY, editor of...

Duration:00:49:00

The Radio Times Night of Improv

10/1/2018
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Guests: Kristin Finger, Darryl Charles, Shannon Fahey A couple weeks ago, we here at Radio Times decided it might be a good idea to take a break from the news– so we hosted a night of improv comedy right here at the WHYY headquarters. We asked comedians KRISTIN FINGER, DARRYL CHARLES, and SHANNON FAHEY to perform some improv comedy for us, and to discuss the techniques and pitfalls of performing without a script.

Duration:00:48:59

The Kavanaugh/Ford hearings

9/28/2018
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Guests: Laura Little, Michael Moreland The back-to-back testimony of Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh about an alleged sexual assault before the Senate Judiciary committee yesterday has put Judge Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination in jeopardy. This hour, we’ll discuss what we learned from hearings, how its playing out across the country, and the political implications. We’ll be joined by LAURA LITTLE, professor of law at Temple University School of Law, and MICHAEL MORELAND,...

Duration:00:48:58

The roots of the overdose crisis

9/26/2018
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Guests: Beth Macy, Aubrey Whelan A “bad batch” of drugs, most likely a mix of heroine, fentanyl and K2, killed seven people in Philadelphia over the summer, and sent more than 110 people to the hospital. A new study out from the CDC found that Pennsylvania has among the highest overdose death rates in the country. Despite the growing awareness of the overdose epidemic, the deaths persist. This hour, we’ll talk with journalist BETH MACY who’s been tracking the opioid crisis in America and...

Duration:00:49:14

The looming showdowns

9/25/2018
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Guests: Howard Fineman, Victoria Bassetti For several hours on Monday we didn’t know if Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein was going to be fired, if he had resigned or something else. This was after a story in the New York Times claiming he had suggested secretly taping President Trump. They are planning to meet on Thursday, the same day that Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford will be questioned before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Today, we’ll parse out this dizzying barrage of...

Duration:00:49:14

Making jokes at work

9/24/2018
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Guests: Maurice Schweitzer, Brad Bitterly Telling a joke is a risk, especially at work. Humor can make the office a fun, lively, more productive place, but what happens when a joke falls flat, offends, or alienates a colleague, or even your boss? Today, we’ll talk about cracking wise at the workplace – the kinds of jokes that work, the kind to avoid, and the effect that being a cubicle comic can have on your career. We’re joined by University of Pennsylvania Wharton School professor MAURICE...

Duration:00:49:13

Obesity: stopping the stigma

9/21/2018
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Guests: Chyke Doubeni, Michael Hobbes Obesity continues to be a major public health issue in America. As this problem persists, so does the interest in stemming the negative effects of excessive weight. We begin today’s show talking with University of Pennsylvania physician and professor CHYKE DOUBENI. He’s a member of the US Preventative Services Task Force, who just released a report advising physicians to direct their obese patients to specialists, including mental health professionals...

Duration:00:49:13