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Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane is an intelligent talk show dealing with issues of the Delaware Valley, as well as issues of national and global concern. Radio Times is produced by WHYY in Philadelphia.
||Pa. Gambling expansion / Temple’s first Rhodes Scholar/ “Whataboutism”||Guests: Katie Meyer, Hazim Hardeman, Tom Nichols We begin today’s show with a conversation with WITF’s KATIE MEYER about the Pennsylvania state budget and its implications, particularly the effort to expand gambling in order to make up for shortfalls. And we’ll hear about the anti-abortion bill before Harrisburg legislators. Then, we’ll meet HAZIM HARDEMAN, Temple University’s first ever Rhodes Scholar. He’ll join us to talk about his North Philadelphia upbringing and what his plans are going ahead. Lastly, we’ll talk about the political strategy known as “whataboutism.” The President uses this strategy as do many politicians and pundits. We’ll find out about the roots of this tactic, and how it’s gaining momentum in the social media age. TOM NICHOLS, Sovietologist and professor at the U.S. Naval War College joins us to explain the practice and give us his take on its rise.||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Families in crisis: aging parents & disabled children||GUESTS: RONNIE POLANECZKY, AUDREY (DEE) COCCIA & MAUREEN DEVANEY Daily News columnist, RONNIE POLANECZKY, has been writing a series about aging parents of intellectual and developmental disabled adults. The series, called Falling off the Cliff, takes us through several stories of families who struggle with reporting incidents of incompetence or abuse from caregivers. Some families are having difficulty finding employment, housing and medical services for their disabled children. They also can have anxiety about what will happen to their children when they die. In this hour, we talk with Ronnie about her findings. We’re also joined by AUDREY (DEE) COCCIA and MAUREEN DEVANEY,co-founders and co-executive directors of Vision for EQuality, Inc., who have advocated for over 30 years for their own intellectual and developmental disabled adult children and many others.||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Digital distraction and addictive devices||Guest: Nir Eyal How often do you look at your smartphone during the day – checking Facebook or Twitter, or posting on Instagram? The fact that technology is addictive, and is being deliberately designed to be, probably doesn’t surprise you. But how can we protect ourselves from being too distracted by digital games, apps and social media? NIR EYAL knows all about the irresistible pull of our devices. In fact, he consults with businesses on ways to hook consumers and wrote a popular book about it a few years ago, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. This hour, we’ll talk with Eyal about the best ways to resist digital distraction and about whether companies have an obligation to design less addictive tech.||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||‘The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah’ / Meek Mill update||Guests: Bobby Allyn, Adam Valen Levinson ADAM VALEN LEVINSON is on a mission to bridge the world’s cultural and ideological divisions through humor. His new travel memoir, The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah Levinson writes about his decision to travel throughout the Middle East as a Jew in order to counter the fear that 9/11 provoked in so many Americans. Levinson joins us on the show today to talk about his laugh filled adventures and why Americans shouldn’t be scared of the world. But first, we’ll get an update on the imprisonment of Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill, who was just denied bail for charges of violating probation. WHYY’s BOBBY ALLYN tells us the latest.||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Flynn, and the latest on the Mueller investigation||Guests: Ryan Goodman, Bob Dreyfuss Last week, former National Security Advisor to President Trump, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian government during the presidential transition last year. Then it was revealed that a White House lawyer had informed the President that Flynn had mislead the FBI before the guilty plea. Trump tweeted that he knew about Flynn’s deception, which legal experts say indicates “obstruction of justice.” These are all the latest turns in the Robert Mueller investigation that has already brought charges against three members of the Trump campaign. Today, we discuss the investigation and what it could mean for the Trump administration and the President himself. We’re joined by RYAN GOODMAN, professor of Law at NYU joins us along with BOB DREYFUSS, investigative journalist and contributing editor for The Nation.||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||‘The Fear Factor,’ altruism and psychopathy||Guest: Abigail Marsh An heroic act by a stranger during car accident started ABIGAIL MARSH wondering what makes some people so compassionate that they’d risk their lives to help a total stranger. Marsh went on to become a social psychologist and a professor at Georgetown University. She’s spent her career researching the human brain and people who are either extremely generous and altruistic, or cruel and psychopathic. In this hour of Radio Times, Marsh discusses her new book, The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between.||12/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Vanishing insects / Blooming jellyfish||Guests: Scott Black, Juli Berwald If you’ve noticed that bugs aren’t splattering on your windshield like they used to, you are not imagining things. It’s a symptom of a vanishing insect population, the consequences of which could be dire. SCOTT BLACK, executive director of the Xerces Society joins us to tell us about the decline and how less bugs will affect our environment. Then, if you’ve never been in awe of jellyfish, science writer JULI BERWALD might convert you. These rubbery, slimy, sometimes venomous creatures are beautiful and remarkably complex, despite being 95% water. Berwald writes about the diversity of jellyfish, her adventures with them, and the impact climate change is having on their populations in her new book, Spineless: the Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone.||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||“Quest” / CHIP funding update||Guests: Jonathan Olshefski, Christopher Rainey, PJ Rainey, David Rubin Filmmaker JONATHAN OLSHEFSKI spent nearly a decade documenting the life of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. His new documentary, Quest, is an intimate portrait of this loving and tight-knit family who have created a safe and creative space in a tough neighborhood in a city struggling with poverty and violence. Today, we’re joined by Olshefski and CHRISTOPHER “QUEST” RAINEY, along with his daughter, PJ RAINEY to hear about how the film came to be and the message it sends. Then, the future of the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, remains uncertain. Congress is fighting over how to pay for the program, which currently insures 8 million kids and 370,000 pregnant women. We’ll talk with DAVID RUBIN, a pediatrician and director of PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia about the impact of CHIP on kids’ lives and its future.||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The rise of Nazis; in Germany and in America||Guests: Thomas Childers, Arnie Bernstein On Sunday, The New York Times published an article about a low-key Nazi in Ohio. The piece drew fierce criticism from many corners of the political spectrum for “normalizing” Nazism in America. But Nazis in America are nothing new. In fact, 20,000 Americans attended a Nazi rally at Madison Square Garden. Today on the show, we’re going to examine Nazism from a historical perspective – in Germany and in America. We’ll be joined by historian ARNIE BERNSTEIN, author of Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German American Bund. He’ll tell us about the American Nazi’s of the 1930’s and their leader. We’ll also be joined by historian THOMAS CHILDERS, author of the new book The Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany, which aims to debunk some of the long-standing myths about Hitler and the Nazi Party’s rise to power.||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The shifting media landscape of the Trump era||Guests: Cory Doctorow, Andy Kroll, Meg James There are a lot of changes in the media these days. We’ll begin today’s show talking about the Trump administration’s threat to repeal net neutrality protections and what this would mean for the future of the internet. CORY DOCTOROW, co-editor of Boing Boing joins us to explain. Then, we’ll explore how the media landscape is shifting in the Trump era. The DOJ is blocking the sale of Time Warner to AT&T, just as Time Inc. was bought by the Koch Brothers-affiliated Meredith media group. Trump just lambasted the Time Warner-owned CNN again in recent days, suggesting that the network’s international coverage is biased against him. Finally, the Trump administration has repealed a law to prevent local media monopolies, allowing Sinclair Broadcasting group to buy local stations that broadcast syndicated pro-Trump commentaries on local news affiliates. ANDY KROLL of Mother Jones and MEG JAMES of the Los Angeles Times joins us to discuss all of this and what the fallout could look like for media companies and for news coverage.||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Hidden City / Broken Symphony||Guests: Joseph B. Elliot, Nathaniel Popkin, Peter Woodall, Robert Blackson Philadelphia is filled with unseen spaces and little-known history. In the new book, Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City, JOSEPH E.B. ELLIOTT, NATHANIEL POPKIN, and PETER WOODALL show readers the photographs of urban life – from the Civil War through World War II. In this hour, Marty talks with the trio of authors about the multilayered history of Philadelphia and the stories behind the Wanamaker organ, faded picture of Father and Mother Divine and the now-abandoned Holmesburg Prison. Then we’ll hear about the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, a new project in Philadelphia aimed at highlighting the underfunded city schools which cannot afford to repair their musical instruments. Temple Contemporary director ROBERT BLACKSON will tell us about the project and will bring in some of the broken instruments that will be used in the symphony.||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||‘Wonderland’ / ‘The Aisles Have Eyes”||Guests: Steven Johnson, Joseph Turow In his book, Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World, STEVEN JOHNSON argues that fun and leisure have led to the innovations that have shaped our current age. From medieval times to the 19th century, Johnson illustrates just how technological advancements in entertainment were instrumental in the direction the world has gone, and how paying attention to these areas will help predict our future. Then, JOSEPH TUROW details how brick-and-mortar stores are watching us when we shop in his new book, The Aisles Have Eyes. The University of Pennsylvania professor outlines the measures that corporations go to track our buying habits and behaviors in stores like WalMart, Target, Macy’s and grocery stores.||11/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Pastor father, humanist son||Guests: Tony Campolo, Bart Campolo At fifty years old, BART CAMPOLO told his prominent Evangelical priest father, TONY CAMPOLO, that he no longer believed in God. The announcement, understandably, caused tension within the Campolo family, altering the relationships they had with each other, and with their faith. Tony was dismayed, and Bart felt guilty for disappointing the family he loved. But, through introspection and love, their bond endured and they have reached a sense of mutual admiration and understanding. They chronicled this experience and their thoughts on faith in their new book Why I Left, Why I Stayed, and they join Marty on the show today to tell us their story. [from the Radio Times archive]||11/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||What is American cuisine?||Guest: Gabrielle Langholtz American cuisine is difficult to define. Our diverse culinary traditions, cultures, history and geography all play a role. Cookbook author GABRIELLE LANGHOLTZ has captured the deliciously varied food of the nation in her new collection, America: The Cookbook. Langholtz and her team traveled around the states researching and collecting regional and family favorites, new and old. There’s Mississippi Mud Cake, kimchi Korean pancakes, Frogmore stew, smoky chipotle Bison pot roast, chop suey, and Parker House rolls. She’ll come in to talk to Marty about some of her favorite recipes and stories from her travels, as well as last minute tips for Thanksgiving feast.||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||SRC ends, Philly schools get local control||Guests: Donna Copper and Bill Green After nearly 16 years of contentions debates, including walkouts and other forms of demonstrations by political leaders, education advocates, parents and students, the School Reform Commission (SRC) has voted to end its control of the School District of Philadelphia. On Thursday, the five-member body approved an end to the commission after this academic year. On July 1, the District will return to a local Board of Education which will be made up of nine members. So, what comes next? In this hour, Marty talks with DONNA COOPER, executive director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth, KENDRA BROOKS, organizing member of Parents United and member of Our City Our Schools and BILL GREEN, SRC commissioner about the history of the state takeover, charter school expansion and the future of Philadelphia’s schools.||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Political roundtable with Sabrina Siddiqui and Dick Polman||Guests: Sabrina Siddiqui, Dick Polman We have a lot of politics to discuss today. The GOP tax plan just passed the House, making Republican’s long-sought after cuts more possible and mark the first big legislative victory of the Trump era. We’ll talk about what’s in the plan, what its effect would be, the likelihood of a similar version passing the Senate, and how that would impact next year’s election. And, we’ll look at the political fallout from the Roy Moore and Al Franken scandals, and if the #metoo moment will continue to shake-up the government. Also – more information has come to light regarding the Trump campaign’s communication with Julian Assange and Wikileaks. Attorney Jeff Sessions testified in a House Judiciary committee hearing last week, where he was heavily questioned about the Trump team’s contacts with the Russian government. We’ll talk about the latest in the ongoing Russia probe that’s been looming over the Trump presidency since last year’s election. SABRINA SIDDIQUI of The Guardian and WHYY’s DICK POLMAN will join us for our political roundtable.||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The roots of the opioid epidemic||Guests: Keith Wailoo, Lenny Bernstein Pharmaceutical companies, drug distributors, doctors, drug stores and illegal street dealers have all played a role in the opioid epidemic. Overdoses from opioids killed 64,000 people last year – over 900 in Philadelphia alone—making this the deadliest drug epidemic in American history. Last month President Trump declared it a national health emergency, but has yet to request funds to combat the crisis. This hour, we’ll dissect the epidemic and look at its roots with Princeton University professor KEITH WAILOO and author of Pain: A Political History, and LENNY BERNSTEIN, health and medicine reporter for The Washington Post.||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Sexual assault: in politics, in Hollywood||Guests: Michelle Goldberg, Tyler Coates This is unmistakably an historic moment when it comes to powerful men getting their comeuppance for sexual indiscretion. Today on the show we’re going to talk about what all of the headline-grabbing allegations of sexual assault portends for politics, and for the entertainment industry. We’ll begin with the most pressing instance – that of, Roy Moore, senate candidate in Alabama. New York Times columnist MICHELLE GOLDBERG joins us to discuss Moore, other prominent politicians alleged of sexual assault, and what is says about the culture in politics. Then, we’ll move on Hollywood. Kevin Spacey and Louis CK are the latest to have been outed and their careers have been upended as a result. So where does this put TV and movie fans? Is it now amoral to watch the work of Hollywood elite who have done despicable things? We’re joined by Esquire’s senior culture editor, TYLER COATES.||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Syrian civil war continues||Guests: Kareem Shaheen, Wendy Pearlman While no longer on the front pages of American newspapers, Syrian civil war continues. Since its start in 2011, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been killed, millions have been internally displaced and five million have fled the country. A recent report by Amnesty International details Assad’s strategy of starving the besieged cities where some 500,000 are still trapped. We start this hour, speaking with The Guardian’s KAREEM SHAHEEN about the conflict, the lives of the Syrian people, and the near defeat of ISIS there. Then, WENDY PEARLMAN, a political science professor at Northwestern University, comes in to talk about her collection of interviews with Syrian refugees. Pearlman traveled around the Middle East and Europe speaking to hundreds of refugees in camps and at border crossings–businessman, doctors, accountants, housewives, and teenagers–who were forced to flee Assad’s brutal regime. She’s collected their stories in the book, We Crossed A Bridge and It Trembled: Voices of Syria.||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Paradise Papers / GOP tax plan update||Guests: Damian Paletta, Jesse Drucker The Paradise Papers, millions of leaked documents from the Bermuda law firm Appleby, detail the ways that the wealthy and powerful hide their money in offshore tax havens. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) have poured through the documents and found how celebrities, politicians, and business leaders like Wilbur Ross, Yuri Milner, Bono, Queen Elizabeth, as well as corporations like Apple and Nike, use these offshore vehicles to evade paying taxes. This hour, we’ll discuss what the Paradise Papers reveal and their global impact with JESSE DRUCKER, a reporter for The New York Times who is also part of the ICIJ Paradise Papers investigative team. But first, we’ll look at what’s in the Republican tax plan and where it stands with the Washington Post’s DAMIAN PALETTA.||11/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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She's as objective as is humanly possible. She's fair to the guests in allowing the fullest of answers. She's polite to all callers. She's in control in an amazing variety of subjects. She's got one of the best classrooms on air. It's a toss up between her and Melvyn Bragg as to who's the best host on radio. And that's a good thing.
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