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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.
||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|
||Isabel Allende’s “In the Midst of Winter”||Guest: Isabel Allende Novelist ISABEL ALLENDE has written a new book, In the Midst of Winter, about an enduring love. The story begins in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn when Richard Bowmaster, 60-year-old human rights scholar, hits the car of Evelyn Ortega, a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala. This minor accident takes a more dramatic turn when Evelyn shows up at Richard’s house needing help. Richard turns to his tenant, Lucia Maraz—a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile—for her advice. In this hour, Mary Cummings-Jordan talks with Allende about her new novel, which moves from present day Brooklyn and Guatemala to 1970s Chile and Brazil, and about the themes of human rights and immigration that run through it.||11/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Dan Rather’s “What Unites Us”||Guest: Dan Rather Veteran broadcaster DAN RATHER has interviewed every president since Dwight Eisenhower, save for Donald Trump, and has covered the world’s biggest stories of the past six decades. In his book, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, Rather shares his observations about the American identity, the state of journalism, and the institutions that make up the nation. In this hour, Marty talks with Rather about journalism, American history and why he is hopeful for the future.||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Post-election wrap-up||Guests: Brigid Harrison, Dave Davies, David Weigel Tuesday was on off-year election with a few interesting races taking place in our region. We’ll begin by looking at the election of Democrat Phil Murphy, who won the New Jersey governorship over Chris Christie acolyte Kim Guagdano by a larger margin than expected. Montclair State University professor of political science BRIGID HARRISON joins us to talk about what the election will mean for New Jersey. Then, we’ll talk with WHYY’s DAVE DAVIES about the winner of the race for District Attorney of Philadelphia, Democrat Larry Krasner. And we’ll talk about what the ‘yes’ vote of the ballot question will mean for Pennsylvanian’s property taxes. We close out the hour looking at the election results in Virginia, and if the Democratic victories down there are a referendum on President Trump. Also the Democratic National Committee is infighting following former chairwoman Donna Brazile’s claims that the Clinton campaign had an unfair advantage in the 2016 primary. DAVID WEIGEL of The Washington Post joins us.||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Texas Church shooting raises familiar questions||Guests: Lily Raff McCaulou, Melissa Jeltsen, Allison Anderman The plague of mass shootings in America continued this weekend, when a man entered a Texas church and open-fired, killing 26 and injuring 20. As we continue to parse through the motives and background of the shooter, some familiar patterns have emerged. He had a history as a domestic abuser, having been court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting both his wife and child. And, he used a military-style weapon, the AR-15, which allowed him to murder a lot of people in a short amount of time. Today, we’ll talk about both the link between domestic abuse, as well as the laws around high-capacity firearms when we speak with MELISSA JELTSEN who writes about domestic abuse and gun laws for The Huffington Post, and with ALLISON ANDERMAN, managing attorney for the Giffords Law Center to prevent gun violence. But first, we’ll hear from LILY RAFF McCAULOU. She advocates for responsible gun ownership with Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership, who advocate for stricter background checks, and fight open-carry laws.||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Nikki Giovanni||Guest: Nikki Giovanni In poet NIKKI GIOVANNI’s new book, A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter, Giovanni recalls the violence she saw growing up, describes the joy of aging and celebrates her friendship with Maya Angelou. Giovanni has spent over 30 years as a poet, activist, and educator with a focus on race, class and gender. In this hour, Marty talks with Giovanni about her new book and years of poetry, pain and friendship.||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Trump in Asia||Guests: Simon Denyer, Jacques deLisle President Trump is making his longest foreign trip as president to East Asia. Obviously, the North Korean threat will take center stage when he talks with the leaders of China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Trump will meet with Chinese president Xi Jingping, who is openly trying to make China the most powerful country in the world. And, Trump’s meeting with the Filipino president is getting backlash from Human rights groups, due to his use of extrajudicial killings. We’ll talk about all of this and more with The Washington Post’s China bureau chief, SIMON DENYER, and with JACQUES deLISLE, deputy director of The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Contemporary China, and director of The Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Asia Program.||11/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Pa. Ballot Question / Conservative media / Foreign lobbying||Guests: Ryan Briggs, Callum Borchers, Theodoric Meyer We begin today’s show discussing the ballot question before Pennsylvanians on Tuesday’s election. The proposed constitutional amendment is intended to reduce property taxes and would effectively change school funding. RYAN BRIGGS of City and State Pennsylvania joins us to explain the details. Then, we’ll talk about what conservative media outlets have been talking about. This includes the claim that Hillary Clinton sold 20% of U.S. uranium to the Russians, and the question of who funded Fusion GPS’ now-infamous ‘dossier.’ CALLUM BORCHERS of The Washington Post deconstructs these stories for us. And finally, we’ll talk about the practice of lobbying on behalf of foreign governments in Washington, which has been exposed by the indictment of Paul Manafort. THEODORIC MEYER, lobbying reporter for POLITICO joins us to tell us about the laws that surround lobbying in D.C., and how Mueller’s investigation has spooked K Street.||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||MacArthur Fellow on prejudice, bullying and ethnic conflict||BETSY LEVY PALUCK was awarded a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship, often called a “genius grant,” for her research on prejudice, bullying and ethnic conflict. Paluck, a professor of psychology at Princeton University, studies social norms and networks to find ways to change intolerant attitudes and harmful behaviors. Marty talks with Paluck about her anti-bullying interventions in New Jersey schools and her experiment in post-conflict Rwanda that used radio soap operas to increase ethnic tolerance.||11/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lisa Thomas-Laury’s “On Camera and Off”; Manafort indictment||Guests: Lisa Thomas-Laury and Byron Tau LISA THOMAS-LAURY was a trailblazing African American news anchor in Philadelphia from 1978 to last year when she retired. She’s interviewed President Ronald Regan, Ted Kennedy, Oprah Winfrey and Princess Diana. For this wife and mother of two, life on camera and off seemed perfect. That was all until she got bad news. In her new memoir, On Camera and Off: When the News Is Good and When it’s Not, Thomas-Laury talks about her battle with a rare plasma cell disorder called POEMS, and the only treatment available was a bone marrow transplant. In this hour, Marty talks with Thomas-Laury about how she balanced her career and her health. Then, we’ll hear about the accelerating investigation being led by Robert Mueller, including the indictment of one-time Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, and the guilty plea by campaign energy consultant, George Papadopoulos. BYRON TAU of The Wall Street Journal joins us to fill us in on the latest.||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Edward Ayers “The Thin Light of Freedom”||Guests: Edward Ayers Most histories of the civil war focus on the decisive battles, the military leaders, the battlefield strategy, and the political forces that shaped the era. In historian EDWARD AYERS’ new book, The Thin Light of Freedom, he depicts the struggles of ordinary Americans during wartime – the soldiers, the civilians, and the enslaved. He focuses his book on the final years of the war and early reconstruction, both north and south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Ayers joins Marty in the studio to talk about his book and how average Americans coped and experienced the war.||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||5th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy||Guests: Amanda Devecka-Rinear, Benjamin Horton, Patricia Findley It’s been five years since Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, New York, and Delaware, killing 159 people and causing $70 billion in damages. Tens of thousands of homes were flooded and many completely destroyed. Governor Christie said this week that New Jersey’s recovery from the storm is complete. This hour, we’ll take a look at where the recovery stands and the storm’s impact on the lives of residents, as well as their mental and physical health. We’ll also discuss rising sea levels and climate change and how we can prepare for more frequent storms and flooding. Marty’s guests are AMANDA DEVECKA-RINEAR, founding director of the New Jersey Resource Project and the New Jersey Organizing Project, BENJAMIN HORTON, professor in the department of marine and coastal science at Rutgers University, and PATRICIA FINDLEY, associate professor in the School of Social Work at Rutgers University.||10/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||GOP civil war? / Consumer protection rollback||Guests: Renae Merle, John Fetterman, Joe Watkins Sen. Jeff Flake’s announcement that he will not seek reelection was coupled with an acerbic assessment of the President and his fellow Republicans. Like the recent speeches of Republicans Sen. John McCain and President George W. Bush, Flake’s speech was a rebuke of Trumpism, which they have characterized as the politics of resentment and nationalism. And Sen. Bob Corker has also been outspoken against the President for his bullying and lying. We’re going to talk about the GOP establishment’s displeasure with Trump, and if there is a ‘civil war’ in the party. Braddock, Pennsylvania Mayor and one-time Democratic candidate for Senate JOHN FETTERMAN joins us, along with political commentator JOE WATKINS and NPR’s DOMENICO MONTANARO. But first, RENAE MERLE of The Washington Post joins us to talk about the Senate vote eliminate a regulation that allowed consumers to file class action lawsuits against banks and credit card companies and why this was a big deal.||10/26/2017||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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