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Radio Times 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.

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Radio Times 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.

‘Peak Mind:’ paying attention in a distracting world

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It’s easy to be distracted these days with the fast pace of life, the lure of multitasking and all the technology at our fingertips. We can post, text, email, call or watch anything anytime. But neuroscientist AMISHI JHA says that if we live with this scattered attention, we will miss out on 50% of our lives. Jha, a professor of psychology at the University of Miami, says that there are simple ways to regain our focus which can significantly improve our health and happiness. Jha joins us to talk about mindfulness, being in the moment and her new book, Peak Mind: Find Your Focus, Own Your Attention, Invest 12 Minutes a Day.

Nov 12 2021

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Trash, trash and more trash

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A recent City Controller report shows that while trash piling up in Philadelphia looks like a widespread issue, your neighborhood could determine just how late garbage collection will be. City Controller REBECCA RHYNHART, who looked at data from 2009 through the pandemic, will join us to discuss how sanitation performance has declined in the last several years and was dramatically impacted by Covid-19. We’ll also talk with TERRILL HAIGLER, aka “Ya Fav Trashman”, a former sanitation worker turned activist, about what the city should do to reform cleanup policies and prevent rampant illegal dumping. He’s calling for government transparency and says communities need more anti-littering and recycling education. First, Philadelphia Streets Department Environmental Planning Director SCOTT MCGRATH will share the city’s reaction to the data, what’s happening in the sanitation department and what steps can be taken to address disparities in trash collection.

Nov 11 2021

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The infrastructure bill

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The House passed the bipartisan infrastructure plan last week, a key component of Biden’s agenda. Thirteen Republicans signed on to it. The $1.2 trillion bill includes $550 billion in new spending with money for roads, bridges, rail, ports, airports, water systems, power grid, broadband, electric cars, and more. We’ll talk about what’s in the bill, what it took to get it passed, and its potential impact on the country and our region. Our guests are ROBERT PUENTES, President of the Eno Center for Transportation, LESLIE RICHARDS, General Manager for SEPTA, and former Pennsylvania Governor ED RENDELL.

Nov 10 2021

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John McWhorter on ‘Woke Racism’

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In his new book, Woke Racism, Columbia University linguist JOHN MCWHORTER offers a critique of the left’s focus on race and anti-racism. He argues that anti-racism has become a religion for many white liberals and Black intellectuals, one that doesn’t require the real work of social activism and harms the communities it purports to help. We’ll talk with McWhorter about racism in America, why he believes the anti-racism movement hurts Black communities and society at large, and how he believes racism should be confronted. We’ll also talk about the battles around critical race theory, cancel culture, and language.

Nov 09 2021

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Regional Roundup – 11/8/21

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Philadelphia City Councilmember MARIA QUINONES SANCHEZ recently revealed her own battle with breast cancer, just one of many diseases with significant disparities in treatment for Black and Latina women. She’ll join us to explain why she made the decision to share her story and talk about the importance of early detection. We’ll also talk with JUDITH BECK, daughter of psychotherapy pioneer Dr. Aaron Beck, who passed away this week at the age of 100. We’ll look at his legacy and discuss how his Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model transformed the field of mental health. And, the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge is known as Delaware’s only Revolutionary War landmark, but its history reaches far beyond Colonial soldiers. Historical researcher and archeologist WADE CATTS, member of Friends of Cooch’s Bridge, will discuss how his group is bringing stories of indigenous people and slaves into narratives about this local landmark.

Nov 08 2021

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Lessons for the Democrats from the 2021 election

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Tuesday’s election results sent shudders down the spines of many Democrats. There were heavy losses, including the Virginia governor’s race and a surprisingly narrow victory by New Jersey incumbent Governor Phil Murphy. It seems the ire that drove many Democrats to the polls when Trump was in office has faded, and the fighting over Biden’s legislative agenda in Congress isn’t exactly inspiring turnout. However, the Republican focus on culture wars and issues around schools – Critical Race Theory, masks and vaccine mandates, and anger over pandemic school closures – did mobilize their voters to the polls. This hour, with the midterms just a year away, President Biden’s poll numbers slumping, and razor-thin majorities in the House and Senate, just how alarmed should Democrats be? Our guests are TOM MORAN, columnist for the New Jersey Star-Ledger, BASIL SMIKLE, former executive director of the New York Democratic Party and TJ ROONEY, former chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.

Nov 05 2021

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‘Tattoo Monologues’ and treating trauma

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People living with trauma are often psychologically unable to find the words to answer the question, “What happened to you?” But a new book, The Tattoo Monologues: Indelible Marks on the Body and Soul, features dozens of women who use body art to tell their personal stories and find their way to recovery and healing. By choosing to get tattooed and enduring the pain of the needle, these women are taking back their power, and the end result is something beautiful and permanent on their skin. This hour, we’re joined by the book’s author DONNA TORRISI, a nurse practitioner who decided to capture these stories after tattoos on countless patients piqued her curiosity. Alongside her, MANYA ECHOLS, who’s featured in the book, will tell her own story. Then, we’ll hear from MEAGAN CORRADO, a social worker and trauma therapist and SANDRA BLOOM, trauma researcher and professor at Drexel University, about what’s left out of the public conversation about mental health and how trauma education is changing lives.

Nov 04 2021

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Is incivility on the rise?

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Scenes of Americans screaming at school officials, threatening election workers, arguing with restaurant workers and attacking flight attendants are all over social media. But are these viral videos of people acting badly on planes, in restaurants and at school board meetings evidence that our society is getting ruder, meaner and angrier? And if so, what’s behind all the boorish, uncivilized behavior? Can we chalk it all up to the pandemic? Today, we talk with New York Times ethicists KWAME ANTHONY APPIAH, professor of philosophy and law at NYU and RYAN MARTINa professor of psychology at University of Wisconsin – Green Bay about incivility in America and ways to diffuse the anger.

Nov 03 2021

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Regulating toxic “forever chemicals”

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The Biden administration is cracking down on use of PFAS, called “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down in the environment. The 4,000 or so per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals called PFAS are in all kinds of products, from nonstick cookware and makeup to stain-resistant furniture and firefighting foam. These toxic chemicals are in our water, our food, and our homes and are known to harm human health. They are linked to cancers, infertility, endocrine and immune problems, and high blood pressure and cholesterol. This hour, what and where are PFAS, the risk they pose and how to regulate them. We’re joined by CARLA NG, a chemical engineer and assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and SCOTT FABER, with at the Environmental Working Group.

Nov 01 2021

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Regional Roundup – 11/01

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Tuesday’s election will have a huge impact on the political landscape in Pennsylvania – from potential changes at the state’s highest court to highly contentious local school board races. WHYY political reporter KATIE MEYER joins us to talk about why this race is different than many others and what might happen if certain candidates prevail. Then, we’re joined by Dr. LAWRENCE KLEINMAN from the Department of Pediatrics at Rutgers University’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He’ll explain what’s happening with COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11, discuss the research happening behind the scenes and answer questions from parents. We’ll also talk to SELENA YIP, festival director of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, about why she embraced a hybrid-virtual model for the event, and how some of this year’s films deal with the tragedy of Coronavirus and anti-Asian racism.

Nov 01 2021

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The future of the Republican Party

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Former President Trump continues to dominate the Republican Party, stating his plans to run for office in the 2024 Presidential election. According to recent polls, a majority of Republican voters would welcome it. His outsized influence over the GOP means that Republican politicians and candidates have to embrace many of Trump’s extremist views, including his lies about election fraud and his political divisiveness. This hour, what does the future Republican Party look like and what are the options for conservatives who reject Trumpism? We’ll talk with three Republicans about their frustrations with the direction of the party and if they see a way to right the course. Our guests are former New Jersey Governor CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN, former Republican strategist STUART STEVENS, author of It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump, and political commentator JOE WATKINS, a former aide to President George H.W. Bush.

Oct 29 2021

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Can the Democrats make a deal on the social spending plan?

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President Biden was hoping for an agreement on his social spending package before he left for European summits on Thursday, but negotiations between congressional Democrats over the plan’s price tag, the provisions and how to pay for it continue. Finding compromise between Senators Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema and the more liberal wing of the party has been a challenge and many key progressive priorities have ended up on the chopping block, including paid family leave, expanded Medicare, free community college and a clean electricity plan. Debates also continue over a proposed “billionaire tax” to help fund the social plan. This hour, we’ll talk about the spending bill – what’s in it and what was left out. Who are the holdouts, and what are the political implications for Democrats and President Biden? NPR’s DOMENICO MONTANARO and Politico’s RACHAEL BADE join us. Then, we’ll talk about what this very public display of Congressional policymaking says about the process, politics and our political parties with JAMES CURRY, professor of political science at the University of Utah.

Oct 28 2021

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‘Robert E. Lee: A Life’

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Robert E. Lee: A Life is a new biography that examines one of the most well-known and controversial Civil War figures. Author ALLEN C. GUELZO, professor and historian at Princeton University, covers Lee’s life starting with his traumatic childhood that involved the disappearance of his father, to the ultimate betrayal of his country. When General Lee violated his oath to the US Army and commanded Confederate soldiers, his treason was accompanied by praise and admiration, and while he claimed to believe slavery was immoral, he vigorously and strategically fought to defend it. This hour, as our nation grapples with removing statues of confederate leaders and changing school buildings that bear Lee’s name, Guelzo joins us to share his character study of a complicated figure.

Oct 27 2021

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The Philadelphia district attorney race: DA Larry Krasner and Charles Peruto

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District Attorney LARRY KRASNER is running for a second term as Philadelphia’s top prosecutor. He’s being challenged by criminal defense attorney CHARLES PERUTO in the upcoming November 2nd election. Krasner has touted his record of progressive policies on criminal justice and police reform, but his challenger has pointed to the soaring rates of gun violence and homicides in the city, arguing Krasner is too soft on crime. This hour, we start off talking with incumbent District Attorney Krasner about his record and the issues he’ll tackle if elected for another term. Then, challenger Charles Peruto joins us to share why he’s running for DA, his policy plans if elected and their potential impact on criminal justice in Philadelphia.

Oct 26 2021

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Regional Roundup – 10/25/21

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Thousands of transit workers who keep trains, buses, trolleys and subways moving around Philadelphia could go on strike if their union does not reach an agreement with SEPTA officials over paid family leave and increased wages. WHYY reporter RYAN BRIGGS will discuss the likelihood of a strike and what it could mean for residents who rely on public transportation. Then, University of Pennsylvania students MAX STRICKBERGER and ALAN JINICH travelled the country in the height of the pandemic to interview young adults ages 18-25 about how Covid-19 dramatically changed their lives. They join us to talk about Generation Pandemic, a capsule of the oral histories they collected along the way. And, as the Eagles football season is underway and basketball star Ben Simmons’ drama takes over the 76ers’ first week, Philadelphia Inquirer reporter MARCUS HAYES gives us a Philly sports rundown.

Oct 25 2021

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The fight over voting rights

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This week, a major voting rights bill was blocked by Senate Republicans for a third time this year. All 50 Republican senators voted against even debating the measure, arguing it was federal overreach. The legislation, which was a compromise led by Senator Joe Manchin, included expanding early voting, making election day a national holiday, banning partisan gerrymandering, strengthening election security, and requiring voter I.D.. In this hour, how to protect voting at a time when more states are imposing restrictive voting laws. And what options are left for Democrats trying to protect the vote – kill the filibuster? Mother Jones reporter ARI BERMAN and the Brennan Center’s WENDY WEISER joins us.

Oct 22 2021

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The bystander effect

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Last week a man was charged with raping a woman on a Philadelphia train in front of other passengers. No one tried to stop the attack, raising the question of why the bystanders didn’t intervene, and why, in many situations, witnesses don’t step in. In this hour, we examine the bystander effect, the psychology behind why we fail to act when we see a problematic event, and how to speak up and help others in all kinds of difficult situations – including racial or sexual harassment and physical assault. Our guest is Amherst College professor of psychology CATHERINE SANDERSON, author of Why We Act: Turning Bystanders into Moral Rebels. We’re also joined by DAX VALDES with Hollaback!, an organization which aims to end harassment by training people to intervene.

Oct 21 2021

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The “Great Resignation:” why Americans are quitting at record levels

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Americans are quitting their jobs at record levels. In August alone, 2.9% of workers, or 4.3 million people, resigned to take a new job or to stop working altogether. And this trend crosses all job types, income levels, and generations but restaurants, health care and retail saw the largest number of departures. While some people have found better jobs in the competitive market, others, many women, have had to leave the workforce because of child care shortages. Today, what’s behind the “Great Resignation” as it’s been called by our guest ANTHONY KLOTZ, business professor at Texas A&M University. We’ll talk with Klotz and University of Michigan economist BETSEY STEVENSON, about why people are quitting, what this means for individuals, businesses and the economy, and how the pandemic has reshaped how we think about work.

Oct 20 2021

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Regional Roundup – 10/18/21

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Princeton University professor DAVID MACMILLAN has been awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his decades spent making science “greener”. He joins us to discuss an earth-friendly way to develop molecules that will impact many of the products and medicines we use every day. And, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in Philadelphia – could new FDA guidelines about the salty foods we love make a difference? To discuss sodium, heart health, and new research about aspirin regimens, we’ll talk with DR. DEON VIGILANCE, a cardiology specialist and board president at the local American Heart Association chapter. Plus, how might a swarm of honeybees help to relieve anxiety and depression? AMELIA MRAZ and NATASHA PHAM explain how their apiary, Half Mad Honey, aims to make a difference in the field of mental wellness.

Oct 18 2021

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‘Finding the Mother Tree’ & the wisdom of the forest

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In healthy forests, researchers have discovered that trees communicate with one another and share resources across species through underground fungal networks. Ecologist SUZANNE SIMARD joins us to talk about her groundbreaking research that’s changed our understanding of trees and forest ecology.  We’ll discuss the social network that thrives between trees in old growth forests, the threat posed by forest practices like clear-cutting and her own personal and professional struggles. Her new book is Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest. [Originally broadcast August 3rd]

Oct 15 2021

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Excellent!

By MegDorris - Sep 08 2018
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Always interesting, and I’m never disappointed! I seriously learn something new in each episode.

Marty

By CSgirl59 - Jul 25 2018
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I never right reviews, but Marty is the best!! You just need to listen once and you’re convinced.