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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.

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Min Jin Lee’s “PACHINKO” min jin lee

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:00:18 +0000

MIN JIN LEE’s new novel, PACHINKO, chronicles four generations of one Korean family who struggles to fight for control of their destinies as they experience the troubled history of legal and social discrimination against Koreans living in Japan. While writing the book, Lee lived in Tokyo with her own family and interviewed dozens of ethnic Koreans. In this hour, guest host Mary Cummings-Jordan talks with Lee about her new book, why she named the book after a popular adult Japanese pinball game and her family’s history.

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Cambridge Analytica scandal causes trouble for Facebook Mark Zuckerberg

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:43:35 +0000

Guest: Tiffany Li

The scandal surrounding digital campaign firm Cambridge Analytica has highlighted some of Facebook’s unnerving forms of selling user data to third parties. We talk with attorney and Resident Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, TIFFANY LI, about the kinds of data Facebook collects, who it can sell it to, what purposes the data provides buyers, and what it all means for Facebook users.

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“How to Break Up With Your Phone” TEC--Digital Life-X Days With The iPhone X

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:06:08 +0000

Guest: Catherine Price

Just look around next time you’re in line at the grocery store, out to dinner, or at a playground. Most people’s heads will be down, looking at their phones – Facebook, games, news alerts, texts, Instagram, Tinder, twitter, and more drive people look at their phones up to hundreds of times a day. What is this constant distraction doing to our social lives, our work, our brains? This hour, we’ll talk to science writer CATHERINE PRICE about why this technology is so addictive and learn simple ways to reduce our dependence on it. Her new book is, How to Break Up with Your Phone.

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Exit Earth Harvey

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:16:34 +0000

Guests: Michio Kaku

Physicist and futurist MICHIO KAKU theorizes that humans living in outer space could eventually become a reality not just the stuff of science fiction.  Whether due to climate change or catastrophic cosmic events, it’s possible that our species might one day be forced to evacuate planet Earth and live among the stars.  In his new book The Future of Humanity, Kaku explores how developments in robotics, nanotechnology and biotechnology could enable us to someday build habitable cities on Mars.  He joins Marty for the hour to enlighten us about how humans might survive in the future. [This episode originally aired on 2/17/2018]

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Applying poker strategy to your life Annie Duke

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:00:41 +0000

Guest: Annie Duke

After two decades, champion poker player ANNIE DUKE is used to the uncertainty and high-pressure decision-making that comes with the game. Now she’s taken the lessons she’s learned from playing at high stakes tables around the world, along with her graduate studies in cognitive psychology, and applied them to life in general. Her new book is Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts. She comes in to talk with Marty about her career, her interest in psychology, and how to make better choices.

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Russia takes center stage Russia Nemtsov

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:06:47 +0000

Guest: Sergio Caltagirone, Luke Harding

 Over the past couple of years, the Kremlin has surprised the international community with its ability to disrupt the machinations of other countries. The Russian government is being blamed for intentionally interfering in elections of foreign countries, including the U.S. They recently ratcheted up tensions with NATO states by allegedly poisoning a spy in the U.K., and most recently, the U.S. has pinned a hack of an electoral grid on Russians, resulting in sanctions. We’ll begin by talking with SERGIO CALTAGIRONE, a cybersecutiry and threat intelligence expert at Dragos Inc., about the Russian electoral grid hack, what its implications are for American’s infrastructure, and how the U.S. is prepared for these types of attacks. Then, we’ll talk with The Guardian’s LUKE HARDING, who was their Moscow bureau chief before being expelled. He has been covering the inner-workings of the Russian government and oligarchs for over a decade. He’ll talk to us about the chemical attacks, and about all of the evidence he has compiled that indicates Russian President Putin aligned himself with Donald Trump to get him elected president. His book is called Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win.

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Pa. GOP gets ready for more elections PA GOP episode

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 19:23:47 +0000

Guests: Charlie Gerow, John Brabender, Charlie Dent

The Republican Party’s candidate for Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district came just short of victory on Tuesday, in an area that Trump won handily in 2016. As more elections in Pa. approach,  Republicans are trying to decipher the meaning of this significant defeat and what kind of campaign strategy, and candidates, will work moving forward. Joining us to give us their views on the GOP’s strategy is are consultants CHARLIE GEROW, of Quantum Communications and JOHN BRABENDER of Brabender Cox who worked with Saccone’s campaign. We’ll also hear from retiring Republican Congressman CHARLIE DENT who’s seat will be up for election in November.

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Poisoned spy inflames U.K. – Russia relations Britain Spy

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 19:27:28 +0000

Guest: Richard Pérez-Peña

We talk about the nerve agent attack on a former spy and his daughter in Salisbury, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has attributed the attack to the Russian government and expelled 23 Russian diplomats as recourse. We’ll talk with RICHARD PEREZ-PENA, a news editor for The New York Times, about the attack, its intent, and what effect it will have on Russia’s relationship with the U.K. and the rest of the world.

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Ian Buruma’s “A Tokyo Romance” episode

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 19:22:15 +0000


New York Review of Books’ editor IAN BURUMA, knew almost nothing about Japan when he arrived in Tokyo in 1975. Trading his upper-middle class childhood of garden sprinklers, bridge parties, and tennis for adventures in a city of neon lights, Japanese pop and cabarets, exposed him to a different culture. Through his adventures of avant-garde theater, carnival acts and fashion shoots, and hanging out on sets with Japanese film director, Akira Kurosawa, Buruma made a radical transformation. In this hour, Marty talks to Buruma about his memoir, A Tokyo Romance, and how he reinvented himself in Japan.

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The student walkout for gun control School Shooting Florida

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 04:01:04 +0000

Students across the country will be participating in a walk-out today to show their solidarity with the survivors of the Stoneman Douglas School shooting who are advocating for stricter gun control laws. Today, we’ll hear some live reports on the ground from WHYY reporters who will be on the scene and speaking with local students to get their thoughts on the walk-out and U.S. gun laws.

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Tillerson’s ouster and its implications US Africa Tillerson

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:43:15 +0000

Guest: Emily Tamkin

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired by President Trump via tweet on Tuesday. His replacement, Mike Pompeo will move from his post as C.I.A. director to fill Tillerson’s seat, and Gina Hapsel will replace Pompeo at the C.I.A.’s top post. We’re joined by EMILY TAMKIN of Foreign Policy to talk about what led to Tillerson’s ouster, the reactions on Capitol Hill and in the Intelligence community. We’ll also hear about the careers of the newly appointed Secretary of State and head of the C.I.A.

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What happened in the PA-18 special election? Pa-18 Episode

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:27:36 +0000

Last night, voters in Western Pa. went to the polls to vote in a special election that has been followed by political watchers nationwide. In a very close race, Democrat Conor Lamb has declared victory over his opponent Rick Saccone in a district where Trump won by some 20 points. The race has been couched as an indication of the President’s popularity.  Today, we’ll speak with DAVE WEIGEL, political reporter for The Washington Post, about the results and what he learned from speaking to the people of PA-18 about their views on politics and President Trump.

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The science of perfect timing hourglass

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:00:51 +0000

Guest: Daniel Pink

Scientists are taking a serious look at timing. What time you take a test, schedule a doctor appointment, appear before a judge in court, or start a new relationship affects the outcome. Science writer DANIEL PINK looks at the research into timing in his new book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. He comes in to talk to Marty about the ebb and flow in a day, our own biological rhythms and how they both impact success in our lives.

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Pa. primaries … who knows?? Pa politics who know

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:57:31 +0000

Guests: Chris Potter, John Baer, Holly Otterbein 

There are a lot of primary elections in Pennsylvania on the horizon and a special election this Tuesday that’s getting national attention. We’ll talk with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s CHRIS POTTER about the 18th in western Pa. and if it will be a national bellwether for the general election in November. As far as the other races are concerned, the GOP will selecting their general election candidate for governor to challenge Tom Wolf and the congressional candidates are gearing up for an interesting battle due to the newly drawn district lines. The 5th district alone has twelve declared Democrats and seven declared Republicans vying for the seat. Today, we’ll talk about the primaries taking place in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas with Daily News columnist JOHN BAER, and Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, HOLLY OTTERBEIN.

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Trump’s executive order on tariffs steelepi

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 22:06:48 +0000

Guests:  Heather Long, Edward Alden, Josh Bivens

President Trump signed an executive order imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports Thursday, a decision that’s been fiercely debated over recent weeks. It’s led to the resignation of his chief advisor Gary Cohn, roiled the markets, and may lead to a trade war. So what effect will a 25% tax on steel imports and a 10% tax on aluminum have on the economy? This hour, we’ll debate the potential impact of tariffs and look more closely at Trump’s trade policy. Marty’s guests are HEATHER LONG, economics correspondent for The Washington Post, JOSH BIVENS, director of research at the Economic Policy Institute, and EDWARD ALDEN, senior fellow at the council on Foreign Relations and author of Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy.

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The Israel – U.S. relationship Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 19:47:45 +0000

Guests: Josepf Federman, Dan Shapiro

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a warm welcome when he met with President Trump this week. Netanyahu remarked that, “I have less disagreements with President Trump than I had with President Obama. Actually I still haven’t encountered any disagreement with Trump.” The two talked about the Iran Nuclear Deal, Iran’s expanding influence in Syria, and the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem. Much like Trump, Netanyahu has been dogged by a corruption scandal, including criminal allegations of graft. This hour, we’ll discuss the embattled Prime Minister and his visit to the U.S. with JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press bureau chief for Israel and the Palestinian territories. Then, DAN SHAPIRO, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel under the Obama Administration, joins Marty to talk about U.S. relations with Israel, the significance of the embassy move, and the potential for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks under the Trump Administration.

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Foreign lobbying in D.C. Paul Manafort

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 17:38:20 +0000

Foreign lobbying is a huge industry in Washington. It’s common for Washington D.C. elites to curry favor with lawmakers on behalf of foreign governments. Yet the regulations on the practice are slim and loosely enforced. The indictment of Paul Manafort for neglecting to register his various ties overseas has some on K Street worried. BEN FREEMAN, director and founder of the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative at the Center for International Policy joins us.

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Kushner’s conflicts Jared Kushner

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 17:28:58 +0000

Guests: Andrea Bernstein, Andrew Prokop

Jared Kushner lost his top-level security clearance last week. Since this incident, information has come out alleging conflicts-of-interest with the President’s son-in-law, who may have been using his closeness to President Trump as leverage in his financial dealings. Today, we’ll talk with WNYC’s ANDREA BERNSTEIN, who is co-host of the new podcast “Trump, Inc.,” and by ANDREW PROKOP, political reporter for Vox.

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A Mister Rogers appreciation hour Mister-Rogers

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 19:56:19 +0000

Guests: David Newall, David Bianculli, Sherri Hope Culver

Mister Rogers Neighborhood premiered 50 years ago on PBS. Generations of children grew up watching Fred Rogers and being reassured that they were special for simply being themselves. Fred Rogers’ songs, stories, and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe emphasized self-esteem, friendship, compassion, curiosity and imagination. Speaking directly to his young audience, Rogers often tackled tough topics like war, death, and divorce. Sadly Fred Rogers died of cancer in 2003 but the lasting influence of his show continues. This hour, we’ll pay tribute to Mister Rogers and look at his impact with DAVID NEWALL, who played Mr. McFeely on the show, DAVID BIANCULLI, TV critic and guest host for Fresh Air, and SHERRI HOPE CULVER, professor of media and communication at Temple University

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Steve Coll on the Afghanistan War and Directorate S Afepi

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 19:10:33 +0000

Guest: Steve Coll

Afghanistan’s president Ashraf Ghani wants to talk peace with Taliban. He’s offered to forgive their war crimes and allow the Taliban to become a legitimate political party in an effort to end the almost 17 years of fighting. Journalist STEVE COLL has been covering Afghanistan before and after 9/11. His new book, Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan looks at the many missteps the U.S. military apparatus has made in this war. This includes the misapprehension that the Pakistani intelligence agency was our ally in the fight against the Taliban and Al Qaeda, which was simultaneously aiding and funding these terrorist organizations. Coll joins Marty for the hour to walk us through America’s role in the region.

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