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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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National politics roundtable whlanding

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:00:48 +0000

Guests: Mickey Edwards, Joe Watkins, Sam Stein

This hour, we discuss the week’s news and the state of American politics. We’ll talk about the fallout and reaction to former FBI director James Comey’s book and the latest on the Russia and Cohen investigations. We’ll also look at what Paul Ryan’s retirement means for the GOP, Mike Pompeo’s confirmation hearings, Nikki Haley’s “confusion” about Russia sanctions, the continued scrutiny over Scott Pruitt’s spending, and we’ll remember Barbara Bush. Former Republican congressman MICKEY EDWARDS, JOE WATKINS, a political commentator who served in the H.W. Bush White House, and SAM STEIN, political editor for The Daily Beast, join Marty to talk about the latest news and the challenges facing the country in the age of Trump.


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New Jersey politics roundup Senate New Jersey Menendez

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:37:00 +0000

Guests: Ryan Hutchins, Brigid Harrison, John Mooney

We’re spending this hour catching up on some of the big stories out of New Jersey. The state’s new governor, Phil Murphy, is embarking on enacting his ambitious new agenda that will require increased spending compared to his predecessor, Chris Christie. Also, there are a slate of congressional races taking place this year, the results of which will have national consequences. POLITICO’s New Jersey bureau chief, RYAN HUTCHINS, and Montclair University professor of political science, BRIGID HARRISON, join guest host Mary Cummings-Jordan to talk about the latest in New Jersey political news. Then, NJ Spotlight education reporter, JOHN MOONEY, will tell us about the latest in education news, including the high-profile resignation of the superintendent of Camden School District and how the governor plans to improve education in the state.


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ICE in the Delaware Valley US Immigration Enforcement

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:47:28 +0000

Guests: Dale Russakoff

A recent report from ProPublica and The Philadelphia Inquirer found that Philadelphia’s office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the most aggressive in the country, in terms of the volume of arrests of those with no criminal convictions. This is often the result of “ sweeps,” mass arrests including people in the wrong place at the wrong time. The ICE jurisdiction includes Pa., Delaware and West Virginia. The report’s co-author DALE RUSSAKOFF joins Marty today to talk about the practices of Philly ICE and the people who have been most affected by them. But first, MARK JOSEPH STERN of Slate tells us about yesterday’s immigration-related Supreme Court ruling.


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Arrests at the Rittenhouse Square Starbucks Starbucks-Black Men Arrested

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:54:25 +0000

Guests: David Harris, Marc Lamont Hill, Gene Demby

The arrest of two black men at the Rittenhouse Square Starbucks in Philadelphia has caused an uproar among community members and social justice advocates and many of the public. A manager called the police after asking the men to leave because they had not purchased anything. The men said that they were waiting for a friend to arrive for a meeting, refused to leave, and were arrested, handcuffed and taken to the police department. This was all captured on video with bystanders saying the men did nothing wrong.  They were released hours later without charges. Today on the show we’ll talk about the incident, its implications, and its repercussions with Temple University professor and political commentator MARC LAMONT HILL, who owns the Germantown coffee shop Uncle Bobbie’s, and with GENE DEMBY, of NPR’s “Code Switch.” But first, we’ll get University of Pittsburgh law professor DAVID HARRIS’ thoughts on the legality and appropriateness of the police response at Starbucks.

 


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Giving and taking criticism criticism

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 18:00:18 +0000

Guests: Debbie Goldstein, Eli Finkel

Do you want to know what your colleagues, family, friends, or even your spouse really think about you? Your work? Your habits? Your appearance? Most of us don’t, but hearing and applying criticism can often motivate us and help us grow. So how do we give constructive feedback to others without devastating the recipient? And how do we learn to be less thin-skinned when being critiqued? And finally, when is it worthwhile to speak up and tell someone what you really think? Marty talks with Harvad professor and managing director of Triad Consulting, DEBBIE GOLDSTEIN, and ELI FINKEL, a psychology professor at Northwestern University and the author of All-Or-Nothing Marriage.

 


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Why economics and politics don’t mix trade epi

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:00:14 +0000

Guest: Alan Blinder

By all accounts, the U.S. economy is strong. But, will this strength continue? The federal budget deficit is expected to top $1 trillion by 2020 according to new projections, in large part because of the new tax cuts. There’s also the lingering threat of a trade war with China, as President Trump continues to talk of tariffs and our country’s trade deficit. Princeton professor ALAN BLINDER says these are two examples of how politics often gets in the way of sound economic policy. Blinder, a former vice-chair of the Federal Reserve, joins us to explain the interplay of politics on economic policy in his new book, Advice and Dissent, and explains the divide between economists and politicians and provides a blueprint for closing that gap.


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Zuckerberg faces congress Mark Zuckerberg

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:00:21 +0000

Guests: Issie Lapowsky, Joseph Turow

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced two congressional inquiries this week, in which he was grilled about the collection and sale of user information. The most used social media site has been under much public scrutiny since the 2016 election, and recent reporting about the data mining firm, Cambridge Analytica’s use of user information in the political arena has increased the government’s interest into just what Facebook knows about us. Today on the show, we’ll speak with ISSIE LAPOWSKY of WIRED and JOSEPH TUROW, professor of communications at The University of Pennsylvania join us to talk about the congressional hearings, the questions Zuckerberg did, and didn’t, answer, and what policy could result from the inquiry.


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How cities are driving animal evolution crows

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 10:01:41 +0000

Guest: Menno Schilthuizen

Our fast-paced crowded cities aren’t just impacting our lives, they are shaping animal evolution, even accelerating it. To survive the noise, smog, traffic, light and heat of our urban jungles, wildlife has had to quickly adapt. In his new book, Darwin Comes to Town, evolutionary biologist MENNO SCHILTHUIZEN explains how cities are driving natural selection in animals all around the world, including in mosquitoes in London, spiders in Vienna, and mice in New York.


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F.B.I. raid on Michael Cohen’s offices cohen episode

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 10:00:57 +0000

Guest: Mimi Rocah

Yesterday the F.B.I. raided the offices and home of Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer.  We’ll talk with MIMI ROCAH, former federal prosecutor in New York, about what we know so far about the investigation into Cohen and its connection to the Stormy Daniels allegations.


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The escalation of Syrian conflict merlin_136555428_7439ba87-4dca-4559-902b-cfab0f5b22af-master768

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:00:07 +0000

This weekend’s suspected chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Douma, a suburbs of Damascus, and Israeli airstrikes on a military base in Homs have ratcheted up the already tense situation in Syria. At his Cabinet Meeting on Monday, President Trump condemned the chemical attack and said he will make a decision regarding U.S. retaliation within the next few days.  Today on Radio Times, we’ll discuss the current escalation of the conflict in Syria, what’s at stake for that country, the  international powers involved, and the way forward for U.S. policy.  We’ll start the hour talking with SAM HELLER of the International Crisis Group who is based in Beirut, Lebanon, and has been following events on the ground, including the aftermath of the chemical attack.  Then, we’re joined by AMBASSADOR JAMES DOBBINS of the Rand Corporation and ILAN GOLDENBERG of the Center for a New American Security.


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Immigration update: the migrant caravan, DACA, and ICE crackdowns The Week That Was in Latin America Photo Gallery

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 10:01:27 +0000

Guests: Delphine Schrank, Maria Sacchetti

We check in on the caravan of Central American migrants that was journeying through Mexico towards the American border last week. President Trump drew attention to the group, calling them a national security threat and said he would send National Guard troops to secure the U.S./Mexico border.  We’ll talk with Reuters’ chief correspondent for Mexico and Central America, DELPHINE SCHRANK, who spent a week traveling with the caravan, and with MARIA SACCHETTI, immigration reporter for The Washington Post about the about the migrants, U.S./Mexico relations, DACA and recent ICE crackdowns.


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Scott Pruitt’s tenure at the EPA and the mounting scandal Scott Pruitt

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 10:00:57 +0000

Guest: Lisa Friedman

Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt has come under fire for a number of ethics violations, including his D.C. housing, use of first-class travel, and raises for certain staff members. Pruitt has been a controversial figure since President Trump appointed him to lead the EPA, for his staunch views against climate change and regulations. We’ll talk about Pruitt’s tenure at the EPA, the scandals swirling around him and the calls for his resignation with New York Times climate change reporter, LISA FRIEDMAN.


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Pa. governor’s race governors episode

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:02:53 +0000

Guests: John Baer, Dave Davies

The Pennsylvania governor’s race is heating up with the May 15 primary approaching.  Three Republican candidates, Scott Wagner, Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth, are vying for the party nomination and a chance to face Democratic governor Tom Wolf this fall.  WHYY senior reporter DAVE DAVIES and Daily News columnist JOHN BAER join Marty to talk about race, the candidates and the issues.


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Update on special counsel Mueller’s investigation Mueller episode

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:01:46 +0000

Guest: Josh Gerstein

We get an update on Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion. Politico’s JOSH GERSTEIN weighs in on the recent news that the special counsel told Trump’s attorneys that the President is a subject and not a target of the investigation thus far. We’ll also talk about the sentencing of the Dutch lawyer, the money laundering charges against Manafort, and Mueller’s forth-coming report.


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Is Amazon ripping off the U.S. Postal Service? amazon episode

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:00:53 +0000

Guest: Spencer Soper

President Trump lashed out at Amazon this week through a series of tweets. He criticized Amazon’s business deal with the U.S. Postal Service, saying the online retail giant was taking advantage of the USPS. In this segment, we talk with SPENCER SOPER, a reporter for Bloomberg News, about the Amazon/USPS business relationship and the President’s critique.


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Sinclair and the news media landscape SINCLAIR

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:01:01 +0000

Guests: Patrick Murray, John Nichols, Andy Kroll, Aaron Weiss

Recently a video compilation of local news anchors reading the same script decrying biased news highlighted the practices of Sinclair Broadcast Group, who is the largest owner of local television stations in the country. Sinclair has already come under scrutiny when it syndicated opinion segments from former advisers to President Trump. There are also concerns about the company’s attempt to consolidate the news media landscape even further by acquiring Tribune Media, another company that owns many television stations. Today, we’ll talk about the company, how it operates, and the questions this all raises about journalism, objectivity, and the news business. Joining us will be JOHN NICHOLS of The Nation, ANDY KROLL of Mother Jones and we’ll hear from AARON WEISS, who worked at a Sinclair-owned station as news director. But first, we’ll talk about which sources of information Americans trust the most when we talk with PATRICK MURRAY, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.


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Remembering King: The 50th Assassination Anniversary of MLK Jr. CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS MARCH

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 10:00:03 +0000

Guests: Jason Sokol, Rev. Charles Howard, Karen Asper-Jordan, Kenneth “Freedom Smitty” Salaam

Today, marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. In 1968, the beloved civil rights leader was fatally shot on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. A wave of riots erupted as an immediate response of his death which swept through many cities. In this hour, JASON SOKOL, associate professor of History at the University of New Hampshire and the author of The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. explains to us the aftermath of King’s death. REV. CHARLES HOWARD, the University Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania, talks about the work his dad did with King and the impact King had on him and his work. Freedom Fighters, KAREN ASPER-JORDAN and KENNETH “FREEDOM SMITTY” SALAAM, discuss working with King as teenagers in Philadelphia.


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‘The Black National Anthem’ JamesWeldon episode

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 10:27:14 +0000

Guest: Imani Perry

The Star-Spangled Banner became the official national anthem in 1931, but by then, many black Americans were already singing a different anthem that represented their struggle for freedom. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was written by two brothers, James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson in 1900 to commemorate what would have been Abraham Lincoln’s 91st birthday. It quickly spread through the South and then nationwide and is today commonly known as the “black national anthem.”  IMANI PERRY, professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, has written a history of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” its social, cultural and spiritual significance.  Perry comes in to talk about her book, May We Forever Stand: The History of the Black National Anthem.


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Turmoil at Veterans Affairs David Shulkin

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 12:43:32 +0000

Guest: Leo Shane

There’s been some turmoil at the Department of Veterans Affairs. David Shulkin, VA Secretary and Obama administration holdover, claims he was fired from his post, while the White House maintains that he resigned from the position. At the heart of his disagreement with the current administration is whether the department should be privatized. LEO SHANE, congressional reporter for Military Times joins us to discuss the ouster and whom the Trump administration have planned to replace Shulkin.


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The Montiers motiers EP

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 10:25:28 +0000

WHYY’s KAREN SMYLES tells us the story behind her documentary, The Montiers: An American Story, which chronicles several generations of an African-American family of Philadelphia’s first mayor.


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