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Best WHYY podcasts we could find (updated February 2020)
Best WHYY podcasts we could find
Updated February 2020
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Fresh Air from WHYY, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Hosted by Terry Gross, the show features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.
 
Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Each week, nearly 4.5 million people listen to the show's intimate conversations broadcast on more than 500 National Public Radio (NPR) stations across the country, as well as in Europe on the World Radio Network.Though Fresh Air has been categorized as a "talk show," it hardly fits the mold. Its 1994 Peabody Award citation credits Fresh Air ...
 
Newsworks Tonight is a daily radio show that showcases the best reporting and storytelling from WHYY’s talented staff of journalists. It also features the work of NewsWorks partners such as NJ Spotlight, Technically Philly, the Public School Notebook, PlanPhilly, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia Business Journal.
 
What does it really mean to get a good education? What is educational success? The third season of WHYY’s Schooled podcast explores these questions and more through the stories of very different students fighting to escape poverty in Philadelphia.
 
From small towns to big cities — Grapple gives voice to people living and working in distressed communities. Through personal narratives and long-form storytelling, you hear conversations that tell the story of America’s profound economic and social changes — including how distressed communities have changed over time, what they’re grappling with today, and how they’re redefining themselves. Grapple’s first season takes you to a series of communities across Pennsylvania that were once vibran ...
 
Improv Everything takes on the task of educating listeners on how different improv concepts can be applied in the business world. Each episode a guest from the world of business, government or education joins co-hosts John Hanson (CEO of the Delaware River Port Authority) and Rob Alesiani (PHIT Comedy Instructor) for a lively discussion on the intersection of comedy, improv, and professional life – to lay out how improv concepts can be beneficial in professional leadership and personal growt ...
 
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Guests: Emily Wilson, Thomas Ward, Erica Armstrong Dunbar For Presidents Day, this week’s Regional Roundup is a compilation of some of the most interesting segments from the show’s archives. We’ll learn about the oldest form of American music, called Sacred Harp Singing when Mary spoke with local Sacred Harp singing organizer, THOMAS WARD. We’ll al…
 
The Trump campaign is planning to spend $1 billion and a lot will go towards disinformation and propaganda. 'Atlantic' journalist McKay Coppins talks about what he learned about the new techniques the campaign and its supporters are using to spread disinformation, discredit journalists, and dismantle the mainstream media. Justin Chang reviews 'And …
 
Nick Hornby's 1995 novel, 'High Fidelity,' about a heartsick record shop owner, was made into a film starring John Cusack in 2000. Now it's been adapted and updated into a new Hulu series, starring Zoë Kravitz. Hornby spoke with Terry Gross when the book came out about judging people based on their pop culture tastes — an idea central to the story.…
 
The new FRONTLINE PBS documentary 'Amazon Empire' investigates Amazon's business practices, as well as questions surrounding privacy, surveillance and regulation. We talk with James Jacoby, the film's director and correspondent, about how the company went from being an online bookseller to having its hands in space travel and facial recognition sof…
 
If you’re from Philly, chances are you’ve had a “South Street era” in your life. But what you may not know is throughout the mid-20th century, the city looked at turning its iconic party, music and shopping destination into a highway. Why was South Street spared and what was its lasting impact on the neighborhood? Guest: Jeremy Tenenbaum, Hidden Ci…
 
In her memoir, 'The Watergate Girl,' Jill Wine-Banks talks about confronting Nixon White House insiders on the witness stand, enduring sexism in the courtroom and how the Watergate probe differs from Trump's impeachment. She's now a legal analyst for MSNBC. And book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Deepa Anappara's novel 'Djinn Patrol on the Purple …
 
Michael Bloomberg is under fire for comments he made in 2015 about the controversial police tactic of stop and frisk. When he announced his presidential bid last year, Bloomberg apologized for pushing that strategy. The man who helped him craft that speech? Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who’s taken the post as Bloomberg’s national polit…
 
'Omnivore's Dilemma' author Michael Pollan talks about his new audiobook, 'Caffeine: How Coffee and Tea Created the Modern World.' He describes caffeine as the world's most widely-used psychoactive drug. "Here's a drug we use every day. ... We never think about it as a drug or an addiction, but that's exactly what it is," Pollan says. "I thought, w…
 
The Philadelphia Police Department’s latest class of recruits is much smaller than average — only 19 people. It also includes zero African Americans in a city that’s 45% African-American. While it’s hard to know if that class is a blip or the start of a pattern, we look at why the city’s police force has long been understaffed, and struggled with d…
 
Guests: Joe Hernandez, Sister Mary Scullion, Cathi Fuhrman On this week’s Regional Roundup; WHYY’s JOE HERNANDEZ joins us to talk about the latest in what’s happening in New Jersey. Then, SISTER MARY SCULLION, president and executive director of Project HOME joins us to talk about being a guest at the State of the Union, and her group’s recent work…
 
Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert's Oscar-nominated documentary goes inside a Chinese-owned automotive glass factory in Ohio, where a unionized GM plant once stood. The filmmakers talk about the work culture clash in the factory. Justin Chang reviews the Russian movie 'Beanpole.' Writer Eilene Zimmerman didn't learn of her ex-husband's addiction to …
 
'Joker' director Todd Phillips talks about how he disguised his "deep-dive character study" film as a comic book movie. It's nominated for 11 Oscars including Best Picture. Also, we remember 'Spartacus' actor Kirk Douglas, who died Thursday at 103. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1988. Film critic Justin Chang reviews the Russian movie 'Beanpole.'…
 
In the second installment of our Battleground 2020 series, we’ll examine voting and election reform in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. With the passage last fall of ACT 77, a comprehensive set of improvements to voting processes were put into law. No straight-party voting, mail-in ballots, early voting, and new registration deadlines are among th…
 
While there have been zero cases of coronavirus in Philly, the response has been swift with reports of business being down in Chinatown and cancelled exchange programs and events. We took a closer look at what happened after the first potential case of coronavirus surfaced at a Philadelphia Quaker school. When does measured caution morph into paran…
 
Guests: Mark Gleason, Donna Cooper School choice was front and center at President Trump’s State of the Union address. During the speech, Trump singled out Philadelphia 4th grader, Jeniyah Davis, and awarded her an “opportunity scholarship” to attend a private school. The President even called out Governor Wolf for vetoing a bill that would increas…
 
Science writer David Quammen talks about the new virus in China, what we learned from SARS, and how viruses travel from animal to animal to humans. "When there's an animal host, then it becomes much, much more difficult to eradicate or even control an infectious virus," Quammen says. Also, Ken Tucker reviews the new album, 'Have We Met,' by the Can…
 
It’s a problem faced by hundreds of homebuyers across the Philadelphia region: shoddy construction making brand-new homes unlivable and leaving residents on the hook for costly fixes. As city and state officials investigate allegations against a fast-growing Philadelphia developer, we break down why it can be so difficult to hold these companies ac…
 
Guests: John Brabender, Joe Watkins, Molly Ball It’s been a busy week in politics already between President Trump’s State of the Union last night and the Iowa caucuses on Monday. We’ll start the hour getting reaction to the President’s address from our guests, Republican strategist JOHN BRABENDER and former Bush White House advisor JOE WATKINS. The…
 
Eilene Zimmerman didn't learn of her ex-husband's addiction to cocaine and opioids until after his drug-related death. Her memoir, 'Smacked,' explores how her former spouse, a wealthy, high-powered attorney, hid his addiction and depression from her and their two children. "This had happened in front of us, and we hadn't recognized it," she says. A…
 
After years of fighting, Philadelphia recently won a legal battle with one of its most infamous slumlords. But it cost the city millions, and the tab is still running. Still, the city’s unique action of seizing 45 properties has been a relief to neighbors who see a path to ending blight and creating new affordable housing. Guest: WHYY criminal just…
 
A Delaware County couple gave birth to a baby boy last year — the first to be born as part of the University of Pennsylvania’s uterus transplant program. He’s only the eighth baby to be born from a transplanted uterus in the United States. As this new technology develops, bioethicists wonder how far medicine should go to help women carry and give b…
 
Guests: Katie Meyer, Andrew Zwicker, Troy Singleton, Matt Weintraub On this week’s Regional Roundup; we’ll get an update from WITF State House reporter, KATIE MEYER on the goings-on in Pennsylvania’s capitol. And, we’ll hear from New Jersey Assemblyman ANDREW ZWICKER and State Senator TROY SINGLETON about their efforts to fight “dark money” in stat…
 
Bryan Stevenson is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, which represents people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced or abused in state jails and prisons. EJI founded a museum and monument in Montgomery, Ala., to address the atrocities of slavery, lynching and segregation. His 2014 memoir 'Just Mercy' is now a movie starrin…
 
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