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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.
 
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 ...
 
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.
 
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: Daina Ramey Berry, Kali Nicole Gross Since colonial times, black women been shaping America, but their stories have often been left out of history. In the new book, A Black Women’s History of the United States, historians DAINA RAMEY BERRY and KALI NICOLE GROSS celebrate the lives and the contributions of black women who have left their mar…
 
In the 1990s, Philadelphia created a program to sell blighted properties for only $1, but it hasn’t quite worked out as the city intended. Here’s why a city program meant to revitalize neighborhoods and create community benefits ended up lining the pockets of people and organizations without much oversight. Guest: Claudia Vargas, The Philadelphia I…
 
Guests: Mark Eichmann, Ryo Tashiro, Faye Anderson On this week’s Regional Roundup; we’ll get the latest on what’s happening in Delaware with WHYY’s MARK EICHMANN, including the Governor’s big infrastructure spending proposal. Then, we’ll hear about a new report detailing the difficulty that Philadelphia businesses have filling open job positions wi…
 
Claire Danes has played CIA agent Carrie Mathison on 'Homeland' for 8 seasons. As the last season begins on Showtime, she looks back on the series. She also spoke with Terry Gross about her break-out role on 'My So-Called Life' when she was a teen. Critic John Powers reviews the French film 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire.' The music duo Rachael & Vilr…
 
Growing up, Bridgett M. Davis' mother booked and banked bets from their home in Detroit. She writes about her experience — and the role of "the numbers" in the black community — in her memoir, 'The World According to Fannie Davis.' (Originally broadcast Feb. 2019) TV critic David Bianculli reviews the latest season of 'Better Call Saul.'…
 
Danes has played CIA agent Carrie Mathison on 'Homeland' for 8 seasons. As the last season begins on Showtime, she looks back on the series. She also spoke with Terry Gross about her break-out role on 'My So-Called Life' when she was a teen. "I remember just being amazed ... that somebody out there had been able to articulate what I was going throu…
 
Guest: Sam Sifton New York Times food editor SAM SIFTON makes an appeal for making meals to share with family and friends in his latest cookbook, See You on Sunday. Sifton, who is also the founding editor of NYT Cooking, joins us to talk about the importance of the meal as ritual and the fellowship that comes when groups sit down together to eat. O…
 
In his book 'Dark Towers,' David Enrich traces Deutsche Bank's shadowy practices, from laundering money for Russian oligarchs to the violation of international sanctions. Enrich, who is the finance editor at the 'New York Times,' also talks about the bank's long relationship with Donald Trump, and the suspicious activity that has gone unchecked. Al…
 
Meet Andy Barrow and Stosh Webb. They’re the kind of Pennsylvania swing voters any candidate is going to need to win in 2020. But recently, the two brothers — one black, the other white — found themselves in the middle of a racist incident in their town. Their response has complicated the traditional narratives around race and politics. Guest: Jen …
 
Guests: Tanya Osensky President Trump has come up with another one of his trademark nicknames, “Mini Mike,” for his newest opponent, the 5’7” Michael Bloomberg. Trump’s Twitter feed is filled with language and images that belittle Bloomberg for his relatively short stature, just as he did for former his former opponent Marco Rubio. But for short pe…
 
Wilmington has not had a traditional public high school for more than 20 years. A long history of state-imposed segregation, civil rights lawsuits and a forced busing program has resulted in 2,000 of the city’s poorest students attending under-performing schools in the suburbs. Why did a system intended to integrate public schools lead to less dive…
 
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…
 
After popping up all over the suburbs, the number of urgent care clinics has doubled in Philadelphia over the last four years — mostly thanks to one Roxborough-based company. We examine just how far these for-profit clinics can go toward filling healthcare gaps in your community. Guest: Michaela Winberg, WHYY’s Billy Penn…
 
'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…
 
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