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Marty here: On Today's show.... where have all the workers gone? We talk about what's being called "The Great Resignatio...
10/20/2021
The Economic Rebound Is Still Waiting for Workers

Marty here: On Today's show.... where have all the workers gone? We talk about what's being called "The Great Resignation" ...people quitting their jobs or holding out for better pay and benefits before getting a new job. Is this you?

Despite school reopenings and the end of some federal aid, many people are in no rush to land a job. Savings and health concerns are playing a role.

Marty here: Here's an article by today's guest Garry Pierre-Pierre, founder and publisher of The Haitian Times, to give ...
10/19/2021
Gangs, guns and private ports: How Haiti’s elites, politicians fuel its violence | Opinion - The Haitian Times

Marty here: Here's an article by today's guest Garry Pierre-Pierre, founder and publisher of The Haitian Times, to give you a preview of the show.

After Jean Bertrand Aristide was deposed on September 30, 1991, one of many conditions that the United States imposed for his return to Haiti was that the Haitian government sell off several key assets and create private-public partnerships.

Paige here: Did you see the FDA updated guidelines for sodium intake this week?Maybe I should have been paying more atte...
10/15/2021
Eating Too Much Salt? 4 Ways to Cut Back…Gradually

Paige here: Did you see the FDA updated guidelines for sodium intake this week?

Maybe I should have been paying more attention to this, but I didn't realize just how important it is to limit the amount of salt in our diets - eating less salt can literally save lives.

I just chatted with the president of our local American Heart Association chapter, and I am going to take the salt shaker off the kitchen table!! His name is Dr. Deon Vigilance, and he'll be Mary's guest on Monday's Radio Times Regional Roundup.

If you have questions about salty foods, how much is too much, how to be healthier, and what we can do to keep our hearts in great shape - Dr. Vigilance is the one to ask! Do you limit your salt intake? Do you eat too much salt?!

You can leave some questions and comments for him under this post, tweet them at us @whyyradiotimes or email [email protected]. Talk to you Monday!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG8RCuZNbeA

You’ve heard it before…too much sodium leads to high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. Check out these 4 ways to cut back your so...

Tomorrow, guest host Kevin McCorry will be talking about the Mariner East 2 pipeline, and the related charges for allege...
10/12/2021
Mariner East Pipeline builder Energy Transfer faces criminal charges for pollution

Tomorrow, guest host Kevin McCorry will be talking about the Mariner East 2 pipeline, and the related charges for allegedly allowing drilling fluids to spill into PA backyards, wetlands, streams and lakes, not disclosing the leaks, and the usage of unapproved additives.

As AG Shapiro brought the criminal charges forward, he said this...

“There’s a real wide gap between what our Constitution guarantees and the reality of families and communities in the path of this pipeline. We can’t rely on these companies to police themselves — hell, they work for shareholders, not for us.”

https://whyy.org/articles/pennsylvania-ag-reschedules-mariner-east-pipeline-pipeline-probe-announcement/

A 69-page grand jury report details sinkholes, drilling mud spills, and drinking water contamination at 22 sites in 11 counties across Pa.

Our guest tomorrow is distinguished historical non-fiction author Erik Larson, known for his "fact-crime" writing.Now, h...
10/11/2021
Erik Larson's ghost story "No One Goes Alone"

Our guest tomorrow is distinguished historical non-fiction author Erik Larson, known for his "fact-crime" writing.

Now, he's venturing into fiction writing with an audio book about mysterious disappearances...including a family of four. One review said, "This eerie blend of the ghostly and the real will keep listeners captivated till the blood-chilling end."

By the way, this is Paige, and I'm very hesitant to pick up spooky reading material...but maybe October is a good month to try Larson's audiobook? If you have questions you want to ask Larson about his work (or ghosts!) we'll take them here and during the show tomorrow as usual!

https://whyy.org/episodes/erik-larsons-ghost-story-no-one-goes-alone/

Writer Erik Larson on his audiobook-only ghost story "No One Goes Alone," about a group of Victorian-era ghost hunters.

Marty here: It was a happy reunion today with Susan Greenbaum. She began working at Radio Times back in 1999 and was a p...
10/08/2021

Marty here: It was a happy reunion today with Susan Greenbaum. She began working at Radio Times back in 1999 and was a producer for almost two decades. We're thrilled that she is back filling in for producers Debbie Bilder and Paige Murray-Bessler. She said producing again was almost like riding a bike!

Marty here: It was a happy reunion today with Susan Greenbaum. She began working at Radio Times back in 1999 and was a producer for almost two decades. We're thrilled that she is back filling in for producers Debbie Bilder and Paige Murray-Bessler. She said producing again was almost like riding a bike!

Marty here: Yes, I still write my interview questions by hand. Here's my prep for tomorrow's interview with Robert Costa...
10/07/2021

Marty here: Yes, I still write my interview questions by hand. Here's my prep for tomorrow's interview with Robert Costa on "Peril"... about the tumultuous last days of the Trump administration as former President Trump refused to admit defeat and tried to subvert the election results. What questions do you have?

Marty here: Yes, I still write my interview questions by hand. Here's my prep for tomorrow's interview with Robert Costa on "Peril"... about the tumultuous last days of the Trump administration as former President Trump refused to admit defeat and tried to subvert the election results. What questions do you have?

Marty here: As Facebook users did you watch 60 Minutes on Sunday or the testimony of whistle-blower, Frances Haugen, bef...
10/06/2021
Facebook Whistle-Blower Urges Lawmakers to Regulate the Company

Marty here: As Facebook users did you watch 60 Minutes on Sunday or the testimony of whistle-blower, Frances Haugen, before congress on Tuesday? On Thursday's show..... what did we learn about the inner workings of this social media giant and can FB be reformed? Haugen said "FB products harm children, stoke division and weaken our democracy." Do you agree?

Frances Haugen, who left the social network in May and leaked internal documents, gave senators rare insight into its inner workings.

Marty here: When I saw this headline I knew I wanted to do a show about people who interrupt and it turns out to be more...
10/05/2021
Opinion | In Real Life, Not All Interruptions Are Rude

Marty here: When I saw this headline I knew I wanted to do a show about people who interrupt and it turns out to be more complicated than I thought. Deborah Tannen joins us on Wednesday to talk about the dynamics of interrupting and the subtle ebb and flow of conversation. What do you do when you are interrupted?

Sometimes people talk over each other and it totally works.

10/01/2021

Marty Here: When the 2021 MacArthur Fellows were announced this week ( the "genius awards") we were so excited that poet and lawyer Reginald Dwayne Betts was one of the winners. He was a guest on RT two years ago when he talked about discovering the power of poetry while in solitary confinement in prison. Here he is is after the show, reading a poem from his beautiful and brutally honest book of poems, Felon.

Tomorrow's guest, Christopher Mims, picks up a USB charger at an electronics factory in Vietnam - then studies its 14,00...
09/30/2021
Nonfiction Book Review: Arriving Today: From Factory Floor to Front Door—Why Everything Has Changed About How and What We Buy by Christopher Mims. Harper Business, $29.99 (336p) ISBN 978-0-06-298795-2

Tomorrow's guest, Christopher Mims, picks up a USB charger at an electronics factory in Vietnam - then studies its 14,000 mile voyage to North America.

He calls shipping containers “the one object most responsible for the state of today’s world..."

What do you think? Are you an online shopper? Are you concerned about the impact of our need to have things delivered in the blink of an eye?

https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-06-298795-2

Wall Street Journal technology columnist Mims chronicles a product’s journey from manufacturer to doorstep in his timely debut, an enlightening exploration of e-commerce. Combining studies of

Marty here: There are so many diets and new studies about health and nutrition it can be confusing to decide what to eat...
09/29/2021
How Food May Improve Your Mood

Marty here: There are so many diets and new studies about health and nutrition it can be confusing to decide what to eat. On Thursday's show we'll get the latest food news... the ongoing debate about carbs, fat and calories, the do's and don't's of fermented foods, the effect of diet on sleep, fake meat, the power of the food industry and of course your questions.

The sugar-laden, high-fat foods we often crave when we are stressed or depressed, as comforting as they are, may be the least likely to benefit our mental health.

Marty here: Is this anyway to run a government? On Wednesday's show...everything you need to know about the debt ceiling...
09/28/2021
Congress Faces A Week of Critical Deadlines

Marty here: Is this anyway to run a government? On Wednesday's show...everything you need to know about the debt ceiling, reconciliation, discretionary spending, Build Back Better, infrastructure, the filibuster and the congressional battles over a possible government shutdown.

Democrats must untangle a potential government shutdown Thursday, a potential federal default, a vote on a $1 trillion infrastructure bill and a related vote on as much as $3.5 trillion in spending.

Marty here: While we humans debate what to do about climate change…nature is already responding. On Tuesday’s RT I'll ta...
09/27/2021
Move or Change: How Plants and Animals Are Trying to Survive a Warming World • The Revelator

Marty here: While we humans debate what to do about climate change…nature is already responding. On Tuesday’s RT I'll talk with conservation biologist Thor Hanson about how plants and animals are reacting to the warming planet…. Some are adapting, some are adjusting and some are going extinct. His new book is "Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid."
That's Tuesday at 10 AM on WHYY .... you can always podcast our interviews wherever you get your podcasts.

Thor Hanson’s new book explains the biology behind climate change and why some species may be better able to survive a quickly changing planet.

Marty here: One of the perks of my job is getting books in the mail...every day. The one that arrived today makes me ver...
09/24/2021

Marty here: One of the perks of my job is getting books in the mail...every day. The one that arrived today makes me very happy ..a companion to the Peter Jackson Beatles 3 part documentary that's set to air in November. Do you have a favorite Beatles album or song? Of course you do! I gotta pick A Day in the Life. It still just blows me away...

Marty here: One of the perks of my job is getting books in the mail...every day. The one that arrived today makes me very happy ..a companion to the Peter Jackson Beatles 3 part documentary that's set to air in November. Do you have a favorite Beatles album or song? Of course you do! I gotta pick A Day in the Life. It still just blows me away...

Marty here: On Friday's RT...why shootings and gun deaths have dropped in Chester, Pa. We'll talk about an innovative pr...
09/23/2021
My eight-year plan to dramatically reduce urban gun violence

Marty here: On Friday's RT...why shootings and gun deaths have dropped in Chester, Pa. We'll talk about an innovative program that uses carrots and sticks to deal with the small group of people responsible for most of the violent crime. It's been tried in Philadelphia and other cities with mixed results. Will it work in Chester?

A former Obama administration official on his $1oom strategy to save lives across 40 cities

Marty here: On Thursday's RT.... Dr. Paul Offit on all things Covid19...from vaccines for children, boosters shots for o...
09/22/2021
Pfizer says its Covid vaccine is safe and generates robust immune response in kids ages 5 to 11

Marty here: On Thursday's RT.... Dr. Paul Offit on all things Covid19...from vaccines for children, boosters shots for oldsters, masks, testing and why it's a pandemic of the unvaccinated. We'll also discuss the role of risk in medical innovation and his new book " You Bet Your Life." Send us your questions!

Pfizer and BioNTech tested a two-dose regimen of 10 micrograms — about a third the dosage used for teens and adults — administered three weeks apart.

09/20/2021

Marty here: Here's a quickie synopsis of Tuesday's show with Anne-Marie Slaughter about the hard lessons she learned from a personal and professional crisis and what our country can learn from facing up and owning up to our own crises.

Renewal: From Crisis to Transformation in Our Lives, Work, and Politics,’ by Anne-Marie Slaughter (Princeton University Press, Sept. 21)

As president of the New America Foundation, a Google-funded think tank, Slaughter faced a backlash in 2017 after firing a scholar who had been critical of Google. People both inside and outside the institution said the move compromised New America’s intellectual freedom. Here Slaughter draws on the lessons she learned during that professional crisis and attempts to connect them to broader social change. As she writes, “Individual experience can teach us about the path to collective renewal. We often forget that personal transformation can illuminate and inspire social change.”

Marty here: In spite of the heat and torrential rains this summer, I got a pretty good crop of tomatoes from my garden. ...
09/17/2021

Marty here: In spite of the heat and torrential rains this summer, I got a pretty good crop of tomatoes from my garden. Peppers and eggplant...not so much.. some critter ate the tops off my beans.. and you can only eat so much kale and Swiss chard. I'm not complaining because it looks like enough pasta sauce to freeze for the winter. How did your garden grow? Pictures please!

Marty here: In spite of the heat and torrential rains this summer, I got a pretty good crop of tomatoes from my garden. Peppers and eggplant...not so much.. some critter ate the tops off my beans.. and you can only eat so much kale and Swiss chard. I'm not complaining because it looks like enough pasta sauce to freeze for the winter. How did your garden grow? Pictures please!

Marty here: If you are a registered voter in Pa. Republicans in Harrisburg want to subpoena your name, DOB, driver's lic...
09/16/2021
Republicans seek Pennsylvania voters’ personal information as they try to review the 2020 results.

Marty here: If you are a registered voter in Pa. Republicans in Harrisburg want to subpoena your name, DOB, driver's license number, the last four digits of your Social Security number, your address and date of the last time your voted. R Jake Corman said they want this info to make better public policy. D Jay Costa said it's an attack on voting rights. What do you say? Join us on Friday.

G.O.P. lawmakers approved subpoenas seeking license and partial Social Security numbers for every voter. Democrats pledged to fight the requests in court.

09/15/2021

Marty here: On Thursday's show..... the right wing rally in DC in support of the January 6th insurrectionists, the House investigation into the January 6th attack on the capital, the threat posed by domestic extremists and what we are learning about the attack from the new Woodward/Costa book, Peril. Here's an excerpt from the book when then VP Pence reportedly asks former VP Dan Quayle about whether he can overturn the results of the Electoral College.

QUAYLE: Mike, you have no flexibility on this. None. Zero. Forget it. Put it away.
PENCE: You don’t know the position I’m in.
QUAYLE: I do know the position you’re in. I also know what the law is. You listen to the parliamentarian. That’s all you do. You have no power.

Marty here: On Wednesday's show.... the fight in DC ...including between democrats.... about how many trillions of dolla...
09/14/2021
Why America has 8.4 million unemployed when there are 10 million job openings

Marty here: On Wednesday's show.... the fight in DC ...including between democrats.... about how many trillions of dollars to spend on social service programs and infrastructure projects, the plans for taxing the rich and an assessment on the state of the US economy still reeling from the pandemic. We want to hear from you.

The economy is undergoing massive changes. There’s a big mismatch at the moment between the jobs available and what workers want.

Marty here: On Tuesday's show.... I'll talk with Sarah and Larry Nannery about their neuro-diverse relationship and thei...
09/13/2021
5 Strategies for a Happier Neurodiverse Family

Marty here: On Tuesday's show.... I'll talk with Sarah and Larry Nannery about their neuro-diverse relationship and their book "What to Say Next."

When one or more family members are autistic, things can be a little different.

Marty here: Dan Gottieb was in the house on Thursday for our September 11th anniversary show. It was great to be on the ...
09/10/2021

Marty here: Dan Gottieb was in the house on Thursday for our September 11th anniversary show. It was great to be on the air with him after so many years. Here he is with engineer Al Banks, The Pulse host Maiken Scott, WHYY VP/COO Kyra McGrath and me after the show.

Marty here: Dan Gottieb was in the house on Thursday for our September 11th anniversary show. It was great to be on the air with him after so many years. Here he is with engineer Al Banks, The Pulse host Maiken Scott, WHYY VP/COO Kyra McGrath and me after the show.

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As someone on dialysis and having had open heart surgery in March, I assumed I am eligible for a COVID booster, but this is unclear.
Wonderful conversation with one of the most talented men in the 21st century. I love hearing his observations about guitars, music and everything. Caught him in Ocean City last month for a wonderful show. Thank you and the highest regards
Can you please update us on the Charlie Gerow accident on the PA Turnpike? I don't think it's getting the coverage it deserves. Especially considering he drove several miles with the motorcycle hanging off the front of his Mercedes 300. "....A highway construction worker told Spotlight PA/The Philadelphia Inquirer that he was working on the turnpike's eastbound lanes Wednesday night when he saw a Mercedes pass by with a motorcycle wedged into its grill. The worker, Nicholas Forgette, who works for a traffic control company, said sparks were flying from the car and that it was making a loud noise and traveling at a high rate of speed..." AP Thanks