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Radio Times WHYY's Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane is a thought-provoking, engaging and timely call-in program that tackles wide-ranging issues of concern to listeners in the Delaware Valley, the nation and beyond.
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WHYY's Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane can be heard over the airwaves from 10-11 a.m. Eastern time weekdays on 90.9 FM in the Delaware Valley, and rebroadcast from 10-11 p.m. as well. Radio Times is also heard on NPR's Sirius - XM satellite channel 122, weekdays from 9-10 p.m. Twitter: @whyyradiotimes
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Text/Call-in Line: 267-405-2006.

Operating as usual

Marty here: On Wednesday's show.... we look at attempts in Pa. and around the country to pass more restrictive voting la...
07/13/2021
How a Trump ally rode Trump’s election fraud lie to political prominence

Marty here: On Wednesday's show.... we look at attempts in Pa. and around the country to pass more restrictive voting laws and re-litigate the 2020 presidential election. We begin with Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt who faced death threats for doing his job. State Senator Doug Mastriano is demanding an election audit along the lines of the audit in Arizona which the Brennan Center calls a "sham."

Doug Mastriano’s determined efforts to discredit the 2020 election results have made him a contender for Pennsylvania governor.

On Tuesday's Radio Times.... the essential role that the brain plays in all aspects of our health. We'll talk about the ...
07/12/2021
Mind and God: The new science of neurotheology

On Tuesday's Radio Times.... the essential role that the brain plays in all aspects of our health. We'll talk about the emerging field of integrative medicine that takes a whole person approach to health... including your physical and emotional wellbeing, your social connections, your spiritual life, your diet and level of activity to mobilize healing and prevention.

Studies show that religion and spirituality are positively linked to good mental health. Our research aims to figure out how and why.

Marty here: I was plundering the Radio Times archives and stumbled on some broadcast taping history... how we evolved fr...
07/09/2021

Marty here: I was plundering the Radio Times archives and stumbled on some broadcast taping history... how we evolved from reel-to-reel to cassette tape to DAT to CD and now everything is digital... and invisible. That reel-to-reel tape is a walk through interview I did with the last warden of Eastern State Penitentiary before it became a museum.

Marty here: I was plundering the Radio Times archives and stumbled on some broadcast taping history... how we evolved from reel-to-reel to cassette tape to DAT to CD and now everything is digital... and invisible. That reel-to-reel tape is a walk through interview I did with the last warden of Eastern State Penitentiary before it became a museum.

Marty here: On Friday's show...the white supremacists who got chased out of Philadelphia last weekend and the debate ove...
07/08/2021
Opinion | The Maddening Critical Race Theory Debate

Marty here: On Friday's show...the white supremacists who got chased out of Philadelphia last weekend and the debate over critical race theory. It seems few people know what CRT is even though they are against.

Liberals should be anti-anti-C.R.T.

Marty here: Raise your hand if you are a fan of meetings...... I thought so! On Thursday's show: how to have a better me...
07/07/2021
Why Your Meetings Stink—and What to Do About It

Marty here: Raise your hand if you are a fan of meetings...... I thought so! On Thursday's show: how to have a better meeting and less of them. We want your suggestions and your stories. Apparently execs spend 23 hours a week in meetings and a third of the time they day dream or do other work or something besides paying attention.

Strategies for engagement

Marty here: President Biden is withdrawing almost all US troops from Afghanistan effectively ending our longest war. On ...
07/07/2021
As U.S. Withdraws, Afghan Interpreters Fear Being Left Behind

Marty here: President Biden is withdrawing almost all US troops from Afghanistan effectively ending our longest war. On Wednesday's show ...what do we owe the Afghans who worked with Americans in many capacities including as translators and whose lives are being threatened by the Taliban?

A program to bring people employed by the American military to the United States is backlogged, with thousands of applicants denied.

Producer Paige here...We went on a mission yesterday to find a free sandwich on Hoagie Day (a well-celebrated holiday in...
07/02/2021

Producer Paige here...We went on a mission yesterday to find a free sandwich on Hoagie Day (a well-celebrated holiday in the Delaware Valley, right??) Look at this line & turkey hoagies by the mile!

I was hoping for tuna or veggie, but these would have to do. Just a fun day - what's your favorite hoagie? Tell me! I am actually very interested in what other people like to eat 🥪

p.s. our friend Michaela at Billy Penn wrote this semi-related article on Monday: https://bit.ly/3AmUtKs 🙂

Producer Paige here...We went on a mission yesterday to find a free sandwich on Hoagie Day (a well-celebrated holiday in the Delaware Valley, right??) Look at this line & turkey hoagies by the mile!

I was hoping for tuna or veggie, but these would have to do. Just a fun day - what's your favorite hoagie? Tell me! I am actually very interested in what other people like to eat 🥪

p.s. our friend Michaela at Billy Penn wrote this semi-related article on Monday: https://bit.ly/3AmUtKs 🙂

Producer Debbie here: Emory University historian Carol Anderson is joining us tomorrow at 10 to talk about the racist or...
07/01/2021
Was the Constitutional Right to Bear Arms Designed to Protect Slavery?

Producer Debbie here: Emory University historian Carol Anderson is joining us tomorrow at 10 to talk about the racist origins of the Second Amendment and impact it has had on African Americans from slavery to the present. Her new book is, "The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America."https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/books/review/the-second-carol-anderson.html

In her provocative new book, “The Second,” the historian Carol Anderson examines America’s history of racist legal decisions around gun rights, arguing that the Second Amendment was intended to guarantee white slaveholders a fighting force to suppress slave insurrections.

Marty here: The Pa. Supreme Court surprised a lot of people when they ruled on Wednesday that Bill Cosby is a free man. ...
06/30/2021
Bill Cosby Live Updates: Actor Freed After Sexual Assault Conviction Is Overturned

Marty here: The Pa. Supreme Court surprised a lot of people when they ruled on Wednesday that Bill Cosby is a free man. On Thursday's show we talk about the rise and fall of Bill Cosby, the #metoomovement and what the court ruling means.

At the heart of the overturned conviction is an agreement with a prosecutor who went on to defend former President Trump during the February impeachment trial.

Marty here: On Wednesday's show......what's behind the declining birth rate and is it good news or bad?
06/29/2021
U.S. Birthrate Fell By 4% In 2020, Hitting Another Record Low

Marty here: On Wednesday's show......what's behind the declining birth rate and is it good news or bad?

For the sixth year in a row, the number of U.S. births fell in 2020, reaching the lowest level since 1979. The fertility rate remains "below replacement" — the level needed to compensate for deaths.

Girls High grad Jaymaba Ndiaye was in studio today for our hour celebrating the achievements of the 2021 high school gra...
06/25/2021

Girls High grad Jaymaba Ndiaye was in studio today for our hour celebrating the achievements of the 2021 high school graduates. Ava Burchell and Sahmar Long also joined our conversation to talk about the challenges of the past year, some of their remarkable accomplishments, and what they are looking forward to. They were all inspiring young people. Take a listen: https://whyy.org/episodes/high-school-grad-roundtable/

Girls High grad Jaymaba Ndiaye was in studio today for our hour celebrating the achievements of the 2021 high school graduates. Ava Burchell and Sahmar Long also joined our conversation to talk about the challenges of the past year, some of their remarkable accomplishments, and what they are looking forward to. They were all inspiring young people. Take a listen: https://whyy.org/episodes/high-school-grad-roundtable/

Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib came out this week in an Instagram video. He’s the first active NFL player to come...
06/23/2021
The NFL has been ready for a gay player. Now we’ll see that’s true.

Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib came out this week in an Instagram video. He’s the first active NFL player to come out as gay. In his post, he wrote that he had “agonized about this moment for 15 years” and said he’ll be donating $100,000 to the Trevor Project, a nonprofit focused on su***de prevention for LGBTQ youth. Tomorrow at 10:00 we talk with Outsports deputy manager Alex Reiner about why it’s still so difficult for professional athletes to come out, and if Nassib’s announcement will change anything.https://www.outsports.com/2021/6/22/22544820/carl-nassib-gay-nfl-player-ready-reaction

The NFL has been ready for a gay player for years, yet too many people have simply refused to see it.

Tomorrow we get a Covid update. We'll talk with public health physician Dr. Leana Wen about why we'll likely miss Presid...
06/22/2021
Salons and barbershops can help get COVID-19 vaccines into arms | Opinion

Tomorrow we get a Covid update. We'll talk with public health physician Dr. Leana Wen about why we'll likely miss President Biden's goal of a 70% vaccination rate, the threat that the new Delta variant poses, and if incentives like beer, donuts and scholarships are helping and hurting the vaccination effort. Then we talk about how barber shops and hair salons are becoming vaccine hubs. Our guests are Philly Cuts own Darryl Thomas, Hair Du Jour Salon owner Ann Turner and UPenn cardiology fellow Dr. Norrisa Haynes, all involved in this innovative program. https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/salons-barbershops-covid-19-vaccine-outreach-20210621.html

For decades, salons and barbershops have promoted positive health practices without financial incentives.

Should schools be able to discipline students for things they say online or outside of school? Mahanoy Area School Distr...
06/21/2021
The Future of Student Free Speech Comes Down to a Foul-Mouthed Cheerleader

Should schools be able to discipline students for things they say online or outside of school? Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., a case before the Supreme Court, involves Pennsylvania high school student Brandi Levy's F-bomb filled rant on Snapchat about not making the varsity cheerleading team. It led to her suspension from the JV team. Tomorrow we'll discuss the arguments before the court about student First Amendment rights and a school’s authority to police off campus and online speech. Our guests are Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center and Yale Law professor Justin Driver , author of The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind.https://slate.com/technology/2021/03/mahanoy-area-school-district-supreme-court-snapchat-cheerleader.html

You can’t be a little bit pregnant, and you can’t be a little bit constitutionally unprotected, either.

06/21/2021

Coming up at 10 -- we dissect the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, a case that involved issues of religious freedom and LGBT civil rights. Then we talk with the reporters of a recently published investigation into controversial college scholarships at the Milton Hershey School. And a conversation with sports writer and broadcaster Ray Didinger about his new book, "Finished Business: My Fifty Years of Headlines, Heroes, and Heartaches." You won't want to miss it!

Marty here: That's producers Debbie Bilder ( on the end) and Kelsey Hanson ( in the middle) and we are all smiles even t...
06/18/2021

Marty here: That's producers Debbie Bilder ( on the end) and Kelsey Hanson ( in the middle) and we are all smiles even through we're sad it's Kelsey's last day. She has been such a wonderful member of the team and we're going to miss her. She won't be far...just up the street at Temple U's School of Communication. Thanks Kelsey!!

Marty here: That's producers Debbie Bilder ( on the end) and Kelsey Hanson ( in the middle) and we are all smiles even through we're sad it's Kelsey's last day. She has been such a wonderful member of the team and we're going to miss her. She won't be far...just up the street at Temple U's School of Communication. Thanks Kelsey!!

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, some are asking if it's time for a Truth Commission to be established in the ...
06/17/2021
Race, rights and reparations: What a U.S. truth commission might look like today

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, some are asking if it's time for a Truth Commission to be established in the US. Tomorrow, we unpack the definition of truth commissions, projects underway in the US to establish them, and what the future holds. Our guest is Dr. Kelebogile Zvobgo:

Dr. Kelebogile Zvobgo is the founder and director of the International Justice Lab (IJL) at William & Mary's Global Research Institute, which brings together faculty and students to conduct research on human rights, transitional justice, and international law and courts.

Fifty years ago, the first excerpts from the Pentagon Papers, the top secret Defense Department study on U.S. decision-m...
06/15/2021
The Secrets and Lies of the Vietnam War, Exposed in One Epic Document

Fifty years ago, the first excerpts from the Pentagon Papers, the top secret Defense Department study on U.S. decision-making in Vietnam, were published in the New York Times. Tomorrow, we look back at how they shaped ideas about government secrecy and transparency, press freedom, and the Vietnam War.

With the Pentagon Papers revelations, the U.S. public’s trust in the government was forever diminished.

Tomorrow on the show, we're discussing Fulton v. City of Philadelphia ahead of the Supreme Court's decision, a case invo...
06/14/2021
A Supreme Court decision involving Philadelphia and religious rights is coming. Here’s what you need to know.

Tomorrow on the show, we're discussing Fulton v. City of Philadelphia ahead of the Supreme Court's decision, a case involving issues of religious liberty and LGBTQ rights. Many people are watching the decision as a bellwether for how the conservative majority Court views LGBTQ civil rights.

Fulton vs. The City of Philadelphia was argued before the country’s highest court in November and is one of a handful of opinions expected to be released before the end of June.

Marty here: Since we're slowly returning to the office, I splurged on a new wall calendar and we are filling it up. Let ...
06/11/2021

Marty here: Since we're slowly returning to the office, I splurged on a new wall calendar and we are filling it up. Let us know about any topics or people you want us to consider for the show. I never got more than a C in handwriting!

Marty here: Since we're slowly returning to the office, I splurged on a new wall calendar and we are filling it up. Let us know about any topics or people you want us to consider for the show. I never got more than a C in handwriting!

Our guest this morning mentioned the nonprofit she started in memory of her son who was murdered in 2017. If you would l...
06/11/2021
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Our guest this morning mentioned the nonprofit she started in memory of her son who was murdered in 2017. If you would like more information on her organization, you can find that here:

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Marty here: This is the skirt I wore when I met the man who became my husband. It's so full of memories (and doesn't fit...
06/10/2021

Marty here: This is the skirt I wore when I met the man who became my husband. It's so full of memories (and doesn't fit any more) so I framed it and now it hangs on a wall in our house. On Friday's show.... the many meanings of clothes and the stories they tell about us. Our guest is Emily Spivak, executive producer of the Netflix series "Worn Stories." Do you have a favorite piece of clothing? Post a photo, tell us the story and join tomorrow's conversation.

Marty here: This is the skirt I wore when I met the man who became my husband. It's so full of memories (and doesn't fit any more) so I framed it and now it hangs on a wall in our house. On Friday's show.... the many meanings of clothes and the stories they tell about us. Our guest is Emily Spivak, executive producer of the Netflix series "Worn Stories." Do you have a favorite piece of clothing? Post a photo, tell us the story and join tomorrow's conversation.

A new ProPublica investigation of some of the wealthiest Americans' federal tax documents shows how the rich pay very li...
06/10/2021
Opinion | The Real Tax Scandal Is What’s Legal

A new ProPublica investigation of some of the wealthiest Americans' federal tax documents shows how the rich pay very little income tax. Sometimes, they pay none at all. Today, we talk about the investigation, how the rich avoid paying their fair share, and why these inequities exist in our tax code.

The wealthiest Americans live by a different set of rules, lavishly spending money that isn’t taxed as income.

President Biden has set a climate goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. Is it feasible? And is it too late? Tomorrow, we t...
06/08/2021
What to Save? Climate Change Forces Brutal Choices at National Parks.

President Biden has set a climate goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. Is it feasible? And is it too late? Tomorrow, we talk about the new plan as well as the changes that National Parks are being forced to make because of the effects of climate emergency.

For decades, the core mission of the Park Service was absolute conservation. Now ecologists are being forced to do triage, deciding what to safeguard — and what to let slip away.

The FDA has just announced its approval of a controversial new drug to treat Alzheimer's. Tomorrow, we talk about this n...
06/07/2021
F.D.A. Approves Alzheimer’s Drug Despite Fierce Debate Over Whether It Works

The FDA has just announced its approval of a controversial new drug to treat Alzheimer's. Tomorrow, we talk about this new treatment, what it is, and why some are torn over its effectiveness.

Aducanumab is the first new Alzheimer’s treatment in 18 years and the first to attack the disease process. But some prominent experts say there’s not enough evidence it can address cognitive symptoms.

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Can your guests speak to the lottery games that happen every few minutes -- I saw this advertised in a convenience store and was shocked by it
hey where is Marty?
I hear that Frito-Lay is about to release a salty, crunchy snack, packaged to appeal to the Chinese consumer so we can COLLECT the spotted lanternfly and then send it back there to become a popular packaged food. This may or may not be true, but if it's not, I would respectfully suggest that to the industry. No charge. (tommy from Downingtown)
While murderous militias wreak genocide, starvation, slavery and chaos in failed states the world over, in America, paranoid, insecure violent well-fed fascist "patriots" follow dangerous infantile fantasies unworthy of decent educated people. WHY? It spells ruin
Hey Mitt - All my kids have TAILS! WHat about US? -tommy from Downingtown
Twenty years ago the first time I took an exchange student from the Czech Republic to the grocery store, he walked up and down the aisles shaking all the boxes because he could not believe they were full!!!! Re: Friday's Broadcast
After listening to part of your show, "Reforming the Presidency" last week, I have a question. Where was your concern when Democrats refused to admit the ligitimacy of the Trump Administration? Hillary Clinton is on record saying Trump in an illigitamate President. As is The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi And where was your concern the Obama.Biden administration deliberately withheld information in it's security briefings, and Obama administration officials are on record in congrssional testimony as lying to the President Elect in its intellignece briefings. Democrats have set the rules for the treatment of a sitting President. I for one plan of giving Biden, his appointed officials and Demcrat members of Congress exactly the same respect the Democrats gave the Trump administration. Call it the Maxine Waters Rules. And if you don't like it, well, maybe you might want to start using one set of standards, and not "Rules for thee, but not for me."
Re today's show about police dealing with people with Mental Health challenges: 25 years ago, directors of agencies that provide services to people with mental health issues (Phila. Alliance) met with the Philly police commissioner to advocate for intensive training for police in dealing with people with MH challenges. The police were not interested. We need to have state licensure of police with mandated minimum qualifications and annual training, especially in managing people with MH disabilities effectively. Those 2 cops who killed Mr. Wallace reacted emotionally & ignorantly instead of professionally & strategically. We can’t have unprofessional, untrained, emotional people with guns running around shooting people.
That's it for me, folks. Any sliver of hope to avoid a Republican wipeout slipped away from President Trump on Thursday morning thanks to his refusal to attend the next presidential debate in a virtual format (necessitated by his covid-19 diagnosis), his hysterical demand that Hillary Clinton be indicted and his decision to throw insults at Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala D. Harris (he called her a “monster,” “totally unlikable” and a “communist"). It is noteworthy that one of Trump’s objections to a virtual debate is that the moderator can cut you off. In other words, deprived of the chance to bully and interrupt, Trump is pitifully weak. Trump’s latest crazy-talk should suffice to convince all but his sycophantic enablers that he is entirely unable to perform the duties of his office. The difference between the two campaigns — one calm and winning, the other unhinged and losing — is evident. Says Trump: “I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate. That’s not what debating is all about,” [Trump] said in an interview with Maria Bartiromo on the Fox Business Network. Shortly afterward, Biden spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield said Biden welcomes the chance to participate in a virtual debate. “Vice President Biden looks forward to speaking directly to the American people -- and comparing his plan for bringing the country together and building back better -- with Donald Trump’s failed leadership on the coronavirus that has thrown the strong economy he inherited into the worst downturn since the Great Depression,” she said in a statement. Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien blasted the commission’s decision in a statement, saying Trump would “do a rally instead” of accepting what he characterized as a “pathetic” decision. Great. Another super spreader rally where the Donald can ramble on and on and avoid embarrassing questions. Oh. Stepien has tested positive for the coronavirus, so perhaps he is a poor spokesman for the position that the campaign intends to disregard health guidelines and put even more Americans at risk. Trump IS the national health crisis. Look around you. He's had four years. This is his best effort.
Can any nation - dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal - long endure? To that cause we here highly resolve that THIS nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom. VOTE!