A Classical Thanksgiving on WRTI 90.1

Family, friends, food—they're all part of our Thanksgiving memories. WRTI brings you the perfect soundtrack for the holiday, and dishes out second helpings of music along with some very special programs in the afternoon.

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Oil

Apr 9, 2005

Oil prices are at an all-time high. WRTI's Jim Hilgen takes a look this important commodity.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin shares her perspectives on baseball, a professional challenge and Abraham Lincoln with Meridee Duddleston. Goodwin appeared at the Philadelphia Speakers Series.

Pet Therapy

Mar 26, 2005

Members of the Deer Meadows Retirement Home community highlight the benefits of adding small animals to a living environment. Temple's John Shank, Ed.D., CTRS, chair of the Department of Therapeutic Recreation adds his views.

Type 2 Diabetes

Mar 19, 2005

In the last fifteen years overweight, obesity and type 2 diabetes have taken a parallel course upward. Meridee Duddleston talks with three physicians looking into this chronic disease.

Blogs

Mar 12, 2005

A new blog is being created every three seconds. Meridee Duddleston peeks into the world of web logs.

Dave Barry

Mar 5, 2005

WRTI News Director Windsor Johnston had the opportunity to speak with Dave Barry, acclaimed humorist and journalist whose column appears in over 500 newspapers in the United States. Barry is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, and is the author of best-seller Dave Barry Talks Back. Dave Barry was part of the Philadelphia Speaker Series.

Part of WRTI's celebration of Black History month, Meridee Duddleston facilitates a glimpse of the ties between a jazz musician, a lyric structure, a playwright, and a poet.

Meridee Duddleston speaks with Michael Taylor about the Dali retrospective on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art until May 15th.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak part 3

Feb 12, 2005

WRTI News Director Windsor Johnston had the opportunity to speak with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak part 2

Feb 12, 2005

WRTI News Director Windsor Johnston had the opportunity to speak with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

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While Samuel Barber is best known for his moving Adagio for Strings, first performed in a radio broadcast in November of 1938, he wrote a lot of other music that continues to inspire musicians and listeners to this day. WRTI’s Susan Lewis talked with filmmaker Paul Moon about his documentary, Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty, which had its Philadelphia premiere in July, 2017 on WHYY-TV.   

Jennifer Higdon’s concerto, On a Wire, was inspired by images of birds, as well as the innovative versatility of the musicians of Eighth Blackbird, the contemporary soloist ensemble. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

How about a hollowed-out pumpkin as a drum? What about a carrot as a flute? Brussel sprouts rubbed together as squeaky keepers of the beat. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston learns about vegetables with a life beyond the table. Since its official debut in 2011, the Long Island Vegetable Orchestra has evolved, this year appointing its first music director.


Steak sizzling on a grill at Pat's King of Steaks. A chorus of birdsong at the Philadelphia Zoo. These are just a few of the hundreds of sounds composer Tod Machover is collecting from people who live here for a unique musical profile to be performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra in April.

It's National Alzheimer's Awareness Month. WRTI's Susan Lewis reports on a musical work commissioned by a man to honor his parents who died of the disease. The work for chorus, soloists, and small orchestra surprised even the composer in its power to heal.   

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