News & Views http://wrti.org en The Life and Legacy of Charles Dickens http://wrti.org/post/life-and-legacy-charles-dickens <p></p><p>As the Free Library of Philadelphia continues its celebration of <em>A Year of &nbsp;Dickens</em>, WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the lasting appeal of the 19th-century writer - 200 years after his birth.</p><p>The exhibition <em>AT HOME ON THE STAGE: Charles Dickens and Theatre&nbsp;</em> is at the Rare Book Department of the Parkway Central Library through January 3rd, 2013.&nbsp; <a href="http://libwww.freelibrary.org/calendar/calbydateDickens.cfm" target="_blank"><strong>A variety of Dickens-related programming is also scheduled, including literary salons that are considering a different Dickens novel each month.&nbsp;</strong></a></p><p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 13:36:29 +0000 Susan Lewis 4112 at http://wrti.org The Life and Legacy of Charles Dickens The Great Louis Armstrong: New Insights into the Man and His Music http://wrti.org/post/great-louis-armstrong-new-insights-man-and-his-music <p>Trumpet virtuoso, singer and bandleader Louis Armstrong propelled jazz&nbsp;onto the&nbsp;mainstream stage, shaping the music with his own distinctive style.&nbsp;&nbsp;Jazz documentary producer Ken Burns says “Armstrong is to music what Einstein is to Physics, and the Wright Brothers are to travel.”<br><br>Yet, &nbsp;the man behind the legend is less well known.&nbsp; The Wilma Theater is now staging <em><strong>Satchmo at the Waldorf</strong></em>, a&nbsp;one-man show&nbsp;by Terry Teachout, who is also the Wall Street Journal drama critic and the author of <strong><em>Pops:&nbsp;A Life of Louis Armstrong.&nbsp; </em></strong>Both the book and the play are informed by audio tapes&nbsp;Armstrong made of his private conversations with friends and&nbsp;family.<br><br>Susan Lewis talks with playwright Terry Teachout, actor John Douglas Thompson, and WRTI's Maureen Malloy about Armstrong and his life, and about how the tapes, the book, and the play reveal a different, lesser-known side of the jazz icon.</p><p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 11:12:34 +0000 Susan Lewis 4789 at http://wrti.org The Great Louis Armstrong: New Insights into the Man and His Music Verdi's DON CARLOS Says It All With Opera! http://wrti.org/post/verdis-don-carlos-says-it-all-opera <p>A long war between France and Spain winds down with a peace treaty.&nbsp; A cross-border royal marriage solidifies the deal.&nbsp; Over the course of the next several hours, Italian composer Guiseppe Verdi tests the limits of a king’s power, the good intentions of a jealous princess, and the loyalty of a dear friend. Underscoring it all, are the righteous fury of the Spanish Inquisition and the unfulfilled love&nbsp;of Spain’s Don Carlo and the virtuous Elizabeth of France, culminating in one puzzling conclusion. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:25:01 +0000 Meridee Duddleston & Gregg Whiteside 4748 at http://wrti.org Verdi's DON CARLOS Says It All With Opera! Creative Montco: Montgomery County's New Cultural Initiative http://wrti.org/post/creative-montco-montgomery-countys-new-cultural-initiative <p>In the midst of a still rocky financial landscape, one suburban Philadelphia county is investing in the arts as a path to a more vibrant local economy. This fall, Montgomery County unveiled <a href="http://creativemontco.org/" target="_blank"><strong>“Creative Montco” </strong></a>– an initiative created by a collaboration of&nbsp; cultural groups, county government, community planners, and business, education, and foundation leaders. Fri, 09 Nov 2012 12:48:11 +0000 Susan Lewis 4686 at http://wrti.org Creative Montco: Montgomery County's New Cultural Initiative National Constitution Center Examines the Legacy of Prohibition http://wrti.org/post/national-constitution-center-examines-legacy-prohibition <p>Although it did not explicitly ban drinking, the 18<sup>th</sup> Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibited the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors. Ratified in 1919, it took effect in 1920. By the time of its repeal, 13 years later in 1933, prohibition had triggered major changes in the American social, political and economic landscape.&nbsp; The National Constitution Center is now staging an exhibition about that era.</p><p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 16:02:43 +0000 Susan Lewis 4657 at http://wrti.org National Constitution Center Examines the Legacy of Prohibition Philadelphia City Council Working To Create Jobs http://wrti.org/post/philadelphia-city-council-working-create-jobs <p>Philadelphia lawmakers are getting involved in bringing businesses and jobs to the city. WRTI's Jim Hilgen speaks with City Council members, and leaders of the business community, about the legislative body's new, pro-active approach to economic development.</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 21:11:37 +0000 Jim Hilgen 4629 at http://wrti.org Philadelphia City Council Working To Create Jobs The Athletic Departments At Temple and Villanova: Learning From Penn State's Mistakes http://wrti.org/post/athletic-departments-temple-and-villanova-learning-penn-states-mistakes <p>After the Freeh Report and the NCAA came down hard on Penn State for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, it was not only an eye opener at Penn State, but also for other universities around the country.&nbsp; WRTI’s Joe Irizarry speaks with Temple Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw and his counterpart at Villanova, Vince Nicastro, to discuss how each university is moving forward after the fallout at Penn State.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 22:33:38 +0000 Joe Irizarry 4604 at http://wrti.org The Athletic Departments At Temple and Villanova: Learning From Penn State's Mistakes U.S. Supreme Court Set To Take Up Higher Ed. Affirmative Action Case for First Time Since 2003 http://wrti.org/post/us-supreme-court-set-take-higher-ed-affirmative-action-case-first-time-2003 <p>The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments <em>this week</em> for an affirmative action case, <em>Fisher v. Texas.&nbsp;</em> WRTI's Timothy Churchill interviews a professor of political science and constitutional law at the University of Pennsylvania about two landmark precedents for racial balancing in higher education, what's at stake in <em>Fisher</em> and how the Court, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, might decide.<span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 21:10:43 +0000 Timothy Churchill 4537 at http://wrti.org U.S. Supreme Court Set To Take Up Higher Ed. Affirmative Action Case for First Time Since 2003 High Court of Pennsylvania Hears Voter ID Appeal http://wrti.org/post/high-court-pennsylvania-hears-voter-id-appeal <p><strong>September 17, 2012</strong> - With federal and statewide elections around the corner, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is taking a hard look at the state's voter ID law. With&nbsp;few exceptions, the law requires PA voters to show a qualifying photo ID to get into the voting booth. Will it be effective on&nbsp;Tuesday, November 6th?&nbsp; That question was the focus of oral argument before the Commonwealth's High Court last week. WRTI's Meridee Duddleston presents a glimpse of the session. The hearing was broadcast by Pennsylvania Cable Network. <strong>Updates below...</strong></p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 19:26:44 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 4452 at http://wrti.org High Court of Pennsylvania Hears Voter ID Appeal Activists Make Push To Get IDs To PA Voters http://wrti.org/post/activists-make-push-get-ids-pa-voters Pennsylvania's politically split Supreme Court is considering a challenge to a lower court ruling that upheld the state's polarizing voter identification law.<p>The law requires a state-issued photo ID card to vote, and supporters say it will help prevent voter fraud. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:02:48 +0000 Timothy Churchill 4454 at http://wrti.org Activists Make Push To Get IDs To PA Voters