News & Views

WRTI's News and Views is a series of short reports and interviews that shine a light on a variety of civic and cultural issues in our region and across the country. It's no longer being aired on WRTI - but you can still enjoy this content from the series.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

A summertime exhibition explores the centuries-old idea of a utopian place called Arcadia and how it influenced some of the key figures in the development of modern art. Gauguin, Cezanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia is at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through September 3rd.

The use of collage as a form of fine art is traced to 1912, when early 20th-century artists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque began gluing objects onto their paintings.  WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the evolution of collage as fine art and as a socially relevant form of personal and political expression.   

It was 100 years ago that legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski stepped onto the podium as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the legacy of Stokowski, who is credited with shaping the distinctive "Philadelphia Sound."

Flutist Mimi Stillman founded her own chamber ensemble, Dolce Suono, in 2005.  In its seven seasons, Dolce Suono has performed 23 premieres by leading composers, while still embracing the classic Baroque repertoire.  WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at how this innovative chamber group is using a range of music, played in this intimate form, to connect with music lovers of all ages.

The Colonial Revival-style home built in 1957 by former Philadelphia Mayor Richardson Dilworth remains untouched for now because of a recent legal victory by the Society Hill Civic Association.

WRTI's Timothy Churchill interviews key players in the fight to preserve Dilworth House and other buildings in Philadelphia's architectural pantheon.

The Philadelphia Orchestra made history in 1973 as the first American orchestra to perform in China. This week, the Orchestra - led by Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit - is in Beijing for a residency in collaboration with China's National Center for Performing Arts. This marks the ensemble's fifth visit to China.

WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at how the Orchestra is engaging in activities beyond the concert hall, and expanding its relationships with the people of China. 

The extraordinary art collection created by the late Dr. Albert C. Barnes has moved from his suburban mansion in Merion, PA to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at the role of the new Barnes in continuing the legacy of its founder.   

We hear from architect Todd Williams, landscape architect Laurie Olin, Barnes President Derek Gillman, and Joseph Neubauer, vice chair of the Barnes Foundation's Board of Trustees.  

The Barnes Foundation website

All About Autism: Experts and Parents Speak Out

May 17, 2012

Autism is a spectrum of neurocognitive disorders afflicting 25,000 Pennsylvanians, according to the latest Pennsylvania Autism Census. WRTI's Timothy Churchill talks with an autism expert and a mother of autistic twins about the nature of the disorder, access to therapy, and why it's best to get diagnosed and begin treatment early.

A fantasy born over a hundred years ago continues to resonate today. As Pennsylvania Ballet stages Peter Pan, set to the music of Sir Edward Elgar, WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the boy who wouldn't grow up and his relevance to our lives today. Information about choreographer Trey McIntyre's Peter Pan at the Academy of Music.

Meridee Duddleston Wins Big!

Apr 19, 2012

WRTI's Merdiee Duddleston has been recognized for outstanding public affairs reporting by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcaster's Association (PAPBA) with awards for two 2011 News & Views stories.

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