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.

One hundred years after the sinking of the luxury liner that was believed to be virtually unsinkable, WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the legacy of TITANIC in our community.

Compelling State Interest or Unlawful Social Engineering?

Apr 9, 2012

The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments this fall for an affirmative action case, Fisher v. Texas.  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 Fisher and how the Court, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, might decide.

WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at the history of the Academy of Natural Sciences  in Philadelphia, and how it continues to serve both the scientific community and the public.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): A Look at His Life and His Legacy

Philadelphia, PA – WRTI's Susan Lewis profiles the Master of Baroque! The great German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist J. S. Bach's birthday is March 21st. The Bach Festival of Philadelphia is March 30th to April 1st at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Rittenhouse Square.

Philadelphia, PA – WRTI's Susan Lewis considers George Frideric Handel's iconic 18th-century oratorio and its interpretation in dance as the Pennsylvania Ballet presents choreographer Robert Weiss' MESSIAH, set to the music of Handel. The final performances of MESSIAH, at the Academy of Music, are on March 17th.

Concert band music has its roots in the military, dating back to the 1700s. However, over the last century, more composers have written explicitly for band and wind ensembles. WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at the continually expanding repertoire for ensembles of brass, woodwinds, and percussion.

WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS - a story of injustice that became the basis for a critically acclaimed Broadway musical. The show sparked controversy and earned 12 Tony nominations in 2010. A new production featuring many from the original Broadway show is now being presented by the Philadelphia Theatre Company through February 19th.