"Flash Mobs" in Philadelphia: Groups of Young People Converging in the City Have Turned Violent
Philadelphia, PA – "Flash mob" activities in Philadelphia have increasingly turned into violent affairs, frightening visitors and merchants, and drawing stern rebukes from city leaders. WRTI's Jim Hilgen looks at how these social network-driven events started, and measures authorities are taking to combat them in the future.
For every young person with the talent and drive to be an accomplished vocalist or violinist, there are legions more whose main connection to classical music is destined to remain as a member of an audience. WRTI's Meridee Duddleston takes a look at a range of perspectives on nurturing a connection to classical music among the young.
In his over 90 years, Pablo Picasso created thousands of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, drawings, and prints, and became one of the most-recognized artists of the 20th century. On this week's News and Views, Susan Lewis looks at how an exhibition - now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art until April 25, 2010 - puts this modern master in context.
A Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Sodas? It's Being Proposed in Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter wants to raise revenue and combat obesity with a tax on soft drinks containing sugar. On this week's News and Views, WRTI's Jim Hilgen examines the Mayor's proposal, and its implications for the city and its residents.
As America navigates the politics of 2010, an exhibition in Philadelphia explores the ways in which our government and culture have been shaped by an ancient civilization. On this week's News and Views, Susan Lewis explores the National Constitution Center's comparison of Ancient Rome and America. The exhibition runs through August 1st.
This week on News and Views we'll journey through gardens around the globe. "Passport to the World," the theme of this year's Philadelphia International Flower Show, features thousands of exotic plant and floral exhibits designed by some of the region's most highly acclaimed horticultural enthusiasts. Windsor Johnston reports from the showroom floor at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The 2010 Philadelphia Flower Show runs until March 7th.
Today, the idea of a "print" is so ubiquitous that many people take it for granted, or don't think of it as relevant to art. Philagrafika, an international festival in Philadelphia showcasing the role of printmaking in contemporary art, aims to shatter those attitudes. On this week's News and Views, Susan Lewis explores Philagrafika 2010, which includes over 300 artists and 80 Philadelphia-area venues. The festival runs until April 11, 2010.
Philadelphia, PA – The island nation of Haiti has been devastated once again by mother nature. On this week's News & Views, Windsor Johnston reports on the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the Western Hemisphere's poorest country resulting in an estimated 200 thousand deaths and over one billion dollars in damage.
Philadelphia, PA – An estimated 100 million Americans will try to lose weight this year. Recent surveys show more than 75 percent of those who pledge to lose weight will not make it three months into their weight-loss resolutions. A third will not last even 30 days. On this week's News and Views, WRTI's Windsor Johnston seeks advice from Fitness Expert Denise Austin and others on how to get healthy and STAY healthy in 2010.