Philadelphia, PA – WRTI's Windsor Johnston spent two weeks volunteering at the Mama na Dada Center, located along the shores of Lake Victoria in Kunya, Kenya. Mama na Dada, meaning "mothers and sisters" strives to empower women and young girls by providing them with the skills they need to be financially successful. Programs range from organic gardening to textile production.
WRTI News Director Windsor Johnston presents an in-depth look at life in a small village nestled in the outskirts of Kitale, Kenya. The village in western Kenya, run by the Common Ground Program (an NGO) provides a school for orphans and also houses a special bio-intensive gardening project where students learn natural methods of growing fruits, vegetables, and plants.
Philadelphia, PA – WRTI's Meridee Duddleston takes a look at some of the legal issues surrounding the use of confidential sources by journalists. Norman Pearlstine, Time, Inc.'s former editor-in-chief, comments on the role of the press in American society. And Temple University Beasley School of Law Professor Craig Green weighs in on concerns inherent in recognizing a special legal status for journalists when it comes to subpoenas.
I hope the Philadelphia Theatre Company extends Orson's Shadow: Austin Pendleton's play is that good and this ensemble makes it better. The play is based on an event in Orson Welles' life: and the facts when it comes to the creator of Citizen Kane are stranger and poignant.
Julia Fischer, young, beautiful, and from Munich, is playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra. During Saturday's performance I could not keep Yehudi Menuhin from mind. The program didn't mention him, so the next morning I looked up her website and discovered that in her teens she won two international Menuhin Competitions under the violinist's supervision. The Beethoven concerto was Menuhin's signature piece, and Ms. Fischer's interpretation, while every bit her own, conveys a radiance & purity that recalls the late artist.
The men in Lambarena, a dance inspired by music of the same name, leap like gazelles across the Serengeti Plain. But the venue is the Merriam Theater, and we're watching the Pennsylvania Ballet. The women dancing hold their heads so high on their long necks, swing their arms and hips so well you can tell these skinny beauties have worked with African advisers.