News & Views

News & Views
1:56 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Celebrating 100 Years of Collage as Fine Art

Henri Matisse's BLUE NUDE II, 1952, is an example of decoupage, which is a type of collage.

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.   

News & Views
10:30 pm
Sun June 17, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra Celebrates Stokowski

Leopold Stokowski

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."

News & Views
6:44 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Dolce Suono Ensemble: Carrying an 18th-Century Musical Tradition Into The 21st Century

Dolce Suono Ensemble

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.

News & Views
3:05 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Historic Architecture In Philadelphia: The Dilworth House and Issues Surrounding Preservation

Dilworth House

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.

News & Views
1:51 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra's Residency and Tour of China

Charles Dutoit

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. 

News & Views
2:30 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

The Barnes Foundation: The Legacy Continues in Center City, Philadelphia

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

News & Views
11:58 am
Thu May 17, 2012

All About Autism: Experts and Parents Speak Out

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.

News & Views
8:54 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Pennsylvania Ballet: PETER PAN With a Twist Through May 13th

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.

News & Views
4:15 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Philadelphians on the TITANIC

Harry Elkins Widener at Harvard University

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.

News & Views
8:18 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Compelling State Interest or Unlawful Social Engineering?

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.