Andy Warhol's first solo museum opening at Philadelphia's ICA drew thousands, even though the art had been taken off the walls. WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at this turning point in the world of contemporary art.
A Look at the Upcoming Philadelphia Municipal Primary Elections
Philadelphia, PA – Will Philadelphia voters head to the polls Tuesday, May 17th to choose who will be running for office in November's general election? Five City Council members are stepping down, which opens those seats for new blood. The election is drawing little public interest. WRTI's Jim Hilgen takes a look at the upcoming Philadelphia primary elections.
End of Life Care: Are Crucial Conversations and Questions Too Often Avoided?
Philadelphia, PA – A recent study of Medicare recipients shows terminally ill Philadelphians spend more time with physician specialists and in intensive care units than residents of other major metro areas. What does this mean? WRTI's Timothy Churchill talks with proponents of hospice and palliative care.
Baby Boomers Becoming Seniors: A Growing Population in Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA – Debates about gov't programs such as Medicare and Social Security will be waged over the next two decades as the elderly American population expands. Philadelphia is at the forefront of this population trend. WRTI's Meridee Duddleston hears from those whose work gives them a unique perspective on enhancing the daily lives of a growing demographic.
The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts is now taking place at venues throughout the city with 135 events and 1,500 artists. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the historical context of PIFA, with a look at the arts and culture of early 20th-century Paris.
Japan?s Earthquake and Tsunami: The Economic Impact on the United States
Philadelphia, PA – WRTI's Timothy Churchill speaks with two professors from Temple University's Fox School of Business about the short- and long-term impact of Japan's March 11th disasters on the U.S. economy, and the future of trade between the two countries.
BAN THE BOX: An Attempt to Help Ex-Offenders Find Jobs in Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA – Legislation moving through Philadelphia City Council, dubbed "Ban the Box," would require Philadelphia employers to remove a question about an applicant's criminal history from job applications. WRTI's Jim Hilgen takes a look at the city's latest effort to help former felons find work and become productive members of society.
The success of the movie BLACK SWAN has thrown a Hollywood spotlight on classical ballet. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers Pennsylvania Ballet's current production of SWAN LAKE, its relationship to the original ballet, and its connection to the hit film. The reprisal of the 2004 production has a score by Tchaikovsky.
Aerobic Exercise: How Does it Benefit Cognition and Memory?
Philadelphia, PA – A landmark study released in PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES in January, 2011 indicates that walking can expand the hippocampus region of the brain - responsible for cognition and memory. WRTI's Timothy Churchill talks with a neurologist, health experts, and an octogenarian fighting Parkinson's with a regimen of daily physical exercise.