Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane A thought-provoking, engaging and timely call-in program that tackles wide-ranging issues of concern to listeners in the Delaware Valley, the nation and beyond. Hosted by Marty Moss-Coane.
Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane

Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane


A thought-provoking, engaging and timely call-in program that tackles wide-ranging issues of concern to listeners in the Delaware Valley, the nation and beyond. Hosted by Marty Moss-Coane.

Most Recent Episodes

Philadelphia's Horseback Riding Clubs

As a kid born and raised in West Philadelphia, KAREEM ROSSER wanted a way out of the poverty and violence that accompanied much of his childhood. When he and his brothers stumbled upon a barn of horses in Fairmount Park, they found a passion and a way to overcome. Cornell graduate and star polo player SHARIAH HARRIS had a similar moment of serendipity, when her mother took a wrong turn in Fairmount and she too discovered Philadelphia's rich culture of horseback riding. Rosser, also a polo star and author of a new memoir, and Harris join to share their stories and passions for urban riding.

Biden's immigration policies take shape

One of President Trump's lasting legacies will be his strict, even cruel immigration policies, including the practice of family separation and child detention. President Biden promised on the campaign trail that he would undo these policies including DACA and has already taken some measures aimed at easing these harsh measures. Is he living up to his promises? What has he undone this far, and what else are immigration advocates hoping Biden will change? We're joined today by ADAM GOODMAN, author of The Deportation Machine and by Migration Policy Institute policy analyst, SARAH PIERCE. But first, we'll hear about the release of the families that had been held at the Berks County Detention Center when Marty talks with WHYY's LAURA BENSHOFF.

Going electric: is the EV revolution here to stay?

GM and Volvo both announced that they will be going electric in the coming decade and phasing out gasoline-powered cars. Many other automakers like Ford, Volkswagen, and BMW are also preparing to roll out more battery-powered vehicles in the coming years, which currently make up only 1 percent of U.S. cars on the roads. So, is the EV revolution finally here? To answer that question, we'll turn to CHELSEA SEXTON, an automotive analyst, and JOHN VOELCKER, an automotive reporter. We'll discuss what these automaker announcements really mean and what it will take to get more American consumers on behind EV wheels. We'll also look at how to prepare our infrastructure for plug-ins and what impact they could have on the environment. Finally, we'll get some electric car reviews.

Elizabeth Kolbert's "Under a White Sky"

Can we engineer our way out of climate change? And what lessons should we take from our past attempts to control nature? New Yorker staff writer ELIZABETH KOLBERT joins us to talk about her new book, Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future, which explores the work of researchers and scientists tackling the impending climate disaster and searching for technological solutions – from geo-engineering to genetic editing. It's a follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning The Sixth Extinction.

Regional Roundup – 03/01/21

On this week's Regional Roundup; WHYY's SUSAN PHILLIPS will tell us about the ongoing legal battles over the fracking ban in the Delaware River watershed. We'll then discuss the newly passed marijuana legalization and decriminalization bills in New Jersey with Rutgers University professor of law STUART GREEN. And, we'll hear about a series of livestreamed musical performances from Philly-adjacent artists called "Liminal States" which are intended to be listened to as you fall asleep. The series curator, DUSTIN HURT, joins us alongside one of the series' performers LARAAJI.

SEPTA and the future of public transit

In 2020, SEPTA ridership plummeted a staggering 90%. And they weren't the only transit agency to experience drastic loss in riders and revenue. As we continue to look at the future of work and employment, we turn to public transit and all the ways it is adapting to Covid. Today CHRISTOPHER PUCHALSKY, Director of Policy & Strategic Initiatives at Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, & Sustainability discusses how the city plans on bringing the transit agency back from the brink. Then, Drexel University professor of engineering CHRISTOPHER SALES and Tri-State Transportation Campaign's JANNA CHERNETZ address the broader challenges and trends of public transportation's future.

Our lungs and Covid; Philly schools reopening

Breathing: it's something that most of us don't even think about, until we have trouble doing it. We inhale and exhale roughly 15 times per minutes bringing in oxygen to our lungs and expelling carbon dioxide. The COVID-19 pandemic has put more focus on our breath since the virus often attacks the lungs and can lead to shortness of breath and respiratory distress. MICHAEL STEPHEN had first hand experience with this. He's a pulmonologist at Thomas Jefferson University, has treated COVID patients in the ICU, and was himself hospitalized with the virus. He's also written a book on the lungs called Breath Taking: The Power, Fragility, and Future of Our Extraordinary Lungs. This hour, we'll talk to Stephen about our lungs, his experience with COVID as a doctor and patient, and how poverty, pollution and climate change are making breathing harder. But first, we start this hour with Superintendent WILLIAM HITE about the ongoing negotiations with the teacher union over building safety, how the reopening plan is being received by parents and students, and how preparations for the return to school for 9000 prek-2 graders on Monday.

Philly homicides on the rise

Philadelphia is already on track to set new records in homicides in 2021. In January alone, there were 50 murders, a 32% increase from last year. Today we'll discuss why the city is experiencing this tragic uptick in gun violence, and what could be done to curb this disturbing trend. Joining us are KENDRA VAN DE WATER, founding executive director of Youth Empowerment for Advancement Hangout and STANLEY CRAWFORD, founder of Black Male Community Council. We'll also hear from activist JAMAL JOHNSON, who went on a hunger strike at City Council to demand Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney declare gun violence a citywide emergency. But first, we'll get the perspective from the Philadelphia Police Department when Marty speaks with PPD Chief Inspector FRANK VANORE.

"Under Our Roof:" Rep. Madeleine Dean and son Harry Cunnane on addiction and recovery

Millions of Americans are addicted to opioids and the pandemic appears to be making the crisis even worse. It's a disease that has derailed so many people's lives, their relationships, their health and that too often leads to overdose and death. Pennsylvania Congresswoman MADELEINE DEAN's son HARRY CUNNANE struggled with addiction for over a decade. With family support and treatment, he was able to recover. Together Dean and Cunnane have written a very personal account of those difficult years, how they each coped, how Harry found his way through it, and the stigma that prevents so many others from seeking help. They join us this hour to talk about their collaborative memoir, Under Our Roof: A Son's Battle with Recovery, a Mother's Battle for Her Son.

"Under Our Roof:" Rep. Madeleine Dean and son Harry Cunnane on addiction and recovery

Regional Roundup – 02/22/21

This week on the Regional Roundup; WHYY's RYAN BRIGGS will tell us about the huge budget shortfall facing Philadelphia. Then, we'll hear from the new general manager of Reading Terminal, ANNIE ALLMAN about her plans for the historic market and how she plans to keep it afloat following the economic losses caused by COVID-19. We'll also hear from Princeton chemistry professor PAUL CHIRIK who has discovered a new molecule that could reduce the harmful effects of plastics on the environment.

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