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Pa. Gambling expansion / Temple's first Rhodes Scholar/ "Whataboutism"

Guests: Katie Meyer, Hazim Hardeman, Tom Nichols We begin today's show with a conversation with WITF's KATIE MEYER about the Pennsylvania state budget and its implications, particularly the effort to expand gambling in order to make up for shortfalls. And we'll hear about the anti-abortion bill before Harrisburg legislators. Then, we'll meet HAZIM HARDEMAN, Temple University's first ever Rhodes Scholar. He'll join us to talk about his North Philadelphia upbringing and what his plans are going ahead. Lastly, we'll talk about the political strategy known as "whataboutism." The President uses this strategy as do many politicians and pundits. We'll find out about the roots of this tactic, and how it's gaining momentum in the social media age. TOM NICHOLS, Sovietologist and professor at the U.S. Naval War College joins us to explain the practice and give us his take on its rise.

Families in crisis: aging parents & disabled children

GUESTS: RONNIE POLANECZKY, AUDREY (DEE) COCCIA & MAUREEN DEVANEY Daily News columnist, RONNIE POLANECZKY, has been writing a series about aging parents of intellectual and developmental disabled adults. The series, called Falling off the Cliff, takes us through several stories of families who struggle with reporting incidents of incompetence or abuse from caregivers. Some families are having difficulty finding employment, housing and medical services for their disabled children. They also can have anxiety about what will happen to their children when they die. In this hour, we talk with Ronnie about her findings. We're also joined by AUDREY (DEE) COCCIA and MAUREEN DEVANEY,co-founders and co-executive directors of Vision for EQuality, Inc., who have advocated for over 30 years for their own intellectual and developmental disabled adult children and many others.

Digital distraction and addictive devices

Guest: Nir Eyal How often do you look at your smartphone during the day – checking Facebook or Twitter, or posting on Instagram? The fact that technology is addictive, and is being deliberately designed to be, probably doesn't surprise you. But how can we protect ourselves from being too distracted by digital games, apps and social media? NIR EYAL knows all about the irresistible pull of our devices. In fact, he consults with businesses on ways to hook consumers and wrote a popular book about it a few years ago, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. This hour, we'll talk with Eyal about the best ways to resist digital distraction and about whether companies have an obligation to design less addictive tech.

'The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah' / Meek Mill update

Guests: Bobby Allyn, Adam Valen Levinson ADAM VALEN LEVINSON is on a mission to bridge the world's cultural and ideological divisions through humor. His new travel memoir, The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah Levinson writes about his decision to travel throughout the Middle East as a Jew in order to counter the fear that 9/11 provoked in so many Americans. Levinson joins us on the show today to talk about his laugh filled adventures and why Americans shouldn't be scared of the world. But first, we'll get an update on the imprisonment of Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill, who was just denied bail for charges of violating probation. WHYY's BOBBY ALLYN tells us the latest.

Flynn, and the latest on the Mueller investigation

Guests: Ryan Goodman, Bob Dreyfuss Last week, former National Security Advisor to President Trump, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian government during the presidential transition last year. Then it was revealed that a White House lawyer had informed the President that Flynn had mislead the FBI before the guilty plea. Trump tweeted that he knew about Flynn's deception, which legal experts say indicates "obstruction of justice." These are all the latest turns in the Robert Mueller investigation that has already brought charges against three members of the Trump campaign. Today, we discuss the investigation and what it could mean for the Trump administration and the President himself. We're joined by RYAN GOODMAN, professor of Law at NYU joins us along with BOB DREYFUSS, investigative journalist and contributing editor for The Nation.

'The Fear Factor,' altruism and psychopathy

Guest: Abigail Marsh An heroic act by a stranger during car accident started ABIGAIL MARSH wondering what makes some people so compassionate that they'd risk their lives to help a total stranger. Marsh went on to become a social psychologist and a professor at Georgetown University. She's spent her career researching the human brain and people who are either extremely generous and altruistic, or cruel and psychopathic. In this hour of Radio Times, Marsh discusses her new book, The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between.

Vanishing insects / Blooming jellyfish

Guests: Scott Black, Juli Berwald If you've noticed that bugs aren't splattering on your windshield like they used to, you are not imagining things. It's a symptom of a vanishing insect population, the consequences of which could be dire. SCOTT BLACK, executive director of the Xerces Society joins us to tell us about the decline and how less bugs will affect our environment. Then, if you've never been in awe of jellyfish, science writer JULI BERWALD might convert you. These rubbery, slimy, sometimes venomous creatures are beautiful and remarkably complex, despite being 95% water. Berwald writes about the diversity of jellyfish, her adventures with them, and the impact climate change is having on their populations in her new book, Spineless: the Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone.

"Quest" / CHIP funding update

Guests: Jonathan Olshefski, Christopher Rainey, PJ Rainey, David Rubin Filmmaker JONATHAN OLSHEFSKI spent nearly a decade documenting the life of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. His new documentary, Quest, is an intimate portrait of this loving and tight-knit family who have created a safe and creative space in a tough neighborhood in a city struggling with poverty and violence. Today, we're joined by Olshefski and CHRISTOPHER "QUEST" RAINEY, along with his daughter, PJ RAINEY to hear about how the film came to be and the message it sends. Then, the future of the popular Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, remains uncertain. Congress is fighting over how to pay for the program, which currently insures 8 million kids and 370,000 pregnant women. We'll talk with DAVID RUBIN, a pediatrician and director of PolicyLab at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia about the impact of CHIP on kids' lives and its future.

The rise of Nazis; in Germany and in America

Guests: Thomas Childers, Arnie Bernstein On Sunday, The New York Times published an article about a low-key Nazi in Ohio. The piece drew fierce criticism from many corners of the political spectrum for "normalizing" Nazism in America. But Nazis in America are nothing new. In fact, 20,000 Americans attended a Nazi rally at Madison Square Garden. Today on the show, we're going to examine Nazism from a historical perspective – in Germany and in America. We'll be joined by historian ARNIE BERNSTEIN, author of Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German American Bund. He'll tell us about the American Nazi's of the 1930's and their leader. We'll also be joined by historian THOMAS CHILDERS, author of the new book The Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany, which aims to debunk some of the long-standing myths about Hitler and the Nazi Party's rise to power.

The shifting media landscape of the Trump era

Guests: Cory Doctorow, Andy Kroll, Meg James There are a lot of changes in the media these days. We'll begin today's show talking about the Trump administration's threat to repeal net neutrality protections and what this would mean for the future of the internet. CORY DOCTOROW, co-editor of Boing Boing joins us to explain. Then, we'll explore how the media landscape is shifting in the Trump era. The DOJ is blocking the sale of Time Warner to AT&T, just as Time Inc. was bought by the Koch Brothers-affiliated Meredith media group. Trump just lambasted the Time Warner-owned CNN again in recent days, suggesting that the network's international coverage is biased against him. Finally, the Trump administration has repealed a law to prevent local media monopolies, allowing Sinclair Broadcasting group to buy local stations that broadcast syndicated pro-Trump commentaries on local news affiliates. ANDY KROLL of Mother Jones and MEG JAMES of the Los Angeles Times joins us to discuss all of this and what the fallout could look like for media companies and for news coverage.

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