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Friday in the 6 and 8 am hours, StoryCorps features Clara Jean Ester recalling seeing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s final speech in 1968, a day before his assassination.
Friday at 9 am, Karen El-Chaar has birthday tributes to two important figures in American history: Benjamin Franklin and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Friday in the 5 pm hour, NPR's Carrie Johnson reports on civil liberties advocates who say policies enacted in response to the Capitol events could hurt communities of color.
Friday at 6 pm, with many kids not in classrooms right now due to COVID-19 restrictions, TED speakers explore life lessons that teach us far more than any textbook.
Friday at 7 pm, George Libriscz features folk and beyond including new and classic music from Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Peter Karp, Hot Tuna, Eilen Jewell, and Carly Simon.

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Prathysha Kothare Discusses Her New Book 'Crooked' | LV Arts Salon

Kate Scuffle invites fellow host, Prathysha Kothare from WDIY's TEEN Connect, to talk about her new book "Crooked," a collection of short stories and poems.

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Greg Capogna welcomes Maureen Wendling, Executive Director of the Shanthi Project to talk about the benefits of mindfulness and her apprenticeship at the Center for Mindfulness at Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Host Sarit Laschinsky explores the impact of COVID-19 on South Whitehall Township and the impact of a recent $1.5 million gift to Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley.

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The latest show's playlist (January 7 - show #1240) is available for your inspection. On the next Galactic Travels™, the month-long Special Focus on Jim Ottaway continues. The Featured CD at Midnight will be  "Timeless e-Motion."

In “Ammonite,” Kate Winslet stars as Mary Anning, a real-life, noted 19th century British fossil-hunter who befriends Charlotte Murchison, played by Saoirse Ronan. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the biography-drama-romance film.

Bowery Farming

Host Greg Capogna, in a Lehigh Valley exclusive, sits down with Irving Fain, CEO and Founder of Bowery Farming, and Dennis Davin, Secretary of Pennsylvania's Department of Community and Economic Development, to discuss Bowery coming to Bethlehem, vertical farming, sustainable agriculture, the environment and jobs for the Lehigh Valley.

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WDIY 25th Anniversary Memories

We mark 25 years of broadcasting on WDIY with stories from volunteers who helped create the station, an exclusive listen to audio from our first day of broadcasting in 1995, and more!

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Restaurants and bars are reeling from persistent spikes of coronavirus cases and related restrictions, driving retail spending in December down for the third month in a row.

'Drug Use For Grown-Ups' Serves As An Argument For Personal Choice

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If you grew up scared of what illicit drugs could do to you — hearing about all the horrors that could befall you from everyone from Nancy Reagan to your parents — the threat may have felt very real: If you actually took a puff off that joint that the kid who slept through math class offered you, it could lead to failed relationships, chronic unemployment, self-destruction.

The shame would outlive you.

Law enforcement officials are bracing for possible serious security breaches and violent assaults ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's swearing in next week. State and federal officials are taking no chances as the countdown begins for Inauguration Day.

The heightened security comes after a violent siege at the U.S. Capitol last week from pro-Trump supporters that resulted in the death of five people and forced lawmakers into hiding.

It's been a while since we saw the logo of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — those fast-flipping comics pages, that stirring anthem of strings and brass and clashing cymbals — and I'm pleased to report that it retains its power to act as visual appetizer, whetting our collective palate for the mix of iconic, larger-than-life, vibrantly colored acts of selfless heroism, cosmic stakes and petty intra-hero squabbling that is the Marvel brand.

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Congressional representatives from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware are criticizing the violence in Washington D.C. that disrupted counting the 2020 electoral college votes.  WHYY's Laura Benshoff reports.

(Original air-date: 1/7/21)


Pennsylvania is nudging elementary schools to reopen their doors as the state Department of Education modifies its official recommendations. WHYY's Avi Wolfman-Arent has the details.

(Original air-date: 1/8/21)

Katherine McAdoo

After a violent mob of insurrectionists supporting President Donald Trump seized the U.S. Capitol to thwart the will of voters, lawmakers in Pennsylvania are trying to figure out where to go from here. WHYY's Katie Meyer reports that in the state senate, Democrats are starting by urging Doug Mastriano (R-33), who attended the chaos at the Capitol, to resign.

Andy Feliciotti

A Lebanon County man was one of just 14 individuals arrested in the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday for storming the nation's capital in an attempt to stop the election certification process. WHYY's Miles Bryant reports.

(Original air-date: 1/8/21)

Emma Lee / WHYY

In Philadelphia, the conviction rate for certain gun-related crimes is decidedly low. The list includes illegal gun possession and non-fatal shootings, a category of crime that spiked last year, making it one of the most violent on record.

The District Attorney’s Office wants to change that, but there’s a longstanding obstacle: protecting witnesses so they feel safe to testify. WHYY’s Aaron Moselle reports.

(Original air-date: 1/7/21)

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