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Sunday in the 9 am hour, a majority win by Scotland's pro-independence parties energizes the push for a referendum on leaving the U.K.
Sunday at 10 am, Tom Druckenmiller celebrates the life of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, "The Godfather of the Beats," with clips of the poet himself and a memory from Jack Kerouac.
Sunday at 3 pm, Carlos Benjamin has a Mother's Day special, with plenty of appropriate American roots songs for the occasion,
Sunday at 5 pm, Steve Aaronson and Rosalie Viscomi feature a truly mixed bag of big band music and swingy vocals including Harry James, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, and more.
Sunday at 7 pm, Ellis Finger presents "Hearing form the Bach Choir," previewing the upcoming 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival. Ellis welcomes Bach Choir's David and Amy Ruhfe.

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The Impact of Artificial Intelligence with Dr. Prasenjit Mitra & Dan Lopresti | Teen Connect

Prathysha Kothare explores the impact of Artificial Intelligence on our society and the role it plays at the intersection of social justice, human rights, and technology.

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WDIY presents Middle School Perspective, a new Youth Media Podcast with host Kyra Kelly, an eighth grader attending Lower Macungie Middle School. The premiere episode features a conversation with fellow student Steal Eisenhart about the pressure of gender norms and stereotypes.

On the Next Galactic Travels™ 2021-05-13

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The latest show's playlist (May 6 - show #1253) is available for your inspection. On the next Galactic Travels™, the month-long Special Focus on Argyre Planitia continues. The Featured CD at Midnight will be "Opening the Gates of the Crystal Cave" on Petroglyph Music.


On this month's edition of The Inside Dish, host Michael Drabenstott welcomes Beau Baden of Sherman Street Beer Company in Allentown to discuss how his varied experience in microbrewing over the last 20 years has prepared him to open his own operation.

Michael Drabenstott chats with Samantha Younes, part of the family celebrating 40 years of Aladdin Middle Eastern Cuisine in Allentown, about how the Lehigh Valley's exotic tastes have changed for the better, plus her new location for Zahra in the Bethlehem Riverport Market.

Pennsylvania's primary voting is on May 18th, so Marcie Lightwood sat down with Mary Erdman of the League of Women Voters organization here in the Lehigh Valley who recently held the 10th "Running for Local Office" workshop on how to become a political candidate here in the Valley with help from resources to the paperwork process.

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The Chester County District Attorney’s office filed a civil complaint against pipeline builder Energy Transfer after years of construction polluted waterways and drinking water and caused dangerous sinkholes.

WHYY StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Susan Phillips reports the DA used a novel approach to hold the driller accountable.

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New Jersey regulators have approved another subsidy to prop up the state’s nuclear energy sector, which energy companies say is at risk of closing. But, as WHYY’s Joe Hernandez reports, critics say the $300 million annual award is way too much.

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President Joe Biden was recently in Philadelphia to celebrate Amtrak’s 50th anniversary. As WHYY’s Katie Meyer reports, he was going to promote his sweeping infrastructure plan at an afternoon event at the 30th Street Station.

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After years of declining enrollment and financial turmoil, Pennsylvania’s state system of higher education could be on the verge of big changes. The system’s board of governors recently moved forward on a plan that would merge six schools into two regional entities.

WHYY Keystone Crossroads’ reporter Avi Wolfman-Arent gives us the details.

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School is like a social laboratory. Kindergartners learn how to follow rules. Middle schoolers navigate hierarchies. High schoolers test boundaries. So much of that casual social interaction went away during virtual school.

Now, experts and parent’s wonder…what’s next? WHYY Keystone Crossroads’ reporter Avi Wolfman-Arent has more.

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WDIY's award-winning quarterly program hosted by Rayna Malhotra, bringing you groundbreaking innovation in the STEM disciplines--entirely from a teenage perspective.

Tech billionaire Elon Musk hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, in a debut performance that drummed up a lot of reaction before his big night even began.

As the night unfolded, Musk, CEO of electric carmaker Tesla and chief engineer of SpaceX, played a range of characters, including: a doctor at a "Gen Z hospital," a priest and self-confessed murderer in a Mare of Easttown parody, an anti-social party guest in a post-pandemic world — and, naturally — himself.

BEIJING (AP) — China's space agency said a core segment of its biggest rocket reentered Earth's atmosphere above the Maldives in the Indian Ocean and most of it burned up early Sunday.

Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, who tracked the tumbling rocket part, said on Twitter, "An ocean reentry was always statistically the most likely. It appears China won its gamble... But it was still reckless."

Results from local and regional elections in the U.K. gave Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party a boost Saturday, while pro-independence parties won a majority in Scotland's parliament.

Voters went to the polls on Thursday to decide the makeup of the Scottish and Welsh parliaments, as well as the mayors of England's largest cities, including London and Manchester. Voters also chose local councils, police commissioners and other local authorities, prompting some in England to dub it "Super Thursday."

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

Former 'Pregnant Girl' Builds Support To Help Other Teen Moms: Nicole Lynn Lewis felt overwhelmed and isolated as a young single mom in college. Now she runs a nonprofit designed to help teen parents get the financial and emotional support they need to thrive.

In a string of heartfelt tweets on Saturday, former President Barack Obama announced the death of his family's beloved "first dog" Bo.

"Today our family lost a true friend and loyal companion. For more than a decade, Bo was a constant, gentle presence in our lives—happy to see us on our good days, our bad days, and every day in between," Obama wrote.

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