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Friday in the 6 and 8 am hours, as NPR marks 50 years, they're looking back at an event that changed the celebrity fundraiser: The Concert for Bangladesh (August 1, 1971).
Friday at 9 am, Karen El-Chaar has three hours of classical music including Georg Philipp Telemann's "Sonata in C Minor", selections from Giovanni Gabrieli, and more.
Friday at 12 noon, make sure you're tuning in to one of public radio's most iconic programs. This weekday show hosted by Terry Gross features fascinating interviews.
Friday at 3 pm, Carlos Benjamin talks with Patrick Brogan, Chief Program Officer at ArtsQuest, about what's in store for this year’s Musikfest.
Friday in the 5 pm hour, 20 Olympic athletes have already had their dreams dashed due to COVID and are now isolating at a Tokyo hotel for ten days.

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'Buy American': Joe Biden Promotes U.S. Manufacturing During Mack Trucks Visit | WDIY Local News

President Joe Biden made his first official visit to the Lehigh Valley as president on July 28, speaking at the Mack Trucks assembly plant in Lower Macungie about his proposal to boost American manufacturing. His message: Buy American. WDIY’s Sarit Laschinsky filed this report.

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“Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” is an intense, inspiring yet tragic look at the celebrity chef and TV show personality. “Roadrunner” director Morgan Neville (Oscar recipient for the documentary “20 Feet from Stardom”) creates a lasting impression of the culinary legend. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the documentary film.

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On Galactic Travels™, the Special Focus for August is Finite Element. Finite Element is Rich Kennicutt of Binghamton, NY. His music is keyboard-based. His major influences are '70s era Berlin School electronic music artists Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, and Ashra. Elements of Ambient and Dark Ambient are included in the mix.

  

  

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The latest show's playlist (July 29 - show #1265) is available for your inspection. On the next Galactic Travels™, a month-long Special Focus on Finite Element begins. The Featured CD at Midnight will be "Convergence."

The White House

After announcing President Joe Biden’s upcoming visit to the Lehigh Valley last week, the White House has revealed additional details about his trip, which will take Biden to a major truck manufacturing facility. WDIY’s Sarit Laschinsky has more.

Greg Capogna sits down with Donna Hosfeld of the Hosfeld Insurance Agency (AKA "the Insurance Chix of Alburtis") to talk about how insurance can actually be fun!

Then, Greg welcomes Major Scott Peabody of the Bethlehem Salvation Army to explain the history and the mission of the Salvation Army, plus the valuable community programs they provide here in the Lehigh Valley. 

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Bucks County Begins to Repair After 100-Year Flood

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After massive flooding last week damaged more than 1,100 homes and businesses in lower Bucks County, officials are trying to help people who were displaced, lost property, or now have to repair their homes.

WHYY’s Katie Meyer reports county leaders are calling the disaster a 100-year flood.

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Elected officials and civic leaders in Trenton, New Jersey, gathered outside city hall to honor a Trenton native who is competing in this summer’s Olympic games. WHYY’s Peter Crimmins reports the city is rallying behind Athing Mu to bring home the gold.

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For the last 60 years Philadelphia has run its PlayStreets program, which functions both as a city-run summer camp and meal distribution program for families who rely on the city for meals.

A PlayStreet recently opened in Southwest Philadelphia July 15 at the same site where one year ago, a shooting broke out leaving one man dead. This all happened just a few feet from where kids were playing. WHYY’s Robby Brod has more on how the block has recovered, and how the city will keep the PlayStreets safe this year.

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Delaware just passed a bill aimed at helping elementary school students get help for mental and emotional health problems. Officials recently showcased the work already being done in one school district. WHYY’s Cris Barrish reports.

Atlantic City Votes to End Needle Exchange Program

Jul 24, 2021
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Atlantic City leaders have voted to end a needle exchange program. The vote by the city council officially revokes permission for the operator.

From the New Jersey Desk, WHYY’s Kenneth Burns reports the vote came after nearly two and a half hours of public comment.

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What a difference a year makes. This time last year, it was virtually impossible to imagine attending a live concert in person, let alone a festival. One of the first American jazz festivals to make a comeback and bring a little rejoice to the world, is Exit Zero in Cape May.

First lady Jill Biden is recovering after undergoing a successful procedure to "flush out debris" from a puncture wound on her left foot, according to her press secretary, Michael LaRosa.

Biden reportedly stepped on an object on a beach in Hawaii last weekend ahead of two official events there. She was in Hawaii after attending the start of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

According to the White House, President Biden joined her for the procedure Thursday at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Terrence Clarke might have been celebrating today.

Earlier this year, the promising basketball guard was preparing for the NBA draft after completing his freshman year at the University of Kentucky.

But his career was tragically cut short in April when he died in a single-car crash in Los Angeles at age 19.

TOKYO — Judo fighter Teddy Riner lost in the Olympic quarterfinal to the top-ranked judo athlete in their class in the world – and it was considered one of the biggest upsets in the history of his sport.

That says a lot about the legacy that the French athlete, a 6 foot 8 two-time gold medalist known as "Big Ted," has built over his decade of absolute domination.

A loss in 2020 – to a Japanese fighter now nicknamed the "King Slayer" – ended Riner's 154-straight-fight winning streak.

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