Arlen Specter served in the U.S. Senate for nearly 30 years, during which he served as a Democrat and Republican. As a moderate, he frequently ignored party lines, speaking his mind on issues from judicial appointments to health care reform and stimulus spending. Kwame Holman remembers Specter who died from cancer at age 82. Continue reading
A Philadelphia priest was jailed Friday for how he handled sexual abuse claims, marking the first U.S. church official to be convicted of such a crime. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Barbara Blaine of Those Abused by Priests, and Thomas Plante of Santa Clara University. Continue reading
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is featuring an exhibit of vintage medical posters that advertise cures for all kinds of ailments. Health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser reports on the advertisements-turned-art. Continue reading
In other news Tuesday, police in Yemen opened fire on demonstrators, injuring at least 50 as protests continued across the Middle East. In Bahrain, three Shiite groups said they formed a movement to turn the Sunni monarchy into a republic. Coptic Christians in Egypt rallied in Cairo for an end to discrimination against them. Continue reading
Jeffrey Brown’s extended interview with Jennifer Higdon and Hilary Hahn’s performance of Bach’s Sarabande in D minor.
Hilary Hahn and Jennifer Higdon shared a love of 20th century music when Higdon was Hahn’s professor at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Fifteen years later, this student-teacher relationship has transformed into a partnership at the top of its field. Continue reading