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Friday, February 27

Ballot Talks: Discussing the Republican Party in Philadelphia

Guests: Joe DeFelice, Seth Kaufer, Dave Kralle

In this week’s edition of Ballot Talks: we take a look at the state of the Republican Party in Philadelphia. With many unsatisfied with the Democratic dominance in the city, how can the local GOP position itself as a viable alternative? We’ll look at the Republican candidates for mayor and other city races, hear their solutions to the city’s biggest problems, and discuss their plans to invigorate the electorate and boost their numbers. We’re joined by JOE DeFELICE, ward leader and executive director of the Philadelphia Republican City Committee, SETH KAUFER, ward leader for the city’s 2nd District, and DAVE KRALLE, Republican state committeeman who ran for State Representative in 2012.

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The problems with biofuels and feeding the world’s growing population

Guest: Timothy Searchinger

Biofuels, such as corn ethanol and soybean diesel, have been heralded as a strategy to combat climate change and increase our energy independence.  But a new report from the World Resources Institute finds that growing crops for fuel does more harm than good to the world food supply and the environment.   Using corn and soybeans for energy contributes to rising food prices and food scarcity. So should we stop investing in biofuels? Are there some kinds of biofuel that might be more effective? Marty talks to the report’s lead author, Princeton University research scholar TIMOTHY SEARCHINGER, about the impact of biofuels and the challenges of feeding world’s growing population.

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