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Sunday, September 25

One woman’s Hajj pilgrimage; Philly Free Streets


Guests: Diaa Hadid, Matt Fisher

A million and half Muslims from around the world took part in the Hajj this year.  The annual pilgrimage to one of the Islam’s holiest sites, Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is the fifth and final pillar of the faith.  Over six days, pilgrims walk from Mecca to other holy sites and back. Along the way they perform religious rituals.  New York Times correspondent DIAA HADID performed her first Hajj this year and chronicled her experience.  Mary Cummings-Jordan talks to Hadid about her journey, the sites, the pilgrims she met, and about the religious and historical significance of the Hajj.  Then, tomorrow is the Philly Free Streets.  Ten miles of roads in Philadelphia from South Street to Fairmount Park will be closed to cars and trucks from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m and turned over to walkers and bikers.  We’ll hear about the event, Mayor Kenney’s power-walking plan and the benefits of traffic-free days from MATT FISHER, Director of Policy in the Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems for the City of Philadelphia.

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Radio Times in Review: The 2015 National Humanities Medal recipients


Guests: Wynton Marsalis, Terry Gross, James McBride

On this week’s edition of Radio Times in Review: we’re going to listen to some of Marty’s interviews with 2015 National Humanities Medal award winners, who were honored by President Obama in a ceremony held at the White House Thursday. First, we’ll revisit Marty’s talk with jazz musician, composer, and educator WYNTON MARSALIS.  We’ll also listen to Marty’s interview with WHYY’s own TERRY GROSS. The two talked about radio, interviewing and Terry’s circuitous route to being one of public radio’s premier personalities.  Lastly, we hear from author JAMES McBRIDE, who’s written several books including the National Book award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird.

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