Regional Roundup – 3/18/19

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A logo sign on a Hyperloop test track outside of the headquarters of Space Exploration Technologies Corp., also known as SpaceX, in Hawthorne, California, on December 10, 2017. (Kristoffer Tripplaar/Sipa USA via AP Images)

A logo sign on a Hyperloop test track outside of the headquarters of Space Exploration Technologies Corp., also known as SpaceX, in Hawthorne, California, on December 10, 2017. (Kristoffer Tripplaar/Sipa USA via AP Images)

Guests: Bobby Allyn, Bryan Townsend, Ned Foley, John Sanville

We begin the Regional Roundup with the proposed hyperloop from Philadelphia-Pittsburgh, a massive underground tunnel that could transport cargo – and maybe eventually passengers – at speeds of 700 m.p.h.  WHYY and Keystone Crossroads reporter BOBBY ALLYN fills us in on this big idea and its feasibility. Then, we turn to the growing popular vote movement. In Delaware, a recent bill that would award the state’s Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who has won the popular vote just passed in Delaware’s Senate and House. State Senator BRYAN TOWNSEND, who co-sponsored the legislation, and Moritz College of Law professor NED FOLEY join us. Finally, we end the hour discussing sleepy teens and the effort to push school start times later. The Unionville-Chadds Ford school district started high school 25 minutes later last year. The district’s Superintendent of Schools JOHN SANVILLE tells us about the effect those extra minutes have had on the students.  

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