NPR FOR THE DEAF: We Hear It Even When You Can’t

WHYY, the leading public broadcasting station in the greater Philadelphia region, presents It’s Our City, a new multi-platform civic engagement project produced by the station’s award-winning News & Information Service.nutterPhawker.jpg

The project will officially launch at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 20 with a LIVE 60-minute TV special with Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter and host Dave Davies, senior writer for the Philadelphia Daily News.

Showcasing WHYY’s broadcast capabilities, this interview will be simulcast on WHYY TV12, WHYY’s primary digital channel 12.1 (Comcast Channel 240, FiOS Channel 812), on WHYY 91FM, and the It’s Our City Web site (, which will also launch on June 20.

Long-time WHYY producer Alan Tu will serve as Managing Editor and Anchor for the It’s Our City initiative.

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tortureteam.jpgIn his new book, Torture Team: Rumsfeld’s Memo and the Betrayal of American Values, international lawyer Philippe Sands accuses former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld of condoning sensory-deprivation and humiliation during interrogations at Guantanamo Bay — techniques which have since been abandoned. Sands says that the harsh interrogation policy that emerged after 9/11 came from high-ranking government officials and top military figures. His book explains how the military veered from the strict interrogation protocols set forth in the the Army’s field manual to using methods inspired by the prime-time television show 24. Sands is a professor of law at University College London, where he is director of the Centre of International Courts and Tribunals. He is also a British Queen’s Counsel at the firm Matrix Chambers.

Hour 1
Last week Governor Rendell signed into law the Clean Indoor Air Act that prohibits smoking in most public places. This hour, a conversation with Pennsylvania Senator Stewart Greenleaf, the author of the Clean Indoor Air Act, on his 15-year fight to pass a statewide smoking ban. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3

Hour 2
What does the stuff on your desk say about who you are? How about the art on your walls, the clothes on your body, or the car you drive? University of Texas psychologist SAM GOSLING studies our personal environments and what they reveal about our personalities. His new book is called Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3

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