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gene therapy
NextHealth PHL

Gene Therapy Is Giving Us Incredible New Tools to Fight Disease. How Far Can It Go?

Think back to last spring. (You probably don’t want to, but humor me.) Those early months of the coronavirus pandemic in America weren’t all fear […]

momfluencer
City Life

I Thought Making Money as an Instagram Momfluencer Would Be Easy

About a year ago, I fell deep into the rabbit hole of perfect motherhood on Instagram. I found myself awake well past midnight, unable to […]

Philly fighting covid andrei doroshin
City Life

The Bizarre, Infuriating Story of Philly Fighting COVID’s Meteoric Rise and Swift Fall

It was nearing 7 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and Philly Fighting COVID had a problem. The group, an ambitious and energetic start-up run […]

JL Jupiter
Foobooz

YouTuber JL Jupiter Is Boosting Philly’s Under-the-Radar Restaurants, One Viral Video at a Time

On the Wednesday before Super Bowl LV, JL Jupiter uploaded a new video to YouTube. Set to a boom-bap soundtrack, the crisp 25-minute package chronicled […]

sweet amalia oyster
Foobooz

Halfway Between Philadelphia and the Shore, an Oyster Destination

Growing some of the best-tasting oysters in the country is no easy feat. Neither is turning the Middle of Nowhere, New Jersey, into a foodie […]

the sound of philadelphia
City Life

An Oral History of the Sound of Philadelphia

In 1971, a lyrically gifted singer-songwriter from South Philly and a classically trained pianist from Camden launched Philadelphia International Records (PIR), a Black-owned hitmaking label […]

fdr park golf course
City Life

How the Pandemic Turned a South Philly Golf Course Into the City’s Best New Park

If you squint, you can see it. Head down to FDR Park, the storied South Philly public space across Broad Street from the Sports Complex. […]

covid generation
City Life

What Is Pandemic Life Doing to Our Kids? Maybe Not What We Think

The moms are very worried. Since March of 2020 — when schools started closing and COVID got real — you can find them (okay, us) […]

josh shapiro
City Life

Is This The Moment Josh Shapiro Has Been Waiting For?

On a chilly Saturday in early February, I sit in Josh Shapiro’s driveway in suburban Abington next to a firepit as we talk, mask to […]

philadelphia measles outbreak
City Life

30 Years Ago, a Philly Church Refused to Vaccinate Its Kids Against Measles. The Results Were Deadly

Bob Ross remembers the moment vividly. The date was January 16, 1991, the same day that then-President George H.W. Bush launched Operation Desert Storm, the […]

pennsylvania millennial mayors
City Life

These Millennial Mayors in the Philly ’Burbs Entered Office Eager and Optimistic. Then Came 2020

Mark Barbee got laid off in 2020. He was a waiter in a King of Prussia restaurant that closed when Governor Tom Wolf issued shutdown […]

philadelphia biking
Be Well Philly

Biking Was Big in Philly Even Before the Pandemic. Then the Past Year Sent it Skyrocketing

Local bikers are noticing a swell of traffic on their usual routes. Actually, more like a tsunami. In the first two and a half weeks […]

philadelphia deer
City Life

Inside Philly’s Stealth Hunts to Take Out Deer and Protect Our Parks

During the long, cold nights from December to March, highly trained individuals enter Philadelphia’s most popular parks armed with state-of-the-art tools and shoot-to-kill orders. It’s […]

dentistry during covid-19
Be Well Philly

From Cavities to Stress-Grinding, the Pandemic Has Been Hell on Our Teeth

On March 26th, at the start of the first pandemic shutdown, Montgomery County resident Cathy Belfield was working from home while her two kids played […]

duckduckgo
City Life

The World Is Freaking Out About Data Privacy, and DuckDuckGo Is Ready to Seize the Moment

Gabriel Weinberg swears there’s no Batman-esque origin story that inspired him to become Privacy Man, a superhero who protects citizens from the evil globo-corporations that […]