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City Life

Helen Ubiñas on Covering Gun Violence in Philly, Newsroom Diversity, and Making Herself Heard

Ten years ago, journalist Helen Ubiñas left the Hartford Courant, where she was the paper’s first Latina news columnist, to become the Inquirer and Daily […]

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City Life

Meet the Philly Lawyer on a Mission to End the Death Penalty

Marc Bookman, who grew up in Lower Merion, has dedicated his career to fighting the death penalty, first in the Defenders Association of Philadelphia and […]

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City Life

Angela Duckworth, the Author of Grit, on Teaching Resilience Amid a Pandemic

Rittenhouse Square resident and soon-to-be empty nester Angela Duckworth has made a career of helping others uncover their inner fortitude. The Cherry Hill native talks […]

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City Life

Mare of Easttown Screenwriter and Chester County Native Brad Ingelsby on Writing for Kate Winslet

Buzz is building for Mare of Easttown, a locally shot crime drama starring Kate Winslet. It’s the latest big project from screenwriter, executive producer and […]

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City Life

Sonia Sanchez Still Has Work to Do

From a childhood spent in Jim Crow Birmingham to a rise as an activist in Malcolm X’s Harlem to a long legacy in the Black […]

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City Life

City Commissioner Al Schmidt, Hero of the 2020 Election, Is Ready to Call It Quits

When Al Schmidt first ran for city commissioner in 2011, seeking one of the three seats in charge of Philly’s elections, he probably never thought […]

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City Life

Yes, You Can Get the City to Cover Your Car’s Pothole Damage

One of the most persistent quality-of-life problems city residents had to deal with during the first big wave of the pandemic was trash pickup, with […]

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City Life

Lamar Gore on Helping Nature Through Climate Change, a Pandemic and Racial Inequity

As we’ve all been seeking safe, socially distanced outdoor activities during the pandemic, many Philadelphians have discovered John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, those 1,000 acres […]

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City Life

U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain Is Proof That, One Way or Another, Trumpism Will Live on Past the Election

On February 12th of this year, at the Union League’s annual Lincoln Day celebration in Philadelphia, Bill McSwain, the U.S. Attorney for Eastern Pennsylvania, gave […]

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City Life

Novelist Jennifer Weiner on Mask Shaming, Virtual Book Tours, and the Toxic Side of Social Media

Philadelphians first saw Jennifer Weiner’s name when she was a young Inquirer staffer in the 1990s. More than two decades later, the Philly-based writer is […]

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City Life

MSNBC’s Ali Velshi on Covering Primaries, Pandemics and Protests

From primaries to protests to the pandemic, 2020 has been a busy year if you’re a journalist. For MSNBC host Ali Velshi — who splits […]

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City Life

Jerry Blavat on Sinatra, the Mob, and the Music That Connects Us

Celebrating his 60th year in radio, and with his 80th birthday on the horizon, Jerry Blavat — a.k.a. the Geator with the Heater, the Big […]

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City Life

Meet Maia Weintraub, Philly’s Teenage Fencing Phenom

Adi Nott is kind of a big deal in fencing. A four-time All-American at Notre Dame and a member of the 2011 U.S. women’s foil […]

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City Life

This Riverwards Facebook Group Is Keeping Philly Developers on Their Toes

Neighborhood Facebook groups tend to be bastions of petty squawking. That’s why I was stunned to find one that actually gets stuff done. Founded in […]

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City Life

The Great Lie of So-Called “Philly” TV Shows

It’s “Dispatches from Elsewhere Week” here at Philly Mag. Check back all week for more fun content about the new Jason Segel show on AMC. […]