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On the Record

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Buzz Bissinger on Why He Refuses to Teach His Book Friday Night Lights at Penn

There are few men we could interview in this space who could talk about their Gucci leather addiction, winning a Pulitzer at the Inquirer, their […]

City Life

Helen Gym Is Ready for Battle Over Roe, the Sixers and More

She started out as a journalist and then a teacher before becoming a community organizer and an activist. Now, City Councilmember Helen Gym is, perhaps, […]

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City Life

Pierre Robert’s Long, Strange Trip: 40 Years on the Air in Philly

When Pierre Robert took a job at WMMR in 1981, he had no idea that he’d hit retirement age at the same station, playing some […]

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City Life

Nick Stuccio on the Good, the Bad, and the Very Tense Moments in Philadelphia Fringe Festival History

After stumbling into ballet in college — initially to meet ballerinas — Nick Stuccio came to Philly and joined the Pennsylvania Ballet. Then he left […]

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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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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 […]