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    Could bringing back Wilmington High help fix school inequities?

    Could bringing back Wilmington High help fix school inequities?

    Wilmington has not had a traditional public high school for more than 20 years. A long history of state-imposed segregation, civil rights lawsuits and a forced busing program has resulted in 2,000 of the city’s poorest students attending under-performing schools in the suburbs. Why did a system intended to integrate public schools lead to less diversity? And why do some think bringing a traditional public high school back to Wilmington could help?

    Guests: Mark Eichmann and Cris Barrish

    • 13 min
    When South Street was almost bulldozed to make room for a highway

    When South Street was almost bulldozed to make room for a highway

    If you’re from Philly, chances are you’ve had a “South Street era” in your life. But what you may not know is throughout the mid-20th century, the city looked at turning its iconic party, music and shopping destination into a highway. Why was South Street spared and what was its lasting impact on the neighborhood?

    Guest: Jeremy Tenenbaum, Hidden City

    Nutter stands by Bloomberg on stop and frisk — and the campaign trail

    Nutter stands by Bloomberg on stop and frisk — and the campaign trail

    Michael Bloomberg is under fire for comments he made in 2015 about the controversial police tactic of stop and frisk. When he announced his presidential bid last year, Bloomberg apologized for pushing that strategy. The man who helped him craft that speech? Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who’s taken the post as Bloomberg’s national political director. A look at Nutter’s new job on the campaign trail — from stumping at rallies to defending his candidate (and himself) amid controversy.

    Guest: Philadephia Magazine staff writer David Murrell

    • 17 min
    Will the urgent care boom be good or bad for Philly’s health?

    Will the urgent care boom be good or bad for Philly’s health?

    After popping up all over the suburbs, the number of urgent care clinics has doubled in Philadelphia over the last four years — mostly thanks to one Roxborough-based company. We examine just how far these for-profit clinics can go toward filling healthcare gaps in your community.

    Guest: Michaela Winberg, WHYY’s Billy Penn

    • 12 min
    Philly police’s latest recruit class is small and mostly white

    Philly police’s latest recruit class is small and mostly white

    The Philadelphia Police Department’s latest class of recruits is much smaller than average — only 19 people. It also includes zero African Americans in a city that’s 45% African-American. While it’s hard to know if that class is a blip or the start of a pattern, we look at why the city’s police force has long been understaffed, and struggled with diversity. Are you a police officer in the Philly area? We’d love to talk to you. Get started here.

    Guest: Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Mensah Dean

    Caution or overreaction? The coronavirus outbreak and Philly

    Caution or overreaction? The coronavirus outbreak and Philly

    While there have been zero cases of coronavirus in Philly, the response has been swift with reports of business being down in Chinatown and cancelled exchange programs and events. We took a closer look at what happened after the first potential case of coronavirus surfaced at a Philadelphia Quaker school. When does measured caution morph into paranoia — and why can it be tough to tell the difference?

    Guest: WHYY health reporter Nina Feldman. Billy Penn’s Layla A. Jones contributed reporting.

    • 16 min

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