State of the State is a weekly podcast from PA Post — designed to keep you up to date on what’s happening in the state Capitol, but with a depth you don’t always get from the daily news. Host Katie Meyer, who reports on Pennsylvania politics for NPR stations across the commonwealth, takes you behind the headlines with in-depth conversations about the latest news, featuring a rotating panel of guests.
When the State Stopped: Episode 1
March 3 – March 16 The word “coronavirus” enters the lexicon: Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine holds her first press conference warning about the potential arrival of COVID-19. As the first cases are confirmed, Governor Tom Wolf’s administration moves to contain community spread — including ordering all non-essential business closed across the commonwealth.
When the State Stopped: Episode 2
March 18 – April 3 The state confirms the first death from COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. The rapid spread of the coronavirus leads to a rapid pace of events — bringing the state to a standstill as Governor Tom Wolf orders all Pennsylvanians to stay-at-home.
When the State Stopped: Episode 3
April 8 – May 12 The economic toll from the pandemic hits the state hard. At least 12 percent of Pennsylvanians file for unemployment, as Governor Tom Wolf faces a rebellion from some counties to re-open.
Episode 54: The headlines of 2019
As the year draws to a close, the reporters at WITF and PA Post been looking back at some of the state politics stories that have shaped it. From legislative fights over guns and the minimum wage, to the closure of Three Mile Island, to election angst, to the return of hemp farming, we have … Continue reading "Episode 54: The headlines of 2019"
Episode 53: Legislative avalanche
Lawmakers spent a packed four days in Harrisburg before leaving town for the holidays. Here’s what they did. Last week was a big one in Harrisburg. The House and Senate both convened for an unusual four-day session and passed a lot of bills—so many that we weren’t able to file stories on all of … Continue reading "Episode 53: Legislative avalanche"
Episode 52: Pipeline problems
This week, we’re re-airing five stories you should hear. In one, Governor Tom Wolf learns the FBI is looking into his administration’s environmental permitting practices. Plus, reporters in Philadelphia look into badly contaminated drinking water in a charter school, PA Post reports on a proposed community college in Erie, WITF follows up on problems with … Continue reading "Episode 52: Pipeline problems"
Essential for any PA Politico
Very informative podcast. Great way to keep up with what’s going on in Harrisburg.
This is a must-listen podcast for anyone interested in the issues Pennsylvania faces.