Committee of Seventy CEO David Thornburgh and Policy Director Patrick Christmas tee up the issues, races and candidates on the ballot in the May 21st PA Primary. Subscribe to receive 9+ hours of bonus interviews with Philadelphia City Council, Commissioner and Register of Wills candidates. Read More...

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Few in Philly have inspired more rumors - or fear - than legendary union boss John Dougherty. Two top political journalists - Dave Davies of WHYY and David Gambacorta of philly.com - join us to talk through the twisty implications of the corruption indictment of one of the city's main power brokers. Read More...

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Hear from two rumored 2020 presidential candidates, former Governors John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and John Kasich (R-OH) who were the keynote speakers at Seventy’s 114th Anniversary Luncheon. Their conversation was moderated by Marty Moss-Coane, host and executive producer of Radio Times. CEO David Thornburgh and Civic Engagement Consultant Chris Satullo share their takeaways from the event which took place in November of 2018. Read More...

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C70's CEO David Thornburgh and Civic Engagement Consultant Chris Satullo share their favorite non-fiction books of 2018. (These also happen to make perfect gifts for the politicos and policy wonks in your life.) Michael Lewis, The Fifth Risk know.freelibrary.org/Record/2424774 Doris Kearns Goodwin, Leadership in Turbulent Times know.freelibrary.org/Record/2419545 Ron Chernow, Grant know.freelibrary.org/Record/2091768 Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny know.freelibrary.org/Record/2072235 Read More...

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Join our CEO David Thornburgh and Civic Engagement Consultant Chris Satullo as they discuss what happened in the 2018 Elections and what it means for Pennsylvania. Plus, a consideration of our love/hate relationship with the "I Voted" sticker. Read More...

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And we're back! Committee of Seventy CEO David Thornburgh talks with two of our new Buchholz Fellows - Harper Seldin of Cozen O'Conner and Kalie Wertz of Urban Affairs Coalition. David also chats with Young Involved Philadelphia 's Bekah Gable and Kate McGlinchey about the State of Young Philly SOYP Conference. In our final segment, David and C70's Civic Engagement Consultant Chris Satullo talk about why Philadelphians should expect more from their city and join the Anti Shrug Movement, plus a note on how you can make a difference through WeVote and Draw the Lines Pa. Read More...

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What's new in Maine and unheard-of in much of America is old hat in Ireland. Ranked-choice voting lets voters express how they feel about multiple candidates, rather than just settling for the least-bad option. Here, it's just gaining a hard-won foothold in places like Maine and San Francisco. But it's been the norm for decades in Ireland. In this episode, we talk to Philadelphian and Irish national Siobhan Lyons about why she loves, just loves, the system known in her native land as "single transferable vote." Read More...

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After years of waiting, Philadelphia has regained control of its school system and sworn in a new board of education. One of its nine members, Lee Huang, talks in-depth with Chris Satullo about the boot-camp-like training and the energetic "listening tour" of the city that board members experienced to get ready. Huang explains how he's thinking about addressing the challenges of a school system charged with educating the nation's poorest big city. Read More...

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The old Philadelphia Democratic machine is clearly wearing out. But what might revive or supplant it? In this podcast, David Thornburgh talks to Ali Perelman of Philadelphia 3.0 about efforts to bring fresh blood into the old party committee structure. And Chris Satullo chats with Asian-American leader Andy Toy about what it might take to get the city's non-black minority populations to "punch their weight" at the polls. Read More...

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Pennsylvanians went to the polls on May 15. Depending on where you sit, the results could be seen as a depressing show of apathy, a sign that 2018 will be the true "Year of the Woman" in politics, or an indicator that the so-called "blue wave" is mostly hype. In this episode, the dean of Harrisburg journalists, columnist John Baer of the Inquirer and philly.com, talks it all over with Seventy CEO David Thornburgh. Some of what this famously skeptical commentator has to say will surprise you. Read More...

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On his last day in office as a U.S. congressman - and as one of the last GOP moderates on Capitol Hill - Charles Dent (R., Pa.) sat down with Chris Satullo to talk about his time in office, the plague of hyper-partisanship, the fight over Obamacare and other adventures. Read More...

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For the first time in a very long time, Philadelphia's diverse 184th House District will be getting a new state representative. Competing to replace the retiring Bill Keller are Nicholas DiDonato Jr., Elizabeth Fiedler and Tom Wyatt. Each stopped by 20 by Seventy to chat with David Thornburgh about their credentials, their sense of the district, what they'd fight for in Harrisburg, and what they'd never support, no matter what. David also chats with co-host Chris Satullo about the stakes in this year's state elections. Listening to this lively conversation is a great way to prepare for going to the polls on May 15. Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Thanks to the generous support of the Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation, and our distribution partners City & State PA and Billy Penn. Read More...

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The 181 is one of the more hotly contested Pennsylvania House seats in the coming primary election. Four of the candidates vying to replace long-time incumbent Curtis Thomas, who is retiring, stopped by the studio to chat with host Chris Satullo about who they are, what the district needs, what they'd fight for and what they'd never vote for. You'll hear from Alex Deering, Gilberto Gonzalez, Malcolm Kenyatta and LewisThomas. Seventy CEO David Thornburgh weighs in to explain the larger stakes in this year's state elections. Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Made possible through the generous support of Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation. Thanks to our distribution partners, City & State PA and Billy Penn. Read More...

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​ In this episode, we dig into the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania's 177th House District, where long-time incumbent John Taylor has resigned, leaving an open seat. Host Chris Satullo interviews contenders Dan Martino, Maggie Borski and Joseph Hohenstein about what they've done, what they'd fight for and what they'd never support. If you live in the 177th, this is a great way to prepare to vote on May 15. Seventy CEO David Thornburgh gives you a short rundown of what generally is at stake in these state legislative elections. Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Made possible through the generous support of the Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation. Thank you to our distribution partners, City & State PA and Billy Penn. Read More...

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Steve Tang, who recently stepped down as longtime CEO of the University City Science Center, talks with the Committee of Seventy's David Thornburgh about his tenure as sparkplug-in-chief for Philadelphia’s innovation economy. Steve also weighs in on Philadelphia’s bid to become Amazon's HQ2. Steve (who was also former Chair of Seventy) and David talk about how Philadelphia’s political culture affects Philly's prosperity. Plus the mystery behind 20 by Seventy’s official theme music is revealed. And Alexa chimes in, of course! Read More...

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