Philadelphia's head wonk, Seventy CEO David Thornburgh, runs down his list of indispensable nonfiction books that you should consider buying for the serious readers on your Christmas list. Read More...

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Seventy CEO David Thornburgh and host Chris Satullo discuss gerrymandering, hopefulness, Robert Moses vs. Jane Jacobs, the Pittsburgh Penguins, purple skies, dead armadillos and what it's like to have your daughter turn you into a character in her novel. This bonus edition of the podcast also includes recommendations from three of the podcast's favorite guests of 2017: Jason Tucker, Harris Sokoloff and Sharon Browning. Read More...

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In this episode, two seasoned experts in civil dialogue – Dr. Harris Sokoloff of the Penn Project for Civic Engagement and Sharon Browning (pictured) of the JUSTListening – share practical wisdom on how to craft a conversation over the stuffing that’ll add light and understanding, not heat and ill feeling. And Seventy CEO David Thornburgh adds some thoughts on how curiosity, humility and empathy make the holiday work out better for all.  Read More...

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In this episode, three young professionals discuss the three main reasons why even some fans of Philly sometimes reluctantly decide to leave: schools, career prospects and a closed-off political system. Host Chris Satullo interviews Jason Tucker (pictured), Jennifer Devor and Bekah Gable, all of whom have been active in Young Involved Philadelphia. Tucker and Devore are also newly minted Buchholz Fellows of the Committee of Seventy. Read More...

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In this episode, we review an adventure in civic consulting with the Philadelphia International Airport, aptly named: "The Franklin Challenge: Project Runway." Two of the 18 volunteer consultants, Lauren Hughes of the Arden Theatre and Stefan Frank of the Wharton School, talk about the experience and the ideas for improving PHL that emerged from it. Read More...

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Meet Amanda Holt, the Joan of Arc of Pennsylvania politics, and hear about her stubborn, inspiring and victorious (well, partially) quest to stop her state's politicians from gerrymandering. Then hear Ben Geffen of the Public Interest Law Center in Philadelphia make the case for the center's lawsuit against the state's notorious congressional map. If you care about making democracy work again, take a moment listen to two people who are leading the way. Read More...

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In this episode, we test the hypothesis that Philadelphia's Democratic organization may be tottering on the brink of collapse with two savvy reporters, Jim Saksa of PlanPhilly/NewsWorks and Claudia Vargas of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Read More...

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On May 9, the Democratic candidates for the job of Philadelphia's fiscal watchdog met at a Center City co-working space to talk policy, talk finances and talk tough with each other. Here's the audio from that debate. Read More...

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Confused by the crowded field for the office of chief prosecutor in Philadelphia? We rounded up two of the smartest guys in the city - Dave Davies of WHYY and Solomon Jones of WURD - to survey the issues, size up the candidates and their maneuverings and, most important, explain why this election means so much. Plus a rundown of all the election resources that Seventy has put at your fingertips. Read More...

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In this episode, we take a look at how tech concepts such as data-mining, crowd-funding and network effects are disrupting the settled arrangements of politics (which, Lord knows, could do with some disrupting). T.J Hurst of Jefferson's List explains how he hopes to disrupt the world of political consulting, and an underdog who used crowdfunding to upset a candidate anointed by the Philadelphia machine recounts how he did it. Read More...

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In the latest episode of 20 by Seventy, hear from Bekah Gable, the dynamic new head of Young Involved Philadelphia, on what her group is up to. And hear from cynical old Inquirer head Chris Brennan, as the political columnist explains why there's at least a chance of slaying the gerrymander in Pennsylvania. Read More...

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The newest episode of 20 by Seventy takes a rollicking tour through the wit and wisdom of Bill Murray, the South Park underpants gnomes, something called "logic models," a new play about John Lewis and the Selma bridge, the Women's Marches and Indivisible.  Read More...

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David Thornburgh talks about how Seventy will heed the call for political renewal (including a campaign against gerrymandering), Alison Perelman of Philadelphia 3.0 discusses the effort to recruit millenials into the trenches of local politics, and an expert on called "ranked-choice voting" explains how it could transform the status quo. Read More...

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In the latest episode of our podcast 20 by Seventy, we discuss the prospect of young Philadelphians running for office, how Philly elections can tighten up, fake news, and more. Read More...

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Committee of Seventy CEO David Thornburgh explains why claims of massive voter fraud are a bunch of hooey. Also, in Episode 7, a tour of the new array of election apps to inform voters, and a few words from new, immigrant voters thrilled to be voting in an American election. Read More...

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