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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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Kristen Graham joins host Chris Satullo to talk about a topic she knows as well as anyone: the ins and outs of the Philadelphia schools, now poised to go back under city control after years of state oversight. Then Seventy CEO David Thornburgh talks with Chris about Mayor Kenney's plan for coming up with the money. And David and Chris actually disagree! Read More...

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Jonathan Lai of the Philadelphia Inquirer and host Chris Satullo discuss what's going on in the fight over Pennsylvania's congressional map. This is the one road map you'll need to follow the Great Map Fight of 2018. Read More...

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David Thornburgh chats with Jeremy Nowak and Bruce Katz, authors of a new book called "The New Localism." Their thesis: Many American cities have more things going for them than they seem to realize - untapped wealth and assets that could enable them to address many of their challenges.  Read More...

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20 by Seventy host Chris Satullo talks with David Daley, author of "Ratf**ked." Daley literally wrote the book on gerrymandering, how it went nuclear in the digital age, and the damage it does to democracy. Read More...

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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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