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The DNA of Philadelphia

It’s hard to say anything about Philadelphia without talking about the founding of America or the fact that this city is home to the first library, hospital, university, art gallery, stock exchange, and of course, the Philly Cheese Steak, Rocky and Sound of Philadelphia. We discover the long history behind this Quaker city that emerged between the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. It is important to take a historic perspective in Philadelphia because its most recent chapter has not been as prosperous as its previous 350 years or so. As we hear, the city is committed to tackling, with creativity, social injustice and other systemic challenges that are widely tolerated in other parts of America. 

© Mike Stezycki

Listen to The DNA of Philadelphia - Part I here: 

Listen to The DNA of Philadelphia - Part II here: 


We wish to thank Professor David Brownlee, Sylvie Gallier-Howard, Eleanor Sharpe and Lauren Swartz for sharing their insights with us in this episode. If you'd like to find out more, you can read our full interviews with them by clicking below:

Prof David Brownlee

University of Pennsylvania

Sylvie Gallier-Howard

Equitable Cities Consulting

Eleanor Sharpe

City of Philadelphia

Lauren Swartz

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

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