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WHYY arts & culture reporter Peter Crimmins first became interested in radio in the fourth grade, when he hid a homemade, contraband crystal-diode radio in a shoebox and smuggled it into the Boy Scout summer camp.
Subsequent radio projects were more successful. For eight years, Peter was the producer and host of a radio show about cinema — “Film Close-Ups” — on KALX in Berkeley, Ca., and was senior producer at Ben Manilla Productions in San Francisco (i.e. the paying gig). After wandering the freelance universe for a few years, he joined the WHYY staff. He rides his bike to work from South Philadelphia.

Latest by Peter Crimmins/WHYY

Stolen antique gun is returned to Museum of the American Revolution in Philly

In the pre-industrial era of the Revolutionary War, each gun was made by hand with unique attributes and maker marks.

By Peter Crimmins/WHYY

Hanging on the telephone: Maguire Museum tracks America’s disappearing payphones

The cell phone may have killed the payphone, but photographer Eric Kunsman seeks out people for whom payphones are a lifeline.
By Peter Crimmins/WHYY

For its bicentennial, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania will tell the stories of its community partners

The first exhibition, which opens Jan. 30, will be in collaboration with the Association for Public Art.
By Peter Crimmins/WHYY

Several Pennsylvania history museums get their stolen artifacts back

Law enforcement spent 14 years hunting for 36 historic guns stolen 50 years ago — they turned up in Newark, Delaware.
By Peter Crimmins/WHYY

Construction begins for the new African American Museum of Bucks County

The facility will tell the history of Bucks County, from the Lenni Lenape people, through Black slavery and emancipation, into the Great Migration of the 20th century.

By Peter Crimmins/WHYY

Philadelphia Museum of Art workers’ union authorizes strike

The worker’s union of the Philadelphia Museum of Art has authorized a strike. On Tuesday night the union met to vote, and it says 99% voted in favor.

By Peter Crimmins/WHYY

Keith Haring’s Radiant Boy to be auctioned off

Radiant Baby’s room: an intimate piece of Keith Haring’s life in Kutztown will go to auction

By Peter Crimmins/WHYY

Crash-landed in Philadelphia 11 years ago, ‘Grumman Greenhouse’ is finally saying goodbye

“Grumman Greenhouse” by Jordan Griska features the aluminum body of an actual Cold War-era military plane – a Grumman S2F – that appears to be actively crashing, with the empty cockpit turned into a small greenhouse.

By Peter Crimmins/WHYY