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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


Notes scribbled in Free Library of Philadelphia’s copy of Shakespeare were written by ‘Paradise Lost’ poet John Milton

The Free Library is expecting a clamoring of academics requesting a private audience with the folio to study its annotations, but not before the public gets a chance to see it.

By Peter Crimmins/WHYY

At an Elkins Park synagogue, celebrating 60 years in one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s last buildings

The building is part of an artist commission for its anniversary.

By Peter Crimmins/WHYY

Philly sanctuary is an explosion of Latinx pride

“This mural is a protest,” said artist Betsy Casañas. “This mural is our way of talking, of being a voice for those who are silenced and made to look like criminals.”

By Peter Crimmins/WHYY

A spring! A spring! A marvelous thing! Pa. hometown honors its Slinky

Historian Robyn Young proposed the historical marker because of the toy's popularity and the remarkable story of its matriarch.
By Peter Crimmins/WHYY