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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

Updated: April 11, 2022 | 5:00 pm

Hundreds of guns illegally trafficked to Philadelphia, federal authorities say

Federal authorities charged 14 people with gun trafficking and conspiracy charges in connection with nearly 400 firearms purchased in Georgia and South Carolina and brought to Philadelphia

By Peter Crimmins/WHYY

Philly benefit album features Ukrainian hardcore bands

The Ukrainian hardcore band Кат had recorded new songs last fall and scheduled a digital album release for March 11. Little did the band know at the time that date would come two weeks into the Russian invasion of their country.

By Peter Crimmins/WHYY

Philadelphia’s Jewish museum emerges from bankruptcy

The National Museum of American Jewish History hopes to reopen soon

By Peter Crimmins/WHYY

Philly LGBTQ activists start to plan a new Pride event after the parade is canceled

Philly Pride Presents attracted criticism from within the LGBTQ community over Facebook posts.

By Peter Crimmins/WHYY

West Philly vies to host the nation’s official Juneteenth celebration

Before this year’s festivities even begin, the Pennsylvania Juneteenth Initiative is already thinking about next year.

By Peter Crimmins/WHYY

Pa. coronavirus update: 70% of adults at least partially vaccinated

Governor Tom Wolf says he will only lift face-mask requirements once the percentage of fully vaccinated people reaches 70%, adding “the light is shining bright at the end of the tunnel.”

By Peter Crimmins/WHYY and The Associated Press

Penn Museum to repatriate skulls of Black Americans and slaves from Cuba

The Morton Collection of more than 1,000 human skulls was assembled in the 19th century by Dr. Samuel Morton, who used them in an attempt to find an anthropological basis for white supremacy.

By Peter Crimmins/WHYY

Philly area congregations more prepared for second pandemic Passover than first

For many Jews, Passover 2020 was the first major religious event of the pandemic, arriving under a cloud of dread. This year, many are entering the holiday with a bit more optimism.

By Peter Crimmins/WHYY

For the first time in almost 200 years, the sun will shine on the Philly Flower Show

This year’s show will be in Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park in South Philadelphia, from June 5 – 13.

By Peter Crimmins/WHYY