The State We're In


Mofongo and scrambled eggs: This is not your typical election-year diner story

Reporters often head to diners in election years in search of a certain perspective: white, rural, and deeply-rooted in a small-town way of life. Spend a morning at Mi Casa Su Casa and you’ll find something else — a cross-section of diverse residents working together to put down a new set of shared roots.

By Miles Bryan/Keystone Crossroads

Philly’s new police commissioner says recruitment will be a top priority

“I’m confident that I know I have what it takes to do the job."
By Aaron Moselle/WHYY

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Harrisburg activist Gene Stilp gets Trump flag-burning citation thrown out

"I hope we see a lot more First Amendment speech on the Capitol grounds. People shouldn’t be afraid to do that. This is a very good step.”
By Charles Thompson/PennLive

As Jewish population in Philly region expands, so does definition of who is considered Jewish

In addition to those who practice Judaism religiously and those who identify with the label culturally or ethnically, the 2019 survey counts those who were raised Jewish or have a Jewish parent, even if that person does not identify personally as Jewish.

By Nina Feldman/WHYY

Upscale apartments are being built in Harrisburg, but where’s the affordable housing?

Developers have created hundreds of new apartments in the city over the past few years. Most rent for more than $1,000 per month.

By Sean Sauro/PennLive


New Philly work program offers alternative to panhandling

Three years ago, the city surveyed almost 130 panhandlers in Philadelphia. It learned that most people asking for money were keeping regular hours and treated it like a traditional job.

By Nina Feldman/WHYY

Mamma Mia! Pa. Italian food purveyors say more tariffs could be ‘devastating’

“The consumer is going to get a product which is much worse … and will be paying the same price.”
By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Midstate-based disaster relief organization renewing efforts in Puerto Rico following earthquakes

Mennonite Disaster Service has been helping people on the island since Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory more than two years ago.

By Rachel McDevitt
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