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  • April 1, 2015 |  Story Corner

    When 'Star Wars' as a religious experience goes to extremes

    Philadelphia storyteller Katie Samson remembers a date from her grad school days in Tucson, Arizona — a live performance of "Star Wars." The...
  • April 1, 2015 |  EssayWorks

    Real learning won't come from standardized testing

    Many schools have become places where standardized testing (and preparing for testing, and practicing for testing) eclipse inquiry and learning — plac...
  • March 31, 2015 |  Commentary

    Commentary: Atlantic City is becoming a Shakespearean tragedy

    I know the cartoon I drew about beleaguered Atlantic City is inspired by Aesop’s Fables, but before you dig any deeper into the Shore resort’s fisca...
  • March 31, 2015 |  That's History

    Let the Confederate flag fly

    I’ve always loathed the Confederate flag. It conjures the most hateful dimensions of our past: slavery, segregation, and white supremacy. But that do...
  • March 31, 2015 |  EssayWorks

    Sigma Sound building should have been a music history museum

    Once again, Philadelphia fails to recognize its own history. When I saw the obituary in a Philadelphia Business Journal email, treated like just anot...
  • March 30, 2015 |  PlanPhilly Streetviews

    Architect James Timberlake: Neighborhood balkanization holds Philly back [video]

    Architect James Timberlake makes no bones about the ways he hopes Philly can improve. He sat down with PlanPhilly for this Streetviews QA in KieranTim...
  • March 30, 2015 |  EssayWorks

    Defining 'freedom' is a task for all who care to earn it

    The Third Annual Freedom Seder on March 25 was a wake-up call for me to think more seriously about what "freedom" means to me in my daily li...
  • March 27, 2015 |  EssayWorks

    The accidental genius — from West Philly poverty to Mensa

    I don’t romanticize poor, urban life. I lived it. I grew up in a sociopath-generating community. As an accidental Mensan, or just a black kid from Wes...
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