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State of the State is a weekly podcast from PA Post — designed to keep you up to date on what’s happening in the state Capitol, but with a depth you don’t always get from the daily news.

State of the State is a weekly podcast from PA Post — designed to keep you up to date on what’s happening in the state Capitol, but with a depth you don’t always get from the daily news.
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State of the State is a weekly podcast from PA Post — designed to keep you up to date on what’s happening in the state Capitol, but with a depth you don’t always get from the daily news.

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@papostnews

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English

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Episodes

Episode 35: Staying mum on the minimum wage

6/14/2019
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Lawmakers are busy negotiating the budget for next fiscal year, which starts July 1. By all accounts, things are going relatively well. But a few major proposals are still up in the air. One of those is the minimum wage. Pennsylvania’s wage is at the $7.25 federal minimum—lower than any neighboring state. It’s been a … Continue reading "Episode 35: Staying mum on the minimum wage"

Duration:00:17:19

Episode 34: Telling the story of a Pennsylvania soldier rescued on D-Day +1

6/6/2019
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This week, we’re marking the anniversary of D-Day by investigating a famous photo with a Pennsylvania connection. For months, WITF News Director Tim Lambert has been unraveling the story behind a scene that happened on Omaha Beach in Normandy 75 years ago. It was immortalized in a picture taken on D-Day +1 — June 7th, … Continue reading "Episode 34: Telling the story of a Pennsylvania soldier rescued on D-Day +1"

Duration:00:22:48

Episode 33: State forest drilling and the gas cash impasse

6/3/2019
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For months now, Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has been battling Republican lawmakers over how Pennsylvania should fund infrastructure improvements. Wolf wants to implement a $4.5 billion plan funded by a tax on natural gas drillers. Republicans have adamantly opposed such a tax for years, and are casting Wolf’s plan as a nonstarter. Now, two GOP … Continue reading "Episode 33: State forest drilling and the gas cash impasse"

Duration:00:08:43

Episode 32: Rachel Carson and the fall and rise of the peregrine falcon

5/24/2019
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This week on State of the State, we’re celebrating Memorial Day and the return of nice weather with a story about the impact—good and bad—people can have on the natural world. First, a re-airing of a feature on a group of peregrine falcons living on the Rachel Carson State Office Building. Their nest-placement seems fated. … Continue reading "Episode 32: Rachel Carson and the fall and rise of the peregrine falcon"

Duration:00:17:16

Episode 31: The abortion debate

5/20/2019
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Efforts to seriously curtail abortion in Alabama, Missouri, Georgia, Ohio and other states may have dominated the news the last few days, but here in Pennsylvania, state lawmakers have been busy moving their own proposed restriction on the procedure. The bill in question passed the House on about a week ago. It would ban abortions … Continue reading "Episode 31: The abortion debate"

Duration:00:19:06

Episode 30: More thoughts on guns

5/9/2019
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This week, the state Capitol hosted hundreds of gun rights supporters for an annual event they call the Rally to Protect Your Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Over the years, there have been lots of efforts to tighten Pennsylvania’s gun laws—like creating universal background checks, starting a gun registry, or banning bump stocks—accessories that … Continue reading "Episode 30: More thoughts on guns"

Duration:00:18:00

Episode 29: Moving the needle on criminal justice

5/2/2019
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Last legislative session, Pennsylvania’s General Assembly came to a rare, bipartisan consensus on criminal justice and passed the Clean Slate Act–a measure that helps former inmates get their records expunged. Now, the House and Senate are trying to move the needle on other criminal justice bills. This morning on Smart Talk, we’re spending the hour … Continue reading "Episode 29: Moving the needle on criminal justice"

Duration:00:49:56

Episode 28: Is Marsy’s Law an obvious fix, or a well-intentioned mistake?

4/23/2019
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Last week, House lawmakers got together in the Capitol rotunda to celebrate passing a slate of bills intended to protect crime victims. A couple of them look to reform the statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases. Others would allow certain victims to submit out-of-court statements instead of testifying in person. One is actually … Continue reading "Episode 28: Is Marsy’s Law an obvious fix, or a well-intentioned mistake?"

Duration:00:21:52

Episode 27: Where did this bill come from?

4/16/2019
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This week, we’re taking a look at one of the most fundamental processes that happens in the state capitol: bills. More specifically, how they get drafted and circulated among state lawmakers, and where they come from.

Duration:00:20:10

Episode 26: To kill or not to kill the electoral college

4/8/2019
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If you’re a person who is already invested in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, you may have noticed a sort of left-field issue getting a bit of press: abolishing the electoral college. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren called to dissolve the college in a recent town hall in Mississippi, saying it gives outsize electoral … Continue reading "Episode 26: To kill or not to kill the electoral college"

Duration:00:13:46

Three Mile Island: As It Happened Part 3

3/27/2019
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Stepping back from the precipice: When April Fool’s day rolls around, people across central Pennsylvania aren’t in much of a joking mood. The crisis at TMI threatens to turn into a full-scale disaster. But, a visit from President Jimmy Carter and some good fortune appear to turn the tide.

Duration:00:10:59

Three Mile Island: As It Happened Part 2

3/27/2019
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By mid-afternoon on March 28, 1979, people who live near the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant aren’t getting much information as they wonder if they’ve been exposed to too much radiation. Many find themselves facing a difficult decision: Wait out the crisis or evacuate.

Duration:00:11:15

Three Mile Island: As It Happened Part 1

3/27/2019
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At 7:24 a.m., on Wednesday, March 28, 1979, something goes terribly wrong at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Middletown, Dauphin County. What unfolds over the next few hours is chaos and confusion as people are confronted with a partial meltdown in TMI’s Unit 2 reactor.

Duration:00:12:16

Episode 25: To nuke, or not to nuke

3/15/2019
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This week, state lawmakers waded into a fraught, long-anticipated debate over whether to prop up two of the commonwealth’s five nuclear power plants. One is the Beaver Valley plant near Pittsburgh. The other is Dauphin County’s Three Mile Island, which—you may have heard—partially melted down in 1979 and helped instill a lasting wariness toward nuclear … Continue reading "Episode 25: To nuke, or not to nuke"

Duration:00:12:26

Episode 24: The neighborhood beneath the Capitol

3/11/2019
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Harrisburg has been the seat of Pennsylvania’s government since 1812, and the current Capitol building has been in use since 1906. In the first couple decades of the 20th century, the complex and its grounds were being expanded into what we know today. And as that was happening, there was a casualty. An entire city … Continue reading "Episode 24: The neighborhood beneath the Capitol"

Duration:00:31:04

Episode 23: The greatest hits of Budget Hearings 2K19

3/4/2019
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State lawmakers are in the middle of a long series of hearings on the budgets for Pennsylvania’s many agencies. It’s a time for them to grill secretaries on what’s working, what’s not, and how money is being spent. And it gives agency heads a chance to lobby for more funding. So this week, we’re recapping … Continue reading "Episode 23: The greatest hits of Budget Hearings 2K19"

Duration:00:26:35

Episode 22: Why PA’s prison system is changing mail policies. Again.

2/26/2019
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The commonwealth’s prison system just settled a federal lawsuit over mail policies in its prisons. It’s a big win for public defenders and nonprofit groups that represent inmates, and it’s a milestone after months of controversy and speculation about a raft of new security measures the Department of Corrections put in place last fall. To … Continue reading "Episode 22: Why PA’s prison system is changing mail policies. Again."

Duration:00:23:57

Episode 21: Mary Jane’s first chance

2/18/2019
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This week, we go deep on the start of Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman’s marijuana legalization listening tour. Fetterman is a week into his trip, and plans to eventually visit all 67 counties to hear how they feel about recreational pot. His first stop was Harrisburg. The crowd of a few hundred was more amenable to … Continue reading "Episode 21: Mary Jane’s first chance"

Duration:00:21:06

Episode 20: Budget season is back, baby

2/8/2019
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Governor Tom Wolf gave his annual budget address Tuesday, officially kicking off the next several months of negotiations between himself and the Republican-controlled legislature. This is the governor’s fifth year in office, and his fifth budget. In the past, his initial proposals have gotten reactions ranging from derision to outrage from the House and Senate. … Continue reading "Episode 20: Budget season is back, baby"

Duration:00:28:04

Episode 19: New-session pandemonium

2/1/2019
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The legislative session is finally kicking off in earnest, and lawmakers seem to be taking that as a cue to launch as many initiatives as they can, as fast as they can. This week, we’ll explain three divisive (and perennial) causes Governor Tom Wolf is throwing his weight behind: gun control, a minimum wage hike, … Continue reading "Episode 19: New-session pandemonium"

Duration:00:21:08