May 30, 2016 |
It's hard to think of a contemporary writer as quintessentially Philadelphian as Diane McKinney-Whetstone. The Chestnut Hill resident, who grew up in West Philadelphia, creates characters firmly rooted in the city and its neighborhoods, its parks and streets, its slums and mansions. Anchored by the city, her stories explore the nitty-gritty of life for ordinary people who live on either side of racial and class divides. Her best-selling 1996 debut, Tumbling , was set in South Philadelphia during the 1940s and '50s.
March 7, 2016 |
In 1793, the Aedes aegypti mosquito carried yellow fever from the tropics to Philadelphia, killing 10 percent of the population and forcing much of the rest - including President George Washington and his entire government - to flee. That same mosquito is now spreading the Zika virus through Latin and South America. But the insect species no longer thrives anywhere near Philadelphia. What has changed? Modern living. Screens, air-conditioning, sewers, insecticide, and better health care combined to deprive this particular mosquito of its favored meal, human blood.
February 26, 2016 |
The outbreak of the Zika virus in Central and South America has triggered an international public health emergency because of a possible link to microcephaly, a neurological disorder that results in babies being born with abnormally small heads, as well as to Guillain-Barre, a rare syndrome in which the immune system attacks the nerves. Although the virus was discovered nearly 70 years ago in the Zika forest in Uganda, most people had not heard of it until the past few months. But Philadelphians became very familiar with a similar mosquito-transmitted infection in 1793 when it claimed the lives of 4,400 residents, nearly 10 percent of the city's population Known as "Yellow Fever," the 1793 epidemic was traced to the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same carrier of Zika.
April 4, 2012 |
Editor's note: Due to a production error, this story did not appear in Tuesday's Daily News. It is being repeated in full today. PHILADELPHIA: THE GREAT EXPERIMENT. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 6ABC. By ellen gray Daily News Television Critic IF FILMMAKER Ken Burns had had Sam Katz's budget, we might still be in the early innings of "Baseball. " But Katz, the former mayoral candidate, who, along with his son, Philip, has been at work for a few years on a documentary series on the history of Philadelphia, is making progress.
April 3, 2012
IN A CITY that has made history a backbone of a multibillion-dollar tourist trade, it might surprise the average citizen how little he or she knows about Philadelphia's history outside the narrow window of 1776. That's one reason why we were quite taken with a new multipart documentary series on the city's history being produced by former mayoral candidate and Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority board chief Sam Katz. Katz has produced two out of potentially 12 segments of "Philadelphia, the Great Experiment," a lively documentary on the city.
April 1, 2012 |
Who would have thought Sam Katz would become an accomplished documentary filmmaker? That talent was never on display when he ran for mayor again and again and again. But Katz has turned his efforts in a new direction, and it has been to Philadelphia's benefit. The second in his Philadelphia: The Great Experiment series of documentaries will air at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on WPVI, Channel 6. The documentary, Fever: 1793, looks at the yellow fever epidemic that hit Philadelphia that year.
April 1, 2012 |
In the summer of 1793, people in Philadelphia began dying of a mysterious disease, later identified as yellow fever. By the end of the year, the illness had killed one in 10 Philadelphians, yet the devastation also strengthened the city. Determined to prevent future outbreaks, leaders created the Water Works, revived public parks and improved hospital care. Former mayoral candidate Sam Katz and his son Philip tell this tragic, gruesome, yet inspiring story in the latest installment of their 12-part video documentary on this city's history titled, Philadelphia: The Great Experiment.
March 23, 2012 |
Azuka Theatre's production of Hope Street and Other Lonely Places by Genne Murphy is exactly the kind of show I want to like. A small theater company, a new script by a local playwright, and under the direction of Kevin Glaccum, who runs the company. I arrived with my cheerleader pom-poms at the ready. And then the play began. About halfway through Act 1, I whispered to my friend in the next seat, "Did it start yet?" Hope Street , set in Philadelphia, is built on so many cliches, so much inaction, with so pointlessly inconclusive a plot, and performed in a style of acting so naturalistic that it seems to be anti-acting, that the answer to my question was both yes, obviously, and no, not really.
March 5, 2012 |
The historic Lazaretto, a 213-year-old building that once served as a quarantine hospital and that is unlike anything still standing in North America, almost didn't make it. When its owner balked at a surging tax assessment, developers snapped up the property, salivating at the potential of the 10-acre Tinicum Township tract as a parking lot serving neighboring Philadelphia International Airport. But in the end, preservationists and a stubborn Board of Commissioners won out. There will be no field of cars on the Delaware County site where, starting in 1801, thousands of immigrants were treated as they arrived in the New World.