State of the State
By PA Post
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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. Host Katie Meyer, who reports on Pennsylvania politics for NPR stations across the commonwealth, takes you behind the headlines with in-depth conversations about the latest news, featuring a rotating panel of guests.
||CleanEpisode 17: An inauguration, an interminable shutdown, and teachers with(out) guns||Tom Wolf has been sworn in for his second—and final—term as Pennsylvania’s governor. Wolf gave a low-key inaugural address, touting the bipartisan successes of his first four years in office and urging his fellow lawmakers to find common ground de||1/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: So, you want to be a farmer?||Picture a farmer. If you’re like a lot of people, the first thing that popped into your brain might have been a man in overalls and a big hat, maybe standing in a field, possibly on the older side. Of course, you know that’s a caricature.||1/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Session begins anew||A new legislative session is dawning in Harrisburg, and with that comes a lot of change. This week, the state Capitol was flooded with family and friends and supporters of dozens of new lawmakers, as they were sworn in for the next two years.||1/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Looking back at a very political 2018||Joining us this week to recap all the greatest state politics hits of 2018, and to give some previews of what’s ahead, are Marc Levy of the AP and Liz Navratil of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.||12/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: The business of Christmas||Did you know Pennsylvania is the fourth-biggest producer of Christmas trees in the country? About a million are cut and sold here every year. So, we figured, now is a good time to learn a little more about one of the commonwealth’s most festive indust||12/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: The price of election security||Pennsylvania’s voting machines are old, as far as election equipment goes. Most of them came online around 2006 when the state got an influx of federal cash to replace even older ones. Counties are in charge of buying and maintaining the very expensiv||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Taxing the open road||If you’ve driven on the Pennsylvania Turnpike recently, you may have noticed, the tolls are high. This year, it cost the average turnpike driver $1.30 to go through a toll if they were using an EZ Pass, and $2.10 if they paid cash. Next year,||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: It ain’t easy voting absentee||Pennsylvania has the tightest absentee ballot law in the country. Where most states allow them to be postmarked by Election Day, the commonwealth denies any ballot that doesn’t arrive at its county election office by the Friday before the election.||11/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: PA’s mental healthcare approach has problems (a series)||WITF, Transforming Health, and PA Post are launching a series on mental health called Through the Cracks. Over a number of months, we’ll be covering the realities of people who live with mental illness, the stigmas involved,||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: The election is over; what lies ahead for Pennsylvania?||The election is over, and you may have heard, Pennsylvania Democrats picked up some new congressional seats–and helped flip the U.S. House of Representatives. Meanwhile, Democrats in the state House and Senate also made progress.||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Pittsburgh||On Saturday, eleven people were murdered in a Pittsburgh synagogue, and six others were injured. A man named Robert Bowers was arrested and has been charged with anti-Semitic hate crimes. He has pleaded not guilty. In the days since,||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Countdown to the midterms||At the time of this podcast recording, we’re less than two weeks from an important election. Nationally, Democrats are trying to take back the congressional majority—and Pennsylvania is a huge part of that effort. This week,||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Legislative session ends, election run-up (and polling) intensifies||The state House and Senate ended their legislative session with a bang Wednesday night. Negotiations on a priority statute of limitations bill—which aimed to make it easier for victims of child sexual abuse to sue abusers—melted down. Plus, polling!||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Congressional races that should be on your radar||Joining us to explain which congressional races to watch is Associated Press political reporter Marc Levy. Public radio reporters Lindsay Lazarski (of WHYY) and An-Li Herring (of WESA) will also give their input on a couple of interesting,||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Does PA owe the poor better criminal defense? An investigation.||When it comes to funding public defense for poor—or indigent—people, Pennsylvania is an outlier. The commonwealth leaves that funding totally up to the counties, and provides no statewide oversight. Reporters Emily Previti, Lindsay Lazarski,||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Prisons, drugs and inmates’ rights||A look back at a month of changes for the PA Corrections Department. Segments: Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, ACLU PA Legal Director Vic Walczak, and one man who has been experiencing the new rules firsthand, as a visitor to his incarcerated fianc||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: The Fall Session Begins||After a long summer recess, the House and Senate are officially returning to Harrisburg on Monday. There won’t be much time for lawmakers to tie up all their loose ends before the session ends and all bills have to be started from scratch. However,||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to the State of the State Podcast||Our introductory episode with guest Kathleen Pavelko, President & CEO of WITF.||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
This is a must-listen podcast for anyone interested in the issues Pennsylvania faces.