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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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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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Essential for any PA Politico

By Cscott3391 - Jan 23 2019
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Very informative podcast. Great way to keep up with what’s going on in Harrisburg.

Fabulous Podcast

By philip.harold - Dec 24 2018
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This is a must-listen podcast for anyone interested in the issues Pennsylvania faces.

iTunes Ratings

10 Ratings
Average Ratings
9
1
0
0
0

Essential for any PA Politico

By Cscott3391 - Jan 23 2019
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Very informative podcast. Great way to keep up with what’s going on in Harrisburg.

Fabulous Podcast

By philip.harold - Dec 24 2018
Read more
This is a must-listen podcast for anyone interested in the issues Pennsylvania faces.
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State of the State

Updated about 18 hours ago

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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.

Rank #1: Three Mile Island: As It Happened Part 1

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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.
Mar 27 2019
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Rank #2: Episode 2: Prisons, drugs and inmates’ rights

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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 fiancée.
Sep 27 2018
40 mins
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Rank #3: Episode 23: The greatest hits of Budget Hearings 2K19

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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 …

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Mar 04 2019
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Rank #4: Episode 30: More thoughts on guns

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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 help semi-automatic weapons fire like automatic ones.

Most proposals haven’t gotten very far, in large part because the state legislature is pretty sympathetic to gun owners.
But if you talk to the people at the rally, you get the sense that they feel a crackdown is coming.

In this episode, we take you inside the event, and then you’ll hear extended interviews with some of the people who spoke with us.

May 09 2019
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Rank #5: Episode 3: Does PA owe the poor better criminal defense? An investigation.

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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, Annette John-Hall, and Min Xian join us to explain the situation.
Oct 04 2018
46 mins
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Rank #6: Episode 4: Congressional races that should be on your radar

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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, individual races they’ve been following.
Oct 12 2018
33 mins
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Rank #7: Episode 14: Looking back at a very political 2018

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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.
Dec 28 2018
22 mins
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Rank #8: Episode 13: The business of Christmas

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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 industries. To do that, we headed out to Annville, about 20 …

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Dec 21 2018
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Rank #9: Episode 12: The price of election security

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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 expensive machines, so there is a wide range of models across the state. …

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Dec 14 2018
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Rank #10: Episode 11: Taxing the open road

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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, that’ll go up eight cents for EZ Pass users, and …

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Dec 07 2018
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Rank #11: Episode 15: Session begins anew

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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. The House and Senate also approved a whole bunch of changes …

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Jan 04 2019
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Rank #12: Episode 27: Where did this bill come from?

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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.

Apr 16 2019
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Rank #13: Episode 16: So, you want to be a farmer?

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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. Anyone can be a farmer. Still, the image of …

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Jan 11 2019
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Rank #14: Episode 10: It ain’t easy voting absentee

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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. It allows ballots to be sent out to voters just a few days before that—which …

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Nov 30 2018
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Rank #15: Episode 17: An inauguration, an interminable shutdown, and teachers with(out) guns

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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 despite their often-intractable differences. There weren’t a lot of policy specifics—Wolf seems to be saving those …

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Jan 18 2019
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