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The Yo Philly Podcast

The Yo Philly Podcast

By Meg and Ray
Join us each week as we navigate Philadelphia’s diverse cultural landscape by exploring its history, events, food, music, art, sports, and more. Whether you’re a tourist or life-long Philadelphian, there is always something new to learn about one of America’s oldest cities.
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'Rocky'
For our Season 2 finale, we decided to analyze the classic underdog movie Rocky! Join us as we analyze how Philly first inspired Rocky, how Rocky then inspired Philly, and everything in between. There’s also some jawn at the end. Show Notes: https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/how-rocky-put-philly-on-the-map-1.2675101 https://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/rocky/ https://slate.com/culture/2020/09/philadelphia-movies-concrete-cowboy-inheritance-40-years-a-prisoner.html https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/photos/2016/11/rocky-40th-anniversary https://www.phillymag.com/news/2006/11/28/requiem-for-a-heavyweight/ https://www.witf.org/2020/05/15/yo-adrian-rocky-still-packs-a-punch-as-philly-favorite/ https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/pennsylvania/articles/following-in-the-footsteps-of-rocky-in-philadelphia/ https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/16/movies/steadicam-movies-garrett-brown.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK5gvuLuxlo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UACp_CQwN9o https://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/page/IamChuckWepner/chuck-wepner-recognized-rocky-fame https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075148/awards https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/guide/all-rocky-and-creed-movies-ranked-by-tomatometer/ https://totalrocky.com/filming-locations https://www.associationforpublicart.org/artwork/rocky/ https://www.visitphilly.com/articles/philadelphia/quintessential-rocky-tour-of-philadelphia/ https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/the-rocky-statue-and-the-rocky-steps/#rocky-tour-of-philly https://www.rockystatue.com/
48:28
December 20, 2020
The Roots
This week on the podcast, we're getting down with Philly's official house band: The Roots! Join Meg and Ray as they break down how The Roots formed as a group, their musical influences/aspirations, their rise to stardom, and more. There's also some jawn at the end. Show Notes: https://www.phillyvoice.com/avenue-of-the-roots-philadelphia-east-passyunk-ave-city-council-philadelphia-south-philly-queen-villlage/ https://www.philadelphiamusicalliance.org/honoree.php?id=127 https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/verzuz-monica-and-brandy-make-peace-love-vibes-history-and-a-tiny-bit-of-shade.html/ https://www.npr.org/2014/07/03/328167474/questlove-and-the-roots-how-a-hip-hop-band-conquered-late-night https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Roots https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/the-roots-rapper-malik-b-dead-obit-1035827/ https://www.inquirer.com/entertainment/common-rapper-the-roots-things-fall-apart-roots-picnic-20190529.html https://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/the-roots-things-fall-apart/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Things_Fall_Apart_(album) https://www.philadelphiamusicalliance.org/walk-of-fame.php?sort=year https://www.philadelphiamusicalliance.org/honoree.php?id=127 https://open.spotify.com/artist/78xUyw6FkVZrRAtziFdtdu?si=Egzb5L-5T52rkPEVH2sFIA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b89nnh91-U https://www.whourockinwit.org/
46:20
December 13, 2020
The Broad Street Bullies
This week on the podcast, we relive the glory days of Philadelphia hockey! Join Meg and Ray as they explore the birth of the Flyers franchise, their rise to prominence in the NHL, and how they earned the nickname ‘The Broad Street Bullies’. There's also some jawn at the end. Show Notes: https://www.si.com/hockey/news/an-oral-history-of-the-broad-street-bully-era-philadelphia-flyers https://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/broad-street-bullies/ https://thehockeywriters.com/broad-street-bullies/ https://www.nbcsports.com/philadelphia/philadelphia-flyers/flyers-50-birth-broad-street-bullies https://www.inquirer.com/philly/sports/flyers/20130206_Flyers_Notes___Director_Rob_Zombie_talks_about_Broad_Street_Bullies_movie.html https://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/broad-street-bullies/ https://www.si.com/hockey/all-access/helmet-holdouts-the-last-players-to-wear-helmets-in-the-nhl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJgMQDkyJH0 https://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/ed-snider-biography-chairman-comcast-spectacor-and-founder-philadelphia-flyers https://www.quanthockey.com/nhl/records/most-penalty-minutes-in-one-season-by-nhl-players.html https://www.cbc.ca/sports-content/hockey/opinion/2013/07/hockey-hall-of-fame-finally-lifted-its-fog-on-fred-shero.html https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/27681058/from-mascot-meme-megastar-how-gritty-took-world https://www.phillymag.com/news/2019/07/25/gritty-as-rocky/ https://slate.com/culture/2020/11/gritty-2020-presidential-election-icon.html https://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/nation/philadelphia-flyers-gritty-mascot-origin-story
56:28
December 6, 2020
The Magic Gardens
This week on the podcast, we explore the artistic mastermind behind Philly’s Magic Gardens: Isaiah Zagar. Join Meg and Ray as they discuss Zagar's life, his inspirations as an artist, and the lasting impact of his work on the streets of Philadelphia. There's also some jawn at the end. https://www.phillymagicgardens.org/ https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/philadelphias-magic-gardens/ https://www.phillymagicgardens.org/about-us/mosaic-mural-map/ https://savingplaces.org/stories/the-magicians-code-how-philadelphias-magic-gardens-is-preserved-tile-by-tile#.X63ncshKjZs https://www.inquirer.com/philly/entertainment/arts/magic-gardens-philadelphia-isaiah-zagar-restoration-20180807.html https://www.mcall.com/entertainment/mc-xpm-2010-11-13-mc-magic-garden-1114-20101113-story.html https://vimeo.com/305989589 https://unexpectedphilablog.com/2016/04/25/welcome-to-our-new-dumpster-diver-house-tour-isaiah-juia-zagar/ https://wanderwisdom.com/travel-destinations/PhiladelphiasMagicGardentheMosaicArtofIsaiahZagar https://archive.is/20080819203543/http://www.mymidwestmagazine.com/2008/01/01/trash-to-treasure/#selection-553.0-553.180 https://www.fleisher-ollmangallery.com/artists/philadelphia_wireman https://www.huffpost.com/entry/outsider-artist-who-left-1200-sculptures-in-an-abandoned-alley-will-forever-remain-a-mystery_n_569fadd5e4b0a7026bf9bb09 http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20111101000791
43:37
November 22, 2020
The Art of the Cheesesteak
This week on the Yo Philly Podcast, we are talking all things cheesesteaks! Join Meg and Ray as they discuss everything you need to know about the notorious Philly cheesesteak. There's also some jawn at the end. https://www.visitphilly.com/articles/philadelphia/top-10-spots-for-authentic-philly-cheesesteaks/ https://6abc.com/jim-pappas-cheesesteak-philly-cheesesteaks/5335497/ https://philadelphiacheesesteakadventure.com/ https://www.inquirer.com/food/500-cheesesteaks-philadelphia-adventure-jim-pappas-20200115.html https://www.patskingofsteaks.com/history https://www.thrillist.com/eat/philadelphia/the-philly-cheesesteak-commandments-with-tony-luke https://billypenn.com/2018/07/20/philly-taco-a-tourist-attraction-or-a-philadelphia-thing/ https://firstwefeast.com/features/2016/07/philly-cheesesteak-illustrated-history https://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/best-cheesesteaks-philadelphia/ https://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/2018/09/22/cheesesteak-history/ https://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/2018/09/22/john-kerry-cheesesteak-philadelphia/ https://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/scrapple/ https://www.eater.com/2015/9/1/9211867/scrapple-goetta-livermush-what-is-it
01:09:03
November 15, 2020
Octavius V. Catto
This week on the podcast we take a look life and legacy of Octavius V. Catto! Join Meg and Ray as they explore the contributions of one of Philly’s greatest activists during America’s first civil rights movement. There's also some jawn at the end. phiacitizen.org/octavius-catto/ https://catto.ushistory.org/deeper-dive/the-triumph-and-tragedy-of-octavius-v-catto/ https://www.mountvernon.org/library/digitalhistory/digital-encyclopedia/article/gradual-abolition-act-of-1780/ https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/octavius-catto/ https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/octavius-valentine-catto-1839-1871/ https://exhibits.library.villanova.edu/institute-colored-youth/graduates/ov-catto https://vimeo.com/234879393 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxV5Ap19Ae0 https://www.associationforpublicart.org/artwork/catto-memorial/ https://www.phillymag.com/news/2020/06/03/frank-rizzo-statue-removed/ https://www.npr.org/2020/06/03/868848550/frank-rizzo-statue-is-removed-in-philadelphia-it-is-finally-gone-mayor-says https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/03/us/frank-rizzo-statue-removal.html https://whyy.org/articles/a-historian-on-the-rizzo-debate-it-comes-down-to-what-statues-do/ https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/frank-rizzo-mural-philadelphia-itlalian-market-removed-george-floyd-20200607.html
52:37
November 8, 2020
Eastern State Penitentiary
This week on the podcast we take a look at the infamous Eastern State Penitentiary! Join Meg and Ray as they explore one of Philly’s coolest and spookiest landmarks. There's also some jawn at the end. https://www.easternstate.org/ https://www.easternstate.org/about-eastern-state https://www.easternstate.org/explore/online-tour https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/eastern-state-penitentiary/ https://www.visitphilly.com/articles/philadelphia/top-10-most-visited-attractions-in-philadelphia/ https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/eastern-state-penitentiary https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/eastern-state-penitentiary-a-prison-with-a-past-14274660/ https://www.phillymag.com/business/2018/10/30/eastern-state-penitentiary-terror-behind-the-walls/ http://dla.library.upenn.edu/cocoon/dla/ead/ead.html?id=EAD_upenn_rbml_PUSpMsColl741&sort=date_added_sort%20desc& https://www.ushistory.org/tour/eastern-state-penitentiary.htm https://www.fbi.gov/history/famous-cases/willie-sutton https://www.easternstate.org/sites/easternstate/files/inline-files/ESPHS-StrategicPlan-ExecutiveSummary-ForWeb_1.pdf https://www.inquirer.com/news/death-row-philly-prison-incarceration-eastern-state-penitentiary-20190606.html https://www.easternstate.org/sites/easternstate/files/inline-files/ESP-history-overview.pdf https://lawenforcementmuseum.org/2014/04/03/five-fascinating-facts-abou/ https://hiddencityphila.org/2015/07/then-and-now-11th-passyunk-avenue/
47:43
November 1, 2020
'City of Neighborhoods'
We kick off Season 2 with an introduction to the neighborhoods of Philadelphia! Join Meg and Ray as they explore the history, development, and vibe of the city’s various locales. There's also some jawn at the end. https://www.visitphilly.com/areas/philadelphia-neighborhoods/ https://whyy.org/articles/philadelphia-the-city-of-neighborhoods/ https://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/city-of-neighborhoods/ https://www.uwishunu.com/neighborhoods/ https://www.dvrpc.org/webmaps/pin/index.htm https://hsp.org/collections/catalogs-research-tools/subject-guides/philadelphia-neighborhood-history https://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/city-of-neighborhoods/ https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/about/news-room/opinion/2015/11/29/a-new-way-of-looking-at-philadelphians https://chinatown-pcdc.org/our-community/ https://billypenn.com/2015/01/14/east-passyunk-guide-the-avenue-the-restaurants-and-how-frank-sinatra-got-to-be-ol-blue-eyes/
01:03:34
October 26, 2020
Season 2 Trailer
Join Ray and Meg as they navigate Philadelphia’s diverse cultural landscape by exploring its history, events, cuisine, music, art, sports, and more. Whether you’re a tourist or life-long Philadelphian, there's always something new to learn about one of America’s oldest cities. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @YoPhillyPod.
01:02
October 25, 2020
Betsy Ross
We decided to wrap up Season 1 with a historical profile on Betsy Ross! Join Meg and Ray as they explore her history in Philadelphia, her career as an upholsterer/seamstress, and her contributions to the American Revolution. There's also some jawn at the end.  Show Notes:  https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/betsy-ross “Betsy Ross and the Making of America” by Marla R. Miler https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-american-flag/2011/06/08/AG3ZSkOH_story.html https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-american-flag/2011/06/08/AG3ZSkOH_story.html https://www.phillymag.com/news/2016/06/14/first-flag-day-betsy-ross/ https://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flaglife.html http://historicphiladelphia.org/betsy-ross-house/what-to-see/ https://www.iheart.com/podcast/105-stuff-you-should-know-26940277/episode/the-legend-of-betsy-ross-30460525/ https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2004669130/ https://mycitypaper.com/news/score-one-for-betsy-ross-supporters/ https://www.teachinghistory.org/history-content/ask-a-historian/23852 https://www.christchurchphila.org/history/ http://www.parkwaymuseumsdistrictphiladelphia.org/About-the-Parkway/FAQs/25/ http://www.parkwaymuseumsdistrictphiladelphia.org/SiteData/docs/bfpflagpla/a17354eed191874c/bfpflagplan.pdf https://strangeremains.com/2016/06/30/rediscovering-betsy-ross-bones/
49:22
July 19, 2020
Welcome America
Philadelphia's week-long Welcome America event is arguably the best 4th of July celebration you'll find anywhere in the United States. Join Meg and Ray as they break down the variety of festivities that Welcome America has to offer, as well as the complex historical circumstances that resulted in American independence. There's also some jawn at the end. Show Notes: https://welcomeamerica.com/ https://welcomeamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/brochure_10_compressed.pdf https://www.phillyvoice.com/wawa-welcome-america-2020-fourth-of-july-concert-hoagie-day-virtual-event-philadelphia/ https://billypenn.com/2020/05/12/no-fireworks-phillys-july-4th-welcome-america-festival-will-take-place-indoors-e/ https://www.phillymag.com/things-to-do/2014/07/03/history-of-july-4th-parkway-concerts-in-philadelphia/ https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/events/wawa-hoagie-day/ https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/events/wawa-welcome-america/ https://www.uwishunu.com/2020/06/july-4th-in-philly-2020-welcome-america/ https://www.bfranklin.org/ https://www.instagram.com/philly_benfranklin/ https://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/2016/05/05/the-word-hoagie-origin/ https://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/ingredients/article/the-origin-of-hoagies-grinders-subs-heroes-and-spuckies https://www.visitphilly.com/articles/philadelphia/where-to-find-the-best-hoagies-in-philadelphia/ http://southfellini.com/hoagie_mouth
01:13:03
June 28, 2020
'Philadelphia'
This week on the podcast, we have the movie 'Philadelphia' on the brain! Join Meg and Ray as they break down the cultural and contextual significance of the film, as well the variety of Philly locations highlighted throughout. There's also some jawn at the end.  Show Notes: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107818/ https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/looking-back-philadelphia-25-years-later-180971011/ https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/568630/philadelphia-movie-facts-tom-hanks-denzel-washington https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/lgbtq-history-month-early-days-america-s-aids-crisis-n919701 https://www.avert.org/professionals/history-hiv-aids/overview https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5021a2.htm https://www.pennlive.com/entertainment/2017/02/philadelphia_film_locations.html https://www.pennlive.com/entertainment/2017/02/philadelphia_film_locations.html https://www.movie-locations.com/movies/p/Philadelphia.php https://www.phillymag.com/news/2019/07/22/jason-segel-in-philly/ https://www.visitphilly.com/features/queer-eye-season-5-in-philadelphia/ https://www.phillyvoice.com/bobby-berk-queer-eye-design-expert-season-5-philadelphia-locations-netflix/ https://billypenn.com/2020/06/05/queer-eyes-philly-season-is-live-on-netflix-heres-a-drinking-game-to-play-while-you-watch/
49:25
June 21, 2020
Wooder Ice
The weather is starting to heat up in Philly, which means it’s officially water ice season! Join Meg and Ray as they explore the history, ingredients, and popular purveyors of Philly’s tastiest summer treat. There’s also some jawn at the end. Show Notes: https://philly.eater.com/maps/best-philadelphia-water-ice https://www.phillyvoice.com/johns-water-ice-how-its-made-how-its-different-and-why-rolled-ice-cream-is-no-threat/ https://www.npr.org/2016/07/31/488150522/johns-water-ice-a-philadelphia-institution https://www.italianmarketphilly.org/ https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/food-drink/the-italian-market/ https://www.10best.com/interests/food-culture/how-water-ice-became-philadelphias-favorite-summer-treat/ https://www.inquirer.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/philadelphia/water-ice-moon-wooder-philadelphia-20180823.html https://www.pennlive.com/food/2018/07/water_ice_what_it_is_what_it_i.html https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/08/10/489217423/water-ice-phillys-classic-summer-cooler-gets-hot-across-the-country https://www.inquirer.com/philly/business/jobs/INQ_Jobbing_Ritas_Philadelphia_Water-ice-and-the-world-CEO-Moody.html https://www.app.com/story/news/local/toms-river-area/seaside-heights/2015/07/15/term-benny-come-nj/30194287/ https://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/magazine/08FOB-onlanguage-t.html?_r=1
52:11
June 14, 2020
Trust The Process
For this week’s episode, Meg and Ray take a look at the ups and downs of the historic 76ers franchise, as well as what it truly means to “Trust the Process.” There’s also some jawn at the end. Show Notes: https://www.phillymag.com/news/2020/06/05/white-philadelphians-anti-racism-anti-blackness/ https://linktr.ee/ajphilly https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/live/philadelphia-protest-sunday-today-looting-news-live-george-floyd-police-20200607.html https://www.nba.com/sixers/history/index_new.html https://www.nbcsports.com/philadelphia/76ers/why-charles-barkley-philly-it-gets https://www.theringer.com/2017/6/27/16042702/sixers-sam-hinkie-process-graffiti-90df7643e8b1 http://dailyorange.com/2018/10/syracuses-shot-clock-history-rooted-le-moynes-library/ https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/joel-embiid-its-story-time https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2749409-ben-simmons-unique-ambidextrous-game-a-product-of-his-aussie-hoops-upbringing https://www.nba.com/sixers/history/retired_index.html https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2759830-there-will-never-be-another-process-or-a-gm-job-for-sam-hinkie https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/15150185/sam-hinkie-steps-philadelphia-76ers-general-manager-president-basketball-operations https://www.dictionary.com/e/slang/trust-the-process/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLVmqix8EKM https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/04/sports/basketball/philadelphia-sixers-song.html https://twitter.com/sixers/status/1259173615116980226?s=20
01:10:21
June 7, 2020
Mural Arts Philadelphia
Join Meg and Ray as they discuss the history of 'Mural Arts Philadelphia,' as well as its various programs, partnerships, and aspirations, all of which aim to channel the power of art to positively impact the city. There's also some jawn at the end. Show Notes: https://www.muralarts.org/ https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/mural-arts-philadelphia/ https://whyy.org/articles/how-mural-arts-is-helping-artists-get-paid-during-the-pandemic/?fbclid=IwAR3gmFxopAlueBxpdeMEfO8JyAXMCVko0xQdQKIuwQd0oGCP9SacPkUFi38 https://www.muralarts.org/about/about-jane-golden/ https://philly.curbed.com/2018/2/13/17004962/love-sculpture-philadelphia-photos-history https://www.muralarts.org/art-ignites-change-podcast/ https://www.phila.gov/departments/mural-arts-philadelphia/ https://billypenn.com/2018/02/21/why-do-philadelphians-love-the-love-sculpture-so-damn-much/
40:45
May 31, 2020
The Philly Plan
This week on the podcast, Meg and Ray explore Philadelphia’s original city plan, how it evolved over time, and how it continues to influence the city to this day. There’s also some jawn at the end. Show Notes: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/mar/22/story-of-cities-7-philadelphia-grid-pennsylvania-william-penn-america-urban-dream https://publications.newberry.org/makebigplans/plan_images/holme-portraiture-city-philadelphia-1683 https://billypenn.com/2019/10/27/william-penn-375-years-philadelphia-model-city-street-grid/ https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/jan/25/how-london-might-have-looked-five-masterplans-after-great-fire-1666 https://hiddencityphila.org/2014/07/skewed-and-slanted-streets-for-the-city/ https://www.architectmagazine.com/aia-architect/aiaknowledge/philadelphia-almost_o https://philly.curbed.com/maps/philadelphia-parks-trails-new http://www.phillyfreestreets.com/about.html https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/center-city-philadelphia-neighborhood-uptown-downtown-20190528.html https://philly.curbed.com/2013/5/8/10245528/greene-countrie-towne-full-of-streets-named-after-trees
44:58
May 24, 2020
The Gang Gets Quarantined
To kick off the first ever episode of the podcast, Meg and Ray explain what you can expect from the show, what brought them to Philly, and some surprising upsides to quarantine life. There’s also some jawn at the end. Show Notes: https://www.phillymag.com/news/2020/05/09/stay-at-home-order/ https://thephiladelphiacitizen.org/ways-to-help-during-coronavirus/ https://billypenn.com/2020/03/20/finding-fun-in-quarantined-philly-neighborhoods-band-together-to-create-rainbow-hunts-for-kids/ https://leavephillyalone.com/ https://www.ciprianiphoto.com/instagram https://twitter.com/CRCunning https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/jawn-meaning-origin
47:55
May 17, 2020
Season 1 Trailer
Join Ray and Meg as they navigate Philadelphia’s diverse cultural landscape by exploring its history, events, cuisine, music, art, sports, and more. Whether you’re a tourist or life-long Philadelphian, there's always something new to learn about one of America’s oldest cities. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @YoPhillyPod.
01:02
May 10, 2020