Taking On Recidivism

AG Josh Shapiro is determined to make it easier for returning citizens to adjust to life after prison. Just don’t call him soft on crime.

By Larry Platt

Meet The Disruptor: Nick Bayer

For the Saxbys CEO, honored this month as Ernst & Young’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year, it’s about much more than the coffee

By Larry Platt

Idea We Should Steal: Top Two Elections

The best way to fix our fragile democracy might be a nonpartisan electoral system that rewards moderation and increases competition

By Larry Platt

The Problem With Spin

The casual dishonesty about Mayor Kenney’s Iceland trip should have you rolling your eyes

By Larry Platt

“My Service Makes Me Whole”

Recent headlines have had me searching for inspiration. Last week, it came in two surprising forms: From City Year and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

By Larry Platt

What Change Feels Like

Watch out, establishment—something is in the air. Now let’s make sure our new faces also think anew

By Larry Platt

Is This Any Way To Elect Judges?

Tomorrow, most of you won’t know anything about the judges you vote for. How’d we get here?

By Larry Platt

But Will They Keep You Safe?

The candidates for District Attorney all sound like they’re running for public defender. Are they just pandering?

By Larry Platt

Selling Our Soul?

The NFL is sports’ evil empire and its takeover of our city raises questions about the values Jim Kenney thinks we share

By Larry Platt

Dirty Harry Gets Emotional

When not calling perps “scumbags,” legendary cop Mike Chitwood calls for police to get in touch with their feelings. Is it our most needed reform?

By Larry Platt