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The Haunting of Eastern State Penitentiary

With its looming, gloomy high stone walls, crumbling corridors, and stark cells that once housed thousands of hard-core criminals, Eastern State Penitentiary certainly looks haunted. Its 142-year history is full of suicide, madness, disease, murder and torture, making it easy to imagine the spirits of troubled souls left behind to roam its abandoned halls. So today we’re going to do some ghost busting at Eastern State Pen and find out if it’s truly haunted.

Crumb Bum Millionaire

Joseph William "Joey" Coyle was an unemployed longshoreman in Philadelphia who, in February 1981, found $1.2 million in the street, after it had fallen out of the back of an armored car, and kept it. His story was adapted into the 1993 film Money for Nothing, starring John Cusack. Today we’re going to take a look at the true story behind the Disney legend.

The 1976 Presidential Master Debates at the Walnut Street Theater

In 1976, Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter managed to convince sitting President Gerald Ford to meet for three historic, prime time debates. Americans hadn’t witnessed such a political contest in 16 years and were eager for the face off. Philly’s Walnut Street Theater was the location chosen for the first debate of the modern era but, unfortunately, it was a bit of a disaster. So, in today’s episode we’re going to examine Philadelphia's epic gaffe and the birth of the modern Presidential debate.

The Sound of Philadelphia

Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff are a songwriting and production duo credited for developing the Philadelphia soul music genre, also known as the Philly sound of the 70s. In addition to forming their own label, Philadelphia International Records, Gamble and Huff have written and produced 175 gold and platinum records, earning them a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. Today we’re going behind the music that keeps Philly stuck in the 70s.

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