Peter Crimmins, WHYY

WHYY arts & culture reporter Peter Crimmins first became interested in radio in the fourth grade, when he hid a homemade, contraband crystal-diode radio in a shoebox and smuggled it into the Boy Scout summer camp. Subsequent radio projects were more successful. For eight years, Peter was the producer and host of a radio show about cinema — “Film Close-Ups” — on KALX in Berkeley, Ca., and was senior producer at Ben Manilla Productions in San Francisco (i.e. the paying gig). After wandering the freelance universe for a few years, he joined the WHYY staff. He rides his bike to work from South Philadelphia.

Latest by Peter Crimmins, WHYY

Eastern State Penitentiary casts a light on its LGBTQ history

Annie Anderson, the research manager at Eastern State Penitentiary historic prison museum, said it’s a “bittersweet” truth that in order to learn about gay life in American history, some of the richest sources are prison records.

By Peter Crimmins, WHYY

After 50 years, funk album recorded in Philly finally debuts

The Nat Turner Rebellion album was recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, but it was never released.

By Peter Crimmins, WHYY