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Peter Crimmins

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Peter Crimmins used to tinker with electronics as a child. He would take radios apart and figure out the schema of capacitors and transistors. He never figured out how to put them back together, so he became a radio producer rather than an electrical engineer. Peter became senior producer of Ben Manilla Productions, in San Francisco, and made programming for public radio, commerical radio, and corporate projects.

Since becoming an independent producer, he has reported from England, Spain, Tijuana, Philadelphia, and New York. In addition to Studio 360, his stories have aired on Weekend America and Marketplace. He is a part-time news reporter at WHYY, in Philadelphia. His long-awaited film project may never be completed, but it's great. You'll see.

Peter Crimmins appears in the following:

Philadelphia Rapper Sets Unsolved Mystery to Music

Friday, March 07, 2014

For more than two decades, an unknown artist has been leaving a message in the streets of Philadelphia. The message is has been cut by hand into a linoleum tile, and pressed into the asphalt by the weight of passing cars. The Toynbee tiles, as they’re called, have become a thing in ...

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Philadelphia Orchestra Warms Up for Critical Season

Thursday, November 08, 2012

The Scene: Philadelphia
From NewsWorks, the online home of WHYY News

Having just emerged from bankruptcy, with a $25 million fundraising gap, the Philadelphia Orchestra is striding into the 2012-2013 season with ambitious enthusiasm — much of it is propped up by the arrival of its new music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The young ...

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New Home Brings Barnes Collection to Full Radiance

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Scene: Philadelphia
From NewsWorks, the online home of WHYY News — part of The New Barnes, a series chronicling the years-long struggle surrounding the Barnes Foundation's move (along with its collection) from Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, to downtown Philadelphia.

The Barnes Foundation restored its world-famous collection of Impressionist paintings to public view last weekend. The new galleries are exact re-creations of the original ...

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Saving Camden

Friday, September 10, 2010

According to crime statistics from 2009, Camden, New Jersey ranks as America's most dangerous city. Some residents are looking to the arts to try to turn the city around. With a new theater opening this month, we wondered if an arts district can really save Camden. Produced by ...

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American Icons: Fallingwater

Friday, May 29, 2009

A look at the most famous little house in America: Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, still hanging off a cliff after nearly seventy years.

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Vampire Chronicles

Friday, December 05, 2008

With the hit movie "Twilight" and HBO's series "True Blood," vampires are back in a big way. Peter Crimmins surveys culture's long obsession with these blood suckers in an attempt to find out why the vampire motif will never die.

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PA polls open

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

One of the most important states for both of the presidential candidates is Pennsylvania, and its polls are open now. The Takeaway is joined by Peter Crimmins from WHYY in Philadelphia.

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Bill and Dick's Excellent Adventure

Friday, October 31, 2008

There's one guide museum-goers in Philadelphia should not be without: Travels With Dick And Bill. It’s a self-published packet of stapled Xeroxed pages, and a huge endeavor. Dick Hughes and Bill McLaughlin, both 85, have visited 203 museums in and around Philadelphia, ...

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Teddy Cruz

Friday, June 13, 2008

The work of San Diego architect Teddy Cruz takes its cues from the "informal design" (that's another way of saying "shantytowns") of Tijuana. But selling his radical designs to new immigrants is a challenge; they tend to want a house with a white picket fence. Studio 360's

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The Spectacular Forgery That Fooled Almost Everyone

Friday, November 30, 2007

One of the most notorious art forgeries of the 20th century happened in England in the 1990s when two men were arrested for spectacularly exploiting the vulnerabilities of the art market. Art dealer John Drewe handled the paperwork, and John Myatt handled the paintbrush -- and they ...

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Hell House

Friday, October 26, 2007

Pastor Keenan Roberts designs “Hell Houses” which gruesomely display the consequences of sin. Last year, a secular group of artists staged a Hell House in New York City. It got Pastor Roberts' stamp of approval. Produced by Peter Crimmins.

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Evangelical Broadway

Friday, April 20, 2007

Deep in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country, there’s a small town with a theater with shows that rival the glittery productions you'd find on Broadway. Last year, more than 800,000 people came through town to see them. We sent producer Peter Crimmins to find out what’s ...

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IKEA behind bars

Friday, March 09, 2007

Peggy Diggs believes that the “inconvenient truth” is true: rising tides and severe storms will wreak havoc. If someday whole cities of people are forced to live like refugees (like Katrina’s victims), Peggy thinks they’ll need somewhere to put whatever belongings they salvage. She told

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Hell House

Friday, October 27, 2006

Every year around Halloween, thousands of Americans go to their churches to meet the devil. These "Hell Houses" - designed by Pastor Keenan Roberts - are kind of like haunted houses, but each room gruesomely displays the consequences of sin. Now a secular group of artists and actors have staged ...

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American Icons: Fallingwater

Friday, August 25, 2006

In the late 1930s, Edgar Kaufmann told the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright he wanted him to design a country home by a waterfall in Pennsylvania. Wright informed Kaufmann he intended to build the house over the waterfall — and an icon of American architecture was born.

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Vampire Chronicles

Friday, April 14, 2006

They feed off our blood, they live forever, and they don't pay taxes. Peter Crimmins explains why no stake to the heart can kill off the public's thirst for the fashionably undead.

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Jerry Springer: The Opera

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Turning Jerry Springer, the infamous American TV talk show, into an opera for the London stage was an artistic gamble in its own right. But it got more complicated recently when the opera aired on the BBC. A Christian group tried to take legal action against the BBC, ...

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Forge This

Saturday, June 11, 2005

One of the most notorious art forgeries of the 20th century happened in England in the 1990s when two men were arrested for spectacularly exploiting the vulnerabilities of the art market. Art dealer John Drewe handled the paperwork, and John Myatt handled the paintbrush — and they almost ...

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Teatro Campesino

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Luis Valdez has written and directed such films as "La Bamba" and "Zoot Suit" for Hollywood. But in the late 1960's he didn't even have a theater, just a flatbed truck, a few costumes and fake moustaches, and the drive to bring theater to Mexican-American laborers. Valdez founded ...

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The Passion of the Painter

Saturday, April 23, 2005

When Mel Gibson was making The Passion of the Christ, he modeled the Crucifixion scene on paintings by Caravaggio. Caravaggio, the Baroque master, made the sufferings of Jesus and the saints vividly believable. But Caravaggio didn't live like a saint — or even like Mel Gibson. Peter Crimmins learned how ...

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