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  • Popkin on WHYY’s Newsworks Tonight discussing the latest from “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment”

    26 April 2016

    Nathaniel Popkin, who wrote the documentary series, joined NewsWorks Tonight’s Brad Linder to offer some background on the people who defined the city, from 1855-1871, a time of volatility and possibility.

  • Nathaniel Popkin named Athenaeum Writer in Residence

    17 March 2016

    The Athenaeum, founded in 1814 as a literary society, has established the position of Writer in Residence, to “reaffirm and to celebrate the continuous presence of books and authorship in the Athenaeum’s activities.” Nathaniel Popkin will be the first Athenaeum Writer in Residence and will serve a two year term.

  • City-country divide subject of Popkin interview for Liz Spikol story “I May Live in Pennsylvania”

    31 January 2016

    Nathaniel Popkin helps bring historical context to the long-standing Pennsylvania allergy to all things Philadelphia in this personal essay by writer Liz Spikol. “So here we have city elite aligned with these ‘other’ people” — Native Americans — “in conflict with frontiersmen,” says Popkin. “City vs. country. Distrust of elites and highfalutin ideas like tolerance and peace.” It was the beginning of a longstanding pattern: “elites allied with minorities whose interests clash with the good white people of the country.”