Regional Roundup 4/1

On today's regional roundup: Philly's plan for an "Esports arena;" Camden program pays homeless people to make public art; microplastics in the Delaware River.

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Rendering of the Fusion Arena. (Courtesy of Comcast Spectator)

Rendering of the Fusion Arena. (Courtesy of Comcast Spectator)

Guests: Roberto Torres, Samantha Matlin, Jonathan Cohen

First, we’ll hear about the plans for a South Philly Esports arena – that is a place for people to observe video games as a spectator sport – which would be the first in America. Technically Philly’s ROBERTO TORRES joins us to talk about the stadium and the growing popularity of Esports. Then, we’ll talk about a day-work programs that pay homeless people cash for a day’s work. There’s a program in Camden and a new one starting in Philadelphia that will pay people $50 for painting public art. SAMANTHA MATLIN, with the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation joins us to talk about the positive impact these programs make people lives. And lastly, with $4 million grants being allocated to clean up the Delaware River watershed of microplastics, we’ll talk with JONATHAN COHEN, associate professor at the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, about the problem of microplastics and how the cleanup process takes place.

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