Swimming pools in Philly and beyond; open water swimming

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Guests: Kathryn Ott Lovell, Jeff Wiltse, and Adam Skolnick

There’s no better way to cool off in the summer heat, than with a quick dip in the pool. Both public and private are open across the region and a few in Philadelphia got a recent facelift. Philly has more public pools per capita than any other city in the US. We’ll talk with KATHRYN OTT LOVELL, the Commissioner of the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department, about the city’s pools. And Marty will discuss the social and cultural history of swimming pools in the US with author JEFF WILTSE. Then we’ll stay in the water and turn to a sport not typically practiced at public pools: open water swimming. Marty will talk about participating in the extreme water activity with ADAM SKOLNICK, a freelance journalist and author of One Breath: Freediving, Death and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits.

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