Episode 6: Going the Distance

We receive a mysterious micro-cassette containing a 20-year-old voicemail message from Sylvester Stallone. It allows us to tap into the mind of the man himself — uncovering why he created Rocky and what elements of Philadelphia he used to build the world around him.

Episode 6: Going the Distance
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In a moment of reckoning and reimagining for monuments, why do millions of people each year from around the world visit Philly’s Rocky Statue? What does a statue celebrating a fictional boxer tell us about how we memorialize some stories over others? Monument Lab’s Paul Farber dives deep into the story of the statue to the greatest Philadelphian who never lived.

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In a city that has seen dramatic change since Rocky’s time, why do so many still identify with this movie character? We tour the neighb ...

Air Date: January 31, 2023

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Air Date: October 31, 2022

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