Nathaniel Popkin is the principal writer of the film documentary “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment,” a 13-part television series that explores the city’s unexpected history over 500 years.
“Philadelphia: The Great Experiment is a monumental achievement—a chronologically and thematically comprehensive portrait of the city. The wonder of it is how it manages to be smart, complex, and subtle while at same time vivid, accessible, and fun to watch.”
—Peter Siskind, Executive Director, Urban History Association
“For anyone interested in how the postwar years reshaped American cities, for anyone interested in the rise of the civil rights movement, in the women’s movement, in the movement away from the urban core to the suburbs—in so many ways that affect not just this city but cities across the country—[the] documentary proves essential.”
—Steven Rea, film critic, Philadelphia Inquirer
“Lively production values, blending re-created scenes and art and maps of the period with… talking heads to tell a compelling story that turns out to be about much more than history.”
—Ellen Gray, television critic, Philadelphia Daily News