Philadelphia Community Podcast

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Each week, Loraine Ballard Morrill speaks to community leaders and groups in the Philadelphia region about topics affecting our local communities and upcoming events. Insight airs Sunday on WDAS FM 6-7 am and 7-7:30 am on Power 99. What's Going On airs Sundays on Q102, Radio 104.5, 106.1 The Breeze and 1480 Breakthrough Radio.

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What's Going On: AACR Philadelphia Marathon Weekend, Social Catfish

National Institute of Mental Health which found that one in five youth are affected by a mental health disorder, and untreated mental illness has been shown to lead to increased risk of dropout, homelessness, substance abuse, chronic illnesses, incarceration, and possibly suicide. The state of Delaware has passed groundbreaking legislation that will go a long way towards helping our kids with mental wellness. I speak to Delaware State House Majority Leader Rep. Valerie Longhurst who fills us in on how this legislation will provide additional school counselors, mental health curriculum and mental health wellness checks for kids. https://valerielonghurst.com/2021/08/20/elementary-mental-health-services-bill-signed-into-law/ How do you get someone like me who hated to run – to commit to a race? You give me a cause I can believe in – and that cause is supporting Philadelphia based American Association for Cancer Research - the largest cancer research foundation dedicated to preventing and curing cancer. I’ve become an enthusiastic runner and will be taking part in the AACR Marathon Weekend which takes place November 19-20th. To fill us in on all the details I speak to. Mitchell Stoller, Chief Philanthropic Officer for the American Association for Cancer Research about how you – like me can become an “AACR Runner for Research.” www.aacr.org/runnersforresearch http://www.aacr.org/runnersforresearch https://www.philadelphiamarathon.com/ First - No doubt you've heard about "Catfishing" - when someone sets up a fake online profile to trick people who are looking for love, usually to get money out of them. What are the signs you’re being catfished. I speak with David McClellan – the founder of Social Catfish - a reverse name search allows you to find social accounts a person might have under their names. Which is great for people who think they might be catfished, people who want to avoid getting scammed or just connect with loved ones and lost connections. https://socialcatfish.com/

31m
Aug 12
Insight Pt. 1: PA Human Relations Commission, Author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

We all seek to find our place in the world and author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich has written wonderful children's books that speak to that quest. Website: www.olugbemisolabooks.com http://www.olugbemisolabooks.com Instagram: @olugbemisolarhudayperkovich Twitter: @olugbemisola First, if you are experiencing discrimination - there is a state agency that can help you find justice. I speak to Chad Lassiter, Commissioner for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. https://www.phrc.pa.gov

17m
Aug 12
Insight Pt. 2: AACR Philadelphia Marathon Weekend, Dell Music Center Tips, DE Laws Promoting Youth Mental Health

National Institute of Mental Health which found that one in five youth are affected by a mental health disorder, and untreated mental illness has been shown to lead to increased risk of dropout, homelessness, substance abuse, chronic illnesses, incarceration, and possibly suicide. The state of Delaware has passed groundbreaking legislation that will go a long way towards helping our kids with mental wellness. I speak to Delaware State House Majority Leader Rep. Valerie Longhurst who fills us in on how this legislation will provide additional school counselors, mental health curriculum and mental health wellness checks for kids. https://valerielonghurst.com/2021/08/20/elementary-mental-health-services-bill-signed-into-law/ How do you get someone like me who hated to run – to commit to a race? You give me a cause I can believe in – and that cause is supporting Philadelphia based American Association for Cancer Research - the largest cancer research foundation dedicated to preventing and curing cancer. I’ve become an enthusiastic runner and will be taking part in the AACR Marathon Weekend November 19-20th. To fill us in on all the details I speak to. Mitchell Stoller, Chief Philanthropic Officer for the American Association for Cancer Research about how you – like me can become an “AACR Runner for Research.” www.aacr.org/runnersforresearch http://www.aacr.org/runnersforresearch https://www.philadelphiamarathon.com/ First - the iconic Dell Music Center is a wonderful venue for live performances. - We'll be talking about things to know before you go with Susan Slawson, General Manager Dell Music Center www.thedellmusiccenter.com http://www.thedellmusiccenter.com

30m
Aug 12
What's Going On: Mothers in Charge, Goodwill Industries DE, Fighting Insulin Price Hikes

Guest Host Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati speaks with Dr. Monique Y. Wells. She and her husband, Tom Reeves, founded Entrée to Black Paris (ETBP) tours because of the consistently increasing demand for tours and activities that feature the history, culture, and contemporary life of African Americans and the larger African diaspora in Paris. https://www.entreetoblackparis.com/ Vanesse also speaks with Tinyade Sharra, a young dancer that is being hailed as one of the next generations of Black Ballerinas. Her guest for "What is Philadelphia Reading? is Mikal Gilbert - newest member of the premier international dance company Philadanco. www.philadanco.org http://www.philadanco.org There are no simple solutions to ending violence in our city - but one piece is supporting returning citizens to help break the cycle of incarceration. That's what Mothers in Charge is doing through their re-entry program for women. We'll talk with Mother's in Charge co-Founder Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight and Dayna Chandler who is a shining example of what a person can achieve if given a second chance and the right support. https://www.mothersincharge.org/ https://upliftsolutions.org/ You may know Goodwill Industries as a great way to recycle clothing and furniture and find bargains - but they're much more than that. Goodwill provides many job and training opportunities for people no matter their circumstances (justice-system involvement, disabilities, veterans, seniors) – anyone who needs help getting on their feet. I speak with Leah Coles, Vice President of Brand & Community Engagement Goodwill of Delaware & Delaware County. www.GoodwillDE.org http://www.GoodwillDE.org @GoodwillDE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram First - the price hikes for insulin are shockingly high - what can we do about it? I talk with Dr. Kenneth E. Thorpe, Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management, in the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, and Chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. https://www.fightchronicdisease.org/

29m
Aug 05
Insight Pt. 2: Mothers in Charge, Goodwill Industries DE, Fighting Insulin Price Hikes

There are no simple solutions to ending violence in our city - but one piece is supporting returning citizens to help break the cycle of incarceration. That's what Mothers in Charge is doing through their re-entry program for women. We'll talk with Mother's in Charge co-Founder Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight and Dayna Chandler who is a shining example of what a person can achieve if given a second chance and the right support. https://www.mothersincharge.org/ https://upliftsolutions.org/ You may know Goodwill Industries as a great way to recycle clothing and furniture and find bargains - but they're much more than that. Goodwill provides many job and training opportunities for people no matter their circumstances (justice-system involvement, disabilities, veterans, seniors) – anyone who needs help getting on their feet. I speak with Leah Coles, Vice President of Brand & Community Engagement Goodwill of Delaware & Delaware County. www.GoodwillDE.org http://www.GoodwillDE.org @GoodwillDE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram First - the price hikes for insulin are shockingly high - what can we do about it? I talk with Dr. Kenneth E. Thorpe, Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management, in the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, and Chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. https://www.fightchronicdisease.org/

29m
Aug 05
Insight Pt. 1: VLS Journeys with Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati

Guest Host Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati speaks with Dr. Monique Y. Wells. She and her husband, Tom Reeves, founded Entrée to Black Paris (ETBP) tours because of the consistently increasing demand for tours and activities that feature the history, culture, and contemporary life of African Americans and the larger African diaspora in Paris. https://www.entreetoblackparis.com/ Vanesse also speaks with Tinyade Sharra, a young dancer being hailed as one of the next generations of Black Ballerinas. Her guest for "What is Philadelphia Reading? is Mikal Gilbert - newest member of the premier international dance company Philadanco. www.philadanco.org http://www.philadanco.org

15m
Aug 05
What's Going On: Black Star Film Festival, Guide to What's Happening with the Economy

The 11th annual BlackStar Film Festival takes place August 3-7, 2022. The Festival is an annual celebration of the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and of global Indigenous communities, highlighting films by Black, Brown and Indigenous artists from around the world. The event will be offered in a hybrid format, with select in person screenings, live programs, and panels at Penn Live Arts at Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, and online events accessible to a global audience. I speak with Maori Karmael Holmes, Chief Executive Officer, Artistic Director, and Founder of BlackStar Projects and Nehad Khader, Festival Director at BlackStar Projects. https://www.blackstarfest.org/ Instagram (@blackstarfest) Twitter (@BlackStarFest) Facebook (BlackStar Film Festival) YouTube (BlackStar Projects) First - if you're like me - you may not completely understand how the Fed raising interest rates is supposed to slow inflation. All many of us see are hikes in credit card and mortgage interest rates. So, we've got an expert to break it down for us - Alicja Plonska - Senior VP Morgan Stanley - one of Forbes Magazine's Top Woman Wealth Advisors. alicja.plonska@morganstanley.com 215 497-7074

29m
Jul 29
Insight Pt. 2: Black Star Film Festival, Justice for Fanta Bility, Black Maternal Mortality

Defense attorneys for three former Sharon Hill police officers charged with killing 8-year-old Fanta Bility after a high school football game are asking a judge to dismiss manslaughter charges against them. I speak with Malcolm Yate, Convenor of the Delaware County Black Caucus about the case and why a coalition of concerned citizens is demanding justice for Fanta. delcoblackcaucus@gmail.com The 11th annual BlackStar Film Festival takes place August 3-7, 2022. The Festival is an annual celebration of the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and of global Indigenous communities, highlighting films by Black, Brown and Indigenous artists from around the world. The event will be offered in a hybrid format, with select in person screenings, live programs, and panels at Penn Live Arts at Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, and online events accessible to a global audience. I speak with Maori Karmael Holmes, Chief Executive Officer, Artistic Director, and Founder of BlackStar Projects and Nehad Khader, Festival Director at BlackStar Projects. https://www.blackstarfest.org/ Instagram (@blackstarfest) Twitter (@BlackStarFest) Facebook (BlackStar Film Festival) YouTube (BlackStar Projects) First, I begin with a long-delayed interview that was meant to air before the March of Dimes Walk for Babies in June - then came the mass shooting in Uvalde Tx and then another mass shooting here in Philadelphia on South Street. While the March for Babies has come and gone - the issues they highlight including maternal mortality especially in Black and Brown communities are still relevant. Here's my interview with the March of Dimes ambassador Mom Sanya Brown. https://www.marchofdimes.org/

31m
Jul 29
Insight Pt. 1: WDAS FM's Mimi Brown Street Naming, Act Successful

I chat with WDAS FM's Mimi Brown who will have a street named after her in West Philly this week. First, a conversation with filmmaker and educator Todd Inman, the founder of Award-Winning Film and TV Production company Tinman Creative Productions. Todd talks about his workshop program for youth age 7-17 called Act Successful which uses the art of filmmaking to inspire youth to live a life of productivity and achievement. www.tinmancreative.com http://www.tinmancreative.com

15m
Jul 29
What's Going On: Sesame Place Controversy, PECO Energy Tips, Nakia Dillard, The Mouse Who Played Football

The heatwave is on! I speak to PECO's Madison Davis who has tips on conserving energy and resources for customers who need financial assistance paying their bill. www.peco.com/waystosave http://www.peco.com/waystosave www.peco.com/help http://www.peco.com/help. Customers can track their energy use, set up high usage alerts, get tips on how to reduce energy costs, and learn which appliances use the most energy: https://www.peco.com/myaccount, Legendary Eagle Brian Westbrook has coauthored a children's book with Lesley Van Arsdale. “The Mouse Who Played Football” - about a mouse named Brian who overcomes his small size to become a star player - like Westbrook himself. It’s a sweet book with a wonderful lesson about overcoming obstacles. The two will be speaking at the Free Library August 4th. https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-mouse-who-played-football-brian-westbrook-sr/1140948038 https://libwww.freelibrary.org/programs/authorevents/?id=113800 The reboot of the Wonder Years is one of my favorite shows - I speak to one of its stars Philly based actor and Freedom Theater grad Nakia Dillard who talks about his successful career and the acting school he founded. Plus, Nakia has fun facts about working with Idris Alba Instagram @nakiadillard https://www.aikanacts.org/ First, reflections on the Sesame Place controversy.

29m
Jul 22
Insight Pt. 2: Sesame Place Controversy, PECO Energy Tips, Nakia Dillard, The Mouse Who Played Football

The heatwave is on! I speak to PECO's Madison Davis who has tips on conserving energy and resources for customers who need financial assistance paying their bill. www.peco.com/waystosave http://www.peco.com/waystosave www.peco.com/help http://www.peco.com/help. Customers can track their energy use, set up high usage alerts, get tips on how to reduce energy costs, and learn which appliances use the most energy: https://www.peco.com/myaccount, Legendary Eagle Brian Westbrook has coauthored a children's book with Lesley Van Arsdale. “The Mouse Who Played Football” - about a mouse named Brian who overcomes his small size to become a star player - like Westbrook himself. It’s a sweet book with a wonderful lesson about overcoming obstacles. The two will be speaking at the Free Library August 4th. https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-mouse-who-played-football-brian-westbrook-sr/1140948038 https://libwww.freelibrary.org/programs/authorevents/?id=113800 The reboot of the Wonder Years is one of my favorite shows - I speak to one of its stars Philly based actor and Freedom Theater grad Nakia Dillard who talks about his successful career and the acting school he founded. Plus, Nakia has fun facts about working with Idris Alba Instagram @nakiadillard https://www.aikanacts.org/ First, reflections on the Sesame Place controversy.

29m
Jul 22
Insight Pt. 1: "The Audacity of Hoop" - Basketball and Barack Obama

From the archives: I speak to the author of The Audacity of Hoop, celebrated sportswriter Alexander Wolff who examines Barack Obama, the person and president, through basketball. This game helped Obama explore his identity, keep a cool head, impress his future wife, and define himself as a candidate. https://www.amazon.com/Audacity-Hoop-Basketball-Age-Obama/dp/1439913099

15m
Jul 22
What's Going On: Philadelphia Union Foundation and NRG Gives

My athletic abilities were not pretty but I was happy to join the 7th Annual NRG Media Charity Flag Football Game that also marked the Five-Year Anniversary of NRG’s Choose to Give program. Each team represented four Philly area founding Choose to Give partner nonprofits: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Nemours, Philabundance, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence. I spoke to Keri Murschell, NRG Home East Director of Innovation Jonathan Chen, MD, Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Co-Director of the Cardiac Center about how folks can consume power and benefit CHOP and other nonprofits at the same time. https://www.picknrg.com/en/about_nrg_legacy/choose-to-give https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/cardiac-center The Philadelphia Union is a team we can root for not only for their excellence on the playing field but also for the impact they're having on the region with community service that listens to the community. I speak to Philadelphia Union Foundation Executive Director Paul Howard about their work making soccer or football as the rest of the world calls it - accessible to our youth and creating mentoring programs that insure that young people are on the path to success. https://www.philadelphiaunion.com/foundation/

29m
Jul 15
Insight Pt. 2: Preventing Black Maternal Death/Infant Mortality, NRG Gives, Arnetta's Band Camp, Mother's Movement for Peace

Philadelphia has a shameful rate of black maternal death and infant mortality. Family Practice and Counseling Network is working to turn this around with a Women’s Birth Center. LaQuesha C. Garland, Director of Development & Social Innovations for FPCN tells us about plans to build the Birth Center to insure the health of women and babies and their 30th Anniversary Celebration taking place Friday, July 22ndfrom 2-6pm at FPNC’s 11th Street Clinic (11th &Parrish Sts). https://www.fpcn.com/ Instagram: @thefpcn Facebook: @thefamilypracticeandcounselingnetwork My athletic abilities were not pretty but I was happy to join the 7th Annual NRG Media Charity Flag Football Game that also marked the Five-Year Anniversary of NRG’s Choose to Give program. Each team represented four Philly area founding Choose to Give partner nonprofits: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Nemours, Philabundance, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence. I speak to Keri Murschell, NRG Home East Director of Innovation and Jonathan Chen, MD, Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Co-Director of the Cardiac Center about how folks can consume power and benefit CHOP and other nonprofits at the same time. https://www.picknrg.com/en/about_nrg_legacy/choose-to-give https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/cardiac-center I had the most delightful interview with Arnetta Johnson, a virtuoso trumpet player who's performed with Beyonce and the Roots and is offering a free band camp. She has created Arnetta’s Band Camp (ABC) - a weeklong music immersion and professional development opportunity that introduces Camden youth to various career paths in music, finance and business skills, performance technique, mentorship from professional musicians, and much more! (July 18-22) http://www.ctlcamden.com/arnettas-band-camp.html. Philadelphia is approaching another record murder rate. I speak to Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight -Co Founder of Mothers in Charge and the one of the founders of a movement to organize mother’s who’ve lost family members to gun violence and their allies. For more information: 215-228-1718.

29m
Jul 15
Insight Pt. 1: Philadelphia Union Foundation

The Philadelphia Union is a team we can root for not only for their excellence on the playing field but also for the impact they're having on the region with community service that listens to the community. I speak to Philadelphia Union Foundation Executive Director Paul Howard about their work making soccer or football as the rest of the world calls it - accessible to our youth and creating mentoring programs that insure that young people are on the path to success. https://www.philadelphiaunion.com/foundation/

15m
Jul 15
What's Going On: Pulitzer Prize Winning Podcast "Suave"

I speak to members of the team that received a Pulitzer Prize for “Suave” - a seven-part podcast series about the criminal justice system that sentences juveniles to life in prison —particularly young men of color— and what happens when, decades later, they’re suddenly granted one more chance at freedom. The story follows David Luis ‘Suave’ Gonzalez from boy to man, exploring incarceration, redemption, and the often-unusual relationship between a journalist and a source (in this case Executive Producer Maria Hinojosa.) I talk with Suave along with host and producer Maggie Freleng and reporter and producer Julieta Martinelli. https://www.futuromediagroup.org/suave/

29m
Jul 08
Insight Pt. 2: Pulitzer Prize Winning Podcast "Suave"

I speak to members of the team that received a Pulitzer Prize for “Suave” - a seven-part podcast series about the criminal justice system that sentences juveniles to life in prison —particularly young men of color— and what happens when, decades later, they’re suddenly granted one more chance at freedom. The story follows David Luis ‘Suave’ Gonzalez from boy to man, exploring incarceration, redemption, and the often-unusual relationship between a journalist and a source (in this case Executive Producer Maria Hinojosa.) I talk with Suave along with host and producer Maggie Freleng and reporter and producer Julieta Martinelli. https://www.futuromediagroup.org/suave/

29m
Jul 08
Insight Pt. 1: People of Color Psychedelic Collective

Psychedelics are reemerging as one potential solution in the treatment of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance use disorders. However, the research and use of this approach has largely excluded communities of color. I speak to Ifetayo Harvey, one of the founders of the People of Color Psychedelic Collective about their efforts to educate communities about psychedelic healing and elevate the conversation about the negative impact of the war on drugs for POC. https://www.pocpc.org/

17m
Jul 08
What's Going On: PHL School Superintendent Dr. Tony Watlington, Foster Care w/ Catholic Social Services

Newly appointed Philadelphia School Superintendent Dr. Tony Watlington has some huge challenges ahead including increasing high school graduation rates, supporting students in achieving reading and math skills at grade level and addressing the violence that impacts so many of our kids. I had a chance to speak with Dr. Watlington about plans for his first 100 days which include a “listening and learning” tour that offers the community to provide feedback on “what the District does well, where improvement is needed and how the District can help all students fulfill their highest potential.” https://www.philasd.org/100days/ First, DHS estimates about 4,300 children need nurturing homes - a safe place while DHS works to reunite the family - and if that's not possible provide a permanent loving home for these children. That’s where foster care comes in. I speak to Tabitha Seehousen, Foster Care Social Worker for Catholic Social Services who outlines how families can foster children and shares her own experience as a foster parent. https://cssphiladelphia.org/services/foster-care-and-adoption/

30m
Jul 01
Insight Pt. 2: PHL School Superintendent Dr. Tony Watlington, Foster Care w/ Catholic Social Services

Newly appointed Philadelphia School Superintendent Dr. Tony Watlington has some huge challenges ahead including increasing high school graduation rates, supporting students in achieving reading and math skills at grade level and addressing the violence that impacts so many of our kids. I had a chance to speak with Dr. Watlington about plans for his first 100 days which include a “listening and learning” tour that offers the community to provide feedback on “what the District does well, where improvement is needed and how the District can help all students fulfill their highest potential.” https://www.philasd.org/100days/ First, DHS estimates about 4,300 children need nurturing homes - a safe place while DHS works to reunite the family - and if that's not possible provide a permanent loving home for these children. That’s where foster care comes in. I speak to Tabitha Seehousen, Foster Care Social Worker for Catholic Social Services who outlines how families can foster children and shares her own experience as a foster parent. https://cssphiladelphia.org/services/foster-care-and-adoption/

30m
Jul 01
Insight Pt. 1: Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati - VLS Journeys

Guest Host Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati interviews award winning children’s book author Carole Boston Weatherford about Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. Vanesse also chats with Kelly Lee, Chief Cultural Officer and Director of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy which is inviting Philadelphians to participate in the development of Philadelphia’s permanent Harriet Tubman statue that will be located on the North apron of City Hall by November 2023. The public can take a short survey of seven (7) questions by Wednesday, July 13 before 5:00 p.m. Lee also shares information about The Arts Access Calendar is a comprehensive calendar to find FREE arts and culture activities happening in Philadelphia. https://cbweatherford.com/ https://www.creativephl.org/philadelphia-harriet-tubman/ https://www.creativephl.org/oacce-calendar/

15m
Jul 01
What's Going On: Preventing Diabetes, Avoiding Scams and Emancipet

I'm going to guess that you know someone who has type two diabetes. I have a close family member who's currently on dialysis and another dealing with pre-diabetes. It's an epidemic - but you know what? it's doesn't have to be that way. with the right kind of lifestyle changes a person with pre-diabetes and prevent the disease from becoming full blown. Diabetes is serious stuff- not only does it increase your risk of stroke and heart attack - but it could also lead to amputation and listen men - erectile disfunction. That’s why we're enthusiastic about a program called “Make a Choice for a Healthier Life” sponsored by Health Promotion Council. I speak with Amadi Essoka-Lasenberry, a program coordinator at Health Promotion Council about the free resources they offer, and I also speak with Johnita Medina, a mom who turned her health around and lost the equivalent of a whole person. Resources: www.makeachoice.org http://www.makeachoice.org or follow us on social media @ MakeAChoicePA and text the word “TODAY” to 600400 to take the risk assessment. Have you ever gone to the vet and come away having spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars? Or have you put off going – just because you know a vet bill would break the bank? That’s where Emancipet comes in providing low-cost preventative veterinary care. I got all the details from Jenna McElroy, Chief Development Officer with Emancipet. Resource: https://emancipet.org/philadelphia/ First a timely interview with George Clark, U.S. Postal Inspector and Public Information Officer for the Philadelphia Region of U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office about avoiding scams. https://www.uspis.gov/ https://www.uspis.gov/news/scam-article/money-mule

30m
Jun 24
Insight Pt. 2: Preventing Diabetes, The Promise, Center for Male Engagement at CCP

I'm going to guess that you know someone who has type two diabetes. I have a close family member who's currently on dialysis and another dealing with pre-diabetes. It's an epidemic - but you know what? it's doesn't have to be that way. with the right kind of lifestyle changes a person with pre-diabetes and prevent the disease from becoming full blown. Diabetes is serious stuff- not only does it increase your risk of stroke and heart attack - but it could also lead to amputation and listen men - erectile disfunction. That’s why we're enthusiastic about a program called “Make a Choice for a Healthier Life” sponsored by Health Promotion Council. I speak with Amadi Essoka-Lasenberry, a program coordinator at Health Promotion Council about the free resources they offer and I also speak with Johnita Medina, a mom who turned her health around and lost the equivalent of a whole person. Resources: www.makeachoice.org http://www.makeachoice.org or follow us on social media @ MakeAChoicePA and text the word “TODAY” to 600400 to take the risk assessment. A criminal record can seem like an insurmountable obstacle that can keep a person locked in poverty. That's where The Promise comes in whose mission is to reduce poverty in Philadelphia - sponsored by United Way of greater Philadelphia and southern new jersey. They’re launching one of the largest citywide record clearing initiative in Philadelphia: I talk with Michael Banks, Executive Director of The Promise. Resource: To find out the location of a record clearing clinic go to www.thepromisephl.org/opportunity http://www.thepromisephl.org/opportunity. First, I speak with Randy Gordon Recruiter for Center for Male Engagement at Community College of Philadelphia about the program designed to support male students of color... Resource: www.ccp.edu/cme http://www.ccp.edu/cme

28m
Jun 24
Insight Pt. 1: Roe v. Wade

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution does not guarantee the right to abortion, setting the stage for abortion access to be stripped away in much of the country, as states are left to decide whether and when people can terminate a pregnancy. I speak with political analyst, partner at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoades Law Firm and former Chief Defender of the Defenders Association of Philadelphia about the impact of the ruling.

15m
Jun 24
What's Going On: Juneteenth, Immigration Reform, Women in Nontraditional Careers, Circus Vasquez

Men have traditionally dominated skilled trades like carpentry and plumbing. I talk with Sue Hoffman, Program Manager for Women in Nontraditional Careers (WINC), a project of Philadelphia Works about a project to encourage more women to enter a career in the skilled trades. We also discuss a free six-week summer tradeswomen readiness program. Email wincproject@philaworks.org www.Wincproject.org http://www.Wincproject.org Facebook @wincproject Instagram @wincproject_philly When President Biden took office, he proposed sweeping immigration legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. However, Biden’s immigration agenda has hit roadblocks in Congress. To offer an update on the state of immigration reform I speak to Natalie Richman, Senior Attorney, Global Immigration Legal Team. www. Giltlaw.com Circus Vasquez is coming to town, and we chat with the Ringmaster Jan Vasquez about the family-owned circus bringing acts from all over the world to the Greater Philadelphia area. www.CircusVazquez.com http://www.CircusVazquez.com First, we talk with Paralee Knight, Community Relations Vice President for Wells Fargo about Juneteenth, the significance of this day in Black and American History and events marking the day. https://www.aampmuseum.org/ First, we talk with Paralee Knight, Community Relations Vice President for Wells Fargo about Juneteenth, the significance of this day in Black and American History and events marking the day. https://www.aampmuseum.org/

29m
Jun 17
Insight Pt. 2: Health Promotion Council Focus on Fathers

Fatherhood isn’t about having kids but about the man you become because of your kids. I highlight a program called Focus on Fathers sponsored by Health Promotion Council - a community-based parenting education and support program that provides services to fathers to help them to create and maintain healthy, positive involvement in their children’s lives. I speak with Larry Woody, Program Manager for Focus on Fathers and a Dad himself and father, Djuan Diggs - formerly homeless but now Lead Parent Educator/ Group Facilitator who credits the program with transforming his life. To register visit www.focusonfathers.org http://www.focusonfathers.org or text name and phone # to 267-765-2361

28m
Jun 17
Insight Pt. 1: Women in Nontraditional Careers, Circus Vasquez, Juneteenth

Men have traditionally dominated skilled trades like carpentry and plumbing. I talk with Sue Hoffman, Program Manager for Women in Nontraditional Careers (WINC), a project of Philadelphia Works about a project to encourage more women to enter a career in the skilled trades. We also discuss a free six-week summer tradeswomen readiness program. Email wincproject@philaworks.org www.Wincproject.org http://www.Wincproject.org Facebook @wincproject Instagram @wincproject_philly Circus Vasquez is coming to town, and I chat with Ringmaster Jan Vasquez about the family-owned circus bringing acts from all over the world to the Greater Philadelphia area. www.CircusVazquez.com http://www.CircusVazquez.com First, we talk with Paralee Knight, Community Relations Vice President for Wells Fargo about Juneteenth, the significance of this day in Black and American History and events marking the day. https://www.aampmuseum.org/

16m
Jun 17
What's Going On: : Property Tax Relief Plan, Mental Health First AID, Girl Scouts of Eastern PA

We all know about First aid - for physical injuries and ailments but what about Mental Health First AID? The Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services has a training that allows everyday citizens the right tools to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of a mental health or substance use challenge. I am a stan for Girl Scouts. I was a Girl Scout, and you know what they say - once a Girl Scout always a Girls Scout. This is truly one of the very best leadership and mentoring programs for girls. To tell us more is CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern PA Kim Fraites Dow. https://www.gsep.org/ First - you may get some serious sticker shock the next time you get your property tax bill in Philadelphia - but there may be help. City Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson has unveiled “Save our Home 2022 Property Tax Relief Plan” https://www.instagram.com/p/CeCKgOTPiBH/ (215) 686-3412, (215) 686-3413

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Jun 10
Insight Pt. 2: Mental Health First AID, Family Reunification Month, Property Tax Relief

We all know about First AID for physical injuries and ailments but what about Mental Health First AID? The Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services has a training that gives everyday citizens the tools to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of a mental health or substance use challenge. I speak to Malik Gray, Health Program Analyst Supervisor, for the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services about the trainings and the opportunity to receive Wawa Welcome America concert tickets for attending the June 22nd session. https://healthymindsphilly.org/mhfa/ Families are better together. June is National Reunification Month. I speak to Jennifer Bare, Social Work Supervisor at the Philadelphia Department of Human Services about how DHS works to safely keep families together. Resources: Families can call 267-514-3500 to learn more about what services are available to them or 215-PARENTS (727-3687) for in person and virtual parenting education and support groups. Jennifer.Bare@Phila.gov https://www.phila.gov/programs/playitsafephl/ First - you may get some serious sticker shock the next time you get your property tax bill in Philadelphia - but there may be help. City Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson has unveiled “Save our Home 2022 Property Tax Relief Plan” https://www.instagram.com/p/CeCKgOTPiBH/ (215) 686-3412, (215) 686-3413

28m
Jun 10
Insight Pt. 1: Girls Scouts of Eastern PA, Community College of Philadelphia Foundation

I'll be talking about the how Community College of Philadelphia is transforming lives and how you can help. I speak to student Brian Walsh who went from homelessness to achieving a 4.0 average at CCP. I also speak with Dr. Mellissia Zanjani, College Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation and President of the Foundation's Board, Dr. Ellyn Jo Waller. https://foundation.ccp.edu/donate I am a stan for Girl Scouts. I was a Girl Scout, and you know what they say - once a Girl Scout always a Girls Scout. This is truly one of the very best leadership and mentoring programs for girls. To tell us more is CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern PA Kim Fraites Dow. https://www.gsep.org/

17m
Jun 10