Philadelphia Community Podcast

Philadelphia Community Podcast

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.

Episodes

July 1, 2022 30 min
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 commu...
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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 commu...
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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 b...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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June 24, 2022 15 min
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 ...
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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
Facebook @wincproject
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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 hims...
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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
Facebook @wincproject
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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 ...
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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 Behavi...
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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 Wa...
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The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show returns to FDR Park in Philadelphia for the second year, taking place outdoors from Saturday, June 11 through Sunday, June 19, 2022. Sam Lemheney, Chief of Shows and Events, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society shares all the details of the nation’s largest and longest-running horticultural event.
https://phsonline.org/the-flower-show

On June 16th GayBINGO celebrates its 25th anniversary as the fabulo...
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Have you ever heard of Bayard Rustin? Thanks to a new musical at People's Light "Bayard Rustin Inside Ashland" – we find out more about the relatively little-known individual who was a major figure in organizing the 1963 March on Washington and a pioneer for LGBTQ rights. I speak to the lead actor, Reggie D. White who shares what it was like to portray Rustin during a transformative moment for the young activist - his ...
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Guest host Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati interviews Kelly Richards, the newly appointed President and CEO of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Richards talks about his unique journey from Police officer to librarian and the importance of libraries to the community. Richards is also the subject of the monthly feature "What is Philadelphia Reading?"
https://www.freelibrary.org/
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We begin with an interview with Tyree Wallace, who is serving a life sentence at SCI Phoenix. Wallace is the founder of MANN UP Association a peer support and empowerment group that does work both inside the walls of SCI Phoenix and on the outside. We talk about his case which has been taken up by the Innocence Project, whose investigation uncovered police misconduct and evidence that undermines the credibility of witnesses.
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We begin with an interview with Tyree Wallace, who is serving a life sentence at SCI Phoenix. Wallace is the founder of MANN UP Association a peer support and empowerment group that does work both inside the walls of SCI Phoenix and on the outside. We talk about his case which has been taken up by the Innocence Project, whose investigation uncovered police misconduct and evidence that undermines the credibility of witnesses.
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The ODUNDE Festival, the nation’s largest African American street festival, will return to South Street on Sunday, June 12, 2022. After a two-year absence due to the COVID pandemic I speak to ODUNDE CEO Oshunbumi Fernandez-West about the event the covers more than 15 blocks of vendors, displays, international cuisine, drumming and entertainment. To find out more or to register as a vender call (267) 320-4364 or go to www.odundefes...
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Democratic US Senatorial Candidate John Fetterman was hit with a stroke and atrial fibrillation on the eve of the PA Primary. What better time to raise our awareness about stroke during May Stroke Awareness Month? I speak to Dr. Deborah Crabbe, Cardiologist at Temple University Hospital and Professor at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University about warning signs of stroke, treatment and prevention.
https://www.heart.o...
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Democratic US Senatorial Candidate John Fetterman was hit with a stroke and atrial fibrillation on the eve of the PA Primary. What better time to raise our awareness about stroke during May Stroke Awareness Month? I speak to Dr. Deborah Crabbe, Cardiologist at Temple University Hospital and Professor at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University about warning signs of stroke, treatment and prevention.
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