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

May 7, 2021 30 min
Independence Blue Cross is honoring nurses with their Celebrate Caring Campaign. I speak with Koleen Cavanaugh, VP Marketing for IBX who tells us about the program that honors the passion and dedication of these frontline workers. I also speak to the three winners: Michelle Jackson-Ware from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia , Cookie Sanchez from BAYADA Home Health Care and Steve Footit with the Intensive Care Unit, Virtual Our...
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Independence Blue Cross is honoring nurses with their Celebrate Caring Campaign. I speak with Koleen Cavanaugh, VP Marketing for IBX who tells us about the program that honors the passion and dedication of these frontline workers. I also speak to the three winners: Michelle Jackson-Ware from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Cookie Sanchez from BAYADA Home Health Care and Steve Footit with the Intensive Care Unit, Virtual Our ...
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One of the casualties of the Philadelphia's budget cuts due to COVID was the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. The arts community and elected officials were able to work to put back some of the money, but it was less than half previously budgeted. I speak to Barbara Silzle, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund about the impact of these cuts and the critical nature of the arts in the life and economy of the city.
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The BPHL Innovation Fest Content Architect, Film Fest, and College Innovation Classic submissions are now open for creative thinkers and doers across all industries who want to showcase their ideas and vision for the future on the B. PHL stage. I speak to Michelle Histand, Director of Innovation at Independence Blue Cross.
https://www.bphlfest.com/

No matter what your age it’s likely that Alzheimer’s Disease has touched you. Whether...
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The tax deadline has been extended but it’s coming soon. The African Cultural Alliance of North America, Inc. (ACANA), in collaboration with the African Caribbean Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (ACBC), is providing free income tax preparation services to residents of Philadelphia and the surrounding Pennsylvania counties until May 17. I speak to Mamapalo Mokeyane, ACBC project manager: For more info 215-817-9887 www.acbc...
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Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati joins us for her monthly feature VLS Journeys. She speaks to Seth Pearsoll, Director of Design, Shows and Events for the PA Horticultural Society about wonderful gardens, outdoor events and pop-up restaurants sponsored by the PHS.
https://phsonline.org/

Vanesse also interviews Carole Boston Weatherford, author of Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre. Vanesse and I talk about our Moms and I interview V for th...
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This week the verdict came down in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged with killing George Floyd in an incident that sparked an uprising for racial justice and police reform. Chauvin was found guilty on all counts ahead and there are three additional officers charged with complicity in Floyd’s death. I speak with Keir Bradford Grey, formerly Philadelphia Chief Defender for the Defender Association of Phi...
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Many of us breathed a collective sigh of relief when the verdict came down in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officers charged with killing George Floyd in an incident that sparked an uprising for racial justice and police reform. Chauvin was found guilty on all counts. Sentencing will happen in the weeks ahead and there are three additional officers charged with complicity in Floyd’s death. I speak with Keir Bradf...
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I speak with Movita Johnson Harrell, founder of the anti-violence Charles Foundation about a bi coastal increase the peace event that takes place on Friday.
https://www.thecharlesfoundation.com/

First let’s talk about hunger in Philadelphia with Steve Preston –Chief Program Officer, Share Food Program, Councilwoman Katherine Gilmore Richardson and Share board member Gregory J. Allen, PhD – Founder & President, Overbrook West Nei...
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I bet you know someone directly or indirectly who is waiting for a kidney transplant, has received one or died waiting. Organ Donation is personal. I’ve lost people who were on the waiting list but didn’t get a match in time. April is National Donate Life Month which helps to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to honor those that have saved lives through the gift of donation. We bring you an exce...
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I bet you know someone directly or indirectly who is waiting for a kidney transplant, has received one or died waiting. Organ Donation is personal. I’ve lost people who were on the waiting list but didn’t get a match in time. April is National Donate Life Month which helps to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to honor those that have saved lives through the gift of donation. We bring you the unc...
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I bet you know someone directly or indirectly who is waiting for a kidney transplant, has received one or died waiting. Organ Donation is personal. I’ve lost people who were on the waiting list but didn’t get a match in time. April is National Donate Life Month which helps to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to honor those that have saved lives through the gift of donation. We bring you an exce...
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I’ll be talking about National Donate Life Month and OIC’s programs preparing workers for the jobs opening up after the pandemic. In this first half we’ll talk with Dana Dornsife, CEO of Lazarex Cancer Foundation about their Community IMPACT program in West Philadelphia which is helping underserved patients get the help they need by breaking through historic trust, economic, and communication barriers.
https://lazarex.org/

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WOAR - Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence is on mission to end sexual violence in Philadelphia. I speak to Executive Director Dr. Monique Howard about the 20th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the resources the organization offers to survivors.
https://www.woar.org/
WOAR 24 HOUR HOTLINE: 215-985-3333

There’s a terrific discussion series on race sponsored by the Barnes Foundation entitled “Facing Change.” Th...
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WOAR - Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence is on mission to end sexual violence in Philadelphia. I speak to Executive Director Dr. Monique Howard about the 20th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the resources the organization offers to survivors.
https://www.woar.org/
WOAR 24 HOUR HOTLINE: 215-985-3333

There’s a terrific discussion series on race sponsored by the Barnes Foundation entitled “Facing Change.” Th...
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Over a hundred inmates in PA Prisons have died from COVID 19. I speak to Bobby Harris, of Unincarcerated Minds about the crisis in the prison system. bobby@dignityandpowernow.org
https://www.instagram.com/unincarceratedminds/?hl=en

For folks looking to Buy Black - there's a shopping bazaar sponsored by Sistahs in Transformation on Saturday April 17th from 11 am to 3 pm. I spoke to co-founder Terri Stiegler about this vi...
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When you think about heart attacks you probably picture a guy grabbing his arm and clutching his chest. Those are typical symptoms for men – but women experiencing heart attacks and heart disease very differently. I speak to a Marybeth Nayard who shares her personal experience and what women need to know about heart disease.
https://www.goredforwomen.org/. Also, the 2021 Philadelphia Go Red for Women Digital Experience takes place...
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We live in a democracy but how many of us truly understand how our government works and how we can make government work for us? I speak to Jen Devor co-founder and President of Better Civics which creates free educational resources for community organizations including tool kits, creative campaigns, events and media to better explain how government works and encourage individuals to be more involved in civic engagement.
https://w...
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The show kicks off with our monthly segment with Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati’s VLS Journeys. Vanesse interviews the legendary poet Sonia Sanchez about her latest book of poetry SONIA SANCHEZ COLLECTED POEMS and her favorite authors.
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Suave Gonzalez was a 17 year old juvenile tried as an adult for a robbery turned shooting that resulted in the 1986 death of 13 year old Danny Martinez in Philadelphia. He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. But the course of a life can turn on a dime and that dime was Broadcaster Maria Hinojosa, who had been invited to speak at Graterford Prison. What started as a brief conversation led to nearly three decad...
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