Author: Charles Ellison

The City installed speed cameras along a deadly stretch of Roosevelt Boulevard this week. Is it Black and Brown Philadelphians, WURD’s afternoon host wonders, who will pay for them? The Philadelphia Parking Authority’s decision to test speed cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard is in many ways a sensible thing to do. After all, the notoriously deadly […]

Arguably the biggest difference between the 2016 presidential election and now in 2020 — minus impeachment and general angst over the current Tweetalomaniac residing in the White House — is that candidates are finally having a national conversation on K–12 education. The Democratic party went so far as to dedicate a forum to it (one Saturday night when […]

Some might say Philadelphia feted its new City Council, re-elected mayor and other political luminaries in proper Broad Street-style at the Met on Monday. Some might say they could have done away with all the pomp and just carried out the ceremony at City Hall. But, one thing most seem to agree on is that […]

Not that she had much Black voter support while in it, but others did make gains once she left Since no one else is going to look at it, we’ll do it. Two of the latest major 2020 Democratic nomination polls offer us a glimpse in to sudden shifts in the primary landscape after the […]

Philly Thrive activists, filling up seats in yellow shirts along the red velvet carpeting of Philadelphia City Council’s main chamber Thursday, felt a bit cheated. What had originally started out as a much more strongly worded resolution on the future of the shuttered Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery site—authored by outgoing Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown—ended up […]

Charles Ellison, host of ecoWURD radio on WURD’s Reality Check, presents the ecoWURD Food Lab.  In this installment, experts discuss the widespread and very localized impacts of climate change and crisis on food insecurity.  ecoWURD Food Lab is a weekly exercise on Reality Check, in partnership with Resolve Philadelphia and Broke in Philly (a project of Resolve), to spotlight food insecurity and how […]

The shootout with city police yesterday was in a struggling stretch of North Philly that has too often seen violence. WURD’s afternoon host wonders if now the neighborhood will get some help As worried Philadelphians and the world were gripped by images of a fierce, 8-hour standoff of gun battles and crouching police, many Philadelphians […]

Climate change, the environment, pollution, air and water are all ‘hot’ topics. Environmentalists are exploring new ways to save our planet and agencies are putting a lot of time and money into discovering solutions to what could be one of the most detrimental problems of our future.    For a little over a year, ecoWURD, [...]

If there’s anything the past two years should have taught us is that the American public should be a bit more imaginative when it comes to its politics. These days, anything goes. Anything is possible in an election and in battles over Supreme Court nominees, too. We should have long ago thrown out the conventional […]


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