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Philly teachers protest return to classroom plan as officials wait for mediator decision

Miles Bryan and Emily Rizzo | WHYY.orgPhiladelphia teachers braved sub-freezing temperatures Monday to stage citywide protests against the school district’s attempt to bring them back to school buildings.District officials had been demanding some teachers return to school buildings Monday, ahead of a planned return of up to 9,000 young children on Feb. 22. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers had refused, citing grave concerns about the quality of ventilation in the […]

todayFebruary 9, 2021


The ‘twice as good’ rule for Black leaders brings unfair scrutiny to Danielle Outlaw

Solomon Jones | Inquirer.comIn homes that are even the least bit conscious about America’s long history of racial bias, one of many lessons Black parents teach their children is this one: You have to be twice as good to get half as much.That key verse from what I like to call “The Big Book of Black Home Trainin’” came to mind as I watched twin controversies grip the city over […]

todayFebruary 4, 2021


How the CARES Act Forgot America’s Most Vulnerable Hospitals

This story is part of the SoJo Exchange of COVID-19 stories from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems.Brianna Bailey | The FrontierA federal economic relief package passed by Congress in March promised to provide a lifeline for hospitals, particularly those in rural communities where many facilities struggled to survive even before the coronavirus pandemic.But over the past 10 months, the […]

todayFebruary 4, 2021


Did you miss a chance to say goodbye because of COVID?

WURD Radio is one of more than 20 news organizations producing Broke in Philly, a collaborative reporting project on economic mobility. Read more at or follow at @brokeinphilly.By Eugene Sonn | Resolve PhillyMonth after month, we hear report after report about how one of the more painful parts of losing a loved one to COVID is not having the chance to truly say goodbye. Sometimes the illness progresses too rapidly to even allow for a remote […]

todayFebruary 3, 2021


Big Game: WURD Radio’s Football Trivia Contest

WURD Family, beginning Monday, February 1st thru February 5th, in the 9 o'clock hour, Wake Up With WURD's Solomon Jones will be hosting the Big Game Trivia Contest brought to you by Brown’s Family ShopRite and the family business collaborative partners, Amoroso’s Bakery, Dietz and Watson, and Herr’s Snacks. Winners of the Big Game Trivia Contest will receive a $20 gift card from Brown’s Family Shoprite. Tune into 900am or […]

todayJanuary 29, 2021


The Philly Fighting COVID disaster hurts Black communities

Solomon Jones | Inquirer.comThe Philly Fighting COVID debacle, where a group of self-described “college kids” with little-to-no medical experience was given a city partnership to run a mass vaccination program, is more than a national embarrassment. It could very well worsen the Black community’s mistrust of the COVID-19 vaccine—a mistrust our community can’t afford.Having watched for months as Black people died from COVID-19 at nearly three times the rate of […]

todayJanuary 28, 2021


#WURDOnPolitics: Inauguration Day Coverage

Reality Check host, Charles Ellison, will spearhead the Inauguration coverage by providing brief  updates at the top of each show starting with Wake Up With WURD and continuing throughout the day.From 10am -11:30am Charles Ellison will do a Special Inauguration Edition of Reality Check w/ some of our prominent contributors, a few inside D.C., to talk about the meaning of the moment, what they're looking for, including Simon Clark. Simon […]

todayJanuary 20, 2021

Evening WURDs with Nick Taliaferro

The Spirit of a King: Living the Legacy of the Activist Clergyperson

NATIONAL PANELRev. Eugene Rivers, III - Anti-Gang Violence Activist; Boston MABishop Yvette Flunder - Equal Rights Activist, Womanist Theologian; Oakland CA(Contributor) Rev. Dr. William Barber - Anti-Poverty Activist; Goldsboro NCPHILADELPHIA PANELRev. Dr. Donna Jones - Cookman Beloved Community BaptistRev. Dr. Mark Kelly Tyler - Mother Bethel AMEBishop Audrey Bronson - Sanctuary Church of The Open DoorRev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller - Enon Tabernacle Baptist  THE WURD WEEKLY NEWSLETTER Black Talk […]

todayJanuary 18, 2021


Why Tech Advocates in Philadelphia Are Optimistic About 2021

Hadriana Lowenkron | The PlugThe past year has laid bare a lot of pre-existing inequities in the Philadelphia tech sector, ranging from lack of racial and gender diversity, to salary and venture capital funding disparities, among others. Yet while many individuals are quick to throw 2020 away, tech advocates have found positives in the historic year, and such accomplishments have not gone unrecognized by the city or private-sector companies — […]

todayJanuary 15, 2021


Our New Year’s Insurrection

By Sara Lomax-Reese | President & CEO of WURD RadioOn Wednesday white supremacy was on parade in full view, in all its twisted manifestations. As I watched the Capitol being stormed, I was struck by the laissez faire attitude of the police, the entitlement of the mob and the incredulity of the media commentators. The refrain: "This is not who we are," rang hollow. In fact, this is exactly who […]

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