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This week on WURD: Philly’s $6 billion annual budget, access to abortion pills, unveiling the artistic achievements of Black Americans since the Emancipation Proclamation

Mayor Cherelle Parker joined Wake Up With WURD with Solomon Jones and addressed concerns with the $6 billion budget that passed this week and the open-air drug market in Kensington. Parker talks about stricter enforcement on the streets in July, the banned Fairmount triage center and the capacity for those seeking treatment and rehab. Jen Klein is Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Gender Policy Council. […]

todayJune 13, 2024


Paid family leave draws bipartisan support as good for the economy, but some oppose cost, lost control

This story first appeared in How We Care, a weekly newsletter by Spotlight PA featuring original reporting and perspectives on how we care for one another at all stages of life. Sign up for free here.Written by Sarah Boden| Spotlight PAAlana Griffin was employed and on maternity leave when she and her infant son moved into a Tampa, Florida, women’s shelter in 2012.The Pittsburgh native, who had recently left her […]

todayJune 8, 2024


Nurse practitioners say they could ease rural health care shortage with more authority, but doctors say it won’t work

Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit newsroom producing investigative and public-service journalism that holds power to account and drives positive change in Pennsylvania. Sign up for our free newsletters.Written by Stephen Caruso of Spotlight PA and Marley Parish of Spotlight PA State College | Spotlight PA.HARRISBURG — Joyce Knestrick can independently give physical exams, diagnose health conditions, prescribe select medications, and make referrals as a nurse practitioner at […]

todayJune 8, 2024


Ideas We Should Steal: Free Childcare for Women’s Health

This piece originally ran in The Philadelphia Citizen. Sign up for The Citizen’s newsletter for more civic-minded solutions journalism in your inbox. Written by Courtney DuChene | The Philadelphia Citizen.Patricia Bustillos works part-time cleaning offices, volunteers at a community advocacy group — and is often called on to care for her two youngest grandchildren, both infants, one who is only six weeks old. It’s no wonder the mother of four children and grandmother to nine […]

todayJune 7, 2024


This week on WURD: Two officers recall the trauma on Jan. 6 insurrection, Trump’s Georgia Case Halted Amid Fani Willis Scrutiny, investigating a Haitian Ponzi scheme

Harry Dunn and Aquilino Gonell, officers who were assaulted during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, shared their experiences on Evening WURDs with Dr. James Peterson. They shed light on the trauma inflicted by rioters and their efforts to prevent Donald Trump's presidential re-election.Dr. Amra Sabic-El-Rayess, an associate professor at Columbia University's Teacher’s College and survivor of the 1992-95 Bosnian Genocide, joined Andrea Lawful-Sanders on The Source. She recounted her own survival […]

todayJune 6, 2024


This week on WURD: Trump found guilty on 34 charges, Biden-Harris Philadelphia rally for Black voters, SEPTA “bus revolution” changes for commuters

Attorney Michael Coard and Philadelphia City Commissioner Omar Sabir break down the conviction of former President Donald Trump, who was found guilty on 34 charges of falsifying financial documents. They discussed what the conviction means and the possible outcomes for Trump. General Manager of WURD Radio Ashanti Martin was featured on Evening WURDs with Dr. James Peterson and discussed President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ recent trip to […]

todayMay 30, 2024


This week on WURD: Philadelphia’s first Reparations Task Force meeting, Missy Elliott launches first headlining tour, how Diddy’s domestic abuse impacts victims

Sara M. Lomax, President and CEO of WURD Radio, hosted a special edition of Evening WURDs titled "WURD on Health and Healing" featuring leading experts in women's health. Topics ranged from maternity care to physical fitness and practices of healthy well-being. Mona Scott-Young is the manager of Missy Elliott’s first headline tour, kicking off in July. She joined Reality Check with Tonya Pendleton to talk about the star-studded line-up which […]

todayMay 23, 2024


Costs for Pa. prison system are soaring despite facility closures, putting officials in the hot seat

Danielle Ohl of Spotlight PA Photo credit: Commonwealth Media Services Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit newsroom producing investigative and public-service journalism that holds power to account and drives positive change in Pennsylvania. Sign up for our free newsletters. HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections wants more than $300 million in next year’s budget despite a declining population of incarcerated people and the recent closure of two […]

todayMay 21, 2024


This week on WURD: A history of protest movements in Philadelphia, A controversial triage center proposed in Fairmount, NAACP endorsement of 76 Place at Market East slammed 

Amadee Braxton and Brother Shomari co-moderated on Evening WURDs with Dr. James Peterson to contextualize protests past and present with a cohort of community experts. Councilmember Jeffery Young condemned Mayor Parker Administration's proposed triage center in Fairmount. He detailed on Wake Up With WURD with Solomon Jones the residents disapproval to in-take Kensington’s encampment population. Bishop Dwayne Royster is the Executive Director of POWER Interfaith and member of the Save Chinatown Coalition. He joined Reality […]

todayMay 16, 2024


This week on WURD: Sen. Casey on Kensington and the Israel-Hamas war, Mike Africa Jr. runs for MOVE bombing victims, Leon portrays historic Blues musician

Senator Bob Casey spoke on Wake Up With WURD with Solomon Jones about President Biden’s announcement to stop sending artillery to Israel if it continues to target Rafah. Casey also spoke about the recent “encampment resolution” in Kensington. Mike Africa Jr. is the son of two political prisoners of the MOVE organization. He spoke to Solomon Jones about embarking on 13 half marathons until 2025 to commemorate each victim of the 1985 […]

todayMay 10, 2024



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