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Getting Schooled: How the Next Mayor will shape Philadelphia’s Educational Landscape

While many education forums have focused on policy, WURD’s listeners wanted to know what the candidates to be Philadelphia’s next mayor would do about issues that don’t get as much attention. By Denise Clay-Murray For many Philadelphians, the most important issue that the city’s next mayor will have to deal with is education. From schools being closed due to asbestos to students being victimized by gun violence going to or […]

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Business & Technology

The Best of Philly Innovation

By: Alesia Bani | The PlugOver the course of the last year, I have had the opportunity to cover my hometown, the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. The Plug chose to focus on Philadelphia to highlight the abundance of excellence emerging from the city’s burgeoning Black tech and innovation ecosystem.These are a few of my favorite stories:Why are Black Founders Headquartering Their Startups in Philadelphia?This is one of the first […]

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The State of Philadelphia Plus Estate Planning 101

Local: Shawn Mooring, head of Philadelphia programs for The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, joined Wake Up With WURD's Solomon Jones to talk about the survey that asked citizens about their views on the state of the city of Philadelphia. Environment: Russell Hicks from POWER Climate, Justice and Jobs; Ayana Bradshaw, executive director of health promotion services at PHMC; and Mathy Stanislaus from The Environmental Collaboratory at Drexel University joined […]

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Dionne Warwick, The Colored Girls Museum and More to Celebrate Women’s History Month!

This past Wednesday, Mar. 8 was International Women's Day. To celebrate, we wanted to take a look back at some recent interviews with extraordinary women. Music: Legendary singer, actress and television host Dionne Warwick and her son, multi-platinum record producer Damon Elliott joined Wake Up With WURD's Solomon Jones to talk about "HITS! The Musical,” in which they are both co-producers. Arts: Vashti DuBois is a social practice artist, […]

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Joanna McClinton Makes History Plus Abbott Elementary talks Mural Arts

ICYMI: Here’s a roundup of the biggest topics of conversation last week on WURD Radio.Politics: Newly elected Pennsylvania Speaker of the House State Rep. Joanna McClinton joined Reality Check to discuss being the first woman to win Speaker of the House in the 341-year history of the Pennsylvania Assembly. Arts: Jane Golden is the executive director of Mural Arts Philadelphia. She joined Wake Up With WURD's Solomon Jones to talk […]

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What’s Going On with Temple University? Plus How to Build Your Credit Score

Education: Temple University President Jason Wingard joined Wake Up With WURD's Solomon Jones to talk about the school's latest news including the killing of Officer Chris Fitzgerald, safety concerns and how the Temple community will move forward as they deal with grief. Politics: Seth Anderson-Oberman and incumbent Councilmember Cindy Bass joined Solutions host Amadee Braxton to discuss their campaigns for the 8th district seat in Philadelphia City Council. […]

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Race & Diaspora

Philly Fighters: Six Black Leaders Who Created Change in Our City

Philadelphia is the birthplace of America. Home to the constitutional convention, the City has a history deeply entrenched in this country's founding and its governing laws and rules. However, these principles dedicated to life and liberty have often only been applied to a select few, leaving many behind, especially Black Americans.The paradox of a country defined by freedom yet still enslaving people and limiting their human rights inspired numerous movements […]

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An App for Gun Violence Prevention Plus Save Thousands on Healthcare Costs

ICYMI: Here’s a roundup of the biggest topics of conversation last week on WURD Radio. Anti-Violence: Mazzie Casher, co-founder and executive director of Philly Truce, joined Evening WURDs to talk about how his mobile app and organization are helping to prevent gun violence among young Philadelphians. Education: Dr. Tony Watlington Sr. is the superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia. He joined The Source to talk about his tenure […]

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School Funding Deemed Unconstitutional Plus Beyoncé Stays Winning

ICYMI: Here’s a roundup of the biggest topics of conversation last week on WURD Radio. Education: Philadelphia City Councilmember Cindy Bass joined Wake Up With WURD's Solomon Jones to talk about the Commonwealth Court's ruling declaring Pennsylvania's current system of school funding unconstitutional. Local Politics: Eddie Graham is the President of the Cheltenham Area Branch NAACP. He joined The Source to discuss his resignation from the Springfield Township Board […]

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Revolutionary Romances

“The word ‘love’ is most often defined as a noun, yet all the more astute theorists of love acknowledge that we would all love better if we used it as a verb.”  ~bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions, 1999 With the Eagles’ heartbreaking loss this weekend, it feels like this Valentine’s Day appeared out of nowhere. All sorrow aside, today is the day to celebrate the people we love. […]

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