This week on WURD: Schools and COVID-19, James Mtume and Sidney Poitier

Written by on January 14, 2022

ICYMI: Here’s a roundup of the biggest topics of conversation this week on WURD Radio.

Sidney Poitier’s Impact: Tim Gordon is editor-in-chief of FilmGordon, WETA’s Around Town critic, Film Capo of WAFCA and host of “Keeping It Reel with FilmGordon,” He spoke on Wake Up With WURD about the legacy of Sidney Poitier.

Schools and COVID-19: Councilmember Helen Gym joined WUWW to discuss ensuring a safe return to in-person learning. Otis Hackney, chief education officer for the city of Philadelphia, also joined the show to talk about signing up for free internet access through PHL ConnectED for students. 

Voting Rights: Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro spoke on the show about his voting rights plan, the importance of defending democracy and his plans for the governorship.

Fossil Fuels: Adam Nagel, campaign manager for PennFuture in Philadelphia, joined Reality Check to discuss legislative efforts in Harrisburg that would preempt a municipality’s ability to transition away from fossil fuels, as well as the recent PGW diversification study and the path forward. 

COVID News: Dr. Sarun Charumilind, MSc, is a partner with McKinsey & Company. He spoke with show host Charles Ellison about pandemic risk mitigation and adaptation. LCDR Carlisha Gentles, a commissioned officer of the U.S. Public Health Service, also discussed the latest pandemic news. 

Professor Under Fire: Philadelphia City Councilmember At-Large David Oh joined Evening WURDS’ Nick Taliaferro to discuss the inflammatory comments of Penn professor Amy Wax and their racist undertones. 

Remembering Mtume: Award-winning writer and artist Bill Jolly joined the show to reflect on the career of James Mtume. 

Self-Care 101: Lakisha Anthony spoke on CrossWURDZ about sustaining your mental health and offered tips on how to prioritize self and ensure you are mentally in a good place. 

The Influence of Youth Pastors: Bishop Dwayne Royster and Kala J spoke on CrossWURDZ about how congregations can help with social justice, plus how Royster thinks youth pastors can play a big part in the new social movements. 

Coming to the Mic: Tia Shanae joined the show to talk about her residency in Atlantic City and her upcoming album.


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