Philadelphia Community Podcast

WDAS (WDAS-FM)

Each week, Loraine Ballard Morrill speaks to community leaders and groups in the Philadelphia region about topics affecting our local communities and upcoming events. Insight airs Sunday on WDAS FM 6-7 am and 7-7:30 am on Power 99. What's Going On airs Sundays on Q102, ALT 104.5, and 1480 Breakthrough Radio. read less
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What's Going On:Addressing Philly's Most Dangerous Roads, Philadelphia's Cultural Treasures, "Marian Anderson Hall"
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What's Going On:Addressing Philly's Most Dangerous Roads, Philadelphia's Cultural Treasures, "Marian Anderson Hall"
One of the most important moments in the early history of the civil rights movement was the performance by opera star and Philadelphian Marian Anderson. Anderson performed at the Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 1939 and this concert became iconic because it was arranged after Anderson was denied permission to perform at Constitution Hall by the daughters of the American Revolution due to her race. Now history is being made again when the Kimmel Cultural Campus will rename Verizon Hall - Marian Anderson Hall. I speak to Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center President and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky. https://www.ensembleartsphilly.org/The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in collaboration with The Barra Foundation, Neubauer Family Foundation, William Penn Foundation, and Wyncote Foundation announced today $1,010,000 in grants to support 39 Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-led organizations and artists through the Philadelphia’s Cultural Treasures (PCT) funding initiative. The grants are designed to resource projects that position Greater Philadelphia’s BIPOC creative community for enduring success. I speak to Barbara Wong, Director of Creative Communities at William Penn Foundation and Daniel de Jesús, he/they, Director of Music Education & Community Relations at Artistas y Músicos Latinoamericanos (AMLA).https://www.pewcenterarts.org/pctprojectgrantswww.philadelphiasculturaltreasures.orghttps://www.amla.org/But first - some Philly streets are among the most dangerous in the state...but there’s relief ahead. I’m joined by City Councilmember at Large and Whip Isaiah Thomas who shares information about new speed cameras which will be installed in along five high speed corridors in Philadelphia to promote safer streets. Citizens will have an opportunity to provide input on the location of these speed cameras by going to www.phlcouncil.com/safestreets.
Insight Pt. 2: Addressing Philly's Most Dangerous Roads, Philadelphia's Cultural Treasures, "Marian Anderson Hall"
2d ago
Insight Pt. 2: Addressing Philly's Most Dangerous Roads, Philadelphia's Cultural Treasures, "Marian Anderson Hall"
One of the most important moments in the early history of the civil rights movement was the performance by opera star and Philadelphian Marian Anderson. Anderson performed at the Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 1939 and this concert became iconic because it was arranged after Anderson was denied permission to perform at Constitution Hall by the daughters of the American Revolution due to her race. Now history is being made again when the Kimmel Cultural Campus will rename Verizon Hall - Marian Anderson Hall. I speak to Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center President and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky. https://www.ensembleartsphilly.org/The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in collaboration with The Barra Foundation, Neubauer Family Foundation, William Penn Foundation, and Wyncote Foundation announced today $1,010,000 in grants to support 39 Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-led organizations and artists through the Philadelphia’s Cultural Treasures (PCT) funding initiative. The grants are designed to resource projects that position Greater Philadelphia’s BIPOC creative community for enduring success. I speak to Barbara Wong, Director of Creative Communities at William Penn Foundation and Daniel de Jesús, he/they, Director of Music Education & Community Relations at Artistas y Músicos Latinoamericanos (AMLA).https://www.pewcenterarts.org/pctprojectgrantswww.philadelphiasculturaltreasures.orghttps://www.amla.org/But first - some Philly streets are among the most dangerous in the state...but there’s relief ahead. I’m joined by City Councilmember at Large and Whip Isaiah Thomas who shares information about new speed cameras which will be installed in along five high speed corridors in Philadelphia to promote safer streets. Citizens will have an opportunity to provide input on the location of these speed cameras by going to www.phlcouncil.com/safestreets.
What's Going On: Teach for America, If I Can Quit, So Can You, Philly Keep on Loving Campaign
16-02-2024
What's Going On: Teach for America, If I Can Quit, So Can You, Philly Keep on Loving Campaign
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s IF I CAN QUIT, SO CAN YOU campaign is designed to stop tobacco-use among all smokers, but particularly those in high-risk groups including:● Those in recovery from substance use, including opioid use● Pregnant or new moms ● Identify as LGBTQIA+● Individuals who work at places where tobacco use and exposure are high (e.g., food service, hospitality industry, trade professions, etc.)● Active duty members and veterans of the armed forces Hispanic and Latino communitiesI speak to Ryan Coffman, Tobacco Policy and Control Program Manager, Philadelphia Department of Public Health about the campaign that features real Philadephia who are former smokers to encourage and inspire other Philadelphians to quit. Coffman also discusses the resources available including the PA Free Quitline 1-800-QUIT-NOW. When it comes to HIV and AIDS, we can get to zero infections, zero deaths and zero stigma. at the beginning of this pandemic - that hope seemed impossible but with the advent of new drugs that greatly reduce the chance of HIV infection among the sexually active - maybe this dream is possible through the use of PrEP – a regular treatment that reduces the risk of HIV up to 99 percent. I speak to local musician Sug Daniels who is supporting the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s efforts to offer free and confidential HIV testing, free PrEP, and other resources— to help combat AIDS and Javontae Lee Williams, Prevention Program manager for the division of HIV Health for the Department of Public Health. Find out more at Philly Keep on Loving campaign and to hear music by Sug Daniels go to https://www.sugdaniels.com/ There are few jobs more critical to the future of our children and our country than teachers. but it’s been more challenging than ever for those in the profession. Teach for America is working to provide a pathway to teaching. Anna Shurak, Executive Director, Teach For America – Philadelphia talks about their program’s efforts to train the next generation of teachers.Website and social media handles and tags teachforamerica.org/greater-philadelphia Instagram: @tfaphillyphamX: @tfaphillypham FB: https://www.facebook.com/TFAGreaterPhilly/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/teach-for-america-greater-philadelphia/
What's Going On: Conversation on Love, A Singing Valentine with the Pine Barons Chorus
02-02-2024
What's Going On: Conversation on Love, A Singing Valentine with the Pine Barons Chorus
Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to expressing love and affection between intimate companions. So what better time to have a conversation about Love? Conversation on Love: Messy love, self-love, crazy love, unconventional love -- the whole shebang features a panel of award-winning authors with books on love who will discuss what love is, where to find it, and what you need to do and have to make love great with authors Amy Ferris, Melissa Giberson, Jill Sherer Murray, and Lu Ann Cahn at The Doylestown Bookshop Tuesday, February 13th, 2024, at 6:00 PM. I speak to panelist Jill Sherer Murray. Books by the authors will be available for sale at the event, click here for more information:https://www.doylestownbookshop.com/.../conversation-love... https://www.letgoforit.com/ If you want a very unique and delightful Valentine’s day present – you might consider a singing Valentine with the Pine Barrons Barbershop Quartet. I speak to Eric Herr Eric Herr – Baritone Marketing and PR for Cherry Hill Pine Barons Chorus. Eric and Gary Holberg Bass – Members of the Pine Barons along with Jonah Levinson and Dylan Wallack – from the Balance Quartet give us a preview of some of the songs they perform. Reservations are available February 10-14. Call 856-246-5066 or visit www.pinebarons.org Finally in advance of valentine’s day – a excerpt from an interview I did with my husband seven years ago and four years before we married - about how we met. In this segment we talk about what it takes to make a relationship work.