BSR is resuming in-person and indoor coverage: what you need to know
The arts go back inside
Last summer, BSR committed to keeping our coverage all-digital or all-outdoors until we saw a significant reduction in Covid-19 risk. Now we’re ready for an update. Alaina Johns explains.
30 years in the future, one white woman honors her actions for social justice
Karen tells America
It’s Stacey Abrams Day 2051, and just like her forbears marched with Dr. King, Karen reminisces about the time she helped America finally change for the better. Kyle V. Hiller imagines.
As we line up for Covid vaccines, can we better understand chronic illness?
An infinite ache
Some folks are worried about a day or two of vaccine side effects. Others handle symptoms like pain and fatigue for their whole lives. Alaina Johns considers how the vaccination line lets us reframe chronic illness.
For MLK Day 2021, can we fight our history of miseducation in America?
The truth about unity
This MLK Day, Kyle V. Hiller considers what “unity” actually means, and the education that will get us there.
Sign up for our newsletter
All of the week's new articles, all in one place. Sign up for the free weekly BSR newsletters, and don't miss a conversation.
After the riot at the Capitol, we’re affirming what the BSR team stands for
No to white supremacy
The January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol traumatized many Americans, whether we were shocked by it, or we were seeing what we already knew to be true. Editor Alaina Johns affirms what our executive team stands for in this moment and beyond.
If you think ramps and elevators are a good idea, why not support image descriptions, too?
Getting the full picture
If you’ve been curious about why BSR is describing images in addition to captioning them, or if you want to understand why this is important, Alaina Johns has an update.
Here’s what 2020 told us about the things we deserve in America
What are we worth?
This year gave us a lot to look back on, but we prefer to ask what about this agonizing, illuminating, terrifying year we’re carrying into the future. Kyle V. Hiller and Alaina Johns consider.
What does the Sixers’ new city jersey tell us about the future of Philadelphia?
Philly love & basketball
The Sixers' unveiling of their new city jerseys came just days after election week. For Kyle V. Hiller, the two events offer a lot to debate about Philly’s identity.
#LightsOn tells Philly leaders that our arts scene won’t survive without economic relief
Budgets ask how; the arts ask why
Another COVID lockdown grips Philadelphia through the end of the year. Many arts organizations were already on a precipice. BSR seconds a campaign from the Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and Philly Culture United for crucial economic relief.
The post-election country loves Philly for its fight—but what about our cultural scene?
The arts, the vote, and Philadelphia (you’re welcome, America)
Commentators across the country all have the same long list of examples proving that Philly takes no prisoners, but these viral round-ups are missing our artistic soul. Alaina Johns considers.