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Do you see what you get? (Image courtesy of the author.)

Find me at the Broad Street Run

Surviving myself

What’s the line between self-destruction and survival? Who do you become when your feet hit the pavement? Kyle V. Hiller considers the Broad Street Run.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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I was always way behind. Was it my fault? (Illustration by Hannah Kaplan, for Broad Street Review.)

Why I will never join the Broad Street Run

A modest proposal for the runners

Running is something everyone can practice—right? As thousands of Philly runners get ready to take over Broad Street, Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns Illustration by Hannah Kaplan

Alaina Johnsand Illustration by Hannah Kaplan

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Remembering 'Broad Street Review' writer Naomi Orwin

Happy differences

The BSR community is hurting this week after the death of our longtime friend and contributor, Naomi Orwin. Alaina Johns remembers her.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Marginalized people have questions, and so the storm begins. Nothing was wrong till they spoke up...right? (Image via Wikimedia Commons.)

This is what white people do when people of color even dare to ask the questions

Straight to the punch

A cadre of theater artists publicly respond to Philadelphia Theatre Company’s coming season of all-white playwrights with a list of questions that many members of our community would rather not answer. Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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How many spoons do you have today? (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

Why don’t people with chronic illnesses just get a regular job?

A normal workday

The solution to my financial and medical challenges is easy… say people who aren’t living with chronic illness or disabilities. Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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What tools do you bring to your job, PR or otherwise? (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

The art of public relations: A handy guide to what not to do

The PR chronicles

If you imagine most of a writer or editor’s time is taken up by, well, writing and editing, you might be right. But dealing with unhelpful PR is a close second. Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Yep, that's me, about 12 years old, wearing a pink fanny pack and riding a giant jackalope at Wall Drug. (Photo by Alaina's parents.)

A nerd finally speaks: Why am I like this?

It’s not a phase

Here’s your shocker of the century—the editor-in-chief of BSR was never one of the cool kids. What does that mean for our mission? Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Will I die at the corner of 13th and Morris? I’m still alive—for now. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

Philly drivers are out to kill me

Where each column could be your last

You’d think that you have a greater chance of dying in a traffic accident if you’re actually driving a car instead of on your feet. Not so in Philly, where drivers won’t slow down for anything. Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Why are we so fragile? Shall I count the reasons? (Photo by Jaroslav A. Polák, via Wikimedia Commons.)

This is what white supremacy looks like

I'm complicit

It might be easy for white people to say and believe that we’re not racist, but what happens when someone calls us on the ways we’re still perpetuating white supremacy? There’s work to do. Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Ginny: Ready to go where I go. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

Four reasons getting a dog made my life better as a woman

Woman's best friend

The last several years have brought an avalanche of studies on the ways dogs can improve our health and quality of life. But does that go extra for women? Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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