Children on the edge: a fourth-grade poetry teacher mourns Uvalde
They were fourth graders.
Anndee Hochman is a parent. She remembers what a horrible day for schoolkids used to mean: sniffles, the dentist’s chair, lima beans for dinner. Today, she teaches fourth graders. The fourth graders who are still alive.
My comedy career was taking off, but so was my anxiety. Here’s how I learned to handle it.
Losing sleep over laughs
Christina Anthony thought she was good at coping with stress, until she discovered she wanted to be a stand-up comic.
I just saved someone’s life. It’s easy if you know how.
A crisis at the kids’ table
The world seems chaotic and hopeless, especially over the last two years. It’s easy to feel powerless in the wake of so much grief, but Roz Warren discovered that being ready to save a life really matters in the moment.
The Kimmel Cultural Campus presents the Rent 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour
Why take Gen Z to a 90s icon?
After a BSR podcast conversation between Gen X and Gen Z Rent lovers, Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer takes her teenager to experience Rent live, finding out whether Jonathan Larson speaks to a new generation.
What happens when you’re living a story that someone else handed you?
Who’s really telling your story?
The painful end of a long friendship helped teach Michelle Chikaonda about the power of owning her own story—thanks also to a return to another favorite Hamilton song.
What Walk Around Philadelphia taught me about our city’s borders—and my own
Here, there, home
Anndee Hochman’s Walk Around Philadelphia began as a refuge from the first year of the pandemic, but as her route continued into 2022, she remembered that living in Philly is a lifetime of crossings.
Why terms like “people of color” are a dangerous de-evolution of language
I am not your BIPOC
“People of color,” “BIPOC,” “Latinx,” and others have become household terms in the last five years in America. But with their origins largely ignored, these terms are becoming dangerous to the people they represent. Kyle V. Hiller considers.
Poetry at Payne Tech: Finding the words that show where you’re from
The people who write poems
Writer Anndee Hochman makes space for poetry at a New Jersey school of technology, where students prepare for a national contest, and appreciate the masks they’re tired of wearing.
How working in journalism in rural Pennsylvania opened a new perspective
Learning to serve communities better
Isabel Soisson, a Philly-bred journalist with experience working in New York City, contemplates the differences in rural America that go unspoken and why it's important to capture the whole picture.
Surviving New Year’s 2022 means finding the story that’s true for you
What Washington knew
This year, Michelle Chikaonda marked the anniversary of her father’s passing with a trip to see Hamilton in Philly, which reminded her that we can’t control life’s chaos—but we can find the right story.