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.
I won’t recover in the dark: People with bipolar deserve to be seen
Mental illness isn’t a punchline
Editor Alaina Johns is taking a few weeks off to focus on treating her bipolar disorder, with the support of the BSR team. Here’s why it’s important to talk about this.
The Weekly Roundup: A 2021 retrospective
Contemplating some of this year’s favorite BSR stories
Kyle V. Hiller writes about some of his favorite stories published by BSR this year in the final weekly roundup of the year while contemplating 2022 and beyond.
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.
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What Netflix’s short-lived Cowboy Bebop teaches us about chance
The real remake blues
Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the classic anime feels like a missed opportunity, but it might be teaching us a lesson about how we share and create for ourselves. Kyle V. Hiller considers.
Racism and my nice small town newspaper
Stuck in the genteel
A local news outlet in Swarthmore shows us how not to cover a community and the dangers of appealing to a section of an audience that dances around its own racism. Amy Beth Sisson considers.
Decades after childhood, is it too late to learn how to play?
Are we having fun yet?
Anndee Hochman considers her decades-long journey of finding what it means to play, integrating play into life, and the life lessons learned from a year of "fun" prompts from friends.
Saving the kindness supply chain
Life in 2021 is hard for everyone—are you making it harder?
Almost two years into a pandemic, life in 2021 is tough for almost everyone. Roz Warren says that every day, you have a chance to make it better—or worse.
Philly’s Protect the Artist protestors take their demands to the Walnut’s opening night
A new opening scene
After a summer of protest and invitations to dialogue that went ignored by the Walnut Street Theatre, Protect the Artist organizers took their message to the Walnut’s 2021 opening night. Wendy Rosenfield was there.
Philadelphia rally speakers warn that the battle for abortion rights is coming to Pennsylvania
Reproductive justice matters to our cultural sector
All eyes are on the Supreme Court this week, taking up cases including one that could overturn the constitutional right to an abortion. What does Philly think about that? Alaina Johns attended the rally.