Welcome to Northwest Philly Neighbors, where we meet the people of northwest Philadelphia and hear their engaging stories.
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Season 1 Wrap
Thanks for listening in Season 1 — stay tuned for more great stories in Season 2.
Alex Burns - Transporting Audiences with Vibrant Classic Theater (part 2)
Lively behind-the-scenes stories of building a full production — planning, casting, design, special effects, rehearsals, previews — of a classic play few theaters have the ambition to tackle.
Alex Burns - Transporting Audiences with Vibrant Classic Theater (part 1)
Quintessence Theater Group stages classic plays, with dynamic, innovative productions always true to the heart of the story. Artistic Director Alex Burns gives us a rich inside view.
Dave Gillies - Juggler and Wire Walker (part 2)
Adventures in wire walking on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), living in a mansion central to the dynamic Philly circus arts community, and more.
Dave Gillies - Juggler and Wire Walker (part 1)
Great stories from 45 years of connecting with people through circus arts.
Keith Russell - Birds, Community, and Saving Wild Places in the City
With a lifelong passion for birds, Keith has connected countless people with nature and sparked the saving of two priceless wild places in the city.
Voices of the Village Fair
16 people (ages 8 to 73) sat down to tell a story at the Mt Airy Village Fair, and their stories spanned the spectrum from poignant to entertaining, informative to funny.
Shameka Sawyer - Coaching Aspiring Filmmakers
Every year Shameka leads 5-10 aspiring filmmakers through all phases of creating a short film. She gives us a fascinating inside view.
John Janick - Transforming His Yard and Yours With Native Plants (to save our food supply)
Crucial pollinators like bees and butterflies are disappearing but John helps restore them — with his native plant nursery, neighbors’ yards, and inspiring know-how.
Elizabeth Vander Veer Shaak - Bowmaker and Violin Shop Proprietor
Captivating stories from the world of violins and bows — and the players, makers, and community that enrich it.
Lori Tharps - An Upbeat Voice for Multiracial Equality
With her books, podcast, blog, and articles, Lori leads people to think and act differently around issues of race and color.
Joel Fish - Sport Psychologist
Engaging stories from decades of helping athletes (kids to pros) work through challenges on and off the field.
Kittura Dior - Empowering Small Business Owners, Plus Caribbean & Family Stories
Hear about the free, innovative “Power Up” program where small business owners make strides learning from experts, peers, and coaches — plus evocative stories of life in the Caribbean, selling high-end jewelry, and her rich family history in Mt Airy.
Yvonne Haskins - Lifelong Civic Contributor and Community Builder
Don’t miss these rich stories! Through 81 years of life, career reinventions, and volunteer projects, Yvonne homes in on key community issues and brings people together to tackle them.
Tracy Ulstad - Defending Death Row Inmates
If the state is truly threatening to take a defendant’s life, Tracy is their best hope.
Amy Ignatow - Author and Illustrator
Colorful Mt Airy author and illustrator Amy Ignatow creates pithy, funny, adventurous books for middle-grade kids (secretly enjoyed by grownups too).
Nina Berryman - Urban Farm Manager
The joys and challenges of coaxing food from the earth with a community of allies in the country's sixth largest city.