September 23, 2015 | Prime Time

Prepping disadvantaged job-hunters with the look and the tools to nail that first impression

Every Thursday, Mary Campbell, a youthful and vivacious 71-year-old, arrives at Career Wardrobe on South 12th Street, usually with a box of fresh donuts from the Reading Terminal Market.

"I like the people. The staff are amazing, and the clients really want to get ahead," Campbell says. She has been volunteering for five years at the nonprofit, which provides free professional attire for low-income women.

July 30, 2015 | Prime Time

Better late than never, NJ jazz musician finds his true instrument is his own voice

Most musicians discover the one instrument that will become their trademark early in their careers. Benny Goodman's clarinet. Gene Krupa’s drums. Eric Clapton’s guitar. However, it’s been a circuitous journey for Vineland, New Jersey, native Paul Jost, 62, who didn't focus on his finest instrument — his voice — until a few years ago.

Richard Anthony (Emily Cohen/for NewsWorks)
July 21, 2015 | Prime Time

Philly 'shark tank' a matchmaker for startups and angel funding

On a recent morning, an aspiring entrepreneur stood before a panel of angel investors. He had 10 minutes to convince them that his concept was worth the $300,000 he needed to take it to the next level. In a clear, confident voice, he started to tell his story. The energy in the room was electric.

Sex educator Theresa Clark is shown in her office at ActionAIDS on Arch Street in Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)
June 30, 2015 | Prime Time

One woman's message to Philly seniors: Stay sexy

Sex is probably the one subject you don't bring up with your parents, but it's the main topic of conversation when Theresa Clark, 56, visits senior centers in Philadelphia.

Rodney Whittenberg in his Plymouth Meeting, Pa., studio. (Brad Larrison/for NewsWorks)
June 3, 2015 | Prime Time

Doc from Pa. filmmaker gives voice to trauma of first responders

The Emmy, tucked in a dark corner of Melody Vision Studio in Plymouth Meeting, is an apt metaphor for Rodney Whittenberg's humble approach to his craft. Award-winning composer of soundtracks for 33 films, musician, filmmaker and sound engineer, the 52-year-old renaissance man says, "It's all about storytelling."

May 20, 2015 | Prime Time

Bucks County's Natalie Kaye on relaunching a career and making a difference

Some people retire to Florida. Others retire to care for grandchildren or to travel the world. When Natalie Kaye of Newtown retired from her corporate career at 55, she didn’t power down. Kaye powered up!

Father Paul Morrissey walks in the Healing Garden at St. Augustine's in Philadelphia. He is the author of 'The Black Wall of Silence.' (Emma Lee/WHYY)
May 6, 2015 | Prime Time

Philly priest uses fiction to break Catholic Church's 'wall of silence'

It's Father Paul F. Morrissey's duty, as an Augustinian priest, to help relieve the pain and suffering of others. But what if the pain and suffering is within the Catholic Church itself? That is the central issue Morrissey addresses in his provocative novel, "The Black Wall of Silence."

Watsu is a combination of aquatic therapies and shiatsu massage founded by Howard Dull in the early 1980s. (Emily Cohen/for NewsWorks)
April 22, 2015 | Prime Time

Julie Angel finds healing and peace, gently down the stream

Julie Angel (her real name) is a healer. She has made a career out of helping people conquer long-held fears, get in touch with deeply buried emotions, and release themselves from stress, pain and anxiety. Her journey started with healing herself.

Elder-activist Lynne Iser has papered a wall of her home office in Mt. Airy with mementos of the many causes she has supported. (Emma Lee/WHYY)
April 8, 2015 | Prime Time

Mt. Airy elder-activist says you're never to old to change the world

Many Baby Boomers worry if their adult children and grandchildren will be financially secure after they're gone. Lynne Iser, a Mt. Airy mother of five, has more pressing concerns.

"My youngest daughter, at 21, is troubled by the larger problems of the world: the environment, climate change, racism and social injustice," says Iser. "I want to leave her a legacy, not just of wealth, but of positive change."

March 25, 2015 | Prime Time

Orlando Haddad finds Philly's bossa nova beat

Blame it on the Beatles. That's how Brazilian-born musician and composer Orlando Haddad, 61, explains his leap from Beethoven to rock.

Gwen Bailey is the executive director of Youth Service, Inc., in West Philadelphia. (Kim Paynter/WHYY)
March 13, 2015 | Prime Time

No retirement for Gwen Bailey while young moms still need her

Gwen Bailey, 64, isn't into "this retirement thing." As the executive director of Youth Service, Inc., a support service for vulnerable children and teens, Bailey plans to keep working at the same organization where she has been for 26 years. 

Marilyn MacGregor sells her prints from a wagon in Reading Terminal Market. (Emma Lee/WHYY)
February 11, 2015 | Prime Time

Capturing iconic Philadelphia, one sketch at a time

Most people see with their eyes. Marilyn MacGregor sees with her sketchbook. "I find line and color are inspirations in themselves, as are the feel of the pen in my hand and the possibilities of a clean sheet of paper."

Steve Blum, 69, got hooked on dancing in his forties. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)
January 27, 2015 | Prime Time

Dancing retiree finds it's never too late to learn some new steps

"Dancing has been really important in bringing me out of my shell and making me more open to the world around me," says Steve Blum, 69. "Dancing connects me with the joy of being playful."

Ilene Schneider likes to work at a Starbucks near her home. (Emma Lee/WHYY)
January 14, 2015 | Prime Time

Retirement is murder for this NJ rabbi

Rabbis often address troubling community issues in their sermons. Rabbi Ilene Schneider takes a different approach: She writes humorous murder mysteries. Killing with laughter is a tradition among Jewish humorists, from Woody Allen to Jon Stewart. What better way to explore the darker side of human nature?

December 17, 2014 | Prime Time

Making a difference and a new life after 35 years of marriage and kids

In 2004, Kathryn "Kitsie" Converse lost a bet. "I told friends if Bush won again I was going to Paris to be a Baguette Lady," she says. Bush won. And Converse, 63 at the time, left her home in Chestnut Hill and took off for the City of Lights.

Kati 'Jazz' Gray-Sadler (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)
December 4, 2014 | Prime Time

A live mic for LGBT Philadelphia's most disenfranchised

When Kati “Jazz” Gray-Sadler, 56, speaks to members of the LGBT community, people listen.  Not just in Philly, but around the world.  As the producer and host of LesBe Real Radio, Sadler broadcasts live twice a month on G-Town Radio, a non-profit, community, internet radio station that reaches a global audience.

Alice Dustin (Stacia Friedman/for NewsWorks)
November 17, 2014 | Prime Time

Trapeze artist Alice Dustin aging with greatest of ease

Alice Dustin, 72, likes to get high. Not on drugs or alcohol. But on the flying trapeze at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts (PSCA) in Germantown where, twice a week, the Ardmore grandmother takes aerial arts and acrobatic classes.

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