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In conversation with Acel Moore

WHYY's Elizabeth Fielder recently sat down with journalist Acel Moore, who blazed a trail through Philadelphia's journalism community, to talk about the 1964 North Philadelphia riots, and their lingering effects today.

Last Updated (Friday, 29 August 2014 16:02)


The NewsWorks 6 — famous newsworthy groupings from the Philly region

The 40th anniversary next week of the Philadelphia 11 — the first women ordained as Episcopal priests — has us remembering some other prominent news stories about groups of people reduced in headlines to a number.

Last Updated (Friday, 25 July 2014 10:05)


'For Us,' composed and read by Philadelphia's youth poet laureate

I want to learn how to build with an axe
how to tear the blisters harboring splinters in my hands
for the love of something new
like a home
but I've only ever learned how to tear things down in the name of hope
in the name of love someone show me how to dance
to the songs life sings
to the seconds that the hymns from the trees
hum the symphonies flapping
inside of humming birds' wings
this is for the ones who know how badly it hurts
to hear the sounds of how freedom really rings
but cast their bells loud enough
to play songs with the stars
but still dance at the speed of light because
if you've ever gazed you know that we all stare at a sky full of ghosts
this is for love becoming hope
For the soldiers who aim high
hoping to spare their country a
death sentence of one thousand years to life
when the sting of shotgun shells becomes too heavy
for the mothers who pick them up
when they hear the pounding of their sons'
and daughters' chests against
ground because her ears have always been made of
her chest a pillow
her lap a prayer bed where the water is full of sin
but ready to turn to
wine thick and full of love on our bad days
this is for our bad days
for seeing how beautiful
a storm can be
How god can crack the sky with lightning
and stitch it back together with the rolls in his voice
let's call that thunder
let's call him clockmaker
for every hour that the
earth spends ticking on its axis telling
the tales
we cried to
laughed to together
this is for loving contradiction
for the skeptic atheist clutching a
bible in hopes that paradise is real
for holding hands with women in bloody burkas
in the name of living
this is for living
for the days we laugh at the sun
and cry in the rain
this is for us
this is for love.

Soledad Alfaro-Allah, of Mt. Airy, is Philadelphia's newest youth poet laureate. During her tenure, she will work with Philadelphia poet laureate Frank Sherlock. She will spend the summer studying for the SAT and working on her poetry. She hopes to become a neurosurgeon.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 25 June 2014 11:11)


The 10 Pennsylvania symbols you probably didn't know about

School may be out for most, but you just never stop learning. "What did you learn today?" Why, we learned that Pennsylvania has a state gun. Here's what else you didn't know about Pennsylvania's state symbols.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 04 June 2014 17:40)


One degree of separation from Haverford drug arrests a little too close for comfort

"When we think about drug criminals, we don't think of having seven mutual friends with them on Facebook." A teenager reflects on a drug bust that hits a little too close to home.

Last Updated (Friday, 02 May 2014 13:40)

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