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Commonspace, a collaboration by WHYY and First Person Arts, shares remarkable true stories that speak to the pressing issues of our time. Whatever tomorrow’s news cycle may bring, we’ll be here with real life stories to put it all into context. This Commonspace is your springboard for processing today’s headlines, and feeling a bit more connected to the world.
||CleanLook For the Helpers||Natural disasters are a devastating part of life worldwide. In the face of catastrophe, who takes the lead to help?||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGen. R(esilient)||Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg’s work at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia centers on building resilience in kids. But how do you teach resilience to a child with a weak support system or traumatic past?||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHaunted||Storytellers reminisce about prevailing over troubling childhood moments— and look to the next generation of courageous kids.||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Path of Peace Resistance||Cathie Berrey Green has participated in large and small-scale protests since she was 16. In a time of great political anxiety, what can people learn from her? Step one: keep your cool.||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanApp-tivism||Is “slacktivism” real political action, or just feel-good futility? Jumping into political activism can be intimidating and time consuming, but utilizing civic-minded technology is a great place to start. One app helps people stay informed and in co||9/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat We’ve Gained & What We’ve Lost||In every Philadelphia neighborhood, the social and architectural history from past generations is still visible. It fills residents with a sense of place and home. But what happens when the old family grocery store is scrapped for a […]||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWon’t You Be My Neighbor?||The debate surrounding gentrification continues in cities across America, including Philadelphia. PlanPhilly reporter Jim Saksa provides context for this debate.||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGentrified||Is it revitalization or displacement? Hear true stories of the real impact of gentrification.||8/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow much to tell||It takes courage to transform a personal experience into a performance story. That’s what we like about these three risk-taking story tellers.||7/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWoke||What does it mean to be "woke?" Are YOU woke?||7/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIt’s Not Easy Being “B”||Bisexuality is neither a fad nor a statement–it’s an identity. Two bisexual people of color talk about their experiences and the complications brought on by society’s discomfort about anything having to do with gender, sexuality and race.||7/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWholeheartedly Trans||Love is hard to find at any time, so what are the chances of a transgender marriage commitment? A trans couple opens up about their journey.||6/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGay Pride and Prejudice||Parades are celebrating LGBTQ rights around the country. More visibility has increased recognition of gay communities as integral parts of American life. But not for everyone; some still view them with contempt - even aggression and outright violen.||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLike Father, Like Son?||Edwin Desamour used to share a prison cell with his father. But today, he’s created a new legacy for his own sons.||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho’s Your Daddy?||From a cowboy with a secret obsession to a dad called “Mom,” fathers and children share unexpected and heartfelt stories all about dads.||5/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeachers! Why Do They Do It?||Taking a cue from memories about the best and the worst teachers they had, these educators talk about the emotional costs and rewards of working with students – and the reasons they continue to do it.||5/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Superbowl to Superintendent||It takes a tough teacher to rise to the level of superintendent. Dr. William Hite talks about his early dreams of football stardom, and the mentors, teachers and students who changed his course. In charge of 300 schools, […]||5/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeachers Tell All||Being a teacher takes passion and compassion…but a sense of humor certainly helps.||4/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrain Matters: Reality with a Twist||What do an obsessive hand washer, a biting job applicant, and a kid hiding under his school desk have in common? Five storytellers get real about their mental health.||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrain Matters: How to Help||Motivated by her own mother’s suicide, Meaghon Reid has dedicated her career to mental health training in the workplace. Learn how to spot signs of distress, provide support, reduce stigma, and how we’re all equipped to make a […]||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrain Matters: Women of Color||A doctor and a social worker talk candidly about mental health experiences that are unique to women of color.||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanImmigrants: Home of the Brave||Dare to dream the American dream? Real stories bring to life the bravery, sacrifice, and hope that has defined every wave of US immigration—including, most likely, those of your ancestors.||2/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanImmigrants: Of Thee I Sing||Borders can’t contain the creative spirit of our cultures. From blues to punk, Irish ballads to hip hop, and much more, hear how where we come from breathes new life into art through immigrant music and poetry.||2/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanImmigrants: Painting the Journey||Visual artist Michelle Angela Ortiz celebrates to her family’s immigrant roots by lifting up immigrant narratives in vivid murals across Philadelphia.||2/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeing a Black Man: It’s a Full Time Job||A veteran, doctor, educator, and professional football player share what it’s really like being a black man in America today.||1/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeing a Black Man: Father Figures||Jamie J’s father murdered her mother. Hear how Jamie J’s relationships with her father and grandfather – one tragic, one loving – shaped her interactions with other black men in her life.||1/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeing a Black Man: Preach||The power of preachers reaches beyond the pulpit, and into their communities.||1/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThis is Commonspace||Introducing Commonspace! Commonspace shares remarkable true stories that speak to the pressing issues of our time.||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Much Needed Program!
This is a great show! Thank you.
just what we need now!
It's great to have a show that really explores these topics in-depth, and doesn't just do a 'drive-by' on such important issues. We are being bombarded with so much news - and so much BAD news - these days, it's nice to have a show that takes the time to really dive into the topics, and show so many facets of them.
Nothing Like It!
I'm a huge fan of storytelling podcasts, and I have to say, Commonspace is wonderful! This concept of tying headlines with real life stories is really original. The news can feel so distant, negative, and frankly overwhelming. In these turbulent times, it's so great to have this reminder that behind every headline is a personal experience, and that we're all in this together. Thanks Commonspace!