LISTEN: Meet the Retired Black Cop Who Became a Whistleblower

Rochelle Bilal, President of the Guardian Civic League, details allegations of racism and corruption at the Philadelphia Police Department. Photography by C. Norris © 2017

The season finale of Pushback, the podcast co-produced by Philly Mag and WURD, is now available. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, or check it out below.

Among the Philadelphians who would be least surprised by recent allegations of racism in the Philadelphia Police Department is Rochelle Bilal, an outspoken black woman and civil-rights advocate who, upon joining the police academy in the mid-1980s, claims to have encountered “true, straight-up racism.” Read more »

LISTEN: Did Philly Democrats Commit Voter Fraud in the 197th District?

Cheri Honkala at a press conference in 2016. Photo by Matt Rourke/AP

The latest episode of Pushback, the podcast co-produced by Philly Mag and WURD, is now available. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, or check it out below.

U.S. Representative Bob Brady, who has been the head of Philadelphia’s Democratic Party for three decades, has been besieged this summer with allegations that he bribed a political opponent in 2012 to drop a would-be primary challenge against him.

But a swirl of corruption accusations around Brady is nothing new. In fact, an ongoing federal lawsuit pits Brady’s party apparatus against plaintiffs asserting that there was election fraud in a special election to fill a seat in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives. Read more »

LISTEN: A Philly Rapper Who Lost 45 Friends to Gun Violence

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The latest episode of Pushback, the podcast co-produced by Philly Mag and WURD, is now available. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, or check it out below.

ARSIN, a well-known Philadelphia rapper (born Vinte Clemons), has many memories — and a lot of nightmares — from his hardscrabble beginnings in West Philly. The neighborhood where he was raised, The Bottom — originally called The Black Bottom, and later, colloquially, known simply as Da Bottom — was known for drugs and violence. “I put it on the map. It’s just like Compton,” ARSIN says. “A lot of people hadn’t heard of Compton until NWA came out.” Read more »

LISTEN: Chief Philadelphia Public Defender Slams Racial Disparities in Marijuana Arrests

Keir Bradford-Grey

The latest episode of Pushback, the podcast co-produced by Philly Mag and WURD, is now available. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, or check it out below.

When progressive billionaire George Soros tried to lure Keir Bradford-Grey into running for district attorney in Philadelphia earlier this year, she passed up the opportunity. Bradford-Grey had unfinished business in her current role: The chief defender at the Philadelphia Defenders Association is also a self-described activist who, in her own words, is hell-bent on reducing racial bias in the criminal-justice system.

“I am never going to be OK with people being oppressed by this system and being marginalized. That will never sit well with me. … It’s not in my DNA,” says Bradford-Grey on the most recent episode of Pushback, a social-justice podcast available on iTunes that’s produced by Philadelphia magazine and WURD Radio. Pushback profiles those in Philly — and beyond — who push back on oppression, injustice, and inequity. Read more »

Mayor Jim Kenney Is Featured in the Debut Episode of “Pushback”

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Philadelphia magazine and WURD Radio, who collaborated on a special podcast for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January, have announced they’re teaming up for a new podcast series.

“Pushback,” which debuts on March 16th, will focus on social justice in Philadelphia and beyond. The series is hosted by Christopher “Flood the Drummer” Norris, CEO of Techbook Online and regular contributor to WURD, and Malcolm Burnley, a writer-at-large for Philly Mag. The debut episode features an exclusive interview with Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney, who talks about the need for resistance and vigilance in response to many of the policies coming from the Trump administration. Read more »

LISTEN: Philly Mag and 900AM-WURD Release Social Justice Podcast

MLK photo by the Associated Press

MLK photo by the Associated Press

WURD Radio and Philadelphia Magazine are pleased to present a joint podcast on social justice, hosted by Christopher “Flood the Drummer” Norris (activist, journalist, regular contributor to WURD, and the CEO of Techbook Online) and Malcolm Burnley (associate editor at Philly Mag). Read more »