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‘The aggregate of it all is amazing’: FarmerJawn’s Christa Barfield on growing an urban farming business

Jan. 26, 2024 9:28 am

‘The aggregate of it all is amazing’: FarmerJawn’s Christa Barfield on growing an urban farming business

If you live in Philadelphia, there’s a chance you’ve heard of FarmerJawn.  “And the really cool thing is … a campaign called ‘reimagining the corner store’ … visit their website at Farmer Jawn …“ FamerJawn is a business that runs a CSA — a community-supported agriculture program that supplies seasonal produce to Philadelphians. And if […]
‘It’s not a job to me’: South Philly’s Linda Hines on learning new skills as a grandma who works

Jan. 19, 2024 7:00 am

‘It’s not a job to me’: South Philly’s Linda Hines on learning new skills as a grandma who works

Nichole Currie: Alright, now tell me who you are on tape and a little bit about yourself.  Linda Hines: My name is Linda, Linda Hines. I’m 63 years old and I’ve been married for 43 years. I have three children and three grandchildren. One great-grandchild [is] due Dec. 24. Linda Hines is a South Philly […]
‘There’s always a trade-off’: Croissant whiz Michael Tan on the challenges of expanding his small business

Jan. 5, 2024 7:00 am

‘There’s always a trade-off’: Croissant whiz Michael Tan on the challenges of expanding his small business

On a quiet street in Old City Philadelphia sits a bakery named ICI. That’s spelled I-C-I.  Michael Tan: So, our shop specializes in two things, croissant pastries and macarons. It’s owned by Michael Tan and his wife, Ici, who the store is named after.  Michael Tan: And they also meant something in French, too. And […]
‘I’m impatient with my success’: Stephon Fitzpatrick on pursuing a Ph.D. and being a role model

Dec. 15, 2023 10:57 am

‘I’m impatient with my success’: Stephon Fitzpatrick on pursuing a Ph.D. and being a role model

At the age of 16, Stephon Fitzpatrick already had a pretty ambitious goal.  Stephon Fitzpatrick: I told my dad, “Dad, I’m gonna get my Ph.D. by the time I’m 32.” Stephon loved high school. He was both a bookworm AND on the football team. Stephon Fitzpatrick: You know, I always said I was the athletic […]
‘It’s up to us to put the footwork in’: Quan Fields (aka Quany the Clown) on making it as a circus performer

Dec. 1, 2023 7:30 am

‘It’s up to us to put the footwork in’: Quan Fields (aka Quany the Clown) on making it as a circus performer

When Quan Fields was 12, he was set on auditioning to perform with one of the largest touring circus acts in the country, the Ringling Brothers Circus. Quan Fields: And the closest audition was in New York. And my grandma was like, you can’t get there. You’re only 12, and there’s no way in hell […]
‘I do believe I fell through the cracks’: LyVette Byrd on navigating life as a ‘suddenly blind person’

Nov. 17, 2023 9:00 am

‘I do believe I fell through the cracks’: LyVette Byrd on navigating life as a ‘suddenly blind person’

On the morning of her son’s 29th birthday party, LyVette Byrd woke up, and for the first time, she couldn’t see.  LyVette Byrd: At first I didn’t know it. I just thought I was a little groggy. So I just went into the bathroom.  She washed her face and was surprised that her eyes hadn’t […]
‘I just want to give her everything’: Erica Irving on building a better financial future for her family

Nov. 3, 2023 7:30 am

‘I just want to give her everything’: Erica Irving on building a better financial future for her family

Erica Irving: I just didn’t think about anything. I was very carefree. I was a very go-with-the-flow type of person. She wasn’t married. She didn’t have children. She was just living in the moment.  Erica Irving: I never thought about buying a house or I never thought about having something that I would have to […]
‘I’m motivated by growth’: Gisselle Poveda on the challenges of expanding her small, immigrant-owned business

Oct. 20, 2023 8:00 am

‘I’m motivated by growth’: Gisselle Poveda on the challenges of expanding her small, immigrant-owned business

Gisselle Poveda: I am a third-generation baker.  Gisselle Poveda: This started with my family way back in the ‘70s or ‘80s with my grandpop who, um, is in heaven right now. Gisselle Poveda is the owner of Cafe Tinto. It’s a Colombian bakery in North Philadelphia that uses recipes her grandfather crafted in Colombia decades […]
‘It’s been such a shift’: Doriana Diaz on trying to make a living through gig work

Oct. 6, 2023 11:51 am

‘It’s been such a shift’: Doriana Diaz on trying to make a living through gig work

The young Germantown collage artist dreams of having a gallery to display and sell her art. For now, she's piecing together a living through a variety of different gigs. Tune in to the second episode of the audio documentary "Thriving" to hear her story.
‘We are just trying to survive, which is different from living’: Afghan refugee Ghulam Danish on his journey toward thriving

Sep. 21, 2023 6:00 pm

‘We are just trying to survive, which is different from living’: Afghan refugee Ghulam Danish on his journey toward thriving

Ghulam Danish: [car interior] It’s just a little extra income for me. So I can equalize the expenses that I have. I’m sitting next to Ghulam Danish in his used hybrid. He recently immigrated from Afghanistan. And like millions of Americans, he drives for rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft. Ghulam Danish: The expenses are […]