City in Conversation: One Book, One Philadelphia

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A City in Conversation. Tamala Edwards reports during Action News Mornings on February 15, 2019.

Everyone knows: I love books.

So I'm excited to create and start a new partnership between 6abc and the Free Library.

We're kicking it off at a special time and with a special event: One Book, One Philadelphia, where the whole city is invited to read the same book and come together to talk about it.

This year's selection is "Sing, Unburied, Sing," by Jesmyn Ward, the tale of a young man trying to deal with both the present and the past.

From now until early March there will be conversations, screenings and workshops, as the city comes together to read and weigh in on this incredible book. And every week I'll be posting conversations here about the book, each time from a new vantage point. Please watch and join in!

One Book, One Philadelphia and 6abc, A City in Conversation: Dr. William Hite & Senior Carl Woods III

Our partnership with the Free Library continues, with another vantage point on the One Book One Philadelphia selection: "Sing, Unburied, Sing." So many of the characters face crushing decisions and pivotal moments as teenagers: Jojo, navigating his drug addicted parents, his toddler sister and his grandfather's secret; Leone, grieving and unseen, choosing a man and a life that is part of her undoing; and Pop, a child himself choosing a terrible crime to avert an even greater evil. Given and Richie, the two ghosts who haunt the story, die as teens. So I went to see Dr. William Hite, Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, and Carl Woods III, a senior at Bodine High School in Northern Liberties, to talk to them about the book. What does it mean to face so much pressure and history as a young person? How does turmoil in your youth stay with you? What stayed with them from the book? Give it a listen and tweet me your thoughts, @TamEdwards6abc!
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Tamala talks to Dr. William Hite, Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, and Carl Woods III, a senior at Bodine High School in Northern Liberties.

One Book, One Philadelphia and 6abc, A City in Conversation: Nancy Kauffman and Robin Tiedeken

We continue our conversation about the One Book One Philadelphia selection, "Sing, Unburied, Sing," by Jesmyn Ward. Trauma is a huge facet of the novel, as characters try to make sense out of difficult relationships and choices in the present while confronting shocking episodes in the past. So how does trauma influence us? How should it be part of how you interpret your own reactions and feelings to the book? I went to a couple of experts, two nurses, Nancy Kauffman and Robin Tiedeken, who have years of experience in Philadelphia.

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One Book, One Philadelphia: Tamala Edwards interviews two nurses, Nancy Kauffman and Robin Tiedeken, who have years of experience in Philadelphia.

One Book, One Philadelphia and 6abc, A City in Conversation: Mayor Jim Kenney
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City in Conversation: Mayor Jim Kenney speaks with Tamala Edwards on One Book, One Philadelphia.

One Book, One Philadelphia and 6abc, A City in Conversation: Lorene Cary and Why You Should Read the Book!
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One Book, One Philadelphia and 6abc, A City in Conversation: Lorene Cary and Why You Should Read the Book!



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