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Riding the Storm

Headed to class

Headed to class

Life at Benjamin Franklin High School got complicated this year.  Because of a round of school closings, enrollment jumped by more than 250. The tension associated with so much change escalated throughout the fall, with fights in the halls and confusion in the classroom.

Connie Langland discusses the changes at the school and how students learned to cope.





Bus Stop Encounter

Jimi Lanham photo

Jimi Lanham photo

I remember I was eighteen years old standing at a bus stop in an urban Philadelphia neighborhood, coming from God knows where and thanking God to finally be going home. Faces of melancholy and stoic expressions littered the bus stop that day. As I look up from staring at my timberland boots, I see him. Wow, I haven’t seen him in such a long time.

Marcus Pendleton writes about an unexpected encounter.  His essay is read by Chris Davis.


Your Ad HereDumb Idea of the Week

City Council is debating two bills: one to freeze the number of billboards; one to allow billboards on public schools. Go figure.

Tom Ferrick explains the weirdness.



The AxisPhilly Podcast is produced and hosted by Julia Bergman