Episodes

Governor Ed Rendell: Rescuing Philly from Bankruptcy as Mayor

Governor Ed Rendell is a lawyer, author, and politician. From 1992 until 200, he served as the Mayor of Philadelphia. Shortly after that, in 2001, he was elected 45th Governor of Pennsylvania, and would go on to serve two terms. In this episode, we’ll hear how he got his start in public service as Philadelphia...

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Max Tuttleman: Fighting the Opioid Epidemic through Philanthropy and CBD Oil

Max Tuttleman is an investor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who’s focused on studying and developing cannabis products. He’s currently a fellow at Thomas Jefferson University, where he studies how cannabis can be used to treat withdrawal symptoms from opiates and alcohol, and his brand Bouquet CBD recently released hemp oil ice cream. In this episode, for...

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Jesse Ito: 30 Under 30 Sushi Chef of Royal Izakaya & Sushi

Jesse Ito is the Co-owner and chef of Royal Izakaya and Royal Sushi, a 2-in-one restaurant combo in Queen Village. Jesse’s claim to fame is his exclusive 10-seat omakase sushi bar, which is one of the very few restaurant experiences in Philly to get a 4-bell rating from the Inquirer. In 2017, Jesse was honored...

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Nisiar Smith: Empowering Philly Through Free Financial Literacy Education

Nisiar Smith is the CEO and Founder of The People’s Innovation Movement, a nonprofit that provides free financial literacy classes to Philadelphians. Nisiar also founded Philly Phinancial Literacy Week, which recently received a resolution from City Council making it an official annual city event. Nisiar got his start in finance by walking into a bank...

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Lyonzo Vargas: Bringing Wellness to Urban Communities via the Global Village

Lyonzo Vargas is the CEO of GLBL VLLG (pronounced “Global Village”), an entertainment and wellness company whose mission is to redefine urban wellness by bringing wellness to minority and underserved urban communities. GLBL VLLG’s flagship event is the VLLG JAM, a monthly jam concert where the headliner is the audience. The first VLLG JAM featured...

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Nicole Purvy: How She Became Better Than Success

Nicole Purvy is the founder of Better Than Success, a multi-faceted business which includes a digital marketing agency, a real estate investment league, and a podcast. She’s also the founder of Philly Real Estate Week, an annual citywide summit that celebrates real estate planning, development, and wealth building. Before founding Better Than Success, Nicole was...

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Emily Smith: Showcasing and Preserving Isaiah Zagar’s Art at Philly Magic Gardens

Emily Smith is the Executive Director of Philly’s Magic Gardens, an immersive art environment on South Street that receives over 150,00 visitors per year and showcases the mosaic work of Isaiah Zagar. After spending her early 20s as an artist in New York, Emily came to Philadelphia in 2009 just one year after the Magic...

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Michael Lerman: Curating Film Festivals in Philly, Palm Springs, and Toronto

Michael Lerman is the Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Film Festival, and has been for the last 8 years. He’s also the Artistic Director of the Palm Springs Film Festival, and is a Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). In this episode, you’ll hear how Michael, who was born and raised in Philly,...

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Keith Wallace: Creating The Wine School of Philadelphia

Keith Wallace is the founder of the Wine School of Philadelphia, which for almost 20 years has offered wine education courses for casual drinkers and seasoned sommeliers alike. In this episode, you’ll hear how Keith started his adult life as a journalist in Baltimore, but one seemingly average morning commute with his fiancee would change...

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Judy Wicks: Pioneering Farm-to-Table at White Dog Cafe

Judy Wicks is the founder of the White Dog Cafe, a restaurant in University City that she started in the first floor of her house in 1983. What started as a muffin shop quickly grew into a renowned 200-seat restaurant that was among the first to feature farm-to-table local food. In this episode, Judy will...

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Steven Grasse: Inventor of Hendrick’s Gin and Sailor Jerry Rum

Steven Grasse is the founder of Quaker City Mercantile, a Philly branding agency that focuses on spirits. He and his company have invented tons of products and brands, including Hendrick’s Gin, and Sailor Jerry Rum, Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. In this episode, you’ll hear how before settling down in Philadelphia, Steve started...

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Nick Stuccio: Creating the Philly Fringe Festival and FringeArts

Nick Stuccio is the President and Producing Director of FringeArts, and the creator of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, an annual city-wide celebration of thought-provoking progressive performance arts. In this episode, you’ll hear how Nick started his performance career as a ballet dancer, and how despite the fact that he didn’t take ballet seriously until he...

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Christopher Wink: Technically, Journalism Isn’t an Industry

Christopher Wink is the Publisher and CEO of Technically Media, which publishes local tech news network Technical.ly and nonprofit news site Generocity.org. He’s a lead organizer of Philly Tech Week and Baltimore Innovation Week, and in 2017 Folio magazine listed him as one of the 100 most innovative media leaders in the country. In this...

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Chrisostomos Argerakis: The Real Life “School of Rock” at Andrew Jackson Elementary

Chrisostomos Argerakis is the head of the music program at Andrew Jackson Elementary school, a K-8 public school in South Philly. With no curriculum and no funding in place when he took the job, Chris managed to crowdfund enough money to purchase 30 guitars. The kids loved it so much that some started coming to...

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William Tyrone Toms: Giving Resources to Every Creator at REC Philly

William Tyrone Toms is the Founder and Head of Strategy at REC Philly, a creative agency and incubator for local artists and creative entrepreneurs. In this episode, you’ll hear how Will and his cofounder, Dave Silver, would make a name for themselves throwing concerts as Broad Street Music Group. That is, until Will started to...

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Brendan Lowry: Creator of Peopledelphia and Social Media Influencer

Brendan Lowry (@brelow) is the founder of Rory Creative and one of the biggest social media influencers in Philadelphia. He is best-known for the Instagram account he runs, Peopledelphia, which has over 85 thousand followers. He is also a part of the founding team of Curalate, one of Philly ’s fastest growing startups. In this...

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Alex Hillman: A Founding Father of Coworking at Independents Hall

Alex Hillman is the cofounder of Indy Hall, one of Philly’s first ever coworking spaces. Indy Hall today features around 350 independent entrepreneurs and freelancers. But, back in 2006, when Alex was a freelancer himself, freelancing wasn’t so common and could be pretty lonely. Alex loved the independent life, but he missed the camaraderie found...

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Lindsey Scannapieco: Repurposing Bok into South Philly’s Creative Hub

Lindsey Scannapieco is the Managing Partner of Scout, an urban design collective that specializes in repurposing vacant and underutilized spaces. Their claim to fame so far is the Bok building, a giant, 8-story vocational school that takes up an entire city block in South Philly. The Bok School was closed in 2012, but in 2014...

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Thomas Dixon: The Man with External Memory

Thomas Dixon was born-and-raised in Philadelphia, and would go on to receive a bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience at Ursinus. One day in 2010 , while he was working at CHOP towards becoming a Youth Psychiatrist, an unexpected accident would change his life forever. Thomas would suffer a brain injury and...

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Yasmine Mustafa: Undocumented Refugee Turned Social Entrepreneur & CEO

Yasmine Mustafa is a social entrepreneur fueled by a passion to leverage technology for good. She’s the CEO of ROAR for Good, a certified B-corp aimed at reducing assaults against women using smart safety wearables and empathy education. Before that, she founded and sold her first company to a prominent content marketing firm in Silicon...

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Miguel Dalmau: Comedian & American Immigrant

Miguel Dalmau is a comedian who has appeared on TruTV, BET, and MTV. His comedy album, Thank You, That’s My Time can often be heard on Sirius XM Radio. He is also the host of the American Immigrant podcast, where he interviews other immigrants who are pursuing their dreams. In this episode, Miguel chronicles his escape of poverty and...

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Todd Carmichael: Reality TV Star & Canned Draft Latte Inventor

This is Part 2 of a two-episode series. Todd Carmichael (IG: @todd_carmichael) is the Cofounder and CEO of La Colombe Coffee Roasters. He and his cofounder JP Iberti started the first La Colombe Cafe in Rittenhouse in 1994, and today it has 30 locations nationwide. Todd also invented the Canned Draft Latte, which took only...

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Todd Carmichael: Creating La Colombe & Cheating Death in Antarctica

Todd Carmichael (IG: @todd_carmichael) is the Cofounder and CEO of La Colombe Coffee Roasters. He and his cofounder JP Iberti started the first La Colombe Cafe in Rittenhouse in 1994, and today it has 30 locations nationwide. Todd also invented the Canned Draft Latte, which took only 1 year to be found in 60% of...

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Becca Craig: The Baker of Beyoncé’s Birthday Cake

Becca Craig (IG @chefbeccacraig) is the Executive Pastry Chef at Cake Life Bake Shop in Fishtown. She recently was a contestant on The Food Network’s Best Baker in America, and previously baked behind-the-scenes on TLC’s Bakery Boss. Her biggest claim-to-fame, though, is that in 2017 she baked Beyoncé’s birthday cake. In this episode, we hear the story of how...

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Erica Atwood: Social Justice Thought Leader

Erica Atwood (@ericainphilly) is currently the CEO of First Degree Consulting, LLC. Erica has served as the interim executive director of the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission, which is the city’s police civilian oversight board. She was the first Director of Black Male Engagement for the City of Philadelphia. She has also led External Affairs & Community...

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The Designer of Health: Bon Ku, M.D., M.P.P.

Open in Apple Podcasts Bon Ku, M.D. (@BonKu) is the Assistant Dean for Health and Design and an Associate Professor at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. He is the founder and director of JeffDESIGN, a first-of-its-kind program in a medical school that teaches future physicians to apply human-centered design to healthcare...

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Mr. Big 5: NCAA Men’s Basketball Coach Fran Dunphy

Fran Dunphy has been the Head Coach of Temple University’s Men’s Basketball team since 2006. Before that, he served as the head coach of Penn’s basketball team for 16 years. He’s got an M.B.A. from Villanova, and he was a star player and later Assistant Coach at La Salle. In this discussion, we talk about...

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The Reason We Have Nice Things: HipHop Artist Chill Moody

Chill Moody (@chillmoody) is a HipHop artist, entrepreneur, and activist. Born and raised in West Philadelphia, he started by making beats in his parents’ basements and quickly rose to the top of the Philly hip hop scene. He was named ‘Best Rapper’ by PhillyMag and is the official Philadelphia Music Ambassador as named by City...

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The Girl Who Fought Cancer With Lemonade: The Story of Alex Scott

Alex Scott was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was just a few months old. She would undergo various cancer treatments her whole life. When she was four years old, she thought it was time for her to give back. She decided to raise money to fund cancer treatments for other kids, and she wanted to...

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The GURU of Philly Tech: CEO Rick Nucci

Rick Nucci (@ricknucci) is the CEO and co-founder of Guru, a cloud knowledge management suite used by companies such as Shopify, Square, and Airbnb. Before Guru, he co-founded Boomi, a cloud integration service that was aquired by Dell in 2010. Rick has also served as President of Philly Startup Leaders, a large community of local...

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Introducing “Philly Who?”, A Philadelphia Podcast

“Philly Who?” is a new podcast telling the stories of the doers, thinkers, and performers of Philadelphia. From up-and-coming game-changers to well-known legends, you’ll dive into their past, present, future, and how it all contributes to The City of Brotherly Love. Hosted by Kevin Chemidlin. Music by Lee Rosevere.

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