It has been said that sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence. Never has that sentiment been more true than in the case of the Penn State Harrisburg Men’s Basketball team. After coming off of its first NEAC Championship in school history, Penn State entered the NCAA tournament as a #15 seed against the #2 seed, Johns Hopkins. Not only did they pull off the upset in… Read More »The True Neighbor Podcast: Episode 09
Today’s true neighbor, Blake Lynch, is leading the food distribution program in Harrisburg during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the past 2 weeks alone, his efforts have resulted in 100,000 pounds of food being given to thousands of families in Harrisburg.
Ricky Quintero has been preparing for this moment his entire life. An immigrant from Columbia, Ricky moved to the US at the age of 13. He navigated 9/11, a Great Recession, and extreme political turmoil. He overcame discrimination and injustice. And now he is on the front lines of York City’s COVID-19 response effort as the chief aide to Mayor Michael Helfrich.
For many Americans, Sunday is a time of religious worship. But what happens to faith during a pandemic? In today’s episode, I speak with Pastor Larry T. Walthour of Shiloh Baptist Church in York City about the role of religion in America, not only during a health crisis, but in ordinary times as well. We discuss the separation of church and state (but not necessarily the separation of religion and… Read More »The True Neighbor Podcast: Episode 06
Adversity isn’t new to this generation of college students. They were born into war in 9/11, raised in an age of a Great Recession, and now they’re sheltered in place during a global pandemic. In this episode, I speak with Lindsay & Luke Abel about what it’s like to be a college student in the COVID-19 world. What are they going to do about summer internships? What’s it like… Read More »The True Neighbor Podcast: Episode 05
Among the many dilemmas generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, few are as complex as this one: What should society do about our prison population? Should inmates be released into a world without housing or employment in order to avoid contracting the virus, or should they remain in jail, where the coronavirus can spread like wildfire? That’s the topic of today’s episode, where I speak with Pennsylvania Secretary of Pardons, Brandon J.… Read More »The True Neighbor Podcast: Episode 04
In today’s episode, I speak with small business owner, Andrea Grove, about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected her business, Elementary Coffee Co. (home of the best cup of coffee in Central PA!) We discuss her work ethic; her lifelong ability to overcome adversity; her relationship with her employees; the moral dilemmas she faces as a small business owner; and how she’s using social media to remain connected with… Read More »The True Neighbor Podcast: Episode 03
“Trust in us.” That is the theme of my newest podcast episode with Katrina Greer, a Nurse Practitioner at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. If you’re wondering what it’s like to be on the front lines of the COVID-19 response effort, I’d strongly encourage you to listen to what Katrina has to say.
A climate forum set for the next week including two Democrats looking to unseat U.S. Rep. Scott Perry will instead be held online amid the spread of COVID-19. Participants will not go head-to-head but rather appear individually in video conferencing calls hosted by the Citizens Climate Lobby on two different days, according to a news release. Hershey-based author and attorney Tom Brier will participate from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, and state Auditor General… Read More »PA-10 climate forum moving online amid COVID-19 outbreak
Our first episode is with Cumberland County Commissioner, Jean Foschi. We discuss her initial reaction to hearing about the coronavirus; what it’s been like to confront a pandemic just three months after being sworn into office; the resources currently available to residents of Cumberland County; the most important traits of leadership; and her favorite movie recommendations for folks to watch while they’re practicing social distancing.