On Tuesday, a hundred workers and organizations representing their rights marched on City Hall to demand legislation for a "fair workweek." What's that all about? So-called flexible scheduling is wreaking havoc on many low-wage workers in the retail and service industry, who have to deal with uncertain hours and variable takehome pay from week to week. Billy Penn spoke with some people affected by the issue, and looked at the numbers that back up the Fair Workweek PHL coalition's claims.
Cafeterias in the Philadelphia School District became more environmentally friendly this month by switching the kind of plates they use. Instead of the classic plastic foam, they've adopted a version that's made from 100 percent recycled fiber — a switch made possible by partnering with a national alliance that got the plates down to an affordable price. The plates, which have multiple compartments and a spot in the middle for a drink, are apparently already a hit with kids. The move will keep an estimated nine million pieces of plastic out of landfills annually.
Lenny Pazhavila isn't from Philly. But in the six years he's lived here, attending medical school at Drexel, the city has grown on him. He didn't realize quite how much until the Super Bowl, when he jealously watched the celebrations from his current clinical rotation out in California. In this love letter to Philly's underdog spirit, he tells a personal story of why he's adopted this "jewel on the Delaware" as home.
Kombucha sales are soaring and every trend forecaster agrees the fermented tea beverage is hot — but why? Next Tuesday, Billy Penn is bringing in fermentation expert Amanda Feifer, best known for her blog Phickle, to give a class on everything you always wanted to know about kombucha, including how to make it yourself. (Apparently it's not hard, and we'll also have snacks from Di Bruno Bros.) Here's how Feifer got into fermentation in the first place, a sad story of a bike crash with a happy ending about discovering a way back to health.
M&M The Chocolate Monthly is new monthly showcase of Philadelphia talent. This session presents rapper B.K.A Mad Matt Swayzie in his first official solo performance, though he's performed with others before, including with a jazz band at the Venice Island Performing Arts Center.
Where: M&M The Chocolate Monthly at 2301 N. 9th St., 19133
When: February 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to February 17, 2018 at 12:00 a.m.
How much: $7