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The Woodmere Annual

The Woodmere Annual is a juried exhibition of contemporary art in Philadelphia, now in its 77th year. Syd Carpenter, this year’s juror, is a sculptor and professor of studio...

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Need a Social Media Break?

Social media… love it or hate it? It’s the way many of us communicate today. And especially for teens who use social media to like, flirt, ghost, have streaks, group...

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Charles Santore: Fifty Years of Art and Storytelling

In this episode, we dive in with illustrator Charles Santore. A South Philadelphia native who became famous for the TV Guide covers he made from 1972 to 1985, Santore...

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Part 3: Reclaiming Violet Oakley and Why She Matters Today

In this episode, we’ll connect the importance of Violet and her work to present day artists and scholars including Ursula Rucker and Sylvia Yount, two amazing women that continue...

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Part 2: Violet’s Vision – Her Murals in the Pennsylvania State Capitol

Dive into Oakley’s vision through her murals at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg. Part 2 explores the importance of some of Oakley’s work at arguably her most important...

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Part 1: Violet Oakley – The Artist and The Person

Get to know Violet Oakley, the person and the life experiences that helped shape her mission as an artist. Patricia Likos-Ricci, an art historian at Elizabethtown College, who is...

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Who We Are

Stephanie Marudas

Stephanie Marudas

Founder & Executive Producer
Stephanie is a radio journalist and helped create and produce Grapple, which won a 2016 PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors, Inc.) award for best podcast for large public radio stations. She has been a reporter and producer for WHYY Public Radio in Philadelphia and WYPR Public Radio in Baltimore. Apart from public radio, Stephanie also conducts other interview-based work and oral history projects.

Jessica Kourkounis

Multimedia Producer

Jessica is a multimedia journalist specializing in documentary and editorial work. She is best known for her photojournalism but is also building her reputation as an audio producer, filmmaker and writer. Jessica is a regular contributor to The New York Times and Getty Images. Her images have been published worldwide. Her radio stories have aired on public media stations on shows such as Morning Edition, The Pulse and NewsWorks Tonight.


Sarah Kaizar

Web Producer

Sarah is an artist, illustrator, web & graphic designer. She cut her teeth in web design serving as a web producer for WHYY, Philadelphia’s public broadcasting station. Sarah’s art work addresses a range of subjects including environmental concerns, topical political issues and mental health. This work has been shown in galleries in and around the Greater Philadelphia area including 3rd Street Gallery, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education and The Delaware Contemporary art museum.

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