Flashpoint: Emotional toll of drama-ridden midterm, barrier-breaking bishop, and Bebashi gala

November 10, 2018 - 11:44 pm

KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- This week on Flashpoint, Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about the emotional toll divisive political messaging has had on voters. For weeks, America endured political rhetoric, mud-slinging and shady tactics designed to whip up the voter base. Across the country, voters from both sides of the aisle came out in numbers that were historic in midterm elections. Psychologist and Temple University professor Frank Farley, Political Communication expert David Pallent and POWER voter engagement coordinator Kendra Cochran walk listeners through the flames. They look at possible desensitization of voters, the impact of the political drama and what's next for 2020.

During our newsmaker segment, we chat with Bishop Patricia Davenport. Earlier this year, she became the first African American woman to be installed as Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. The denomination is 96 percent white. Davenport discusses the philosophy of the church, what drew her in, ELCA's open door policy and effort to diversify.

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Finally, our changemaker of the week is Bebashi Transition to Hope, a non-profit founded in 1985 to help people of color dealing with HIV and AIDS. Today, the organization has expanded its mission to help individuals living in poverty overcome health disparities. Executive Director Gary Bell chats about the organization's annual "Bebashi More than Just HIV" fundraising gala on November 29, 2018. Host Cherri Gregg will emcee the event, and singer Ruben Studdard will be the headliner. You can find more information on the gala here.

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