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NEXT with Marcus Atkinson
4th Sunday of every month, 4pm - 5pm

The socioeconomic, educational, racial, and ethnic backgrounds of Erie’s citizens have never been as wonderfully diverse as they are today.

In order to paint a holistic picture of the plight, hopes, and dreams of Erie, NEXT seeks to spotlight and analyze issues that affect inner-city Erie from the perspective of its next generation of voices – voices of those who are taking the lead on various aspects of the community. As it was during the days of the iconic Dr. King, the winds of change are often reflected in the actions and words of a younger and more idealistic age group.

  • Join Marcus Atkinson and his guests Susannah Faulkner (New Erie City Council Appointee), Zakria Sharif (New Erie School Board Appointee) and Shateria Franklin (Asst. Grant Administrator with the City of Erie) as we discuss their new roles as Erie Servant Leaders.
  • Join Marcus Atkinson and his guest, Chuck Nelson as they discuss his new appointment as Erie City Council President on this episode of NEXT.
  • Join Marcus Atkinson and his guests, Rabbi Rob Morais (Temple Anshe Hesed), Dr. Parris Baker (Pastor at Believer’s International), Chet Moffet (Cathedral Prep Faculty Member), Amelia Lego-Atkinson (Prep-Villa Student), Devin Easter (Prep-Villa Student) as they discuss anti-Semitic speech & social media on this episode of NEXT.
  • Join NEXT with Marcus Atkinson and his guest business owner Ben Primis, as they discuss how he launched a small successful manufacturing company during the pandemic.
  • Join NEXT with Marcus Atkinson and his guests East Side Renaissance Executive Director Timothy Shannon, Rodney Evans of Supremacy Construction and Parade Street Resident Antwan Robinson as they discuss the East Side Renaissance, Beyond the Headlines.
  • Join NEXT with Marcus Atkinson and his guests Community Educator Kristy Gnibus, Molly Brechtel of Erie County United and Community Advocate Heather Garczynski as they discuss the elimination of Roe v Wade in this two part series.
  • Join NEXT with Marcus Atkinson and his guests Daryl Craig, the Director of Creative Community Connectors, and Daria Devlin, ECAT Executive Director as they discuss the Erie High School shooting incident.
  • Join NEXT with Marcus Atkinson and his guest, an Assistant Political Science Professor at Penn State Behrend, Dr. Lena Surzhko-Harned as she talks about the Russian-Ukrainian crisis and the CEO of Her Power, Tiffany L. LaVette.
  • NEXT with Marcus Atkinson talks one-on-one with Dr. Theron Williams, Founder & President, The Bible Is Black History Institute. Marcus and Dr. Williams talk in-depth about black history and how it relates to Dr. Williams written works in his book "The Bible Is Black History".
  • Join NEXT With Marcus Atkinson and his guest's Deidre G, and Anthony Quinn as they discuss the January 6th, 2021 Insurrection: A deep analysis of the fallout, convictions and political ramifications. Also on this episode, Marcus interviews Gary Lee, the former Director of Administration for Erie County, Erie PA.