The Week in Philly from KYW Newsradio

Host Matt Leon and KYW Newsradio reporters recap the biggest news in Philadelphia each week. Catch up on what you missed and dig deeper into the top stories.

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'Brilliant lawyering': how Sandy Hook families ...
A record $73 million settlement for the families of victims in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting was years in the making. But as Saint Joseph's University's Dr. Susan Liebell explains, it might not set new legal precedent for gun control.
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Gas prices, palladium, delivery costs, and more...
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has already taken a massive toll on human lives and families, it's affected how society functions in eastern Europe, it's captured the attention of governments and private industry -- and the economic effects have only started to ripple out.
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Russia Ukraine war, Supreme Court history: big ...
President Joe Biden will deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday night. What should we expect to hear? How much has the message changed given the Russian invasion of Ukraine?
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CDC mask guideline changes explained: 'This was...
The CDC is changing masking recommendations, and it’s part of a sweeping change in how the center measures COVID-19 in communities.
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"That's not going to cut it:" why America needs...
While the United States' vaccination rate is middle-of-the-pack, there are plenty of countries that could use extra help. Drexel University's Dr. Joe Amon tells us what America could be doing better.
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Russia invades Ukraine: 'the worst military act...
What everyone feared has happened, Russia has commenced a full-blown invasion of Ukraine. We had a lot of questions -- what are Putin's goals? Was war with Ukraine always going to happen or was there something the US could have done to stop it? How do the people of Russia feel? And what's going to happen next.
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Catastrophic earthquakes: How big does a quake ...
For someone who studies earthquakes, what are the scariest places in the world? And how bad could the damage get if 'the big one' struck? This episode of KYW Newsradio In Depth is part four of a mini series called Doomsday Scenarios, where we ask very smart people if this, that, or the other thing could destroy life as we know it.
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Should we bring back cash payments to families ...
Those direct cash payments to families with children as part of the Expanded Child Tax Credit did an incredible lot of good last year as they lifted millions of kids out of poverty. But those payments ended on December 15th and hopes of continuing them were dashed for the time being when President Biden’s Build Back Better plan was sidelined.
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Why nostalgia is a hot marketing commodity
Everywhere you look - TV, movies, stores - we are surrounded by ads, items, shows, and music that take us back to younger days. And that is not an accident, nostalgia is big business.
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Why Sigal Atzmon argues the US will emerge from...
Sigal Atzmon is the Founder and CEO of Medix Global, a global medical management company. She recently wrote an op-ed for The Hill about how many other countries will emerge from the pandemic with populations that have suffered less than the population in the US, both in terms of physical and mental health, mainly because of the lack of a vaccine mandate
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The hidden face of human trafficking: Philadelp...
Philadelphia police Detective Kate Gordon and Officer Stephanie Rosenbaum from the Special Victim's Unit are tasked with finding children who've gone missing, some lured online by predators. Now, they want parents to know what they can do to protect their children, while allowing them to live lives online.
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Sarah Palin vs. The New York Times: A judge's u...
A libel case brought by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin against The New York Times took a very strange turn of events this week, involving a judge's comment, a jury's decisions, and news push alerts. Craig Green, Professor of Law at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law joins the podcast to explain what's happening and the possible ripple effects this case and others like it could have on free speech in the United States.
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Why gas prices are so high: Demand spikes, OPEC...
OPEC vs. America, demand spikes, and weird pandemic stuff: Why gas prices are so high, and what the future of energy looks like Clean title: OPEC vs. America, demand spikes, and weird pandemic stuff: Why gas prices are so high, and what the future of energy looks like Episode subtitle: Gas prices are stubbornly high. So what's causing us to pay so much at the pump? Villanova chemical engineering professor Dr. Scott Jackson explains what's happening behind the scenes that's making gas prices so high, as well as diving into a fascinating breakdown of why natural gas has very quietly made the US essentially energy independent, what presidents can and can't do to affect gas prices, and why companies like Exxon-Mobile can make money whether the price of oil is high or low. Episode Summary: Gas prices are stubbornly high. So what's causing us to pay so much at the pump? Villanova chemical engineering professor Dr. Scott Jackson explains what's happening behind the scenes that's making gas prices so high, as well as diving into a fascinating breakdown of why natural gas has very quietly made the US essentially energy independent, what presidents can and can't do to affect gas prices, and why companies like Exxon-Mobile can make money whether the price of oil is high or low. Episode Pubdate: Now Midroll locations: 13'12"
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How we're spending money is good news for the A...
The retail doom and gloom around the holidays looks a lot better right now. Philadelphia area economist David Fiorenza breaks down the economic news of the week and why it should matter to you.
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Alzheimer's disease disproportionally affects t...
The Black community is significantly affected by Alzheimer’s, yet they are vastly underrepresented in clinical trials. The AHEAD study is trying to make progress in the fight against Alzheimer’s while also working to level the playing field in those trials.
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Creators of "American Reckoning" tackle unsolve...
Wharlest Jackson was a Korean War veteran and a Mississippi NAACP leader who was murdered in 1967 in the Deep South. His murder is still unsolved, and now it's the focus of a PBS Frontline Documentary called American reckoning.
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"Locked in:" James Harden's high school coach s...
We know what James Harden is now. His high school head coach, Scott Pera, pulls back the curtain on The Beard's path to superstardom and the Sixers.
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'When the facts change, we have to be willing t...
The school mask debate has been raging for more than a year and half. But a lot has changed since this time last year. In the second interview of KYW Newsradio In Depth's two part series on school masks, KYW's Jim Melwert talks to Dr. David Rubin, the director of CHOP Policy Lab which has been key in informing school boards and administrators on how to handle everything from in person learn, hybrid learning, physical distancing, and now, once again, masking.
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Could school districts get mask mandate court r...
Perkiomen Valley school district in Montgomery County voted to lift its universal masking requirement. But a federal judge overruled that decision when families of some students claimed it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is part one of a two episode series about school masking from KYW Newsradio's Jim Melwert.
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"What's wrong with me?" How changing your outlo...
There's plenty of reason to feel pandemic fatigue. But as University of Pennsylvania psychologist Dr. Melissa Hunt explains, changing your mindset could help.
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'Don't be afraid, be mindful:' Getting from pan...
How do we get from where we are right now in the pandemic to a place where COVID-19 is endemic and we just learn to live with it? What would endemic COVID mean for how we live our lives? How do we approach an endemic pandemic as a society?
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A supervolcano eruption could be catastrophic, ...
A volcano erupted underwater in Tonga recently, starting a tsunami that caused incredible damage. The blast was visible from space. So how much damage could a massive eruption from a supervolcano actually do? This episode of KYW Newsradio In Depth is part three of a mini series called Doomsday Scenarios, where we ask very smart people if this, that, or the other thing could destroy life as we know it.
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Redistricting: Not as bad for Democrats as pund...
More and more states are locking in the maps that will be used as the basis for elections for the next decade. And the redistricting process hasn’t played out the way many thought it might.
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A 30 second Super Bowl ad costs $6 million. Is ...
Can a Super Bowl ad really be worth the price tag? We get the answer to that question from Temple University's Joe Glennon, who also breaks down a few of the most iconic commercials in championship football history.
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Political pressure, free speech and human right...
China is a country with no free press. Dissent is cracked down upon, and that could create problems for athletes from the US and other countries that try to speak up and or take political stances.
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