KYW Newsradio In Depth

Straightforward conversations about the people, ideas, and power centers that shape the world we live in. KYW Newsradio reporters talk daily with experts and leaders in science, politics, business, and public health -- to make sense of the news and unravel the real reasons why a story matters.

What is scaring Wall Street this week? Pandemic...
The economy keeps ramping up entering the summer, eager to leave the pandemic behind, but there are still a couple things to keep an eye on this week -- the jobless claims numbers for one, and whatever is bothering Wall Street.
8 min
'Man, you're awesome.' Celebrate and elevate fa...
This pandemic has been hard for everyone, and dads are struggling too. The good news is there are tools for dads who are feeling overwhelmed or just need some support.
11 min
Could mRNA hold the key for an HIV vaccine?
The success of the COVID-19 vaccines utilizing mRNA technology has raised hopes that mRNA could hold the key to figuring out vaccines for other diseases, like HIV.
20 min
The history of Juneteenth and the long road to ...
Juneteenth is an incredibly important day in United States history, but it's taken a long time to get recognition nationally.
12 min
How the Supreme Court could decide to chip away...
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could fundamentally change access to abortion in the United States.
19 min
Israel's new government agreed on one thing: 'H...
A new government has taken power in Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu is no longer the prime minister. So what will this new government focus on? What does this mean for the Palestinians, and what does it mean for the relationship between the United States and Israel?
15 min
COVID economy update: Watching jobless claims c...
Inflation is getting a lot of headlines, but is it actually all it's cracked up to be? When are we going to see movement on interest rates? And some good news on the horizon, some substantial help is headed for families and municipalities.
8 min
Pandemic weight loss questions and answers with...
A few weeks ago we put out an episode on COVID weight gain and how to lose those unwanted pandemic pounds. And a lot of you had questions after the episode went out -- like what are some tactical tips to help you stay motivated? How does intermittent fasting work?
31 min
Did the American Rescue Plan stimulus work? Loo...
There's been a lot of stimulus in the last 15 months, most notably the American Rescue Plan. So are we seeing results? Has it worked? Is it too early to tell?
19 min
What NASA wants to find on Venus
Venus is harder to study than Mars, so NASA is getting creative. The space agency announced two missions, DAVINCI and VERITAS, will explore and learn about the planet hopefully by the end of the decade.
15 min
How the AHEAD study is fighting Alzheimer's Dis...
A new NIH-funded study is being put together focusing on Alzheimer’s Disease, a disease that effects millions of Americans and is projected to affect millions and millions more in the coming decades.
7 min
John Chaney, Stan Pawlak, and the wild stories ...
Before the NBA G League, there was the Eastern Professional Basketball League. It was a Pennsylvania and New York basketball league stocked to the brim with great players like John Chaney, Stan Pawlak, Jim Boeheim, and Hal Lear.
30 min
Signs the economy is strengthening, just in tim...
Over 550-thousand jobs were added last month as the US continues to emerge from the pandemic, and April's numbers were revised up as well. Average hourly earnings are up a couple percent, are we seeing the market compensate for the worker shortage?
9 min
Behind the rise of 'deaths of despair,' up 52%...
A record number of people died of 'deaths of despair' in 2019 -- deaths due to alcohol, suicide, or drugs. And there's a lot of concern that 2020's numbers won't be an improvement.
8 min
The questions parents ask about teens and the C...
A lot of teens have been vaccinated, including kids in the 12 to 15 year old range -- but some parents still have questions about their kids and the COVID-19 vaccines.
9 min
Tracing COVID-19's origin: Did the virus escape...
There has been a lot of talk lately about the origin of COVID-19, and more and more attention is being given to the theory that the virus could have emerged from a lab leak from a lab in Wuhan, China.
13 min
Do you need a vacation too? Airlines are lookin...
How have the airlines held up over the pandemic? What should we expect as life continues to return to normal, and how are the airlines positioned if we see a spike in demand in the summer as vaccine numbers continue to rise?
22 min
Pandemic economy update: How much inflation is ...
There are a lot of good signs for the economy including jobs numbers -- but we're also seeing inflation as well. There are a couple of reasons for this, including the stimulus checks, but how do we know how much inflation is too much inflation?
9 min
Jersey Shore businesses say they're desperate f...
2020 at the Jersey Shore was complicated. Coronavirus and restrictions to hold the virus at bay hung over the summer season, and a lot of businesses weren't sure if they would make it. 2021 is a totally different story, with a different set of challenges.
19 min
How a Pennsylvania cheerleader's free speech ca...
You wouldn’t think a cheerleader not making varsity squad would end up being the origin of a case being argued before the Supreme Court, but here we are.
13 min
How the pandemic made us appreciate local food,...
From worker shortages at meat packing plants to supply chain failures that left crops to go bad in fields, agriculture has taken a shock to the system over the past year. Farmers needed to learn to adapt very quickly. The good news is that in a lot of cases, they did.
20 min
Free classes, rent assistance, 'We made some qu...
Colleges and universities had to keep their students and employees safe and figure out how to function during a pandemic that caused campus shutdowns and necessitated remote learning on the fly. So how did students, faculty, and administrators make it through?
22 min
Pandemic economy: It looks like a beach season ...
Rentals are booked through the season, which started early, and all signs are pointing to a record breaking beach season.
9 min
What Biden’s plan to tax the rich will actually do
These bills would change the tax system a lot, much more than just making rates higher for the wealthy and for corporations.
29 min
Religious affiliation is falling in America
According to a Gallup poll, 47% of Americans say they don’t belong to a church, synagogue or mosque, down several percentage points from just two years ago. So what's behind this shift in religious affiliation, and what does it mean for the next generation of Americans?
16 min
What about Mike Pence? The former Vice Presiden...
Virtually all of the conversation with regards to the future of the Republican party centers around former President Donald Trump. But what about his Vice President, Mike Pence?
12 min
Free college doesn't solve the biggest problem
When we talk about college these days, the discussion centers around cost. But you don’t hear a lot about the number of people who start college, but for all kinds of reasons can’t finish and get a degree.
21 min
Amid violence against Asian Americans, there is...
The US Senate recently overwhelming passed a bill designed to help address what has been an alarming spike in violence against members of the Asian American community in the US. Assuming it will become law, it would do many things including creating a new position at the Justice Department focusing on the issue and also provides guidance to help increase the reporting of hate crimes on the state and local level. We asked Dr. HaiLin Zhou, Professor of Chinese and Asian Studies at Villanova University to come on the podcast and talk about both the bill and her thoughts on what the Asian American Community is going through and her emotions during these difficult times.
12 min
The most common misconceptions about the COVID-...
What are the most common questions being asked about the vaccines? Will incentives to get vaccinated help end the pandemic?
12 min
Pandemic economy check in: signs of a summer bo...
David Fiorenza, economist at the Villanova School of Business joins KYW Newsradio In Depth to talk about what happened this week in the economy and what it means for all of us in our daily lives.
10 min
Banning Menthol: The twisted history of mentho...
The FDA recently proposed a ban on menthol-flavored cigarettes. Advocates for the ban say this is a big and long-needed public health move, especially for African-American communities, because for years they have been targeted by tobacco companies.
11 min
"This attack, whoever did it knew what they wer...
The hacking of that Colonial Pipeline has caused problems with gasoline supply along the East Coast. How could this happen? What vulnerabilities does this point out in the system?
21 min
How the 2020 Census will reshape the House of R...
The makeup of the House of Representatives will be shifting a bit in the wake of the 2020 Census. Some states will gain a seat or two, and some will lose a seat with new maps drawn for the 2022 midterms.
20 min
Why you should care about the semiconductor sho...
You've probably heard people talk about a semiconductor or chip shortage recently. It's a big deal, and it probably affects a lot more things than you might realize.
11 min
Did we learn our lesson about funding public he...
Public Health Funding is an ongoing concern in this country, and we've seen the effects of that first hand during this COVID-19 pandemic. So have we learned our lesson about the importance of funding public health?
13 min
"Coordinated and targeted efforts." Voting res...
Ever since the 2020 election, laws have been introduced in states across the country that seem to be designed to make it harder for people to vote. So is that observation actually true? And what's behind the push for these new laws?
24 min
Still digging out: An incredibly disappointing...
David Fiorenza, Associate Professor of Practice at Villanova School of Business joins KYW Newsradio In Depth to talk about what happened this week in the economy and what it means for all of us in our daily lives.
11 min
Did you gain unwanted pandemic pounds? Tips for...
Americans have gained on average 1.5 pounds per month that we've been in this pandemic. So now what? How do you get the scale moving in the right direction again?
32 min
The Philadelphia District Attorney Debate: Larr...
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and challenger Carlos Vega met in an intense, contentious debate that tackled issues like Philadelphia's gun violence crisis, victims' rights, and systemic racism in the justice system.
57 min
The great minimum wage worker shortage
You might have seen the help wanted signs near you, a ton of places have signs out that they're hiring and offering interviews on the spot. So what's going on?
15 min
'This year is looking a lot different.' America...
Morning Consult, a global data intelligence company, has been tracking people's comfort level with doing different things for more than a year now, things like going to the mall or eating indoors in a restaurant.
10 min
The endemic pandemic
One day the pandemic will be over, but a pair of Drexel epidemiologists say the virus responsible for COVID-19 will likely become endemic, something we have to learn to live with. So what's that going to look like?
17 min
Explaining the Supreme Court's decision on juve...
A recent Supreme Court decision dealing with juveniles being sentenced to life without parole really took the court in a completely different direction than it had been tracking. So what happened, and why did the court change course?
11 min
"The 70 year old patient was dancing down the p...
Four vaccinators from Inspira Health in South Jersey join the podcast for a really touching and meaningful about how they got involved in vaccinating people and what it's meant for them to be a part of this.
29 min
All signs point to an extraordinary post-pandem...
David Fiorenza, Associate Professor of Practice at Villanova School of Business joins KYW Newsradio In Depth to talk about what happened this week in the economy and what it means for all of us in our daily lives.
9 min
100 days to judge a President
The first 100 days is pretty much an arbitrary benchmark to judge a presidency. And here's how President Biden stacks up so far.
18 min
Inside America's fascination with celebrity po...
Polls suggest we could see a President The Rock inauguration sometime in the not so distant future. So why are Americans drawn to celebrity politicians? And what makes celebrities want to have a career in politics?
29 min
The cicadas are coming, 17 years in the making
An enormous number of cicadas are waking up very soon after spending the last 17 years developing. It's going to be awesome, and probably very noisy.
20 min
Bracing for the next public health emergency (...
So what have we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how can these lessons be put to good use to prevent the next public health crisis? "We have short memories," cautions Dr. Stephanie Zaza, President of the American College of Preventive Medicine, so we need to start the hard work now.
18 min
Pandemic economy check in: Help wanted!
David Fiorenza, Associate Professor of Practice at Villanova School of Business joins KYW Newsradio In Depth to talk about what happened this week in the economy and what it means for all of us in our daily lives.
11 min
Mutter Museum manager on how history will remem...
We will one day, hopefully sooner rather than later, be in a place where COVID-19 is in the rearview mirror. When we get there, how are we going to look back on this pandemic and this mass trauma event that the whole world just went through together?
22 min
The pervasive greenness of the infrastructure p...
The president has put forth a more than $2 trillion proposal, the American Jobs Plan. It's ambitious in many ways -- and one of the really interesting core tenets of the bill is the way it addresses environmental issues and climate change on macro and micro levels alike.
19 min
The perfect storm housing boom: 'We have never ...
'For sale' signs are turning to 'sold' signs in record timing, houses are being sold way above listing prices, and all this is going on in the middle of the pandemic. So what's going on? How long will this last? And should we be concerned about what happens after the boom?
23 min
How genetic surveillance can fight COVID-19 var...
Genetic surveillance is a critical tool for tracking and responding to virus variants. So how does it work?
12 min
Pandemic grocery shopping trends
From curbside pickup to home delivery to wiping down your shopping cart handle with hand sanitizer, grocery shopping habits were turned on their head over the last year.
11 min
Is another Bernie Madoff possible? The king of...
Bernie Madoff died in prison this week at the age of 82. We wanted to look back on the Madoff scandal in the wake of his death, and talk about if something like this could happen again.
26 min
When you give people money they spend it: Seaso...
Retail sales went through the moon after the most recent round of stimulus from the federal government. Turns out when you give people money, they will spend it at businesses.
11 min
Yes, you're probably experiencing burnout. But ...
Most people have experienced burnout to one extent or another, but after a year of separation, and work/life balance being messed up and dealing with incredible loss the whole time... this feels different.
23 min
Parents are optimistic about the future for the...
There was some fascinating research recently released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation about how parents feel about the future for their kids. And overall, they're pretty optimistic -- but they have some big and important concerns.
16 min
What happened to the COVID app? 'They did a lot...
Pennsylvania's app has been out for about six months, but if you didn't know that, you're not alone. About 93% of the state hasn't downloaded it.
19 min
Dr. Paul Offit: J&J vaccine, blood clots, what ...
Dr. Paul Offit is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a member of the FDA vaccine advisory committee, he joins KYW Newsradio in Depth to break down what they think happened, why they're pressing pause on the vaccine, and what's going to happen next.
6 min
The mental health consequences of the coronavir...
Now that it seems like brighter days are ahead, we wanted to try to take inventory of the effect the last year has had on everybody.
22 min
Bad jobs news, why billionaires got richer, and...
David Fiorenza, Associate Professor of Practice at Villanova School of Business joins KYW Newsradio In Depth to talk about what happened this week in the economy and what it means for all of us in our daily lives.
10 min
What happened when colleges changed how they lo...
The majority of colleges and universities have temporarily eliminated the standardized testing requirement for admission because of the pandemic. This might look like a small move, but it's having big ripple effects for students.
11 min
Lockdown love stories: 'It's been really discou...
With bars and restaurants in a weird place, society basically turned on its head and most people social distancing for the past year, the dating scene has been kind of depressing for a lot of people.
12 min
The father & son team that tested if groceries ...
Early in the pandemic there were a lot of stories and anecdotes about people wiping down all their groceries before putting them away, because no one really knew how much risk they posed for spreading COVID-19.
11 min
The 'spirit' of our social media posts changed ...
The pandemic changed how we live, where we go, what we do, and it even changed what we post on social media.
13 min
Learning loss, desocialization, and getting bac...
What's it going to take to keep kids safe in school? What are some of the problems that public schools specifically are facing as a result of the pandemic, and what problems were around even before COVID-19 that still need to be addressed?
13 min
Lots of us are asking the internet how to sleep...
Google tech expert Molly Vandenberg joins the podcast to talk about what we're searching the internet for, a year into the pandemic.
9 min
How will we know when the pandemic's beaten back?
Dr. Atul Grover joins the podcast to take a look at where we are right now fighting this pandemic and how we'll know when we're nearing the finish line.
14 min
The pandemic changed what we want from cars, an...
The car buying experience has gone through some major changes during the coronavirus pandemic, and that's not the only thing that changed. What we want from our vehicles has shifted, too.
11 min
All the vaccine news: Q&A with Dr. Paul Offit, ...
If Pfizer's first dose is so effective, do we need both doses? Could kids be vaccinated before school starts in the fall? Dr. Paul Offit, Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia joins the podcast to answer these questions and more.
19 min
Vaccination equity: "We're doing a better job. ...
Dr. Cedric “Jamie” Rutland, Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician with the American Lung Association joins KYW Newsradio In Depth to talk about where we are right now in the effort to get vaccines to the people who need them, and his ideas about how to improve equitable distribution of vaccines in communities of color.
9 min
Why deepfake videos keep criminologists up at n...
Dr. Robert D'Ovidio, Associate Professor of Criminology and Justice Studies at Drexel University joins KYW Newsradio In Depth to break down the tools people use to make deepfakes, how experts figure out what's real and what isn't, and which ways deepfakes are being used are most alarming for people who study criminology.
29 min
Grading the Philadelphia area's public health e...
We have all learned about the incredible importance of public health preparedness over the past year, but has that translated into readiness for the next emergency?
9 min
Universal basic income in the United States: 'T...
Before the pandemic, the concept of universal basic income in any form was probably a long shot at best to take hold in the US, but after three rounds of government stimulus checks and now soon a monthly stipend as part of expanded child tax credits that are part of the American Rescue Plan, it feels like a good time to continue the conversation.
14 min
Some really positive signs for the economy exce...
David Fiorenza, Associate Professor of Practice at Villanova School of Business joins KYW Newsradio In Depth to talk about what happened this week in the economy and what it means for all of us in our daily lives.
9 min
How do stores unwind mandatory masking? And oth...
The shopping experience has changed for everyone and every store in the midst of the pandemic. So which changes will stick around once the pandemic is over?
20 min
The Race to Vaccinate
The Race to Vaccinate is a KYW Newsradio in Depth special presented by Independence Blue Cross.
50 min
The US House of Representatives could be a lot ...
Since the number of Representatives in the US House was set at 435 a century ago, the average member of Congress now represents more than 700,000 people.
15 min
One of these NCAA Tournaments is not like the o...
We are waist deep in the best time of year for college basketball fans: the NCAA Tournament. But this year, along with the games, the headlines have been focused on some pretty big disparities when it comes to what is available for the players taking part in the men’s tournament and the players in the women’s tournament -- things like the size and quality of the weight room.
13 min
Popular financial questions people asked during...
Some people worked from home and cut expenses and were able to save a lot of money. Other people had to spend their savings and visit food banks and take out loans. Both groups are now in this situation where it's not crazy to think about life after the pandemic and what that means for their finances.
15 min
The Conversation Between Us, About Us: 'Too man...
Dr. Rhea Boyd is a pediatrician, a public health advocate, and the co-developer of the video series called "The Conversation: Between Us, About Us,” featuring black doctors, nurses, and researchers answering questions and providing information with the goal of getting more and more members of the black community vaccinated.
10 min
The stimulus is hitting bank accounts, but when...
Stimulus checks are hitting bank accounts, and if history is any indication the next 30 days or so are gearing up to be a great month for retail sales. But why does it feel like, a year out, we've just hit stasis on unemployment numbers?
11 min
The pandemic put small private colleges under i...
Enrollment is down, and small colleges rely on room and board revenue more than large universities.
12 min
A year of extreme need: Food Bank of South Jers...
Food banks saw unprecedented demand for months on months, and the last time we checked in with the Food Bank of South Jersey, the demand was as strong as ever
25 min
Basketball analytics for your NCAA bracket
Villanova University Business student Ethan Carpenter has done some impressive work with basketball, specifically looking at recent NCAA Tournaments and breaking down what players have the most impact.
13 min
The vaccine matchmaker: Dr. Christine Meyer has...
It started on a snow day. Dr. Christine Meyer posted on Facebook for people to email her office if they needed help finding a vaccine. She got 1200 emails in 2 hours and the email server crashed.
18 min
Name, image, likeness: the best way to pay stud...
College athletes generate a tremendous amount of value for their schools. How should they be compensated for that?
25 min
Teachers and students are working through a 'ma...
Teachers have always had the challenge of dealing with a classroom of students who are all in different places when it comes to emotional and intellectual development -- but now after a year where the country has been rocked by a pandemic, the emotional needs for students will be all over the map.
18 min
The American Rescue Plan explained
The $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill called the American Rescue Plan is now law, and there is a lot inside it -- including anti poverty initiatives that have some serious teeth.
23 min
The real household economy just got a massive b...
The American Rescue Plan is now law and just like that a lot of help is headed to some very desperate people.
9 min
Neil deGrasse Tyson on moon rockets, why COVID ...
The famed astrophysicist joins the podcast to talk about the secrets of the cosmos and what he learned from the coronavirus pandemic.
20 min
The Drexel Dragons are going to the NCAA tourna...
The Dragons are dancing. Drexel won the Colonial Athletic Association title on Tuesday night, punching their ticket into the NCAA tournament. This will be their first appearance in the tourney since 1996.
10 min
Doctors worried about a flu and COVID 'twindemi...
Before we got to flu season, there was a lot of concern in the medical community about the repercussions of combining a roaring pandemic with even a normal flu season. Fast forward to March, and flu cases are down dramatically across the board.
20 min
A powerful military prevents war. 'Public healt...
Is our public health infrastructure in a better state than it was a year ago?
23 min
The Doomsday Clock is inching closer to midnigh...
Is there a unit of measurement of 'existential threat to humanity?'
24 min
Vaccines are just part of the battle. Good ther...
Dr. Mark DiNubile from New Jersey's BioAegis Therapeutics joins the podcast to talk about gelsolin therapy and the field of therapeutics research and development during the coronavirus pandemic.
52 min
The calm before the stimulus and a jobs report ...
A good jobs report just came out, and we're all waiting to see if $2 trillion in stimulus money is actually going to make it into the economy. What a week!
10 min
The fine line between caution and vaccine alarm...
Are we in danger of pushing people away from getting vaccinated because some may feel like... what’s the point?
24 min