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.

Smartmatic, Dominion, and the lawsuits taking a...
What are the odds that the lawsuits succeed in a court of law, and what would victory look like?
23 min
How vaccines are made and why we can’t just mak...
The two first coronavirus vaccines, the ones made by Pfizer and Moderna have been out for months now. But the process of making them, shipping them, and getting them to people has been much choppier than most of us hoped.
19 min
Sustainability is 'a long term play'
11 min
How big tobacco targeted Black communities
For decades, tobacco companies targeted Black communities and young people with menthol cigarettes. That's the headline of a new report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, who are trying to document the destructive impact cigarettes have and call for the banning of flavored tobacco products.
7 min
How to make a third political party work in Ame...
What would it take to have a real, functional, impactful third political party in America that actually has a meaningful chance of being competitive in elections? Episode Summary: What would it take to have a real, functional, impactful third political party in America that actually has a meaningful chance of being competitive in elections? It's something we talk about just about every national election cycle -- but is it something that could actually happen in American politics? Dr. Joshua Weikert, Assistant Professor at Immaculata University in the Department of Civil Engagement joins KYW Newsradio In Depth to talk about if it could happen, what party organizers would need to do to be competitive, and if we could see something like a Patriot Party or Trump Party split off from the GOP.
25 min
“You approach people where they are.” Using kno...
“You approach people where they are.” Using knowledge and compassion to overcome vaccine hesitancy Clean title: “You approach people where they are.” Using knowledge and compassion to overcome vaccine hesitancy Episode subtitle: While a lot of us would do just about anything to get vaccinated, there are a significant number of people who are hesitant, if not outright hostile, about the vaccine. Episode Summary: The COVID-19 vaccines are here and becoming more accessible every day. And while much of the population would do just about anything to get vaccinated, there are a significant number of people who are hesitant, if not outright hostile, about the vaccine. So the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative are launching a new COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative to try and meet people where they are to try and answer the questions people have and get them to a point where vaccine hesitancy turns into confidence. Dr. Georges Benjamin, American Public Health Association Executive Director, and Michelle Hillman, Ad Council Chief Campaign Development Officer joins KYW Newsradio In Depth to talk about how they're trying to get answers to people who have questions about vaccines.
10 min
Is that a sign of economic recovery or are you...
As vaccinations keep ramping up and coronavirus cases keep dropping, what’s a realistic timeline for our economy to finally start building momentum again?
13 min
FDR's radio and Trump's Tweets: Presidents and ...
It's hard to imagine Donald Trump the President, or even Donald Trump the candidate, without Twitter. Have we ever seen anything like President Trump's use of Twitter before?
17 min
The 51st state of the United States of America
There's been momentum building behind the idea of adding states to the USA, with most of the buzz around Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. It's an interesting idea, but could it ever happen?
23 min
Does Joe Biden's presidency change the future o...
The Affordable Care Act was stress tested by a pandemic and a presidential administration that actively worked to dismantle it -- so what is the current state of the healthcare law? What could we see from the Biden administration to strengthen it?
15 min
Police departments are using the BolaWrap to ta...
The city of Philadelphia is looking at getting police officers a new tool for taking down suspects. It's called the BolaWrap, it's nonlethal, and it's a device a little bigger than a smartphone that shoots a Kevlar cord with weighted hooks on both ends.
16 min
You are always being watched: "Most people, if ...
To say the field has changed would be a complete understatement -- the tools of surveillance in place today would look like farfetched science fiction to all but the most inventive mystery writers of the previous generations.
29 min
How the Perseverance rover will look for extinc...
Big space news this week, as NASA landed the rover Perseverance on Mars.
16 min
Trickle-up economics: When you send people mone...
The bad news: jobless claims were astronomically high this week. The good news: it’s looking like whatever the opposite of trickle down economics is might be the greatest economic policy ever, after emergency stimulus checks caused retail sales to go bonkers.
10 min
The pandemic habits Americans say they're keepi...
Conventional wisdom would lead you to believe that people are counting down the minutes until they can take off their masks and throw the hand sanitizer into the garbage fire. But a new national survey shows that's not the case.
11 min
Who won the US-China trade war?
One of the most visible and contentious footprints left by the Trump presidency was the trade war with China. So now that the Trump presidency is over and with the benefit of hindsight, what did the trade war accomplish?
21 min
The rise of clean energy is all about the money
It's become pretty clear that the clean energy 'revolution' is not only here, it has eclipsed its activist roots and is now firmly being propelled by economics.
28 min
57 senators vs. ‘a very high bar’: Breaking dow...
President Trump was not convicted of inciting the January 6th insurrection at the US Capitol, which wasn't a surprise to anyone who's been paying attention to the state of American politics recently. But it was perhaps a little surprising that 57 senators, including seven Republicans, thought he should be held responsible by the Senate.
26 min
What good is a vaccination program without a di...
When the vaccines were first announced and started to get distributed, it felt like the end was finally in sight. But it hasn't really gone the way we thought, just like everything else in this pandemic.
24 min
Have you been cheated on financially? You're no...
According to a new survey from US News & World Report, there's a whole lot of people who say they've either been a victim of financial infidelity or committed it.
28 min
Student loan debt: a big problem and an America...
Young adults are leaving college with staggering amounts of debt in student loans. And it seems like that college degree means a lot less today than it meant a few decades ago when it comes to job prospects and projected income.
19 min
The first computer is turning 75 in Philadelphi...
The first computer was built at the University of Pennsylvania. It's called the ENIAC. And it's about to celebrate its 75th birthday.
27 min
Is this COVID-19 stimulus package too big or no...
And is it time to talk about inflation, or is that something to worry about after the average American recovers economically?
11 min
The Pennsylvania vaccine deep dive episode
In Pennsylvania, frustrations are mounting at just about every level over the distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations, from individuals and families to communities and politicians. So why can't we seem to get this right?
40 min
The inequality virus: "Half of humanity was rig...
We broke the wrong kind of record in 2020 -- a new report from the group Oxfam shows that for the first time, inequality has grown everywhere during the pandemic.
19 min
The deepening housing crisis: "$60 billion in b...
Ever since the start of the pandemic, the people on the wrong side of the K-shaped recovery have taken it on the chin. So many people have lost income and savings, and the number of people falling behind on the rent or the mortgage is truly hard to fathom.
11 min
Kill the filibuster: the shaky future of "The S...
How did the filibuster evolve to become the tool of obstruction it's used as today, and what are the consequences of getting rid of it all together?
24 min
The case for $15 an hour and why it's not about...
There's already a lot of people talking about the minimum wage and arguing whether we should or shouldn't bump it up -- so we wanted to sort of bypass the "should we or shouldn't we" of it all and talk about the issue from the math side.
18 min
"As many people incarcerated as possible." How ...
Why we use prisons that turn profits in the United States and what it says that the government wants out.
23 min
Big hopes for big stimulus, and why you should ...
It's been a busy week -- jobs numbers, new unemployment figures, stimulus development, questions about student debt forgiveness, and why you should care about the treasury yield curve.
12 min
Super Bowl advertising, pandemic style
How are advertisers thinking differently this year, and how have the messages they're sending changed?
10 min
Was the 9-to-5 work day even a good idea?
If you've been working from home at all for the past year you've probably benefited from having a little more flexibility in your schedule.
21 min
Amazon after Bezos, and Bezos after Amazon. "Wh...
What's next for Bezos, and for Amazon, after the CEO of one of the most important companies ever decided to step down?
12 min
Former Montco DA Bruce Castor: "I'm a lawyer, a...
KYW Newsradio's Jim Melwert asked Castor about the historic nature of the task ahead of him and why he thinks that the former President shouldn't be held responsible for the riot at the Capitol on January 6.
14 min
Serious questions about the long-term health co...
More and more people are dealing with long term symptoms and problems as a result of COVID-19.
14 min
Immigration reform: Joe Biden's top priorities ...
How much different is the Biden White House's immigration agenda from that of former President Trump?
20 min
Pandemic GDP and the wildest week on stonks int...
If this week was any indication, 2021 is going head to head with 2020 for how wild a single year can get.
9 min
Why the bleep haven't we solved robocalls yet?
Every day, unsolicited calls and voice mails and text messages for fake car warranties and lawsuits and spam links get delivered to people everywhere, and it feels like there's basically nothing we can do about it. Episode Summary: Robocalls are a massive annoyance. Every day, unsolicited calls and voice mails and text messages for fake car warranties and lawsuits and spam links get delivered to people everywhere, and it feels like there's basically nothing we can do about it. What's actually happening here? Why did robocalling start in the first place? And is anyone working on the problem? Dr. Brian Stuart, Associate Teaching Professor of Computer Science at Drexel University joins KYW Newsradio In Depth to talk about why robocalls are so pervasive and why they're probably not going anywhere anytime soon.
25 min
Eat the rich: How Redditors squeezed hedge fund...
The video game and electronics retail company GameStop has been going bonkers on the stock market after a group of Redditors decided to declare war on hedge funds and other institutional investors who were betting that the stock was overvalued.
19 min
Can your employer make you get the COVID-19 vac...
What happens if a worker can't get it because of a health concern? Or just won't get it, because of a Facebook meme?
15 min
Fighting the next pandemic: Tom Ridge, Joe Lieb...
How can we prepare for the next pandemic? Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman are part of a team working to make sure our failures in addressing COVID-19 don't happen again.
11 min
The NRA, bankruptcy, and the future of the most...
What does bankruptcy do for the National Rifle Association?
23 min
How the SolarWinds breach became "one of the wo...
When the IT software company SolarWinds was breached in a cyber hack, cybersecurity firewalls across the United States were effectively slashed open.
19 min
Why impeach a former President?
What kind of precedent is there for impeaching a public official who is no longer in office? What would conviction mean for the former president?
17 min
So how do you convince Congress to send help to...
Ambitious relief plans have already been unveiled by the new presidential administration, but at the end of the day the American people need help kind of desperately to make it through this pandemic and the responsibility falls to Congress to act on a relief bill.
12 min
Presents: The parks and rec NBA 2K21 tournament...
In Depth presents The Rundown from KYW Newsradio, a round table conversation with a group of KYW Newsradio reporters about Philadelphia area news.
21 min
Who did Trump pardon and why?
Were there any surprises, or was his list pretty consistent with previous administrations?
13 min
The year of At Home was complicated for real es...
21 min
A historically unique transfer of power
Joe Biden will be inaugurated as President of the United States on Wednesday. He will take power in the midst of a pandemic, and two weeks after a mob stormed the US Capitol.
25 min
A lot of Americans have trouble believing race ...
What's behind the inequality, who's getting hit the hardest, and how does a country that has trouble getting on the same page about anything work together to level the playing field?
10 min
Past the pandemic, how will Biden change health...
And why exactly is the healthcare system in the United States so expensive and convoluted compared with similar countries?
18 min
The future of health services in the workplace ...
As more people get vaccinated, employers will have to start making decisions about bringing their employees back to the physical office space -- the first of an almost endless list of health related workplace decisions that are going to be front of mind after the coronavirus pandemic.
10 min
Why we believe conspiracy theories
A growing number of Americans believe some pretty wild things, and it’s nearly impossible for a conspiracy theorist to change their mind about their beliefs. Why is that?
8 min
What's in Biden's $2 trillion COVID-19 recovery...
How critical is funding for state and local governments, and what exactly do direct payments do for the economy?
11 min
Vaccine rollouts and the bones under the playgr...
We got some updates to vaccine rollout plans in the Philadelphia area, and the city of Philadelphia is working to commemorate 5,000 people buried in an old, nearly forgotten cemetery under a playground.
27 min
What do the signs of a stock market bubble look...
The stock market continues to hit high numbers despite the overall economy being uneven, at best. Is this normal?
19 min
100 years later: What people in 1921 predicted ...
What did people 100 years ago imagine today's world would look like? Jason Feifer from Entrepreneur Magazine wanted to find out.
22 min
Corporations are shutting off the political don...
One ripple effect of the violence at the Capitol has been that many corporations are now suspending financial donations to politicians who objected to the counting of the Electoral College votes that day. That seems like a big deal. Is it?
16 min
What's different now that Brexit is official?
What happens when a country goes through a massive divorce like this? And what does it mean for the UK, for the EU, and the rest of the world? Episode Summary: After years of political turmoil, the United Kingdom has finally left the European Union. So now that Brexit is official, what exactly has changed? What happens when a country goes through a massive divorce like this? And what does it mean for the UK, for the EU, and the rest of the world? Dr. R. Daniel Kelemen, Professor of Political Science and Law and Chair in European Union Politics at Rutgers University joins KYW Newsradio in Depth to talk about what Brexit means and why it matters. Episode Pubdate: Now Midroll locations: 12'11"
24 min
2020 is finally over, but the top risks of 2021...
The coronavirus pandemic, American political unrest, inequality, cyber warfare, climate change. Are we equipped to meet the challenges we're going to face in 2021?
20 min
Life after COVID: it's going to be harder for s...
21 min
The star of the 2020 economy was widening inequ...
Call it a K-shape, or maybe it's more of a straight line -- the wealthy did very well in 2020 and everyone else did not. So what's in store for 2021?
10 min
The fallout after the US Capitol was overrun
We’re still learning about the extent of what happened, and how it was able to happen, but we wanted to talk about putting this moment in context and where we go from here.
23 min
"Sending a strong signal." Merrick Garland and ...
He's widely known as President Obama's Supreme Court pick who never got a vote before Congress. But what else should you know about Merrick Garland?
12 min
Mutant coronavirus strains are emerging around ...
One mutation was found in South Africa, another highly contagious strain of the virus emerged in the UK and now is being found all over. So how concerned should we be? And are the vaccines we have now still effective against these mutations?
18 min
The attack on the US Capitol: news coverage fro...
KYW Newsradio covered the storming of the Capitol on January 6th, 2021, as it happened. Here's how it sounded.
18 min
America's roads, rails, and bridges are in bad ...
Republicans and Democrats alike agree that bridges should get fixed, potholes should get filled, water should flow through pipes with above average structural integrity. So why can't we agree to fix the one thing we agree needs fixing?
20 min
The good, the bad, and the surprising: What's i...
What's inside the bill, who is it going to help, and is it going to be enough to get America through the coronavirus crisis?
20 min
What we know about lung disease, COVID-19, and ...
What can COVID-19 mean for you if you smoke or vape? And if you're looking to quit, what steps should you take?
9 min
"Not survived- withstood." Zooming Out on 2020 ...
28 min
The cannabis industry is booming, and universit...
Marijuana is legal in more places than ever, business is booming, and there's a huge market demand for bright young minds to advance the industry. We wanted to find out how colleges and trade schools are responding to that demand.
7 min
"What do I want to be popular for?" Zooming Out...
28 min
Some states are 'woefully unprepared' for clima...
A new report developed by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the non-profit Trust for America’s Health looks at the health impacts of climate change, including which states are at the highest risk and which states are the most prepared.
8 min
What did we Google the most in 2020?
Toilet paper near me. Election results. Why were chainsaws invented? It's the end of the year and time for that age old tradition of revealing all of our browser histories to the world.
7 min
Our phones are doing bad things to us, and the ...
What happens when instead of aiding day to day life, our phones and gadgets start to interfere with it?
16 min
How important will the next treasury secretary ...
If confirmed, Janet Yellen would be the first woman to ever serve as Treasury Secretary. So what does it look like to take over the United States Department of the Treasury in the middle of an economic crisis?
9 min
What to do when politics interferes with relati...
With the holidays coming up and families getting together, there are going to be conversations that a lot of people are dreading. How do you preserve relationships that feel fractured by all this political hostility?
18 min
The Lazaretto: America's last surviving quarant...
The Lazaretto is a beautiful, stately building in Tinicum Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. It's also the last surviving quarantine hospital in the United States.
26 min
Are the kids gonna make it out of 2020 okay?
A lot of parents are concerned about their children's mental health and their ability to recover the longer this continues -- but there are good reasons to be optimistic.
14 min
Across the country, Americans voted to change d...
From New Jersey to Arizona to Oregon, voters pretty uniformly voted to loosen drug laws. So what does that mean for the country, and what does it mean for the war on drugs?
26 min
The biggest lessons we learned in 2020 about th...
Thinking back to March, what was a big deal back then that we barely think about now? And what can we take from 2020 to learn from and apply to next year and the years to follow?
15 min
The massive SolarWinds hack: What happened, and...
We still don't know the full scale of the damage of the SolarWinds hack that breached thousands of systems, including U.S. government agencies and Fortune 500 companies.
18 min
What kind of lasting mental health effects is 2...
The holidays can be a tough time emotionally and mentally for people. Add that to a raging pandemic, and there are a lot of land mines we have to be aware of right now when it comes to our mental health.
13 min
Are Santa and the elves safe from coronavirus? ...
Children make lasting memories during the holidays, but everything is different this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. How can you make sure that despite everything, the 2020 holiday season stays special for kids?
15 min
For the first time in 400 years, you can watch ...
If you enjoy sky watching, something very cool is on the horizon involving Saturn and Jupiter that you won't want to miss.
6 min
Do we still need to check everyone's temperatur...
We've seen workplace COVID-19 rules and guidelines put in place everywhere, but how effective are they? Are things like temperature checks and deep cleaning as effective as we once thought?
12 min
Worrying signs for holiday hiring, and the cons...
Just a few more weeks until many programs that have helped Americans through the pandemic expire. If Washington DC doesn't act, this could get ugly.
7 min
Save Our Stages: World Cafe Live founder Hal Re...
Independent music venues have been out of business since March. The situation is desperate, time is running out, and they're making one last push to stay alive.
36 min
How does an entire city get vaccinated? Rolling...
Philadelphia was one of the cities that helped the CDC come up with a distribution plan, and Philadelphia Deputy Health Commissioner Dr. Caroline Johnson joins KYW Newsradio In Depth to talk about how the COVID-19 vaccine is going to be distributed.
29 min
Thursday's Earth forecast: A geomagnetic storm ...
A geomagnetic storm is coming to the Earth, from the Sun, as soon as Thursday, December 10. It could affect everything from appliances to satellites to making the northern lights visible in places that would normally never see them.
7 min
An important vaccine caution for people who car...
The UK has started administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, and regulators there have issued a warning after two healthcare workers had allergic reactions to it.
16 min
What the safe harbor deadline means for Presid...
December 8th is safe harbor day. It's a key date for presidential elections and the Electoral College, dating back to the election of 1876, when the country was still scarred by the aftermath of the Civil War.
22 min
"We don't just distribute food, we bring a box ...
As the pandemic worsens and we see some really challenging days ahead during the holiday season, places like the Food Bank of South Jersey are working hard to help as many people as they can.
29 min
Is it too late for a relief bill that actually ...
If Congress passed a stimulus today, how long would it take before help arrives to the people who need it most?
10 min
People are asking about plastic surgery because...
When you spend too much time looking at yourself, especially in the absolutely brutal mirror called video chat, it's all too common to start picking out things you don't like. And some people decide to go a step further and do something about it.
22 min
Philadelphia scientists are making a COVID-19 v...
How far along is the vaccine from INOVIO? Dr. David Weiner gives an update on what's happened over the past few months and how the team making the vaccine is doing.
28 min
Election 2020 was wild. What is it about Americ...
Election years are usually intense in America, but 2020 seemed like it was a different animal entirely. What is it that prevents people from different political parties from finding common ground?
37 min
The challenge of battling HIV/AIDS while the wo...
Scientists and doctors have done incredible work developing treatments for COVID-19 and creating a vaccine in record time. But while we are grappling with coronavirus, the critical work of advancing the fight against HIV/AIDS still needs to get done.
11 min
What's going to change at a Department of Justi...
In part five of our series on the next administration, we're taking a look back at the accomplishments of the Department of Justice under President Trump and how the DOJ's priorities might change under President Biden.
15 min
Dark days for travel and hospitality, but there...
If the tourism and hospitality industry can just hang on a little longer, a research team at Temple University says there are reasons to be hopeful.
13 min