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.

How a fire and a fever forged the Philadelphia ...
The history of Philadelphia is filled with causes and effects that have slowly and surely built the city into the Philadelphia we know and love today. And as we live through the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, it's maybe even more interesting that so much of the innovation in Philadelphia's history was brought about by public health crises, both directly and indirectly. We wanted to find out more about the events that built this city, so we asked Harris Steinberg, Executive Director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University to come back to KYW In Depth and talk about how a fire and a fever forged Philadelphia. See for privacy information.
27 min
Spending too much time Doomscrolling is hurting...
Are you spending a lot of time scrolling through social media, looking at bad news, and then feeling stressed out about it? It's called 'doomscrolling,' a lot of people are doing it right now, and it could be really hurting your mental health. Dr. Melissa Hunt, clinical psychologist and the Associate Director of Clinical Training at the University of Pennsylvania joins KYW In Depth for a fascinating conversation about why doomscrolling can corrode your mental health, tips to slow down the amount of time you spend doomscrolling on social media, and the state of our mental health during the coronavirus pandemic. See for privacy information.
19 min
CityHealth scores Philadelphia's street safety,...
There's a report out from CityHealth that looks at streets policies in cities -- what's on the books, how are policies and laws enforced, and how are cities keeping everyone who uses the streets safe. CityHealth President Dr. Shelley Hearne joins KYW In Depth to talk about how Philadelphia scored and to take a look at how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting transportation. CityHealth is an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. Check out the report here: See for privacy information.
9 min
What the canceled minor league season means for...
Most of the baseball world right now is focused on the major league season, trying to keep teams safe during the coronavirus pandemic, the Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak. But coronavirus has made its mark on baseball in more ways than this MLB season. One of the most damaging effects of the pandemic on baseball is in the minors -- the cancellation of the entire Minor League Baseball season. Gene Schall is a former major leaguer who spent a couple years playing for the Phillies and then worked for the team as a regional amateur scouting supervisor. Now he's a recruiting specialist at Next College Student Athlete. Schall joins KYW In Depth to talk about what the empty minor league season will mean for baseball, for the young players in the league, and for young fans.  See for privacy information.
17 min
"People call and say, I saw myself on a Zoom ca...
For a long time, elective surgical procedures were put on hold as part of coronavirus restrictions. And that mean that a lot of plastic surgery was put on hold. But that option has been back on the table for a while now, and we wanted to know what kind of demand there's been for plastic surgery since elective procedures were allowed to continue. Dr. Steven Davis, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at Davis Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Cherry Hill, New Jersey joins KYW In Depth to talk about how plastic surgery has changed during the coronavirus pandemic and the most common questions he's getting from patients. See for privacy information.
16 min
Warning signs for the economy as coronavirus un...
Time to take a look at the American economy at the end of another week during the coronavirus pandemic. Unemployment claims are creeping higher, we're expecting a new stimulus bill, and a lot of uncertainty is ahead for millions of American workers in essentially every sector of the economy. David Fiorenza, Associate Professor of Practice at the Villanova School of Business joins KYW In Depth to break down his biggest concerns for the economy and what he hopes could come in the new coronavirus relief bill. See for privacy information.
11 min
Can tipped workers still scratch out a living w...
One of the groups of people who have been hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic are people who make a living by earning tips. In some places across the country, restaurants, hotels, and bars are opening again -- but in most cases they're restricted to 25% or 50% capacity. Can a tipped worker even scratch out a living at a place with coronavirus capacity restrictions? Jennifer Lee, Law Professor at Temple University and Director of the Social Justice Lawyering Clinic joins KYW In Depth to talk about the minimum wage and the crisis facing workers who make their living earning tips. See for privacy information.
16 min
What's going to be in the next coronavirus reli...
What's going to be in the next coronavirus relief bill from congress? When will it be done? What can the two parties agree on and where are they going to have to compromise? And when all is said and done, who's actually going to be helped out the most? Scott Deacle, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Business and Economics at Ursinus College joins KYW In Depth to break down how the package is being crafted and what it might look like. See for privacy information.
22 min
College sports in crisis during COVID-19: "The ...
The world of college athletics has been turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic. We've seen seasons shortened, conferences decide not to participate in fall sports, and even whole programs cut or suspended. So what's the state of college sports right now, and what's next? Dr. Karen Weaver, Associate Clinical Professor of Sport Management at the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University joins KYW In Depth to talk about how the COVID-19 crisis has hit college athletics. See for privacy information.
14 min
Finding lost pets with facial recognition tech ...
Only 17 percent of lost pets get reunited with their owners nationwide. The Brandywine Valley SPCA is the first animal shelter in the Philadelphia area to use facial recognition software to help reunite more lost pets with their owners. Linda Torelli, Marketing Director of the Brandywine Valley SPCA joins KYW In Depth to talk about how it works and how the technology can help boost that percentage, why the national reunite rate is so low, and whether all the fireworks that have been going off lately have contributed to the lost pet rate. Find out more here: See for privacy information.
8 min
Governor Murphy on NJ school plans and that qua...
What's going to happen when school starts back up, and how can we keep kids safe while they get an education? Those are still the biggest questions parents have right now across the country. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy called in to KYW Newsradio to talk with Ian Bush about the state's plans for getting back to school. Ian also asked Governor Murphy about the future of bars and restaurants in the Garden State, when gyms might reopen, progress in Congress on a bill and what it would mean if there's no help for states, and why there's a disagreement over quarantine policy between New Jersey and Delaware. See for privacy information.
11 min
227 years before COVID-19 in Philly, Dr. Benjam...
Philadelphia has seen its share of health emergencies. Obviously, 2020 is the year of the coronavirus pandemic. There was the Spanish Flu in 1918. And in 1793, the city was devastated by a Yellow Fever outbreak. And in the center of that storm was Dr. Benjamin Rush, a physician, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and a founding father that you should know more about. Stephen Fried is the author of a great book about Rush, it's called "Rush: Revolution, Madness, and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father." Fried joins KYW In Depth to talk about Dr. Rush and Philadelphia's history of dealing with health emergencies. Check out the book here: See for privacy information.
37 min
Are drive-in concerts the future of live music ...
Live music and shows are coming back to Philly next month with a drive-in concert series at Citizens Bank Park. Live Nation Regional President Geoff Gordon joins KYW In Depth to break down how it will work. Check out the Live-In Drive-In lineup here: See for privacy information.
6 min
How coronavirus has transformed movie sets and ...
When the coronavirus pandemic hit, production on TV shows and movies stopped abruptly. It became pretty clear that essentially every part of filming would have to change in significant ways while COVID-19 remains a threat. So, what's happening right now in the movie and TV production industry? What will the future of a set look like? For the projects that were able to return to production, what kind of safety measures had to be put in place first? Lauren Wolkstein, filmmaker, television director, and Assistant Professor in the Temple University School of Theater, Film, and Media Arts joins KYW In Depth to talk about how coronavirus has transformed TV and movie production. See for privacy information.
19 min
How "Floor Is Lava" became a hit Netflix show, ...
If you haven't seen it, "Floor is Lava" is a delightfully silly gameshow on Netflix where teams of people try to make their way across a room covered in 'lava' without falling in. It's sort of a perfect distraction from how real life is nowadays. Megan McGrath, creator of "Floor is Lava" joins KYW In Depth to talk about her path from Boyertown, PA to Temple University to Los Angeles, where the idea for the show came from, and what's next in the "Floor is Lava" media empire. See for privacy information.
15 min
FICO's new index helps lenders measure your pan...
A lot of people have taken a big hit to their personal finances -- and getting credit right now has become more difficult. So FICO made a new tool lenders can use to help determine who is credit worthy during difficult times, like right now in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Beverly Harzog, credit card expert and consumer finance analyst for US News and World Report joins KYW In Depth to explain what the FICO Resilience Index is and what it means for people who are trying to get credit. See for privacy information.
27 min
How to help your dog avoid separation anxiety w...
We've been spending a lot more time with our dogs since coronavirus restrictions went into place. But as more and more things start opening back up, will they be able to handle the separation without too much anxiety? Leigh Siegfried, owner of Opportunity Barks Behavior and Training in Philadelphia joins KYW In Depth to talk about helpful tips for keeping your best friend healthy and happy. Check out Opportunity Barks at: See for privacy information.
20 min
More bad news for a devastated economy, but the...
Coronavirus cases are rising across the country and sectors of state economies are being closed down -- again. The enhanced federal unemployment assistance is ending at the end of the month, and we don't have a clear roadmap for what's next. And why are some politicians pushing for a payroll tax cut instead of direct cash assistance? David Fiorenza, Associate Professor of Practice at the Villanova School of Business joins KYW In Depth to talk about the economy this week during the coronavirus pandemic, the concerns over unemployment, and the silver lining for homeowners. See for privacy information.
10 min
Hard conversations in the Philly suburbs: how d...
Right now some of the hardest conversations happening around the country are about finding the safest ways for kids to attend school in the fall. Is it safe to reopen the building for a traditional school experience? Is it possible to get young kids to wear masks and social distance? The debates are happening everywhere, but we wanted to zero in on one county and one school district for this episode. Perkiomen Valley School District, in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, Dr. Valerie Arkoosh and Perkiomen Valley School District Superintendent Dr. Barbara Russell join KYW In Depth to talk about how their community is tackling one of the hardest questions in memory: can you safely open schools during a pandemic? See for privacy information.
24 min
Risk-taking expert warns college campus rules w...
Many colleges and universities have announced plans to bring students back on campus in the fall. Plans like reducing the number of students on campus, having only one person per dorm room, banning parties, requiring masks, eliminating dine-in cafeteria service. And the stakes are high: If cases rise on campus, they may once again be forced to close. But are these plans realistic? Temple University Psychology Professor Dr. Laurence Steinberg has been studying risk taking for more than 20 years, and he says expecting students to comply long-term with the guidelines is a fantasy. See for privacy information.
9 min
So, is Oklahoma half as big now? The Supreme Co...
The Supreme Court has been busy over the past few weeks handing down a number of rulings on everything from the electoral college to the president's financial records. But there was another really interesting decision that we want to talk about -- a ruling that provided a big victory for Native American rights. Ann Juliano, Professor of Law at Villanova University's Charles Widger School of Law joins KYW In Depth to explain the criminal case behind the ruling, what the decision means, and why it's significant that Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion.  See for privacy information.
14 min
Unpacking the mental health crisis in the coron...
There's a lot of focus on physical health during the coronavirus pandemic. And rightfully so. But there's also a big mental health burden that people will have to deal with for a long time. What are the mental heatlh effects of long stretches of lockdown or quarantine? How is life during COVID-19 affecting people who already struggle with mental health day to day? Dr. Rachel Daltry, Psychologist and Director of the Counseling Center at West Chester University joins KYW In Depth to talk about what 2020 is doing to our mental health and tips for checking in the people we care about.  See for privacy information.
17 min
AG Josh Shapiro breaks down Pennsylvania's new ...
Pennsylvania has become one of the first states to pass police reform in response to the death of George Floyd under the knee of an officer in Minneapolis and the protests against racial injustice that followed. Governor Wolf this signed two bills that passed unanimously in both the state House and Senate. The top law enforcer in Pennsylvania, Attorney General Josh Shapiro was at the signing ceremony and joins KYW In Depth to talk about what's in the new laws. See for privacy information.
5 min
How Americans voted during times of crisis in t...
The presidential election in November is going test America in more way than one. But, it's not necessarily unique in history. Yes, there's an ongoing pandemic and civil unrest in the forefront of the 2020 election -- but Americans have gone to the polls before during a crisis. In fact, one of the most consistent institutions in American history is Election Day. Americans voted during the Civil War. Both World Wars. The Great Depression. And even recent events like Hurricane Sandy. Dr. Richard Dilworth, Head of the Drexel University Department of Politics and Director of the Center for Public Policy joins KYW In Depth to talk more about how elections have happened in times of turmoil, and how Americans have responded to crises at the ballot box. See for privacy information.
29 min
94 year old Rosie the Riveter makes masks to fi...
Mae Krier is a real-life Rosie the Riveter. She built bombers for Boeing during World War II, and now she's serving her country in a different way -- trading in her rivet gun for a sewing machine and making masks during the coronavirus pandemic. She's made more than 200, and she's not stopping. See for privacy information.
23 min