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.

Q&A with an epidemiologist about the newest cor...
What is the evidence that the coronavirus can linger in the air? Does the ventilation in a room affect transmission? What are the safest and least safe ways to reopen schools? If you could do one thing to make the country safer, what would that be? We took these questions and many more to Dr. Krys Johnson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Temple University, for an in depth conversation about COVID-19, what scientists have learned recently, and how we're doing at fighting the virus. See for privacy information.
28 min
Bracing for another round of layoffs as coronav...
We're in the fourth month of new weekly unemployment claims topping 1 million. How is that number going to change as coronavirus cases keep rising in the US? Why are unemployment claims trending down, but pandemic assistance claims rising? Could we be in store for another big round of layoffs across the country? David Fiorenza, Assistant Professor of Practice at the Villanova School of Business joins KYW In Depth to check in on how the economy is doing as the pandemic keeps wreaking havoc on the US. See for privacy information.
9 min
How do you talk to kids who are struggling to d...
There's a lot going on right now. The pandemic is ramping up across the country. Protests are still ongoing nationwide against racism and police brutality. A lot of 2020 has been just plain overwhelming, even if you're an adult. But what about for kids? How much are they processing, and how are they doing it? How do you know if they need more help then they're letting on? Dr. Jennifer Rich, Executive Director of the Rowan Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Assistant Professor in the Rowan University Department of Sociology and Anthropology joins KYW in Depth to talk about how kids are processing everything that's happening around us, what questions you should ask, and how to check in to see if they're doing okay. See for privacy information.
14 min
What the Supreme Court's Electoral College deci...
The US Supreme Court unanimously ruled on a case about the electoral college, just four months ahead of a presidential election. The decision affects something that's come up a couple times in recent elections, including in 2016: faithless electors. So why is this issue being addressed now? What’s the significance of the ruling? And why do we have an electoral college in the first place? Tuan Samahon, Law Professor at Villanova University joins KYW In Depth to break down the history of the Electoral College and what the Supreme Court's decision means for the future. See for privacy information.
27 min
How are schools going to solve COVID-19 learnin...
School districts across the country are not only trying to figure out how to safely send kids back to school in the fall, they're also trying to manage getting students caught up with everything they missed during remote classes amid the coronavirus shutdowns. Jim Cowen, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success joins KYW In Depth to talk about how teachers and schools are going to tackle the monumental task of overcoming learning loss. See for privacy information.
16 min
The serious, long-term health problems emerging...
"I've been in nursing for 30 years now, and I can say that this was not at all what I initially expected. I really did not think it was going to be as severe as it did become. And even clinicians, physicians who've been practicing for 40 years have never seen anything like this." A lot of the focus during the coronavirus pandemic has been on the number of hospitalizations, the number of people who have died from COVID-19, and trying to prevent asymptomatic carriers from spreading the disease. But something that doesn't seem like it's talked about a lot are the people who get COVID-19 and end up suffering long-term health problems. They survive, but they're not quite the same. Christa Schorr, Clinical Nurse Scientist at Cooper Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey and Associate Professor of Medicine at CMSRU joins KYW In Depth to talk about what she sees every day on the front lines of fighting this disease, and the long term health problems that some of her patients who survive COVID-19 are dealing with. See for privacy information.
16 min
If you're feeling hopeless during the COVID-19 ...
We're dealing with some really tough challenges right now. You might have gotten sick or lost a loved one, or maybe you lost your job and you're having trouble making ends meet. Pretty much everything has changed in the last few months and much of the world has kind of turned upside down. So, what can you do about it? Stanley H. Greene is the President of PowerThinking Corp, and he's built a career helping people develop resiliency and positive thinking skills. He joins KYW In Depth to break down ways you can retrain your brain to make healthy and proactive decisions during times of intense stress and discomfort, like right now -- several months into a devastating pandemic. Learn more about Stanley Greene's work and PowerThinking Corp here: See for privacy information.
29 min
What would happen to places like State College ...
There are still a lot of questions about the return of live sports while the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing, but we are seeing some progress. Baseball is starting training with the goal of getting games in at the end of July, the NBA and NHL are hoping to resume their seasons not long after that. But even if we see sports come back, there won't be fans in the stands. That means people won't be buying food or drinks, paying for parking, buying jerseys, going out to dinner after the game. There will be a lot of ripple effects. We wanted to talk to an economist about it, so we asked David Fiorenza, Assistant Professor of Practice at the Villanova School of Business and friend of the podcast to join KYW In Depth to talk about what sports without fans will mean to local economies, and what it could mean for places that have built up an identity and a way of life around sports, like State College for example. See for privacy information.
14 min
Larry Krasner: Philly's District Attorney on ho...
This is the second part of a series here on KYW In Depth taking a look at gun violence in Philadelphia during the coronavirus pandemic. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner announced a new initiative last month that involved assistant district attorneys being placed in individual police districts or stations. It's based off of a model used in Chicago that resulted in a decrease in shootings and homicides. For this episode, District Attorney Krasner joins KYW In Depth to talk about the plan, how it should work, and why he thinks a community based approach is the answer to the gun violence crisis. See for privacy information.
23 min
Danielle Outlaw: Philly's Police Commissioner o...
Danielle Outlaw has been Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department since February. And in those five months, she's overseen the department through the coronavirus pandemic, the protests and unrest in Philadelphia after the death of George Floyd, and a recent spike in crime, including shootings and homicides. Commissioner Outlaw recently announced her plan to decrease violent crimes in Philadelphia, and she sat down with KYW's crime and justice reporter Kristen Johanson for a conversation on KYW In Depth about the details of the crime action plan, what she thinks about the 'defund the police' movement, the spiking crime rate in Philly and around the country, police morale, and the path forward as a police department and a city. Read more about the crime action plan on See for privacy information.
29 min
The coronavirus bankruptcy wave: How big is it,...
The coronavirus pandemic is still raging, and as a result, a lot of stores are closing and a lot of corporations are declaring bankruptcy. Bruce Grohsgal, the Helen S. Balick Professor in Business Bankruptcy Law at Widener University Delaware Law School joins KYW In Depth to break down the size of this wave of companies that are resorting to bankruptcy, how long it'll likely be before some of them recover, which companies and industries are hurting the most, and practical sense solutions to help ease some of the economic pain. See for privacy information.
13 min
Coronavirus shopping trends that are here to stay
The shopping experience for everyone is much different than it was just a few months ago, but have things been changed forever as a result of the coronavirus pandemic? Barbara Kahn, the Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor of Marketing at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania joins KYW In Depth to talk about the shopping trends we're seeing a couple months into the pandemic and which ones are here to stay. See for privacy information.
26 min
Senator Cory Booker on police reform: 'Time to ...
The day before New Jersey's primary election, Senator Cory Booker called in to KYW Newsradio to talk about a couple of things Congress is working on right now, police reform legislation and another stimulus bill to help out Americans while coronavirus cases keep setting records in the US. See for privacy information.
6 min
The big ways COVID-19 is changing the American ...
Are we watching the makeup of the American job market and the job force change before our eyes? Dr. Eric Patton, Associate Professor of Management and Chair of the Management Department at Saint Joseph's University joins KYW In Depth's Matt Leon to talk about how America's job market has been disrupted so far, the biggest changes on the horizon, and even broader questions like if the coronavirus pandemic could have an impact on the income gap and systemic issues in the United States. See for privacy information.
25 min
What's going to happen to movie theaters after ...
The coronavirus pandemic has hit just about every type of business you can think of -- but one industry in particular that's having a lot of trouble right now is movie theaters. It seems like it's going to be really hard for theaters to convince people to keep coming out, especially right now at the height of the streaming revolution, and after studios have seen a lot of success beaming new movies right to your living room. Dr. Subodha Kumar, Professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management at the Fox School of Business at Temple University and the Founding Director of the Center for Data Analytics joins KYW In Depth to talk about about how the industry is doing right now, what changes they're making, and what kind of shape movie theaters are going to be in after COVID-19. See for privacy information.
24 min
What would happen if we slowed down COVID-19 te...
Why is the virus spiking around the United States right now? What would happen if we slowed down COVID-19 testing? Are we ready for a second wave? Dr. Esther Chernak, infectious disease physician and Associate Clinical Professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health and the College of Medicine at Drexel University joins KYW In Depth to talk about the state of COVID-19 testing nationwide, where we are and where we need to be.  See for privacy information.
21 min
COVID-19 cases are spiking, and that may change...
Coronavirus cases are spiking in other parts of the country. What's that going to mean for us here? What's the difference between a V-shaped recovery and a W-shaped recovery? What would another round of stay at home orders mean for the economy? Are states going to be able to balance their budgets without help from the federal government? David Fiorenza, Assistant Professor of Practice at the Villanova School of Business joins KYW In Depth to break down these questions and more. See for privacy information.
12 min
Be careful when using your COVID-19 debit card ...
Millions of Americans got their stimulus money on a prepaid debit card: the Economic Impact Payment Card, or EIP. If you're one of them, there are things you need to know about using it, and you want to make sure you don't get dinged with fees. Susannah Snider, Senior Editor for Personal Finance at U.S. News & World Report joins KYW In Depth to talk about why some people got debit cards instead of direct deposit, what you can do to get the most out of that money, and personal finance tips for surviving the coronavirus pandemic. See for privacy information.
11 min
A history of building statues and tearing them ...
Around the world, controversial statues are being talked about, debated, and in some cases being moved or torn down. In America, a lot of the focus has been on confederate statues. But it's not limited to the civil war -- here in Philadelphia the spotlight has been on statues of people like Frank Rizzo and Christopher Columbus. Dr. Sarah Beetham, Chair of Liberal Arts and Assistant Professor of Art History at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts joins KYW In Depth to talk about the history of America's statues and monuments, why the statues that are most controversial right now, like Confederate Army generals, were put up in the first place, and what's been done in the past when people and societies have faced the same issues that we're dealing with right now. See for privacy information.
28 min
A lot of people can't pay the mortgage because ...
A lot of people are having trouble paying their mortgages because they're out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic. More than 4 million people missed a mortgage payment in May. So what does that mean for individual Americans and the economy as a whole? How worried should we be? David Wilk, Assistant Professor of Finance and Director of the Real Estate Program at Temple University's Fox School of Business joins KYW In Depth to break down what's happening in the housing market and mortgages, and what he thinks about the future of commercial real estate amid the coronavirus pandemic. See for privacy information.
20 min
What is community policing, and what happens wh...
What is the future of policing in the United States going to look like? America is sort of having an intense conversation about it right now. And one of the things that keeps getting brought up in community policing. We wanted to know more about community policing, so we asked Dr. Brian Wyant, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at La Salle University to join KYW In Depth. He helps us break down what community policing is, where it's being used to good effect or bad, and where it could fit in the future of the American city. See for privacy information.
13 min
Poll: where and when are people going on vacati...
The Philadelphia area is slowly and steadily easing coronavirus restrictions, just in time for vacation season. So are people thinking about traveling again? Dr. Laurie Wu, assistant professor in the school of Sport, Hospitality and Tourism Management at Temple University joins KYW in Depth to talk about a poll the school conducted to find out when people would be willing to travel, and where they want to go. See for privacy information.
8 min
The Supreme Court's DACA decision, explained
The Supreme Court recently blocked the Trump Administration from ending DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But the court ruling was anything but an end to the high stakes battle over the future of hundreds of thousands of people who were brought to the United States as children, and could be vulnerable to deportation as adults. There's a lot more to the story. Jennifer Lee, Professor of Law at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law joins KYW In Depth to help make sense of the Supreme Court decision, what the justices actually ruled and what that ruling means, the story of how we got here, and what's next for the Dreamers. See for privacy information.
11 min
Creativity, patience, and Detroit pizza: How th...
The coronavirus pandemic has done serious damage to the restaurant industry. It's taken a lot of patience and grit and hustle just for businesses to stay afloat. So we're checking in with businesses in our communities to see how they're doing and what they've done to outlast the coronavirus pandemic. Steve and Patrizia Carcarey, owners of the Collegeville Italian Bakery Pizzeria Napoletana join KYW In Depth to talk about running the business during the pandemic, the highs and lows of the past few months, what kind of changes they've had to make and what they've learned along the way. See for privacy information.
18 min
NJ hair salons get the green light to open, but...
Salons and barbershops are set to reopen in New Jersey. So how will the haircut experience be changing after the COVID-19 shutdown? Frank Rizzieri, President of Rizzieri joins KYW in Depth to talk about what it takes to reopen after months of COVID-19 restrictions and how it feels to start up a business again after months of uncertainty. See for privacy information.
12 min