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.

Is telemedicine here to stay after COVID-19? ...
Just about every aspect of everyday life has changed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and that includes going to see your doctor. Instead of asking patients to make the trip and sit in the waiting room, more and more doctors are using telemedicine to see and treat their patients. Dr. Erev Tubb, medical oncologist and the medical director of the Cancer Center at Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill joins KYW In Depth to talk about how successful telemedicine has been for him and whether he thinks it's here to stay, even beyond COVID-19. See for privacy information.
14 min
Is it ethical to deliberately expose people to ...
The return to some kind of post-pandemic normalcy is going to hinge on the development of a coronavirus vaccine. This is a process that can take months or years and includes several testing phases to determine if the vaccine is both safe and effective. But there is a way to speed up the process, and it depends on hundreds of people being willing to volunteer to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Dr. Nir Eyal is a Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Center for Population-Level Bioethics at Rutgers University. He joins KYW In Depth to talk about the article he co-authored called for controlled human challenge trials to speed up coronavirus vaccine development.  See for privacy information.
21 min
Did the COVID-19 PPP emergency loans go where t...
A lot of attention has been paid to the Paycheck Protection Program. It's the giant bundle of money, billions of dollars that Congress approved that was designed to help keep small businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. Once the program got started though, we started seeing news about big, publicly traded companies benefiting from the PPP, and in some cases announcing they had given back the money. So how widespread was this? How much of the assistance actually went to the places it was supposed to go? Dr. Sam Rosen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Finance at the Temple Fox School of Business joins KYW In Depth to break down the Paycheck Protection Program and where the loans went. Here's the link to Dr. Rosen's research: See for privacy information.
14 min
The Jersey Shore will reopen, but "we're gonna ...
The weather is getting nicer and a lot of people have the beach on their mind. Normally, that's just a sign of summer, but right now in New Jersey, during the coronavirus pandemic, it means some serious decision making from the state level on down. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy joined KYW Newsradio and KYW's Ian Bush to talk about the toll COVID-19 has taken on his state, the tragic milestone of 10,000 COVID-19 related deaths in the state, two new executive orders just signed in New Jersey, and how the state is going to handle summer at the Jersey Shore. See for privacy information.
15 min
"The crematory is nonstop." A funeral director ...
Nick Renn says he has never seen anything in his career that compares to the coronavirus pandemic. He's a funeral director at the Leroy P. Wooster Funeral Home in Atco, New Jersey. Nick Renn joins KYW In Depth to talk about the death he sees on a daily basis, how the virus has affected him and his colleagues, and the toll the pandemic is taking on families who have lost loved ones. See for privacy information.
29 min
Ask an economist: Is the worst of the COVID-19 ...
If the number of unemployed Americans made up a state, it would be the second most populous state in the US, behind only California. David Fiorenza, Villanova School of Business Economics Professor joins KYW In Depth to talk about the massive unemployment number, another month that saw retail sales hammered by coronavirus, and if we should be concerned about deflation in the months to come. See for privacy information.
13 min
How COVID-19 attacks taste and smell
The CDC has added loss of taste and smell to its list of COVID-19 symptoms. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have been looking into this, and they've released an initial study that has been published in the International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology. Dr. Richard Doty is Director of Penn's Smell and Taste Center, and Dr. Natasha Mirza is Director of Penn's Center for Voice and Swallowing. They join KYW In Depth to break down their research on how COVID-19 can attack taste and smell. See for privacy information.
29 min
Governor Tom Wolf: "I understand the frustratio...
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf talked with KYW Newsradio today about the coronavirus pandemic in the Keystone State, when more counties will be moving from red to yellow, small business owners who are trying to stay afloat during this pandemic, and when social distancing restrictions might be eased, especially around the Philadelphia area which has been hit hard by the virus. See for privacy information.
14 min
Were our public health systems misunderstood be...
We're in a very strange time right now, where public health has suddenly become a major focus in a way that doesn't happen very often, and as a result, the people who work in public health have also become more visible than probably we or they ever expected them to be. Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx are nationally recognized household names now, and each state has its own team of doctors and public servants who find themselves at the podium for hours a day, giving out information to anyone watching. Because of the spotlight on public health right now, we wanted to dig into it a little more. Dr. Tony Reed, Chief Medical Officer for Temple University Hospital joins KYW In Depth to explains what the field of public health entails and what's involved in working a public health job.  See for privacy information.
13 min
HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson on coronavirus rel...
U.S. HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson came to Philadelphia to visit a veteran's community, and while he was here he called KYW Newsradio. Dr. Carson talked about a couple things, including his visit, the moratorium on evictions, and also how the Department of Housing and Urban Development is using the $12 billion dollars it was given responsibility for through the CARES Act for relief during the coronavirus pandemic. See for privacy information.
7 min
How COVID-19 is changing hospital design
Thermal temperature scans, negative pressure, third entrances to emergency departments. These are just some of the changes that could become the new normal at hospitals and healthcare facilities because of the coronavirus pandemic. Aran McCarthy, Healthcare Design Principal at Francis Cauffman Architects joins KYW In Depth to explain what goes into the design of a hospital, and how design priorities are changing because of the coronavirus pandemic. See for privacy information.
22 min
What needs to happen before college sports can ...
Everyone is anxious for the return of sports, and the American College Health Association recently released guidelines on what they think universities need to have in place from a health and safety standpoint before we see college athletics come back. Dr. Karen Weaver, Associate Clinical Professor of Sport Management at the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University joins KYW In Depth to break down the guidelines and what they mean. ACHA guidelines: >>> See for privacy information.
17 min
How a grocery store saved a woman's life during...
A man from Montgomery County, PA called KYW Newsradio because he wanted to publically say thank you to his grocery store. His wife suffers from several diseases that make eating most foods impossible -- except for a particular type of yogurt. He couldn't find it anywhere. Then, Henning's Market in Harleysville, PA stepped up. Today on KYW In Depth, a couple says thank you during a pandemic. "I want people to know that there are good people out there, there are people who care."  See for privacy information.
21 min
Understanding R0 (R-Naught) and the contagiousn...
If you've been reading about COVID-19 you've probably run into R0 a few times. It's pronounced R-naught, and it's a mathematical indicator of how contagious something is. We wanted to get a better understanding of R0 and why it's important, so we asked Dr. Annette Reboli, Dean of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, New Jersey to join KYW In Depth to break down what R0 is, what it means, and where this coronavirus ranks among contagious diseases. See for privacy information.
10 min
Scientists are studying if dogs can sniff out C...
Believe it or not, viruses have odors, and researchers at Penn Vet are trying to find out if dogs can smell COVID-19. Dr. Cynthia M. Otto, Professor of Working Dog Sciences and Sports Medicine and Director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center joins KYW in Depth to break down how they're testing if dogs can smell COVID-19, what they hope the project will be able to do, and when we could know if man's best friend can help us beat coronavirus.  See for privacy information.
20 min
The coronavirus is mutating. What does that mea...
There's a preliminary report out of the Los Alamos National Laboratory about a mutation to SARS-CoV-2 that is more transmissible. The paper has not been peer reviewed yet, but it's still getting national attention. Dr. David Weiner, director of the Wistar Institute's Vaccine and Immunology Center joins KYW In Depth to break down what the study found, what it means, and what impact the mutations could have on vaccine development. See for privacy information.
21 min
Taking a break from COVID-19 to talk about murd...
During these days of COVID-19, you're really hard pressed to find any news story that doesn't have some sort of connection to the pandemic. Over the last few weeks though, there's been at least one exception: the arrival of the massive insects nicknamed murder hornets in the US. They are scary looking and huge, but are they as bad as they're made out to be? Dr. Christopher Tipping, Professor of Biology at Delaware Valley University joins KYW In Depth to talk about the Asian giant hornet -- why they're here, where they came from, why they're called murder hornets, and if he thinks they're going to make it to the Philadelphia area. See for privacy information.
15 min
Telehealth for dog behavior problems during COV...
A lot of dogs have been adopted from shelters during the coronavirus pandemic, and a lot of first time pet owners are still in the 'getting to know you' phase with their new fur babies. So how do you know if a new or different behavior is just a personality quirk, or if your dog could benefit from some kind of professional attention? Dr. Carlo Siracusa is an Associate Professor of Clinical Animal Behavior and Welfare at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He joins KYW In Depth to talk about a new telehealth program for dog behavioral issues at Penn Vet and to give some great advice for new pet owners, like to make sure that we're not putting too much pressure on our pets to be the surrogate for our missing social lives. See for privacy information.
28 min
The numbers say paychecks got bigger since the ...
We're looking at an unemployment rate above 14% in the US during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. David Fiorenza, Assistant Professor of Practice at the Villanova School of Business joins KYW In Depth to talk about the comparisons between 2020 and the Great Depression, declines in the labor force participation rate, and why the data show wages are rising.  See for privacy information.
11 min
Bon voyage: COVID-19 will disrupt airlines and ...
The coronavirus pandemic has played havoc with the travel industry, with airlines, cruises and hotels taking the brunt of it. Robert Mann Jr., President of R.W. Mann and Company Inc. joins KYW In Depth to talk about the extent of the damage, what needs to happen before consumer confidence returns, and what the future of travel might look like once everything resumes. See for privacy information.
22 min
"People saw we were more than just teachers all...
Kids have been learning from home for weeks now because of the coronavirus pandemic. The classroom is now the dining room or kitchen table, and students are getting lessons from teachers on a laptop, rather than in person. Obviously this has been a big adjustment for parents, but it's also been a big adjustment for the teachers, who have had to figure out the best ways to connect with their students without having them in the classroom. It's Teacher Appreciation Week, so we checked in with some teachers about how their job has changed in the wake of COVID-19, the challenges they're facing, and how much they miss their students.  See for privacy information.
29 min
How the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes du...
The Make-a-Wish Foundation has been operating for 40 years. It spans thousands of volunteers all across the United States and dozens of other countries. And its one goal is to make wishes come true for children, between two and a half and eighteen years old, who are suffering from critical illnesses. Dennis Heron, President and CEO of the Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley chapter joins the podcast to talk about how the organization is functioning through the pandemic, and how they are granting their 7,000th wish this week. If you want to help Make-A-Wish: See for privacy information.
23 min
Would you give up your privacy in exchange for ...
There's been a lot of talk about the possibility of an app helping to trace COVID-19 cases and contain the outbreak down the road. But what would that look like, and how would we address the concerns about privacy of personal data and medical information? Dr. Matthew Schneider, Assistant Professor at Drexel's LeBow College of Business joins KYW In Depth to talk about how bad we were at keeping data secure even before this pandemic, the privacy concerns behind coronavirus tracking apps, and if we should be thinking about data privacy in a completely different way. See for privacy information.
21 min
Trying to weather the storm: Agriculture in the...
We've been keeping an eye on the world of agriculture during this pandemic, looking at how food supply chains are holding up and how different farmers with different commodities are dealing with the situation. A few weeks ago we checked in with John M. Urbanchuk, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Agribusiness Department at Delaware Valley University, and he joins KYW In Depth again to take a look at what's changed in the past couple weeks and what might be ahead. See for privacy information.
17 min
Bats, wet markets, and how scientists trace a c...
COVID-19 is caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. The disease is unique and mysterious even to scientists who have been studying coronaviruses for years, and the origins of the pandemic are still being debated. Did it really jump from animal to human at a Wuhan wet market? Or did it start another way? Dr. Susan Weiss, Professor of Microbiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania joins the podcast to break down her research on coronaviruses. See for privacy information.
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