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.

Cracking the wall between church and state
A recent Supreme Court ruling caught our attention because of what it could mean for the 'wall of separation' between church and state in America.
9 min
Most baby boomers want to age in place at home....
What would it take to make your home fit for aging in place, and what can home care services offer? If you haven’t thought about the kind of care you or your older loved ones will want, you need to start.
15 min
A dangerous mix: the pandemic is putting the lo...
Alcohol disorders spiked during the pandemic, and the long-term health implications are concerning. Eric Gremminger, who has battled substance abuse himself, believes he has solutions to get people the help they need.
21 min
What Gen-Z thinks about education, entitlement,...
'They DoorDashed from a ghost kitchen endorsed by a YouTube influencer.' If you don't understand that sentence, you need to learn about Gen-Z.
27 min
Lessons from a pandemic about preventive medicine
Preventive medicine means a lot of things, like getting vaccine shots and going to your doctor regularly. It's incredibly important, and that has been crystalized by the COVID-19 pandemic in a couple of key ways. We asked Dr. M. Tonette Krousel-Wood, President of the American College of Preventive Medicine to come on the podcast to talk about the challenges the pandemic brought to the field of preventive medicine and what we've learned over the last two very tough years.
16 min
Freedom of speech or coerced prayer? SCOTUS rul...
The Supreme Court ended its term with a string of key decisions. Law expert Kermit Roosevelt examines a case that blurs the lines between church and state.
14 min
Shakeup across the pond: why (and how) Boris Jo...
Boris Johnson's tenure as prime minister is coming to an end. Politics expert Dr. Joshua Weikert explores the implications of Johnson's resignation.
23 min
More than a teahouse: exploring the origins and...
Despite a recent act of vandalism, Shofuso Japanese House and Garden continues to remain open for discovery and exploration. With its distinct design and many gardens, the Fairmount Park landmark is both a site and experience to behold. It also boasts a compelling origin story. But for as rich as the history is at Shofuso, Associate Director of Organizational Culture Rob Buscher also believes it holds particular relevance in today’s world, serving as symbol of unity among various members of the West Philadelphia community.
18 min
Flying the unfriendly skies: how "revenge touri...
If you've tried flying recently, odds are you've run into trouble - from ticket prices to cancelled flights. Travel and tourism expert Dr. Benjamin Altschuler weighs in on the factors fueling the problems.
20 min
"This is not an echo chamber of Democrats": cou...
Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony at the January 6th hearings was compelling. Political science expert Ben Berger wonders if it will be enough to move the GOP further away from former President Donald Trump.
21 min
Economy update: the textbook definition of a re...
We're getting hints about GDP numbers from the second quarter, and so far estimates have us looking at the textbook definition of a recession... but is there a silver lining? Are some recessions not like the others?
9 min
Covering an out-of-control crisis: looking at h...
Between a surge in mass shootings and everyday violence, America continues to grapple with guns. Criminal justice expert Dr. Jason Gravel examines how the media is covering the crisis.
19 min
Monkeypox is ‘concerning,’ spreading, and unwar...
Now, we're seeing a lot of stories that bring back memories of the early days of the COVID pandemic, like problems with testing, tests not getting where they are needed, vaccines being nearly impossible to find. The virus is also showing up in higher numbers in men who have sex with other men -- why is this?
15 min
Losing faith: how a "lack of reality" is fuelin...
According to Dr. Bill Rosenberg, there's a "lack of reality" in American politics, and it could carry major implications and costs when it comes to certifying future elections.
21 min
Ginni and Clarence Thomas: Questions about ethi...
Has something like this ever happened before? What does it mean to the court’s legitimacy, and its perception in the public eye?
15 min
What does a recession mean if you're trying to ...
What are the odds we head into a recession? What would being in a recession mean for the average American? What does it mean if you're trying to buy a house?
24 min
Parent's guide to COVID vaccines for kids under...
What's the difference between Pfizer and Moderna for children? What do parents need to know about vaccines for kids this young? Why did it take so long to get approval for this age range?
14 min
Recycling: Despite good intentions, we're still...
We want to recycle because it seems like an easy, low barrier to entry way of showing some love to the planet. Unfortunately, most of us are not doing as much good as we think we are when we recycle, because we're doing it incorrectly.
42 min
Ask an economist: Is a gas tax holiday a good i...
There's a lot of talk about a vacation from the gas tax. Is this a good idea from an economic perspective, or are there hidden pros and cons? Philadelphia economist David Fiorenza breaks down the biggest stories in the economy this week and what they mean for you and me.
11 min
Roe v. Wade was overturned. Here’s what's next ...
For people who have been fighting to overturn Roe and Casey, is this the endgame, or one step on the road to a national ban on abortion? Has a reversal of rights like this ever happened before in the Supreme Court?
20 min
Why the Supreme Court decided a 100-year-old gu...
The Supreme Court issued a decision striking down a more than 100 year old New York state law dealing with who could get a permit to carry a gun in public. Why did the court just now decide to strike down the law, more than a century later?
24 min
Food bank: the need now rivals the height of th...
The pandemic is still going on but we're also seeing levels of inflation that we haven't seen in decades. So what kind of impact is that having on food banks?
19 min
What could the bipartisan gun framework actuall...
A bipartisan group of US Senators says they have come together on framework for legislation that will help address the gun violence crisis in the US. We wanted to talk about this legislative framework, and ask: what is in it, what should be in it, and will it become law?
27 min
Biggest takeaways from the Jan 6 hearings so far
The House Select Committee investigating the January 6th, 2021 insurrection at the US Capitol has held its first few public hearings. What have we learned? What is resonating with the American people, and what is not? Where do these hearings fit in US History?,
25 min
Economy update: Massive interest rate hike, inf...
The Federal Reserve hiked interest rates by a significant amount to try and tackle inflation. Recession concerns are rising. Retail sales went down a third of a percent. Homebuilding slumped in May. Put all these things together, what do they mean for the economy? What's important, and what's hype?
10 min