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.

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
Summer learning loss hits some students harder,...
Summer learning loss, where the long summer vacation leads to the loss of some academic skills and knowledge in students, is a real issue for just about every child, but it hits certain groups harder than others.
24 min
Americans rank most trusted brands: 'Do you tru...
Which brands do Americans trust the most? The global data intelligence company Morning Consult has released its Most Trusted Brands report, so we called Joanna Piacenza, Head of Industry Intelligence at Morning Consult to find out which brands are the most trusted in America, why, and how the list changed from last year.
20 min
Robert Kerbeck’s real-life corporate spy espion...
How a Penn theater grad ended up conning Wall Street firms.
27 min
Got a bad lawyer? Tough luck, Supreme Court says
A recent Supreme Court ruling could put the post-conviction rights of incarcerated people in jeopardy. Prisoner advocacy expert Dr. Jules Epstein explains the decision, and the problems it could pose.
14 min
Pandemic economy update: should we talk about a...
Inflation remains on the rise. But what should we expect looming around the corner? Economist David Fiorenza checks in with his weekly pandemic economy update.
10 min
There was a spike in online test cheating last ...
In 2021, breaches in proctored online exams rose by more than 6%. So what does that mean? Are students suddenly cheating in school a lot more than they have, or is something else to blame?
18 min
"It's a perfect storm and it's pretty bad": wha...
Election integrity is a red-hot political issue. Legal expert Dr. Craig Green examines the undercurrent of forces at work threatening to undermine the credibility of how we pick our public servants.
24 min
Putin, Epstein, and shady sources of money in s...
Should we care where the owners of our favorite sports teams get their money from? Henry Abbot of TrueHoop has been asking this question for a long time, and his reporting has taken him down some pretty eye-opening rabbit holes.
22 min
Wall Street Bets and Gamestop stock, revisited
Meme stocks and retail investors sticking it to hedge funds were the biggest stories in the world for a few months, but what happened when the hype died down?
17 min
Examples of implicit media bias that should mak...
Allegations of political bias happen every day just about everywhere you look, but there are other examples of bias that are worth a hard look as well.
13 min
Pandemic economy update: A much needed win for ...
Hourly earnings are up over 5% from a year ago, payrolls are up nearly 400k in May, and leisure and hospitality are leading the way in jobs added -- more really good news for regular people in this economy. Philadelphia economist David Fiorenza is back to break down the biggest economic stories of the week and what they mean for you and me.
9 min
"Is it as gross as it sounds?" Why oil companie...
Gas prices are insane. Yes, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is a factor, but according to oil industry expert Scott Jackson, other forces are at work, too.
19 min
Three months later: Russia's missteps in Ukraine
It's been more than three months since Russia invaded Ukraine. Dr. Melissa Chakars from Saint Joseph's University provides an update on where the conflict stands, and the direction it could be headed.
27 min
The neuroscience behind freestyle rap with Anth...
Anthony Veneziale started Freestyle Love Supreme with Lin-Manuel Miranda, and he's been studying the human brain while freestyling.
21 min
The secret plan to fight inflation: what happen...
With apologies to Josh Lyman, the secret plan to fight inflation isn't that secret after all: raise interest rates. The Federal Reserve has already raised interest rates a couple of times this year, and more rate hikes are on the horizon. So what else happens when rates go up? Will the Fed's actions result in any other real impacts on regular Americans? What does it mean for people buying or selling a house? Or for how much interest your bank account accumulates?
13 min
The zip code story: how our upbringing influenc...
CJ Gross talks about his new book "What's Your Zip Code Story?" and explains not only how we can better understand our class biases, but what we should do to overcome them.
20 min
Pandemic economy: Cancel student debt and spend...
Philadelphia economist David Fiorenza is back to break down the biggest economic stories of the week and what they mean for you and me.
11 min
Why mass shootings in America don't result in n...
Every time this happens, people ask why it happens so much in the United States compared to other countries. Why does the gun culture in the United States and access to guns seem immune from legislative regulation, even after mass shootings? Why does it seem like nothing ever changes, no matter how many people are killed, even children?
26 min
Dr. Colleen Lelli: The trauma children absorb a...
The school shooting in Uvalde, Texas is the most recent in a long list of horrific school shootings in America. This country continues to accept that this just happens here. And as a result, we have young children trying to process fears and problems that adults can’t or won’t address.
21 min
'There are judges on the bench right now commit...
Judges are a critical part of a system designed to provide accountability and justice. But what happens when a judge needs to be held accountable?
18 min
Tired of masks? Improve your building's air qua...
We asked Dr. Bryan Cummings about the best ways to make the air better in a building, what 'sick building syndrome' is and how to avoid it, and how you can tell if an air purifier system is the real deal or if you're being sold a load of goods.
20 min
Pandemic economy update: looking at stagflation...
David Fiorenza analyzes whether current economic conditions could cause stagflation, and gives an update on progress being made with the national debt and national deficit.
8 min
An actually terrifying artificial intelligence ...
Artificial Intelligence, from self driving cars to machines that solve logic puzzles, is becoming more prevalent every day. But what about those disaster scenarios we see depicted in books and movies where computers and machines overtake humanity -- is something like that really possible? This episode of KYW Newsradio In Depth is part six of a mini series called Doomsday Scenarios, where we ask very smart people if this, that, or the other thing could destroy life as we know it.
17 min
Monkeypox: how concerned should we be?
Dr. Brian DeHaven takes a look at the behavior of monkeypox and its symptoms.
9 min
'Four companies control 90%' How the baby formu...
One reason for the baby formula crisis was the shuttering of a major production plant in Michigan. Another reason: the concentration of power in the baby formula industry made it uniquely and critically vulnerable to supply chain issues.
19 min
Transgender athletes: the people, laws, and pol...
There has been a lot of discussion about transgender athletes in recent months, from Lia Thomas’s success as a swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania, to state legislatures working overtime to keep transgender kids off the field and the court.
20 min
What is stopping Putin from using nuclear weapons?
There was a lot of concern at the outset of Russia's invasion of Ukraine about the possibility that this conflict would lead to the use of a nuclear weapon. That hasn't happened, but is the danger still there? What would happen if Russia used a nuke, and how would that escalate?
17 min
53 years of spitting the truth: Ray Didinger re...
As the great Brian Dawkins once said, "Ray spits the truth." For 53 years, Ray Didinger has been an authority on Philadelphia sports, especially the Eagles. Didinger announced he is deciding to retire at the end of May.
27 min
'This is unprecedented.' Data on America's ment...
Our collective mental health has been challenged to say the least during the last couple of years. How are we doing -- as a community, as a nation, as individuals?
10 min
Pandemic economy update: Inflation peaks, track...
Philadelphia economist David Fiorenza is back to break down the biggest economic stories of the week and what they mean for you and me.
12 min
Why cryptocurrency crashed: explaining the cryp...
What just happened in the markets? Why did crypto coins like Luna crash? How far does the damage go, and what happens next?
29 min
Russia has oligarchs. Does America?
Political structures that reward oligarchs can be found all over the world. So how are Russia's oligarchs different? And are there any parallels to what we can see here in America?
12 min
Big shifts in higher education: 'Young people d...
More than two-thirds of those surveyed said that rising higher education costs have affected their plans for what to do after high school, more than a quarter say they are now only considering state schools, and about one in ten say they are looking at a two-year degree as opposed to a four-year degree.
10 min
'The student loan crisis was intentional.' Does...
Student loan debt has become a crisis in this country. It seems like the Biden Administration wants to try and help alleviate at least some of that debt -- but what should that look like? And if we're not also tackling college affordability at the same time as student loan debt, what's the point?
22 min
"I do not like it at all!": it's time to vent a...
Two months into Russia's invasion of Ukraine, gas prices remain high - in some areas they even continue to climb. Philadelphia economist David Fiorenza doesn't like that one bit, and explains why. Plus, we look at the Fed's latest interest rate hike, and break down the new jobs report!
9 min
"You could see a crisis:" what the RaDonda Vaug...
Terri Hinkley, CEO of the Gloucester County-based Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses, discusses the controversial criminal charges against former nurse RaDonda Vaught.
25 min
Why you should care that the US is still under ...
What does having a public health emergency in effect do, and what happens when it ends? We asked Dr. Richard Besser, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
12 min
What the 5 types of workers want from their jobs
The last couple of years have caused dramatic changes to the workforce, the type of jobs people want to do, what people want out of a job, and where they want to do it.
22 min
Other rights in question after abortion: ripple...
What was leaked out of the Supreme Court, what it could mean for the future of abortion in America, and what it could mean for other rights that people may not realize could suddenly be in jeopardy as a result of this potential court ruling.
19 min
A neuropsychologist's resilience tool-kit to he...
A pandemic of anxiety, or self-growth? It’s your choice. Eric A. Zillmer, PsyD, professor of neuropsychology at Drexel University, shares his resilience tool-kit to help us focus on that growth and find our own happiness in times of crisis.
39 min
The US economy shrank. Is a recession coming?
GDP declined in the first quarter, leading to some cold takes about the economy, even as the jobs numbers continue their hot streak. So what happened? If we were heading toward a recession, when and how would we know?
10 min
Retirement planning misconceptions: are we doin...
Planning for retirement is something we all should be doing, but are we doing it right? Is a 401K the right tool to rely on? Where should social security fit in in your planning?
23 min
The castle in Bucks County: exploring the eccen...
Fonthill Castle was built with hand mixed concrete more than a hundred years ago by Henry Mercer. Today, it's a museum, and the story behind it is fascinating.
22 min
50 years after Title IX, the biggest changes fo...
Title IX turns 50 this year, and in the five decades since its origin the civil rights law has had a profound impact on women's collegiate sports.
15 min
What Twitter means for Elon Musk's end game, 'f...
Why does Elon Musk want Twitter? Should you be alarmed that more and more power and wealth is being put in fewer and fewer hands?
23 min
Making sure the legendary 1982 Cheyney women's ...
It's been 40 years since the first NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament. Did you know that a Philadelphia area school made it to the final? It wasn’t a Big 5 school or Drexel, it was Cheyney University. The Cheyney story is a great one, but one until recently that had kind of been lost to history.
24 min
How the No Surprises Act protects people from u...
Drexel University’s Dr. Robert Field explains how the new law can benefit you, and why the American healthcare system is so complicated
20 min
Ethiopia's civil war is causing devastation. So...
What is happening in Ethiopia, and why don't we hear about it more?
34 min
Streaming woes, infrastructure spending, and is...
There are millions more job openings than people available to work them. What does that mean for workers and for the economy? Philadelphia economist David Fiorenza is on the podcast to look at the biggest news stories about the economy this week and what they mean for regular people in their daily lives.
12 min
The Penn Relays are back! Celebrating the histo...
After a two year hiatus because of COVID-19, the Penn Relays are back! The carnival which celebrates and displays the best track and field has to offer returns to Franklin Field starting Thursday April 28th.
12 min
'We all got through it together:' How a Univers...
To mask, or not to mask? How do you support students and teachers physical and mental health when everything is upside down? How do you get the most out of remote learning? We wanted to find out firsthand about how colleges and universities confronted these challenges, how it went, and what they learned, so we called West Chester University President Dr. Chris Fiorentino.
21 min
Jason and Kylie Kelce, families in the autism c...
May 21st is the 5th Annual Eagles Autism Challenge, which begins at Lincoln Financial Field and includes a bike ride of varying lengths, a 5K, a sensory walk, and you can even participate virtually.
24 min
The constant trauma that 24/7 social media infl...
Is there a connection between your bad mental health day and how much you're using social media? What are you actually exposing yourself to by doomscrolling?
20 min
Flyers alum Brad Marsh invites you to walk, run...
This weekend, the Flyers Alumni Association is hosting their inaugural Walk.Run.Stroll at Washington Crossing Historic Park in New Hope to raise money for the YMCA of Bucks County in support of their veteran programs.
14 min
What keeps a Supreme Court justice from going r...
Are there guardrails in place for justices on the high court to make sure they act ethically? Who, if anyone, has the responsibility of enforcing guidelines or norms? And what's to keep a Supreme Court Justice from going rogue?
23 min
Pandemic economy: Recession talk, gas prices, h...
Is there something to the recession predictions, or is it mainly a fearful reaction to current events? Gas prices have been up and down and up again, what's next? And inflation is high, but has it peaked?
9 min
Can unemployment get too low? What's the downside?
The labor market in the US is on fire these days. This is great news... right?
27 min
What the Florida 'Don't Say Gay' law actually says
The so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law down in Florida has generated a lot of headlines. So what does it actually say, and how will it affect children, teachers, and school districts?
26 min
A mom raising two children with autism on her o...
Girls are less likely to be diagnosed with autism than boys, and some are overlooked until adulthood. A mom in Montgomery County who was 39 when she was diagnosed shares her story.
17 min
The murky future of free school lunches
Since the pandemic began, kids at schools and child care centers have been able to access free meals as a result of the USDA implementing child nutrition waivers. However, those waivers are slated to expire at the end of the school year.
10 min
How the pandemic and gas prices are changing tr...
The way we get places changed dramatically over the pandemic, from the sudden abandonment of mass transit to supply chain problems making the computer chips in cars basically unobtainable. And even as we dig out from some of the pandemic related problems, some of the changes we made over the past two years are sticking around.
17 min
Pandemic economy: Richard Nixon beat Hubert Hum...
Jobless claims hit another positive benchmark, the lowest in more than 50 years. The home market has been on fire, but are we forgetting about the affordable part of affordable housing? And there's been some nervous chatter about about a recession coming up, is there reason to ring the alarm bells? Every week on KYW Newsradio In Depth, Philadelphia economist David Fiorenza breaks down the biggest stories of the week and how they apply to you and me.
9 min
Gen Z and Millennials want their employers to d...
Many younger members of the workforce, Gen Z and Millennials, think it's important for a company to share their values. And companies are paying attention.
21 min
Sixers play by play announcer Kate Scott: 'Do y...
Dave Uram sat down with Kate Scott to get her thoughts on her first season in Philadelphia, some of her favorite calls this season and what she still hopes to do in Philadelphia, as well as the impact she's having on aspiring broadcasters.
26 min
How Amazon workers in Staten Island formed a un...
Organized labor seems to be on the rise for the first time in a long time... is that true? What does this union vote mean for workers right now, and what does it mean for labor in the bigger picture moving forward?
24 min
What’s happened since the Taliban took over Afg...
You don’t hear much about Afghanistan now, but its problems haven’t gone away, it is still a very, very troubled country, and with the Taliban in charge, the situation has become specifically terrible for women and girls.
29 min
Inflation is rising, but we need to talk about ...
Every week on KYW Newsradio in Depth, Philadelphia economist David Fiorenza breaks down the most important economic news of the week and what it means for our lives. This week we're talking about March's jobs report, gas prices and the strategic oil reserve, food and housing prices, and why inflation is important, but we need to talk about rising wages too.
9 min
'One day there will be no more Vladimir Putin,'...
Whether the invasion of Ukraine leads to his downfall or he maintains power for years to come, what is going to happen to Russia after Putin?
23 min
What happens if all the bees die? Doomsday Scen...
Bees are critical to our environment. So what would happen if we lost bees completely? This is part five of a mini series on KYW Newsradio In Depth called Doomsday Scenarios, where we ask very smart people if this, that, or the other thing could destroy life as we know it.
33 min
Sanctions: why they work (or don't) and how the...
Russia's invasion of Ukraine was followed by swift sanctions from around the world. Whether they'll ultimately force Vladimir Putin's hand, however, remains to be seen.
20 min
How sports gambling took over the world
We wanted to talk about sports gambling, its impact, and if there is a concern it could lead to corruption in sports.
26 min
Making Vladimir Putin: From KGB to Ukraine inva...
The world's eyes are on Ukraine and the atrocities happening there as the Russian military continues its invasion. We wanted to talk about the man who put this war in motion. Why is Vladimir Putin doing this?
16 min
Anger, theatrics, fluff: Were Supreme Court con...
The Senate confirmation hearings for President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, have concluded. They were quite ugly at times, and it seemed like nobody changed their mind about Judge Jackson or their vote. So, was it always like this?
24 min
Jobless claims history: 'The lowest since Nixon...
What does 2022 have in common with 1969? Similar low jobless claim numbers, in some really good news for a recovering pandemic economy.
10 min
Everything we know about the new Omicron sub-va...
There is an Omicron sub-variant that has emerged recently and grabbed the attention of public health officials in America and overseas. If you've already been infected with the Omicron variant, how vulnerable are you to BA.2? And in general, how concerned should we be about it?
14 min
Why is filing taxes so hard? Is there a better ...
In the United States, filing taxes can be tough, especially if you file them yourself. Are they too hard? Could we be doing it in a different, or even a better way?
31 min
From West Philly to Winning Time: Paul Westhead...
Paul Westhead is being portrayed by actor Jason Segel in the new HBO series Winning Time. The West Philadelphia native reflects on a memorable career in basketball.
32 min
China's role in Russia's invasion of Ukraine
What does China think about the invasion of Ukraine? How much pressure is China under to sway Vladimir Putin one way or the other, and how much influence could China have on the actions that Russia takes from here on out?
37 min
Is Russia committing war crimes in Ukraine?
We are seeing some awful scenes in Ukraine during Russia’s invasion, including the deaths of civilians and the bombings of buildings leading to civilian casualties. Are we watching Russia commit war crimes, in real time?
20 min
What changes do we want to keep from the COVID ...
After two years of a pandemic, we’ve realized that some changes might stick around permanently - and maybe they should.
28 min
Creepy flying spiders are friends, put down the...
It's creepy looking, it looks like it flies, it's here on the East Coast, and it's generally considered a big bag of nope. But before you arm the nuclear football, we wanted to find out the truth about this spider, so we called Dr. Christopher Tipping from Delaware Valley University.
13 min
Gas price breakdown, and how many interest rate...
One day it's up, the next day it's down -- why is the price of gas all over the place? Also, the federal reserve is turning its eye on interest rates. How many rate hikes are we likely to see? Every week on KYW Newsradio In Depth, Philadelphia economist David Fiorenza breaks down the biggest stories of the week and how they apply to you and me.
10 min
Race on Broadway: Can revivals fix old problems?
The revival of 'Oklahoma!' is playing in Philadelphia. How does it look at race differently, and is that enough?
21 min
'Books should be uncomfortable:' Why banning bo...
Dr. Miah Daughtery shares her view on the importance of narrative text, and why past book-banning efforts have been effective.
21 min
'Horrifyingly bad' humanitarian crisis is creat...
We are seeing a tragic humanitarian crisis unfold because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Millions of people are displaced and fleeing the country. So how can the world address this? What can be done?
19 min
What happens to the world if Russia defaults on...
Because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the economic screws have been put to the Russian economy. As a result, Russia is likely to default on its debt. What does that mean for the rest of the world?
14 min
Ukraine and Russia make 28% of the world's whea...
The Russian invasion of Ukraine is playing havoc with world energy prices, but the ripple effects on markets don’t end there. Commodities like wheat, corn, and fertilizer are also being impacted. In the global food markets, prices are rising and countries are preparing for supply chain disruptions that could have significant effects.
17 min
'The headline is, we're in trouble.' Findings f...
A recent report about climate change raised a lot of alarm bells about how bad the situation really is. We wanted to break down the report, get the biggest bullet points, and find out how much trouble we're actually in and if there's anything we can do.
21 min
What you should know about Ketanji Brown Jackso...
Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation hearings begin on March 21st, and if confirmed, President Joe Biden's pick for the Supreme Court would become the first Black woman ever to serve on the highest court in the land. So who is Judge Jackson? What are the highlights of her career? And what should people know about Judge Jackson before the hearings start?
13 min