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.

'Serial' started the trend of true crime. Was t...
'Serial' may have played a big role in overturning Adnan Syed's conviction, but it spawned a genre that doesn't always have a positive impact.
25 min
Are therapy apps helping or hurting the mental ...
We discuss the pros and cons of mental health apps and how to find the right care for you.
22 min
Fighting inflation: are interest rate hikes the...
The Federal Reserve met this past week and delivered another significant interest rate hike. Local economist David Fiorenza discusses the Fed's strategy.
19 min
Vladimir Putin is scrambling; here's the evidence
Recent developments in Russia's war against Ukraine suggest that Vladimir Putin's position could be weakening. Dr. Melissa Chakars and Dr. Lisa Baglione examine the state of the invasion.
19 min
Can recent legislative achievements help Democr...
The Inflation Reduction Act, the infrastructure bill, gun control legislation, and the American Rescue Plan -- they add up to more legislative wins than most presidents see in their first two years. But is it enough to keep Democrats in power in the midterm elections?
23 min
On the ground in Puerto Rico: Fiona's destruction
Hurricane Fiona has hit Puerto Rico hard. Dr. Michelle Carlo checks in from the island with a first-hand account of the damage.
15 min
Most Americans agree: democracy is in jeopardy....
Now more than ever, the institutional norms of American democracy are being challenged. Political science expert Dr. Susan Liebell examines what's happening.
27 min
What to expect from the Fed's next meeting: Wee...
The Fed is set to hold its September meeting next week. Economist David Fiorenza gives a preview in his weekly update.
9 min
Artemis: NASA's bold mission to establish a per...
NASA wants to go back to the moon. We are still waiting for the launch of Artemis I, which had to be scrubbed a couple of times, but they are going to try again soon. This is a bold and exciting initiative, and we wanted to learn more about it, so we asked Dr. Karen Masters, Professor of Astronomy and Physics at Haverford College to come on the podcast and talk about Artemis.
25 min
America was founded on independence from Britis...
From news articles to social media to wall-to-wall coverage on the cable news channels, America is fascinated by the monarchy. When you think about it, isn't that kind of odd?
20 min
Who's to blame when a medical robot misdiagnose...
Artificial intelligence has helped advance medical care, but it creates some complicated legal issues.
24 min
You're being targeted - Digital ads in the 2022...
Political ads are everywhere right now. We find out what goes into the candidates' digital strategies.
26 min
The connection between gas prices and inflation...
Philadelphia economist David Fiorenza explains what lower gas prices, changes to the housing market, and more American Rescue Plan money mean for the economy.
9 min
New British Prime Minister Liz Truss takes over...
Who is Liz Truss? Has her path prepared her to take over as British Prime Minister? Dr. Joshua Weikert provides analysis.
20 min
Quiet quitting: bad mindset, or bad label?
Discussions surrounding 'quiet quitting' have gone viral recently, but in both theory and practice, is it really all that bad? Career development expert Jennifer Rossi Long weighs in on a multi-layered concept.
22 min
Will Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan actu...
A Temple University finance expert explains who this new program helps most, and we ask: is it enough?
17 min
Is the housing market finally course correcting...
For sellers, the housing market has been bountiful. For buyers, it's been a train wreck. But Philadelphia economist David Fiorenza thinks the dynamic could be shifting.
12 min
Mikhail Gorbachev's complicated legacy
Like his tenure leading the U.S.S.R., Mikhail Gorbachev's legacy is complicated. Russian studies expert Mark Schrad reflects on the late Soviet president.
23 min
"It's a shocking number": a look at what's happ...
We've still got about months to go but a lot has happened in 2022. Morning Consult's Lindsey Roeschke looks at the factors effecting the travel and hospitality industry.
24 min
Nursing is a much harder job now. Have schools ...
Nursing is an incredibly hard job in the best of times. For the last few years, nurses have been facing significant stress, burnout, and political opposition on top of their normal jobs.
24 min
'Just the clothing they were wearing.' What ref...
Many had to leave in the middle of the night, possibly with a bag, some just the clothes they were wearing. We wanted to talk about what the last year has been like for the people who resettled here in America. What kind of challenges have Afghan families faced in a new country? What kind of support do they need?
10 min
Positive inflation news for once? Weekly econom...
More big news about the Federal Reserve tackling inflation came down, is the worst over or will there be more to come?
10 min
Monkeypox Q&A: Updates on the virus, vaccine, a...
The US response to the monkeypox outbreak continues to hit snags, as access to vaccines, ability to find treatments, and even getting appropriate care in the doctor's office can be anything but a sure thing. So where are we in the timeline of this outbreak? Have we learned anything from the coronavirus pandemic that should have helped us respond to Monkeypox? And why is there still so much red tape around TPOXX, a treatment we know works?
22 min
Vaccines, boosters, and back to school COVID ri...
In back-to-school season, what should you know about COVID vaccines for kids?
13 min
'I've never seen big pharma lose.' Big deal hea...
The Inflation Reduction Act, the big package passed by Democrats in Congress and signed into law by President Biden addresses a lot of issues, and that includes healthcare. This law is going to have a noticeable effect on a lot of Americans' healthcare costs, and we wanted to know exactly what that will mean, so we asked Dr. Robert Field, Professor of Law and Professor of Health Management and Policy at Drexel University.
24 min
Inside the case of India Spellman and the Phill...
Right now, McCorkel and the Philly Justice Project are fighting to free a woman named India Spellman. Spellman was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2013, for a crime McCorkel says she clearly didn't commit. So how does something like this happen? How often does it happen? And why has McCorkel made it her mission to fight for women and girls behind bars?
25 min
Could supply chain issues really be going away?...
Supply chain issues have been a major problem in the economy. But Philadelphia economist David Fiorenza seems to think companies have started to make smart adjustments.
9 min
Liz Cheney loses, Mar-a-Lago raid, and a Januar...
Since the last time we talked about the January 6th hearings, the FBI raided President Trump's Palm Beach golf club, and Wyoming Republicans rejected Liz Cheney. Wild. Let's talk about that.
33 min
What are the ‘transformational’ climate change ...
Some of the biggest and most impactful items in the Inflation Reduction Act deal with the environment, sustainability, and trying to mitigate climate change. So what are they? Is it going to work? Do we have enough time to stop the acceleration of climate change before it's too late? We asked Dr. Samantha Chapman, Professor of Biology at Villanova University and Co-Director of the Center for Bio-Diversity and Ecosystem Stewardship.
25 min
What is in the Inflation Reduction Act, and wha...
The Inflation Reduction Act was passed by Democrats without a single Republican vote in the House and Senate and signed into law by President Biden. It deals with climate change, healthcare, taxes and more -- and it's such a large and wide ranging piece of legislation that we needed some help to really understand of what this law does and what it doesn't do.
25 min
'This case is rotten all around:' Unexpected de...
The police killing of Breonna Taylor was thrust back in the headlines recently when federal charges were announced against the four current and former Louisville, Kentucky police officers that were involved in the botched raid that led to this tragedy back in March of 2020. So why is this important? What does it mean for police departments, and police accountability?
21 min
A new round of the American Rescue Plan is comi...
Inflation and gas prices are down, and economist David Fiorenza is optimistic for the coming months.
8 min
Americans are still spending money, even with r...
These are strange economic times, but in the midst of surging inflation and recession fears, Americans are still spending money. D. Meghan Pierce helps us understand why.
19 min
Hidden in plain sight: the insidious spread of ...
Raise your hand if you know someone who was radicalized online during COVID-19. A lot of people have gone down an online video rabbit hole and emerged with some pretty wild beliefs and worldviews. Some situations strain families. Other times, the outcomes can be a lot worse.
21 min
How bad was pandemic learning loss? We have an ...
Kids in the US have had a couple of rough years at school because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout it all, there has been a lot of concern for how much learning for kids was interrupted, and the impact that has. So is this something we can measure?
16 min
Behind China's 'unprecedented' reaction to Nanc...
Political leaders take trips to other countries and areas all the time, and usually they don’t draw a lot of attention. But that was not the case with a recent trip that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made. The Speaker traveled to Taiwan on a recent trip through Asia, and that did not sit well with China, which responded with fiery rhetoric and alarming military drills. So what’s the big deal? Why did this strike such a nerve? We asked Dr. Edward Wang, Professor of History and Coordinator of Asian Studies at Rowan University.
26 min
Update: Did COVID make the US weaker than other...
A few months ago we asked Sigal Atzmon to come on the podcast to talk about her concern that the US would emerge from the pandemic weaker than other countries. A lot has happened since then.
17 min
Al-Qaeda: the rise and deterioration of a world...
What does the death of Ayman al-Zawahiri mean for Al-Qaeda? Is the world any safer today than it was a week ago? What does the terror landscape even look like now?
20 min
Jobs numbers that would make an economist blush...
The most optimistic economists wouldn't have believed these jobs numbers. Are we finally back to pre-pandemic employment figures?
12 min
"I worry about this every day": nurses look at ...
In the new, post-Roe world, Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses CEO Terri Brinkley discusses a rapidly-changing landscape for nurses and health care practitioners.
21 min
New public health funding report is eye-opening...
Public health has been front and center the last few years during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite its importance, it still doesn't get the respect it deserves and funding is a consistent problem.
20 min
What if there was an NBA arena in Center City, ...
What would 76 Place look like? How would it change Center City? How would it impact the neighborhood?
15 min
'It's not necessary to stay at threat level re...
What do you need to know about the new Omicron subvariant? At this stage of the pandemic, should you be worried at all, especially if you are already vaccinated, boosted, and generally doing what the public health officials and doctors say you should be doing?
21 min
An extremely strange recession: weekly economy ...
GDP estimates are in and it looks like we could be headed towards the textbook definition of a recession, albeit a very strange one. Have we seen anything like this before, a recession when the labor market and jobs numbers are this hot?
8 min
What a 2005 Supreme Court case could mean for U...
The tragic school shooting in Uvalde was made more enraging when more and more information come out about how many law enforcement agencies and officers were on site -- and yet no one acted. Police have a responsibility to act in a situation like that, right?
33 min
A case of polio was found in New York state. Sh...
A new case of polio was reported in Rockland County, New York. Should we be worried about yet another infectious disease spreading, particularly one that is almost eradicated?
16 min
What we can -- and can't -- expect from NASA's ...
Already, astronomers and scientists have gotten a tremendous amount of new information to analyze. What could we learn next about the universe?
23 min
‘I suffered and no one else needs to:’ Feds rel...
For three days, Luke Brown was in the most severe pain he’s ever experienced. He had contracted monkeypox, which is now a global health emergency. He tried everything to help ease the pain, and nothing worked. He eventually found out about a drug called TPOXX, normally used to treat smallpox, that can also be effective against monkeypox symptoms.
15 min
How low could gas prices go? Weekly economy che...
Gas prices keep going down pretty consistently, how low could they go? How much do gas prices impact how Americans feel about inflation? And how many more tools does the Fed have to cool down the economy? Philadelphia economist David Fiorenza is back on the podcast to break down the most important economic stories of the week and why they should matter to you.
10 min
How are the pandemic pets doing now? Plus tips ...
23 million American households got a dog or cat in the pandemic, but life looks a little different now. How are they doing?
23 min
You have the right to remain silent, but you ca...
What did the court decide in Vega v. Tekoh, and why is it important? We asked David Rudovsky, Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.
19 min
An 'extraordinarily fringe doctrine' gets the S...
In North Carolina, the state Supreme Court threw out an electoral map it says was so partisan, it violated the state's constitution. North Carolina Republican lawmakers say it shouldn't matter if the map breaks state law or not, because the courts shouldn't have any oversight of the legislature when it comes to electoral matters. And now the Supreme Court wants to weigh in.
24 min
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
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.
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