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.

'Impossible to ignore:' The impact of climate c...
Destruction caused by extreme weather events is fresh in the Philadelphia area. Tropical Depression Ida tore through the region earlier this month, leaving behind a heartbreaking trail that pointed to a harsh truth: the Delaware Valley's infrastructure wasn't prepared for the storm.
29 min
Some politicians blame the worker shortage on A...
Is there a pandemic worker shortage because workers would rather stay at home and collect unemployment, or is there more to the story?
18 min
Belligerent passengers, mask fights: Flying is ...
You don’t have to look real hard to find a viral video of a passenger on an airline having a meltdown over being asked to wear a mask or because of some minor grievance. Since January 1st of this year, the FAA has received around 4000 reports of unruly behavior of passengers and handed out more than a million dollars worth of civil penalties.
16 min
"They don't eat. They don't sleep. They go hom...
Nurses are incredibly important in our society and they are chronically underappreciated. And as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, they are being pushed to their limits and then some.
16 min
If you are fully vaccinated, what is your risk ...
How bad can breakthrough infections get? How contagious are you, if you get the virus and you're vaccinated? What are the concerns of long COVID in fully vaccinated people?
18 min
"It's been a year." Housing, finding vaccines, ...
APM of Philadelphia is a non-profit organization that helps provide all kinds of services with a focus on the city's Latino community.
27 min
First responders look back on how 9/11 changed ...
When the country needed them, these three men dropped everything. Hear what they saw and how it changed them.
26 min
Pandemic economy update: Wall Street's rough w...
The third quarter of 2021 is winding down, and there are plenty of economic questions to answer, especially in light of recent vaccine and mask mandates. Some stimulus benefits are beginning to expire, and year-end job trends are starting to emerge. Plus, in a twist, Wall Street endured a difficult week. David Fiorenza, Associate Professor of Practice at the Villanova School of Business, joins KYW Newsradio In Depth to talk about what happened this week in the economy and what it means for all of us in our daily lives.
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Picking Up the Pieces: After 9/11 loss, a mothe...
Twenty years have passed since Judi Reiss lost her 23-year old Son, Josh, in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. Despite bearing an heartbreaking burden, the Lower Makefield resident spoke with KYW Newsradio's Hadas Kuznits about finding strength and peace in Josh's memory, all while keeping her family together and serving her community.
51 min
Finding hope, love, and life after a 9/11 loss
Tara Bane lost her husband in the 9/11 attacks. This is her story of how she turned towards hope and channeled her grief to help others.
33 min
Can my employer make me get a COVID-19 vaccine?...
Many employers are starting to mandate vaccines for their staff, but how far does their power reach?
24 min
We Need Black Teachers: The campaign to recruit...
In the Philadelphia School District, most of the students are Black or Brown -- yet few students see teachers that look like them at the front of the classroom. So why aren't there more Black teachers?
14 min
Concerts, live sports, and entertainment can co...
If you haven't gotten a vaccine yet, would needing to show proof of vaccination to go see your favorite band convince you to get the shot?
9 min
The delta variant is dragging down the economic...
First time jobless claims released Thursday were low but the jobs report showed nearly half a million fewer jobs were created than expected. The culprit? All fingers are pointed to the delta variant.
10 min
Prison gerrymandering, explained
Up until now in Pennsylvania, people have been counted as residing where they are incarcerated, but now when it comes to state legislative districts they will be counted as a resident of where they live when not incarcerated.
17 min
Texas' new abortion law: Why the Supreme Court ...
Opponents of the law say it could spell the beginning of the end for abortion access in the US. So what does the law mean? How will it be enforced? And why did the Supreme Court choose not to act at the last moment?
12 min
Need help with student loans? Take advantage of...
The department called this a final extension and the Secretary of Education says these extra four months are here to give borrowers the time they need to prepare for the resumption of payments.
27 min
"Why not just quit your job?" This woman made ...
We have heard an awful lot about people quitting their job in the midst of the pandemic and pivoting towards a new career. We wanted to talk to someone who has done it and find out the why, the how and how it is going.
13 min
Back to school economy update, childcare questi...
We're getting ready for fall and back to school, but not enough people are talking about the role of childcare in the economic recovery. And what is the Supreme Court's eviction moratorium decision going to mean for the economic recovery as the delta variant continues spreading?
11 min
Sick and tired of 'the customer is always right...
Is it possible that some people who would usually make up part of this work force are tired of catering to customers' demands -- especially the unreasonable demands from disagreeable customers in the midst of a global pandemic?
18 min
The Philadelphia flower show moved to FDR Park...
One of the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic was that the Philadelphia Flower Show this year was held in June. And it was outside at FDR Park, instead of its usual home in the Pennsylvania Convention Center. When the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society moved the flowers, they built sustainability into the framework of the new flower show.
17 min
Forensic pathologist on the rise of fentanyl an...
The coronavirus pandemic has been the focus for just about everyone over the past year and a half. But the opioid epidemic hasn't gone anywhere. In fact, it's gotten worse.
16 min
Full FDA approval for the Pfizer COVID-19 vacci...
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID19 vaccine has been given full approval by the FDA. What went into the decision? What does it mean for the approval process for other vaccines?
13 min
Pandemic economy: Good jobs news, Delta variant...
Jobless claims were even better than estimates and continuing claims hit a pandemic-era low -- pretty good news even as things feel a little uncertain during the Delta variant's rise in the United States. But even as jobless claims improve, this worker shortage is real and you can see the evidence in restaurant windows everywhere.
9 min
The Taliban takeover and sudden collapse of Afg...
The collapse of Afghanistan and its takeover by the Taliban was sudden. But were there warning signs along the way? Is this the same Taliban of 20 years ago, or are there differences? And what is going to happen next?
28 min
How to ask if someone is vaccinated - and what ...
When is it okay to actually ask someone if they have gotten the COVID vaccine? How should you handle it if the answer makes you uncomfortable? Does the appropriateness of the question depend on the situation and the person?
21 min
Basic policy ideas to get people healthier for ...
What kind of things can America do to help people get healthier, for less money, with better access for everyone? It's a massive question that Trust for America's Health wanted to tackle.
9 min
'The drop-off was severe.' Cancer screenings de...
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people getting screened for cancer fell off a cliff. Even as things have opened up those numbers have not returned to close to the levels they had been at.
10 min
'Dream big': Upper Providence team is going to...
When the Upper Providence Little League team was just a group of seven-year-olds, they made a pact that five years later they were going to do something special. And in 2021, they've punched their ticket to Williamsport and the Little League World Series.
25 min
The most trusted retail brands / top mistakes b...
What retail brands do you trust the most? Have any brands lost your trust over the past year and a half? The data intelligence company Morning Consult has released a new report about trust in retail brands and how people’s shopping habits have changed over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
14 min
This Philly nonprofit deconstructs blighted hom...
The Philadelphia Community Corps deconstructs abandoned homes, blighted buildings, and other properties, saving valuable and sometimes irreplaceable building materials from the landfill. The property owner gets a tax deduction, and the PCC resells the salvaged materials to fund its other core mission -- a job training program.
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The mysterious illness killing thousands of son...
There is a mysterious illness that's caused the deaths of thousands of songbirds in several states including Pennsylvania. And so far, biologists haven't been able to figure out why they're dying. So what do we know so far? And what should you do if you find one of the dead songbirds in your yard?
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When can kids get vaccinated? Questions and ans...
We are just a few weeks away from school starting. For a while, there was a lot of optimism that the school year would be relatively close to what had been considered normal prior to the pandemic. But with the delta variant running wild, the picture is not nearly as clear.
11 min
The CDC's new eviction moratorium: Who is prote...
A new federal eviction moratorium was put in place by the CDC, and people have a lot of questions about it. Episode Summary: A new federal eviction moratorium was put in place by the CDC, and people have a lot of questions about it. Is this the same as the previous moratorium that expired at the end of July? Is money that has been allocated by the federal government to help renters and landlords getting where it needs to go? If not, why? Holly Beck is an attorney in the Housing Unit with Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Beck joins KYW Newsradio In Depth to talk about the eviction moratorium, who can apply for assistance, and how to get the ball rolling. Tenants can find more information here: The rental declaration can be found here: Tenant hotline: 267-443-2500
14 min
Temple professor studying how legal marijuana a...
A Temple professor has worked on some fascinating research about the impact of legalization of marijuana on workers' compensation claims.
21 min
If you've never looked at a jobs report, look a...
We just saw a fantastic jobs report that pushed unemployment down half a percentage point. Despite all the uncertainty with the virus, the economy is showing its resilience.
11 min
Need help caring for a loved one with dementia ...
If you've ever loved someone with dementia, you know what a scary and heartbreaking journey that can be.
28 min
Harriet Tubman, freedom fighting in Cape May
Juneteenth this year marked the opening of the much anticipated Harriet Tubman Museum down in Cape May, New Jersey. We all know who Harriet Tubman was, and the work she did helping enslaved African Americans find freedom in the mid-1800’s, but did you know she had a connection to Cape May, or that Cape May was a hotbed of anti-slavery activity?
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Common misconceptions about breakthrough COVID ...
Talk of breakthrough COVID-19 infections dominates the news these days. But there are a lot of misconceptions and myths about breakthrough infections, so we wanted to ask an expert to break down what they actually are, how common they are, and what people should know about them.
16 min
Is this what justice looks like? The opioid epi...
We are seeing a lot of news about drug companies and manufacturers agreeing to settlements that would see them pay out billions of dollars as a result of the opioid epidemic and their role in it. But is the money enough?
19 min
The Negro Leagues are Major Leagues: The Baseba...
The great baseball statistics website Baseball Reference has been a go to resource for fans for years. Recently, the site expanded its coverage of the Negro Leagues, putting the leagues from the 20s, 30s and 40s on equal footing as the National and American leagues as major leagues.
12 min
Pandemic economy update: A GDP to brag about, r...
Good GDP numbers and other economic indicators are painting a pretty good picture for the health of the economy, but the Delta variant and uncertainty with the virus are keeping economists on their toes.
8 min
What the Jan. 6 investigation wants to uncover...
We heard some powerful testimony earlier this week in front of the House select committee investigating the insurrection on January 6th at the US Capitol. Who could be compelled to testify over the course of the investigation, and what kind of new information is the committee hoping to discover?
27 min
Behind the scenes: the people connecting Pennsy...
Benefits Data Trust is an organization headquartered in Philadelphia that helps connect people in Pennsylvania to benefits they may not have known they were qualified to receive and helps them navigate the process to get them.
19 min
The hottest places around Philly to buy and sel...
The housing market is hot right now, and that includes Philadelphia and the suburbs. We wanted to find out where there's high demand and low demand, where the hottest places to buy and sell a house are right now, and if there are any bubble concerns in the market.
19 min
COVID-19 vaccines are still emergency use. Why...
There has been a lot of talk lately about when we will see the FDA give full approval to some of the COVID-19 vaccines. Which begs the question, what exactly is the difference between the emergency use authorization that the vaccines have been distributed under and full approval?
18 min
Ask a South Philly pharmacist: real life questi...
Truong Vu is a pharmacist at the Walmart in South Philadelphia. He has spent the last several months vaccinating people, actually getting needles in arms.
9 min
COVID economy update: Rising cases test Wall St...
We got a bit of a surprise in the jobless claims numbers for the week as the numbers ticked up, but wages are on the rise as well. What do these indicators mean for the health of the economy?
9 min
Record numbers of people are quitting their job...
We've spent a lot of time on the podcast talking about the unemployment numbers and the layoffs that sadly became a dominant economic theme in this pandemic. But there's another aspect of the jobs world that we need to talk about too -- record numbers of people are quitting their jobs.
22 min
How do you feel about your financial situation?...
Some really thought provoking survey results were released recently by the management consultant firm McKinsey & Company that looked at how Americans view economic opportunity in the US these days, what they think about their economic standing, how COVID affected their financial situation and much, much more.
21 min
'Death by a hundred cuts:' The state of voting...
Voting rights have been in the headlines for months. Many states are passing new laws around the right to vote, and there is a recent Supreme Court ruling that we found interesting out of Arizona for the effect it could have on people being able to cast ballots.
21 min
Anti-government protests in Cuba: Why now and w...
The recent anti-government protests in Cuba led to a lot of headlines, because we don’t see demonstrations against the communist regime on the island nation very often at all. So what drove Cubans to take to the streets? Was it more than just anger at the government’s COVID response?
27 min
Big questions about living in condos after the ...
After the tragic condo building collapse in Surfside, Florida, condo owners and associations across the country are asking hard questions about the condition of their buildings, and a lot of people are taking a second look at inspections and maintenance reports and worrying about if what happened in Florida could happen other places as well.
23 min
Yes, that unemployment report looks like pre-pa...
Don't blink, but the jobless claims report reminds us of a very different time in history when pandemics were just things we read about and didn't consume every part of American life.
9 min
Workers have strong feelings about returning to...
How are workers feeling about returning to the office? And how much of the population is hoping remote works stays around forever?
14 min
'There's no vaccine against hunger' but the chi...
Food insecurity continues to be a serious problem even as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. But could the expanded child tax credit set to kick in this month with money being sent directly to families be a game changer in addressing that food insecurity?
26 min
Parts of the American economy won't go back to ...
It's been a very long pandemic but the economy is working its way back and it will eventually get back to the level of strength it was before all of this. But it's not going to look the same.
14 min
The consequences of the declining birth rate in...
The birth rate in the US has been in decline for several years now. How big of a deal is that?
15 min
'The problem is much bigger' than the wealthies...
The nonprofit investigative journalism outlet ProPublica released a series of articles based on a treasure trove of tax records they obtained. The tax records focus on the wealthiest people in American society and reveal how little they pay in personal taxes.
26 min
What do people mean when they talk about 'criti...
We have heard an awful lot about critical race theory in the news lately, it has become the new flashpoint for debate, but... what do people mean when they talk about critical race theory?
15 min
43 years of saving lives: Gift of Life CEO on a...
You might not know Howard Nathan’s name, but chances are you know his work. He's been in charge of the Gift of Life donor program for decades, he's been working at Gift of Life for 43 years, and now he's retiring.
29 min
The worker shortage did what Congress couldn't:...
Several months ago there was a strong push to raise the minimum wage at the federal level to $15 an hour. That effort failed -- but in the meantime, wages at many businesses and companies have been going up, to $15 an hour or even beyond, because of the worker shortage we are seeing all over the country.
22 min
Great news for the economy: 'We haven't seen th...
Every week we take a look at the economy, how it's doing coming out of the pandemic, and answer some of the biggest questions of the last seven days.
10 min
Biden's vaccine deadline will likely fall a bit...
President Joe Biden set a goal of having 70% of adults get at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot by July 4th. Are we going to hit that goal?
11 min
Pride is worldwide and growing. Some companies ...
June is Pride Month and you are hard pressed to find a corporation in America that hasn’t shown support for the cause. Many are selling merchandise so you can support it too. But is all the corporate support for the right reasons?
12 min
Drexel structural engineer on the Florida condo...
The collapse of that condo building near Miami, Florida has led to a heart wrenching search for survivors. It's also has led to an investigation into how such a terrifying thing could happen.
24 min
American opinions on travel brands, after a yea...
As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic more and more people are starting to travel and stay in hotels. So how has their opinion of travel companies and brands changed?
10 min
How to fight offshore tax shelters? One way: 15...
The G-7 countries have endorsed the concept of a global minimum corporate tax of at least 15%. So how hard would it be to make this happen everywhere? Is that realistic, or will companies just find other ways to avoid paying taxes?
20 min
Ransomware has evolved: "There are more bad guy...
We are constantly hearing stories about major cyber attacks and ransom ware hitting more and more companies and important public services. How much worse could it get?
22 min
"I'm just glad I never gave up." The 32 year ol...
Kevin McGovern is a baseball player. He's a left-handed pitcher and a Philly guy, he went to high school at Archbishop Ryan and college at Thomas Jefferson University in East Falls. And for the last decade he has been moving all over the country and beyond, playing ball in independent minor leagues, with teams not affiliated with any Major League squad. But things changed earlier this month.
23 min
Lumber prices, jobless claims, and inflation: ...
Every week we take a look at the economy, how it's doing coming out of the pandemic, and answer some of the biggest questions of the week.
9 min
The Road Past the Pandemic
We are finally making our way out -- after 15 long months of masks and sickness, of staying away from loved ones, the country is getting vaccinated and cases are falling. So what is keeping us from breaking free for good? The Road Past the Pandemic is a KYW Newsradio in Depth special presented by Independence Blue Cross.
52 min
Congress is studying UFOs. Is there intelligent...
Congress is getting a report on UFOs and the military has released videos that they can't explain. Could there be life out there, intelligent life, and will we ever come across it?
14 min
The eviction tidal wave and how to solve an aff...
tion tidal wave and how to solve an affordable housing crisis Episode subtitle: The federal moratorium on evictions is set to expire on June 30th. The protections were put in place at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but now they are set to go away and that could mean millions of people nationwide who are behind on rent could find themselves out of their homes. Episode Summary: The federal moratorium on evictions is set to expire on June 30th. The protections were put in place at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but now they are set to go away and that could mean millions of people nationwide who are behind on rent could find themselves out of their homes. Dr. Avenel Joseph is the Vice President for Policy of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest health philanthropy. Dr. Joseph breaks down why we have such an affordable housing problem in this country, what we could do to fix it, and why the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is urging that the moratorium be extended. Episode Pubdate: now Midroll locations: 6'38"
13 min
Compensating college athletes: The Supreme Cour...
It is Supreme Court opinion season and on Monday we got one that could lead to massive changes in college athletics.
16 min
Inflation: Is it a serious problem like the 70'...
There is a ton of talk and concern about inflation right now. It's almost a dirty word if you watch the news. We wanted to dig into inflation a bit deeper -- what exactly are people talking about when they talk about inflation? How much of a concern is it right now? What is causing the inflation we are experiencing? Is inflation always a bad thing, and how does this compare to the terrible inflation we experienced in the 70’s?
25 min
What is scaring Wall Street this week? Pandemic...
The economy keeps ramping up entering the summer, eager to leave the pandemic behind, but there are still a couple things to keep an eye on this week -- the jobless claims numbers for one, and whatever is bothering Wall Street.
8 min
'Man, you're awesome.' Celebrate and elevate fa...
This pandemic has been hard for everyone, and dads are struggling too. The good news is there are tools for dads who are feeling overwhelmed or just need some support.
11 min
Could mRNA hold the key for an HIV vaccine?
The success of the COVID-19 vaccines utilizing mRNA technology has raised hopes that mRNA could hold the key to figuring out vaccines for other diseases, like HIV.
20 min
The history of Juneteenth and the long road to ...
Juneteenth is an incredibly important day in United States history, but it's taken a long time to get recognition nationally.
12 min
How the Supreme Court could decide to chip away...
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could fundamentally change access to abortion in the United States.
19 min
Israel's new government agreed on one thing: 'H...
A new government has taken power in Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu is no longer the prime minister. So what will this new government focus on? What does this mean for the Palestinians, and what does it mean for the relationship between the United States and Israel?
15 min
COVID economy update: Watching jobless claims c...
Inflation is getting a lot of headlines, but is it actually all it's cracked up to be? When are we going to see movement on interest rates? And some good news on the horizon, some substantial help is headed for families and municipalities.
8 min
Pandemic weight loss questions and answers with...
A few weeks ago we put out an episode on COVID weight gain and how to lose those unwanted pandemic pounds. And a lot of you had questions after the episode went out -- like what are some tactical tips to help you stay motivated? How does intermittent fasting work?
31 min
Did the American Rescue Plan stimulus work? Loo...
There's been a lot of stimulus in the last 15 months, most notably the American Rescue Plan. So are we seeing results? Has it worked? Is it too early to tell?
19 min
What NASA wants to find on Venus
Venus is harder to study than Mars, so NASA is getting creative. The space agency announced two missions, DAVINCI and VERITAS, will explore and learn about the planet hopefully by the end of the decade.
15 min
How the AHEAD study is fighting Alzheimer's Dis...
A new NIH-funded study is being put together focusing on Alzheimer’s Disease, a disease that effects millions of Americans and is projected to affect millions and millions more in the coming decades.
7 min
John Chaney, Stan Pawlak, and the wild stories ...
Before the NBA G League, there was the Eastern Professional Basketball League. It was a Pennsylvania and New York basketball league stocked to the brim with great players like John Chaney, Stan Pawlak, Jim Boeheim, and Hal Lear.
30 min
Signs the economy is strengthening, just in tim...
Over 550-thousand jobs were added last month as the US continues to emerge from the pandemic, and April's numbers were revised up as well. Average hourly earnings are up a couple percent, are we seeing the market compensate for the worker shortage?
9 min
Behind the rise of 'deaths of despair,' up 52%...
A record number of people died of 'deaths of despair' in 2019 -- deaths due to alcohol, suicide, or drugs. And there's a lot of concern that 2020's numbers won't be an improvement.
8 min
The questions parents ask about teens and the C...
A lot of teens have been vaccinated, including kids in the 12 to 15 year old range -- but some parents still have questions about their kids and the COVID-19 vaccines.
9 min
Tracing COVID-19's origin: Did the virus escape...
There has been a lot of talk lately about the origin of COVID-19, and more and more attention is being given to the theory that the virus could have emerged from a lab leak from a lab in Wuhan, China.
13 min
Do you need a vacation too? Airlines are lookin...
How have the airlines held up over the pandemic? What should we expect as life continues to return to normal, and how are the airlines positioned if we see a spike in demand in the summer as vaccine numbers continue to rise?
22 min
Pandemic economy update: How much inflation is ...
There are a lot of good signs for the economy including jobs numbers -- but we're also seeing inflation as well. There are a couple of reasons for this, including the stimulus checks, but how do we know how much inflation is too much inflation?
9 min
Jersey Shore businesses say they're desperate f...
2020 at the Jersey Shore was complicated. Coronavirus and restrictions to hold the virus at bay hung over the summer season, and a lot of businesses weren't sure if they would make it. 2021 is a totally different story, with a different set of challenges.
19 min
How a Pennsylvania cheerleader's free speech ca...
You wouldn’t think a cheerleader not making varsity squad would end up being the origin of a case being argued before the Supreme Court, but here we are.
13 min
How the pandemic made us appreciate local food,...
From worker shortages at meat packing plants to supply chain failures that left crops to go bad in fields, agriculture has taken a shock to the system over the past year. Farmers needed to learn to adapt very quickly. The good news is that in a lot of cases, they did.
20 min
Free classes, rent assistance, 'We made some qu...
Colleges and universities had to keep their students and employees safe and figure out how to function during a pandemic that caused campus shutdowns and necessitated remote learning on the fly. So how did students, faculty, and administrators make it through?
22 min
Pandemic economy: It looks like a beach season ...
Rentals are booked through the season, which started early, and all signs are pointing to a record breaking beach season.
9 min
What Biden’s plan to tax the rich will actually do
These bills would change the tax system a lot, much more than just making rates higher for the wealthy and for corporations.
29 min