The Why Archive
COVID-19 ‘long haulers’ face uncertain future
Many people who had COVID-19 are still experiencing symptoms weeks and months after they were infected. Now, a Penn clinic is trying to help these "long haulers" recover.
Air Date: August 25, 2020Listen 15:34
Detective, social worker, telemarketer: Contact tracers wear many hats
Meet one of Philadelphia's contact tracers, the city workers who play critical role for understanding where and how fast COVID-19 is spreading — and for saving lives.
Air Date: August 24, 2020Listen 15:21
How the virtual show went on at Upper Darby Summer Stage
The pandemic threatened one of the Philly area's oldest and most celebrated summer theater camps. Hear how they managed to pull it off.
Air Date: August 20, 2020Listen 15:43
Enforcing mask-wearing in Pa.? The struggle is real
Pa. requires everyone to wear masks when they leave the house — but the state has left business owners, transit agencies and individuals to enforce it, which isn't easy.
Air Date: August 18, 2020Listen 24:02
Kamala Harris could help Dems court Philly’s large Indian American community
With both parties actively courting South Asian American voters, Harris' presence on the Democratic ticket could have an impact in a critical swing state like Pa.
Air Date: August 17, 2020Listen 19:14
Philly census push presses on despite challenges
In the Philly area, there's been a bigger push than ever to get everybody counted for the census. They're also facing big obstacles: a pandemic and a shortened deadline.
Air Date: August 13, 2020Listen 16:04
Philly NAACP president’s anti-Semitic meme
The NAACP's Rodney Muhammad posted an anti-Semitic meme that caused tensions between Black and Jewish people to rise to the surface. Could honest conversations follow?
Air Date: August 11, 2020Listen 17:56
Philly’s missing monuments to Native history
As a city commission decides the fate of the Christopher Columbus in South Philly, it's sparking conversations about how the city could do more to represent Native people.
Air Date: August 10, 2020Listen 15:40
Philadelphia’s big mail problem
Some people in Philadelphia haven’t had their mail delivered in three weeks. What's going on — and what could it mean for mail-in ballots in November?
Air Date: August 6, 2020Listen 13:45
Philly’s flip to all-virtual learning
A week after Philly unveiled its back-to-school plan, it reversed course with a decision that reflects tough choices between the virus and thousands of students' education.
Air Date: August 4, 2020Listen 17:33
Drive-ins are making a comeback
Drive-ins are making a comeback as the COVID-19 era's socially distant entertainment venue. It turns out their origin story has a big chapter here in 1930s Camden, N.J.
Air Date: August 3, 2020Listen 18:19
Philly’s trash problem was already bad. Now, it’s worse
Sidewalks in Philadelphia neighborhoods are covered with plastic bags full of trash that haven't been collected in a week. And nobody know when it's going to get picked up.
Air Date: July 30, 2020Listen 13:37
Black Masterman students call out racism
"It wasn't really until high school that I started seeing some of the ways in which racism was influencing my own experience."
Air Date: July 28, 2020Listen 16:36
Coming this fall: On-campus students, virtual classes
Several Philly area universities are planning virtual classes while still inviting students back to campus. A Penn prof says schools can't justify that hybrid approach.
Air Date: July 27, 2020Listen 17:15
New dilemma for Philly residents with no AC
In Philly, the same people vulnerable to COVID-19 are also vulnerable to extreme heat. That means they have a difficult choice to make: escape the heat or avoid the virus?
Air Date: July 23, 2020Listen 16:27
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