The Why Archive
The bureaucrat taking the fall for Philly’s protest response
Managing Director Brian Abernathy will resign after Philly was heavily criticized for tear gassing protestors. But the mayor and others who helped make those decisions remain.
Air Date: July 21, 2020Listen 11:20
Body cams boost transparency – if all Philly officers turn them on
Not all Philadelphia officers are following the rules when it comes to using body cameras. Could proper use of body cams prevent police brutality?
Air Date: July 20, 2020Listen 14:05
What’s up with pro sports and the pandemic
With the NFL season looming, a lot of Eagles fans are wondering why pro leagues are adjusting to COVID-19 so differently, and why some players are sounding the alarm.
Air Date: July 16, 2020Listen 18:20
Showdown looms over the Parkway homeless encampment
Years of perceived inaction on the part of Philly officials over affordable housing could come to a head this Friday when they plan to evict residents of a homeless encampment
Air Date: July 14, 2020Listen 17:44
Problems at the Free Library boil over
Recently, library workers have complained about racism and a lack of safety and leadership in the workplace. Why did current events reveal deep mistrust at the library?
Air Date: July 13, 2020Listen 21:08
Recent civil unrest has pressured state and city lawmakers to pass police reform bills that had been previously ignored. But these new measures only go so far.
Air Date: July 9, 2020Listen 22:31
Black therapist on mental health for POC in this historic moment
"What I've been able to do is relate to my clients when they are experiencing the systemic oppression and racism that weighs on all of our shoulders. I understand."
Air Date: July 7, 2020Listen 15:45
Changing Delaware’s use-of-force law
Del. police have shot 56 people since 2005, but no officer has ever been charged with a crime — even when prosecutors wanted to. Now, change could be coming.
Air Date: July 6, 2020Listen 15:47
Gas driller charged with environmental crimes
Pa.'s Attorney General has filed criminal charges against Cabot Oil and Gas — over 10 years after problems surfaced in Dimock, which became ground-zero in the fracking debate.
Air Date: July 2, 2020Listen 17:56
In Philadelphia and around the country, people are complaining about loud, mysterious booms at night. Are they fireworks? ATM explosions? ... military PSYOPs?
Air Date: June 30, 2020Listen 20:05
A virtual tour of ‘every thing it took to make America’
In the next installment of "Why didn’t I go there?," The Why's Shai Ben-Yaacov and his 10-year-old son take a virtual tour of the time capsule that is the Mercer Museum.
Air Date: June 29, 2020Listen 17:43
Historic 52nd St. fighting for another comeback
The historic Black business district has seen plenty of ups and downs over the years. Can it come back again from a pandemic and widespread looting and vandalism?
Air Date: June 25, 2020Listen 16:37
Small businesses, insurers clash over COVID claims
Many insurance policies exclude viral outbreaks like COVID-19. But if governments ordered businesses to shut down, should insurance companies still have to pay?
Air Date: June 23, 2020Listen 15:33
There's way more testing for COVID-19 now in the Philly region than there was when the lockdowns started three months ago. So why can it still be so tough to get a test?
Air Date: June 22, 2020Listen 17:05
Making art in a time of crisis and protest
Actor and playwright James Ijames explains how his theater community is responding to a nationwide reckoning over racism, and how it's managing to make art during a pandemic.
Air Date: June 18, 2020Listen 14:32
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