News comes at us hard and fast every day, and it’s hard to make sense of it all. The Why blends great news gathering with great storytelling. It’s a narrative-style news show about issues affecting the Philadelphia region. Hosts Shai Ben-Yaacov and Annette John-Hall pluck one story from the news cycle and explain why it’s happening, and why it matters. Through conversations with beat reporters and people in the know, The Why takes you on an audio journey that blends voices, sounds, and music. It’s not just news, it’s a story.
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The fiasco that resulted in 1,000 students from two Philly high schools being out of class for three weeks exposed parents' anxieties about the safety of their schools.
Air Date: October 15, 2019Listen 16:52
More than 50 years ago, Philadelphia tried to remake the Eastwick neighborhood and failed. Now the city is trying to fix it. What will it take to correct past mistakes?
Air Date: October 14, 2019Listen 12:27
A judge's ruling that opening a place where people could use illegal drugs under medical supervision would not violate federal law could set a nationwide precedent.
Air Date: October 10, 2019Listen 12:49
The Painted Bride wanted to sell its iconic building in Old City to a developer, but a judge ruled its mosaics were too "priceless" to destroy.
Air Date: October 8, 2019Listen 13:04
The census counts prisoners in the districts where they're in incarcerated, not in their home districts. Why that's led to shifts in political power in Pennsylvania.
Air Date: October 3, 2019Listen 12:22
Raucous parties at Muhammad Ali's former mansion-turned-Airbnb has put Cherry Hill, N.J. in the midst of a bigger debate about how these rentals affect communities.
Air Date: October 1, 2019Listen 12:01
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan is threatening to sue Sunoco on behalf of residents afraid of sinkholes along the Mariner East 2 pipeline route.
Air Date: September 30, 2019Listen 12:02
The Market East neighborhood has a dismal history when it comes to development. Could the Gallery mall's new replacement, Fashion District Philadelphia, be a different story?
Air Date: September 26, 2019Listen 15:04
A Philly man suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues was shot by police. Why do cops wind up being called to handle these situations?
Air Date: September 24, 2019Listen 12:36
Retired Bordentown Police Chief Frank Nucera is on trial for a hate crime. Are recordings of him using racist slurs enough to convict him?
Air Date: September 23, 2019Listen 14:34
A volunteer firefighter's interest in the extremist group the Proud Boys has Haverford Township residents fighting over whether it should vet the views of public servants.
Air Date: September 19, 2019Listen 14:22