There’s more to every story, if you take the time to tell it. Get to the “why” behind the issues that matter in the Greater Philadelphia region with hosts Annette John-Hall and Shai Ben-Yaacov. Each episode, they’ll pluck one local story from your feed and break it down.
The Why was produced from October 2018 to December 2020.
400 stories: What The Why taught us about Philly
In their final show, hosts Shai Ben-Yaacov and Annette John-Hall look back on some of their favorite episodes of The Why — and unpack the stories that make Philly Philly.
Air Date: December 14, 2020Listen 23:01
Will Philly’s new police oversight commission be any better?
Philadelphia voters approved a new independent commission for people to file complaints against the police last month. The old one was criticized as ineffective.
Air Date: December 10, 2020Listen 17:01
A decade after lawsuit, Philly is still stopping and frisking
Ten years after it was sued for racial bias, the city still employs the controversial police tactic known as stop-and-frisk. Mayor Jim Kenney says he wants it to end. Will it?
Air Date: December 8, 2020Listen 14:45
A camera, a mask and 2020’s most enduring image
Philadelphia photographer Kyle Cassidy captured images of essential workers for his series Between Us and Catastrophe.
Air Date: December 7, 2020Listen 17:20
$1 billion in relief sat around while Pa. businesses struggled
Pa. lawmakers haggled for six months over how to spend $1 billion in CARES Act money while businesses struggled. In the end, Gov. Wolf sided with Republicans.
Air Date: December 3, 2020Listen 15:49
The struggle is real for working women during the pandemic
Not only are women serving as caregivers for family members and monitors over their children's virtual learning, but they're also more likely to lose their jobs in 2020.
Air Date: December 1, 2020Listen 12:23
Philly’s Wanamaker Organ has survived 2 pandemics
The Wanamaker Organ, still spreading holiday joy at Macy's in Philadelphia, has endured and entertained through the 1918 Spanish Flu and 2020 coronavirus pandemics.
Air Date: November 30, 2020Listen 13:38
Penn’s $100 million pledge has a backstory
Activists have called for UPenn to support city schools for years. So why is Penn giving now — and what does it mean for the future?
Air Date: November 24, 2020Listen 16:39
Delaware’s new class of LGBTQ representatives
The DE legislature will swear in 3 members of the LGBTQ community. Queer Delawareans say that representation is important for protecting increasingly-threatened rights.
Air Date: November 23, 2020Listen 13:40
Not all remote learning is created equal
With COVID numbers rising, more schools are going all remote But what your child has access to depends on what you have time for and how much is in your wallet.
Air Date: November 19, 2020Listen 16:37
Why Trump’s lawyers keep targeting Pa.
The Trump campaign has filed numerous lawsuits aiming to stop Pa. from certifying its votes. WHYY reporter Ryan Briggs explains the suits and where they are going.
Air Date: November 17, 2020Listen 11:49
Inside Philly’s new COVID-19 restrictions
Coronavirus is surging in Philly, and asking people to distance isn't stopping the spread — so the city is entering a new phase of life in lockdown
Air Date: November 16, 2020Listen 18:25
What worked for Biden in Delaware might not in D.C.
Delaware's bipartisan political culture helped shaped Joe Biden's career. But it remains to be seen if that spirit of compromise will work in the White House.
Air Date: November 12, 2020Listen 13:47
NJ voters legalized recreational marijuana — but the fight isn’t over
After years of back and forth, New Jersey voted to legalize recreational marijuana. So why do some cannabis activists say it isn’t enough?
Air Date: November 10, 2020Listen 14:58
The trauma caused by viral videos of police killing Black men
Watching videos of police killings, like the one of Walter Wallace Jr., can be traumatic, especially for Black and brown people. Should people share them anyway?
Air Date: November 9, 2020Listen 15:04