Syringes litter a block-long stretch of grass between Gurney Street and the Conrail tracks in Kensington. (Emma Lee/WHYY)
Injecting controversy

In the throes of another public health crisis — the opioid epidemic — former Mayor Ed Rendell and city officials are backing another controversial “harm reduction” strategy: supervised injection sites.

Injecting controversy
The Why

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.

Listen Monday - Thursday at 5:45 p.m. on WHYY-FM or anytime wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Bill Cosby is taken away in handcuffs after he was sentenced to three-to 10-years for felony sexual assault on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa.  (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

Cosby Incarcerated

Our Cosby Unraveled crossover episode takes a peek at Cosby's life behind bars and considers what should become of the products of his towering comedy career.

Air Date: November 12, 2018

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Medics with the Cincinnati Fire Department nasally administer naloxone to a man while responding to a possible overdose report at a gas station, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in downtown Cincinnati.

The Chronicles of Narcan

Narcan is heralded as one of the most important weapons to fight the opioid epidemic. But on the ground, the decision whether or not to use Narcan is a bit more complicated.

Air Date: November 8, 2018

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Dorothy Johnson-Speight visits the grave of her son, Khaaliq Jabbar Johnson, in Philadelphia on Monday, May 9, 2016. Johnson was killed in 2001 - shot seven times over a parking space dispute. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Mothers Evolved

After Dorothy Johnson-Speight lost her son to gun violence nearly two decades ago, she started a movement to take her city back by eradicating gun violence.

Air Date: November 5, 2018

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Stars of David with the names of those killed in a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, stand in front of the synagogue in Pittsburgh, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.

Tending the Tree of Life

The recent mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh left us grappling for answers. Why here? Why now? These are big questions with no easy answers. Where do we go from here?

Air Date: October 31, 2018

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The $40,000 cab ride

Why is the Philadelphia School District paying millions of dollars for taxicabs? The answer involves special education, school choice, and lots and lots of lawyers.

Air Date: October 24, 2018

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