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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Why is the Philadelphia Parking Authority ticketing cars for blocking street sweepers — on streets the city doesn’t actually sweep 75 percent of the time?
Air Date: January 16, 2019Listen 14:54
Philadelphia's Defender Association says cops pull over more African-American drivers in the 14th Police District than white ones. Is racial profiling to blame?
Air Date: January 15, 2019Listen 12:45
New Wawa stores are popping up all over Philly, including its biggest ever in Old City. Why the renewed focus on the city? And how is the hoagie-eating public responding?
Air Date: January 14, 2019Listen 12:05
For survivors of gun violence, long-term help in overcoming new physical and financial challenges is not always easy to find after leaving the hospital.
Air Date: January 10, 2019Listen 14:08
With the unflappable Nick Foles under center, it feels like Eagles have been touched by angels this season. But can divine intervention get the Birds past Saints Sunday?
Air Date: January 9, 2019Listen 14:00
Should schools be rated and reviewed like restaurants, movies, and Uber rides? Or are the stakes higher? Why Pennsylvania is trying a new tool.
Air Date: January 8, 2019Listen 15:10
Why Cory Booker's rhetoric has changed as he tries to court the most progressive wing of the Democratic Party and position himself for a 2020 presidential bid.
Air Date: January 7, 2019Listen 13:44
A white referee recently forced a black South Jersey high school wrestler to choose between cutting his dreadlocks or forfeiting a match. Why did this unfold this way?
Air Date: January 3, 2019Listen 14:01
Why the Painted Bride, a staple in Philadelphia's art community for nearly 50 years, is selling its iconic building in Old City to pursue a more nomadic vision.
Air Date: January 2, 2019Listen 12:57
Amid all of the distressing and difficult headlines we encounter every day, let's meet some of the regular people working to make a positive change in their communities.
Air Date: January 1, 2019Listen 12:28
A new coal mine is opening soon in Pennsylvania. Are President Trump's energy policies to thank?
Air Date: December 27, 2018Listen 12:45
On this Christmas rebroadcast of The Why, we look back at the rise and fall of The Gallery, once holiday shopping institution in Philadelphia.
Air Date: December 25, 2018Listen 12:44
In April 2017, Katie Brennan went to police accusing Al Alvarez, her co-worker on Gov. Phil Murphy's campaign, of raping her. Why did it take over a year for Alvarez to quit?
Air Date: December 24, 2018Listen 15:19