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 did Sig Sauer, the manufacturer of the P320 handgun, fix trigger problems in the U.S. Army version more than a year before offering an upgrade to the public?
Air Date: September 16, 2019Listen 10:46
Every school year, parents in all 50 states have to prove they've gotten their kids vaccinated — unless they get an exemption.
Air Date: September 11, 2019Listen 14:53
About 180 children died at the former Carlisle Indian Industrial School. Over 100 years later, tribes are reclaiming their bodies and bringing them home.
Air Date: September 5, 2019Listen 12:10
The minimum wage for hourly workers in Pennsylvania is $7.25 — unless you work for tips. Why is the minimum wage for tipped workers so much lower?
Air Date: September 4, 2019Listen 11:38
Trans and nonbinary Pennsylvanians got gender-neutral markers (“X” or “U” instead of “M” or F”) long before PennDOT said they could.
Air Date: August 29, 2019Listen 13:32
Richard Ross resigned after ignoring sexual harassment claims filed by a female officer. Could there be a systemic problem within the Philadelphia Police Department?
Air Date: August 28, 2019Listen 17:05