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    Background check law to protect Pa. kids isn’t being enforced

    Background check law to protect Pa. kids isn’t being enforced

    After the Penn State abuse scandal rocked Pennsylvania, the state tried to strengthen its child protection laws. Since 2015, anyone working or volunteering with children must undergo background checks. But it turns out, there’s little enforcement and few ways to know who’s in compliance, leaving kids vulnerable.

    Guest: Angela Couloumbis, Spotlight PA

    • 15 min
    The lawsuit trying to desegregate N.J. schools

    The lawsuit trying to desegregate N.J. schools

    Studies have found New Jersey has some of the most segregated schools in the U.S. — despite being one of few states whose constitution bans de facto school segregation. A landmark lawsuit is trying to change that and could bring major changes to education in the Garden State.

    Guest: NJ Spotlight founder & reporter John Mooney

    • 13 min
    Is Campbell Soup staging a comeback?

    Is Campbell Soup staging a comeback?

    The iconic Campbell Soup Company appears to be turning around. Just over a year ago, its stock had fallen, the CEO had stepped down, and an activist investor was trying to talk the board into selling the 150-year-old company headquartered in Camden. Now, that investor is singing a different tune and Campbell’s new CEO is hot on returning to its roots: soup.

    Guest: WHYY New Jersey reporter Joe Hernandez

    • 14 min
    Meet the teen leading Philly’s youth climate strike movement

    Meet the teen leading Philly’s youth climate strike movement

    Meet the Philadelphia high school student who’s helping to lead the city’s youth movement to take action on climate change. Sabirah Mahmud, 17, talks about why she feels responsible for taking to the streets and what it’s like to be face of the movement as a young Muslim woman of color.

    • 11 min
    How #MeToo finally came to N.J. politics

    How #MeToo finally came to N.J. politics

    New Jersey lawmakers are promising a “culture change” after 20 women in state politics shared their stories of being groped, harassed and even raped at work events. Despite the #MeToo movement growing around the world, why has it taken so long for their stories to come to light?

    Guest: NJ.com’s Kelly Heyboer, who reported this story with Susan K. Livio

    • 12 min
    Trump tariffs could squash Pa.’s new wine scene

    Trump tariffs could squash Pa.’s new wine scene

    The wine scene in the Philadelphia area is booming, with boutique bottle shops popping up in the city and the suburbs. The industry’s expansion is thanks to a 2016 change in Pennsylvania’s strict liquor laws, which require that all alcohol be sold through the state. But wine purveyors are facing a major obstacle that they say could ruin their businesses: tariffs.

    Guest: Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme, Philadelphia Magazine

    • 14 min

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