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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.

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    • 4.7, 103 Ratings

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.

    Gas driller charged with environmental crimes

    Gas driller charged with environmental crimes

     

    Pennsylvania’s Attorney General has filed criminal charges against Cabot Oil and Gas — more than 10 years after problems first surfaced in the small town of Dimock, which became ground-zero in the national debate over fracking. StateImpact Pennsylvania Reporter Susan Phillips explains why these charges are coming so many years later, vindicating some Dimock residents, and why it doesn’t necessarily mean more companies will be held accountable.

    • 18 min
    So… about those fireworks

    So… about those fireworks

    If you live in or around Philadelphia, you’ve probably heard unexplained booms well into the night. They started during the protests against police brutality, which has the city chalking them up to fireworks and ATM robberies, while some concerned citizens are looking to conspiracy theories. Max Marin and Michaela Winberg, reporters for WHYY’s Billy Penn, investigated the #PhillyExplosions and some inconveniently-timed changes to Philadelphia’s fire code.

    • 19 min
    A virtual tour of ‘every thing it took to make America’

    A virtual tour of ‘every thing it took to make America’

    In the next installment of our series Why didn’t I go there?, The Why co-host Shai Ben-Yaacov and his 10-year-old son Gil take a virtual tour of the time capsule that is the Mercer Museum in Doylestown. Their guide is the museum’s Cory Amsler who introduces us to the 19th century Penn archaeologist who was not just fascinated by ancient artifacts, but also had a passion for collecting the everyday stuff of his own time, from tools to … a vampire killing kit?

     

    • 17 min
    Historic 52nd St. fighting for another comeback

    Historic 52nd St. fighting for another comeback

    52nd Street, which has historically been the Black commercial hub of West Philly, has seen many ups and downs over the last few decades. It was most recently hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and then, by looting and vandalism during the unrest over racism. Retired Philadelphia Daily News Columnist Elmer Smith reflects on growing up in the neighborhood and its rich history, and PlanPhilly reporter Darryl C. Murphy talks about the latest blows to 52nd Street, and what the future could hold.

    • 16 min
    Small businesses, insurers clash over COVID claims

    Small businesses, insurers clash over COVID claims

    In Philadelphia alone, dozens of businesses have filed lawsuits against insurance companies — some even before their claims have been denied — as they seek coverage for business losses during the COVID-19 shutdowns. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeremy Roebuck explains how another coronavirus outbreak impacted today’s disputes between small businesses and insurers, and how some state legislators are trying to compel companies to pay out claims.

    • 15 min
    Troubles with COVID testing

    Troubles with COVID testing

    Despite increased testing capacity and expanded eligibility guidelines, it can still be tough to get a COVID-19 test and timely results. WHYY health reporter Nina Feldman recently documented the roadblocks she and others have come up against trying get tested, and joins us to break down why the patchwork testing efforts people are encountering across the region reflect bigger problems with our health care system in general.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
103 Ratings

103 Ratings

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Great Podcast

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The Daily...but for Philly

Interesting, in-depth stories about Philly. I appreciate the expertise, patience, and editing of this podcast.

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Great

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