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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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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.

    Delaware’s new class of LGBTQ representatives

    Delaware’s new class of LGBTQ representatives

    Delaware has never sworn an openly gay person into its General Assembly. That will change this January, when three members of the LGBTQ community join the legislature, making history for the state.

    WHYY reporter Zoë Read spoke to queer people across the state who said they saw this election as an especially important victory. They say that their hard-fought rights have slowly come under threat during the Trump administration, and they worry they could lose things like marriage equality with the appointment of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Zoë explains the progressive agendas of Delaware’s new representatives, and what they’ll be able to do to protect the rights of their LGBTQ constituents.

    • 14 min
    Not all remote learning is created equal

    Not all remote learning is created equal

    As more schools decide to stay remote during the pandemic, education advocates worry about the effects of virtual learning, especially on socialization and early literacy. Keystone Crossroads reporters Miles Bryan and Emily Rizzo have been spending time with families across the economic spectrum who have been striving to help their kids get what they need out of remote learning. They say parents have been doing everything from creating learning pods lead by private tutors to utilizing city-provided programs housed in recreation centers — all evidence the pandemic is further exposing the opportunity gaps between rich and poor students that have long existed. 

    • 17 min
    Why Trump’s lawyers keep targeting Pa.

    Why Trump’s lawyers keep targeting Pa.

    A full two weeks after the election, the Trump campaign is still challenging the Pennsylvania vote. Today, a federal judge will listen to the campaign’s arguments at a hearing in Western Pennsylvania.

    But legal experts say Trump’s barrage of lawsuits doesn’t have merit. In addition, President-Elect Joe Biden won the state by 70,000 votes, and that 1% margin means those lawsuits won’t win the commonwealth for Trump. 

    But Trump is forging ahead anyway.

    Ryan Briggs of WHYY’s PlanPhilly explains Trump’s legal challenges and why he’s suing.

     

    • 12 min
    Inside Philly’s new COVID-19 restrictions

    Inside Philly’s new COVID-19 restrictions

    As COVID cases soar, Philadelphia is unrolling a new round of restrictions: no more indoor dining at restaurants, and gyms and movie theaters must close. City officials initially tried to avoid taking these measures, and even increased indoor capacity at restaurants as cases were rising, likely because they were concerned about the impact they could have on businesses already struggling during the pandemic. Instead, they previously pressed residents to take personal responsibility, repeatedly encouraging them to wear a mask, wash their hands, and stay six feet apart from others.

    WHYY health reporter Nina Feldman explains why Philadelphia is changing its course.

    • 18 min
    What worked for Biden in Delaware might not in D.C.

    What worked for Biden in Delaware might not in D.C.

    Delaware politicians are known for their civility and a spirit of compromise. It traces back to one of the state’s oldest traditions: Return Day, an 18th-century ritual that includes a carriage ride, a town crier, and a hatchet that literally gets buried in the sand. It usually occurs every two years and attracts the state’s leading elected officials, though the coronavirus limited the celebration this year.

    Still, President-Elect Joe Biden is a fan of Return Day and seldom misses one. 

    How have Return Day and Delaware’s unique brand of politics shaped Biden? And will he be able to carry Delaware’s ideals to the White House?

    Our guest, Mark Eichmann, deputy managing editor of WHYY’s Delaware desk, explains this historic Delaware tradition.

    • 13 min
    NJ voters legalized recreational marijuana — but the fight isn’t over

    NJ voters legalized recreational marijuana — but the fight isn’t over

    Last week, New Jersey voted overwhelmingly on a constitutional amendment to make recreational marijuana legal, a law that has been 10 years in the making. Philadelphia Inquirer cannabis reporter Sam Wood walks us through the Garden State’s path to legalization, which included framing legalization as a social justice issue. He says some cannabis activists disagree with this framing and claim new regulatory structures exclude people of color who don’t have big investors behind them.

    • 15 min

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