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NewsWorks Tonight is nightly on-air regional newsmagazine on WHYY-FM at 6 p.m. each weeknight. The half-hour show, hosted by Dave Heller, presents breaking news, interviews, and enterprise reporting by the NewsWorks team, including both WHYY staff and NewsWorks' content partners.

NewsWorks Tonight is nightly on-air regional newsmagazine on WHYY-FM at 6 p.m. each weeknight. The half-hour show, hosted by Dave Heller, presents breaking news, interviews, and enterprise reporting by the NewsWorks team, including both WHYY staff and NewsWorks' content partners.
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NewsWorks Tonight is nightly on-air regional newsmagazine on WHYY-FM at 6 p.m. each weeknight. The half-hour show, hosted by Dave Heller, presents breaking news, interviews, and enterprise reporting by the NewsWorks team, including both WHYY staff and NewsWorks' content partners.




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NewsWorks Tonight, April 19, 2018

WHYY’s Joe Hernandez gives an update on the protests surrounding the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks. A Philadelphia judge has sentenced Liberian warlord Mohammed Jabbateh to 30 years in prison. Dr. MArilyn Howarth provides a detailed look at where the Philadelphia region ranks in the nation in regards to air pollution. A New Jersey community faces an uncertain future with the closure of a nuclear power plant. Photographer Angela Modica discusses her approach to capturing...


NewsWorks Tonight April 18, 2018

Starbucks apology tour continues. Philadelphia closes one of its jails. And how to make city streets faster.


NewsWorks Tonight, April 17, 2018

One person is dead after a Southwest Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. Experts say the city’s police department also has some explaining to do regarding the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks. Kim Rueben, Director of the State and Local Finance Initiative at the Tax Policy Center talks Tax Day. A look at how the Delaware is preparing for the highway of tomorrow. Andrew Ferrett and Sam Katz discuss the newest episode of their documentary...


NewsWorks Tonight April 16, 2018

Starbucks CEO does damage control in Philadelphia. Meek Mill could get a new trial. And Bill Cosby's accuser testifies.


NewsWorks Tonight April 12, 2018

Jennie Sweet-Cushman, Assistant Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics, joins us to discuss the surge in female candidates for state races this year. As the Cosby retrial chugs on, activists push for an end to statutes of limitations on sex crimes. A new exhibit at the University City Science Center’s art gallery merges digital technology with more traditional artistic techniques. A startup aims to help athletes identify and recover from brain injuries. And’s...


NewsWorks Tonight April 11, 2018

Bill Cosby’s trial continues with more accusers testifying. Philadelphia places high on a list of cities with high eviction rates. A CHOP study identifies an autism risk based on geographic ancestry. The Sixers are in the playoffs. We’ll have a look at the “process” that got them there. The founder of Parkway Parking, an avid koi collector, has donated his fish to the Japanese House in Fairmount Park. And we look at an effort to preserve Cowtown Rodeo in South Jersey.


NewsWorks Tonight, April 10, 2018

The Cosby retrial enters its second day. The University of Pennsylvania faces a lawsuit from the parents of a student who committed suicide. Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate Laura Ellsworth speaks with WHYY’s Dave Davies. New Jersey public record advocates who want to appeal denied requests are waiting a long time. Mary Tuomanen discusses being Haverford College’s Spring 2018 Friend in Residence. A Philadelphia playwright splits his time between a comedy and a drama.


NewsWorks Tonight April 9, 2018

Cosby's second trial begins. New Jersey congressmen weigh in on legal weed. And children's author Kwame Alexander talks jazz, poetry, and basketball.


NewsWorks Tonight, April 6, 2018

Fourteen candidates for Congress are vying for the Democratic Party’s endorsement in Delaware county. Frank Newport, editor-in-chief at the Gallup Poll, gives insight on the American public’s thoughts on teachers. Composer Karlheinz Stockhausen’s final work gets a Philadelphia premiere. A Syrian musician bridges classical Arabic poetry with rap. Beer historian Rich Wagner explains the beverage’s history in Pennsylvania.


NewsWorks Tonight April 5, 2018

Nova parades down Market Street. The Flyers prep for a likely playoff run. And how an online chat room caught an alleged child predator.


NewsWorks Tonight, April 4, 2018

We recall the riots that erupted in Wilmington upon the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. fifty years ago today. Mayor Jim Kenney announces his appointments to Philadelphia’s new school board. Twelve jurors are selected in Bill Cosby’s trial. A pilot program at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine teaches medical students about nutrition. Bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma receives Philadelphia’s Benny Golson Award and announces the lineup for this year’s Outsiders Improvised and Creative...


NewsWorks Tonight, April 3, 2018

An ex-Philly Sheriff’s corruption trial ended today with no convictions, but with the possibility of a retrial. More Montgomery County residents have been chosen to sit on the jury in comedian Bill Cosby’s second criminal trial. The Villanova Men’s Basketball team earns the Philadelphia area its second championship of the year. Graterford Prison in Montgomery County has seen its fifth suicide since the beginning of the year. After yesterday’s filing deadline, a look at NJ Congressional...


NewsWorks Tonight, April 2, 2018

Potential jurors for Bill Cosby’s upcoming criminal sexual assault retrial answered questions about their ability to be fair and impartial. For years, non-citizens were invited to register to vote in Pennsylvania when they got drivers’ licenses. Tax season means phone scammers are increasing their calls. Secret correspondence between two inmates at Eastern State Penitentiary is archived. Villanova’s mens basketball team preps for the final game of the NCAA Tournament. Derrick Pitts, chief...


NewsWorks Tonight, March 30, 2018

Laura Benshoff provides an update on the Cosby pre-trial hearings as they come to a close. Ashley Hahn brings the story of Philadelphia’s first black Catholic church. SEPTA’s diehard ‘railfans’ find the fun in daily commutes. Frank Newport, editor-in-chief at the Gallup Poll, provides insight to the American public’s thoughts on President Trump.


NewsWorks Tonight March 29, 2018

This show has modern cases of red lining, immigrants seeking English teachers, and children climbing walls.


NewsWorks Tonight, March 28, 2018

New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez hits the campaign re-election trail. As Bill Cosby’s pre-trial hearings near their conclusion, his new trial will be different than the first on several fronts. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner wants to calculate the incarceration cost of each case that is tried. A school in Middletown, Delaware joins a national grassroots movement to encourage girls to choose careers in technology. Sportswriter Rich Westcott’s new book tells the story of...


NewsWorks Tonight, March 27, 2018

Philadelphia’s public defender questions the legality of the city’s probation policies. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Tari Hanneman explains how Pennsylvania health care providers are putting in extra effort to provide inclusive care to the LGBTQ community. Pennsylvania unions are using their political clout to advocate for oil and gas. The #MeToo movement has area men rethinking traditional gender roles. A WHYY podcast looks at how the #MeToo movement has affected the upcoming...


NewsWorks Tonight March 26, 2018

New Jersey passes six new gun laws. Some call for an end to emissions testing. And a Philadelphia school gets a drone.


NewsWorks Tonight, March 22, 2018

A struggling Germantown neighborhood wants to give a notorious developer the boot. Philadelphia hosts a summit to empower women and girls in fields where they’re underrepresented. Online shopping is putting more and more delivery trucks on the road, forcing cities to rethink their curb space. An exhibition about the nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury opens at the National Constitution Center. Storyteller Trevor Cassidy shares just how much their family loves Disneyland.


NewsWorks Tonight, March 21, 2018

We have weather updates from around the region. The Pennsylvania Senate passes a bill to increase gun ownership restrictions on people convicted of domestic violence. We talk with two Pennridge High School students who were given detention for walking out of school last week to protest gun violence. We have a review of the Arden Theater’s production of The Bluest Eye.


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