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Listen to episodes of WHYY’s “The Why.”

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Why Joe Biden’s third presidential run could be different

4/25/2019
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Joe Biden is making his third presidential run after two disappointing campaigns in 1988 and 2008. Will his history of putting his foot in his mouth come back to bite him?

Duration:00:13:50

Why many of Philadelphia’s community gardens are at risk

4/24/2019
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As Philly's vacant land becomes more valuable to buyers, growers who claimed abandoned lots for community gardens are at risk of losing these beloved spaces.

Duration:00:09:43

Why raising salaries for Pennsylvania teachers is more complicated than it seems

4/23/2019
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf wants to raise teachers' salaries across the board. But is that only a Band-Aid solution to a more complex problem?

Why the Catholic Church ignored victims abused by nuns

4/22/2019
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Why have the victims of childhood sexual abuse by nuns been ignored? And how do gender imbalance and church hierarchy work together to minimize their stories?

Duration:00:13:00

Before congestion pricing, why Louis Kahn’s grand plan for Philly traffic failed

4/18/2019
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Philadelphia architect Louis "Lou" Kahn came up a grand design plan for cutting down on traffic congestion 60 years ago. Why wasn't it embraced?

Duration:00:13:02

Why it’s so hard to get playgrounds in Philly’s public schools

4/17/2019
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Two-thirds of Philly's public schools don't have playgrounds. Research shows the spaces are beneficial for kids, so why is it so hard to build them?

Duration:00:12:36

Why so few of Philadelphia’s old buildings are historically protected

4/16/2019
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Philadelphia has many old, iconic buildings and neighborhoods. So why are so few of these sites historically preserved and protected from the wrecking ball?

Duration:00:13:09

Why Philly’s mayoral candidates are hardly campaigning

4/15/2019
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Do Philly voters even know there's a mayoral primary going on? Why is the campaign so quiet, even as outside groups pour money into the race?

Duration:00:14:12

Why Down syndrome is in the middle of the Pa. abortion debate

4/11/2019
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Pa. House Speaker Turzai says he's protecting the special-needs community. Pro-choice advocates say he's chipping away at abortion rights.

Duration:00:13:48

Why black men’s health disparities affect us all

4/10/2019
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Black males in Philadelphia have a lower life expectancy than everybody else. Why does this disparity exist and how should we work to close the gap?

Duration:00:11:33

Why cleaner streets could be around the corner in Philadelphia

4/9/2019
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A WHYY investigation found Philly was ticketing people for not moving their cars during street sweeping — even though streets weren't being swept. What's happened since?

Duration:00:13:20

Why the spotted lanternfly is invading the Philadelphia region

4/8/2019
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The spotted lanternfly is an invasive species from Asia that recently showed up in New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, and poses big problems for farmers.

Duration:00:11:01

Why prayers are allowed in government meetings — including the Pa. Legislature

4/4/2019
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A Republican Pennsylvania state Rep. has been under fire after her prayer opening a recent voting session. A look into the constitutional debate over religious invocations.

Duration:00:12:56

Why there’s no system to save Philly’s hidden graves under private construction sites

4/3/2019
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Archaeologists say the remains of at least 491 people were found on a construction site in Old City. Could there be more forgotten burial grounds waiting to be unearthed?

Duration:00:15:16

Why there’s only one black certified professional midwife in Philadelphia

4/2/2019
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Some expectant mothers of color are looking to midwives as alternatives to hospital deliveries. But those looking for familiar faces in Philly may be hard-pressed to find one.

Duration:00:12:21

Why researchers and regulators have more questions than answers about PFAS

4/1/2019
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PFAS, a class of toxic chemicals, are found in lots of everyday products from pizza boxes to dental floss. Why don't scientists know if they're safe?

Duration:00:13:24

Room to disagree: Why Philly can’t decide what to do with its illegal rooming houses

3/28/2019
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A deadly house fire at an illegal rooming house in North Philadelphia last March had city officials calling for reform. But one year later, nothing has changed.

Duration:00:15:28

Chasing clean power: Why Three Mile Island is fighting to stay open

3/27/2019
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Forty years after the country's worst nuclear accident, Three Mile Island could close. That's sparked a debate about the risks and benefits of this carbon-free energy source.

Duration:00:14:36

Re-entering the storm: Why new light is being shed on N.J.’s ‘Hurricane’ Carter case

3/26/2019
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N.J. boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter was convicted in 1966 of murdering three people. His conviction was later overturned. Why we still don't know exactly what happened.

Duration:00:14:57

Teeing off on bias: Why four of York’s ‘Grandview Five’ are running for office

3/25/2019
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Five African-American women were kicked off of Grandview Golf Course in York County, Pa. last spring. Now four of them are running for public office.

Duration:00:13:43