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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, August 22, 2017 - Full Shows

A lawsuit is heard in Camden, seeking the right to cash bail, in the face of bail reform. A Montgomery County judge grants Bill Cosby's request to change counsel. A Drexel University and PA Department of Corrections study shows alternative sentencing reduces recividism. Delaware has an educational program for children of migrant farm workers. A hidden camera program designed to catch elder abuse in New Jersey is expanding its reach.

Duration: 00:21:44

NewsWorks Tonight August 21, 2017 - Full Show

NewsWorks Tonight Host Dave Heller speaks with Temple student Abby Sydnes, the leader of a team that launched a camera into the atmosphere to live stream today's total eclipse. Annette John-Hall reports on growing tensions between old and new residents in Philadelphia's Brewerytown neighborhood. Avi Wolfman-Arent reports on a "speed-dating" event that pairs school principals with non-profits. Tom MacDonald reports on a new program pairing ex-offenders with Philadelphia's famed Mural Arts...

Duration: 00:21:22

NewsWorks Tonight, August 18, 2017 - Full Show

Laura Benshoff reports on four families released from an immigrant detention center. Dave Heller speaks with Frank Newport, editor-in-chief at the Gallup Poll, to discuss Americans’ opinions when it comes to race relations. State Impact Pennsylvania’s Marie Cusick looks into how a hydroelectric dam could hurt clean-up efforts in the Chesapeake Bay. Dr. Paul Halpern, physics professor at the University of the Sciences, joins the show to give some information about the upcoming solar eclipse....

Duration: 00:21:25

NewsWorks Tonight, August 17, 2017 - Full Show

Amid calls to take down a statue of Frank Rizzo, reporter Elmer Smith, who covered the former mayor says: not so fast. Philadelphia judge decides who will determine the fate of the historic remains discovered in Old City. Mighty Writers march on City Hall with demands, to learn the art of activism.

Duration: 00:12:23

NewsWorks Tonight, August 16, 2017 - Full Show

The removal of Confederate monuments in other states prompts a call to take down a local statue. ICE has been targeting undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens, finding them as they’re trying to come out of the shadows. The American shad returns to the Musconetcong River, in Northwestern NJ, after centuries. A rugby program is introducing the sport to kids in the mostly African-American Frankford neighborhood. Lehigh University professor Roger Simon has written Philadelphia: A Brief History.

Duration: 00:21:42

NewsWorks Tonight, August 15, 2017 - Full Show

In the aftermath of the weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Dr. James Peterson of Lehigh University considers what it might take for Americans to defeat racism, and Villanova University's Billie Murray wonders whether civil discourse is possible in the face of extreme division. Behavioral health experts offer advice on how to talk with children about violent tragedies. Delaware Governor Jack Markell says the Confederate flag doesn't belong on public property. A proposed medical...

Duration: 00:21:29

NewsWorks Tonight, August 14, 2017 - Full Show

After reports of confusion at the kiosk, SEPTA riders may now have an easier time refilling their Key cards. One week before the total eclipse, there's lots to see in the night sky. Philadelphians remember Lois Fernandez, founder of the Odunde festival, who died over the weekend.

Duration: 00:11:59

NewsWorks Tonight, August 11, 2017 - Full Show

Dave Davies gives an overview on the republican candidate in Philadelphia's City Controller race. Joel Wolfram reports that bulldozers have reached the most notorious drug encampment in the railroad gulch known as "El Campamento" along the Contrail tracks. Frank Newport, editor-in-chief at the Gallup Poll, joins the show to gauge where the enthusiasm of Donald Trump's base is. According to StateImpact Pennsylvania's Catalina Jaramillo, it looks like we'll be able to indulge in New Jersey...

Duration: 00:20:14

NewsWorks Tonight August 10, 2017 - Full Show

Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane went to jail for perjury ten months ago. As Bobby Allyn reports, a federal appeals court is allowing a defamation suit against Kane to continue. Dana DiFillippo sat down with Black Lives Matter organizer Asa Khalif to talk about David Jones, who was shot and killed by a police officer in North Philadelphia back in June. Laura Benshoff sat in on a preview of a project called "The Uncomfortable Conversation," which helps people practice...

Duration: 00:24:57

NewsWorks Tonight August 9, 2017 - Full Show

StateImpact Pennsylvania's Jon Hurdle joins the show to to talk about the agreement that environmentalists and Sunoco reached over the construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline. Cris Barrish goes to a struggling Wilmington grade school. Peter Crimmins takes us to a photography exhibit that focuses on America's most dangerous jobs. A pre-med student shares the lessons he learned as a patient in a psychiatric hospital. Rutgers professor Brian Murphy tells us the history of presidents...

Duration: 00:20:55

NewsWorks Tonight August 8, 2017 - Full Show

Laura Benshoff joined a mother and son for dinner right after they were released from a Berks County immigrant detention center. The unexpected death of Delaware restaurateur and humanitarian Matt Haley left many people wondering about the future of his culinary empire. But according to Shirley Mann, SoDel Concepts, he company he founded, is still thriving. Local musician Umer Piracha tells his story of finding a home. Peter Crimmins sits down with author Lisa Graff to talk about her new...

Duration: 00:21:58

NewsWorks Tonight, August 7, 2017 - Full Show

Tom MacDonald reports on a press conference at Philadelphia City Hall disrupted by Black Lives Matter protestors. Plan Philly’s Catalina Jaramillo joins the show to outline Philadlephia’s Zero Waste plan. WNYC’s Nancy Solomon brings the story of a New Jersey gubernatorial candidate who dropped in on a small town block party. Annette John-Hall speaks with Richard Nichols Luminary Award winner Ava Duvernay about her filmmaking process. Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer at the Franklin Institute,...

Duration: 00:20:59

NewsWorks Tonight, August 4, 2017 - Full Show

I-Candy, a club in Philadelphia's gayborhood, became a flashpoint for racial tensions after a video of its owner Darryl DiPiano using the "N word" went viral last fall. Kyrie Greenberg says that some in Philly's LGBT community are boycotting the club, while those who are partnering with I-Candy want to work with DiPiano to promote change. Keystone Crossroads' education reporter Kevin McCorry catches us up on public school funding and policy in Pennsylvania. We talk to Billy Penn's Anna Orso...

Duration: 00:23:37

NewsWorks Tonight, August 2, 2017 - Full Show

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announces the city will start posting civilian complaints against police officers online. Delaware Governor John Carney signed legislation today that revamps Delaware's Coastal Zone Act to allow abandoned industrial sites to find new uses. The Pennsylvania Department of Education released a draft education agenda today, which indicates a change in attitude about school accountability. Members of our region’s Congressional delegation express doubts about the...

Duration: 00:21:46

NewsWorks Tonight, August 1, 2017 - Full Show

Pennsylvania and 14 other states are suing the Environmental Protection Agency over funds to mitigate smog levels. Area Congressional representatives from the "Problem Solvers Caucus" roll out a plan to improve the Affordable Care Act. Cheyney University alumni call for money and support for the school. Philadelphia and the Art Museum figure prominently in Augustus Rose’s new novel. Nearly five years after Super Storm Sandy, some homeowners who rebuilt are being asked to return some of the...

Duration: 00:22:45

NewsWorks Tonight July 31, 2017 - Full Show

Tom MacDonald reports Margate residents are up in arms after pooling water flooded their properties. After a drowning on the Shore over the weekend, Justin Auciello tells us how to stay safe when encountering rip currents. Conrail began work today to clean up a stretch of railroad tracks in Philadelphia that's been home to a vast encampment of heroin users. Joel Wolfram talked to homeless people who were being displaces and the outreach workers who were helping them find housing. Jim Saksa...

Duration: 00:21:47

NewsWorks Tonight, July 28, 2017 - Full Show

State Impact Pennsylvania's Marie Cusick looks at Pennsylvania's history of not having a severance tax on drilling. Annette John-Hall hears what Allentown residents have to say about the corruption case surrounding their mayor. Frank Newport, editor-in-chief at the Gallup Poll, looks at the numbers that show how divided the public is on President Trump. Elizabeth Perez-Luna brings the story of an Iraqi radio show that is being revived as a theater piece. Avi Wolfman-Arent heads to the final...

Duration: 00:21:09

NewsWorks Tonight, July 27, 2017 - Full Show

The U.S. DEA reports that drug overdose deaths rose 40% in Pennsylvania last year. Fifteen New Jersey beaches were closed due to high bacteria levels. As farmers struggle to find enough help, guest worker visa restrictions may be eased. New Jersey's leading gubernatorial candidates, Kim Guadagno and Phil Murphy, select running mates. Parents who want their kids to stay in a private special education school are at odds with advocates who say mainstream integration is better. Old-line...

Duration: 00:21:45

NewsWorks Tonight, July 26, 2017 - Full Show

Federal prosecutors announce charges against Allentown's mayor and the former mayor of Reading. Political experts weigh in on when a political deal becomes unlawful, as Federal prosecutors look into Congressman Bob Brady's alleged paying of a challenger. A hearing is held in Toms River on a proposed pipeline through the New Jersey Pinelands. There are reports of racial intimidation in a Philadelphia building trade union. In Norristown, crime is down but the town still bears an unsafe image....

Duration: 00:22:09

NewsWorks Tonight, July 25, 2017 - Full Show

Federal prosecutors say Philadelphia Congressman Bob Brady paid a challenger to drop out of the 2012 primary. Philadelphia tries an app that augments adult literacy and education programs. We look at whether Philadelphia is heading into a housing bubble. Philadelphia Daily News columnist Marcus Hayes previews the upcoming Eagles season. An Italian religious sculpture is found in South Philly after missing for 80 years.

Duration: 00:20:59

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