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Newsworks Tonight is a daily radio show that showcases the best reporting and storytelling from WHYY’s talented staff of journalists. It also features the work of NewsWorks partners such as NJ Spotlight, Technically Philly, the Public School Notebook, PlanPhilly, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia Business Journal.


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Newsworks Tonight is a daily radio show that showcases the best reporting and storytelling from WHYY’s talented staff of journalists. It also features the work of NewsWorks partners such as NJ Spotlight, Technically Philly, the Public School Notebook, PlanPhilly, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia Business Journal.




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NewsWorks Tonight, September 14, 2018

One of Camden’s newest employers finds itself in hot water. Philadelphia’s Historical Commission hears hours of testimony on the fate of The Painted Bride. John Reitmeyer of NJSpotlight explains the many issues business owners are having with New Jersey’s summer season. A Philly museum finds its roots in medicinal herbs. We head to the workshop of restorative luthier Tim Huenke to learn about his craft.


NewsWorks Tonight, September 13, 2018

Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney and the council come to compromise on a 15-month-long battle over funding affordable housing. A local hospital celebrates National Sepsis Day by training doctors and nurses to better spot the condition. The prosecution of those who supervised church officials accused of sexual abuse is called into question. The Percussion Quartet called “So Percussion” marks the beginning of their fifth year as Performers in Residence at Princeton University.


NewsWorks Tonight, September 12, 2018

Negotiations are continuing to keep Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney from vetoing a bill to impose a 1 percent tax on construction. The United Nations provides a ray of hope for a Princeton graduate imprisoned for espionage in Iran. The money not going into local congressional races is just as important as the money that is. An unconventional candidate wins a Delaware primary. Howard Shapiro offers a review of his favorite Fringe Festival play. Performers from Juniper Productions take us into a...


NewsWorks Tonight, September 11, 2018

President Trump speaks at the Flight 93 memorial in western Pennsylvania today. SNAP and victims of Larry Nassar advocate for a 2 year civil suit window. A new study finds African Americans have higher rate of dementia than white people. We have a profile of Bucks County Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, who is campaigning for re-election as a moderate Republican. Scientists are trying to figure out how to restore some of the forests cleared by fracking companies.


NewsWorks Tonight, September 10, 2018

We get the latest update on a natural gas pipeline explosion in Western Pennsylvania. Delaware passes a slate of bills meant to address opioid deaths. We gauge possible flooding over the coming week. We look at the history of protests at reproductive health clinics. And Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts updates us on the hunt for habitable planets in other solar systems.


NewsWorks Tonight, September 7, 2018

With the primaries decided, the general election battle for Delaware’s Senate seat begins. Frank Newport, editor-in-chief at the Gallup Poll, gives an update on America’s trust in media. A Miss America Pageant for the Me Too era debuts amid controversy. Jessica Martucci, research fellow with the Science History Institute, about the Institute’s oral history project collecting stories from scientists with disabilities. A crumbling historic church finds a quick fix to keep its doors open.


NewsWorks Tonight, September 6, 2018

Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh enter a third contentious day. Abortion rights supporters consider what would change in Pennsylvania should Roe v Wade get overturned. A Pennsylvania bill wants to limit local governments’ control over how the next generation of cell phone networks gets installed in their towns. Claire Donovan, director of PennApps, explains why young programmers are coming together to “hack” for a cause. And Lincoln Financial Field heats...

NewsWorks Tonight, September 5, 2018

A Germantown church is providing sanctuary for two families, from Jamaica and Honduras. On the eve of the Delaware primary, we look at the races for Attorney General and U.S. Senate. A super PAC associated with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan has put nearly half million dollars into TV ads attacking the Democratic candidate in a Bucks County Congressional race. The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau says more international visitors are coming to Philadelphia. The Act II Playhouse...


NewsWorks Tonight, September 4, 2018

A former Philadelphia Police officer is now facing first degree murder charges for fatally shooting a suspect who fled from a traffic stop. We look at how New Jersey Senator Cory Booker maneuvers in the Capitol, and whether it’s in preparation for a White House bid in 2020. Multiple lawsuits are filed against Stockton University, by women alleging they were assaulted by members of an unauthorized fraternity. A rally in Delaware County calls for the Pennsylvania legislature to act on a...


NewsWorks Tonight, September 3, 2018

New Jersey shoppers weigh in on a proposed ban on single-use plastic bags. A recent Supreme Court ruling and a changing economy are boosting some unions while others are dealing with a new reality. We look ahead to the fall sports season. The Made in America festival provided a boost to the local economy, both on and off the books. Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer at the Franklin Institute, tells us what to look for in the night sky this week.


NewsWorks Tonight, August 31, 2018

A controversial contract between the City of Philadelphia and federal immigration authorities comes to an end, Abraham Gutman joins the show to give an overview. A Senate hopeful in Delaware gets some help on the campaign trail from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. A Philly labor union moves its training center closer to home. We head back to the opening of the Hopewell Furnace eighty years ago. NewsWorks Tonight’s Dave Heller sat down with Frank Newport, editor-in-chief at the Gallup Poll, to...


NewsWorks Tonight, August 30, 2018

Campbell Soup is not for sale … despite some investors’ wishes. Vonie Long, President of USW Amalgamated Local 1165 gives insight into the steel business. Philadelphia sees an uptick in STDs, but researchers say finding out why isn’t so simple. An invasive pest problem might be solved by another foreign insect. Theater critic Howard Shapiro sits down with WHYY’s Peter Crimmins to give an overview of this year’s Fringe offerings.


NewsWorks Tonight, August 28, 2018

We draw the curtains back to peek behind the scenes at the city of Philadelphia. All the components of city life, like water and sewage, trash, paperwork, emergency services and more– all require people to plan and perform a myriad of tasks every single day. We consider some of those roles on today’s show.


NewsWorks Tonight August 27, 2018

Philadelphia public school students head back into the classroom. Some hospital administrators worry about relying on J1 Visas to bring foreign specialists to the US. After many delays, Philadelphia starts to roll out its much touted ReBuild program. The Philadelphia-based Dixie Hummingbirds celebrate 90 years of gospel acclaim. And Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts joins us with a weekly starcast.

NewsWorks Tonight, August 24, 2018

Delaware Senator Chris Coons meets with President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court. Frank Newport, editor-in-chief at the Gallup Poll, gives context on the nation’s history with presidential impeachment. A Philadelphia public school struggles to retain teachers despite the push for academic turnaround. A historic North Philadelphia theater tries to get on track after burst pipes and a power outage. There’s a new effort to digitize centuries of data collected by botanists.


NewsWorks Tonight, August 23, 2018

Elevated levels of toxic chemicals show up in some Montgomery County groundwater. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Ana Orso discusses the practice of “redshirting.” A former steel town pushes hard to get a train line. Keshler Thibert joins the show to shine a light on Philadelphia’s struggling black history museums. A Philadelphia radio station celebrates the legacy of its founder, whose work was founded on black empowerment.

NewsWorks Tonight, August 22, 2018

A Pennsylvania college town launches a program to help residents fight the rising costs of housing, caused by student demand. Eighteen public trash cans in Center City Philadelphia are now emblazoned with artwork raising awareness of advertising in public space. Amnah Ahmad, associate director at the Arab American Development Corporation, provides insight about the holiday Eid al-Adha. Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner unveils a plan to boost education spending by a billion...

NewsWorks Tonight, August 20, 2018

The Delaware Attorney General’s office has its sights on a company tied to sex trafficking. A former priest and sexual abuse victim tells his story. Angela M. Liddle, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance, explains what actions parents need to take to prevent abuse. A grassroots candidate for Senate is confident she can overcome the odds. Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer at the Franklin Institute, discusses the new tech that’s making the search for Earth-like planets a...


NewsWorks Tonight, August 17, 2018

Prison officials are considering moving some inmates out of state as a temporary solution to staffing issues. Journalist Maura Ewing explains how criminal defendants are paying service charges and bail fees …even when they’re found to be innocent. Changes in the global recycling market mean people might have to keep a closer eye on what they take to the curb. Frank Newport, editor-in-chief at the Gallup Poll, provides a detailed look at America’s Catholic demographic. The Middletown Grange...


NewsWorks Tonight, August 16, 2018

Fed up with political inaction on improving bike lanes, cyclists are taking a different route. Dr. Ram Mudambi of Temple’s Fox School of Business explains the effect of tariffs on our region. A neighborhood watches in anger as a cherished memorial is destroyed. Blair Bowie of the Campaign Legal Center describes how an online tool guides former felons on how to restore their right to vote. The Queen of Soul has died; we look at Aretha Franklin’s connections to Philadelphia.