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.
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 Program. And we hear from Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts from Missouri, who watched the eclipse from the so-called "path of totality."
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. Maiken Scott brings the story of an eclipse enthusiast who can't make it to a trip he planned for years in advance.
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.
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.
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 marijuana dispensary faces opposition from neighbors and officials in Mt. Airy. A Delaware program offers promising low-income students the chance to get into the nation's top colleges.
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.
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 oysters with no guilt this summer. Peter Crimmins heads to a traveling exhibition of Louis Kahn's work, an architect who made his name in Philadelphia.
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 talking about sexual violence. Avi Wolfman-Arent tried to find out why there is an achievement gap within English Language Learners. We sat with Michael Becker, author of "A Walk with Purpose: Memoir of a Bioentrepreneur," to talk about life with terminal cancer. Read more...
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 vacationing in New Jersey.