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Why women could be more at risk for heart disease than men

Heart disease was thought to be a men’s health problem for decades, but now we’ve learned that women die of heart attacks at twice the rate of men and women of color are nearly 50% more likely to die from heart disease. Part of the problem is that women and their doctors often don’t consider heart disease as a factor in their medical care. Dr. Stacey Rosen is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Women's Heart Alliance, a non-profit co-founded by Barbra Streisand. Dr. Rosen joins us to explain the risks and signs of heart disease that are different in women, and how to make sure both you and your doctors are keeping a lookout at every stage in your life. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

19m
Feb 22
"A Russia victory will mean hell": two years in, the state of war in Ukraine

This week marks two years since Russia first invaded Ukraine. As the war continues, there is concern about what the stalling of the latest U.S. financial aid package in a GOP-led House of Representatives could mean for Ukraine’s cause. This week, the conflict was pushed back into the headlines after the death of Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Putin's opposition leader, in a harsh Russian penal colony. To talk about all this and see what it means in the big picture of the war, Dr. Lisa Baglione and Dr. Melissa Chakars of Saint Joseph’s University return to the studio. Hosted by Matt Leon. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

28m
Feb 20
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel Interview

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel was sworn into duty in January 2024, and has been tasked by new mayor Cherelle Parker with dramatically reducing crime in the city. Gun violence, retail theft, ATV riding, and strengthening community relations are all on Bethel's mind, as is growing his own department. In an exclusive interview with KYW Newsradio Crime and Justice reporter Kristen Johanson, Bethel acknowledges the road ahead won't be easy, but refuses to let the challenge dim his hope. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

22m
Feb 16
The FAFSA mess: families suffer, schools forced to go rogue

The cost of college is no joke, and for more than half a century, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has served as a tool to ease the financial burden of tuition. This year, despite efforts to improve the system, changes to FAFSA have triggered a stressful chain reaction. Families are limbo, schools are lost, and there doesn’t seem to be a clear sense of how to move forward. How did FAFSA end up in this mess? What are the implications for families seeking make-or-break financial aid for the 2024-2025 academic year? Is there anything individual schools can do to help? Drexel University’s Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management Dr. Dawn Medley sizes up the situation. Hosted by Matt Leon. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

27m
Feb 15
LinkedIn: Business in the front, party in the back

If you’re looking to get hooked up with a job these days, LinkedIn is one of the first places to go, right? Well...what if you're just looking for a hook up in general? According to a recent article in Business Insider, some people are taking to LinkedIn for romance. What factors are fueling this trend? Could LinkedIn really become an effective platform for dating? Dr. Dustin Kidd is an associate professor of sociology at Temple University's College of Liberal Arts, and has studied social media behavior extensively. He shares his perspective on why LinkedIn could be the best match making tool you've never used...Hosted by Matt Leon. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

16m
Feb 13
How to avoid loneliness in old age

In recent years, loneliness has been called an epidemic. The U.S. Surgeon General even said loneliness poses as much of a health threat as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. And it can be especially hard on seniors, who might have a harder time going out or might not have as many friends or family around. So what can we do to combat loneliness as we get older? Marypat Tracy is the Executive Director of Connectedly, an organization that helps seniors in Philadelphia stay socially active through both in-person and virtual meetups. She explains why loneliness and isolation are a bigger problem for elders these days, and gives tips on how you or your loved ones can stay connected. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

16m
Feb 08
Presenting "Ricochet", from Gone Cold: Philadelphia Unsolved Murders

Introducing a new project from another KYW Newsradio Original Podcast - "Ricochet" is a mini-series from Gone Cold: Philadelphia Unsolved Murders that examines the gun violence crisis in our country through stories of unsolved shootings in Philadelphia. In the first episode, we talk with Joan Ortiz, whose 2-year-old daughter Nikolette was shot and killed in her arms. It was at the hands of a man named Tayvon Thomas, who grew up abused and neglected, and turned to drugs. We dig into both sides of this tragedy, examine the systemic failures that contributed, and ask why the most vulnerable feel the least protected. To hear more of "Ricochet", follow Gone Cold: Philadelphia Unsolved Murders wherever you get your podcasts. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

28m
Feb 07
First Mickey. Then Winnie. Could Superman be next?

Mickey Mouse in a slasher film? A horror flick with Winnie the Pooh? This is what happens when iconic characters previously protected by copyright laws enter the public domain. The countdown is on for famed comic book stars Batman and Superman, too. But just because copyright protections have their limits doesn’t mean creators can do whatever they please. There’s still nuance to the process. Drexel University Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Faculty Research, and Director of the Kline School of Law Intellectual Property Law program Amy Landers looks at the difference between copyrights and trademarks, and projects how expiring copyright protections could reshape the content industry. Hosted by Matt Leon. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

19m
Feb 06
SCOTUS, Chevron deference, and a potential "bad hand" for the American public

Craig Green thinks the Supreme Court, specifically its conservative justices, has been waiting to pounce, eager to topple a decades-old doctrine that essentially gives federal agencies the authority to independently interpret statutes surrounding how they operate. Now, thanks to two cases on the docket, this contingent might finally get its chance to wipe out the precedent that’s become known as Chevron deference. According to Green, the Charles Klein Professor of Law and Government at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, this reversal could dramatically change the way generations of Americans have come to expect the government to work on their behalf. Listen to learn more about the serious stakes. Hosted by Matt Leon. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

25m
Feb 01
Removing third-party cookies: good for you, or good for Google?

Earlier this year, Google began removing third-party cookies from its signature Internet browser, Chrome. But there’s a catch. First-party cookies - the cookies Google has direct access to and ownership of when people use Chrome - aren’t going anywhere. So what’s really happening here? Is Google trying to do you, the consumer, a solid? Or, is the tech giant simply implementing a change that will ultimately give it more control over coveted targeting data? Dr. Elea Feit, Associate Dean for Research, Associate Professor of Marketing at Drexel University's LeBow College of Business explains the potential motives behind Google's moves, and who it will affect the most.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

24m
Jan 30
Closing the reading fluency gap

Reading fluency helps students unlock the world, whether they’re in kindergarten or a senior in high school. But for far too long, children from specific demographics have struggled to keep pace after moving on from elementary school. To get a handle on how to better address this systemic issue, NWEA conducted a study targeting middle schoolers from historically marginalized or impoverished populations. The findings, according to NWEA Director of Academic Services Laura Hansen, shed light on how certain intervention methods can help students and educators alike close some alarming gaps. Hosted by Matt Leon. Read the report referenced in the interview: https://www.nwea.org/news-center/press-releases/new-intervention-shows-signs-of-improving-reading-fluency-in-middle-schoolers-says-latest-nwea-study/ To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

24m
Jan 25
Academic identity and the "invisible thread"

Were you strong in math? How about English? Were there subjects in school you dreaded, and others you loved? According to Fenesha Hubbard, the way we view ourselves as learners shapes our academic identity, a concept the former teacher considers critical to getting all cogs in the educational ecosystem moving in the same direction to maximize performance for students and educators alike. Hubbard is now the lead professional learning designer for NWEA, and explains why academic identities are important to be in touch with. Hosted by KYW Newsradio’s Matt Leon.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

19m
Jan 23
From meds to mindset, tips on dieting and nutrition

Eat well? Of course we should! But actually following through on doing it is a completely different story. Guilty pleasures, genetics, and access to quality food are just some of the factors that make maintaining a healthful diet so challenging. Two nutrition experts - Rebecca Shenkman and Tracy Oliver, both from Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing - share insights on how to combat and contextualize diet and nutrition-related issues like obesity, while offering strategies about how to improve your lifestyle. Hosted by KYW Newsradio’s Matt Leon. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

28m
Jan 18
The risks and new varieties of tobacco use

January 11th marked the 60th anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, a national announcement that revealed the dangers of smoking. In 2024, far fewer people are smoking regular cigarettes, but menthol cigarettes and vaping pose concerns, especially for Black communities and youth, and the Biden administration just put off a proposed FDA rule to ban menthol cigarettes. Yolonda Richardson, President and CEO of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, joins us to talk about how the Surgeon General’s report impacted American behaviors 60 years ago and what issues we still face today when it comes to tobacco and health. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

14m
Jan 16
Navigating the health insurance marketplace in 2024

If you don’t get health insurance through your employer, signing up on your own can be a complicated and frustrating process. With the open enrollment deadline approaching, we wanted to explain how you can register and what to look for when choosing a plan. Kathy Hempstead is a senior policy adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, an organization dedicated to health care access and equity that’s working to get more people enrolled in the healthcare marketplace. She joins us to discuss recent changes to the marketplace, how to understand your options, and where you can get help finding the best plan for you. For more information and to enroll in your state: Pennsylvania (deadline January 19) - Pennie New Jersey (deadline January 31) - GetCoveredNJ To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

21m
Jan 11
Forecasting a critical watershed’s uncertain future

The Schuylkill River is more than just a tranquil aesthetic along one of the most brutal highways into and out of Philadelphia. It’s a vital tributary within the Mid-Atlantic corridor of the United States, serving other key waterways as well. With ever-changing environmental factors acting as a backdrop, Drexel University Associate Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Dr. Mira Olson was one of the lead researchers for a recently-completed study that forecasts how the Schuylkill Watershed will behave over the next 20 years, and what the subsequent ramifications there could be on drinking, irrigation, transportation, energy, recreation, and ecosystem demands in the Philadelphia region and beyond.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

22m
Jan 09
It’s the economy, Swifties!

Dr. Kathryn Bender wanted to give something a try. Knowing the subject matter she teaches at the University of Delaware can, at times, be a bit dense and complex, she decided to tap into the craze surrounding the world’s biggest pop star in hopes of reaching more students, especially women. Guess what? Her hunch was right. In the eight-part workshop “Data Enchanted: Transforming Numbers Into Knowledge,” Bender, an assistant professor of economics at Delaware’s Lerner College of Business & Economics, dives into the meaning behind Taylor Swift data - from album streams to ticket prices and the far-reaching impact of her concert tours. What inspired Bender to take this teaching approach? What has she learned and her colleagues learned from it? Host Matt Leon takes a look at what happens when Tay Tay mania makes its way into the classroom. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

20m
Jan 04
More than “thank you for your service” - Helping veterans struggling with mental health

People who serve in the military often go through traumatic experiences, or just have trouble adjusting to life back at home. The mental health issues they face are unique, and it can be hard to find someone who really understands what they’ve experienced - but we all can do more to help. The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania offers mental health services for post-9/11 veterans and their families. Clinic Director Dr. Leah Blain and Outreach Manager Pete Whitney - who’s a retired Army major - join us to explain what veterans deal with in and outside the military, why there’s a disconnect between our perceptions and the reality of the military, how veterans can get help, and what everyone can do to support our troops with actions, not just words. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

40m
Jan 02
You gotta have rizz to slay - How Oxford chooses its word of the year.

Every year, at least one dictionary picks a new slang term as its word of the year, and every year, older generations are baffled by it. For 2023, Oxford has chosen “rizz”, a term that’s gained popularity among Gen Z online. How did they land on that, and what does “rizz” even mean? Dr. Grant Berry is an assistant professor of Spanish and cognitive science at Villanova University, where he teaches classes on linguistics. He joins us to explain where “rizz” comes from, what Oxford looks for in their word of the year, and the role the internet plays in how languages develop. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

24m
Dec 28, 2023
Stressed at home? Here are some family mental health tips

It’s the most wonderful...err, stressful time of year? Gifts, trips, relatives. The holiday season has it all, for better or worse. But if you’re trying to stay sane and keep your house in order, life can get overwhelming. Dr. Maria Rodriguez is the founder and CEO of Care Counseling Center. From the perils of too much screen time and social media to the necessity of self-care, she offers pointers on how to improve your individual and collective family mental health. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

27m
Dec 26, 2023
Get ready for another Supreme Court case on abortion

Another case regarding abortion has made its way to the nation’s highest court. This one has to do with a common abortion pill called mifepristone and whether or not to reinstate restrictions on the medication that the FDA removed. The decision could impact abortion access in all states, regardless of their individual laws. Rachel Rebouché, Dean of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, helps us understand the issues behind this case and the impacts it could have across the country - on abortion and medication regulation in general. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

25m
Dec 21, 2023
What makes a feeling bad?

Life is not easy. It is full of ups and downs. Most of us do our best to focus on the ups and push through the downs as quickly as possible - but Krista K. Thomason, an associate professor of philosophy at Swarthmore College, says in her new book, "Dancing with the Devil: Why Bad Feelings Make Life Good", that maybe we should re-examine that mindset. We talk with Thomason about the book and why bad and negative feelings are important. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

25m
Dec 19, 2023
Are we living in the multiverse?

It seems like every superhero or sci-fi movie franchise lately is diving into the multiverse. How much is that concept based on real science? Paul Halpern is a professor of physics at Saint Joseph's University, and he has a book coming out in January called “The Allure of the Multiverse”, where he takes a scientific approach to the concept of parallel universes. He says some scientists believe it is possible, and he joins us to explain how, what that could look like, whether there could even be other intelligent life forms out there, and why people are so fascinated by the multiverse in the first place. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

26m
Dec 14, 2023
Should big brands be weighing in on big issues?

From Fortune 500 companies to elite universities and professional sports franchises, big-name brands seem to be weighing in more frequently on big, hot-button societal issues. Why are they doing it and what are the costs of taking a stance? Villanova University Associate Dean of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Marketing Dr. Aronte Bennett takes a look at this social media-fueled landscape, and whether or not brands aligning themselves with specific causes actually moves the needle. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

24m
Dec 12, 2023
Vladimir Putin: emboldened, happy, and as strong as ever?

For nearly two months, the world has turned its attention to Israel and Hamas. The early winner of the war? You could make the case it's Vladimir Putin. That’s because ever since the October 7th terror attacks, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine seems to have fallen from the public eye. Which country has momentum? What subplots should we be following as winter nears? And why could Russian President Vladimir Putin be just as strong now as he was before attacking Ukraine? Saint Joseph University professors Dr. Melissa Chakars and Dr. Lisa Baglione analyze the latest developments in a high-stakes international conflict that has gotten pushed to the backburner. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

21m
Dec 07, 2023
OpenAI, Sam Altman, and how we balance safety with progress

In a matter of four days, OpenAI - the company behind ChatGPT - fired its CEO, Sam Altman, went through two interim CEOs, re-hired Altmanm, and replaced most of its board. How did all this happen, seemingly so out of the blue, to one of the most influential tech companies out there? And why? Dr. Daniel Albert, Assistant Professor at LeBow College of Business at Drexel University, joins us to discuss the turmoil at OpenAI, how safety concerns and an unusual business structure played a part, and what it could mean for the future of AI. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

26m
Dec 05, 2023
The debate over gun rights for people under domestic violence restraining orders

The Supreme Court recently heard a case that challenges whether someone who is under a domestic violence restraining order should have access to a gun. Dr. Susan Liebell, professor of political science at Saint Joseph's University, joins us to talk about the case, United States vs. Rahimi. We discuss the impact it could have and how this shines a spotlight on the court's decision last year in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association vs. Bruen. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

22m
Nov 30, 2023
“Supes Ain’t Always Heroes” - What “The Boys” can tell us about society and psychology

“The Boys” on Amazon Prime is not your typical superhero show - it’s gory, dark at times, and the “supes”, as they’re called, aren’t always the good guys. But with the real world pressures put on them - toxic masculinity, corporate greed and manipulation, racism - you start to understand how they got to be that way. Clinical psychologist Dr. Lynn Zubernis and counseling psychologist Dr. Matthew Snyder, both professors at West Chester University, co-edited a book called "Supes Ain’t Always Heroes: Inside the Complex Characters and Twisted Psychology of The Boys". We talk with them about how these characters are developed so that you hate them and root for them at the same time, and how the show reflects on the real society we live in. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

31m
Nov 28, 2023
COVID treatments: Where are we now?

We have sufficiently slowed the spread of COVID-19, but there is still some risk of getting it, especially as we head into the holidays with more large gatherings. Luckily, we now have a number of effective treatments. Dr. Stephen Pagkalinawan, assistant professor at Drexel University’s College of Medicine, breaks down what those treatment options are, both for mild cases and for people at a higher risk level, and he explains how much progress we’ve made with COVID treatments in just a few years. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

17m
Nov 23, 2023
“A love letter from your mind”, to men of color

It’s one thing to say mental health is important, but it’s another to actually take that first step towards getting help. Many people are still held back by stigma or just don’t know how to start that conversation. The Huntsman Mental Health Institute at the University of Utah partnered with the Ad Council to launch the “Love, Your Mind” campaign, offering resources and encouraging Black and Hispanic men - and anyone who needs help - to open up about the challenges they’re facing. We talk about the initiative with Dr. William Smith, Chief Executive Administrator for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute, as well as Heidi Arthur, Ad Council Chief Campaign Development Officer. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

13m
Nov 21, 2023