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The Larger Implications of the Target Data Breach
The massive data breach that occurred at Target stores at the beginning of the holiday season was thought to affect 40 million customers. With estimates expanded Friday to more than 100 million, it’s believed that names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses have been compromised along with credit and debit card numbers. Does this breach give you pause when using your credit or debit card? Orion Czarnecki, Tiversa Cyber Forensic Analyst and J. Andy Tormasi, Federal Project Manager at Tiversa talk about the larger security implications.
Bringing Big Lit to Pit
Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures brings some of the world’s leading authors and speakers to Pittsburgh. For the last 7 years, Executive Director Jayne Adair has grown the organization’s audience to be one of the largest attended literary series in the country. Jayne plans to retire later this year, so we wanted to speak with her about the experience of working with Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, the upcoming season of speakers, and what it takes to bring those big names to town.
Refugees and Diabetes
The city is home to approximately 4,000 ethnically Nepalese-Bhutanese refugees. Having migrated in the last six years, it’s a new population and one that is falling to an old immigrant paradox. 90.5 WESA’s Erika Beras reports on how this community is dealing with diabetes.
New Penn State Coach
Penn State has named a new head football coach. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus Bob Dvorchak joins us to look at the man they've hired and how it will impact the scandal plagued program and the university going forward. Also, last year Jason Collins became the NBAs first openly gay active player. Now he's out of a job, So is Vikings punter Chris Kluwe who spoke out in favor of gay rights when he played in the NFL. Is it a coincidence or something else?