Essential Pittsburgh
7:44 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Tuesday Rundown: POLITICO Spotlights Pittsburgh & How Stigma Affects Addiction

Snake robot at CMU's Robotics Institute. POLITICO has set its sights on Pittsburgh thanks to its robotics industry.
Snake robot at CMU's Robotics Institute. POLITICO has set its sights on Pittsburgh thanks to its robotics industry.
Credit Jiuguang Wang / Flickr

These topics air Tuesday February 4, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

Drug Addiction and Social Stigma
With the recent rash of deaths from heroin laced with Fentanyl, Gateway Rehab Medical Director Dr. Neil Capretto will look at what a relapse can mean to someone trying to conquer their addiction. And while it's been proven that addiction is a serious disease, we'll talk about why it's one of the few illnesses today, where the victim is blamed for their situation and criminalized.     

Pittsburgh Kicks off the launch of a new POLITICO Series
Today, POLITICO Magazine  kicks off a yearlong, ambitious editorial series showcasing innovative ideas from cities across the nation and how they can be re-engineered for Washington. The first city featured is Pittsburgh! Joining us to discuss this undertaking is Susan Glasser, Editor for POLITICO Magazine.

WESA Celebrates - Neil Alexander
The diagnosis of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, changed the life of businessman Neil Alexander. He tells how New York Yankee legend Lou Gehrig has inspired him to establish LiveLikeLou.org a donor-advised fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

The Business of the Winter Olympics
The 2014 Winter Olympics open this Friday. While they are taking place a world away, how will they impact local businesses? We’ll pose that question to our contributor Rebecca Harris.

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