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State of the Union
Much of President Obama's State of the Union speech is expected to address efforts to help the long-term unemployed. Pennsylvania has the fourth-highest numbers of long-term unemployed workers. University of Pittsburgh Political Communications Professor Jerry Shuster joins us to discuss the significance of Mr. Obama's remarks and scheduled visit to Pittsburgh.
How to motivate developers to build working class housing
We recently talked with Pittsburgh Post Gazette writer Diana Nelson Jones about neighborhoods experiencing a resurgence in new development and how to build housing at a rate that doesn't exclude the working class. But how do we motivate developers to build affordable housing? Richard Swartz, Executive Director of Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation joins us along with Diana Nelson Jones to address this question.
Going for the Gold
Former Robert Morris University women's ice hockey goalie Brianne McLaughlin has made the U.S. Women's Olympic ice hockey team for the second time and is headed to the winter games in Sochi, Russia. She was part of the U.S. team that won a silver medal in the 2010 Vancouver games. She talks to us from Boston about what it will take to win gold this time around.