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Pittsburgh Zoo Cheetahs
The cheetahs at the Pittsburgh Zoo are more than cute animals. They could play an important role in the breeding of future cheetahs. Joining us to discuss how these cheetahs could impact future bloodlines is Dr. Ginger Sturgeon, Director of Animal Health at the zoo.
Smoking and Teens
A study published in the Journal of School Health finds media literacy is more effective in preventing teems from smoking than traditional anti-smoking efforts. Joining us to discuss the study and its findings is its lead author Dr. Brian Primack, associate professor of medicine and pediatrics, and director of the Program for Research on Media and Health at University of Pittsburgh.
Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities with Diana Nelson Jones
Many Pittsburgh neighborhoods are experiencing a resurgence in new development. As new homes and businesses take shape, affordability is crucial in some low-income areas, such as Uptown and Hazelwood. Pittsburgh Post Gazette writer, Diana Nelson Jones has been following a group that takes an innovative approach to low-income housing. She joins us along with Linda Metropulos, Director of Housing and Neighborhood Development at Action Housing, a non-profit that uses sustainable design to build affordable communities.