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Mayor Peduto Talks Transportation
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WESA Celebrates Dr. Jim Withers
For more than 20 years Dr. Jim Withers has been making his rounds in a most unusual way….he makes house calls to the city’s homeless population. He’s profiled in this week’s edition of WESA Celebrates.
Conflicting Views on Kiev
Ethnomusicologist and anthropologist Adriana Helbig is one of many Pittsburghers with Ukrainian heritage. She travels to Kiev each year for family, and for work as an assistant professor of music and a faculty member in Cultural Studies, Women's Studies, Global Studies, and the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She'll give us insight on Ukraine's standoff with Russia. We'll also talk about how Ukrainian Americans in Pittsburgh and other cities are responding to the conflict.