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For decades in the 20th Century, the U.S. treated children differently than adults in the criminal court system -- experts at the time believed kids were inherently more capable of rehabilitation. 

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Automatic license plate readers – those cameras on police cars and light poles that capture plate numbers – have been in widespread use since the 1990s. But some argue regulations for how and how long police can use and store that information hasn’t kept up with the technology.

The Many Ways To Find 90.5 WESA Journalism

May 4, 2017
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You know you can listen to WESA’s local reporting and NPR’s national coverage on the radio at 90.5 FM. But there are also many places to find our journalism in the digital world—you can livestream us when you’re away from the radio, follow our reporters on social media and dig into NPR’s smartphone apps.

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President Donald Trump has called for a return to “law and order” policing and shown support for stop and frisk and heavy use of force. Many modern police leaders aren’t buying in.

This week on 90.5 WESA’s Criminal Injustice podcast, University of Pittsburgh law professor and host David Harris looks at one non-member, nonpartisan organization that conducts field studies with real cops to find more nuanced data-driven ways to reduce crime.

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In June, a Baltimore judge vacated the conviction of Adnan Syed and ordered a new trial for the 35-year-old who's been incarcerated since being found guilty for the murder of his high school girlfriend 17 years ago.

If the case sounds familiar, you might be one of the millions who downloaded the first season of "This American Life’s" wildly successful spin-off podcast, "Serial." And if you never heard the show, chances are somebody you know did.

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All Things Considered host Kelly McEvers joins us to discuss her NPR podcast, Embedded. The program takes a story from the news, and takes a deeper look at the issue involved. These issues include what it feels like for a father in El Salvador to lie to his daughter about the bodies he saw in the street to what it feels like for a nurse from rural Indiana to shoot up a powerful prescription opioid.

Criminal (In)Justice -- New Podcast

Mar 21, 2016

PITTSBURGH—University of Pittsburgh legal scholar David A. Harris—a preeminent authority on issues related to racial profiling and police procedure—has developed a new podcast series titled Criminal (In)Justice.

Last week gave us a taste of spring. But now that you're done sunbathing in the 60-degree weather, let's say goodbye to February with some weekend fun. 

On Friday, you can start your weekend on a contemplative note, by going to Kelly Strayhorn Theater's "Failure:Lab." Notable Pittsburghers Mayor Bill Peduto, Darieth Chisolm, Kevin Sousa and Holly Joy Gaines talk about their failures -- how they embraced it and how to learn from it. 

The snow has finally melted and the temperatures have risen (albeit a little). So now it's time to brace the outside and find some good food and brews! WESA Digital Editor Sarah Kovash hosts this week, with Yelp Pittsburgh's Rachel Carlson. 

If you like drinking and learning, this Thursday night, head over to the Heinz History Center for Tipsy History. Sip on Wigle Whiskey and check out the Glass: Shattering Notions exhibit, focusing on Pittsburgh's glass-making history. 

  Did you make a new year’s resolution to go out more? Explore new parts of the city? Try something new? Well, you have come to the right place. Social Club lets you know all the fun happenings going on every week in Pittsburgh. This week, WESA’s Josh and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel are joined by WESA’s Sarah Kovash.