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Three years ago, Samm Hodges would've laughed if you'd suggested he take up voice acting.

"I had a stutter in high school that was really extreme," he said.

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Good news if you like your cup of coffee with a serving of snark from your favorite grumpy diner owner. Two Pittsburgh cafes are turning into Luke’s Diner of Gilmore Girls fame on Wednesday.

Early-rising Gilmore Girls fans can nab a free cup of coffee starting at 7 a.m. at Big Dog Coffee in the South Side and Bookshelf Café in Morningside, in addition to coffee shops and cafes across the country.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign will begin airing its first television ads of the general election in the coming days, the campaign confirms to NPR.

The ads will air in Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nevada and North Carolina — all key battleground states where Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has taken leads or grown her leads in recent polls. 

Toddlers make their fair share of noise. But they also have a lot of noise to contend with — a television blaring, siblings squabbling, a car radio blasting, grownups talking.

Amid all that clatter, toddlers must somehow piece together the meanings of individual words and start to form their own words and sentences.

Changing The Way Pennsylvania Recycles E-Waste

Mar 3, 2016
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Since its passage in 2010, the Covered Device Recycling Act has worked to keep electronics, including TVs and computers, out of landfills.  As the Act nears final implementation stages, however, it’s become increasingly difficult for Pennsylvanians to find organizations that will take their e-waste at an affordable cost. Justin Stockdale, Regional Director of the Pennsylvania Resource Council, says the CDRA is creating problems for his organization’s annual “Hard-to-Recycle” event. He’ll join us live along with Representative Chris Ross of Chester County, one of the original sponsors of CDRA, who is collaborating with other lawmakers to find a solution.

How Super Bowl Ads Have Evolved Over 50 Years

Feb 4, 2016
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This Sunday, many Americans will huddle around their televisions with friends and family to watch some of the best advertisements the industry can create. Oh, and they'll be watching a football game also. It’s Super Bowl 50 and at the tune of $5 million for 30 seconds of air time, advertisers are lining up with check books in hand. But how has a sports game come to be dominated by its ads? Essential Pittsburgh’s Paul Guggenheimer sat down with Duquesne University Associate Professor of Sports Marketing Ron Dick and Marketing Professor Audrey Guskey to explore the history of Super Bowl commercials.

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Analysis of peoples’ television watching habits and other life factors over the last 15 years has shown those who watch more television are at a greater risk of injury, particularly among people who are considered to have a “high-hostility” personality, according to a study published online by University of Pittsburgh researchers.

Lead author of the study, Anthony Fabio, assistant professor of epidemiology at Pitt Public Health, said this could come down to messaging.