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Thanksgiving is all about gratitude. And family. And gluttony. And falling asleep on the couch in front of a football game.

But before you carve the turkey and eat “just a slice” of five different kinds of pie, there are lots of opportunities to break out of your Thanksgiving routine and do something a little different this year.

Mamma Mia!: Social Club August 21

Aug 20, 2015

Josh and Rachel are getting ready for back to school. Josh is entering 32nd grade and Rachel has her Lisa Frank backpack ready to go.

There is a lot going on this weekend in Pittsburgh, starting off with the Bloomfield Little Italy Days. This festival, voted one of the best Italian festivals around, features music, molto bene Italian food, bocce tournaments and more. It will run from Thursday to Sunday at 7pm.

Essential Pittsburgh: What Constitutes A Hate Crime?

Jun 22, 2015
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The tragic massacre of members of an African American prayer group at the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina has stunned the nation. While the shooting may be a hate crime South Carolina does not have laws to this effect. We’ll address what constitutes a hate crime with Wilson Huhn, distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Akron, School of Law.

Huhn covers the severity of hate crimes and the grave repercussions compared to that of a non-hate crime:

"In all cases, in answer to punishment, it moves it from a less serious felony to a more serious felony, which means additional prison time. …With this particular crime, the motivation is one of the elements of the offense." -Wilson Huhn

Also, Samantha Bushman tackles the awkward stigma of sex education, transforming its delivery for a younger, and vastly unique generation. A new study links the ancient practice of yoga to increased health benefits for those with diabetes. 

Look at a calendar lately? That’s right – Valentine’s Day is next Saturday. Wait - don’t panic! Josh and Rachel have a lineup of events for you to enjoy with your loved ones – whether that’s a spouse, partner, best friend, or sibling!

Thursday, 2/13 MAKEnight 21+, My Snarky Valentine 
2/13 & 2/14: Date Night: Wine & Chocolate @ TechShop

Already have plans for next weekend? Great! Book yourself some fun activities for this weekend too:

Yoga in the Square (indoors)
For the Love of Pittsburgh - Food Tasting Party
I Made It! Mine 2015
Carnegie Science Center 21+ Night: StormFest 

For the podcast this weekend, 90.5 WESA’s Josh and Yelp’s Rachel ask the deep questions: What's your favorite animal, and are meerkats related to cats?

Of course, the Social Club has some suggestions for how to spend your weekend beyond these animal-related inquiries. Listen in for why, “Adults and face painting don’t often go together, but I think whiskey maybe is the missing ingredient there.”

Several downtown Pittsburgh streets will be closed Sunday to host Pittsburgh's  first Open Streets event, which will include Tai Chi, Zumba, dance classes and a rock climbing wall--all for free.

Open Streets was started 30 years ago in Colombia.  It is a time when cities shut down sections of roads so that pedestrians, and cyclists can move about freely.

In Pittsburgh, streets from Market Square to the Clemente Bridge will be closed for the event, but Mike Carroll, an events coordinator from BikePGH says traffic will not be impacted too heavily.

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On a recent Thursday night, a group of barefoot people are moving through a yoga practice at Bend Yoga’s studio in downtown Pittsburgh.

It’s a yoga class for people with traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder — or both. Among them is Chris Ohleger, who said yoga has benefited him in ways no other treatments or therapies have.

Namaste and the Business of Yoga in Pittsburgh

Dec 17, 2013
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From the downward sun salutation, to the archer, yoga enthusiasts are striking poses across the country. And yoga studios are springing up everywhere.

According to business contributor Rebecca Harris, the classic techniques of yoga date back more than 5 thousand years, and come from a desire to develop greater personal freedom, health, and self understanding.