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UPMC, Other Large Hospital Systems Increased Revenue During The Pandemic With Federal Aid
On today's program: UPMC and other large hospital systems throughout the country brought in hundreds of millions of dollars during the pandemic, we talk with a reporter who looked into these gains; Carnegie Mellon University’s new snake robot will be slithering underneath submarines and other aquatic machinery soon; and Quantum Theatre’s “10 for 21” adapts stories written in the 1300s and takes listeners on a journey through the city.
One Virologist Says More Blood Clot Cases Likely To Surface As J&J Vaccine Is Investigated
On today's program: A virologist and epidemiologist explains why a pause in administering Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines is reasonable as we learn more about the side effects; the Pennsylvania Department of Education will use a near-million dollar grant to research how the pandemic is affecting student outcomes; and how the Biden administration’s climate-friendly infrastructure plan could impact fossil-fuel workers, and what a worker transition would look like.
Bill Introduced In PA To Ban Transgender Girls From Girl Sports Is ‘Not Based In Any Science’
On today's program: A medical doctor explains the process of transitioning for transgender kids, and why a bill to ban transgender girls from playing sports with teams that match their gender identity is harmful; the Biden Administration’s infrastructure plan says more than half of the Commonwealth resides in a childcare desert, which one advocate says was a problem pre-pandemic; and state Republicans may be preparing to enact voting restrictions as they complain the state Supreme Court wrongly interfered in the 2020 election.
Special Episode: WESA Mayoral Debate
WESA and the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation hosted a debate with Pittsburgh’s mayoral candidates.
State Providers Won't Distribute Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
On today's program: How federal and local officials share information could impact vaccinations, now that Pennsylvania providers have been instructed to halt administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine until April 20; a change in the city’s census tract could impact how the Hill District gets federal assistance moving forward; and a local tech-worker union says Google isn’t meeting with them to finalize a contract.
Pa. Residents Asked To Apply To Redraw State’s Political Districts, Serve As Tie Breaker
On today's program: State lawmakers are considering candidates for the commission in charge of drawing new political district lines, a process that has previously been secretive; a lawyer representing 33 plaintiffs in a suit against the U.S. Department of Education explains why higher education institutions that accept federal funds shouldn’t be allowed religious exemptions, and one of the plaintiffs who attended college in Pennsylvania recounts his experience at Clarks Summit University.