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Tuesday Rundown: Drones and Pittsburgh's Robotic Futures

Don McCullough

These topics air Tuesday July 8, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

The Drones Are Coming

A recent editorial in the Post-Gazette warns that the "drones are coming." The question now is, are we prepared for them? The recent hovering of a drone over PNC Park resulted in the FAA launching an investigation. Joining us to look at the role drones will play in our future is Illah Nourbaksh, professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University and author of the recently released book Robot Futures.

Summertime in the City

The July Fourth holiday weekend saw a number of activities in the city, from the Regatta to the annual visit of the Furries. Betsy Benson, publisher of Pittsburgh Magazine shares her perspective on summer in the city.

And part of what makes any summer truly great is a catchy summer tune, a laidback summer anthem. 91.3 WYEP production director and host Brian Sieworek guides us through the historic popularity of one classic summer song, composed 80 years ago, Summertime by George and Ira Gershwin.

WESA Celebrates - Joe Lagana

Prior to his retirement in 1999 Joe Lagana served as an educator in the Penn Hills and North Allegheny school districts. After his retirement he founded the Homeless Children’s Education Fund, or HCEF. The fund is committed to ensuring that homeless children have access to the same educational opportunities as their peers. Joe Lagana and his work are profiled in this week’s WESA Celebrates.

The Business of Breakfast

We have often heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In addition to helping us jump start our day, it satisfies the need for convenience, is costs less than other restaurant meals, and is readily available. This week contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of breakfast. 

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