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Essential Pittsburgh: What Constitutes A Hate Crime?

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Flowers lie on the street as marchers pass during a remembrance march in memory of the Emanuel AME Church shooting victims Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.

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. 

Talk: The New Sex Ed (starts at 14:13)

The United States has the highest rates of teen pregnancy,unintended pregnancy, abortion, and sexually transmitted infections among all first world nations. Samantha Bushman, founder and CEO, is approaching this commonly  known "awkward," conversation in a new light with Talk: The New Sex Ed. We'll discover how this program is tailored to specific age groups and its effectiveness on the next generation. 

Health Benefits of Yoga for Diabetics (starts at 38:45)

A survey by the National Institute of Health shows the ancient practice of yoga is growing in popularity. Recent research is discovering the benefits of yoga practice among those who have diabetes. Mark Staley, a yoga instructor at Yoga Hive, a certified Health Coach and a certified Holistic Health Practitioner with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, joins us to discuss the health benefits of yoga for diabetics. Also taking part in the conversation is Lisa B. Nelson, co-author of the book Yoga & Diabetes and medical director of the Kripalu Center in Western Massachusetts. 

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