Heinz Radio: Policy That Matters

Policy that Matters is a radio show created and hosted by the students of the Heinz Journal. The show features commentary on current public policy issues and interviews with global policy leaders. You can find clips of the weekly radio show online and broadcasted across Western Pennsylvania on WRCT 88.3 Thursdays from 4:30 to 5 p.m.

Police Brutality & Justice Reform

Police Brutality & Justice Reform

With recent police brutality tragedies—from the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown from Ferguson, Missouri, the brutal beating of UVA student, Martese Johnson to Freddie Gray’s case in Baltimore, usage of excessive force in arresting procedures by police officers has become an increasing...

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Blight in Wilkinsburg

Blight in Wilkinsburg

Deindustrialization, depopulation, and changing economic landscapes can turn neighborhoods from vibrant to blighted. Vacant properties further distress communities by restraining municipal tax revenues and reducing occupied property values. They can also chip away at economic vitality and safety. While...

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The Cost of Cutting Costs in Research Funding

The Cost of Cutting Costs in Research Funding

In the era of sequestration, what is the condition of government-funded research? Scientific research is just one of the many fields affected by government spending cuts. We talk to Dr. Athar Malik, former Johns Hopkins research scientist and Harvard MD/ PHD to get his firsthand experience in the world...

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U.S. Foreign Policy in Pakistan & International Human Rights

U.S. Foreign Policy in Pakistan & International Human Rights

Religious extremism in Pakistan is a major concern for U.S. national security policy. The Peshawar school massacre this past December proved that not even children are safe from the atrocities carried out by terrorist organizations in Pakistan. We sat down with Amjad Mahmood Khan, human rights practitioner...

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Islamophobia & Public Policy

Islamophobia & Public Policy

With the growing threat of ISIS and violent protests against the Charlie Hebdo drawings, Islamophobia has steadily crept into policy rhetoric. How does the fear of Muslims or Shariah Law impact public policy? We speak with Harris Zafar, National Spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the...

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Quarantine: Fighting Ebola and its Policies

Quarantine: Fighting Ebola and its Policies

The recent lethal epidemic outbreak in West Africa nearly took 6,000 lives globally. Some argue that U.S. might not be the perfect safe heaven anymore while many medical professionals are still struggling to find a cure for the disease that could save millions of lives. We interviewed Dr. Anita Barkin,...

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