How seniors in Allegheny County combat social isolation

When you zero in on the Allegheny County residents who are 75 and older, the rates of living alone grow. Nearly half of them (roughly 53,000 people) live alone, and it’s more common among women, according to the 2014 State of Aging in Allegheny County report.

Living alone puts seniors at an increased risk for social isolation, according to the report.

Rare voices: Pittsburgh women in politics

audio Women’s voices are uncommon on the Pennsylvania political scene.

In fact, the state ranks 47th in the nation in terms of female representation and participation in politics.

That’s one reason photographer Martha Rial took a closer look at the political lives of three women of different generations in the region.

Single-sex classrooms: the Westinghouse experiment

audio The historic Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh opened this fall as an academy with single-gender classes. Its students attend longer classes, go to school more days and focus on leadership, as well as the traditional subjects. The building teems with energy as students in white shirts and khaki pants, their daily uniforms, walk the halls. As for the hotly debated single-sex classes, the Pittsburgh Public School Board voted in November to end them by February.