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#YaJagoffPodcast: Opening Hearts Up at Open Up PGH

August 30, 2022


Mindfulness, open convos and being zen is top of mind at Open Up, a studio focused on teaching mindfulness and movement practices, centering people with disabilities with user design strategist intern and member Benjamin Zou, co-founder and executive director Marissa Vogel and community learning director April Jackson, romance author Lainey Davis, along with the general manager of WZUM Scott Hanley and instructor at The Afro American Music Institute Howie Alexander providing the smooth, playful jazz tunes. 





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5:25    Benjamin Zou

User design strategist intern Benjamin Zou is the reason why the jagoffs are on location at Open Up PGH. By helping its digital face, Ben appreciates Open Up PGH for its welcoming, inclusive environment to welcome any expression. From Picklesburgh to Lawrenceville to geeking about all things Q92.9, he made this podcast happen!  

8:26     Marissa Vogel and April Jackson

Cofounder and executive director of Open Up Marissa is a Lawrenceville neighbor bringing joy and connection to a unique studio focused on mindfulness and movement practices, centering people with disabilities. Listen to the heartfelt mission of these women leaders making an impactful difference in all sectors from the corporate level to their studio space- and perhaps even teach John a thing or two about chair yoga, here!  

25:13     Lainey Davis

 Trying to fix a broken roof, Lainey Davis started writing steamy, not-your-average mom’s romance novels during the pandemic. With a flair for marketing, self-publishing ambition and a talent for words, she has risen in popularity with novels such as “Sweet Distraction” with readers all over the world. It’s roof to romance at its finest.. .and their based in Pittsburgh!

36:46     Scott Hanley and Howie Alexander

General manager of WZUM Scott and music instructor of the Afro-American Music Institute co-pilot the discussion and evolution of jazz and where it’s best captured in Pittsburgh. From playing on the street at Con Alma Shadyside during the pandemic to teaching the youth about adaptability and the continuing, fresh essence of jazz, these two bring justice to jazz with their colorful careers. Check out Howie Alexander’s upcoming performances and other jazz events on the WZUM calendar 

Find daily #Jagoffs posts at

Open Up Open Up PGH (Facebook) @openuppgh (Instagram) @openuppgh (Twitter)  

Benjamin Zou Benjamin Zou (Charity Aware Web Contributor)  

Marissa Vogel Marissa Vogel (Facebook)  

April Jackson @coachaprilpj (Instagram) @aprilpj (Twitter)  

Author Lainey Davis @authorlaineydavis (Facebook) 

WZUM Jazz Pittsburgh @pghjazz (Facebook) @WZUMJazz (Twitter) @wzum_pittsburgh_jazz (Instagram) 

Scott Hanley Scott Hanley (Facebook)  

Howie Alexander Howard Alexander (Facebook)