Dalia Colon

Dalia Colón is excited to return to WUSF as producer of the Zest podcast. From 2010 to 2014, Dalia covered health and features for WUSF. Before that, she was a staff reporter for the Tampa Bay Times and Cleveland Magazine.

Dalia's work has been recognized by the Suncoast Regional Emmys, Telly Awards, Florida Associated Press Broadcasters, Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists and others. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio University and a master's degree in Spanish education from Kent State University.

When Dalia isn't sipping mojitos in the name of podcast research, you can find her in one of her other roles—producer/co-host of WEDU Arts Plus and mom to Norah and Benji, who always have an appetite for fun.

You may expect a lecture at cannabis college to sound like a scene from the stoner movie Half Baked.

Instead, it sounds like a lot of talk about light bulb wattage and ducting systems.

Major buzz kill.

Just when you wrapped your brain around bath salts, the Drug Enforcement Administration is warning parents and schools about three new synthetic drugs:

1) "Smiles" is a hallucinogen whose effects are not immediately felt, increasing the risk of overdose. It can be taken as small tables, on blotter paper, or in powder form, often mixed with something else--chocolate, for instance. Side effects include loss of control, panic, heart palpitations and memory loss. 

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A new type of prenatal screening can tell parents with more than 99 percent accuracy whether their baby will be born with a genetic abnormality, such as Down syndrome. It's called MaterniT-21, and it can be done as early as 10 weeks into the pregnancy.

Robin Adkins-Vosler is a planner. At just 11 weeks, she’s hardly even showing. Already, her unborn son or daughter, has an extensive wardrobe

“Literally, probably for already the last year, I have been buying baby clothes,” Vosler says, ”I find designer baby clothes in Salvation Army all the time.”