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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Focus Brasil Focusing on Pittsburgh

With Brazil's growing economy, should Portuguese be offered as a second language course in Middle and High School?
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Focus Brasil takes place all over the world, promoting Brazilian music, movies, culture and the Portuguese language. It's become an annual forum for the most distinguished Brazilian leaders to address issues of interest to Brazilians abroad. This year Pittsburgh joins the ranks of cities like Ft. Lauderdale, London and Tokyo in hosting Focus Brasil Seminars. But with a focus on Pittsburgh's Universities called U-Circuit.

We’ll talk with Karen Goldman, Assistant Director of Outreach at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Latin American Studies, Ron Alvarado Chairman of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Brazilian Jazz vocalist, Kenia Ashby a local coordinator of Focus Brasil, about the importance of Portuguese in the global economy and why Pittsburgh has what's considered one of the best centers for Latin American Studies, yet Latin Americans are underrepresented in the Steel City.

Chautauqua Institution Lectures
11:37 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Nancy Gibbs on the Bond Between the Members of the Presidents Club

In the first lecture in a week that examines the exclusive brotherhood known as "The Presidents Club," Nancy Gibbs lays the groundwork for the complex narrative. Gibbs, deputy managing editor of Time, co-wrote the book, "The Presidents Club," with Michael Duffy. Her talk focuses on the behind-closed-doors partnerships between former presidents and the relationships those dealings fostered. Tales of Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon and more abound.

Chautauqua Institution Lectures
11:36 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Teresa A. Sullivan Talks About Combating Cheating in Higher Education

College students today comprise a large number of the millennial (post-1980-born) generation. As they progress through university, the pressure to succeed increases. Some students turn to cheating to gain an advantage, which is now quite easy due to technology improvements. How do we remedy this? Teresa A. Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia, offers some answers in this lecture that ends a week of exploring "The Ethics of Cheating."

Chautauqua Institution Lectures
11:33 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Dahlia Lithwick Discusses Digital Identity and Privacy

Chautauqua Institution Lectures
11:31 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Hussain Haqqani on Clashing U.S.-Pakistani Narratives

In this lecture, Husain Haqqani, former Pakistani ambassador to the U.S., seeks to explain the mystery behind hot-and-cold foreign relations between the two nations. Tracing their history, Haqqani touches on some of the key misunderstandings that have led to the current situation. The remedy, Haqqani suggests, is friendship — a more lasting alternative than mere alliance and partnership.

Chautauqua Institution Lectures
11:29 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Freeman A. Hrabowski on Changing the Face of Math and Science

Chautauqua Institution Lectures
11:25 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Roger Rosenblatt Talks with Sissela and Derek Bok About Exploring Happiness

Derek and Sissela Bok, authors of books discussing happiness, speak with author Roger Rosenblatt about the importance of a moral education and how the arts can enhance the search for happiness.

Chautauqua Institution Lectures
11:21 am
Mon April 1, 2013

American Historian Ed Ayers Discusses the Logical Causes Behind Secession

Author and president of the University of Richmond Edward Ayers talks about the actual thoughts and reasons of Southerners behind secession. Ayers has written "In the Presence of Mine Enemies," "What Caused the Civil War?" and eight other books.

Chautauqua Institution Lectures
11:11 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Jump Associates CEO Dev Patnaik on Answering Ambiguous Questions

Dev Patnaik, author of "Wired to Care" and CEO of Jump Associates, speaks about how hybrid thinking can help innovation by bringing about empathy, creativity and execution.

Chautauqua Institution Lectures
11:08 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Fred Bergsten on the United States' Role in the World Economy

Director of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, former senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and author C. Fred Bergsten talks about the global impact of the U.S. economy.

Chautauqua Institution Lectures
11:02 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Author Isobel Coleman Discusses the Role of Women in the Middle East

Isobel Coleman is the author of "Paradise Beneath her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East" and is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Chautauqua Institution Lectures
10:44 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Harvard Professor and Author Michael Sandel on Political Philosophy, Justice and Morality

Harvard professor of political philosophy Michael Sandel asks how we can elevate the terms of public discourse and reach for a new politics of the common good. Sandel is the author of "Justice," "The Case against Perfection," "Public Philosophy" and "What Money Can't Buy."

PennCAN
3:30 am
Mon April 1, 2013

10 Percent Of Schools Get An 'F' On PennCAN Report Card

The Pennsylvania Campaign for Achievement Now (PennCAN) has released report cards for every public school in the state as well as lists of the state’s top elementary, middle and high schools.

The education reform organization graded schools in five categories: student performance, subgroup performance (minority and economic status), achievement gaps (how student performance compared to subgroup performance), performance gains and high school graduation rates.

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Community
4:19 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Faith Community Celebrates Hope with 'Prayer 4 Peace March'

The House of Manna faith community gathered on Friday morning for its fourth annual “Prayer 4 Peace March” in Homewood-Brushton.

The march went through Homewood to the site of the future New Renaissance Center, a $2 million building donated by Dollar Bank that's expected to become a community center.

Spiritual leaders led community residents, city officials and various organizations and businesses to celebrate hope and to declare God’s power in the growing effort to revitalize Homewood-Brushton.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:05 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Financial Literacy Month: Why Are You Scared to Budget?

How do you pick your budget goals?
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  In 2012, 56% of Americans admitted that they do not keep a budget, including more than 1 in 5 who say they don’t have a good idea of how much they spend on housing, food, and entertainment. So what keeps you from budgeting and saving better? What difficulties do you have with financial planning?

Financial Literacy Month starts Monday and each week through the month of April we’ll be tapping into your financial concerns. Debbie Tawney Newsom is the Operations Field Coordinator for NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania. She teaches community financial education classes and joins us to address your questions about budgeting and saving.

University Lecture
1:34 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Yale Professor Discusses Modern Racism in University of Pittsburgh Lecture

Ethnographer Elijah Anderson speaks at the University Of Pittsburgh on Modern Racism in the United States.
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Racism isn’t gone — it has just changed form. That’s according to Yale sociology professor Elijah Anderson, who spoke at the University of Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

“It’s a civil society," he said. "People can be quite parochial, ethnocentric, even racist. But under the canopy they typically present themselves as civilly. They can be white; they can be black; they can be Native American. They can be of various ethnicities — you can be ethnic, without being ethnocentric.”

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

President Taft at Rodef Shalom

President Taft visiting Rodef Shalom Temple in 1909
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  On May 29, 1909, a Shabbat, President William Howard Taft became the first American President to speak  from the Bimah of a Jewish Congregation while in office. The Rodef Shalom Congregation, in Pittsburgh played host to the touring President. Archivist Martha Berg joins us to talk about Taft's visit to Pittsburgh and the importance of his speech.

Chautauqua Institution Lectures
3:20 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Retired Diplomat Nicholas Burns on US Policy Toward Iran

Retired diplomat Nicholas Burns believes there are three basic choices the U.S. could make in foreign policy regarding Iran. The first two, he said, are so "absurd" that they shouldn't be taken seriously. The third, though, is the path he believes in, because it's "practical and right in the middle."

Keystone Exam
3:30 am
Mon March 25, 2013

After Years of Debate, Keystone Exams Get Passed

After more than four years of debate and revision, the Keystone Exam will more than likely be coming to schools across Pennsylvania.

After receiving approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the regulations will now go to the House and Senate Education committees and Independent Regulatory Review Commission for consideration.

The exam plans however, come with some new regulations — the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards. These new requirements must be implemented across the state in English, arts and mathematics by July 1.

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Head Start
2:32 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Protesters Voice Concern Over Looming Head Start Cuts

Protesters with One Pittsburgh rally outside the BNY Mellon building in downtown Pittsburgh Friday.
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The March 1 sequestering of approximately $85 billion could hit national early education program Head Start as early as next week.

In response to the pending cuts, One Pittsburgh, an organization focused on getting big companies to pay their “fair share” of taxes, held a rally at the BNY Mellon building in downtown Pittsburgh Friday to protest the effect cuts will have in the Pittsburgh region.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:33 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

The Future of the Catholic Church with Bishop Zubik

David Zubik has been the Pittsburgh Catholic Bishop since 2007.
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The Catholic Church is in a state of change. With a new Pope comes a fresh perspective. So what is the potential future for the Roman Catholic Church? What's the future of the church in Pittsburgh? Bishop David Zubik of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh shares his perspective.

What questions do you have about the state of the Catholic Church and its future?

Pittsburgh Public Schools
5:09 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Pittsburgh Public Schools Reappoints Superintendent Linda Lane For Three More Years

Linda Lane
Credit Pittsburgh Public Schools

Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane has been awarded a three-year contract extension.  

Lane, who was appointed as superintendent in December 2010, will see her salary increase to $220,000 effective September.

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STEM
6:17 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

In Pittsburgh Visit, NOW President Encourages Women to Pursue STEM Fields

Terry O’ Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, was in Pittsburgh on Wednesday to tour STEM education facilities at Community College of Allegheny County, deliver a speech and participate in a panel discussion with women who work in STEM-related fields.

O’Neill said STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education is important not just for women but also for the competitiveness of the country.

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PASSHE
3:41 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

State System Finalizes Contracts with Professors, Coaches

With a special board vote on Wednesday, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) finalized new contract agreements with roughly 6,000 educators and 400 coaches across its network of 14 state-owned universities, ending a saga of negotiations lasting nearly two years.

The employees had been working without contracts since midway through 2011. In the autumn of 2012, the union authorized a strike, but no action was taken.

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Undocumented Students
4:31 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Undocumented Students Urge State Lawmakers to Grant Them In-State Tuition

Undocumented students gathered at the state Capitol Tuesday to urge lawmakers to grant them in-state tuition at Pennsylvania’s 18 state-owned and state-supported universities, citing their struggles to advance their education after high school without the same help afforded their peers.

Carina Ambartsoumian, 25, said her parents came to the United States from the former Soviet Union in 1993, fleeing religious persecution and hoping to attain refugee status. She said her family’s papers were not recognized by the newly independent Ukraine after the Soviet Union dissolved.

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