90.5 WESA's Essential Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm en Increasing Noise and Less Silence Could Be Causing Unconscious Stress http://wesa.fm/post/increasing-noise-and-less-silence-could-be-causing-unconscious-stress <p>From annoying ringtones to everyday noise pollution, it seems like our world is getting noisier. The Wonder Boys, Ellis Robinson and Daniel Tkacik of “<a href="https://twitter.com/IWonderPGH">I Wonder PGH</a>,” went in search of an answer. Their findings are revealed in a thrilling installment of the Mysteries of Pittsburgh. They wondered, was it this hard to find silent spaces 50 or even 100 years ago?</p><p>Robinson and Tkacik spoke with author <a href="http://www.georgeprochnik.com/">George Prochnik</a>, who answered this question with the research he has done for his latest book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/In-Pursuit-Silence-Listening-Meaning/dp/0767931211"><em>The Pursuit of Silence</em></a>.</p><p>“It can be difficult to make the argument that things are noisier in the sense that everywhere there are higher volumes today than there were in the past. At the same time, there’s not necessarily more noise everywhere, there’s less silence.” Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:37:14 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33221 at http://wesa.fm Increasing Noise and Less Silence Could Be Causing Unconscious Stress Can Denying Hearing Loss Affect Your Job? http://wesa.fm/post/can-denying-hearing-loss-affect-your-job <p>A new research survey by <a href="http://www.epichearing.com/">EPIC Hearing Healthcare</a> finds that 30 percent of U.S. employees suspect they have hearing loss, but have not sought treatment.</p><p>Of those, almost 95 percent say it impacts them on the job yet many go out of their way to hide their hearing loss for fear of losing their job.</p><p>Pittsburgh audiologist, Dr. Suzanne Yoder says preconceived notions about hearing loss is what hinders most people from getting the help they need.</p><p>“Hearing loss unfortunately has that bad reputation where people feel like if they admit they have a hearing problem, they’re going to be seen as being old, which is something that they don’t want. Or, they’ll be seen as less capable, that their employer will think less of them, or treat them differently, maybe not give them that promotion. The sad thing is, it’s actually the reverse. You treat your hearing loss and you deal with the issues, you’re more likely to earn a better living. There’s research to back that up, that shows there’s a loss of salary for those with untreated hearing loss. It’s extremely important to go out and start dealing with it and not bluffing your way through conversations. The reality is, when you bluff, when you pretend, you end up looking worse.” Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:22:03 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33222 at http://wesa.fm Can Denying Hearing Loss Affect Your Job? AFL Quarterback Tommy Grady: A Real "Power" Player http://wesa.fm/post/afl-quarterback-tommy-grady-real-power-player <p>The <a href="http://pittsburghpowerfootball.com/">Pittsburgh Power</a>, the city’s professional arena football team, are having their best season, ever. They’re undefeated at home at Consol Energy Center and just clinched their first-ever playoff berth. While they don’t get as much recognition as the Steelers, what is life like for the men who play in the arena league?</p><p>Tommy Grady is the quarterback for the Pittsburgh Power and says the differences between the two leagues are vast.</p><p>“The game of arena football is a lot quicker, the field’s about half the size. We play on that hard turf, which is pretty hard on our bodies. The biggest thing is the speed and quickness of the game. A lot of guys have played in the NFL before, and it’s hard to adjust to the game.” Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:08:34 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33223 at http://wesa.fm AFL Quarterback Tommy Grady: A Real "Power" Player Friday Rundown: Has the World Gotten Louder? http://wesa.fm/post/friday-rundown-has-world-gotten-louder <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">These topics air Friday July 25, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.</strong></p><p><strong>Is the World Getting Noisier? </strong></p><p>From annoying ring tones to everyday noise pollution, doesn’t it seem like our world is noisier? Our Wonder Boys, Ellis Robinson and Daniel Tkacik, went in search of an answer. Their findings are revealed in this thrilling installment of the Mysteries of Pittsburgh.</p><p><strong>Hearing Loss/Job Discrimination </strong></p><p>A new research survey by EPIC Hearing Healthcare finds that 30 percent of U.S. employees suspect they have hearing loss, but have not sought treatment. Of those, almost 95 percent say it impacts them on the job yet many go out of their way to hide their hearing loss for fear of losing their job. Pittsburgh audiologist, Dr. Suzanne Yoder is our guest.</p><p><strong>Power Player </strong></p><p>The Pittsburgh Power, the city’s professional arena football team, are having their best season, ever. They’re undefeated at home and just clinched their first-ever playoff berth. While they don’t get as much recognition as the Steelers, what is life like for the men who play in the arena league? We’ll pose that question to Tommy Grady, quarterback for the Pittsburgh Power, join us in Studio A.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:51:35 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33197 at http://wesa.fm Friday Rundown: Has the World Gotten Louder? The Governor's Jobs 1st Summit Coming to Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/governors-jobs-1st-summit-coming-pittsburgh <p>The "titans of industry" will be speaking at a jobs summit taking place next month, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Secretary. Julia Hearthway said the "Governor's Jobs 1st Summit" will be speaking to employers about making sure their workforce is ready to embrace a changing industry landscape. She said it will also feature a discussion between Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and business magnate T. Boone Pickens. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:56:42 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 33172 at http://wesa.fm Summer in the City of Brotherly Love http://wesa.fm/post/summer-city-brotherly-love <p>Philadelphia is the largest and most populous city in the commonwealth. There’s a wealth of things to do as well as great things to eat. Travel contributor Elaine Labalme, who tweets about food and travel under the twitter handle New Girl in Town, takes us across the state to talk about enjoying summer in the city of brotherly love.</p><p>Philadelphia has many charms and certainly where the arts are concerned. Check out Elaine's list of places to stay, eat, drink and explore: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:33:20 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33190 at http://wesa.fm Summer in the City of Brotherly Love A New Phase in the Net Neutrality Public Comment Period http://wesa.fm/post/new-phase-net-neutrality-public-comment-period <p>Net Neutrality is the principle that internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications, regardless of the source and <a href="http://internetassociation.tumblr.com/post/91745103183/enforceable-rules-need-to-guarantee-an-open-internet">without favoring or blocking particular products or websites</a>.</p><p><without blocking="" favoring="" or="" particular="" products="" websites.=""> During the most recent comment period, the Federal Communications Commission has <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/07/15/the-fcc-is-so-swamped-with-net-neutrality-comments-its-extending-the-deadline/">received an overwhelming response from the public on this issue</a>. <an from="" issue.="" on="" overwhelming="" public="" response="" the="" this=""> In addition, Google as well as other companies are in support of the initiative. Orion Czarnecki Founder/Director of the security company known as Threat Level. He says when it comes to “paid privatization,” a phrase that’s at the heart of the issue, an ISP can charge a service provider or edge provider an additional fee for faster access by end users.&nbsp; </an></without> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:05:02 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33173 at http://wesa.fm A New Phase in the Net Neutrality Public Comment Period Thursday Rundown: What's Next for Net Neutrality? http://wesa.fm/post/thursday-rundown-whats-next-net-neutrality <p><strong>These topics air Thursday July 24, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. </strong></p><p><strong>Net Neutrality </strong></p><p>The FCC has received an overwhelming number of public comments on the issue of net neutrality. In addition, Google as well as other companies are in support of the initiative. Orion Czarnecki Founder/Director of Security Threat Level joins us to discuss the latest developments on this issue.</p><p><strong>Job Growth in the Commonwealth </strong></p><p>How do you prepare the workforce to handle the jobs of the new millennia? Governor Tom Corbett would like to see an alignment of education, training and technology resources to better connect employers and employees. Next month Pittsburgh will be the site of Pennsylvania’s JOBS 1st Summit. We’ll preview the event and learn about job growth in the commonwealth from Julia Hearthway, Secretary Pennsylvania Department of Labor &amp; Industry.</p><p><strong>P<span style="line-height: 1.5;">hiladelphia </span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week travel contributor Elaine </span>Labalme<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> takes us to Philadelphia. From an abundance of </span>eateries<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to historic sites we'll discover why the city of brotherly love is a great place to visit this summer.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:06:48 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33130 at http://wesa.fm Thursday Rundown: What's Next for Net Neutrality? A Pitt Professor’s Inside Look into Ukraine http://wesa.fm/post/pitt-professor-s-inside-look-ukraine <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">University of Pittsburgh assistant professor of economics </span><a href="https://sites.google.com/site/tmylovanov/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Tymofiy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Mylovanov</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is in Kiev participating in talks with the Prime Minister of Ukraine to try and help stabilize the country after this <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/25/russia-ukraine-s-neverending-winter-continues/">past winter's events</a>.</span></p><p>Mylovanov’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> visit is at a time of extreme tension after a<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-23/mh17-likely-shot-down-by-accident-by-russian-separatists/5616748"> civilian plane was shot down</a> as it was flying over Ukraine.</span></p><p>Mylovanov said Kiev was&nbsp;surprisingly quiet when he arrived.</p><p>"It's a little bit of a surreal feeling. It is as if there was no war. There are no military or uniformed police on the streets and everything was very, very quiet."</p><p>To add to this surreal feeling,&nbsp;Ukrainian government officials&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">still can't view the crash site because separatists&nbsp;have closed off access. It's believed that they may be clearing the site so there will be no evidence that they were responsible for shooting down the plane.</span></p><p>The officials&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">appear to have accepted that separatists are responsible for the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">downed plane</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and instead of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">discussing the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">plane,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Mylovanov said officials are focusing on reform efforts.</span> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:43:04 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33085 at http://wesa.fm A Pitt Professor’s Inside Look into Ukraine Songs of the Summer: For WYEP's Rosemary Welsch It's All About Classic R&B with a Twist http://wesa.fm/post/songs-summer-wyeps-rosemary-welsch-its-all-about-classic-rb-twist <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the heat of July blazes on, we’ve been talking with some of the hosts at our sister station 91.3 </span>WYEP<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, about music of the summer. Throughout July and August the hosts talk about what makes for a great summer song, and new music for the summer.</span></p><p>For WYEP afternoon mix host, <a href="http://www.wyep.org/about/who-we-are/rosemary-welsch">Rosemary Welsch</a>, a summer jam is about sense of place and time, and “<a href="http://www.studiorio.com/music/">The Brazil Connection</a>” met these requirements.</p><p>“It's this wonderful project that was put together by the <a href="http://www.bermanbrothers.com">Berman brothers</a>, they’re a production team. Where they took the original masters of incredible soul ballads like Bill Withers and Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye and Billie Holiday and they brought in Brazilian musicians to put either Bossa Nova or Samba rhythms under those great vocals. And it’s a wonderful record that marries two perfect worlds together.”</p><p><strong>Preview selections from <em>The Brazil Connection</em> </strong></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:34:49 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33084 at http://wesa.fm Songs of the Summer: For WYEP's Rosemary Welsch It's All About Classic R&B with a Twist The Economic Cost of Financial Illiteracy http://wesa.fm/post/economic-cost-financial-illiteracy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How much do you know, or think you know, about your personal finances? In a world where savings and investment options are increasingly complex, studies show that millions of Americans lack financial literacy.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.bpuinvestments.com/our-people/the-pittsburgh-team/paul-brahim/">Paul Brahim</a>, Chairman and CEO of BPU investment firm and a member of the Board of Directors of the <a href="http://www.fpanet.org/Chapters/Pittsburgh/">Pittsburgh Chapter of the Financial Planning Association</a>, says financial illiteracy is causing a social crisis in retirement. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:55:40 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33090 at http://wesa.fm The Economic Cost of Financial Illiteracy Wednesday Rundown: A Local Economics Professor Negotiates in Ukraine http://wesa.fm/post/wednesday-rundown-local-economics-professor-negotiates-ukraine <p><strong>These topics air Wednesday July 23, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. </strong></p><p><strong>A Pitt Professor in Ukraine </strong></p><p>With outrage over the downing of a civilian plane over Ukraine intensifying, we'll talk with University of Pittsburgh assistant professor of economics Tymofiy Mylovanov who is in Kiev participating in talks with the prime minister. He'll describe how the Ukrainian government feels about the situation as well as average citizens there.</p><p><strong>WESA Celebrates - Judy Bannon </strong></p><p>This week WESA Celebrates profiles Judy Bannon, former executive director of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) of Pennsylvania. She created Cribs for Kids to combat unsafe sleeping arrangements contributing to sudden infant death syndrome.</p><p><strong>Songs of the Summer Series </strong></p><p>As the heat of July blazes on, we’ve been talking with some of the hosts at our sister station 91.3 WYEP, about music of the summer. Throughout July and August the hosts talk about what makes for a great summer song, and new music for the summer. For WYEP afternoon mix host, Rosemary Welsch, a summer jam is about sense of place and time. Listen to her review of a new album with an old twist.</p><p><strong>The Economic Cost of Financial Illiteracy </strong></p><p>How much do you know, or think you know, about your personal finances? In a world where savings and investment options are increasingly complex, studies show that millions of Americans lack financial literacy. Paul Brahim, Chairman and CEO of BPU investment firm and a member of the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Financial Planning Association says financial illiteracy is causing a social crisis in retirement, which in turn influences unemployment. He’ll talk about the scope of this problem and how this connects to a current push for increased regulation of the financial planning industry. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:23:05 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33053 at http://wesa.fm Wednesday Rundown: A Local Economics Professor Negotiates in Ukraine What Changing Views of Zero Tolerance Mean for Pittsburgh Public Schools http://wesa.fm/post/what-changing-views-zero-tolerance-mean-pittsburgh-public-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pittsburgh Public Schools</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> may be modifying its Code of Student Conduct to reflect <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/2014/07/21/Proposed-changes-in-the-Student-Conduct-Code-emphasize-progressive-and-positive-discipline/stories/201407190129">changing attitudes on zero tolerance</a>. With input from parents, educators and students, the school board will vote Wednesday on whether or not to decrease the use of exclusionary discipline, such as expulsion and suspension, among other changes.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.elc-pa.org/staff/cheryl-kleiman/">Cheryl Kleiman</a>, a staff attorney with the Education Law Center, was one of the collaborators in the new proposal.</p><p>“The Education Law Center has been looking at school discipline and zero tolerance policies in Pittsburgh, around the state and nationally for years...zero tolerance policy&nbsp;is a policy that assigns predetermined punishment to a specific violation of school rules regardless of the situation or the context."</p><p>Kleiman goes on to say, while it's become the norm nationally, zero tolerance rules have come&nbsp;under scrutiny because they are viewed as too rigid.</p><p>"The changes that are being voted on tomorrow night reflect a lot of stakeholder input," said Kleiman. "Parents, students, educators, teachers, as well as recent federal guidance on this issue. And reiterates the concerns for zero tolerance policies and instead provides more support and resources for school districts to minimize exclusionary discipline while keeping the schools safe." Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:48:57 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33015 at http://wesa.fm What Changing Views of Zero Tolerance Mean for Pittsburgh Public Schools How the Business of Weddings is Changing with the Times http://wesa.fm/post/how-business-weddings-changing-times <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From bridal shops to reception venues and more, <a href="http://www.bridalassociationofamerica.com/">weddings are big business</a>. Whether you’re part of the wedding party or simply attending the event you can expect to shell out some serious coin.</span></p><p>Business contributor Rebecca Harris revealed some facts that show weddings are changing.</p><p>One of Harris's discoveries was that June and September are now the most popular months for marriage.</p><p>"15% of US weddings take place in each of those months. It used to be summer time but as you can see from a day like today, people are really selecting to get married in cooler months."</p><p>The cost for weddings is also at a record high as Harris reported the average cost of a wedding in the United States is $30,000. With these rising costs the wedding business now makes up $40 billion of the economy.</p><p>Among other changes are the ages of the people getting married. The average age of a bride is 29 while the average age of a groom is 31 and Harris noted, "It used to be much younger."</p><p>Another major change is the increase of destination weddings, which now make up 24% of all weddings. But as Paul Guggenheimer pointed out this increase in destination weddings means a higher cost for the guests.</p><p><strong>Check out these websites and ideas for keeping wedding plans local:</strong> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:35:41 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33020 at http://wesa.fm How the Business of Weddings is Changing with the Times Is It Time to Raise the Minimum Wage? http://wesa.fm/post/it-time-raise-minimum-wage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle has </span><a href="http://www.scpr.org/programs/take-two/2014/06/30/38117/seattle-heads-into-new-frontiers-on-the-minimum-wa/" style="line-height: 1.5;">raised their minimum wage to $15 an hour</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, CEO's wages </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">continue to increase, and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chicago</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Mayor </span><a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/07/08/mayoral-task-force-recommends-13-an-hour-minimum-wage-by-2018/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Rahm Emanuel is recommending</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that the city minimum </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">wage be increased to $13 an hour. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Federal level, President Obama </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">hopes to </span><a href="http://www.nationalreview.com/agenda/369837/presidents-new-minimum-wage-proposal-9-1010-reihan-salam" style="line-height: 1.5;">increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> some people are on Emanuel and Obama's side and believe that increasing the minimum wage will help people out of poverty, critics feel the minimum wage </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">should</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;be eliminated altogether.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.rmu.edu/OnTheMove/wpPemst.show_detailed?ipeno=111530&amp;it=&amp;ipage=511&amp;iattr=&amp;icalledby=WPPEMST">Brian O’ Roark</a>, a professor of economics at Robert Morris University weighs the pros and cons of the minimum wage decision. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32951 at http://wesa.fm Is It Time to Raise the Minimum Wage? Tuesday Rundown: Would We Be Better Off Without Minimum Wage? http://wesa.fm/post/tuesday-rundown-would-we-be-better-without-minimum-wage <p><strong>These topics air Tuesday July 22, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. </strong></p><p><strong>Changing Views on Zero Tolerance in Public Schools </strong></p><p>Pittsburgh Public Schools may be modifying its Code of Student Conduct to reflect changing attitudes on zero tolerance. With input from parents, educators and students, the school board will vote on whether or not to decrease the use of exclusionary discipline, such as suspension. Cheryl Kleiman is a staff attorney with the Education Law Center and was one of the collaborators in the new proposal.</p><p><strong>Minimum Wage </strong></p><p>While some believe increasing the minimum wage will help people out of poverty, critics feel it should be eliminated altogether. We’ve invited Brian O’Roark, a professor of economics at Robert Morris University in to give us a primer on the minimum wage.</p><p><strong>Business of Weddings </strong></p><p>From bridal shops to reception venues and more, weddings are big business. Whether you’re part of the wedding party or simply attending the event you can expect to shell out some serious coin. This week contributor Rebecca Harris delves into the business of weddings.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:53:37 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32981 at http://wesa.fm Tuesday Rundown: Would We Be Better Off Without Minimum Wage? How Soon Are 3D Printers Likely to Become a Household Product? http://wesa.fm/post/how-soon-are-3d-printers-likely-become-household-product <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Unless you are&nbsp;a researcher or&nbsp;technology professional, 3D printers are probably an unknown technology for you. But now Home Depot <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/07/16/home_depot_gets_into_3_d_printing_with_makerbot.html">will carry and&nbsp;sell</a> desktop 3D printers.</p><p>Locally, the <a href="http://www.carnegielibrary.org">Carnegie Library</a> has offered sessions on the basics of how 3D printing works. It’s the latest innovation in high-tech manufacturing for the masses.</p><p>Senior Librarian Wes Roberts runs the Job and Career Education Center at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and said that the <a href="http://www.carnegielibrary.org/events/details.cfm?event_id=106941">3D printing workshops</a> show computing education workshop participants a new world.</p><p>"Providing access to education in this new realm of&nbsp;digital manufacturing. So that was the whole crux. To get people connected we do a lot of classes on general computing, Microsoft Office, but to bring them to this higher tier of creative design, the idea was to kind of welcome people to the new world of technology."</p><p>Despite the already big benefits of the workshop Roberts said that the programs will continue to grow and develop.</p><p>"Moving forward, it's at a pretty beginning stage with this technology, but I think we've got a really good ground work for what we're doing with our children's and our teen programs. So that we'll keep building on it for the adult level and really kind of merge them all together."</p><p>With patents expiring and more companies getting on board with the product, Roberts predicts that the price of 3D printers will drop from thousands of dollars into the&nbsp;hundreds of dollars range.</p><p>But until that time, <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Arden </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rosenblatt</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, co-founder and CEO of Pittsburgh-based </span><a href="http://www.piecemaker.com"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Piece Maker</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.piecemaker.com"> Technologies</a> said&nbsp;you can create and design items for 3D printing at Piece Maker Technologies.</span> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:13:23 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32944 at http://wesa.fm How Soon Are 3D Printers Likely to Become a Household Product? Peace Corps to Revamp Application Process http://wesa.fm/post/peace-corps-revamp-application-process <p>Since its creation over 50 years ago, the <a href="http://www.peacecorps.gov/">Peace Corps</a> has been sending Americans overseas. Volunteers are sent to countries where their work can make a difference in the lives of others. However, applications for the Peace Corps are at an all time low.</p><p>Karen Corey, a recruiter for Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, talks about changes the Peace Corps is making to the application process, in order to attract more volunteers.<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Corey says there are three main changes to the application process to make it easier to enroll. The first step was making the <a href="http://files.peacecorps.gov/openings/PC_Process_infographic.pdf">initial online application</a> easier. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“The actual application used to take about eight hours to fill out. What we’ve done is we’ve looked at the application again, we’ve thought about ‘what do we really know from our applicants right up front?’ We’re only asking for that most essential information, so now the application really only takes about an hour. We’re trying to eliminate the application itself as a barrier to Peace Corps service.” Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:16:22 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32946 at http://wesa.fm Peace Corps to Revamp Application Process Monday Rundown: Bringing 3D Printing to the Pittsburgh Masses http://wesa.fm/post/monday-rundown-bringing-3d-printing-pittsburgh-masses <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">These topics air Monday July 21, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA.</strong></p><p><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Morning Edition</em>&nbsp;host Josh Raulerson takes over the hosting chair for Paul Guggenheimer.</strong></p><p><strong>Mass Produced 3D Printers</strong></p><p>In addition to purchasing all of your home repair needs Home Depot is now selling a desktop 3D printer. Locally, the Carnegie Library has offered sessions on the basics of how 3D printing works. It’s the latest innovation in bringing high-tech manufacturing to the masses. Joining us are Senior Librarian Wes Roberts who runs the Job and Career Education Center at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Arden Rosenblatt, co-founder and CEO of Pittsburgh-based PieceMaker Technologies.</p><p><strong>Summer Book Recommendations for Young Readers </strong></p><p>According to the National Summer Learning Association, summer learning loss amounts to two month’s worth of reading for lower income students. Jonathan Auxier’s lifelong love of children’s books has turned into a career as an author writing for readers ages 8-14. We’ve asked him to recommend some books young readers will enjoy spending time with this summer.</p><p><strong>Peace Corps </strong></p><p>Since it’s creation over 50 years ago, the Peace Corps has been sending Americans overseas. Volunteers are sent to countries where their work can make a difference in the lives of others. However, applications for the Peace Corps are at an all time low. We’ll talk with recruiter for Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Karen Corey, about changes to the application process the Peace Corps is making in order to attract more volunteers. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32862 at http://wesa.fm Monday Rundown: Bringing 3D Printing to the Pittsburgh Masses Judy Bannon, Providing Cribs For Kids http://wesa.fm/post/judy-bannon-providing-cribs-kids <p><a href="http://www.wesacelebrates.org/difference/judy-bannon"><strong>Read and listen to a story about Judy Bannon</strong></a> as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: <a href="http://www.wesacelebrates.org/"><strong>90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference</strong></a>.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 90.5 WESA 32768 at http://wesa.fm Judy Bannon, Providing Cribs For Kids Today on Q: A Revealing Interview with Tom Petty http://wesa.fm/post/today-q-revealing-interview-tom-petty <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Essential Pittsburgh</em> will take a summer break July 14th – 18th. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’ll return with live shows on July </span>21st<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While we’re away enjoy the daily arts and culture program <a href="http://wesa.fm/programs/q">Q with </a></span><a href="http://wesa.fm/programs/q">Jian<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Ghomeshi</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at noon. At </span>8pm<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> find out what drives human behavior on the program <a href="http://www.pri.org/programs/really-big-questions-trbq">The Really Big Questions (</a></span><a href="http://www.pri.org/programs/really-big-questions-trbq">TRBQ)</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with Dean </span>Olsher<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p>You can listen to past episodes of Essential Pittsburgh&nbsp;<a href="http://wesa.fm/programs/905-wesas-essential-pittsburgh">here</a> or check out the podcast in iTunes.</p><p>Today at noon on Q, with Jian Ghomeshi:&nbsp;The first hour of the show is completely devoted to Jian’s revealing interview with Tom Petty, who talks about his new record, his extensive list of hit singles, and his views of modern music.</p><p>At 8pm, The Really Big Questions, hosted by Dean Olsher:&nbsp;What’s your story? Research confirms our minds depend on the story as the driving force for comprehending, deciphering, recalling and organizing our lives. Why do stories have such power over our beliefs and behaviors?</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32593 at http://wesa.fm Today on Q: A Revealing Interview with Tom Petty Today on Q: Comedian Maz Jobrani and the Challenges of Middle Eastern Entertainment http://wesa.fm/post/today-q-comedian-maz-jobrani-and-challenges-middle-eastern-entertainment <p><strong><em>&nbsp;Essential Pittsburgh </em>will take a summer break July 14th – 18th. We’ll return with live shows on July 21st.</strong></p><p>While we’re away enjoy the daily arts and culture program <a href="http://wesa.fm/programs/q">Q with Jian Ghomeshi</a> at noon. At 8pm find out what drives human behavior on the program <a href="http://www.pri.org/programs/really-big-questions-trbq">The Really Big Questions (TRBQ)</a> with Dean Olsher.</p><p>You can listen to past episodes of Essential Pittsburgh&nbsp;<a href="http://wesa.fm/programs/905-wesas-essential-pittsburgh">here</a> or check out the podcast in iTunes.</p><p>Today at noon on Q, with Jian Ghomeshi:&nbsp;Comedian and actor Maz Jobrani talks about the challenges of bringing those from the Middle East into mainstream entertainment and why the World Cup has helped Americans progress.</p><p>At 8pm, The Really Big Questions, hosted by Dean Olsher:&nbsp;What defines a “good death?” Most people hope to go quietly at home, surrounded by family. Today, we hear from people seeking to bring engagement with death back into our culture, through death salons, green funerals, and meaningful end-of-life care.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32592 at http://wesa.fm Today on Q: Comedian Maz Jobrani and the Challenges of Middle Eastern Entertainment Today at Noon on Q: Zoo Animals and Their Discontents http://wesa.fm/post/today-noon-q-zoo-animals-and-their-discontents <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Essential Pittsburgh</em> will take a summer break July 14th – 18th. We’ll return with live shows on July 21st.</strong></p><p>While we’re away enjoy the daily arts and culture program <a href="http://wesa.fm/programs/q">Q with Jian Ghomeshi</a> at noon. At 8pm find out what drives human behavior on the program <a href="http://www.pri.org/programs/really-big-questions-trbq">The Really Big Questions (TRBQ)</a> with Dean Olsher.</p><p>You can listen to past episodes of Essential Pittsburgh&nbsp;<a href="http://wesa.fm/programs/905-wesas-essential-pittsburgh">here</a> or check out the podcast in iTunes.</p><p>Today at noon on Q, with Jian Ghomeshi:&nbsp;With his latest New York Times Magazine report “Zoo Animals and Their Discontents,” journalist Alex Halberstadt looks at the psychological problems of animals living in captivity.</p><p>At 8pm, The Really Big Questions, hosted by Dean Olsher:&nbsp;Today’s big question? Why does music move us? If music is a human universal, why do people of different cultures experience music differently?</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32591 at http://wesa.fm Today at Noon on Q: Zoo Animals and Their Discontents Tonight on TRBQ: Why Are We Giving One Day and Greedy the Next? http://wesa.fm/post/tonight-trbq-why-are-we-giving-one-day-and-greedy-next <p><strong><em>Essential Pittsburgh</em> will take a summer break July 14th – 18th. We’ll return with live shows on July 21st.&nbsp;</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While we’re away, enjoy the daily arts and culture program </span><a href="http://wesa.fm/programs/q" style="line-height: 1.5;">Q with Jian Ghomeshi</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at noon. At </span>8pm<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> find out what drives human behavior on the program </span><a href="http://www.pri.org/programs/really-big-questions-trbq" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Really Big Questions (TRBQ)</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with Dean </span>Olsher<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p>You can listen to past episodes of Essential Pittsburgh&nbsp;<a href="http://wesa.fm/programs/905-wesas-essential-pittsburgh">here</a> or check out the podcast in iTunes.</p><p>Today at noon on Q, with Jian Ghomeshi:&nbsp;Filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, the brains behind sensational films such as “Robocop” and “Showgirls,” sees his works of the 80’s assessed.</p><p>At 8pm, The Really Big Questions, hosted by Dean Olsher:&nbsp;Today’s program is all about the mysteries of cooperation, collaboration and altruism. What drives us to be greedy one day and giving the next?</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32577 at http://wesa.fm Tonight on TRBQ: Why Are We Giving One Day and Greedy the Next? Noon and 8pm Programming for Monday, July 14th http://wesa.fm/post/noon-and-8pm-programming-monday-july-14th <p><strong><em>Essential Pittsburgh</em> will take a summer break July 14th – 18th. We’ll return with live shows on July 21st. </strong></p><p>While we’re away enjoy the daily arts and culture program <a href="http://wesa.fm/programs/q"><em>Q with Jian Ghomeshi</em></a> at noon. At 8pm find out what drives human behavior on the program <a href="http://www.pri.org/programs/really-big-questions-trbq"><em>The Really Big Questions</em> (<em>TRBQ)</em></a><em> </em>with Dean Olsher.</p><p>You can listen to past episodes of <em>Essential Pittsburgh</em> <a href="http://wesa.fm/programs/905-wesas-essential-pittsburgh">here </a>or check out the podcast in iTunes.</p><p>Today at noon on Q: Is constant distraction affecting our ability to appreciate literature? UK author Tim Parks and Globe &amp; Mail editor Jared Bland debate that question.</p><p>At 8pm on The Really Big Questions, hosted by Dean Olsher: Why do humans feel the need to pair up? Hear from a variety of guests, including neurologist Lucy Brown, who says the brain of a person head-over-heels is similar to that of a person’s high on cocaine. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:23:07 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32573 at http://wesa.fm Noon and 8pm Programming for Monday, July 14th