90.5 WESA's Essential Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm en Monday Rundown: A Plan to Reduce Smog and A Former Pro Football Player Speaks Out http://wesa.fm/post/monday-rundown-plan-reduce-smog-and-former-pro-football-player-speaks-out <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>These topics air Monday April 21, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between noon &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard <a href="http://wesa.fm/programs/905-wesas-essential-pittsburgh">here</a>.</strong></em></p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:08:50 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27894 at http://wesa.fm Monday Rundown: A Plan to Reduce Smog and A Former Pro Football Player Speaks Out Pittsburgh's Globally Engaged Groups Join Forces Through the Global Switchboard http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-globally-engaged-groups-join-forces-through-global-switchboard <p>Social media and the internet have connected the world in ways once thought impossible. However, computer connections cannot take the place of human contact.</p><p>There are a number of organizations in the city with the shared goal of engaging others across the globe.</p><p>Nathan Darity and Brandon Blache-Cohen, Executive Director of <a href="http://amizade.org/">Amizade Global Service Learning</a>, are two of the members that connected these organizations together through the <a href="http://amizade.org/resource/the-global-switchboard/">global switchboard</a>. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:22:57 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27802 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Globally Engaged Groups Join Forces Through the Global Switchboard Helping the LGBTQ Communities in Honduras http://wesa.fm/post/helping-lgbtq-communities-honduras <p></p><p></p><p>Honduras is one of the world’s deadliest countries, overrun by gangs and violence.</p><p>Women, journalists, lawyers and members of the LGBTQ community have been singled out as victims. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:15:00 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27798 at http://wesa.fm Helping the LGBTQ Communities in Honduras Turning Personal Passion into Global Service http://wesa.fm/post/turning-personal-passion-global-service <p></p><p></p><p>Two Pittsburgh residents, Tim Wesley and Drew Harvey work with the <a href="http://www.nyadire.org/">Nyadire Connection</a> to provide medical help in Africa.</p><p>Tim Wesley is a volunteer at the Nyadire Connection and Drew Harvey is the chairman of the Nyadire Connection. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:10:06 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27801 at http://wesa.fm Turning Personal Passion into Global Service Overcoming Unique Challenges With Doctors Without Borders http://wesa.fm/post/overcoming-unique-challenges-doctors-without-borders <p>Last November, Typhoon Haiyan, a powerful tropical cyclone devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines.</p><p>When cataclysmic events such as this happen, many organizations are dispatched to these areas to provide medical treatment and aid.</p><p><a href="http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/"><span class="st">Médecins Sans Frontières/</span>Doctors Without Borders </a>is one such group providing help. Brett Davis, an aid worker for Doctors Without Borders recently returned from the Philippines. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:10:00 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27796 at http://wesa.fm Overcoming Unique Challenges With Doctors Without Borders Pittsburgh-Based Thread Recycles Bottles and Brings Jobs to Haiti http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-based-thread-recycles-bottles-and-brings-jobs-haiti <p>When local photographer Ian Rosenberger saw garbage piled in the street and thrown into canals untouched by a stretched public works system, he was moved to do more than take photos.</p><p>He jotted in his journal how it would be good to turn Haiti’s trash into money. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:04:00 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27789 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh-Based Thread Recycles Bottles and Brings Jobs to Haiti A Holistic Approach to Global Health and Development http://wesa.fm/post/holistic-approach-global-health-and-development <p>Many students flock to the warmer climes of Florida for a week of partying on spring break.</p><p>In contrast, many other students use their vacation to help others around the world. Two of those students are Carnegie Mellon sophomore Nicole Huang, and senior Nick Zuniga who volunteer with <a href="http://www.globalbrigades.org/">Global Brigades</a> a global health and development movement. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27797 at http://wesa.fm A Holistic Approach to Global Health and Development A 17th Century Emoticon? CMU Professor Who Originated The 'Smiley' Responds http://wesa.fm/post/17th-century-emoticon-cmu-professor-who-originated-smiley-responds <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An online debate broke out earlier this week over two otherwise unremarkable lines in a 1648 poem by the English poet Robert Herrick:</span></p><p><a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=c2wiAAAAMAAJ&amp;pg=PA210&amp;dq=herrick+%22to+fortune%22&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=mA1QU9mNLcKyyASIpYHgBA&amp;ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&amp;q=herrick%20%22to%20fortune%22&amp;f=false"><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Tumble me down, and I will sit / Upon my ruins, (smiling yet :)</em></a></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:06:38 +0000 Josh Raulerson 27729 at http://wesa.fm A 17th Century Emoticon? CMU Professor Who Originated The 'Smiley' Responds Friday Rundown: Pittsburghers Helping Others Around the World http://wesa.fm/post/friday-rundown-pittsburghers-helping-others-around-world <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em><strong>These topics air Friday April 18, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between noon &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard <a href="http://wesa.fm/programs/905-wesas-essential-pittsburgh">here</a>. &nbsp;</strong></em></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:03:09 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27764 at http://wesa.fm Friday Rundown: Pittsburghers Helping Others Around the World Like Black Friday For Vinyl, Local Shops Gear Up For Record Store Day http://wesa.fm/post/black-friday-vinyl-local-shops-gear-record-store-day <p>What started eight years ago as a gathering of store owners and employees celebrating the culture of independent record stores has evolved to include major music industry events, limited edition album releases and people camped out in front of record stores.</p><p>Saturday is <a href="http://www.recordstoreday.com/">National Record Store Day</a>, and it’s <a href="http://www.popcitymedia.com/features/recordstoredayyeareight041614.aspx">one of the biggest days of the year for record stores</a> and collectors alike.</p><p>“I like that it was started to bring back the whole record store experience,” said James “Selecta” Scoglietti, part owner of <a href="http://720records.com/">720 Records</a> in Lawrenceville. “People used to go every weekend to their local record store, and it was a social event. It was like a barbershop, where guys and gals would come in and discuss the latest hot tracks of the week. So I love that it’s bringing that back to the mainstream.” Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:42:21 +0000 Heather McClain 27755 at http://wesa.fm Like Black Friday For Vinyl, Local Shops Gear Up For Record Store Day The History of Minors Being Tried As Adults http://wesa.fm/post/history-minors-being-tried-adults <p>Alex Hribal, the 16 year-old student apprehended during a stabbing rampage at his high school last week, was charged as an adult. What is the history behind this decision? How did the idea manifest itself in practical terms? We posed these questions and more to our legal expert, Pitt Law Professor David Harris.</p><p>Prior to the late 1980’s, children were only tried as adults after they went through the juvenile court system. If a judge decided that they were unable to be rehabilitated, the case was passed along to adult court.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:15:41 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27718 at http://wesa.fm The History of Minors Being Tried As Adults President Obama Wants to Model CCAC's Job-Driven Approach to Education http://wesa.fm/post/president-obama-wants-model-ccacs-job-driven-approach-education <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited the <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 22px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); display: inline !important; float: none;">Community College of Allegheny County's</span> West Hills Center campus in Oakdale Wednesday <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/obama-when-it-comes-job-training-roboburgh-model-nation?nopop=1">to announce system-wide reforms of federal job training programs</a>. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:55:43 +0000 Heather McClain 27739 at http://wesa.fm Spring Break With The New Girl http://wesa.fm/post/spring-break-new-girl <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">A little madness in the spring is wholesome …even for the King, wrote Emily Dickinson. What better way to quell the madness caused by Spring fever than with a getaway? Travel contributor Elaine </span>Labalme<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"> joined us this week with suggestions for Spring Break excursions.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:57:29 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27730 at http://wesa.fm Spring Break With The New Girl Thursday Rundown: The Legal Precedence of Minors Being Tried As Adults http://wesa.fm/post/thursday-rundown-legal-precedence-minors-being-tried-adults <p></p><p><em><strong>These topics air April 17, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between noon &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard <a href="http://wesa.fm/programs/905-wesas-essential-pittsburgh">here</a>. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:46:07 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27695 at http://wesa.fm Thursday Rundown: The Legal Precedence of Minors Being Tried As Adults A Year in Review with Bishop Zubik and Local Members of the Catholic Church http://wesa.fm/post/year-review-bishop-zubik-and-local-members-catholic-church <p>It has been a year since Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik<a href="http://wesa.fm/post/future-catholic-church-bishop-zubik"> discussed the state of the Catholic Church</a> with Essential Pittsburgh. In that time, Pope Francis has celebrated his one year anniversary.</p><p>When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio took the name Francis, the Sisters of <a href="http://www.osfprov.org/">St. Francis of the Providence of God in Whitehall</a> expressed their hopes and expectations of the new pontiff. This year Sister Margaret “Peg” Markey and Sister Nancy Langhart reflected on the last year of Vatican leadership.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:09:06 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27660 at http://wesa.fm A Year in Review with Bishop Zubik and Local Members of the Catholic Church Wednesday Rundown: Voices of the Catholic Church in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/wednesday-rundown-voices-catholic-church-pittsburgh <p><em><strong>These topics air Wednesday April 16, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between noon &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard <a href="http://wesa.fm/programs/905-wesas-essential-pittsburgh">here</a>.</strong></em> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:24:40 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27633 at http://wesa.fm Wednesday Rundown: Voices of the Catholic Church in Pittsburgh The Business of Summer Camp, from Architecture to Arts & Crafts http://wesa.fm/post/business-summer-camp-architecture-arts-crafts <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">While winter is hardly a distant memory, it’s time to start making summer plans. If summer camp is in your child’s future, contributor Rebecca Harris says now is the time to sign-up. This week she focused on</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"> the business of summer camps.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">More than six million children attend summer camps each year, and there are many different options. There are day camps, sleep away camps and even summer camps for adults. Rebecca has suggested just a few to check out before sessions fill up.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:30:09 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27610 at http://wesa.fm The Business of Summer Camp, from Architecture to Arts & Crafts PSO Violinist to Bring Pittsburgh Love to Boston Marathon http://wesa.fm/post/pso-violinist-bring-pittsburgh-love-boston-marathon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last weekend, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra violinist Susanne Park held a </span><a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2014/04/11/PSO-violinist-to-play-Boston-Marathon-benefit/stories/201404110035" style="line-height: 1.5;">benefit</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to raise money for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The institution was key in helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings last year. This year, Park has gathered donations from local businesses to help the cause. Her sister ran in the </span><a href="http://www.baa.org" style="line-height: 1.5;">marathon</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> last year and she said she tracked her sister’s progress in the race until everything suddenly stopped. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Park's sister was one of the many runners unable to contact family for hours amidst the chaos.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:30:44 +0000 Katherine Blackley 27609 at http://wesa.fm PSO Violinist to Bring Pittsburgh Love to Boston Marathon Why These Pittsburgh Marathon Runners Are Returning To Boston http://wesa.fm/post/why-these-pittsburgh-marathon-runners-are-returning-boston <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Joe Myers and Karen </span>Harr<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> began the Boston Marathon one year ago, neither of them expected to be a part of the chaos following the bombings at the finish line. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After two explosions detonated on Boylston Street, many runners found themselves stranded in the masses.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Myers, who had not yet finished the marathon, remembers the crowds of confused people in front of him. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He was unable to contact his family, but eventually returned to the hotel of a fellow runner. Despite the scare, he plans to return to Boston this year and finish what he started.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:15:53 +0000 Katherine Blackley 27607 at http://wesa.fm Why These Pittsburgh Marathon Runners Are Returning To Boston Tuesday Rundown: Pittsburgh Marathon Runners Return to Boston http://wesa.fm/post/tuesday-rundown-pittsburgh-marathon-runners-return-boston <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>These topics air Tuesday April 15, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard <a href="http://wesa.fm/programs/905-wesas-essential-pittsburgh">here</a>.&nbsp;</strong></em></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:52:15 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27571 at http://wesa.fm Tuesday Rundown: Pittsburgh Marathon Runners Return to Boston Is MyPath 101 a New Path to Success? http://wesa.fm/post/mypath-101-new-path-success <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to the Princeton Review fifty percent of college students change their major at least once. A Pittsburgh company has developed an app called </span><a href="http://mypath101.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">MyPath101</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to help students graduate on time.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.rachelgogos.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Rachel Gogos</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, CEO of </span>MyPath101<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, described the app in 3 parts.</span></p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:22:16 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27536 at http://wesa.fm Is MyPath 101 a New Path to Success? Think Before You Post: Mainstream Media's Increasing Reliance on Social Media http://wesa.fm/post/think-you-post-mainstream-medias-increasing-reliance-social-media <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As national media reports about the attacks at Franklin Regional High School began to unfold last week, a story of one of the injured victims taking a </span>selfie<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from the hospital quickly went viral and prompted <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/09/opinion/robbins-selfie-school-stabbing/index.html">a range of reactions</a>. Was the student showing off or simply communicating to his circle of friends?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gordon Mitchell and Brent </span>Malin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, University of Pittsburgh associate professors of communication talked with us about the importance of media literacy and the evolving relevance of social media in our lives and in mainstream news.</span></p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:09:52 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27535 at http://wesa.fm Think Before You Post: Mainstream Media's Increasing Reliance on Social Media Is Video Replay in Major League Baseball Worth the Wait? http://wesa.fm/post/video-replay-major-league-baseball-worth-wait <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A challenge flag is thrown, the Major League Baseball officials talk to the coach who throws it, and one official goes to a screen and reviews the play. The official comes back and rules the runner out at first base. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That</span><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2014/03/31/first-regular-season-instant-replay-challenge-cubs-pirates--jeff-samardzija/7121825/" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;scene</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;can and did happen at the Pirates' opening day Major League Baseball game,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">thanks to new rule changes that have increased the use of video replay in umpiring.</span></p><p>Are all of these replays really necessary or is it not worth the price of slowing down the game? Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus Bob Dvorchak&nbsp;has covered the Pirates for many years and shared his opinion on the hot topic.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:46:52 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27539 at http://wesa.fm Monday Rundown: Social Media Literacy and College Advising in an App? http://wesa.fm/post/monday-rundown-social-media-literacy-and-college-advising-app <p><strong>These topics air Monday April 14, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard <a href="http://wesa.fm/programs/905-wesas-essential-pittsburgh">here</a>.&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From Personal to Private in the Blink of An Eye: Being Social Media Literate </span></strong></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:22:20 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27503 at http://wesa.fm Monday Rundown: Social Media Literacy and College Advising in an App? 'Unclear' Circumstances on the Ground During Chevron Blaze http://wesa.fm/post/unclear-circumstances-ground-during-chevron-blaze <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It recently came to light that&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Department of Environmental Protection investigators were <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2014/04/09/chevron-blocked-access-to-dep-after-fatal-well-fire-in-southwest-pa/">blocked by Chevron employees</a> in the days after a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;natural gas well explosion in Greene County. The explosion, which killed one Chevron employee, set off&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a fire which blazed for five days&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in February.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>StateImpact<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reporter Katie </span>Colaneri&nbsp;recently broke the story and said<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Chevron would not allow the DEP to park or drive onto access roads toward the well for nearly two days. </span>Colaneri<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the rules are pretty straightforward concerning incidents such as the well explosion. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>DEP<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has authority over companies like Chevron during environmentally dangerous conditions, but </span>Colaneri<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the overall situation is still very unclear.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:00:13 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27432 at http://wesa.fm 'Unclear' Circumstances on the Ground During Chevron Blaze