90.5 WESA's Speaking Volumes http://wesa.fm en The Power of Being Magnanimous with Kevin Acklin http://wesa.fm/post/power-being-magnanimous-kevin-acklin <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kevin </span>Acklin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is the chief of staff for Pittsburgh’s Mayor-elect Bill </span>Peduto<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. To get ready for his new position, </span>Acklin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been brushing up on some political non-fiction.</span></p><p class="p1">Michael Weber, “<a href="http://librarycatalog.einetwork.net/Record/.b12713612/Home?searchId=5002653&amp;recordIndex=1&amp;page=1">Don’t Call Me Boss: David L. Lawrence, Pittsburgh’s Renaissance Mayor</a>”</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 21340 at http://wesa.fm The Power of Being Magnanimous with Kevin Acklin Revisiting the Classics with Audrey Russo http://wesa.fm/post/revisiting-classics-audrey-russo <p class="p1">President of the <a href="http://www.pghtech.org/">Pittsburgh Technology Council </a>Audrey Russo talks about the books she keeps piled on her nightstand and drawing inspiration from strong female role models.</p><p class="p1">Sun Tzu, "<a href="http://librarycatalog.einetwork.net/Record/.b31809972/Home?searchId=4782036&amp;recordIndex=1&amp;page=1">The Art of War</a>"</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 20943 at http://wesa.fm Revisiting the Classics with Audrey Russo Reflections on Billy Strayhorn with janera solomon http://wesa.fm/post/reflections-billy-strayhorn-janera-solomon <p class="p1">In celebration of what would have been jazz legend Billy Strayhorn's&nbsp;98th birthday, <span style="line-height: 1.5;">janera solomon, executive</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> director of the Kelly </span>Strayhorn<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Theater, talks about her insights from his biography and legacy.</span></p><p class="p1">Sheryl Sandberg, “Lean In”</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:31:19 +0000 Josh Raulerson 20258 at http://wesa.fm Reflections on Billy Strayhorn with janera solomon Speaking Volumes: Mike Doyle http://wesa.fm/post/speaking-volumes-mike-doyle <p></p><p><a href="http://doyle.house.gov/">Rep. Mike Doyle</a>&nbsp;(D-Forest Hills) likes page-turning crime dramas and thrillers with a political bent. He has a unique vantage point on novels set in Washington, which &mdash; as it turns out &mdash; are more true to life than you might&nbsp;think.</p><p></p><p>David Baldacci,&nbsp;<em><a href="http://catalog.einetwork.net/search~S1?/abaldacci/abaldacci/1%2C7%2C252%2CB/frameset&amp;FF=abaldacci+david&amp;77%2C%2C243/indexsort=-">The&nbsp;Forgotten</a></em></p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 2441 at http://wesa.fm Learning from the Things We Don't Talk About with John Fetterman http://wesa.fm/post/learning-things-we-dont-talk-about-john-fetterman <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Braddock Mayor John </span>Fetterman<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;speaks on the lessons he has learned from literary accounts of history.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joshua Wolf </span>Shenk<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, “</span><a href="http://librarycatalog.einetwork.net/Record/.b25543593/Home?searchId=2154579&amp;recordIndex=2&amp;page=1" style="line-height: 1.5;">Lincoln’s Melancholy</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">”</span></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 16491 at http://wesa.fm Learning from the Things We Don't Talk About with John Fetterman From Rand to Friedan: Recommendations from AC Controller Chelsa Wagner http://wesa.fm/post/rand-friedan-recommendations-ac-controller-chelsa-wagner <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Not all </span>Ayn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Rand fans are small-government conservatives. Take Allegheny County Controller and self-professed liberal Democrat </span>Chelsa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Wagner, for example …</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wally Lamb, “</span><a href="http://librarycatalog.einetwork.net/Record/.b16574370/Home?searchId=1288943&amp;recordIndex=2&amp;page=1" style="line-height: 1.5;">She’s Come Undone</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">”</span></p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 14979 at http://wesa.fm From Rand to Friedan: Recommendations from AC Controller Chelsa Wagner Finding Meaning in Frivolous Times http://wesa.fm/post/finding-meaning-frivolous-times <div><p><a href="http://www.pghcitypaper.com">Pittsburgh City Paper</a> editor Chris Potter takes his social commentary with a little ironic distance and a healthy dose of the absurd.</p></div><div><p>Chuck Palahniuk, "<a href="http://librarycatalog.einetwork.net/Record/.b22741665/Home?searchId=870733&amp;recordIndex=3&amp;page=1">Lullaby</a>"</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 14191 at http://wesa.fm Finding Meaning in Frivolous Times Larger Realities from Smaller Perspectives http://wesa.fm/post/larger-realities-smaller-perspectives <p>Freelance reporter Leah Samuel writes about social and environmental issues for&nbsp;<a href="http://publicsource.org/author/leah-samuel" style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;">PublicSource</a>&nbsp;and others<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. As a journalist, and as a reader, she finds the lessons of history are best learned from the margins.</span></p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 13800 at http://wesa.fm Larger Realities from Smaller Perspectives Interesting People and Fascinating Interactions http://wesa.fm/post/interesting-people-and-fascinating-interactions <p class="p1"><a href="http://andreadisaster.com/">Essayist and improv comedian</a> Andrea Laurion&nbsp;reads an eclectic mix of non-fiction, but all of her picks remain grounded by a strong narrative voice.</p><p class="p1">Rona Jaffe, <a href="http://librarycatalog.einetwork.net/Record/.b29697517/Home?searchId=641074&amp;recordIndex=1&amp;page=1"><em>The Best of Everything</em></a></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 07:05:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 13427 at http://wesa.fm Interesting People and Fascinating Interactions American Stories: Cycles of Adaptation and Reinterpretation with CMU's Kathy Newman http://wesa.fm/post/american-stories-cycles-adaptation-and-reinterpretation-cmus-kathy-newman <p class="p1">Carnegie Mellon University professor <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/hss/english/people/faculty/bios/kathy-newman.html">Kathy Newman</a> offers a look at six novels that changed America with their ability to cross genres and transcend their original forms.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Harriett Beecher Stowe, </span><a href="http://librarycatalog.einetwork.net/Record/.b26429056/Home?searchId=517193&amp;recordIndex=10&amp;page=1" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Uncle Tom’s Cabin</em></a></p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 07:14:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 13008 at http://wesa.fm American Stories: Cycles of Adaptation and Reinterpretation with CMU's Kathy Newman Words and Music with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Fawzi Haimor http://wesa.fm/post/words-and-music-pittsburgh-symphony-orchestras-fawzi-haimor <p>What does a good novel have in common with an orchestral score? More than you might think, says Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra assistant conductor <a href="http://fawzihaimor.com/">Fawzi&nbsp;Haimor</a>.</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 12604 at http://wesa.fm Words and Music with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Fawzi Haimor Pleasure Reading: Alive and Well on RMU Campus http://wesa.fm/post/pleasure-reading-alive-and-well-rmu-campus <p>Young people these days. Too busy to read books. Too worldly to seek meaning in fiction. Too addled by social media to read anything critically. Right?</p><p>Wrong.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">J.R.R. Tolkein,&nbsp;<em><a href="http://catalog.einetwork.net/search~S1?/tthe+hobbit/thobbit/1%2C26%2C122%2CB/frameset&amp;FF=thobbit&amp;1%2C%2C55/indexsort=-">The Hobbit</a></em></span></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 12252 at http://wesa.fm Pleasure Reading: Alive and Well on RMU Campus Lewis, Tolkien and the 'True Myths' of Faith http://wesa.fm/post/lewis-tolkien-and-true-myths-faith <p>Steve Tuell&nbsp;studies Hebrew and the Old Testament at the <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;ved=0CC8QFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pts.edu%2Ftuells&amp;ei=qo_FUdb0OcnI0QG_6IGgBw&amp;usg=AFQjCNF_QZ1AAi7Dije1q_QsdgCvIZWSZA&amp;sig2=ZGjpuFewp9lGvsoBZkl3uQ&amp;bvm=bv.48293060,d.dmQ">Pittsburgh Theological Seminary</a>. As a theologian and a scholar of ancient languages, he has a special appreciation for the fantasy fiction of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 11880 at http://wesa.fm Lewis, Tolkien and the 'True Myths' of Faith Around the World and Beyond with Steve Sokol http://wesa.fm/post/around-world-and-beyond-steve-sokol <p>President of the World Affairs Council in Pittsburgh Steve Sokol describes his picks in both nonfiction and fiction.</p><p>Peter Bergen, <a href="http://catalog.einetwork.net/search%7ES1?/tmanhunt/tmanhunt/1%2C13%2C54%2CB/frameset&amp;FF=tmanhunt+the+ten+year+search+for+bin+laden+from++++9+++11+to+abbottabad&amp;2%2C%2C2/indexsort=-"><i>Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden From 9/11 to Abbottabad</i></a></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 11436 at http://wesa.fm Around the World and Beyond with Steve Sokol Weird and wonderful fiction picks from Tom Sweterlitsch http://wesa.fm/post/weird-and-wonderful-fiction-picks-tom-sweterlitsch <p>Pittsburgh writer and librarian Tom Sweterlitsch has wide-ranging reading interests in fiction.&nbsp;</p><p>Stewart O'Nan, <a href="http://catalog.einetwork.net/search~S1?/tsongs+for+the+missing/tsongs+for+the+missing/1%2C1%2C5%2CB/frameset&amp;FF=tsongs+for+the+missing&amp;1%2C%2C5"><em>Songs for the Missing</em></a></p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:28:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 10976 at http://wesa.fm Yes, George Saunders is that good http://wesa.fm/post/yes-george-saunders-good <p>Gary Terner of Mt. Lebanon was blown away by the new short story collection from George Saunders.</p><p>George Saunders, <a href="http://catalog.einetwork.net/search~S1?/ttenth+of+december/ttenth+of+december/1%2C1%2C2%2CB/frameset&amp;FF=ttenth+of+december+stories&amp;1%2C%2C2"><em>Tenth of December</em></a></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 8315 at http://wesa.fm Yes, George Saunders is that good A Moveable Feast of Language http://wesa.fm/post/moveable-feast-language <p><a href="http://www.lorijakielawritesbooks.com">Lori Jakiela</a> is a poet, a memoirist and a devotee of sparse, unsentimental prose.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A few of the books you might encounter in her writing class at&nbsp;Chatham or Pitt-Greensburg:</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 07:21:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 9588 at http://wesa.fm A Moveable Feast of Language A history lesson with Prof. Patrick Dowd http://wesa.fm/post/history-lesson-prof-patrick-dowd <p>Pittsburgh City Councilman Patrick Dowd started out as a historian, and while he's no longer in academia, his reading still reflects that background. These days Dowd reads historical nonfiction mixed with fiction "with a serious historical bent."&nbsp;</p><p>Edwin Coddington, <a href="http://catalog.einetwork.net/search~S1?/tThe+Gettysburg+Campaign/tgettysburg+campaign/1%2C6%2C11%2CB/frameset&amp;FF=tgettysburg+campaign+a+study+in+command&amp;2%2C%2C3"><em>The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study in Command</em></a></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 9316 at http://wesa.fm A history lesson with Prof. Patrick Dowd Jayne Adair Brings the Ruckus http://wesa.fm/post/jayne-adair-brings-ruckus <p>Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures executive director Jayne Adair's reading list is as rich and varied as her schedule of speakers.</p><p>Nathaniel Philbrick, <a href="http://catalog.einetwork.net/search~S1?/aphilbrick/aphilbrick/1%2C20%2C104%2CB/frameset&amp;FF=aphilbrick+nathaniel&amp;2%2C%2C39/indexsort=-"><em>Bunker Hill </em></a></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 9245 at http://wesa.fm Jayne Adair Brings the Ruckus All For One, One For All http://wesa.fm/post/all-one-one-all <p></p><p>Matthias Sundberg, from Point Breeze, likes action and adventure stories tinged with social realism.&nbsp;</p><p>Dan Baum, <a href="http://catalog.einetwork.net/search~S1?/tnine+lives/tnine+lives/1%2C32%2C49%2CB/frameset&amp;FF=tnine+lives+death+and+life+in+new+orleans&amp;1%2C1%2C"><em>Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans</em></a></p> Mon, 06 May 2013 08:46:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 3602 at http://wesa.fm All For One, One For All From Antietam to Nigeria with Mary Calland http://wesa.fm/post/antietam-nigeria-mary-calland <p>Writer and Mt. Lebanon resident <a href="http://74.220.215.227/~maryfrai/meet-mary">Mary Frailey Calland</a>&nbsp;does intensive research for her Civil War era novels. In between deep dives in the archives, she reads contemporary fiction.</p><p>James McPherson, <a href="http://catalog.einetwork.net/search~S1?/tbattle+cry+of+freedom/tbattle+cry+of+freedom/1%2C8%2C42%2CB/frameset&amp;FF=tbattle+cry+of+freedom+the+civil+war+era&amp;1%2C%2C3"><em>Battle Cry of Freedom</em></a></p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 8013 at http://wesa.fm From Antietam to Nigeria with Mary Calland Dr. Mario Fischetti interprets neuroses, novels http://wesa.fm/post/dr-mario-fischetti-interprets-neuroses-novels <p>Dr. Mario Fischetti&nbsp;is a clinical psychologist with the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center, and the moderator of its ongoing <a href="http://www.pghpsa.org/public-events-and-continuing-education/">"Reading Fiction with Freud"</a> discussion series.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 07:32:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 7356 at http://wesa.fm Dr. Mario Fischetti interprets neuroses, novels Cloak & dagger, sword & sorcery picks from Michael Lamb http://wesa.fm/post/cloak-dagger-sword-sorcery-picks-michael-lamb <p>When Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb isn't busy minding the city's books, he's reading history and genre fiction.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:57:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 6857 at http://wesa.fm Cloak & dagger, sword & sorcery picks from Michael Lamb North Sider Betsy O'Neill Recalls Her 'Summer of Melville' http://wesa.fm/post/north-sider-betsy-oneill-recalls-her-summer-melville <p>North Sider Betsy O'Neill admits: "In a previous life, I probably lived in the 19th century." In her present incarnation, she spent the summer of 2012 immersed in Melvilliana.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 07:12:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 2862 at http://wesa.fm North Sider Betsy O'Neill Recalls Her 'Summer of Melville' Recommended reading for fans of BBC's 'Call the Midwife' http://wesa.fm/post/recommended-reading-fans-bbcs-call-midwife <p>As the popular British drama "Call the Midwife" returns for a second season on PBS, Morgantown-based author and certified nurse-midwife <a href="http://www.patriciaharman.com">Patricia Harman</a> offers recommendations for readers with an interest in the practice.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Jennifer Worth, <a href="http://catalog.einetwork.net/search~S1?/tthe+midwife/tmidwife/1%2C24%2C41%2CB/frameset&amp;FF=tmidwife+a+memoir+of+birth+joy+and+hard+times&amp;1%2C%2C2"><em>The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times</em></a></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 09:18:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 2264 at http://wesa.fm Recommended reading for fans of BBC's 'Call the Midwife'