Rundowns http://wesa.fm en 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? 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 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? 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 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 Friday Rundown: Three Author Interviews Hosted by Josh Raulerson http://wesa.fm/post/friday-rundown-three-author-interviews-hosted-josh-raulerson <p><strong>These topics air Friday July 11, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. </strong></p><p><strong><em>Morning Edition</em> host Josh Raulerson takes over the hosting chair for Paul Guggenheimer.</strong></p><p><strong>Tomorrow and Tomorrow </strong></p><p>Thomas Sweterlitsch’s debut novel <em>Tomorrow and Tomorrow</em> is enjoying the success every novelist hopes for. It has received critical praise. In addition, Sony Pictures has optioned the book for a film adaptation. The author joins us to discuss the novel and the role Pittsburgh plays.</p><p><strong>Hello American Lady Creature </strong></p><p>Lisa Kirchner’s book <em>Hello American Lady Creature: What I Learned as a Woman in Qatar </em>has been compared to Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller <em>Eat, Pray, Love</em>. She doesn’t mind the comparison, after all both books deal with a woman’s journey of self-discovery. The author joins us to discuss her book, yoga and more.</p><p><strong>Brutal Youth </strong></p><p>Watch any movie about friends reuniting and it’s guaranteed one of them will be a writer. With Anthony Breznican it’s a case of life imitating art. The first time novelist is a senior writer for <em>Entertainment Weekly</em> magazine. He’s come home to Pittsburgh for a high school reunion which coincides with the release of his first novel <em>Brutal Youth</em>. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:07:41 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32430 at http://wesa.fm Friday Rundown: Three Author Interviews Hosted by Josh Raulerson Thursday Rundown: Is Larimer The East End's Next Success Story? http://wesa.fm/post/thursday-rundown-larimer-east-ends-next-success-story <p><strong>These topics air Thursday July 10, 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>Budget Battle </strong></p><p>How will Governor Corbett’s reluctance to sign the $29 billion state spending plan impact the state and his reelection bid? The Senate returned to the capitol this week to handle budget-related legislation covering a slew of topics. Corbett says he won't sign a budget that does not include a pension overhaul. Penn Live’s John Micek joins us for a discussion of the latest developments.</p><p><strong>Rebuilding Larimer </strong></p><p>Could the awarding of a $30 million dollar grant allow Larimer to be the East End’s next success story? We’ll pose that question to Malik Bankston, executive director of the Kingsley Association. He joins us in Studio A to address how this grant will be used to revitalize the community.</p><p><strong>TV Dump </strong></p><p>In 2010 a statewide ban was passed as part of the Covered Device Recycling Act. It called for E-Waste to be taken to approved recycling drop-off sites. However, discarded televisions are showing up curbside around the city. Justin Stockdale, western regional director of the PA Resources Council joins us to discuss the proper methods of getting rid of old televisions.</p><p><strong>Southern Charm </strong></p><p>It’s the oldest city in Georgia and was once the state capital. We’re talking about Savannah. The city draws a number of tourists who come to look at its architecture and historic sites. One recent visitor was our very own travel contributor Elaine Labalme. This week she tells us about the charms and southern comfort to be found in Savannah. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:41:33 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32347 at http://wesa.fm Thursday Rundown: Is Larimer The East End's Next Success Story? Wednesday Rundown: Mayor Peduto on Pittsburgh Police & Future Transportation Options http://wesa.fm/post/wednesday-rundown-mayor-peduto-pittsburgh-police-future-transportation-options <p><strong>These topics air Wednesday July 9, 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>Mayor Peduto </strong></p><p>Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto joins us for his monthly visit to the show. He'll discuss where things stand in the search for a new police chief as well as the best way to bridge the gap between the community and the police department. We'll also speak with the mayor about his opposition to cease and desist orders against ride-sharing companies and the future of bike lanes in Pittsburgh.</p><p><strong>A People’s History of Pittsburgh </strong></p><p>It’s been said every picture tells a story and the Hillman Photography Initiative at the Carnegie Museum of Art is seeking Pittsburghers' photos to tell the city’s story. Program Manager for the Hillman Photography Initiative Divya Rao Heffley explains this unique undertaking, which will be shared in a collective photo album. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:17:05 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32287 at http://wesa.fm Wednesday Rundown: Mayor Peduto on Pittsburgh Police & Future Transportation Options Tuesday Rundown: Drones and Pittsburgh's Robotic Futures http://wesa.fm/post/tuesday-rundown-drones-and-pittsburghs-robotic-futures <p><strong>These topics air Tuesday July 8, 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>The Drones Are Coming </strong></p><p>A recent editorial in the Post-Gazette warns that the "drones are coming." The question now is, are we prepared for them? The recent hovering of a drone over PNC Park resulted in the FAA launching an investigation. Joining us to look at the role drones will play in our future is Illah Nourbaksh, professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University and author of the recently released book Robot Futures.</p><p><strong>Summertime in the City </strong></p><p>The July Fourth holiday weekend saw a number of activities in the city, from the Regatta to the annual visit of the Furries. Betsy Benson, publisher of Pittsburgh Magazine shares her perspective on summer in the city.</p><p>And part of what makes any summer truly great is a catchy summer tune, a laidback summer anthem. 91.3 WYEP production director and host Brian Sieworek guides us through the historic popularity of one classic summer song, composed 80 years ago, Summertime by George and Ira Gershwin.</p><p><strong>WESA Celebrates - Joe Lagana </strong></p><p>Prior to his retirement in 1999 Joe Lagana served as an educator in the Penn Hills and North Allegheny school districts. After his retirement he founded the Homeless Children’s Education Fund, or HCEF. The fund is committed to ensuring that homeless children have access to the same educational opportunities as their peers. Joe Lagana and his work are profiled in this week’s WESA Celebrates.</p><p><strong>The Business of Breakfast</strong></p><p>We have often heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In addition to helping us jump start our day, it satisfies the need for convenience, is costs less than other restaurant meals, and is readily available. This week contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of breakfast.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 03:31:08 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32215 at http://wesa.fm Tuesday Rundown: Drones and Pittsburgh's Robotic Futures Monday Rundown: Civic Leaders and Environmental Stewards in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/monday-rundown-civic-leaders-and-environmental-stewards-pittsburgh <p><strong>These topics air Monday July 7, 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>Civic Leadership Academy </strong></p><p>The Civic Leadership Academy provides citizens an opportunity to learn more about their local government. It is also hoped that some of the city’s most pressing needs can be tackled with help from volunteers who go through the program. We’ll take an in-depth look at the program with Melanie Ondek – Grants Officer who oversees Serve PGH and Joe Wos, executive director of the Toonseum who participated in the most recent Civic Leadership Academy class.</p><p><strong>The State of the Honeybee</strong></p><p>Two years ago we took a look at the world of urban farming in Pittsburgh, with a focus on beekeeping in particular. As in many cities, those who want to build apiaries in Pittsburgh have had to jump through various bureaucratic hoops and deal with the myths and fears surrounding honeybees. But President Obama recently stressed the importance of preserving our honeybee populations for the sake of food security. The White House has even announced plans to form a task force to investigate honeybee colony collapse. With renewed attention on the decline of pollinators, we’ll talk with Steve Repasky, President of Burgh Bees and David Tarpy, Professor and Extension Apiculturist in the Department of Entomology at NC State about efforts to preserve the honeybee here and across the country.</p><p><strong>Ed O'Bannon vs. the NCAA </strong></p><p>After three long weeks, testimony has ended in the trial of Ed O'Bannon vs. the NCAA. A decision in the case will likely come in August, following closing arguments in which each side argued whether the organization's rules prohibiting college athletes from profiting from their name, image and likeness, outweigh the alleged anti-competitive effects on Division I-A football and Division I basketball. Brady McCollough, who's been covering the trial for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, joins us in studio to discuss the case.&nbsp;</p><p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 22:17:07 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32148 at http://wesa.fm Monday Rundown: Civic Leaders and Environmental Stewards in Pittsburgh Rebroadcast: The 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and Freedom Summer http://wesa.fm/post/rebroadcast-50th-anniversary-civil-rights-act-and-freedom-summer <p><strong>Listen Thursday July 3, 2014 at noon and&nbsp;8pm&nbsp;on 90.5&nbsp;WESA, for a special rebroadcast of our June 17th show devoted to the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Freedom Summer.</strong></p><p><strong>Voices from the Firing Line </strong></p><p>CCAC Professor Ralph Proctor has just released his latest book <em>Voices from the Firing Line: A Personal Account of the Pittsburgh Civil Rights Movement</em>. He joined us to discuss the demonstrations and the methodology of those in the movement as well as the results achieved.</p><blockquote><p><strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">"Kennywood Park had a swimming pool, and we sued them and we got the right for black folks to swim in it. Before one black toe ever got into that water, they destroyed the pool.”</span></strong></p></blockquote><p><a href="http://wesa.fm/post/voices-firing-line-jim-crowe-customs-pittsburgh" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Hear more of what Professor Proctor had to say about the "Jim Crowe Customs" he encountered in Pittsburgh.</em></a></p><p><strong>Freedom Summer </strong></p><p>We remember the Freedom Summer of 1964, when college students traveled into the deep south to help African-Americans register to vote. Three students were murdered that summer in Mississippi including Andrew Goodman. Before she passed away in 2007, Goodman's mother Carolyn collaborated with author Brad Herzog on a book called <em>My Mantelpiece, a Memoir of S</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>urvival and Social Justice</em>.&nbsp;</span></p><blockquote><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"...</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">when he left the room, she threw in some extra iodine and bandages into his duffel bag, figuring maybe he’ll get beat up a little, maybe he’ll get thrown in jail. Never did she imagine he would lose his life.”</span></strong></p></blockquote><p><a href="http://wesa.fm/post/mothers-loss-during-freedom-summer"><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Listen for more from Brad Herzog about Mrs. Goodman's reflections on that summer in 1964.</span></em></a></p><p><strong>Race: Are We So Different? </strong></p><p><em>Race: Are We So Different </em>is one of the current exhibits at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Examining the history of how race has been defined and its impact on our lives we go behind the scenes of the exhibit with Cecile Shellman, communications and community specialist for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p><strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">"Some people may lack the skills or the interest or the vocabulary or the courage to talk about race. And this exhibition really does invite people in overt and unconscious ways to talk about race."</span></strong></p></blockquote><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://wesa.fm/post/carnegie-museum-natural-history-explores-race-are-we-so-different">Hear more of what&nbsp;Cecile&nbsp;Shellman&nbsp;had to say about the exhibit.</a></em></p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 06:00:56 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31996 at http://wesa.fm Rebroadcast: The 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and Freedom Summer Wednesday Rundown: Answering Your Questions About The Supreme Court Rulings http://wesa.fm/post/wednesday-rundown-answering-your-questions-about-supreme-court-rulings <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">These topics air Wednesday July 2, 2014 at noon and </span>8pm<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on 90.5 </span>WESA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Join the conversation LIVE between </span>12pm<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.</span></strong></p><p><strong>PA State Budget </strong></p><p>While states are required to have a balanced budget Governor Tom Corbett withheld signing a $29.1 billion budget sent to him. When will the state budget be signed and what happens in the meantime? We’ll pose those questions to capitol reporter Mary Wilson.</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Supreme Court Decisions</span></strong></p><p>The Supreme Court has affirmed birth-control exemptions for employers and the need for a warrant to search cell phones. Our legal contributor, Pitt Law Professor David Harris, explains these and other recent court rulings, and how they will impact our lives.</p><p><strong>What's Behind Rising Gas Prices? </strong></p><p>Perhaps you have already noticed the marquee at your local convenience store and the display of the price of a gallon of gas which keeps inching upward. Well, you're not imagining things. The average price of a gallon of gas in Pennsylvania is $3.77, well above the national average of $3.69. Gregg Laskoski, Senior Petroleum Analyst for GasBuddy.com, joins us to explain what's behind these rising prices and whether we are headed for $4.00 a gallon gas.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 02:12:03 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31924 at http://wesa.fm Wednesday Rundown: Answering Your Questions About The Supreme Court Rulings Tuesday Rundown: What the UPMC/Highmark Truce Means for Your Insurance Policy http://wesa.fm/post/tuesday-rundown-what-upmchighmark-truce-means-your-insurance-policy <p><strong>These topics air Tuesday July 1, 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>Highmark/UPMC Truce </strong></p><p>The announcement of a five-year consent decree brokered by state officials seems to be bringing a truce between Highmark and UPMC. But what exactly will the agreement mean for policy holders? We'll put that question to our guest, State Insurance Commissioner Michael Consedine.</p><p><strong>Fort Pitt Regiment </strong></p><p>The World Cup soccer tournament taking place in Brazil is calling attention to the game. Here in western Pennsylvania a new soccer team has formed. The Fort Pitt Regiment soccer team is the newest member of the Nation Premier Soccer League. As their first season winds down, Director of Business Operations and board member Tim McCoy joins us to address the team's mission to focus on game and player development.</p><p><strong>WESA Celebrates - Jeremiah's Place </strong></p><p>Three years ago pediatrician Dr. Lynne Williams met a little boy named Jeremiah. He was placed in her parent’s foster home with severe medical troubles after his mother wasn’t caring for him. His plight led Dr. Williams to create Jeremiah’s Place, a crisis nursery where children from birth up to age six can go for a few days while their family is dealing with any kind of crisis. Jeremiah’s Place is profiled in this week’s edition of WESA Celebrates.</p><p><strong>Business of Barbecue </strong></p><p>July 4th is one of the biggest days for outdoor cooking on the calendar. And, from hot dogs and burgers on the grill, to Tennessee and Texas where people love their barbecue; contributor Rebecca Harris discusses the business of barbecue.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:33:36 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31857 at http://wesa.fm Tuesday Rundown: What the UPMC/Highmark Truce Means for Your Insurance Policy Monday Rundown: Better Sources of Power and Reusing Everything http://wesa.fm/post/monday-rundown-better-sources-power-and-reusing-everything <p><strong>These topics air Monday June 30, 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>High Tech Roofing for Developing Countries </strong></p><p>Reuse Everything Institute, a local non-profit, has created an innovative means of reusing wasted plastic bottles. They’ve developed a business solution that could help people in developing countries out of poverty. So why are they having trouble getting funding? David Saiia, CEO and co-founder of the institute explains how he’s turning plastic bottles into high-tech roofing.</p><p><strong>Solar Power </strong></p><p>We’ve heard so much about solar power since the 1970’s. So why isn’t being utilized more in the United States? Germany, a country half the size of Texas, harnesses the sun’s energy for many of its residential homes. Joylette Portlock, President of Communitopia and creator of the <em>Don't Just Sit There, Do Something About Climate Change</em> web series, provides a primer on solar power.&nbsp;</p><p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 19:16:14 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31776 at http://wesa.fm Monday Rundown: Better Sources of Power and Reusing Everything Friday Rundown: Preserving Pittsburgh's City Steps http://wesa.fm/post/friday-rundown-preserving-pittsburghs-city-steps <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">These topics air Friday June 27, 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>100th Anniversary of WWI</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One-hundred years ago&nbsp;</span><span data-term="goog_944466495" style="line-height: 1.5;" tabindex="0">tomorrow</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, June 28, 1914, Arch-duke Francis Ferdinand, nephew and heir of the Austrian Emperor, was shot and killed while riding in an open car through the Bosnian capital. The tragic incident set in motion events that led to the start of World War I. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Len </span>Barcousky<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has written a piece on the “political crime” that sparked the war and joins us to talk about the impact of these events on Pittsburgh.</span></p><p><strong>South Side Steps </strong></p><p>The city steps of Pittsburgh are as much a part of the city’s iconic geography as the bridges and tunnels. However, maintaining them is not easy, especially when so much the city’s infrastructure needs work. A South Side group has recently received a grant to make much-needed repairs to steps of the South Side Slopes. Brad Palmisiano, board member of the South Side Neighborhood Association.</p><p><strong>The Last Billboard </strong></p><p>At the corner of Highland Ave and Baum Blvd, above one of the most busy intersections in East Liberty, you may or may not have noticed an old fashioned metal framed billboard on one of the rooftops. If you’ve taken the time to read the billboard over the last 3 or 4 years you probably noticed that the messages change fairly often; the phrases are simplistic and not like a typical advertisement. Recent press from websites such as Buzzfeed have prompted curiosity about where the messages come from and why they’re there. We’ll profile Jon Rubin, the unique interdisciplinary artist behind the billboard project.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 02:59:49 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31663 at http://wesa.fm Friday Rundown: Preserving Pittsburgh's City Steps Thursday Rundown: Unionizing Point Park's Adjuncts http://wesa.fm/post/thursday-rundown-unionizing-point-parks-adjuncts <p><strong>These topics air Thursday June 26, 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>Point Park Adjuncts Vote for USW Representation </strong></p><p>Point Park University adjunct faculty have voted in favor of United Steel Workers representation. Results tabulated Wednesday at the regional office of the National Labor Relations Board in the Federal Building showed 172 faculty members voted in favor of USW representation, while 79 were against. Point Park now has seven days to put in any challenges. We'll talk with Point Park adjunct instructor Rebecca Taksel and USW organizer Randa Ruge.</p><p><strong>On the Job with Sasha King - Nailing the Interview </strong></p><p>The job interview can be one of the most nerve wracking experiences you’ll ever go through. Magazines and websites regularly run stories about how to answer questions, what mistakes to avoid, etc. In this month’s On the Job segment independent career consultant Sasha King joins us to tell us all we’ll need to know in order to nail the interview.</p><p><strong>Summer Music Venues </strong></p><p>One of the many joys of summer is listening to music at an outdoor venue. Whether you enjoy opera, jazz, rock or classical it somehow seems more enjoyable outdoors. Travel contributor Elaine Labalme, suggests some famous performance spaces where you can enjoy an outdoor concert.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:58:18 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31590 at http://wesa.fm Thursday Rundown: Unionizing Point Park's Adjuncts Wednesday Rundown: Breaking Down the Act 47 Plan & World Cup Fever in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/wednesday-rundown-breaking-down-act-47-plan-world-cup-fever-pittsburgh <p><strong>These topics air Wednesday June 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>An Act 47 Primer</strong></p><p>On Tuesday, Pittsburgh City Council approved Mayor Bill Peduto's Act 47 recovery plan. We'll talk with Kevin Acklin, the mayor's Chief of Staff and Chief Development Officer about what is in the plan, what's different about it from past plans, and how it will play out over the coming years.</p><p><strong>Walter Bahr</strong></p><p>Thursday is an important day for the U.S. World Cup Soccer team, which faces Germany in a game that determines who advances to the second round of the tournament in Brazil. Whatever odds the U.S. team faces against the powerful German squad, they are nothing compared to the long odds the U.S team faced when it beat heavily favored England 1-0 in the 1950 World Cup. It's considered one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history. We'll talk with Walter Bahr, one of two surviving members of the 1950 World U.S. Soccer team.</p><p><strong>World Cup Fever</strong></p><p>TV ratings for the U.S. - Portugal World Cup game exceeded those for the NBA Finals. In Pittsburgh fans aren't just watching from home. They are jamming into sports bars like Piper's Pub, which has become a haven for soccer fanatics. We'll take you there as well as another must stop for soccer crazies on Carson Street, Nick's Imports, which sells a variety of World Cup national team jerseys. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:48:11 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31514 at http://wesa.fm Wednesday Rundown: Breaking Down the Act 47 Plan & World Cup Fever in Pittsburgh Tuesday Rundown: Repelling Old Notions of Addiction http://wesa.fm/post/tuesday-rundown-repelling-old-notions-addiction <p><strong>These topics air Tuesday June 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>Potential Fallout for Corbett on Sandusky Scandal? </strong></p><p>The office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane released a report Monday regarding Tom Corbett's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse investigation when he was Attorney General. Patriot News opinions editor John Micek joins us to talk about how the findings of Kane's office could impact Governor Corbett's chances of re-election.</p><p><strong>Shatterproof</strong></p><p>More than twenty-two million Americans struggle with alcohol and drug addiction on a daily basis. When his son lost his battle with addiction, our guest Gary Mendell created the organization Shatterproof. He joins us for a conversation about treating addiction, overcoming its stigmas and the upcoming Shatterproof Challenge taking place Wednesday in downtown Pittsburgh.</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">WESA Celebrates – Jamie Holmes</strong></p><p>Born with a rare disorder, doctors did not have a good prognosis for Jamie Holmes. Jamie survived — and thrived — although she averages two major operations a year, she has devoted her young life to helping others suffering from serious medical trauma. Jamie Holmes is the profile subject of this week’s WESA Celebrates.</p><p><strong>The Business of Soccer </strong></p><p>In case you haven’t heard. The World Cup taking place down in Brazil. It’s a great opportunity for companies looking to get their brand in front of a global market. This week contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of soccer.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 05:07:54 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31449 at http://wesa.fm Tuesday Rundown: Repelling Old Notions of Addiction Monday Rundown: Covering Pittsburgh and Other Keystone Cities on the Road to Revival http://wesa.fm/post/monday-rundown-covering-pittsburgh-and-other-keystone-cities-road-revival <p><strong>These topics air Monday June 23, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between noon &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. &nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Keystone Crossroads </strong></p><p>WESA is partnering with other public radio stations throughout the state on <em>Keystone Crossroads</em>. It’s an initiative exploring the challenges facing Pennsylvania cities and what’s being done to overcome them. In addition to stories heard during our newscasts, we’ll also air them on Essential Pittsburgh. We’ll also talk with the reporters bringing you these stories, including Irina Zhorov, based here in Pittsburgh. Naomi Starobin, editor of the project who is based in Philadelphia joins Irina to give an overview of the initiative.</p><p><strong>Conclave Theater Tour </strong></p><p>Theaters have been an important part of cities and towns across the country. In recent years more people are seeing how theaters can be an economic engine of development. The Conclave Theater tour is held every year in a different city. This year Pittsburgh is hosting the tour showcasing the regions contributions to theatrical architecture. Joining us with an overview of this year’s tour is Rick Fosbrink, Executive Director of the Theatre Historical Society of America.</p><p><strong>Return of the Neighborhood Theater </strong></p><p>In a world...where there’s an infinite list of movie viewing options at our fingertips, sometimes a good film viewed on a TV, smartphone or tablet just doesn’t suffice. Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville is a new throwback to the old neighborhood movie theater. They aim to tap into those at-home favorites and curate a combination of new and old classics. Real Estate Developer and owner Brian Mendelssohn talks about his plans for Row House Cinema and how he hopes it will impact the neighborhood.</p><p><strong>Sports with Bob Dvorchak </strong></p><p>The use of instant replay in baseball, the Pens hiring a new coach are just two of the topics we’ll address with our sports contributor Bob Dvorchak.</p><p> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 23:45:12 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31375 at http://wesa.fm Monday Rundown: Covering Pittsburgh and Other Keystone Cities on the Road to Revival Friday Rundown: Documenting Fracking Concerns http://wesa.fm/post/friday-rundown-documenting-fracking-concerns <p><strong>These topics air Friday June 20, 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>Silenced on Shale Drilling </strong></p><p>Two retirees from the Pennsylvania Department of Health say its employees were silenced on the issue of Marcellus Shale drilling. The two former employees, a community health nurse and a staffer in the Bureau of Epidemiology say that staff at state health centers and district offices were instructed NOT to return calls from residents who expressed concerns about natural gas development.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">StateImpact Pennsylvania's Katie </span>Colaneri<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> joins us. </span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two for the Road </span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Our guests Melissa </span>Troutman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Joshua </span>Pribanic<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are setting off on a summer tour to call attention to hydraulic fracturing, better known as </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The journalists co-directed the documentary <em>Triple Divide</em> which deals with </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in PA. They’re taking the film to communities throughout the country that are dealing with their own </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> issues. Before heading out on the road they’ll stop by Studio A for a conversation about </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and how they’re crossing the country without using any gasoline. </span></p><p><strong>Frack<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Water </span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This weekend the environmental program <em>The Allegheny Front </em>begins a series on water contamination caused by </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Reporter Reid Frazier joins us in Studio A. He'll provide us with an overview of the series which will address concerns over radiation, waste water and more.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 04:19:54 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31258 at http://wesa.fm Friday Rundown: Documenting Fracking Concerns Thursday Rundown: Legislation, Money and Marriage http://wesa.fm/post/thursday-rundown-legislation-money-and-marriage <p><strong>These topics air Thursday June 19, 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>Non-Discrimination Bill </strong></p><p>A recent court decision on marriage in Pennsylvania gives same-sex couples the ability to legally wed in the commonwealth. But with a lack of legislative protections, these couples still face discrimination in the workplace and when it comes to housing in some parts of the state. House bill 300 and Senate bill 300, currently in the State Government Committees, would eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. State Representative Erin Molchany is a co-sponsor of HB 300, she gives us an update on the legislation.</p><p><strong>A New Approach to Pension Reform </strong></p><p>PA Governor Tom Corbett recently aligned with State Representative Mike Tobash and other legislators who have developed a new way to administer public employee pensions in an effort to save taxpayer money. But according to a new report from Keystone Research Center economist and executive director Stephen Herzenberg, says the proposed plan “would make little progress reducing the state’s pension debt, while forcing Draconian benefit cuts on future teachers, cafeteria workers, nurses, and state employees.” He joins us along with Rep. Tobash to discuss the new approach and how best to tackle the state pension crisis.</p><p><strong>Managing Money as a Couple </strong></p><p>We’re in the midst of wedding season, and for many people, marriage is the first time they have to consider managing money with someone else in mind. As Chairman and CEO of BPU investment firm and a member of the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Financial Planning Association, Paul Brahim helps clients make sound financial decisions to fit their lifestyle. When it comes to couples, this can mean he has to be part adviser, part relationship therapist. He joins us to talk about how couples can manage money at all stages of life.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:54:48 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31186 at http://wesa.fm Thursday Rundown: Legislation, Money and Marriage