Rundowns http://wesa.fm en Friday Rundown: Meet the Woman Who Married Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/friday-rundown-meet-woman-who-married-pittsburgh <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">These topics air Friday August 29, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA, with W<span style="line-height: 1.5;">eekend Host Liz Reid filling in for Paul </span></strong><strong>Guggenheime</strong>r</p><p><strong>Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. </strong></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Positive Change for Port Authority Transit</strong></p><p>When we hear news of Port Authority of Allegheny County service changes, it usually means we’ll have to brace ourselves for cuts in service. But with transportation funding legislation approved by the legislature and Governor Tom Corbett last fall, the authority plans to add more frequent service to some of the busiest routes.&nbsp;Pittsburgh Port Authority Communications Officer Jim Ritchie explains what went into the route expansions.</p><p><strong>Campaign Messaging</strong></p><p>As campaign season shifts into high gear, Pennsylvania voters are being inundated with political messaging. From television commercials to social media to live debates... it can be hard to find the truth behind messages so carefully crafted to win hearts and minds... and ultimately votes. Jerry&nbsp;Shuster&nbsp;teaches Political Communication at the University of Pittsburgh. He talks about the strategy and the psychology behind political messaging.</p><p><strong>The Woman Who Married Pittsburgh </strong></p><p>When 90.5 WESA Weekend Host Liz Reid found out she'd be filling in as host of Essential Pittsburgh, she took to her Facebook page and asked followers who they'd like to hear interviewed on the show. Overwhelmingly, people wanted to hear a conversation with Etta Cetera, a prison justice activist and performance artist who married the city of Pittsburgh earlier this summer. Etta joins us to talk about why she married the city and how it ties in with her advocacy work.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:19:58 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 35018 at http://wesa.fm Friday Rundown: Meet the Woman Who Married Pittsburgh Thursday Rundown: Cracking Down on Cyber Crime http://wesa.fm/post/thursday-rundown-cracking-down-cyber-crime <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">These topics air Thursday August 28, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA.&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Featuring guest host&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Andy Conte of the Pittsburgh&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tribune Review.&nbsp;</span></strong></p><p><strong><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><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under Investigation </span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U. S. Attorney David </span>Hickton’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> interest in cyber crimes is getting noticed by the Justice Department. </span>Hickton<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and his team have investigated the Pitt bombing threats and the PNC denial of service attacks. Their recent work has resulted in the indictment of Chinese military hackers. David </span>Hickton<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> joins us to explain why the Western PA Attorney’s office could be a model for cyber crime units across the country. </span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under Observation </span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some of the nicest views of Pittsburgh and the night sky can be found at the Allegheny Observatory. Electronic technician and administrator Lou </span>Coban<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> takes guest host Andy </span>Conte<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on a behind the scenes tour of the building from the rooftop to the telescopes to something you might not expect to find in the basement. </span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">European Vacation </span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While a Roman holiday wasn’t part of her trip, contributor Elaine </span>Labalme<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> did venture to London, Paris, Amsterdam and Madrid. She’s back in Studio A this week with a recap of European cities fall travelers may want to visit.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:50:03 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 34966 at http://wesa.fm Thursday Rundown: Cracking Down on Cyber Crime Wednesday Rundown: Attaining and Keeping Workforce Talent in the Region http://wesa.fm/post/wednesday-rundown-attaining-and-keeping-workforce-talent-region <p><strong>These topics air Wednesday August 27, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Kevin Gavin guest hosts for Paul Guggenheimer. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. </strong></p><p><strong>Increasing Qualified STEM Educators in Western PA </strong></p><p>Westminster College has been awarded a grant through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program at the National Science Foundation to increase qualifications of secondary educators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We'll speak with Dr. Amy Camardese, Professor/Chair in Education at Westminster College. We'll also talk with Science Department Chair for the North Allegheny School District Chris Omasits.</p><p><strong>Workforce Development </strong></p><p>In an increasingly global job market how do you attract and maintain the best talent? What if that talent isn't local but global? Those were some of the questions posed at the Governor's Jobs 1st Summit held here in Pittsburgh. Immigration attorney and former U.S. diplomat Kamana Mathur joins us to discuss the challenges employers face in attaining and keeping talent from around the world.</p><p><strong>LemonAid </strong></p><p>When his wedding plans fell through our guest Phil Laboon, CEO of Eyeflow Internet Marketing decided to make the best of the situation. We'll discover how his breakup is going to benefit others especially the charity Surgicorps founded by Dr. Jack Demos who also joins us in Studio A.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:31:21 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 34913 at http://wesa.fm Wednesday Rundown: Attaining and Keeping Workforce Talent in the Region Tuesday Rundown: Italian Heritage Passed on Through the Garden http://wesa.fm/post/tuesday-rundown-italian-heritage-passed-through-garden <p><strong>These topics air Tuesday August 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>Local Miners' Black Lung Benefits Delayed</strong></p><p>U.S. Senator Bob Casey is laying out a plan to reduce a claims backlog that has impacted residents throughout the region. He recently chaired a hearing to explore the challenges that former coal miners are dealing with. Dr. Kevin Gibson of the&nbsp;UPMC Pulmonary, Allergy &amp; Critical Care Medicine department talks about the illness and Senator Casey joins us to discuss his plan and what should be done to protect the health and safety of coal miners and prevent black lung disease.</p><p><strong>The Italian Garden Project</strong></p><p>When Fenice and Nicola Mercurio moved to the United States from Italy decades ago, they brought their cooking traditions as well as a knowledge of Mediterranean gardening. As members of Pittsburgh's Italian Garden Project, the Mercurios and project founder Mary Menniti hold events and demonstrations in order to pass along their Italian heritage. Join us for a visit to the Mercurio garden, and hear about late summer cocktail pairings from contributor Hal B. Klein.</p><p><strong>WESA Celebrates - Carolyn Hare </strong></p><p>Carolyn Hare has been an advocate for those with autism for more than 20 years, but she never realized how providing a creative outlet could have such an impact on their lives. Five years ago she visited the Joey Travolta Film Camp in Bakersfield, CA, a two-week camp for anyone ages 10 and older with autism. The visit resulted in her starting the Arts for Autism Foundation of Pittsburgh. Carolyn Hare and her work are profiled in this week’s WESA Celebrates.</p><p><strong>Business of School Lunches </strong></p><p>Whether they brown bag it or purchase the cafeteria offering, lunch can be one of the most important parts of a student’s day. This week contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of school lunches.</p><p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:22:25 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 34848 at http://wesa.fm Tuesday Rundown: Italian Heritage Passed on Through the Garden Monday Rundown: Setting Students Up For Success From Start to Finish http://wesa.fm/post/monday-rundown-setting-students-success-start-finish <p><strong>These topics air Monday August 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>Ready Freddy</strong></p><p>New kindergarten students at ten Pittsburgh Public Schools will be welcomed on the first day of school by groups of parents and supportive volunteers as well as the "Ready Freddy" green frog mascot, the symbol of the program developed by Pitt's Office of Child Development that helps make the first day of kindergarten easier for little ones. Ken Smythe-Leistico, assistant director of Pitt's Office of Child Development joins us in studio to talk about the program.</p><p><strong>Head of the Class: How to Set Yourself Up for Post Graduate Success&nbsp;</strong></p><p>How can students set themselves up for jobs, internships, fellowships and service opportunities after graduation? We’ll pose that question to independent career consultant Sasha King in this month’s installment of On the Job.</p><p><strong>Nittany Lions in Ireland</strong></p><p>The Penn State football team is playing its first international game this Saturday when the Nittany Lions take on the University of Central Florida. The clash takes place at Croke Park, the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association in central Dublin. John Affleck, Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society at Penn State's College of Communications is leading a group of students who are already in Ireland ahead of the team. He joins us for a preview.</p><p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:13:07 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 34797 at http://wesa.fm Monday Rundown: Setting Students Up For Success From Start to Finish Friday Rundown: Making Tough Economic Choices After High School http://wesa.fm/post/friday-rundown-making-tough-economic-choices-after-high-school <p><strong>These topics air Friday August 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>Trade School vs. College </strong></p><p>While college may not be for everyone, gone are the days when you could go from work to longtime employment without some form of higher education. As the costs of college increases and more jobs require a level of education beyond high school, trade schools are seeing a boost in enrollment. What are the economic benefits of attending trade school over college? We'll pose that question to Brian O'Roark, professor of economics at Robert Morris University.</p><p><strong>Summer Melt </strong></p><p>Pitt Education professor Dr. Lindsay Page discusses her research on Summer Melt. It's an unfortunate trend among recent high school graduates who plan to start college in the fall but fail to enroll due to a lack of resources or mentors. Her forthcoming book is called "Summer Melt: Supporting Low-income Students Through the Transition to College."</p><p><strong>Upcoming Fitness Events </strong></p><p>Before summer comes to a close and the autumn chill is in the air, there are plenty of outdoor activities for you to enjoy. Joe Vennare, co-founder of the online fitness and health magazine Fittsburgh, joins us with suggestions for some upcoming fitness events you may enjoy.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:35:30 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 34680 at http://wesa.fm Friday Rundown: Making Tough Economic Choices After High School Thursday Rundown: What We Can Learn From Ferguson, Mo. http://wesa.fm/post/thursday-rundown-what-we-can-learn-ferguson-mo <p><strong>These topics air Thursday August 21, 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>Police Dept. Handling of the Ferguson, Mo. Shooting </strong></p><p>Much of the nation’s attention has been focused on the unrest in Ferguson, Mo. The shooting of a young African American man by a police officer has led to riots, looting and tension between law enforcement officials and the citizenry. Pitt Law Professor David Harris evaluates the police department’s response to the incident, why it went wrong and what could happen next.</p><p><strong>Getting Medical Aid to Ebola Victims </strong></p><p>The Pittsburgh-based medical relief foundation Brother’s Brother has been trying to distribute medical aid throughout Western Africa since an outbreak of the Ebola virus began last spring. More than 1,200 lives have been claimed by the virus, many were health care workers. Luke L. Hingson, President of Brother’s Brother joins us to talk about what caregivers face when treating people with Ebola, and how the 56 year-old foundation can keep up with demand in the affected regions.</p><p><strong>Upcoming Fitness Events </strong></p><p>Before summer comes to a close and the autumn chill is in the air, there are plenty of outdoor activities for you to enjoy. Joe Vennare, co-founder of the online fitness and health magazine Fittsburgh, joins us with suggestions for some upcoming fitness events you may enjoy.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:53:04 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 34615 at http://wesa.fm Thursday Rundown: What We Can Learn From Ferguson, Mo. Wednesday Rundown: Chelsa Wagner on Mental Health Services in Allegheny County http://wesa.fm/post/wednesday-rundown-chelsa-wagner-mental-health-services-allegheny-county <p><strong>These topics air Wednesday August 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>Deficient Mental Health Services </strong></p><p>Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner has announced that a recent audit revealed that complex procedures and internal deficiencies in the County's Department of Human Services (DHS) could cause dysfunction in the facilitation of mental health services in Allegheny County. Wagner joins us to discuss her concerns.</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Natrona Bottling Company</strong></p><p>Whether it’s called soda or pop consumers can’t get enough of the sweet carbonated beverage. Here in Pittsburgh the Natrona Bottling Company has been making it’s brand of specialty beverages for quite some time. In fact, this year marks the company’s 110th anniversary. We’ll discover what makes the small, local bottler unique with Vito Gerasole the “Sultan of Soda” who acquired the company.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:52:56 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 34556 at http://wesa.fm Wednesday Rundown: Chelsa Wagner on Mental Health Services in Allegheny County Tuesday Rundown: Dangers of a Crude Oil Train Derailment in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/tuesday-rundown-dangers-crude-oil-train-derailment-pittsburgh <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">These topics air Tuesday August 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>Oil Trains </strong></p><p>More than 40 percent of Pittsburgh's residents live in areas that would be at risk if a train carrying crude oil through the city derails and catches fire. We'll talk with reporter Natasha Khan of our content partner Public Source, which created a map tracking the route of rail lines known to carry crude oil in the city.</p><p><strong>Superheroes of the Holocaust </strong></p><p>The Toonseum and the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh have produced a comic book, "Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust" to honor the bravery of five Pittsburghers during a tragic period of the 20th Century. We'll talk with the comic book's writer Wayne Wise and artist Marcel Walker.</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">The Business of Franchises</strong></p><p>Can you be an entrepreneur if you buy into a franchise? Also, what should you know if you’re considering opening a franchise? Contributor Rebecca Harris answers those questions this week as she looks at the business of franchises.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:34:30 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 34500 at http://wesa.fm Tuesday Rundown: Dangers of a Crude Oil Train Derailment in Pittsburgh Monday Rundown: Remembering Roberto Clemente http://wesa.fm/post/monday-rundown-remembering-roberto-clemente <p></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">These topics air Monday, August 18, 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>Remembering Sophie Masloff</strong></p><p>Former Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff&nbsp;died Sunday at the age of 96. In the spring of 1988 she became Pittsburgh's first female and first Jewish mayor,&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">after the death of Mayor Richard S. Caliguiri. We talked with&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joseph Sabino&nbsp;</span>Mistick<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>Masloff's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> longtime friend and former top aide about her legacy in Pittsburgh. And hear an excerpt from her 2012 conversation on Essential Pittsburgh.</span></p><p><strong>"21" the Clemente Musical</strong></p><p>In October a new play about Pirates legend Roberto Clemente is coming to Point Park University’s Conservatory Theater Company. The musical, “21,” is written and composed by Alki Steriopoulos, who grew up in Pittsburgh. Steriopoulos began working on the play in 2007 but October will mark the debut of “21” as a full production. Steriopoulos joins us to talk about “21” and the significance of its debut in the Steel City.</p><p><strong>Steve Blass</strong></p><p>Former Pirates pitcher Steve Blass was a teammate of Roberto Clemente's for nine seasons and together they led Pittsburgh to the 1971 World Series Championship. Blass will help us celebrate Clemente's 80th birthday with stories and recollections of their playing days both on and off the field.</p><p><strong>Character Assassination</strong></p><p>Baseball writer Richard "Pete' Peterson joins us to talk about the unfortunate story of former Pirates pitcher Fritz Ostermueller, a Pirates pitcher who was unfairly cast as a racist in the movie "42." The movie tells the story of Jackie Robinson's first season in the big leagues and portrays Ostermueller beaning Robinson in the head, which never happened.</p><p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:09:17 +0000 mcharleston 34374 at http://wesa.fm Monday Rundown: Remembering Roberto Clemente Friday Rundown: Life of Learning Special on Universal Pre - K http://wesa.fm/post/friday-rundown-life-learning-special-universal-pre-k <p></p><p></p><p><strong>These topics air Friday, August 15, 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>Overview of Universal Pre-K Universal pre-kindergarten is just one attempt, in a long line of educational reforms, to better educate our children. New York City begins a universal pre-k program this year. Will Pittsburgh follow-suit? Our look at universal pre-k begins with an explanation of the basics of this educational program for early learners. The discussion begins with Michelle Figlar, executive director of the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) and Bob McCall, co-director of the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development.</p><p>Universal Pre-K in PA</p><p>Our look at universal pre-k continues with a look at programs in Pittsburgh and the commonwealth. Our guests for this segment are Dr. Cosette Grant-Overton Manager, Educational Policy and Workforce Development Office of Mayor Peduto and Michelle Figlar, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC).</p><p>Assessing the Success Universal Pre-K</p><p>How do you measure the success of universal pre-k? We’ll pose that question to Michelle Figlar, executive director of the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC), Bob McCall, co-director of the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development and Ellen Smith a recently retired Pittsburgh Public Schools kindergarten teacher.</p><p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:05:45 +0000 mcharleston 34295 at http://wesa.fm Friday Rundown: Life of Learning Special on Universal Pre - K Thursday Rundown: New Pitt Chancellor and the View From the Top http://wesa.fm/post/thursday-rundown-new-pitt-chancellor-and-view-top <p></p><p></p><p><strong>These topics air Thursday, August 14, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. &nbsp;Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm&nbsp;&amp; 1pm&nbsp;weekdays at 412-246-2002.&nbsp;</strong></p><p>The New Pitt Chancellor</p><p>Patrick Gallagher, the new chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, is our guest. The Pitt alum officially took office on August 1st. With a number of universities seeing declining enrollments and budget cuts we'll ask how he plans to tackle these challenges as well as his vision for Pitt's future.</p><p>High Point Pittsburgh Project</p><p>The Empire State Building,&nbsp;CN and Sears Towers are famous tourist destinations for viewing their cities. Can the U.S. Steel Tower be added to that list? That's what David Bear, creator of the High Point Pittsburgh Project, is hoping for. He thinks we ought to have an observation deck atop the building. He'll explain his plan and how he thinks it will benefit &nbsp;the citizenry of Pittsburgh.</p><p>Fitness Technology</p><p>Whether it's a pedometer or an app tracking your calories there's no shortage of technological devices to track your fitness endeavors. But, do they work? Are they necessary? How long do people actually use them? We'll pose those questions to Joe Vennare, co-founder of the online fitness and health magazine Fittsburgh.</p><p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:48:44 +0000 mcharleston 34253 at http://wesa.fm Wednesday Rundown: Neighborhood Feedback for the Mayor http://wesa.fm/post/wednesday-rundown-neighborhood-feedback-mayor <p><strong>These topics air Wednesday August 13, 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>Spending the Night with the Mayor</strong></p><p>This month we’re having a neighborhood-centric conversation with Mayor Bill Peduto. He’s traveled throughout the city, hosting a monthly “Mayor’s Night Out” and “Night In,” where anyone can talk with him and his staff in person about neighborhood issues. We’ll get his take on the community feedback he’s been getting, police residency requirements and development of the former Civic Arena site in the Hill District.</p><p>What are your biggest neighborhood concerns?</p><p><strong>Pedestrian Safety in Pittsburgh </strong></p><p>With more than 2,000 serious accidents since 2006, the problem of pedestrian safety in Pittsburgh is one neither money or enforcement has been able to fix. This week the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has printed the first data-driven look at pedestrian safety in Pittsburgh. We'll talk with reporters Andrew McGill and Madeline Conway.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 03:52:54 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 34201 at http://wesa.fm Tuesday Rundown: A Community Driven Fight Against Illegal Housing Practices in Oakland http://wesa.fm/post/tuesday-rundown-community-driven-fight-against-illegal-housing-practices-oakland <p><strong>These topics air Tuesday August 12, 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>Oakwatch: Improving Quality of Life Through Code Enforcement </strong></p><p>In the last few decades the neighborhood of Oakland has seen a major shift from residential to tenant based housing dominated by college students. Oakwatch was formed by the Oakland Planning and Development Corporation in order to tackle the many code violations and disturbances that have brought down the quality of life and make it difficult to attract new residents to the neighborhood. Each month, Oakwatch brings residents together with elected officials, building inspectors, public health professionals and police to address Oakland’s biggest problem properties. Oakwatch&nbsp;Co-chair Hanson&nbsp;Kappelman&nbsp;talks about the community driven way they're dealing with neighborhood offenders.</p><p><strong>Jesse Steinfeld </strong></p><p>West Aliquippa native Jesse Steinfeld was the first surgeon general in the Nixon Administration and spoke out against cigarette smoking, bringing new attention to the risks it posed to women and to people exposed to secondhand smoke. He died last week at age 87. We'll talk about his legacy with Stanton Glantz who studies the health effects of secondhand smoke at Stanford University.</p><p><strong>WESA Celebrates - Saleem Ghubril </strong></p><p>This week WESA Celebrates profiles Saleem Ghurbil who has been the driving force behind the Pittsburgh Promise. Ghubril has been working tirelessly since its inception to make sure every Pittsburgh city student has a shot at higher education.</p><p><strong>Business of Child Care </strong></p><p>The cost of child care has a significant impact on parents from all income ranges. Last year the New York Times reported the day care costs for middle-class New Yorkers can easily equal from $25,000 to $30,000 per child. Contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of child care.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 23:04:56 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 34129 at http://wesa.fm Tuesday Rundown: A Community Driven Fight Against Illegal Housing Practices in Oakland Monday Rundown: Reducing Caregiver Stress http://wesa.fm/post/monday-rundown-reducing-caregiver-stress <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">These topics air Monday August 11, 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 Caregiver’s Dilemma </strong></p><p>In an article for the Post – Gazette freelance writer Tina Calabro chronicles a tragic murder-suicide that took place in the Mon Valley borough of Port Vue. The incident involved an elderly caregiver of a middle-aged son with developmental disabilities. Tina Calabro joins us to discuss the case and the issues it raises.</p><p><strong>Resources for Caregivers </strong></p><p>A generation of older caregivers may not ask for help when it’s needed. This may be due in part to pride as well as not knowing what resources are available or how to obtain them. We’ll address what can be done for caregivers with Jeanine Schultz, director of advocacy and family supports for ACHIEVA, a non-profit organization that provides lifelong supports and services for individuals with disabilities and their families in southwestern Pennsylvania.</p><p><strong>NCAA Loses Amateurism Suit </strong></p><p>U.S. District Judge Claudia Ann Wilson has dealt a major blow to the NCAA's ideal of amateurism in college sports. In a 99 page ruling, Judge Wilken wrote that "the Court will enjoin the NCAA from enforcing any rules or bylaws that would prohibit its member schools and conferences from offering (Division I-A) football or Division I basketball recruits a limited share of the revenues generated from the use of their names, images or likenesses in addition to a full grant-in-aid (scholarship." Post-Gazette writer Brady McCollough has been covering this case and joins us to discuss the outcome. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:49:47 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 34078 at http://wesa.fm Monday Rundown: Reducing Caregiver Stress Monday Rundown: Caregiver Support and a Pirate Portrayal http://wesa.fm/post/monday-rundown-caregiver-support-and-pirate-portrayal <p></p><p></p><p>A Caregiver’s Dilemma</p><p>In an article for the Post – Gazette freelance writer Tina Calabro chronicles a tragic murder-suicide that took place in the Mon Valley borough of Port Vue. The incident involved an elderly caregiver of a middle-aged son with developmental disabilities. Tina Calabro joins us to discuss the case and the issues it raises.</p><p>Resources for Caregivers</p><p>A generation of older caregivers may not ask for help when it’s needed. This may be due in part to pride as well as not knowing what resources are available or how to obtain them. We’ll address what can be done to caregivers with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jeanine Schultz, director of advocacy and family supports for ACHIEVA, a non-profit organization that provides lifelong supports and services for individuals with disabilities and their families in southwestern Pennsylvania.&nbsp;</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><p>Character Assassination</p><p>Baseball writer Richard "Pete' Peterson joins us to talk about the unfortunate story of former Pirates pitcher Fritz Ostermueller, who was unfairly portrayed as a racist in the movie "42." &nbsp;The film chronicles &nbsp;Jackie Robinson's first season in the big leagues. However one of the film's most dramatic moments, depicting&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ostermueller</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">beaning&nbsp;Robinson in the head with a pitch, never happened.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:01:15 +0000 mcharleston 33981 at http://wesa.fm Monday Rundown: Caregiver Support and a Pirate Portrayal Friday Rundown: What Does WWI Have To Do With Climate Change? http://wesa.fm/post/friday-rundown-what-does-wwi-have-do-climate-change <p><strong>These topics air Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 at noon and 8 p.m. on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between noon and 1 p.m. weekdays at (412) 246-2002. </strong>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>WWI and Climate Change</strong></p><p>What does World War I have to do with global warming? We'll talk with David Titley, the director of Penn State's Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, who finds a parallel between the choices today's elected officials face regarding climate change, and those confronting their predecessors as the Great War loomed 100 years ago.</p><p><strong>Russian Hackers</strong></p><p>Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion internet credentials from major U.S. companies and others around the world. Tribune-Review reporter Andrew Conte joins us to look at the ramifications of this attack. Who was susceptible? Who was targeted? How do these sophisticated attacks develop?</p><p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 21:43:34 +0000 Marcus Charleston 33940 at http://wesa.fm Friday Rundown: What Does WWI Have To Do With Climate Change? Thursday Rundown: Deadline Looms for Civic Arena Site http://wesa.fm/post/thursday-rundown-deadline-looms-civic-arena-site <p><strong>These topics air Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 at noon and 8 p.m. on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between noon and 1 p.m. weekdays at (412) 246-2002. </strong></p><p><strong>Igloo Site Development Deadline</strong></p><p>The Pittsburgh Penguins won the rights to develop the 28-acre site of the now demolished Civic Arena, which the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Sports &amp; Exhibition Authority own, in the 2007 deal to build the CONSOL Energy Center.</p><p>Under that agreement, the team was to draw down the first parcel by Oct. 31 or possibly lose the development rights. The Penguins are asking the city and county to push that deadline back a year. One of the those who opposes the granting of that request is Pittsburgh City Councilman Daniel Lavelle who represents the Hill District. He says the Penguins and Hill District leaders are still at odds over minority participation in the project and how much affordable housing will be built on the site.</p><p>Lavelle joins us along with Marimba Milliones, Executive Director of the Hill Community Development Corporation, to discuss the future of the site.</p><p><strong>Cross Fit</strong></p><p>One of the biggest fitness trends in recent years is Cross Fit. The extreme workout combines cardiovascular training and weightlifting. One of the trademarks of the program is its intensity which can take a serious toll on some participants. Joe Vennare, co-founder of Fittsburgh joins us for a look at the pros and cons of cross fit workouts. Also taking part in the conversation is Jim Crowell, an elite Cross Fit athlete, trainer and former co-owner of Integrated Fitness, a cross fit facility.</p><p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:15:55 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33871 at http://wesa.fm Thursday Rundown: Deadline Looms for Civic Arena Site Wednesday Rundown: 'Reading Rainbow' Redux http://wesa.fm/post/wednesday-rundown-reading-rainbow-redux <p><strong>These topics air Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 at noon and 8 p.m. on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between noon and 1 p.m. weekdays at (412) 246-2002. </strong></p><p><strong>A Conversation with LeVar Burton</strong></p><p>Steel City Con is hosting our guest LeVar Burton. LeVar Burton is an actor known chiefly for starring in "Roots" and appearing on the iconic sci-fi series "Star Trek: The Next Generation," but Burton has also hosted a PBS show called "Reading Rainbow" since 1983. "Reading Rainbow" went off air in 2009.</p><p>But in 2011, Burton and his business partner, producer Mark Wolfe acquired the "Reading Rainbow" license, promising to bring to the next generations of kids the finest reading and enrichment experiences found anywhere. "Reading Rainbow" is now a fully re-imagined app bringing the beloved brand to children of the digital age and one of the most popular and highest rated children’s products in the market.</p><p><strong>Steel City Con</strong></p><p>Resistance is futile. Geeks have taken over the world, according to our guest Joe Wos, executive director of the Toonseum. Joe joins us this week to explain why Pittsburgh is Geek City USA, preview the Steel City Comic Con and how the role the city played in the start of the comic-con culture movement.</p><p><strong>House v. President Obama</strong></p><p>Last week the House of Representatives approved a plan to file a federal lawsuit against President Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Pitt Law Professor David Harris joins us to address what this means from a legal and constitutional perspective.</p><p> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 22:18:52 +0000 Marcus Charleston 33813 at http://wesa.fm Wednesday Rundown: 'Reading Rainbow' Redux Tuesday Rundown: An Update on the Ebola Virus http://wesa.fm/post/tuesday-rundown-update-ebola-virus <p><strong>These topics air Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 at noon and 8 p.m. on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between noon and 1 p.m. weekdays at (412) 246-2002. </strong></p><p><strong>Ebola Update </strong></p><p>The death toll from the Ebola virus in Africa continues to climb. With two Americans infected with the disease coming back to the U.S. for treatment, health officials are trying to calm fears that an outbreak could happen here. We'll talk with Dr. Bruce MacLeod, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and physician with the Allegheny Health Network.</p><p><strong>Sanctuaries of Sound </strong></p><p>Percussionist and composer Susie Ibarra is creating virtual sanctuaries for cities. Working in collaboration with local artists, historians, architects, city planners and musicians, Ibarra and her partner Roberto Rodriguez have created a musical pilgrimage that takes the public on a sound walk through 12 sites in Lower Manhattan. And now thanks to the City of Asylum they are creating one for Pittsburgh.</p><p><strong>Intrapreneurship </strong></p><p>Intrapreneurship is the act of behaving like an entrepreneur while working within a large organization. It’s a practice being utilized by more companies. This week business contributor Rebecca Harris reports on why this concept is growing in popularity.</p><p><em> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 21:50:56 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33752 at http://wesa.fm Tuesday Rundown: An Update on the Ebola Virus Monday Rundown: Better Emergency Response for Train Derailments http://wesa.fm/post/monday-rundown-better-emergency-response-train-derailments <p><strong>These topics air Monday August 4, 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>Responding to Derailment Emergencies </strong></p><p>StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter Katie Colaneri discusses issues resulting in legislative proposals that could increase training and resources for those responding to derailment emergencies. Senator Bob Casey is pushing for the RESPONSE Act as a rash of train derailments continues to plague communities across Pennsylvania.</p><p><strong>Meeting the Higher-Education Needs of the Global Middle Class </strong></p><p>The economies of the developing world are in the midst of a major economic transformation. In 2010 the Brookings Institution estimated that the 1.8 billion people in the global middle class will grow to 3.2 billion by the end of the decade. This includes developing nations such as Rwanda, which is experiencing unprecedented middle class growth. Increased prosperity means young people are clamoring for a college education. But what if traditional college lecture halls, labs and campuses are not economically feasible right now? Media contributor Jeff Ritter is department chair of communications, media and technology at La Roche College and recently spent time in Rwanda teaching a media studies course. He’ll explain how educators in that country are leveraging online learning with face-to-face instruction to create low-cost college-level learning for the masses, and what this approach can mean for us.</p><p><strong>Sports with Bob </strong></p><p>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus Bob Dvorchak joins us to discuss the Steelers' decision to retire Joe Greene's number and why it wasn't done sooner. We'll also talk about the the 40th anniversary of the Steelers' draft class of 1974 which produced an unprecedented four Hall of Famers and the legacy of Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig who is retiring after this season.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 01:29:29 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33693 at http://wesa.fm Monday Rundown: Better Emergency Response for Train Derailments Friday Rundown: An Update on Bidding for the August Wilson Center http://wesa.fm/post/friday-rundown-update-bidding-august-wilson-center <p><strong>These topics air Friday August 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>A Pittsburgher's Perspective on the Middle East </strong></p><p>With so many critical developments taking place in the Middle East, we'll check in with Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter Betsy Hiel who is stationed in that volatile region. She was in Iraq a month ago and will give us an update on the situation there. She will also talk about Gaza and what's happening with Israel, as well as the upcoming presidential election in Turkey where she currently resides.</p><p><strong>August Wilson Center Update </strong></p><p>Recent court filings argue Pittsburgh's Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is abusing its role as a governmental agency. The URA opposes the sale of the August Wilson Center to developer 980 Liberty Partners. However black leaders support the developer's offer to purchase the debt-plagued cultural center. Tribune Review reporter Natasha Lindstrom joins us with an update on the continuing saga of the August Wilson Center.</p><p><strong>Tough Mudder </strong></p><p>Designed and created by British Special Forces, a tough mudder is an obstacle course which tests participants strength and endurance. It’s also a test of mental and physical stamina. The Pittsburgh/Ohio Valley Tough Mudder takes place in a week. Find out what you should know before entering one, and how to train for this type of event from Joe Vennare, co-founder of the fitness site Fittsburgh. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:33:11 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33573 at http://wesa.fm Friday Rundown: An Update on Bidding for the August Wilson Center Thursday Rundown: Suitable Pay for Disabled Workers http://wesa.fm/post/thursday-rundown-suitable-pay-disabled-workers <p><strong>These topics air Thursday July 31, 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>Opportunity or Exploitation?&nbsp;</strong></p><p>About 13,000 disabled Pennsylvania workers are being paid far below minimum wage, earning an average of $2.40 an hour in legal sub-minimum wages. Does this practice provide opportunities for people who wouldn't otherwise have a job? Or does it exploit those who could work for minimum wage? Public Source reporter Halle Stockton joins us to examine these questions. Also joining the conversation are Charlotte Swenson, the mother of a&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">woman with Down syndrome who is paid sub-minimum wage, and Curtis Decker, Executive Director of the National Disability Rights Network.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>Faked, Forgotten, Found </strong></p><p>The Carnegie Museum of Art's current exhibition of Renaissance paintings that underwent serious forensic investigation is called "Faked, Forgotten, Forged." Lulu Lippincott, the institution's curator of fine arts joins us to look at the science of art preservation and restoration, as well as the winding paths that these works have followed to Pittsburgh.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:16:47 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33504 at http://wesa.fm Thursday Rundown: Suitable Pay for Disabled Workers Wednesday Rundown: EPA Plans for Clean Power and Cutting Emissions http://wesa.fm/post/wednesday-rundown-epa-plans-clean-power-and-cutting-emissions <p><strong>These topics air Wednesday July 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>Clean Power Plan </strong></p><p>This week Pittsburgh is one of four U.S. cities holding public hearings on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The goal of the plan is to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants. It’s also considered the cornerstone of President Obama’s climate action plan. The hearings will provide interested parties the opportunity to present data, and views or arguments concerning the proposed action. Taking part in the conversation is George Ellis, president of the PA Coal Alliance on the importance of coal to the region.</p><p><strong>Clean Power Plan Overview </strong></p><p>Public hearings are being held in Pittsburgh on Thursday and Friday of this week. The plan will set benchmarks for limiting carbon pollution from existing power plants. This is the cornerstone of President Obama's climate action plan. Joining us to discuss the plan in Christina Simeone, director of the Penn Future Energy Center.</p><p><strong>Clean Power &amp; Green Labor </strong></p><p>Among the people giving testimony at the EPA public hearings are representatives of business, labor and health. Joining us to address the jobs and clean energy aspect of the proposed rule are Joylette Portlock, president of Communitopia and Kim Glass, executive director of the Blue/Green Alliance.</p><p><strong>Clean Power &amp; Health </strong></p><p>It is expected that the clean power plan will go a long way towards aiding public health. Reduction of asthma attacks and the ability to make strides in fighting respiratory and heart disease are seen as potential benefits. Here to address the health aspect of the clean power plan are Dr. Alan Lockwood of Physicians for Social Responsibility and Kevin Stewart, director of Environmental Health American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:13:15 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33442 at http://wesa.fm Wednesday Rundown: EPA Plans for Clean Power and Cutting Emissions Tuesday Rundown: Pennsylvania Roads Take Slow Steps to Prep for Faster Driving http://wesa.fm/post/tuesday-rundown-pennsylvania-roads-take-slow-steps-prep-faster-driving <p><strong>These topics air Tuesday July 29, 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>Speed Limit Increase</strong></p><p>The Pennsylvania Turnpike recently debuted a 70 mph speed limit from Blue Mountain exit 201, to Morgantown exit 298. While the area stretches from the center of the state to the east, after a trial period, the speed limit increase will soon be coming to Western PA's interstate roads. With a speed limit of 70 mph already in Ohio and West Virginia, is it about time for PA to match up with neighboring states? Renee Vid Colborn, Manager of Media and Public Relations at the PA Turnpike Commission and State Senator Jay Costa address the pros and cons of an increased speed limit for area highways.</p><p><strong>A Church Divided </strong></p><p>This week marks the 100th anniversary of Austria-Hungary declaring war on Serbia, setting off a chain reaction that resulted in the outbreak of World War I. While America remained neutral, Germany came to Austria's defense, which put Germans in Pittsburgh in a difficult position, and directly affected a downtown church on Smithfield Street. Historian Donn Neal joins us to talk about how life forever changed for the German Evangelical Protestant Church now known as the Smithfield United Church of Christ, Downtown.</p><p><strong>WESA Celebrates- Dr. Bill Neches' Heart Camp for Kids </strong></p><p>For one special week, Camp Kon-o-Kwee is taken over by a group of very excited campers. All these campers have at least one thing in common: They’re growing up with congenital heart disease. Founded 24 years ago by Dr. Bill Neches, Heart Camp for Kids is a summer camp specifically for children and teenagers living with heart disease. Dr. Neches and the Heart Camp for Kids are profiled this week as part of 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The Business of Millennials </strong></p><p>In the next decade the economy will experience one of the largest demographic workplace changes in modern history. By the year 2025 Millennials will make up approximately 75% of the U.S. workforce, and worldwide this generation will account for 50% of those employed. This week contributor, Rebecca Harris, Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, looks at the The Business of Millennials.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 03:20:50 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33372 at http://wesa.fm Tuesday Rundown: Pennsylvania Roads Take Slow Steps to Prep for Faster Driving Monday Rundown: Addressing Healthcare Needs of the Poor http://wesa.fm/post/monday-rundown-addressing-healthcare-needs-poor <p><strong>These topics air Monday July 28, 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>Poor Health </strong></p><p>One quarter of Pittsburgh area hospitals closed in the first decade of the 21st Century, drastically reducing the amount of charitable care available to the poor. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Sean Hamill joins us to discuss his <a href="http://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/longform/stories/poorhealth-hamill/">two-part series</a> examining this problem called "Poor Health."&nbsp;</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Colleges Take on Student's&nbsp;</span>Remedial Needs </strong></p><p>A great deal of concern is given to young children being ready to learn once they begin attending elementary school. But what happens when those children grow up and are ready to attend college? A study by the U.S. Department of Education finds one in four college freshmen lack reading and math skills for entry level-college work. This results in students needing to take at least one noncredit remedial class. We’ll discover how California University of Pennsylvania is working to reduce the amount of remedial help needed by students with Daniel Engstrom, associate provost in the Office of Academic Success at California University of Pennsylvania.</p><p><strong>More Bad Behavior in Sports </strong></p><p>John Affleck, Knight Chair in Sports Journalism at Penn State joins us to discuss recent bad behavior in sports, including the two-game suspension given to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for domestic violence. Many believe the sentence should have been stiffer. Also, considering some of the bad behavior carried out by Russia, are they fit to host the 2018 World Cup?</p><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:01:27 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33305 at http://wesa.fm Monday Rundown: Addressing Healthcare Needs of the Poor 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? 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?